by Leo Jakobson | October 03, 2017
Things are booming in Lake Tahoe and Reno these days. The game-changing battery-construction Gigafactory that electric car maker Tesla is operating (and still building) in Reno is making the area a tech hub able to attract the likes of Microsoft and Apple, to say nothing of a major renovation in the works for the Reno--Sparks Convention Center.

The completion this summer of the $100 million Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe capped the infusion of "over three-quarters of a billion dollars in capital investment over the last five years" in the area, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Austin Sass noted at the opening ceremony of the waterfront property. He's not the only local with that opinion. "The meeting and incentive business in North Lake Tahoe has been fantastic over the past couple of years and continues to grow with each season," says Jason Neary, director of conference sales for North Lake Tahoe. "We have recently seen a tremendous uptick in incentive programs, incentive spending, and increased spending with our DMCs. In 2017, we saw the convention and visitors bureau generate the largest number of leads and the largest number of room-nights booked throughout our history."

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is the big news on the Nevada side. Set next to the Edgewood Golf Course, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, the lodge offers 154 rooms and suites with gas fireplaces and private decks or terraces. It boasts great lake views, particularly from its "Great Room" overlooking the year-round heated pool and hot tub, which has a wall of windows several stories high. Amenities include an 8,500-square-foot spa and a fitness center, an Adventure Center, a bistro, and bar. The Lodge is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.

The LEED-designed resort project included a substantial run-off-focused environmental component for the resort, golf course, and beyond. It has a 2,964-square-foot divisible ballroom, as well as a 1,500-square-foot pre-function room and a private dining room that can host a 40-person banquet. There is also a 16-person boardroom. Beyond this, groups have access to the facilities at the lakefront golf course's Edgewood Tahoe Clubhouse, which has two indoor event rooms, the 2,500-square-foot North Room, which can hold up to 300 for a reception, and the 1,664-square-foot South Room, which can handle receptions for up to 120. Both have floor-to-ceiling windows with lake views. The North Room looks onto a 1,218-square-foot deck and 1,500-square-foot event lawn. The South Room has a 715-square-foot deck and another event lawn.