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The stars come out at Tahoe : Area hotels offer star-gazing packages


Photo By: Courtesy of Cl Hospitality
Photo Courtesy Of Cl Hospitality Rooms at The Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe boast a number of amenities, including fireplaces and flat-screen TVs. The Lodge and the Historian Inn offer fall star-gazing packages.

Fall evenings celebrating “Stars, Strings and Sipping” are scheduled at South Lake Tahoe’s Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn in Gardnerville, Nev.

A series of astronomy tours includes classical music by Reno Philharmonic players, wine tastings from around the globe with knowledgeable presenters from each domain, sample appetizers from leading area restaurateurs and chefs, round-trip transportation to viewing areas and lodging. A two-night package costs $549 for two people.

Astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen of the Nevada Science Coalition will guide each evening of the series with two hours of laser-guided star-gazing. Among the highlights are three meteor showers: Orinoid, a trail left behind by Halley’s Comet; Leonids, an annual meteor shower associated with the Tempel-Tuttle Comet; and December’s Geminids, the most prolific display with usually more than 50 meteors per hour.

“What’s more spectacular than nature?” asked Deb Pierrel, co-owner of Clé Hospitality, owners and operators of The Avalon Lodge and the Historian Inn. “We just decided to give it a bit more help with classical music, wonderful wines and a memorable visit for our guests.”

The “Stars, Strings and Sipping” series is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 with “Uranus in Opposition.” Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the blue-green planet as it appears closer to Earth than at any other time of the year, complemented by wine and gourmet food pairings as well as tips on the best astronomy apps for smartphones.

Subsequent programs scheduled include “New Moon,” Oct. 15; “Orinoids Meteor Shower,” Oct. 21 and 22; “New Moon,” Nov. 13; “Leonids Meteor Shower,” Nov. 17 and 18; viewing of “The Blue Snowball Nebula,” Nov. 27; “Jupiter at Opposition,” Dec. 3; and “Geminids Meteor Shower,” Dec. 13 and 14.

Clé Hospitality redesigned the 20 rooms at The Avalon Lodge with fresh, casual elegance in mind. Amenities include beds with plush mattresses and triple-sheeted linens topped with overstuffed comforters in an Egyptian cotton cover. The bath is stocked with personal-care products and oversized towels and attractive tile designs. Fireplaces add warmth and ambience.

A variety of lodging packages are available, including 25 percent discounts on stays of four nights or more; 35 percent savings midweek; Movie Nights featuring first-run films and theater-style refreshments; Romantic Getaways with champagne or wine, souvenir glasses, chocolates and guest rooms with fireplaces. The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool as well as complimentary bicycles, kayaks and snowshoes.

The Historian Inn boasts 34 rooms that reflect the area’s Western heritage, featuring the colors, textures and natural materials reminiscent of the mining booms that established Nevada as the Silver State.

Both properties provide flat-screen TVs with Movies on Demand, iPod docking stations in every room, complimentary wireless Internet access, activity equipment and daily newspapers.

A continental breakfast with locally baked fare is available daily at The Avalon Lodge, while the Historian Inn provides a “grab-and-go” breakfast. Both hotels offer food and wine tastings and 24-hour boutique gift shops.

For reservations and more information, visit avalonlodge.com and historianinn.com.

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