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!

Squaw Valley Lodge Winter Sweepstakes 2013!

Winter Sweepstakes 2013/2014It’s that time of year again! We launched our Winter Sweepstakes on October 22!

Contestants have until November 19, 2013 to enter to win a 3-Night ski-in/ski-out getaway to Squaw Valley on us!

Imagine waking up to fresh powder (now that’s a lucky winner!) at Squaw Valley, and topping off your two days on the slopes with a one hour massage, and mini shopping spree at Granite Peak Ski & Mountain Center?

If that sounds like a bit of winter wonderland to you, then head over to our Facebook page and enter to win!

How would you spend your free ski getaway to Squaw Valley? Remember, there’s so much happening in the Village at Squaw! Check out the calendar of events here.


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Early October Snow at Squaw Valley!

There is nothing better than waking up to fresh powder at Squaw Valley. Locals and visitors alike awoke on Monday, October 28th to 10-14 inches of snow around the Lake Tahoe area. Although no ski resorts were open at the time, it didn’t stop winter-lovers from playing in the snow! We’re looking forward to an epic winter!

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What are your predictions for snowfall for the 2013/2014 season? Please leave us your response below! We might even reward the best guess at the end of the season …

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Check out that mixture of autumn and winter: orange leaves on aspens, heavy with powder!


25th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom
Grand Ballroom
Incline Village, NV

When:
November 2, 2013
7pm-10:30pm

Cost:
Advance Tickets – $85
Tickets at door – $95
8 VIP tables available

Celebrating its 25th year, the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival benefits Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA, two vital non-profits in the Lake Tahoe area that offer the local community food distribution, nutrition education, a 24-hour crisis line and support services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse. Not only is it an important fundraiser in the area, it’s also a local favorite!

Who doesn’t love chocolate and wine? Especially together. To commemorate its silver year (25th) the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival will become a winter wonderland for guests, where they will enjoy appetizers, boutique wine tasting, divine treats from Lake Tahoe’s top ten chefs, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and a chance to win a wheelbarrow full of wine!

Purchase your tickets HERE!


Joy of Flight: The Great Reno Balloon Race 2013

Great Reno Balloon Race

Ranch Rafael Regional Park
1595 North Sierra Street
Reno, NV

When:
Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8
Various Times (4:30am-10am), but don’t miss the Glow Show at 5am! 

Cost: FREE to the public!

Imagine standing underneath hundreds of hot air balloons as they take flight into the dark Reno skies, just before sunrise. Cutting the silence of dawn, watch and listen as the hot air fires into each balloon, lighting up the horizon like fireflies. They’re glowing. If you want to experience one of the largest hot air balloon festivals ever, then don’t miss this event September 6-8!

The Great Reno Balloon Race is such a popular spectacle that “Balloon Boulevard” shopping at the event starts at 4:30am. Local Starbucks open hours earlier just to accommodate the thousands who flock to witness such a colorful and rare sight. It is truly the joy of flight!

We highly suggest you pull the little ones out of bed before dawn to see the Glow Show at 5:00am, followed by Dawn Patrol at 5:30am, and the Mass Ascension at 6:45am. Be sure to wear warm clothes, pack hot beverages and snacks, and be ready for the biggest surprise of all: battling traffic at the wee hour of 5am.

It’s worth every sleepy minute!


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Tahoe Fall Classic

fall-classic-race-course-620x979As the final race in the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series, the Tahoe Fall Classic on September 15 concludes another season of athletes paddling their way toward the finish line.

This Stand Up Paddleboard race is a 22 mile point race, starting at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe and finishing at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe.

Check out the race course to the left!

Athletes take off at 8am, spectators are welcome, and FREE paddleboard demos are available by Surftech and Tahoe SUP.

Visit www.tahoecup.org for registration and event details!

If you love to stand up paddleboard and would like to train and compete next year, here are the series of races that take place in the Lake Tahoe region:

1. Donner Lake Cup (generally near Memorial Day Weekend)

2. Jam From The Dam (Tahoe City to Carnelian Bay)

3. Tahoe Fall Classic (stop #3 in the Tahoe Cup Series)

 


Full Moon Kayak Tours on Lake Tahoe

Deceptively small through the lens, full moons over Lake Tahoe are enchanting.

It seems as though we turn into early birds to enjoy those spectacular summer sunrises over Lake Tahoe, or night owls as we stay up late to enjoy every last drop of daylight in the summer months. Well, if you’re looking for a rare opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe at night, how about on the water under a full moon? Don’t miss these enchanting evenings with Tahoe Adventure Company!

There are still three more full moon dates for summer, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

2013 Full Moon Kayak Tour dates:

Sunday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm

Sunday, July 21, 6:30-9:30pm

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, September 19, 5:00-8:00pm

Not only will you soak in the beauty of the Sierras as the sun sets and the full moon rises, but after paddling for two hours you will land on the beach to cap it all off with hot drinks, snacks, and more stargazing.

Event Lowdown (courtesy of TAC):

Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles, 2+ hours on the water

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area

Cost: $60 per person, 4 person minimum. $50 per person for hiking.

Wondering what you need to pack? Tahoe Adventure Company provides the following: all kayaking equipment, knowledgeable guides, instruction, natural history and astronomy discussions, kayak games, refreshments. Personal warm clothing is required. Please discuss with Tahoe Adventure Company when you make your reservation.


Squaw Valley Lodge Summer Offer!

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Trading ski boots for flip flips: there’s so much to do in the summertime! Are you trying to find your summer slowdown? Take a few deep breaths, and think about all the things you want to do while on the perfect summer getaway.

With enough activities, events, and festivals to fill each day at Lake Tahoe you may find it hard to relax, but we think you will fit it in somewhere. Come up and enjoy Squaw Valley Lodge’s Third Night Free!

Midweek is the best time to enjoy the destination and enjoy the best values! Rates start as low as $123/night for the getaway! See details below.* Reserve your summer vacation online or call a Vacation Planner today: (888) 565-4070 or SquawValleyLodge.com

Spend the day Tahoe Style:

  • Swim and sun at the beach
  • Rent a powerboat
  • Float on the Truckee River
  • Hike from High Camp
  • Visit Emerald Bay and hike Eagle Falls
  • Kayak on the lake
  • Paddleboard on the lake
  • Play Squaw Valley Paintball
  • Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Take a sunset lake cruise

*If Third Night Free does not work for your vacation, ask your Vacation Planner about other promotional offers at Squaw Valley Lodge. The Third Night Free promotion is valid through September 30, 2013 and is subject to change, blackout dates and availability. The free night will never be a weekend or holiday night. For stays greater than three nights, other discounts or promotions may be available. Free nights are only valid for the reservation in which qualifying nights were purchased. $123 per night Deluxe Studio rate is based on three midweek non-holiday nights.


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