WANDERLUST - December 2019
Plan a Wellness Getaway to Western Nevada
By Jill Dutton
The Sierra Nevada mountains are a focal point in western Nevada, rising from the Great Basin desert floor. In addition to the beauty of the mountain ranges, you’ll find Lake Tahoe with its pristine waters, a myriad of hiking trails and waterfalls, spa treatments, sustainable practices, and a hot springs to discover on a wellness getaway in western Nevada.
North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races, and festivals. With mindfulness and sustainability at its core, this year-round playground is an ideal setting for the adventure-bound traveler to reconnect with natural beauty.
Check-in at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa And Casino.
Experience Lake Tahoe from this scenic waterfront resort, nestled perfectly into the Sierra Nevada. Spend your days exploring the area’s winding trails, relaxing at the on-site spa, and dining at the award-winning restaurants before retreating to one of the spacious rooms, upscale suites, or private waterfront cottages.
Indulge in a Stillwater Spa Treatment.
Have an unforgettable spa experience at the Stillwater Spa, inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. Choose from a luxurious massage, facial, body, and salon treatments. View the complete spa facility and menu online.
South Lake Tahoe
Check-in at Edgewood Tahoe.
At Edgewood Tahoe, they’ve crafted new beginnings amongst a storied setting. It’s a setting where daydreamers unwind in the sand while adventurer-seekers explore the Sierras. And where both—loungers and roamers alike—are met with personalized service, unprecedented stewardship, and unparalleled accommodations.
This award-winning resort is also LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified that “provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.”
The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is a LEED silver certified building, with the following achieved projects:
• Lake sourced cooling system, by extracting 43-degree water from Lake Tahoe, eliminating use of electrical to cool the water, reducing their carbon footprint.
• Use of locally sourced materials, such as the granite sourced from a local quarry, eliminating the impact of long-distance shipping for those materials.
• Providing employee bike racks, employee shuttles, and employee locker room showers so that employees can bike and walk to work.
• Pedestrian and bike-friendly pathways to local commercial areas to reduce vehicle traffic.
• Significant efficiencies through engineering and landscape design to reduce water usage.
Take a private kayak tour along the shores of Edgewood with Clearly Tahoe Kayak.
Clearly Tahoe specializes in offering guided full-service tours and rentals in completely transparent kayaks! You’ll experience depths of up to 65 feet as you paddle along the beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline.
Just 45 minutes south of Reno and only 12 miles east of South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley offers an abundance of authentic adventure. You’ll this valley consisting of four cities nestled near the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Douglas County, Nevada.
Soak at 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs.
1862 David Walley’s Hot Spring features five mineral hot springs. The geothermally heated groundwater is produced naturally from the earth’s mantle. The swimming pools are heated with geothermal water.
Tour the Bently Heritage Distillery where they grow 100 percent of the grains used in their products.
Like the original distilleries of the old world, Bently uses only grains grown right on their ranch in Carson Valley — in fact, 80 percent are grown onsite making it one of only five estate distilleries in the United States. Bently Ranch sustainably grows and harvests the winter rye, wheat, and barley which is used to malt in-house on their own malting floor. The distillery’s home is the more than 100-year-old Minden flour mill which sits proudly on the National Register of Historic Places. Once the largest operating mill in the area, today it’s restored to modern LEED-certified standards. The goal is not only to set a new standard for sustainable production in the state of Nevada but also in the world.
Carson City, Nevada boasts an array of outdoor adventures, fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums, gaming opportunities, and a plethora of events and entertainment. Visitors will find plenty of exciting activities and experiences to choose from. In the heart of the action, Carson City is nestled just minutes from world-famous Lake Tahoe, electrifying Reno, historic Virginia City, and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Hike to the Kings Canyon Waterfall.
The King’s Canyon Waterfall is a nice waterfall in the spring, and very easy to reach, making it a popular waterfall. Later in the summer, the creek reduces but still offers respite from the heat. Kings Canyon Falls cascades 25 ft. along the creek. If you scramble further up the creek above the falls, you will find a couple more small cascades.
From the parking lot, the trailhead is visible. Follow the trail less than 1 mile to reach the waterfall. Other than the elevation gain, the trail is not technically difficult. To extend the hike, take the loop trail for 1.8 miles of exploring.
Jill Dutton is publisher of Evolving Magazine. Five years ago she began traveling North America by train (and plane) writing about local foods, wellness activities, and train travel. Follow her travels at www.USAbyRail.blog.