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!

Tahoe Mid-week Getaways Are Still the Best!

Wake up to cool mountain air on a late summer morning while you sip a cup of hot coffee on the balcony. Watch the sun rise in the east over Squaw Valley. The valley is quiet; the crowds have ceased; autumn is sneakily on the horizon. It’s mid-week at Lake Tahoe – the BEST time to visit and fill your summer vacation no lines, no chaotic parking lots, no streams of people littering the Tahoe shoreline and trails.

Mid-week nights have lower rates with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night giving you the best rates and savings! Blackout dates and nightly minimums apply. All promotions are subject to change and based on availability.

Squaw Valley Lodge Summer Rates start at:

  • $142 for a 2-night stay
  • $134 for a 3-night stay
  • $127 or a 4-night stay

And even lower rates starting August 18! Don’t you just love savings? Savings and Tahoe’s midweek tranquility will help hit your reset button. Take advantage of what the locals know best: midweek is the time to go mountain biking, kayak on Lake Tahoe, hit up the pool at High Camp. Check out out these fun events happening around Tahoe mid-week!

Book now while we have a midweek lodging available!

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Truckee’s Best Summer Events

Now that spring break is here and gone, it’s time to start dreaming of those long summer days. Though Lake Tahoe provides all kind of activities for the whole family, Squaw Valley Lodge is conveniently located 20 minutes from Truckee. Truckee is a great spot for family friendly events, so here’s what you don’t want to miss out on:

Truckee Thursdays

It wouldn’t be summer in Truckee without Truckee Thursdays. Every summer, Historic Downtown Truckee transforms into a fun-filled affair with local artists, food trucks, live music and beer. Follow the link here for a full schedule and more information.

Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival

Not only is this one of the greatest music events of the season, but it’s also free! Enjoy awesome music while eating incredible Cajun food and have some summer fun.

4th of July

With our incredible mountain air and views, why would you want to spend the 4thanywhere else? For a list of 4th of July events, including the annual Truckee parade, follow the link.

Truckee Tahoe Airshow and Family Festival

Are you looking for more FREE family-friendly summer fun? Be sure to check out the Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival. Experience an outstanding air show filled with experienced aerobatic performers, sure to amaze even the youngest of attendees. The fun doesn’t stop there! Enjoy food, expos, rides in a military aircraft (this activity has a cost) and more.

Truckee Pro Rodeo

Who doesn’t love a good rodeo? Truckee does it best! Find out for yourself at the Truckee Pro Rodeo. Follow the link for more details.

Ready to book your summer getaway? Situated along the beautiful shores of Donner Lake, our lodge-style hotel offers convenient access to all of Truckee’s summer fun. Give us a call today to book your summer getaway.

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North Lake Tahoe’s Best Restaurants

When heading up to the slopes, it’s always helpful to know the best spots to grab a bite. Especially if you’re in the mood for dinner with a view. From Squaw Valley to the West Shore, we did our research, so you don’t have to. Check out our favorite lakefront dining spots.

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
1850 West Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

For an upscale experience with a view, Sunnyside is a top choice. With zucchini sticks that have “been a tradition since 1965” and braised beef short rib pasta, it’s the perfect way to unwind with a loved one. Reservations are encouraged.

Jake’s On The Lake
780 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Family owned and operated since 1978, Jake’s On The Lake claims to be the “ultimate waterfront dining experience” in North Tahoe. If you’re in the mood for spectacular views while enjoying Californian & Hawaiian inspired flavors, then this is the place for you.  Reservations are encouraged.

Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique
640 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

When searching for excellence in your dining experience, there’s a spot that comes to mind-Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique. Their name cleverly describes their food, personality and the experience you will have while there. You’re just going to have to go and see for yourself.

Za’s Lakefront
120 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145

If you’re looking for an authentic local restaurant, Za’s Lakefront is the place. This hidden gem has history, fantastic views and delicious American Italian dishes for the entire family. Select from an excellent menu house-ground cheeseburger or baked eggplant. You may even get a visit from the chef if he’s not too busy.

Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes, or the shops, restaurants and spas, you’ll find it all here in beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all! Follow the link to see our specials and book your getaway now!

