Affordable Water Views

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas is an oasis surrounded by desert.

LAKE LAS VEGAS, NEV.

STAY
In summer, hotels at this lake resort 17 miles east of the Strip offer amazing deals. Try the MonteLago Village. From $139.* (866) 564-4799.

EAT
The outdoor patio at Bistro Zinc is the coolest spot on the lake—with fresh oysters, jazz bands, and water misters. (702) 567-9462, bistrozinclv.com.

PLAY
To find out about free events such as outdoor movies and food festivals, go to lakelasvegas.com/events.asp.

MANZANITA, ORE.

STAY
The Inn at Manzanita's rooms with private decks offer views through the trees to a seven-mile-long sandy beach. From $150. (503) 368-6754.

EAT
Pick up a box lunch ($9) at the Bread and Ocean Bakery for a beach picnic. (503) 368-5823.

PLAY
A short but steep climb up Neahkahnie Mountain ends at an outlook where you can see for miles up and down the Oregon coast. (503) 368-5943.

SANDPOINT, IDAHO

STAY
You can easily walk to Lake Pend Oreille from the Coit House, a Victorian with six antique-filled guest rooms. From $110. (208) 265-4035.

EAT
What's the most popular lakeside spot in town? The patio at the Beach House. Order a burger ($9). (208) 255-4947.

PLAY
On a 90-minute tour with Lake Pend Oreille Cruises you'll learn how an ice dam formed Idaho's largest lake 17,000 years ago. $18. (208) 255-5253.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.

STAY
Most rooms with views go for $400, but at the Best Western Beachside Inn overlooking the harbor, room rates start at $167.* (805) 965-6556.

EAT
It's hard to get a seat at La Super-Rica Taqueria, so grab some guacamole and a burrito and head for nearby East Beach. (805) 963-4940.

PLAY
Rent a bicycle from Wheel Fun Rentals for $8 to $9 an hour (805-966-2282) and go for a ride on the three-mile-long Cabrillo Bike Path along the waterfront.

SEELEY LAKE, MONT.

STAY
Does a little log cabin just steps from a pristine mountain lake sound like your kind of place? Check out Tamaracks Resort. From $119. (800) 477-7216.

EAT
At Lindey's waterfront steak house, couples save by splitting the 16-ounce cuts of meat. (406) 677-9229.

PLAY
Paddle a canoe 3.5 miles down the Clearwater River to the lake's north end. Four-hour boat rental from Seeley Sports, $25. (406) 677-3680.

TRUCKEE, CALIF.

STAY
A river runs through Truckee and the River Street Inn sits right on it. In guest rooms, you can even hear the water flow. from $115. (530) 550-9290.

EAT
How about a juicy burger topped with caramelized onions? Belly up to the bar at Moody's Bistro. (530) 587-8688, moodysbistro.com.

PLAY
Hike the two-mile Truckee River Legacy Trail. See a map at legacytrail.org or get directions from the chamber of commerce at (530) 587-8808.

Photography courtesy MonteLago Village Resort

This article was first published in July 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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