Winter Destination Wedding: Why Have Yours in Lake Tahoe?

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A gorgeous winter destination wedding at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Dow Photography)

Thinking of a winter destination wedding? The Huffington Post published an article containing a list of must-dos for couples’ destination weddings, one of which advised, “Make sure you spend time with all of your guests during the wedding weekend.” You’re the reason all these people are here. Now, what do you do with them?

Let me cut right to the chase: Tahoe South has an unending list of activities that will result in an ultimate getaway for you and your guests.  No matter what time of year you get married, Tahoe South is here to help you make the most of your destination wedding weekend. Winter in Tahoe South is second to none. Spectacular scenery and endless outdoor adventures, from skiing and boarding to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, or maybe just cozying up around the fire pit with a local brew or hot toddy, all of your guests will find something they love. (Or perhaps trying something new is in order?)

Why Tahoe South for Your Winter Destination Wedding?

Places like Tahoe South make for a great winter destination wedding because it offers endless opportunities for fun and adventure, or just kicking back and relaxing. But who has time to play group-activity leader when they’re getting married? We’re here to help. Here’s our Top 5 list of guest winter activities in Tahoe South (you might recommend to your guests that they book a couple extra days here to fit it all in!).

Winter Wonderland #1: Hitting the slopes.

Okay. Probably the number-one reason anyone comes to Tahoe in the winter is to check out the slopes. Understandably so, as the Lake Tahoe region has acres of backcountry adventures and more than a dozen ski resorts. Tahoe South is home of Heavenly Mountain Resort — 4,800 acres of skiable terrain and a lively village with shops, restaurants and even an ice skating rink for your snow bunny guests. And when they’re all skied out, Tahoe South does apres-ski how it was meant to be, from cozy fire pits to exciting nightlife.

Winter Wonderland #2: Feeling the need for speed.

Perhaps one of the most exhilarating ways to tour Tahoe in the winter is via snowmobile. Zephyr Cove Resort packages include scenic tours led by experienced guides, which is perfect for a group of your guests to see a breathtaking, snow-covered Tahoe. And all the gear your guests will need is available for rent to ensure everyone is ready for a safe, cold-weather ride. (Tip: If you’re lucky enough to be in Tahoe South during a full moon, you can even take an evening moon-lit ride!)

Snowmobiling Tour Lake Tahoe Zephyr Cove Resort
Incomparable views of Lake Tahoe from a snowmobile tour. (Photo courtesy of  Zephyr Cove Resort)

Winter Wonderland #3: Bring the fun indoors.

Hard to believe, I know, but some guests might not enjoy playing outdoors in winter, but have no fear — Tahoe South has plenty of indoor fun, too. Your guests should make time for cocktails and apps at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the heart of Tahoe South. With tons of rock n’ roll memorabilia, deliciouso food, killer drinks, and all kinds of gaming opps, they’ll have a great time hanging out and enjoying the unique atmosphere (and celebrating your love, obviously).

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Have a rock ‘n’ roll winter destination at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)

Winter Wonderland #4: Cruise to Emerald Bay.

If you think cruising Lake Tahoe is a summer-only activity, allow Lake Tahoe Cruises to enlighten you. Your guests can hop aboard a climate-controlled, authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler that meanders into picturesque Emerald Bay for remarkable photos. The daytime scenic cruise has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. Guests can also take the elegant sunset dinner cruise for an unforgettable dining experience on Lake Tahoe.

sunset on lake tahoe with the ms dixie II
The 500-passenger, award-winning M.S. Dixie II is the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Cruises)

Winter Wonderland #5: Baby it’s cold outside… how about a spa day?

When the temperatures drop outside, your guests can get the warm fuzzies from a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. The Spa at The Landing Resort will provide the pampering your guests deserve. Experience one of their signature hydrating facials for that beautiful glow, or let their staff create a custom package for your guests with massages, facials, and body treatments. Or if meditation and fitness are more their styles, schedule a private group yoga class.

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Indulge, relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at The Landing Resort, which is also available for private use during your event. (Photo courtesy of Rune Enstad)

Tahoe South offers so many ways to keep your guests and their families entertained while you’re busy, well, getting married. In fact, just hand them this list and I’d say your job is done.