Meet Our GM - Devin Blann
Q: What makes Lake Tahoe a unique vacation destination?
A: It is truly a year-round tourist destination. But, not in the normal year-round tourist destination way. It depends on when you visit, since it will be vastly different from one month to the next. Tahoe has two completely different seasons and reasons that tourists come during the year. In the winter, Tahoe features world-class skiing and snowboarding at more than 15 resorts around the lake with more than 400 inches of snow. In the summer, it is has the beach and boating with more than 300 days of sunshine and 72 miles of coastline. Of course, the "Jewel of the Sierra" Lake Tahoe is beautiful year-round, as well.
Q: What is your favorite area restaurant?
A: Boathouse on the Pier. I like places where you can see the lake and be on the lake, and this is actually one of the few that sit over the lake. It is small and the service is great; it is a bit tucked away from the main area in town. They serve a mixture of seafood and steak with some excellent appetizers.
Q: If you could only choose one local attraction that is a must-see, what would it be?
A: Any boat cruise on the lake. That is the main reason that people come to Tahoe. Any of the boat cruises will take you out on the lake and around Emerald Bay. They are also open year-round, and the views are stunning. They will have both indoor and outdoor areas on the boat, so if it is hot or cold, you can still be comfortable.
Q: What is your background in the hospitality industry?
A: I started working the front desk for a resort in high school and really enjoyed it. After college, I began working at a hotel in the Bay Area in the front office as an entry level manager and loved it. I continued to grow and move around the country working in resorts managing food and beverage, front office, and housekeeping in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, San Francisco and now, Lake Tahoe! Some of the most recent hotel companies I have worked for include Rock Resorts (luxury hotel brand of Vail Resorts), Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, and Trump International Hotels before I came to this property.
Q: How long have you been the GM at Secrets Inn?
A: Since January 2015
Q: What is your favorite room at Secrets Inn and why?
A: The Spruce Suite. This room is large with a massive Jacuzzi tub with a separate bathroom and shower. I also like the view of this room since it looks out over the forest.
Q: What makes Secrets Inn different from surrounding hotels?
A: This is easy! Every single room in this hotel has a Jacuzzi tub with jets in it that can fit two. We are the only hotel in Tahoe that can say this!