History, Nostalgia, and Nature — Cash in Your Credit Card Rewards to Visit Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Camp Richardson

History, Nostalgia, and Nature — Cash in Your Credit Card Rewards to Visit Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Camp Richardson

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By: Jon McDonald
Posted: May 14, 2018
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In a Nutshell: Camp Richardson is a year-round resort located on the edge of Lake Tahoe that is perfect for families who want to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. The camp is situated near historic sites, trails, watersports, and ski resorts. Redeem your travel rewards for a stay in one of Camp Richardson’s rustic-but-modern cabins and enjoy all of the on-property amenities — including a beach, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, and general store. Visitors can save even more money by visiting in the spring or fall, when the tourists take a hiatus and the trails and beaches are far less populated.

Lake Tahoe is a picturesque natural playground that straddles the border of California and Nevada and caters to travelers of all types — from backpackers to billionaires. The lake’s tranquil waters welcome countless boaters during the summer and the surrounding mountains are covered with snow and filled with skiers during the winter.

Travelers who prefer to live in the lap of luxury have plenty of five-star hotels from which to choose. And those who define relaxation as a roulette table and a roll of the dice can find what they’re looking for in one of the many casinos on the Nevada side of the lake.

But if you’re looking to use your travel rewards to connect more with nature — or your family — Camp Richardson provides a relaxing getaway right on the water’s edge. The resort is a paradise for nature-lovers and offers trails, watersports, proximity to historic sites, and much more.

“Camp Richardson is a year-round resort with accommodations that include a campground, RV area, cabins, and a historic hotel,” said Christina Proctor, Public Relations Representative for Camp Richardson. “Once guests arrive they can park their car and leave it. The resort is self-contained with access to the beach, a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, and groceries at the general store.”

The property dates back to 1875 and has been a favorite vacation spot for generations of vacationers since. The resort is so family friendly that it served as the primary filming location for the Season 9 premiere episode of the hit ABC sitcom Modern Family.

With its welcoming atmosphere, spacious cabins, marina, ski resort packages, and beautiful, natural surroundings, Camp Richardson is a preferred destination for any season.

A Year-Round Destination for Generations of Nature Lovers

While many visitors flock to Lake Tahoe for its legendary ski slopes, summer is just as popular, especially for Camp Richardson’s guests. And many have passed the destination down as a vacation tradition.

“We get families who have been coming to Camp Richardson every summer for generations. We’ve had third- and fourth- generation families who come and rent the same cabins every summer,” said Proctor. “They book well in advance as soon as the cabins open up and this is their summer get-together.”

The resort has accommodations for parties of all sizes, including a hotel, cabins, a marina duplex, and plenty of campground space. Guests also have easy access to activities all year, whether they are on the lake, on the trail, or at one of the historic sites nearby.

Photo of a couple at Camp Richardson

Families return to Camp Richardson for generations because of its location and amenities.

Favorite lake adventures include fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding and, jet skiing. Excursions on land often include hiking, mountain biking, or a visit to the Tallac Historic Site.

“The Tallac Historic Site has two mansions of wealthy San Francisco families who used to have summer homes on Lake Tahoe,” Proctor said. “The Tallac site has a walking trail in the summer, and the Pope estate is open for tours and they put on historical reenactments.”

And while it is nestled among the former vacation estates of millionaires, Camp Richardson is an affordable getaway spot, especially if you aren’t married to the idea of visiting in summer or winter.

Live Like a Local and Save Money Through Travel Rewards

Visitors can have many of the same summer and winter experiences at a much lower price point if they visit Camp Richardson in the fall or spring. While the winter and summer months are packed with tourists and Lake Tahoe is bustling with activity, spring and fall are the quieter times of the year.

These seasons welcome many younger and older couples who aren’t tied to kids’ school schedules as are families visiting during the summer. And the in-between seasons can offer their share of unique experiences.

“In spring, you could wake up to a light dusting of snow in the morning, and by lunch, it has all melted and it’s a nice, sunny day,” Proctor said.

Photo of a woman on the marina deck

Spring and fall are great times to visit Camp Richardson and avoid the winter and summer crowds.

In addition to the weather, visitors to Camp Richardson during these times of year can also look forward to two other huge perks: deals and smaller crowds.

“Spring and fall are those secret seasons that tourists don’t often think about. But you can get the deals and still have the beauty while having trails and areas of Lake Tahoe almost to yourself,” Proctor said. “They are the seasons that locals really look forward to.”

But summer and fall aren’t the only times you can get a good deal on a stay at Camp Richardson, as it partners with local ski resorts in winter to offer packages for those who want the best of both worlds.

All-Inclusive Packages Include Ski Resort Passes and More

Lake Tahoe is world-famous for the scenic outdoor activities near its basin as well as the ski slopes and resorts in the surrounding mountains. Camp Richardson understands that many visitors want to experience the best of both of those worlds.

“Camp Richardson offers packages in partnership with local resorts that can include dining, lift tickets, and even breakfast.” — Christina Proctor, Public Relations Representative for Camp Richardson

That is why it partners with area ski resorts to offer special packages for those who want to stay in a more natural setting while taking advantage of ski resort amenities. Lake Tahoe is home to 12 ski resorts in the area and Camp Richardson is close to both Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra at Tahoe.

“Camp Richardson offers packages in partnership with local resorts that can include dining, lift tickets, and even breakfast,” Proctor said. New specials are introduced each year, and those interested in learning about the packages can sign up for notifications when they are available.

Relax at Camp Richardson and Find Peace at Lake Tahoe

As the site of countless family vacations over the years, Camp Richardson is an inviting destination on the edge of Lake Tahoe. And cashing in those unused credit card travel rewards will go a little farther at Camp Richardson than one of those five-star ski resorts — plus you’re closer to the trails, water, and historical sites.

Getting away from the grind and connecting with nature at Lake Tahoe can be an enjoyable experience, especially with family, and with so many accommodation options, you don’t have to leave anyone behind.

“Our smallest cabin is a studio for two people, but we also have many cabins that sleep five to eight people,” Proctor said. “The historic Richardson House sleeps 20, while our beautiful marina duplex sleeps 12.”

So, if you’re thinking about visiting Lake Tahoe with those air miles you’ve racked up on your credit card, catch a flight to nearby Reno International Airport and visit Camp Richardson to see everything the area has to offer.