Best Event New Year's is big with the younger set at Stateline.
Locals' Favorite Restaurants The Cantina (Southwestern and Mexican); Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill (after-hours, sandwiches and salads); The Naked Fish (a sushi-lover's delight); Rude Brothers Deli (popular for bagels and smoothies); the new Rockwater Tavern on Highway 89; Ernie's Coffee Shop (Fifties retro look, omelets, a favorite breakfast joint).
Locals' Favorite Hangouts McP's Irish Pub and Grill (cheap grog, live music); Greenstone Bar & Grill (regional bands, disco); The Brewery at Lake Tahoe (local brew); Alpen Sierra Coffee Company (fast lattes and equally fast gossip).
Best Places To Stay The elegant Black Bear Inn (877-232-7466) is close to Heavenly's California portal. The Castle at Summer Place (888-891-8338) is a small, secluded, mountaintop inn.
Best-Kept Secret Cross-country skiing at Spooner Lake Cross-Country Ski Area (775-749-5349).
Information Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 800-288-2463 or www.virtualtahoe.com; South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, 530-541-5255; Tahoe Douglas Stateline Chamber of Commerce, 775-588-4591.