3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club Review – South Lake Tahoe

Last week, Art surprised me by “kidnapping” me away to South Lake Tahoe for two days.  We had not gone on a trip away just the two of us in almost a year and it was so relaxing!

We stayed at the 3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club, just three blocks from the casinos at Stateline.  The rate for a King Deluxe room was $34 per night for Sunday and Monday nights, which is a great deal for the area.  The rooms looked pretty basic, from the website, with a King bed, table with two chairs, dresser with TV, and a bathroom with tub and shower.  The decor was cabinlike and homey.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were immediately greeted by Hank, the resident Boston terrier.  Upon check-in, the desk clerk let us know that we were being upgraded for free to one of the Poolside Suites.  We weren’t sure what that meant until we saw our room.

The Poolside Suites are amazing!!  Our room was spacious, with a king-sized bed, sofa, built-in dresser and desk, flat-screen TV and jacuzzi tub.  The bathroom was covered in beautiful mosaic tile and there was a walk-in shower with a bench seat!!  The main entrance to our room was from the parking lot, but through a sliding glass door on the other side of the room, we could enter our own private gated patio, which led to the pool area.

The pool was closed for the season, but the hot tub was open.  Pool towels are available at the front desk. The hot tub was two-tiered with a waterfall spilling over from the top tier into the second.  The jet controls on the outside of the poolhouse control both tiers. We spent so much time in the hot tub that we never got to try the jacuzzi tub in our room. We’ll have to save that for next time.

The pool area is open until 11 p.m.  Although we had no problems with noise, I think that during the summer months the poolside suites might get a little loud.

The lobby of the hotel has a pool table and TV.  Coffee and tea are served all day.  The southern  building has a refreshment center with ice machine, vending machines and coupons and flyers for various nearby attractions.  We found a little coupon book in the lobby that had lots of discounts on touristy items, as well as local restaurants.  Monday night we ate at a Chinese buffet off the Y which had decent food for only $10 a person.

The lake is only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel and hotel guests get private beach access. Casinos, Heavenly Valley gondola, movie theaters and restaurants ranging from Burger King and Subway to the new 19 Kitchen Bar and Lounge at Harvey’s and Friday’s Steakhouse at Harrah’s with dramatic views of the mountains and lake from the top of the casinos.  Sunday night Art and I walked to Harrah’s and had dinner at the Forest Buffet, also at the the top of the hotel.

The uber-comfy bed, convenient HVAC unit (disguised by a photo of the lake), plus all the other amenities already described and the friendliness of the staff, combined with the phenomenal rate (off-peak rate for the Poolside Suite is still on $70 per night) makes 3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club a no-brainer pick for a fun and relaxing South Lake Tahoe vacation!!  5 Boston terriers for this resort!! Arf! Arf! Arf! Arf! Arf!

You can make reservations for 3 Peaks by visiting 3PeaksHotel.com or calling 530-544-1480.

In April 2014, we revisited 3 Peaks.  Check out my new review.

I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I purchased my own room and all opinions are my own.

Marvels The Avengers Movie Review – A Must See!!

New York City is under attack by aliens from another dimension.  The government wants to solve the problem by leveling the island of Manhattan with a nuclear blast.  Who will save the day?  Enter Marvel’s The Avengers!!

About the Film:

The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow,  Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The movie, rated PG-13, tells the origins of the group, and how Nick Fury brought together these individual superheroes to form an even more powerful force.

Nick Fury, leader of the peacekeeping group known as S.H.I.E.L.D., along with former Russian spy Black Widow, recruits a super team to combat Thor’s ever-deceptive brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston,  after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner, who can track down the artifact’s gamma signals as long as nobody makes him angry.


My Review:

I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this movie.  And how hard it was to not tell anyone once I had seen it.  That’s because Art and I got to attend our first movie screening with the press passes I got as a Disney Mom Blogger!!  It was so cool to sit in the balcony with other members of the media (I sat next to Ashley Williams from Good Day Sacramento).

But I would have paid full price to see this movie.  I may even pay to see it a second time – it was that good.  As I have mentioned previously, I was a big comic book fan growing up.  One of the things I enjoyed about this movie, though, was that I was not as well-versed in the mythos as I would have been with a Star Trek movie, or an X-Men movie.  This meant that I didn’t get bogged down in the details.  I wasn’t yelling at the screen things like “that didn’t happen!!” or “so-and-so would never do that!!” or as Lord of the Rings fans everywhere lamented, “whatever happened to Tom Bombadil?”

I loved all the characters and think that this is the best movie version of The Hulk so far – although I was not a big fan of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.  I just didn’t quite believe him as a depressed intellectual.  I loved the 3D but felt that there were parts of the movie where the effect actually detracted from the story – the airships in particular seemed toy-like in 3D and tended to pull me out of the experience and remind me I was sitting in a crowded movie theater instead of a part of the action.  One of my favorite effects was the splatter, be it flying debris or water or what-not, even though computer-generated, that would hit the “camera” at key moments – it really added to the realism and drew me back in.

The Avengers is full of the good old-fashioned comic book violence we remember from our childhoods.  Not a lot of blood, and you may actually laugh when Hulk backhands a villain.  As with any Marvel product, it is rife with the hilarious one-liners Stan Lee is famous for – such bon mots as “No hard feelings, Point Break,” (Iron Man to Thor) and “Clench up, Legolas” (Iron Man to Hawkeye) really help make the movie the gem that it is.

Look for the ubiquitous Stan Lee cameo, and make sure you sit through the credits for the extras that will give you a bit of a laugh and possibly a hint at the future of the franchise.

I give Marvel’s The Avengers, 4 1/2 out of 5 AAAAas!!!  A must-see!!

I received free movie passes to see this movie.  Regardless, all opinions are my own.