This classic mountain lakefront resort was established in 1942 by Thomas James who was a prominent property owner on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. For over thirty years, the property welcomed visitors from around the world to enjoy its quaint location and magnificent setting under the name of James Lakeshore Resort.
History tells us that on a snowy day in January 1978, Andreas and Mary Mourelatos drove to the Lake to view the property and found it draped in freshly fallen snow. Wrapped within the heart of the High Sierra with his toes on the shoreline, Andreas announced to his wife that the property had to be theirs.
After a mad scramble for finances in March 1978, Mary and Andreas became the proud owners of what is now a historic icon on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and named after their Greek heritage ~ Mourelatos (Moh-ray-la-tos) Lakeshore Resort.
Upon acquisition, Mary immersed her heart and soul into the property and started the family tradition to consistently improve the guests’ experience through a variety of interior and exterior improvements. During their years as proprietors, Mary was the designer and full-time manager while Andreas focused his talents on the maintenance of the resort.
In 1994, a multi-year renovation began. Phase 1 occurred unexpectedly after a horrific fire consumed the property’s west wing; a fierce wind coming off of the Lake fueled the flames that devoured the buildings in forty-five minutes. Andreas incorporated his talent for architecture and redesigned a new wing on the footprint of the old building. The unique angle of the rooms you see today allows each guest to enjoy a view of Lake Tahoe.
Phase 2 occurred in 1997 when the family redesigned the east wing to mirror the improvements of Phase 1. Additional guest amenities included gas fireplaces that were installed in several units.
Phase 3 filled the calendar from spring through the summer months in 1999. A new office was built along with a meeting room for retreats and small weddings. As its guests have come to appreciate, more amenities were added with outdoor barbecues, a scenic barbecue center and hot tubs which visitors enjoy throughout the year.
Today, The Mourelatos Family continues to improve the rooms and facilities and enhance the dream envisioned more than 30 years ago … to be a destination where families and their friends could enjoy good old-fashioned Greek hospitality in what is, without question, one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
Indoors and out, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort is an extraordinary lakefront resort where visitors from around the world can continue to truly relax, enjoy and cherish Lake Tahoe in an unforgettable way.