Nevada’s Zephyr Cove Resort in South Lake Tahoe

Nestled on the shores of South Lake Tahoe is Zephyr Cove Resort, a little gem in the state of Nevada. From cute lakeside cabins to fun water adventures (paddleboarding is my fav!), and tasty food to spectacular sunsets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this little corner of the lake.

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A Stay at Zephyr Cove Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

About Zephyr Cove Resort History

Zephyr Cove Resort has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century, originally being established as a small inn for silver prospectors. In the early 1900s, the resort underwent significant expansion and became a hub for summer and winter activities, offering cabins, boating, lakeside picnics and other activities.

Over the years, it gradually evolved into the popular recreational destination that it is today, attracting visitors seeking relaxation, adventure and to be surrounded by the natural beauty.


Zephyr Cove Cabins & OTHER LODGING

The resort offers a diverse range of lodging options to suit various preferences and needs. Visitors can choose from over two dozen cozy cabins nestled in the woods along South Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, providing a rustic and tranquil atmosphere. I stayed in #22 and it was rustic and cute! Additionally, there is a handful of comfortable hotel-style rooms at The Lodge, with modern amenities for a convenient and relaxing stay.

For those seeking a more outdoorsy experience, there is also an RV Park with traditional campsites too. But, for the ultimate bucket list experience, stay a few nights in a newly built airstream.

Zephyr Cove Cabins

Zephyr Cove Restaurant

More affectionately known as The Lodge, the Zephyr Cove Restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its scenic location and classic menu. The dishes these range from hearty American classics like grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers to fresh seafood and vegetarian options.

Annette Zephyr Cove Restaurant

The restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients to create flavorful and satisfying meals. We had a tasty French dip with onion rings, along with yummy fish and chips!

Zephyr Cove Sunset Bar & Grille

In addition to “The Lodge”, Zephyr Cove has a popular watering hole called the Sunset Bar & Grille, which opens from late spring until early fall. Located near the water, they offer a selection of beers, wines and refreshing cocktails such as margaritas, mojitos, and martinis, perfect for enjoying lakeside.

The attached grill has all your favorite pub fare just steps away from the beach, so you don’t have to stray too far from your sunbathing spot!

PS: it’s also a great spot to have drinks while watching one of their epic sunsets!

Sunset Bar Grille at Zephyr Cover Resort


The resort offers an array of activities to cater to outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. In the summer months, you can enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding on the serene waters of Lake Tahoe, exploring its crystal-clear depths at your leisure.


For those seeking an adrenaline rush, parasailing is available, allowing you a birds-eye view of the lake. On the calmer side, you can enjoy fishing or going through the scenic trails on horseback.

In the winter, Zephyr Cove Resort transforms into a winter wonderland, offering exhilarating snowmobiling adventures through the picturesque snow-covered landscapes.

Beach Activities

M.S. Dixie II Cruise

What better way to explore the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe than embarking on a scenic cruise aboard the iconic M.S. Dixie II? This legendary 500-passenger paddlewheel boat cruise takes guests on an afternoon scenic journey or a sunset dinner cruise. Whichever you choose, you will see the stunning beauty of the lake’s azure waters and the surrounding majestic mountains.

MS Dixie II Paddlewheel boat

We took the 2 ½ hour scenic cruise that took us out to Emerald Bay and back. While onboard, we learned about the lake’s history while ogling the picturesque shoreline and breathing in the fresh mountain air. It was a relaxing afternoon!


The resort enjoys a prime location on the southeastern shore of the renowned Lake Tahoe in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, right next to Highway 50. With the glistening waters of the lake as its backdrop and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains providing a stunning panorama, the resort is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Zephyr Cove Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is a great destination for those seeking a combination of lakeside serenity and fun activities. The cozy lakeside cabins offer a perfect blend of comfort and natural beauty, allowing guests to wake up to stunning views of Lake Tahoe.

With a wide range of fun activities available, such as swimming, water sports, hiking, and biking, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to unwind or embark on exciting adventures, Zephyr Cove Resort is the ideal place to create memories with your loved ones.

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