Tahoe 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!

Fall Fun For All Ages: Tahoe City Oktoberfest

Enjoy a frothy beer with your $10 stein purchase!

Enjoy a frothy beer with your $10 stein purchase!

Let’s talk about autumn. The leaves are changing colors. Whistler Blackcomb and Mammoth Mountain have already seen snow and it’s still technically summer! El Nino is on its way for (hopefully) the biggest winter the West Coast has seen in four years.

Before the snow descends, and the bears hibernate for months, don’t forget to enjoy fall in all of its glorious red-orange-yellow beauty! Add in a classic button-down plaid, your favorite pair of boots, maybe a pumpkin spiced coffee or ale, and you’re set. And naturally, what goes perfectly with fall? Oktoberfest in Tahoe City!

This year the Tahoe City Downtown Association returns with a bigger and better Oktoberfest event on October 3, 2015, from 12PM to 6PM at Layton Park Gatekeeper Museum. Entrance is FREE, and your purchase of a $10 beer stein includes your first beer! Live music by The Space Heaters & TBA will keep you rocking all afternoon long, and of course there will be food on-site for purchase.

There’s also fun for all ages with pumpkin painting, face painting, a traditional Bavarian costume contest, and more!

For more information: www.visittahoecity.org

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Squaw 2 Alpine 10K Challenge – A Trail Run Near Squaw Valley Lodge

Lace up your sneakers and walk or run a 10K from Squaw Valley Ski Resort to Alpine Meadow Ski Resort. With the terrains of road and a trail run, challenge yourself by climbing the base of the Knob Hill on the majestic Snow King Mountain.


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Summer Baking & Desserts Course at PlumpJack Cafe in Squaw Valley

Summer Tart

With summer fruits in season, it’s usually one of the best times of year to whip up delicious desserts for the whole family. You’ve hand-picked strawberries from the farm, snagged some juicy peaches at farmers’ market, or maybe even harvested pie cherries from trees in your own backyard. Though you probably have favorite dessert recipes you’ll always put to use, it’s fun to learn from a professional!

On Wednesday, August 19th from 6PM-9PM join the General Manager of PlumpJack Cafe, Steve Lamb, for a course on crafting simple yet elegant desserts. There’s actually a science behind cakes, short dough, and pectin, and you get to learn all three! Reserve your spot online and for $95.00/person you’ll make pie dough, jam, shortcakes and bake Fresh Fruit Galette, Gateau, Jam and Shortcakes.

Ready to impress your family and friends at your next dinner party? Sign up now – it may be the best three hours spent with the fine dining geniuses at PlumpJack Cafe!

Did you know that PlumpJack Cafe is right across the street from us in the Village at Squaw? Well, it’s more like a small stone’s throw. Contact one of our Reservation Agents to book your room, or check out accommodations online, and you’ll have only a short stroll over to class. And after all that baking, a relaxing spa under the stars is just the thing you’ll need to unwind.

Sounds like a midsummer’s night dream …

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Hot Air Balloon Race: Fun Family Reno-Tahoe Event!


There is a great sense of childlike magic for adults and children alike when it comes to hot-air balloons. You could be three, thirteen, or thirty years old, and watching them fire up and take flight is still exhilarating and beautiful. Watching hundreds of balloons fly through the sky, aglow with bright colors on a crisp late summer morning is something every kid (at heart) should experience.

Every September the Reno-Tahoe area is treated to the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world at the Great Reno Balloon Race. This year’s event is held September 11-13, 2015 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

The festival is packed full of outdoor events that start as early as 5:15am on September 11. We’re talking a famous Glow Show (this is a MUST-SEE!), Pajama Party, Balloon Mass Ascension, and much more. Since the balloons take flight at dawn we do suggest hitting the hay early, and ensuring you have some way of accessing hot coffee or a hot beverage in the morning as you take the short drive from Squaw Valley into Reno. Watching the sun barely rising over the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a sight to see, and another treat before watching all the hot-air balloons ascend! Pack snacks for kiddos, dress warmly in layers, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Balloons In Sky

September is a great time to visit the Tahoe area, and you don’t want to miss out on our low-season rates! Check them out online, or contact one of our Reservation Agents for lodging deals or assistance with choosing the right accommodations. We can probably even help with ideas on where to get hot coffee at 5am. We like early mornings around Squaw Valley. It’s a beautiful time to be awake and enjoy the great outdoors!

Visit www.squawvalleylodge.com for lodging deals and the latest happening the North Lake Tahoe area.


Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series Near Squaw Valley Lodge

When the sun sets on Wednesday and Thursday nights, come out and catch a feature film during the Outdoor Summer Movies Series. The free events are the perfect way to spend a warm evening enjoying family-friendly fun near our Lake Tahoe hotel.


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World’s Oldest 100-Mile Race: Western States 100

Western States startline (1)

Every year in late June Squaw Valley is flooded with some of the premier endurance athletes from around the world. They flock to the area for one of the largest ultra-marathon races, that actually starts in our backyard (just steps from the Squaw Valley Lodge). The runners travel 100 miles on foot from Squaw Valley, California to Auburn, California in the snow and sunshine–depending on what Mother Nature gives them that year.

This year’s competitors did not face snow, rather, intense heat for June 27, 2015. There were 371 starts and 254 finishers; Rob Krar defended the men’s title with a finish of 14:48:59 and the women’s first place went to Magdalena Boulet at 19:05. What phenomenal times for a race where temperatures reach the low 90’s.

Though we do lodge a lot of athletes for the race, it’s a great time to visit and watch the action live! Especially if you are an early bird and want to rise before dawn with a hot cup of coffee to send off our runners!

Click here for rates and reservations: http://www.squawvalleylodge.com/

Western states Ian Ballentine Team 20 hours until start

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Lake Tahoe 4th of July Fireworks & Patriotic Summer Festivals

Why not celebrate the birth of our nation on the scenic shores of its largest alpine lake, sunning on the beach before a rainbow of fireworks shimmer off the water in the cool mountain air? Fourth of July celebrations don’t get any better than this…


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