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Summer Visit - High Sierra Lodge vs North Star Lodge

ncaahockeyfan

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I would love to hear from those who have visited either or both of these locations in the summer.

We have never been to the Tahoe area - only passing through on the California Zephyr - and as much as we love CO/MT, it's time to try another mountain destination!
 

DeniseM

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North Star goes to sleep in the summer - it's definitely a ski resort destination. I was there last month and it was just about completely closed down - looked like a ghost town. High Sierra Lodge is on the lake and it's hopping in the summer. They need to put in a giant water park, a theme park, and a concert venue to attract summer visitors.
 
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klpca

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The only thing that differentiates Northstar is that there is a mountain bike park open in the summer. It is also closer to the town of Truckee, a cute Sierra town that is fun in it's own right. There is also easy access to hiking trails. The Hyatt is much better lake access but not much hiking nearby. So it really depends on what you want to do. We went to Northstar last year in early July - lots of kids.
 
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I’ve been to both Tahoe and CO/MT in the summer, and they’re both fantastic. Tahoe’s got a stunning lake, great for hiking and swimming, with a laid-back vibe and cool little towns. CO/MT has epic mountain views and endless outdoor activities. If you’re looking for something new, Tahoe’s definitely worth it!
 

PamMo

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We were at Northstar last month (6/2-6/9) and the village was dead, dead, dead. Summer season doesn't start until mid-June, so Rubicon Pizza was the ONLY restaurant open in the village. Fortunately, it's a nice restaurant! The rest of the village was a ghost town. But, we LOVED the 2BR villa at the Hyatt, and found plenty to do in the area off-season. We enjoy hiking, so being in town isn't that important to us. Truckee has lots of shops/restaurants/parks and is a short drive north of the resort (less than 10 minutes), and Lake Tahoe with more shops/restaurants/parks is just a bit further drive south. I'd happily stay at High Sierra Lodge or Northstar. I've already made reservations for Northstar next May for a few days of family fun rafting down the Truckee River!
 

BJRSanDiego

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I've been to Northstar 3 times and enjoyed it. Twice we were there in July and once in September. Yes, many of the shops in the next door Northstar Village were either closed or should have been. But we enjoyed dining in Truckee and on the lake (Garwoods, Jakes on the Lake, 1882 bar and grill, Jax on the tracks, etc. We enjoyed sampling craft beers locally and enjoyed going to the Truckee River Winery. We also enjoyed driving to Grass Valley for wine tasting. One day we took the gondola up to the Ritz and had lunch and enjoyed the views. The last time that we were there we went to the movie theater at the Village. It is a small Mom and Son operation but they had new release movies. So, even though there isn't a lot of activity around the Northstar in the summer, it can still be a lot of fun.
 
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