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!

Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Celebrate your summer of fun at the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival.  Wander through the beautiful mountain resort of the Village at Squaw Valley and browse an array of incredible fine arts and crafts by California’s most talented artists and craftspeople. This wonderful two-day event will showcase original art, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, mixed media, ceramics, and jewelry in a magnificent North Lake Tahoe atmosphere.

Part of the famous Pacific Fine Arts Festivals, one of the top outdoor art events in the country, Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival has a cool vibe and feel that will captivate your spirit. With breathtaking mountain scenery and the charm of the Village of Square Valley, the popular arts festival is the perfect summertime happening for the family and the ultimate setting to see and buy beautiful artworks from California.

So, head over to heart of the village for the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, held Saturday July 27th and Sunday 28th, from 10 am to 5 pm for a fabulous weekend of creativity and beauty. During your art stroll, you’ll also find food, beer and wine vendors and fantastic restaurants, cafés and bars where you can relax and grab a bite to eat.

For more information on the annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, check out http://www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/squaw-valley-fine-arts–crafts-festival-.

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Art, Wine and Music Festival – July 13 & 14

If you love fine wine, music and art, summer in Squaw Valley is mountain bliss.  Experience the annual Art, Wine and Music Festival, when the Village at Squaw Valley is a summertime sensation of color, taste, and sound that will rejuvenate your soul. The -two day event features beautiful arts and crafts, live music performances by incredible musicians and wine tastings in the heart of the stunning mountain resort.

The 2nd annual Art, Wine and Music Festival in Squaw Valley is one of the most popular events in Lake Tahoe and a joy for your senses. A blend of natural beauty and vibrant culture, the festival showcases exquisite art, stellar wines and classical and world guitar music.  Join talented artists, craftspeople, musicians and guitarists at the Village of Squaw Valley for a creative explosion and pristine alpine scenery.

Enjoy wine tasting under the peaks of Squaw Valley and sample delicious wines from 18 California wineries, including Lola Kay Wines, Domun Estate, Twisted Rivers, Praxis Cellars and Zaca Mesa Winery. Walk through the charming village and admire beautiful art and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, photography and jewelry from over 30 artists. The festival also features free outdoor concerts by the world’s most acclaimed classical and world guitarists.

A breathtaking summer destination, the Village at Squaw Valley is a family playground with fun adventures like swimming, hiking, roller skating, paintball, miniature golf and ziplining. Bring the kiddos and enjoy pottery making, the sky jump bungee trampoline, hiking at High Camp and dining with mesmerizing views of the mountains. Ride Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram with panoramic scenes from 8,200 feet above.

The Art, Wine and Music Festival is a free event, but the wine tasting is $25 each day with a commemorative wine glass. For details, visit www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/art-wine-music-festival.

You'll enjoy a sunset sip at lakefront Lone Eagle Grill at this August event.


Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series at El Dorado/Lakeview Commons Beach

June 20 – August 29, 2013

Enjoy live music at beautiful El Dorado Beach/ Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe every Thursday night throughout the summer. Kicking off on June 20th, the Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series will feature amazing concerts by local and nationally recognized bands and musicians. Every week, you can hear bands playing a diversity of musical genres, from Rock & Roll to Reggae, Latin to Jazz, Country to Bluegrass, while enjoying stunning views of Lake Tahoe.

Over the summer, 10 bands will play on a stage right on the sands of El Dorado Beach with the azure waters of Lake Tahoe as the ultimate backdrop to this wonderful music series. Hear exciting bands such as Fruition, Keyser Soze, Huckle, Polyrhythmics, and the New World Jazz Project as the sun sets over the lake. The Live at Lakeview: Free Summer Concert Series also features a beer garden, local food and drink vendors, local artists and free bike valet.

You grab a free seat on the tiered-terraced area or up at the top where there are picnic tables where you can enjoy drinks, dinner and an intimate setting. Music starts every Thursday evening at 4:30 and goes until 9:30 pm. Experience wonderful summer of wonderful live music, great food, art and fun in the spectacular setting of South Lake Tahoe – all just minutes from the Squaw Valley Lodge.

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Summer at Lake Tahoe: Artist Feature

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

There are some years when we see snow in June, but with temperatures rising into the upper 70′s and low 80′s this week, summer has truly arrived at Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley summer operations open June 14th, and we thought what better way to gear up for the summer season than a little Lake Tahoe eye candy? Since photographs speak a thousand words, we’ll just let the beauty of this region and season speak for itself. 

