Resort at Squaw Creek
Even after a $53 million renovation in 2008, this timber lodge edging Lake Tahoe manages to let nature do the talking. In the property’s common areas and 405 guest rooms, the huge windows overlooking the lake and Sierra Nevada function as ever-changing works of art (and pair very well with the handsome leather armchairs and granite fireplaces the size of log trucks). The surrounding 195 acres include snowshoe trails, an ice rink, and ski in–ski out access to 170 alpine runs in winter; in summer, there are private fly-fishing holes, three swimming pools, and a 120-foot waterslide for the kids. Cap off your day with a rib eye at the in-house Six Peaks Grill, and your mattress will feel welcome as fresh powder.