Want that wilderness experience, but don’t want to work too hard for it? Check out the cozy and comfortable Spooner Lake cabins on Tahoe’s eastern shore. Within a 20-minute snowshoe or cross-country ski, you can be relaxing at your own private winter cabin. And you’ll be treated like backcountry royalty: the firewood is already chopped, the stove is primed, there’s even coffee for the morning. Located amidst fragrant pines, the Spooner Lake log cabin is a two-level Scandinavian-style retreat. It can sleep up to four people comfortably and–big bonus–there’s an indoor bathroom! (No late-night hikes through snow to the outhouse.) Utensils, cookware and basics like sugar, salt and pepper, plus tea and hot cocoa are also on hand. Pack in your own food and sleeping bags. Right out your door are 50 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails on 9,000 acres. When the sun goes down, light the lanterns, grab a board game, and relax next to the fire. Cabin fever never felt so good.
TIP: For those seeking that extra bit of remoteness, Wild Cat cabin is about a mile and half yonder, requiring a little more work. Similar to Spooner, the main differences are its size (only for two people), and the loo (it’s outside). Also, the views are better: You can see across Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay and the Desolation Wilderness.
Spooner Lake Cabins, 3709 Hwy. 28, Glenbrook, NV; 775-749-5349. Winter rates start at $160 per night. It’s about half a mile ski or snowshoe to the Spooner Lake cabin. You can rent snowshoes or cross-country skis at check-in when maps to the cabins are provided.