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!

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The Infamous String Dusters play while snow falls at the 2014 Winterwondergrass.

The Infamous String Dusters play while snow falls at the 2014 Winterwondergrass.

Set in California and Colorado, Winterwondergrass is a festival that combines the beauty of music, brews, and mountains. Partnering with Squaw Alpine, Bonfire Entertainment will bring a bluesgrass and local roots music festival to the North Lake Tahoe area March 20-22.

Winter concerts at Squaw Valley are truly magical–if you haven’t experienced one, this is your chance! At Winderwondergrass guests will enjoy local food, brewsand the likes of musical artists Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, and special guest Sam Bush.

To purchase Winterwondergrass tickets, visit: http://www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com/

Another great thing about music festivals held at Squaw Valley is the convenient location of Squaw Valley Lodge to the concert venue. As a ski-in/ski-out location at Squaw, we have just the right fit for a laid back weekend of eating, drinking, and grooving to some bluesgrass under the stars. Check out our rates for March!


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Live Music In Truckee At Cottonwood Restaurant

Cottonwood Restaurant WinterYou know what sounds fun? Live music at one of the most historic locations in the Lake Tahoe area: an old ski lodge turned restaurant. Cottonwood Restaurant rests hilltop, overlooking historic downtown Truckee. In the cozy, dimly lit bar area you’ll enjoy a taste of Old Tahoe – and if you have a chance formally dine in the restaurant, gaze out at fantastic views of Truckee that skiers did years ago.

Every Thursday and Friday evening Cottonwood features FREE acoustic live music, which are highly popular among locals and tourists. Music begins in the fireplace room at 7pm, and reservations are highly encouraged at all times. Select libations and menu items are discounted as well. To reserve your table call 530.587.5711

Check out upcoming performances! 

Thursday, January 8: “The Gnarly Pints”

Friday, January 9: Sheldon Felich

Thursday, January 15: Chi McLean

Friday, January 16: Jason Wooley

Thursday, January 22: Matthew Szlachetka

Friday, January 23: “The After Eights”

Thursday, January 29: Paul Covarelli

Friday, January 30: Lisa Stanos and Friends

To learn more visit http://www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com


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Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley (Not Just The Festival!)

Photo Credit Squaw Valley  USA.

Photo Credit Squaw Valley USA.

If you’re a skier or snowboarder then you know the necessity of warming up for a big day on the hill, or the joy of cooling down those achy muscles from a long day of playing hard. Yoga is just the thing; and you’re in luck because there’s a fabulous yoga studio just steps from Squaw Valley Lodge in the Village at Squaw. Climb out of your comfy bed at 7am and come “flow” while watching the snow fall at Squaw. Follow your class with a hot cup of tea and breakfast and explore Upper Mountain with muscles rearing to go! Or maybe you’re someone who would like to work out their kinks on a day off from the mountain. Either way, you’ll find it at Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley.

If you’re not a local, or don’t plan on a membership.  you can always drop in at any class! In fact, with a Squaw Alpine Season Pass you’ll save with the Passholder Drop In Yoga Class – only $13.70 a class versus $17.00. Click here for more details!

If you do plan on practicing yoga a lot this winter while you’re making use of your season pass, there’s also a great discount available for passholders: $79.20/month for the 3 Month Commitment (originally $99/month). Click here to learn more.


Twilight Snowshoe Tour at North Lake Tahoe

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There is nothing like the mountains at sunset. The alpen glow is enchanting. One of the most beautiful and invigorating things about Lake Tahoe in the winter time is a chilly night under the stars. On a clear night – oh the stars! They light up the sky.

Though skiing and snowboarding are such fun at Squaw Alpine, why not try something new like snowshoeing? Twilight Snowshoe Tours are going on this winter at Northstar Resort, where you’ll enjoy a guided evening tour under the stars and through Sierra Nevada trees at mountain top. The 2 to 2.5 hour trek starts out at the Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center at 5pm, and caps off the evening around a fire pit with s’mores and hot cocoa. How about an adventure for the whole family before you have to tuck the kiddos in for the night?

Upcoming January Dates

January 10, 17, 18

For information on rates and reservations ($52/adult, $36/child ages 10 through 12) visit Northstar California Resort.


Biggest Nothern California Storm In 6 Years

In the last week Mother Nature dumped 25 inches on Squaw Valley, and she’s not ready to let up!

Image via SquawAlpine PR.

Image via SquawAlpine PR.

