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Luxury meets lakeside

Claire Cudahy

Famous for its five-star golf course, Edgewood Tahoe added another feather to its cap this summer with the completion of a $100 million lakeside lodge.

Though the greens may be covered in snow, Edgewood's stylish mountain-modern lodge, complete with easy access to Heavenly Mountain Resort, is the perfect home base for a winter vacation in Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Magazine took a look inside the Stateline lodge this summer to give you a glimpse of what's in store for this winter and beyond:

STAY

Nearly 25 years in the making, the luxury lodge broke ground in October 2015 and opened for its first guests this June. The eco-friendly building includes a spa and salon, 200-seat bistro and bar, ballroom, adventure center, kids camp, high-end shops, and a heated swimming pool and hot tub.

Upon entering the lodge, guests are greeted by a vaulted ceiling and a wall of cathedral-style windows in the Great Room looking out at the lake and snow-covered lawn. Wood panel art and carved limestone mingle with leather and geometric-patterned fabrics to create a cozy gathering space.

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Each of the lodge's 154 artfully-decorated rooms and suites features its own fireplace and balcony with a mountain or lake view.

PLAY

For guests looking to hit the slopes, Edgewood Tahoe offers ski and snowboard rentals at its Adventure Center and transportation to and from Heavenly Mountain Resort.

"We have three Mercedes sprinters all with ski racks," said Bryan Davis, marketing director for Edgewood Tahoe. "We are trying to be as close to ski-in, ski-out as possible."

The vans also take guests across U.S. Highway 50 to the Edgewood-owned property for sledding and snowmobiling.

"We are entertaining the idea of allowing snowshoeing on parts of the golf course, depending on the amount of snow," added Davis.

For parents in search of a little R&R, Edgewood's Adventure Camp — which operates 365 days a year — keeps its younger guests entertained throughout the day with fun indoor and outdoor activities on the property.

After a day out in the snow, Edgewood's heated swimming pool, hot tub and fire pits are the perfect complement.

"I can't tell you how many times we watch people walk outside and their jaw drops when they see the view," said Davis. "You can sit outside by the fire pit in your ski clothes, look at the lake and enjoy a meal or have a cocktail."

DINE & IMBIBE

The Bistro is the latest dining option to hit Edgewood Tahoe's 235-acre property. Joining Edgewood Restaurant and Brooks Bar and Grill, the 200-seat Bistro — located just off of the Great Room in the Lodge — features a stylish dining room, lounge and bar with views of the lake and mountains.

On par with the rest of the lodge's décor, the Bistro's rope ceiling is the show-stealer of the restaurant. The blue and tan rope was made in Spain then shipped to Australia, where a rope artist fabricated it into panels that cover the ceiling.

"It's great food in a relaxed environment," said Bistro's executive sous chef David Lofren.

Diners can partake in familiar dishes with fresh twists. Start off the meal with the crowd-pleasing cheddar chive biscuits with whipped maple butter before diving into a brick-oven pizza topped with black figs, Cabrales blue cheese and Parmesan, or a venison loin served with fondant potatoes, wild berry demi and roasted carrots.

Cap the meal off with an artisanal cheese board or carrot cake coated in cream cheese icing and whipped crème fraiche and drizzled in walnut caramel.

For those looking to enjoy an après ski tipple at the Bistro, Lofren recommends trying the Firebreak, a warm cocktail made with foamed milk, dark chocolate syrup, maple syrup, whipping cream, maple whiskey and mezcal.

RELAX

Nestled on the second floor of the Lodge, the Spa at Edgewood offers a range of unique facials, massages and body treatments, in addition to hair and nail services.

Skip the slopes and instead opt for a full day of pampering, starting with the Sierra Stone Facial, followed by the Alpine Arnica Deep Tissue Massage and Espresso Mud Body Treatment. Finish the day with a soak in the spa's private hot tub.

"We at Edgewood are just very excited to see how guests enjoy the new lodge during its first winter," added Davis. "We think they are really going to enjoy themselves."