Alena Grace Photography has kindly shared some of her favorite summer shots, but if you’re itching for more, connect on Facebook, or check out her website! We sat down with landscape photographer, Alena Saporsky, for a local’s take on summer at Lake Tahoe:

1. What is your favorite thing about shooting in the summertime?

I love shooting ALL seasons at Tahoe. Summer provides more daylight for all shooting days, and warmth so you can be out in the early morning or late evening. The beaches’ 99% pure water is magical in summer. I soon plan to purchase an underwater camera and shoot at lake level/underwater images while I am actually in the lake!

2. What locations in the Tahoe region tend to photograph the best, or do your clients like the best?

I have found it funny over the years my favorite images and clients’ favorite images vary greatly. I am not sure why this is–simply preference? My best sellers have been reflection images (where the mountains/trees/etc. reflect in the lake on a glassy lake day), photos of piers, and wildflowers have been great sellers as both prints and greeting cards. Most of my revenue from summertime in Tahoe has been weddings. I photographed a small beach wedding on the South Shore in 2010 and the images turned out lovely–Nevada Beach at sunset did not disappoint!

3. Any tips for visitors who want to capture the beauty of Tahoe, or local spots people must see?

If you are visiting the Tahoe basin this summer and are not familiar with the area, I recommend taking a photo tour with a company such as Tahoe Photographic Tours (tahoephotographictours.com). The locations I recommend would be the top of the fire road above Crystal Bay, Nevada, Sand Harbor or Hidden Beach on the East Shore, Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay, and Shirley Canyon at Olympic Valley. If you’re willing to hike, take the trail at the top of Mount Rose Highway and go half way to the summit. There you will find a gorgeous valley with mountain lupine and a gorgeous waterfall. And if you’re willing to take a drive, Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe, is the rugged side of  the Tahoe basin. Complete with sweeping meadows, the Carson River, and granite peaks; this area does not disappoint!

And as we promised: phenomenal Lake Tahoe region eye candy courtesy of Alena Grace Photography.

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

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Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Summer’s just about here: come and get it! If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, we can help, and save you 30% off your stay! 


2013 Truckee Day

Truckee DayIf you’re looking for a truly local experience in the Truckee-Tahoe region, then join others for the street clean-up and town-wide block party at Truckee Day. You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up at 8am at any of the 22 check-in stations, grab your volunteer tee, and you’ll get your assignment for the area of Truckee to clean up! Children are welcome as well, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

After you’ve made your sweep (thank you for giving back to our community!) head over to the town-wide block party at 12pm, located at Truckee River Regional Park on Brockway Road. Eat up: you earned it!

Be sure to read the volunteer instructions here. For further information visit: http://www.truckeeday.org/


2013 Annual Community Pig Roast

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii for a traditional luau to taste some of this:

Community Pig Roast

(Vegetarians, we apologize.)

Celebrating its 29th year, the Annual Community Pig Roast at CB’s Pizza & Grill in Carnelian Bay is back on Saturday, June 1 from 3pm-10pm! A $15 donation means you’ll enjoy a bevy of delicious food, live music and fun!

You don’t even have to leave the kiddos at home! A Kid’s Activity Zone will be set up for their enjoyment, and live music by The Drunken Neighbors will be performed. All proceeds from the event benefit the local Boys and Girls Club of North Tahoe. So be sure to come with an empty belly, and enjoy the gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe when you get your grub on!

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/18au5T0


Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Market 2013

Farmers MarketsIf you’ve been waiting for that fresh summer produce to stock your fridge while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, then be sure to mark your calendars for the opener dates of Foothill Farmers Markets in Tahoe City! Make note of the mid-summer location change in Tahoe City due to other events on Commons Beach.

Contact our Front Desk for directions while staying with us.

Tahoe City: Commons Beach on Thursdays

Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd.

8am-1pm, May 23rd-June 20th & August 29th-September 26th

Tahoe City: Tahoe Lake Elementary School on Thursdays

375 Grove Street

8am-1pm, June 27th-Aug 22

If you want to check out other markets in the area, then head over to Truckee (15 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge) or Kings Beach (20 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge).

Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park on Tuesdays

10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267

8am-1pm, June 11th-Oct 8th.

Kings Beach: Kings Beach SRA on Tuesdays

Highway 28 at Bear Street

9am-1pm, June 25th-Aug 27th



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