Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the HGTV Dream Home in Lake Tahoe!

This year, the HGTV Dream Home is located in Lake Tahoe, so when GMC asked if we'd like to get an exclusive sneak peek of it and its brand new GMC Yukon Denali during the Denali Dream Drive, I was on board before you could say casa ideal. After weeks of anticipation, I made my way out to beautiful Lake Tahoe, which strattles the border of Nevada and California. Known for its proximitiy to the highest concentration of ski slopes in the U.S. and breathtaking beauty, it's no wonder HGTV scouted the location for the ultimate dream home.

The outside view of the HGTV Dream Home in Lake Tahoe/Truckee, CA with the GMC Denali parked in the driveway.

After a lovely drive in our GMC Yukon Denali, we arrived on a Truckee, CA street nestled against a golf course with views of the mountains in the background (Can you say ideal setting?). Our first exclusive preview of the day was of the 2015 Yukon Denali, which is perfect for carting around all your family members.

Besides the updated, sophisticated chrome grilling and GMC IntelliLink infotainment system that allows you to integrate all your devices such as your phone or tablet, our favorite new feature was the second & third row fold down seats you can control with the push of a button – magic.

Get a sneak peek of the Denali below and check out exclusive pics from inside the HGTV Dream Home below!

The downstairs living room is flanked by a courtyard (not pictured) and floor-to-ceiling windows, so it's literally like a glass box and really makes you feel part of the gorgeous woodsy/mountain environment.

Also on the first floor is the master suite. Not too shabby, right?

The upstairs living space is a cozy place to chill after a long day of skiing or outdoor activities. I loved this burnt orange leather couch – I wanted to plop myself on it but wasn’t allowed. HGTV wants to keep the home in pristine condition for the winner – and I can see why!

Designer Jack Thomasson was very careful in his selection of accents and local art. The HGTV team wanted to play homage to the environment and even created some of the furnishings, including my favorite piece in the house, this wood-framed bark of a local tree.

My second favorite item in the home had to be this light fixture (below) in the upstairs den, which perfectly complimented the natural, exposed wood beams found all throughout the house. 

The HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes starts December 27, 2013 and ends on February 14, 2014. A prize package worth nearly $2 million, you can enter to win the Dream Home, a Yukon Denali AND $250,000 in cash. For more info on how to enter to win, visit HGTV.com.

The entire group in the gorgeous kitchen. It's hard to tell here but the backsplash was made entirely of cork, a great touch for a Tahoe home.

So, will you be entering to win the Dream Home? Excited to test drive the '15 Denali? Tell us in the comments.

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