Black Bear Lodge

1202 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
Innkeeper(s): Rachel and Greg Carlson
  • Introduction

    Black Bear Inn, front view


    Black Bear is an elegant, rustic lodge in South Lake Tahoe offering luxury accommodations in a relaxed mountain setting and it is positioned close to all mountain and Lake Tahoe activities.

    Voted one of the best B&Bs in California, Black Bear Inn is an elegant, rustic lodge in South Lake Tahoe offering luxury accommodations in a relaxed mountain setting, close to all mountain and Lake Tahoe activities.

    Visit the Room & Rate page for room photos and information. For photos of the lodge, cabins and grounds, visit the Lodge page. Our Things To Do and Links pages will tell you all about Lake Tahoe activities, restaurants, beaches, ski resorts -- everything you need to plan your trip. Use Black Bear Inn as your home base for a romantic weekend getaway or family reunion while you experience extraordinary Lake Tahoe.

    Black Bear Inn, frontBlack Bear Inn, inside

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kevin for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    I would say it is split between active outdoors enthusiasts, and guests celebrating a special occasion such as wedding, birthday or anniversary.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    What makes us unique is that in all of Lake Tahoe we are the only B&B that was designed and built as a bed and breakfast. We designed the inn ourselves. It is not a remodeled motel.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The spectacular, majestic beauty of the mountains and the lake. It really is breathtaking.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Several guests have shared that this is the best B&B they ever stayed at. The inn and the grounds have been used for television shows, commercials and countless catalog and magazine photo shoots. In a way, that itself is a really nice compliment.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    I can’t think of anything that is unknown or secret. Maybe some of the more remote hikes or hard-to-access beaches. We had guests who went on a midnight guided snowshoe tour, and they just raved about it. I had never heard of it.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    It depends on the season. In the summer you should drive the lake to get a feel for the area; experience the mountains and clean air by getting out for a hike or a bike ride; get out on the lake in a kayak, boat or stand up paddle. In the winter you should ski or snowboard at one of our many world-class resorts; and snowmobile or snowshoe in the forest.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Lake Tahoe is in walking distance, as well as hiking trails, shops and restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Evan’s Restaurant and Café Fiore. There are many others, but these are our two favorites.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    There are many, many websites offering travelers info on the Lake Tahoe area, each with a specialty: outdoor sports, art, culture or entertainment, etc. Our own website has tons of information to make your stay in Tahoe more fun.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Between the lodge and the cabins we have just ten guestrooms, so our property is very intimate.

    Do you accept pets?

    Unfortunately, we do not accept pets.

  • Amenities

    Black Bear's main lodge has five comfortable guest rooms, each with private bath, king bed and gas fireplace. Three spacious, romantic cabins of varying sizes and a hot tub gazebo sit on the back grounds beneath the pine trees. Each cabin has a private patio. Every morning a full, hot breakfast is served. (Breakfast is included in the rate, dinner is not.) 

    Black Bear Inn, living room

    Black Bear Inn, common lounge
  • Weddings

    Black Bear Inn, bride

    Nestled in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, Black Bear Lodge offers an idyllic setting for an intimate
    wedding. The rustic lodge features hand hewn logs, river rock gas fireplaces, and beautifully
    landscaped grounds. Hold your ceremony beneath towering pine trees or say “I do” inside; with
    stunning event spaces both indoors and out you can plan the perfect wedding here at any time of
    year. In addition to its beautiful event spaces, the luxurious lodge boasts five well-appointed guest
    rooms and four spacious cabins. With a convenient location near both Lake Tahoe and Heavenly
    Mountain, Black Bear Lodge is not only a spectacular place to tie the knot but also a wonderful place
    to spend the weekend with loved ones. The property can sleep 22 people.


    Max Indoor: 50 guests
    Max Outdoor: 120 guests


    Time Restrictions:

    Events must end by 9:30PM.

