North Lake Tahoe, California Things to Do

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Elegantly Spooky: 33rd Annual Cadillac Ball

If your years of trick-or-treating are over, but you still hanker to celebrate Halloween in style, then be sure to get your tickets now for the 33rd Annual Cadillac Ball! Hosted every year by The Rotary Club of Truckee, this year’s ball will be held at The Resort at Squaw Creek on October 29, 2011.

This isn’t your typical Monster Mash. In fact, it’s a classy affair featuring a gourmet dinner, a silent and live auction, live music by Five Point O, and an astounding raffle worth $23,000 in cash prizes! Now that’s no trick – what a treat! And don’t forget to dress in your finest “Elegantly Spooky” costume, as indicated by this year’s theme.

For more information visit www.CadillacBall.com or contact Rick McConn, Cadillac Ball Chair (530)582-4663; or Ed Windham, Ticket Sales (530) 412-1550 at The Rotary Club of Truckee.


Run Away Autumn

Fall is actually a wonderful time to get in some refreshing runs, and fight the holiday pounds we all appreciate so much. Those rich, comfort foods entice us as the temperature drops and we search for a tasty way to warm our bodies.

Well, here’s a way to make room for more of those delectable pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles and hot chocolates topped with whipped cream. The local region offers many “trots” and races, for all types of runners wanting to fend off the pounds this season. Dig out your gloves and beenies for fall race season!

Girls on the Run 5K Fun Run

  • Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9:30am
  • Truckee, CA (Truckee River View Sports Park)
  • This family-friendly community event is a great fun run! All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run: a prevention program for young ladies ages 8-13. Through support in the local community, GOTR seeks to build confidence and self-esteem of women of the future.
  • www.girlsontherunsierras.org/5k-fun-run

32nd Annual Apple Hill Harvest Run

  • Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8:25am
  • Camino, CA (ParaVi Winery)
  • Choose from three courses: 8.5 mile, 3.5 or a  .5mile Kids’ Fun Run. Dating back to 1979, the Apple Hill Harvest Run began as a way to prolong “tourist season” in Apple Hill, and now attracts more than 2,000 participants a year. All proceeds benefit local Camino schools, and a percentage goes toward the funding of two educational scholarships. Why not run around beautiful ParaVi Vineyard and benefit the education of local students?
  • www.applehillrun.org

35th Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot

  • Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 9:30am
  • Truckee, CA (Donner Lake West End Beach)
  • This is a pleasurable run for the whole family to get ready for ski season! Adults and young adults can register for the full 7 miles around Donner Lake while the younger ones run the Mashed Potato Mile. You can’t beat the course at Donner Lake; fairly flat in elevation on the North Shore, although there are some shorter hills to tackle on the South Shore of Donner.
  • www.truckeefunrun.com

Haunted History

Are you a history buff? Are you looking for a little spook to your October? Are you ready to bundle up in your best attire from the bygone era of 1880-1920 and travel on foot to the most historic and haunted spots in Truckee?

We thought so.

Anyone who has walked the streets of Commercial Row in historic downtown Truckee could attest to the sense of history that haunts those streets. Original buildings still stand in the little railroad town of Truckee. New businesses crop up next to local haunts, like the Old Jail Museum on Jibboom Street. Word has it Jibboom Street was the first street in the Truckee basin. If you’re looking for a fun and fascinating way to spend the evening, then purchase your ticket now for the Truckee Historical Haunted Tour October 20th and 21st. Friday evening is already sold out!

For your $30 admission, you will begin your walking tour at Moody’s Bistro, with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, and stroll the streets of Truckee to various historic sites: Tourist Club, Cabona’s, The International Order of Odd Fellows and Masonic Hall, Train Depot and Art Obsessions at Truckee Mercantile.

We hope to see you there!


Foam Fest: Disabled Sports USA

“If I can do this, I can do anything.”

The motto of Disabled Sports USA Far West says it all. The birth of this organization dates back to 1967 when Jim Winthers brought together a group of Vietnam Veterans to support each other as they learned to cope with their disabilities. Surprisingly enough, these Veterans taught themselves and others how to ski. As a World War II Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and Director of the Soda Springs Ski School, Winthers launched Disabled Sports USA.

