After travelling for approximately 7 hours from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe, we were greeted at Chaney House by Gary and Lori, an extremely friendly couple who immediately made us feel right at home. It was an instant reminder of why B&Bs can offer a much more welcoming and personal experience than any hotel. It definitely felt more like we were staying with relatives rather than strangers!
We stayed in the Russell suite which was cosy, had a huge bed and had a view (if you crouch down!) of the lake. The only slight negatives were that access was only up through a spiral staircase which was tricky with a larger suitcase, so if you’re travelling with a lot of stuff I would advise one of the other rooms. Also if you’re much taller than 5’8” you might struggle with the low shower head.
The location on the west shore was perfect, it’s within easy reach of some fine walks and quiet beaches and there are lots of good dining options nearby. We were very impressed with the Sunnyside restaurant in Tahoe City (5 min drive away) and the Swiss restaurant that’s within 10 minutes walk.
Breakfasts were typically a fruit course followed by a help-yourself selection of pastry / loaf cake and an egg course. While some of the Mexican-style egg dishes were not to our taste (although it was nice to try something different!) they were cooked very well by Lori and there was plenty of food to fill up on. In the afternoon there’s complementary cheese and wine, which was a great time to relax outside under the patio heater chatting to Gary, Lori and the other guests.