    Site Fee:

    The site fee ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 for a ceremony and reception with a two-night minimum
    rental of all 9 guest rooms is required to ensure privacy for your event. A 50% non-refundable
    security deposit is required to reserve the date. Site fee includes private use of property for event
    guests including lawn areas, main lodge with furniture placement (or removal) of your choosing,
    catering access to commercial kitchen space, use of lodge sound system, flexible time to set-up and
    decorate the space. Packages are available for those looking for a one-stop shop.

    Black Bear Inn, sign


    Bring a caterer of your choosing or choose from our list of recommended vendors.


    Black Bear Inn, jacuzzi


    "Let's be candid. We have all seen beautiful locations advertised in magazines, on postcards or on the internet but upon visit, we have been disappointed. I have to admit the pictures of the Black Bear Inn looked too good to be true so I made a special trip from Pasadena to check out the Inn.

    I have to tell you, I found the Inn to be picture perfect: rich, lush, filled with color and beautifully decorated. Upon seeing the Inn in person, I so fell in love with its beauty, tranquility and charm that on the spot, I reserved the whole Inn for our September 17, 2011 wedding. I was mindful that the Black Bear Inn is a business but for an everyday Joe like me, our wedding plans came down to the issue of trust. Could I completely trust that the Black Bear Inn staff would fulfill the vision of our wedding? After sitting down and discussing the proposed plans with the Black Bear Inn staff, with their warm and caring reassurance, I bet the farm and placed all of our hopes and dreams for our wedding into their hands and came up aces.

    Black Bear Inn, front door

    Our wedding was absolutely beautiful. Everything we had hoped and prayed for came out exactly the way we wanted it to be. Looking back on it now, the wedding was perfect principally because the staff at the Inn made sure everything turned out beautifully just as they promised it would some months before. All of my friends and family members were so impressed and reported that the Black Bear Inn staff were always professional, caring, willing to go the extra mile to assist and always treated them with respect. To each and every one of the staff members at the Black Bear Inn, my wife and I want to thank you for our gorgeous September wedding and for our perfect beautiful memories that will always be cherished."

  • Things To Do

    Black Bear Inn, front view

    Wintertime is when Tahoe shows off its 15 ski resorts, including Heavenly Mountain Reseort (just one mile from the inn), Squaw Valley and Kirkwood. Tahoe winters are famous for huge dumps of light powder and beautiful blue skies. This is world-class skiing at its best.

    • 15 ski resorts
    • Cross country skiing
    • Snowmobile tours
    • Ice skating
    • Horse drawn sleigh rides
    • Snowshoeing through the forest
    • Dog sled rides

    There are countless activities to enjoy in the summertime, and below is a starter list. Please check out our Links page for links to specific events.

    • Hiking, biking
    • Golf, tennis
    • Inline skating
    • Horseback riding
    • Fishing and boating
    • Canoes, kayaks, sailboats
    • Rafting (white water or long 'n lazy)
    • Catamarans, paddle wheelers
    • Historic towns (Truckee, Virginia City, Placerville, Coloma)
    • Tour the Apple Hill wineries
    • Hot air balloon rides
    • Glider rides, helicopter tours
    • ...or ask to borrow our Ultimate Driving Tour CD

    Black Bear Inn, horse

    Throughout the year there are a wide range of special events: outdoor concerts, the marathon, bike races, a Shakespeare Festival, antique car and boat shows -- something for everyone. Links to many of those events can be found on our Links page.

    Whatever the season, Lake Tahoe has several casinos that happily welcome anyone of legal age. The larger casinos have major entertainers, shows and concerts. Shopping at one of the many stores in town is another year-round activity. A lot of our guests like to kick back in the lodge and take advantage of our free Wi-Fi set up. And don't worry -- if you didn't bring a laptop, we've got one you can use.

    For more info and links to several sites that can help you plan your trip to Lake Tahoe, please visit our links page at If you prefer talking to a human being rather than surfing online, please feel free to call us as well! (10am-6pm daily, PST) We will be glad to help you plan your weekend getaway.

