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From historic to sky high, visit the region’s most out-of-the-box lodging options

Written by Natasha Bourlin

Basecamp Climbing Whitney Peak
Basecamp Climbing at Whitney Peak Hotel

Home is sweet. Until you begin to pine for new surroundings. If your walls are starting to look a bit too familiar, many lodging properties in the region offer some interesting, out-of-the-box accommodations.

Basecamp Hotel in Tahoe City gets you in touch with the outside while cozying up next to handy amenities. The hotel’s Great Indoors Family Room features an indoor tent along with bunk beds, camping chairs, a faux fire pit and picnic table, along with luxuries like high-speed internet, a continental breakfast, cozy bedding and, perhaps best of all, an actual bathroom mere steps away. basecamptahoecity.com

Home is sweet. Until you begin to pine for new surroundings.

In downtown Reno, base camp of a different sort awaits. This one towering above the city skyline. Whitney Peak Hotel is home to the world’s tallest climbing wall, rising 164 feet above the city on the property’s façade. Inside is Basecamp, a fitness facility comprised of a 7,000-square-foot bouldering gym, a fitness center and sauna. Rooms are chic and contemporary, bringing touches of the surrounding Sierra inside. Overnight guests receive discounts for Basecamp. whitneypeakhotel.com

Down the hill in historic Virginia City, you may end up lodged with guests from centuries ago. If you’re looking to submerge yourself in the past, book a room at the Gold Hill Hotel. Rooms in this rustic remembrance of Virginia City’s heyday date back to the early 1860s, and it’s purported to be Nevada’s first hotel — and haunted (by friendlies). Stay in one of the quaint original rooms, or the Miner’s Cabin, an apartment with a full kitchen at the base of the original mine. When hungry or thirsty, visit the bar or Crown Point Restaurant also inside the hotel. goldhillhotel.net

For other Virginia City accommodations set right on memory lane, the Cobb Mansion Bed and Breakfast has just a few themed rooms. Here, guests can revel in the charming antique surroundings of the common areas, then stay in the Julia Bulette room, named for the Comstock’s most notorious prostitutes.

One of the largest funeral processions in the town’s history was thrown upon her passing. The room, boasting an exquisite, hand-carved canopy bed and period furniture also has its own entrance, in keeping with the discretion appreciated by Bulette. cobbmansion.com

Lake Tahoe Campground Airstream Zephyr Cove Resort
Lake Tahoe Campground Airstream at Zephyr Cove Resort

Don’t have an Airstream, but always wanted to sleep in one? Stay in South Lake Tahoe at Zephyr Cove, where well-outfitted Airstream trailers welcome up to four campers with amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, plus just outside is a gas grill complete with Adirondack chairs set up around a log fire (firewood included) and a picnic table. zephyrcove.com 

Since the area teems with history, another option for an unusual overnighter is the St. Charles Hotel in Carson City. In the heart of Nevada’s capital, the historic hotel’s brick exterior houses rooms once occupied by notable Nevadans beginning in 1862.

Today, you can peek into small spaces that once housed hotel residents and remain in their original condition. A beautiful balcony suite for current guests is modern and bright, with a kitchen plus balcony overlooking the town square. Downstairs is the Fox Brewpub, where guests can grab a bite and a freshly brewed beer. Legend has it Mark Twain occupied a stool or two at the original bar. visitcarsoncity.com

When in need of a getaway, but don’t want your average accommodations, check out any of these intriguing options and give yourself some new surroundings.

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