Lake Tahoe is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and that means all shapes, sizes and abilities. Disabled Sports is dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled athletes, and believes that sports are a vital part of the process in which disabled individuals gain self-confidence, mobility and greater independence. They promote education, socialization and employment to the disabled.

Come support Disabled Sports at the 22nd Annual Foam Fest on October 15th from 7pm-10:30pm. The event features over 40 microbreweries, the culinary style of Award-Winning Chef Sean Conry of Longboard’s Bar & Grill, and live music by Marble Party. There is an opportunity to purchase tickets for the gourmet dinner and tasting, or simply general admission to the microbrew tasting. Last year’s dinner sold out, so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Visit Disabled Sports USA Far West for event details and ticket information.


Passport to Dining

It is apparent this is the best time of year for foodies. If winter is when we dream of powder, fall is when we dream of spiced coffee, apple butter and comfort foods to warm us. It is only fitting that in harvest season we are lured by countless wine and food festivals, scarves and boots to fend off the chill and a chance to see the leaves deepen in their autumn hues. In true form, Passport to Dining  is back with the chance for another fall taste of Tahoe, with an astonishing view of the lake at the North Tahoe Event Center.

Your admission includes tastings from over 25 restaurants, breweries and wineries, live entertainment, a grab bag and a chance to score all sorts of goodies at a silent auction.

What a delectable way of spending a Thursday evening lakeside with some of the finest local chefs in the region. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the North Tahoe Business Association.

THE SCOOP:

When: October 6, 2011 6-9pm

Where: North Tahoe Event Center

Why: Satisfy your palate and benefit the North Tahoe Business Association

Cost: $30 advance purchase, $40 day-of tickets


Bier and Brats: 10th Annual Oktoberfest

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As summer passes away, the colors of the Aspen leaves transform and we reign in fall with the 10th Annual Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on October 1st! The key phrase you need at Oktoberfest (or anytime you’re in Germany):

“Ein Bier, bitte.” Meaning, “One Beer, please.”

Known by locals as one of the best events of the year at Squaw Valley, Oktoberfest is a flurry of traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, brats and kraut and of course, brews. Proceeds from the Benefit Bier Garten assist the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Association. The following line up of live entertainment is complimentary:

  • Joe Smiell & His 20 Piece Bavarian Band
  • Almenrausch Schuhplattler Folk Dancers
  • Alpentazer Schuhplattler Dance Troop

To top off the liveliness of the weekend, be sure to participate in Oktoberfest Games:

  • 3pm – Keg Race
  • 4pm – Brat Toss
  • 5pm – Stein Holding Contest

Donner Party Hike

Hosted by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, the Donner Party Hike returns for its 19th year on October 8th for a two day event – sure to be just as successful as the last. The goal is to highlight the area’s beauty, recreational sights and emigrant history.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of the Donner Party, here is a quick historic recap to bring you up to speed. On April 16, 1846 several families, in nine covered wagons, left Springfield, Illinois heading west to California. After a tragic, twisting series of events the Donner Party made their way to California and split into two camps for the winter of 1846-47. One group made it to the eastern end of Donner Lake, and another was unable to proceed beyond camp at Alder Creek. Unfortunately, they were one day shy of crossing Donner Summit to due to snow, and resorted to waiting the winter out at Donner; where grisly cannibalism occurred for survival. Although 46 members of the Donner Party survived, two-thirds were women, and the majority of men in the original group of families had perished.

Following are the hikes available for the choosing of event goers on Saturday:
• Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road 1913 Corridor Lincoln Highway: Pass petroglyphs, roadside billboards and the China Wall. Find out where and why these roads were built.
• Roller Pass: Hike up the Pacific Crest Trail and back to see views of Donner Pass, Coldstream Pass and Roller Pass where emigrants were forced to winch their wagons up a 35-degree granite slope.
• Roller Pass / Judah Loop: Enjoy the Roller Pass hike with an additional mile at the top to go around the Judah Loop and on to Donner Peak.
• Coldstream Pass: Hike over one of the most heavily traveled emigrant routes. The hike is strenuous, rising and descending over a minimum of 1800 vertical feet.
• High Sierra Lakes: Incredible vistas seen by emigrants as they passed through the High Sierra years ago. Discover hidden alpine lakes while exploring Donner Summit.
• Railroad Snowsheds: View the China Wall and go through several railroad tunnels with views of Donner Lake.

For further information and admission fees, contact Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.


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