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A huge storm will hit Northern California Wednesday evening, significantly impacting the Sacramento Valley, with possibly 3-5 inches of rainfall and fierce winds up to 60 MPH. Locals and emergency services are preparing for power outages, flooding, stalled vehicles, and mudslides, etc. Though not ideal conditions for residents, the upside to the monster storm is more powder in the North Lake Tahoe area!

With varying levels from different forecast models, we could very well see 1-2 feet above 7,000 feet and 6-12 inches at lake level. We’ll keep you updated as the storm rolls in–of course those powder totals could vary come Friday. The bigger the better! The deeper the snow, the better skiing and snowboarding for the whole family.

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With such a great start to winter (late fall, really) you still have time tonight to book your stay at Squaw Valley Lodge and save 50%! Squaw Valley Lodge is offering a 50% discount off nightly rate through December 20, 2014.  Reservations must be made by December 8th. When reserving online, use rate code FIFTY. (Reservations that include departures after December 21st must be made by phone.)

This week’s storm is just in time for Alpine Meadows’ opening day on Friday, December 12th! If you don’t have your Tahoe Super Pass, or would like more information on lift tickets and winter activities, visit http://squawalpine.com/.


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The Best Cup Of Coffee At Lake Tahoe

I think we can all agree that when you travel anywhere around the globe, a crucial find for any traveler is a delicious cup of hot coffee or espresso. Even if your traveling companion likes tea, locating a hot beverage to start your day is key. Sometimes it can even make your visit that much more enjoyable – because you’ve started your morning off just right!

Next time you’re in the North Lake Tahoe area, we want you armed and ready for your mornings. Though there are many great establishments in the Truckee/Tahoe area where you can enjoy a hot cup of joe, we had trouble picking just one. Ours is a tie between two favorites. Here are our uber local tips for the top coffees in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe vicinity. Taste is clearly subjective, you decide for yourself who’s the best of the best, and be sure to let us know! Maybe you disagree with us altogether (and that’s fine too).

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Image via Yelp.

One of the smoothest pulls of espresso or foamy latte you’ll ever find is at CoffeeBar, an Italian coffee shop in Truckee, CA. Opened three years ago by Greg Buchheister, CoffeeBar’s espresso beans are Grade C1. What does that mean for you? That means C1 is the highest level of industry designation in the coffee business, and you’re drinking the Ferrari of coffees. You may pay a pretty penny, but we promise the organic, locally roasted Italian blend is worth it. Take some time to soak in the Tahoe vibe – local artistry on the walls, regulars floating in and out all day long–it’s not your average coffee shop, it’s more of a community … with espresso that will leave you buzzing in the best way possible.

Local tip: You’ll find fresh gelato here in the summer time, and if you want to a find a seat inside during the winter (especially on powder days) come early!

Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

Tahoe House

Originally opened in 1977 as Tahoe House Restaurant by Peter and Helen Vogt, Tahoe House served dinner only. Originally from Switzerland, the Vogts have always executed fabulously and deliciously European cuisine. After a remodel in 2001 Tahoe House removed the restaurant portion (many tears shed by locals for good reason), but it held strong with locals offering to-die-for baked goods and brewed to order coffee. There a few things the Swiss can’t get wrong: chocolate and a primo cup of coffee.  If you ask locals, Tahoe House is beloved for its strong, frothy coffees that are neither espresso nor drip coffee nor french pressed. They are single brews by magical ‘espresso’ makers. It’s an Alpine experience for your tastebuds you simply can’t pass up.

Local tip: In addition to your morning coffee, strongly consider the famous Sacher (chocolate and raspeberry) torte for special occasions. Beware, it generally doesn’t last long at the table. 


Squaw Valley Opening Day And Big Tahoe Storm Ahead!

It’s almost here! We’ve waited all year for new snow, and last week we received 6 inches. With cold temperatures in the area the Squaw Alpine snowmaking team was out in full effect with their guns blazing!

Guns blazing this past weekend at Squaw Valley!

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Just in time for Opening Day tomorrow, November 26th! To find out more about Opening Day, lift operations, and other activities, click here.

Although we’ll see some mild (warmer) temperatues this week, a significant storm is headed our way Sunday through Tuesday. If the models line up just right, we could be look at 2-3 feet in the mountains, and possibly 4 feet along the crest. Do you have your Tahoe Super Pass yet?

A look at the heavy precipitation headed our way on Sunday.
A look at the heavy precipitation headed our way on Sunday.

If you’re not going to be in town for Opening Day, next week could be some of the best powder we’ve seen in a long time! Remember you can save on your booking with our current Manager’s Special–up to 33% off your stay! Check out how to book and save for your next family ski vacation at Squaw Valley Lodge!


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