Deerfield Lodge offers a unique, boutique Tahoe experience |

Deerfield Lodge offers a unique, boutique Tahoe experience

Susan Wood
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Eric and Robin Eichenfield prepare the Deerfield Lodge for its upcoming grand opening in August.

From the moment one walks in, it hits the guest. The Deerfield Lodge isn’t your average hotel.

Eric and Robin Eichenfield spent $2 million on buying and upgrading the Dream Inn and turning the former motel into their own dream – a boutique hotel on Ski Run Boulevard with 12 units they plan to open in the next few weeks. They bought the place for $800,000 last May.

The couple, who wanted to find refuge in 13 years of marriage after living in Scottsdale and Santa Rosa, combined their customer service backgrounds to ensure a level of experience that rivals the Kenwood Inn, a well-known Sonoma County bed and breakfast.

Eric, an investor, worked in sales. Robin is a permanent makeup artist who knows the art of providing finishing touches. And there are plenty of them to go around.

All the rooms are tastefully decorated with hand-crafted built-ins, alpine colors, microwaves, coffee bars, feather beds and refrigerators as a standard. The 10 suites feature Jacuzzi tubs as well. A corner room on the bottom floor of the two-story structure has been designated as a pet-friendly room. The rooms range from $199 to $279 a night.

But it’s life outside the rooms that stands out above the average hotel unit.

Inside the boutique hotel, a fireplace in the lounge and encased Deerfield High letterman jacket greet the visitors. The candle-lit common area with hard wood floors is the setting for breakfast that brings out fresh fruit and pastries in the morning and a liqueur bar at night for guests. Outside on the 1.1-acre grounds, that same theme is carried over into the woodchip-surrounded flower garden where a path of slate leads a meandering guest to find a special spot to relax and soak up Lake Tahoe sun rays.

The Eichenfields plan to host events ranging from weddings and business parties to a platform for Santa Claus and pumpkin patches.

“Here we had 40 years of pine needles,” he said, strolling the grounds.

The Eichenfields plan to host a grand opening party next month on the patio.

The Deerfield Lodge, which can be reached at (888) 757-3337, is located at 1200 Ski Run Boulevard next door to the Black Bear Inn.

Eichenfield said he was motivated to invest in the entry to Heavenly Mountain Resort after noting the accents of the Black Bear.

“We wanted to be a part of the Ski Run renaissance,” he said.

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