    The Lake Tahoe area has one of the highest concentrations of ski resorts in the world and is home to several ski resorts. Each mountain has its own personality, amenities and unique views of the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range. Black Bear Inn is just one mile from the Heavenly Mountain California base lodge.

    There are countless web sites that supply information about the Lake Tahoe area. Here are some of our favorites:

    If you are concerned about the weather and road conditions while lodging in South Lake Tahoe, there are a few sites on our links page that might help. Please visit us at for more information.

  • Directions

    The shuttle service that runs between the Reno/Tahoe airport and South Lake Tahoe costs about $24 one way, or $43 round trip and is based in the far corner of the airport baggage claim area of the Reno airport. The ride takes about seventy minutes and lets you off at the casinos in Stateline, Nevada, one and a half miles from Black Bear Inn. Taxis can be called from any casino. Once you're at Black Bear, public buses, casino shuttles and ski resort shuttles stop in front of the lodge. Car rentals are also available at the Reno airport. Be advised that it is best to have a four wheel drive vehicle if you come during the winter months.

    As of March 2010, there is a new shuttle service that runs between Sacramento International Airport and South Lake Tahoe. Currently, a round-trip costs $99 and one-way is $65. The shuttle will stop at four South Shore casinos, where taxis are readily available. We recommend you depart at Horizon. For more information, please call Super Shuttle at (800) 258-3826.

    Do not rely on GPS systems; they have been routing guests the wrong way.

    From Reno

    A new highway from Reno is under construction. For the next couple of years, as you drive this route you will be getting on and off the elevated highway/bypass. Once it's finished it will have a new number.

    It's a seventy minute drive from the Reno airport to Black Bear Inn.

    1. Just beyond the airport exit, take Highway 395 south out of Reno
    2. After a few miles, take exit 57B in order to stay on 395
    3. Highway 395 takes you into Carson City
    4. Just as you enter Carson, take the new 395 Business exit;Otherwise you will continue on a new elevated bypass that only goes a mile or two
    5. While you are on 395 Business, Highway 50 merges with 395
    6. When 50 and 395 split, turn to the right and stay on 50
    7. You will immediately begin to ascend the Carson mountain range
    8. In twenty miles or so you will see the only high rise buildings on the road: the casinos
    9. They are located right on the California/ Nevada border at the Stateline Street traffic light
    10. Four lights further south is Ski Run Boulevard
    11. Turn left onto Ski Run. Black Bear is one-half mile up on the right: 1202 Ski Run Blvd

    From Sacramento

    1. It takes approximately two hours to drive from Sacramento to Black Bear Inn; (If starting at the Sac airport, add 15 minutes to drive south on Interstate 5 to Highway 50)
    2. Take Highway 50 east out of Sacramento
    3. Continue into the Lake Tahoe area until you reach the traffic light at Pioneer Trail, about one-half mile past the point where Highway 89 merges into 50 from the right
    4. Turn right onto Pioneer Trail
    5. Once on Pioneer, drive seven and one-half miles to the Ski Run Boulevard traffic light (the third light). Turn left onto Ski Run
    6. Black Bear is one block down on the left: 1202 Ski Run Blvd

    From Minden (Hwy. 395)

    1. If you are driving up 395 through Nevada, you'll want to take Highway 207 over the mountain rather than going further north to Carson City
    2. Highway 88 is the short link between the two roads; Highway 88 hits Highway 395 at a traffic light in Minden
    3. Make a sharp left onto 88
    4. After two miles on 88, turn right at the light onto Mottsville Lane
    5. This road becomes 207/ Kingsbury Grade. Kingsbury will take you up and over the mountain and dead end at Highway 50 near the lake
    6. Turn left onto 50. Soon you will see the only high rise buildings on the road: the casinos
    7. They are located right on the California/ Nevada border at the Stateline Street traffic light
    8. Four lights further south is Ski Run Boulevard
    9. Turn left onto Ski Run. Black Bear is one-half mile up on the right: 1202 Ski Run Blvd.