Fresh Sheets

Six new ski lodges for serious relaxation

TAHOE GETS A WOODY: The Cedar House near Truckee     Photo: courtesy, Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel
Truckee, California
When the Cedar House Sport Hotel opened in summer 2006, it instantly wiped out the drab Truckee, California, lodging tradition of Best Westerns and sugary B&Bs. The 36-room, six-suite inn, set among ponderosas just two minutes from downtown, is both industrial in aesthetic and homey in tone. Exposed cedar beams complement a metal-and-cement interior, featuring a modern bar and plush leather couches for kicking back in front of the lounge's giant fireplace. But after a long day of skiing at Alpine Meadows, just 15 minutes away, you'll appreciate the Cedar House's warm touches: a large out-door hot tub, heated tile floors in the bathroom, and cozy platform beds covered with down comforters and Egyptian cotton. Doubles from $180; cedarhousesporthotel.com

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