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15th Annual Wakes and Gates

This unique race returns to the West Shore for its 15th year. Join in on the fun on Saturday, April 6th for the annual Gates and Wakes. This two-part competition has its participants begin by testing their snow-skiing skills by racing gates at the Homewood Mountain Resort. After three runs, this competition goes a step further as participants regroup at the lake for the water skiing section. If you participate, be careful not to fall in the water as your score depends on it!

This all-day event is sure to be fun for contestants and viewers alike. The festivities and registration begin at 8 am and the day wraps up with a Silent Auction in the North Lodge, where all proceeds benefit the High Fives Foundation. This Truckee based nonprofit organization “supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries”. Follow the link for more about this organization doing amazing work in the Tahoe area.

Need some yummy grub after a long day of competing for a cause? Head to the West Shore Cafe. Their “Old Tahoe Charm” mixed with fresh Californian cuisine is sure to have something for any taste bud.

So grab your skis and compete (or watch) for a good cause!


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Granite Chief’s 2019 Demo Day and BBQ at Squaw Valley Lodge

With the epic winter season we’ve had so far, it’s never too early to plan for next year! Our friends at Granite Chief are back with their exclusive and oh-so-popular Demo Day and BBQ on April 7 at Squaw Valley Lodge. Don’t miss one of the best opportunities to demo next year’s gear at Squaw (during one of our greatest spring skiing seasons)!

First off, this event is not open to the public, and it’s Granite Chief’s gift to you to try next year’s gear early! You must be a Granite Chief ski service card holder to attend. If you’re not, you can easily become one before Demo Day, or the day of! Come on into the store and pick one up before the event or purchase one at Demo Day.

So here’s how it works:

Registration begins in the Squaw Valley Lodge Meeting Room at 9AM. You take each ski out for two or three runs and let us know what you’re enjoying, your likes and dislikes, etc. Brand representatives will also be on site to answer any questions you may have about the gear. If/when you purchase new skis at the event you’ll receive pre-season discount and can pick up your gear this fall (2019).

After a day of demos, grab a hot plate of barbecue, kick up your feet and enjoy the views!

Want to learn more? Visit Granite Chief! Be sure to book your room at Squaw Valley Lodge and you won’t have to travel far for your ski-in/ski-out demos!

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Midweek is Best Time for Your Tahoe Getaway!

This record season of snow is still stacking up in the Lake Tahoe basin! Just when we get a break from the dumping snow – when the skies part and I-80 opens – another storm moves through. Will it ever stop? We don’t know. And we’re not complaining! (Scroll below to get a visual taste of the epic powder we’ve got!)

With 500 inches of snow this winter – 50 more than average annual Tahoe snowfall – weekend lodging is practically sold out for the season at Squaw Valley Lodge. We understand the convenience of weekend getaways, but as locals we can certainly make a case for midweek stays as the best time to visit. Here’s why:

Discounts, discounts, discounts! With our best rates of the season, you can SAVE up to 30% OFF your midweek stay. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are our lowest nightly rates! Bonus: if you book directly through Squaw Valley Lodge you can save even more with Granite Chief club rates (just ask a Reservation Agent for details). Click here to book direct.

Less crowds! A local favorite, there’s nothing like a fairly quiet Tuesday morning finding yourself on KT-22 first chair. They’ve happened more often than not this winter.

Less traffic! Rather than sitting in a long line of cars on Highway 89, zip into town quickly. If you need to head into Downtown Truckee for any supplies less traffic means you’ll have more time on the mountain. In the powder. In pure heaven. And as always, enjoy the pleasure of ski-in/ski-out lodging at Squaw Valley Lodge!

Questions about our midweek specials, event information for the area, or deals on Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows lift tickets, visit squawvalleylodge.com or contact our Guest Services.

Wild West Squaw Valley: Historical Things to Do in Tahoe

Explore the exciting Wild West history of the Tahoe area when you visit Squaw Valley. Discover relics from the mid- to late-1800s, including old mining towns, saloons, steam engines, and the opulent mansions of lumber and mining magnates.


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