Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

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Would recommend to a friend

Date visited: 3/12

A traditional Lake Tahoe camping experience

Now, this place has character, but don’t expect five star accommodations here. It’s one of those places that you stay if you really want that Lake Tahoe feel of staying in the woods, right on the water. It does have more of the outdoor camping feel, so if that’s not you then I wouldn’t recommend it. But if you do like that stuff, then this is the place to be.

There are a lot of different accommodation options when you stay at Camp Rich, but I think the best option -- for me at least -- is the motel. It’s literally feet away from the lake, just a few steps to the Beacon, the on-site restaurant and bar, and the motel rooms have extra amenities like TV that the cabins don’t. The cabins are more for straight up camping. It’s not really my thing, but I think if you’re into that, this would be the place in Lake Tahoe to do it.

Camp Rich has got a lot of character. It opened up back in 1928 and was one of the first places to stay on the lake. It’s kind of almost like it’s own compound. Besides all the cabins and rooms spread throughout the property, there’s also a cool general store and ice cream shop that will take you back in time. There’s a great venue for events too that overlooks the lake. Plus, the staff is extremely friendly at Camp Rich! They’re not uppity at all unlike some of chain hotels, and you can really tell they take a lot of pride into where they work.

If you plan on visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer and you’re looking for that outdoor vibe, then Camp Rich is definitely the place. It’s more than just a hotel, it’s a whole experience.