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Eva Kolenko


California’s playful new Basecamp South Lake Tahoe hotel promises serious amenities for outdoor enthusiasts. In-room gear racks, reclaimed-wood furniture and nature-inspired style come standard at this boutique property, and guests can upgrade to the Explorers Club, an eight-bunk quarters with a projection screen and a plethora of video games, or to the Greater Indoors, which features a tent-covered king-size bed, a campsite mural and a roaring fire.

Just a short walk from the lake and the Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola, the hotel is well situated for year-round adventure — including skiing, snowshoeing, fly-fishing, biking and hiking the new trails at Van Sickle Bi-State Park (which extends into California and Nevada). Rates cover breakfast and evening s’mores around the fire pit; a communal-dinner series launches this winter.

Rooms from $109
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