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!

Get Spooked at Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour

Photo Credit: Truckee Donner Historical Society

October 18 and 19, 2012 | 5:30 – 9PM | $30

It’s back, and ready to spook you to the gills!

This adults-only annual walking tour of Historic Truckee is a dynamic, exciting and dark way to walk the steps of haunted Truckee tales. The tour kicks off with a glass of wine, and winds through Downtown Truckee, stopping off at all the old haunts. Finish off your time travels at Moody’s Bistro for a raffle prize drawing.

This autumn event sells out every year, and according to NC Communications, 70% of the tickets are already gone! Be sure to purchase yours HERE.

Want to attend but you’ve got kids? Don’t worry. Here’s a solution!


Lake Tahoe Fall Event: Oktoberfest 2012

Did you know that Oktoberfest is the largest and most famous event in Germany? It’s a 16-day festival celebrating beer, and has been a staple in Bavarian culture since 1810.

Why not raise a stein in traditional fashion and celebrate at Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest tomorrow from 2-6pm? Unlike the events held in Munich and Bavaria, you won’t eat brats and kraut under a colorful tent, but in the open air of Lake Tahoe. The air is crisp with fall, the leaves are turning color, your stein is full of brew, and you’ll be entertained by traditional Bavarian Music and Folk Dancers.

Don’t forget the Oktoberfest Games! There’s fun for the whole family.

  • Stein Holding competition
  • Keg-Rolling race
  • Bratwurst Toss
  • Yodeling Contest (new this year!)

All entertainment at the event is free. Your first glass of beer is $10, which also includes a 1/2-liter commemorative festival stein. Additional beers are available for $5 /each.

Proceeds benefit the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Foundation.

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17th Annual Lake Tahoe Marathon

It’s almost here!

One of the most difficult marathons in the nation, but certainly the most rewarding with the stunning views of Lake Tahoe! This race is not for the faint of heart! Lake Tahoe Marathon Week hosts an incredible amount of events: 30 plus! 

The Lake Tahoe Marathon starts Sunday, September 30, on Commons Beach in Tahoe City and finishes on Pope Beach near South Lake Tahoe. Runners follow a course that runs the entire Western length of Lake Tahoe.

On Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, runners can race two other different marathons or half marathons. There is the Emerald Bay Marathon on Friday, and the Cal-Neva Marathon on Saturday. Run them a la carte or with the Tahoe Triple Marathoners. Or, runners can choose the Tahoe Trifecta: Run 3 different half-marathons in 3 days!

Click HERE for the event rundown!

What’s the toughest race you’ve ever run?


Winter Flash Sale! 40% Off Squaw Valley Lodge!

Save up to 40% on your winter reservations. Why not book your winter vacation while the savings are here? You’ll ski and save when the powder hits! These unprecedented discounts will happen just one time. Guaranteed!

  • Reservations must be made via phone only. Not available anywhere else.
  • Call our Vacation Planners beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 10 for this special sale.
  • Flash Sale reservations can be made 8:00am – 8:00pm daily, Monday September 10th through Friday September 14th. Nightly minimums and unique cancellation & deposit policies apply.
  • Regular Winter Season 2012-2013 (November 21-April 30, 2013, except for Holiday Season and President’s Week): 40% off for 3 or more nights
  • Holiday Season. (December 21, 2012-January 5, 2013): 30% off (Valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums only December 26-31, 2012)
  • President’s Week (February 15-23, 2013): 30% off

Flash Sale Deposit & Cancellation Policies: Two night deposit is due at time of reservation. Non- refundable balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.The entire reservation amount is non-refundable within 60 days of arrival. No Exceptions. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance offered and encouraged. Changing dates, shortening stay or downgrading to a smaller condominium is not allowed after final payment is made.There are no refunds for late arrivals, early departures or no shows.

*Winter Flash Sale subject to change and availability. May not be combined with any other offer


Master Cooking Class

Manzanita | The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 5PM

Traci des Jardins, chef of Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is dedicated to sourcing organic, sustainable and locally grown meat and produce to create a signature French inspired California cuisine. Start with the Cheese & Charcuterier, try the classic Tuna Nicoise, or how about the Risotta with fresh summer truffle and wild mushrooms?

Is your mouth watering yet?

Then here’s your chance to try your hand at Manzanita’s finest cuisine! Definitely the premier of all cooking experiences, increase your culinary knowledge as you work alongside the chef de cuisine, Jacob Ramos, in their open kitchen, and learn how to be a savvy chef in your own home. The cost includes a three-course dinner for $70.

Class Dates:

September 8, 2012
October 20, 2012
November 17, 2012
December 14, 2012

Click here to learn more and reserve your (limited) spot!

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Take Flight: The Great Balloon Race 2012

2011 Photo Contest Winner: Diane Disney

September 7-9 | Times Vary

When the nation’s largest balloon race says “dawn patrol is worth the wake” they really mean it. Arise with the birds, put on a pot of coffee, grab a comfy blanket and head out to the most beautiful sunrise event of your life.

With 150,000 other spectators, feast your eyes on balloons of all shapes and colors, and be prepared to be enchanted. It’s no surprise The Balloon Race has raked in numerous awards over the years, such as ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ 

With three days of events, there are plenty of opportunities to be a kid again, and here’s our number one tip: do your best to attend the Glow Show. Yes, we know it’s early at 5:00 AM, but you won’t regret it!

And if you really want to go all-out, enter to win The Great Reno Balloon Race Amateur Photo Contest! Prizes to be announced soon.

Have you ever taken flight in a hot air balloon?

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Tahoe City Grape Stomp

“All winemakers should possess a good fertile imagination if they are to be successful in their craft.” - Max Schubert 

Friday, September 7th | 5pm to 7pm | The Cobblestone Center, Tahoe City 

The vines are heavy with grapes, which means it’s harvest season again!

If you’d like a taste of Old World Italy, then grab your three closest friends and sign up to compete as grape stompers in the inaugural Tahoe City Grape Stomp, at the Cobblestone Center! It’s $25/person but there are great prizes on the line!

Roll up your sleeves — we mean, pant legs — and get to stompin’ this September! Enjoy live music by Lady & The Tramps as you turn fresh grapes into future wine.

Click HERE to sign up!


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