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!

Lake Tahoe’s First Big Storm For 2015/16 Ski Season

Fall snow at Squaw Valley Lodge

Earlier this week fall quickly faded into winter, as over a foot of snow fell at Squaw Valley. It was a beautiful way to kick off November, blanketing the mountain in fresh powder. With the California drought and lower snow levels from the past four years, it was a hefty storm for fall, and a pleasant surprise for the area.

Since we received so much snow on Monday, November 2, Mt. Rose Ski Resort opened for the season on Wednesday (November 4) as the first ski resort open in the Tahoe basin, and Boreal Mountain Resort opened today as the first ski resort open for the season in California! The colder temperatures this week also meant Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was able to get in tons of snow making. Squaw Alpine is still slated to open Wednesday, November 25 in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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There are two things we do need to point out considering the early snowfall: 1. If you don’t have your Tahoe Super Pass yet, you’re blowing it big time and need to purchase one stat. You can do that HERE. 2. If you haven’t booked your winter ski getaway, you need to do that stat. And also take advantage of our insanely good fall rates we have going on right now. You can still ski/ride in the area if you stay with us, and also take advantage of everything happening at The Village at Squaw.

Book online or contact our Reservation Agents to learn more: http://www.squawvalleylodge.com/


Halloween Around Lake Tahoe

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Halloween in mountain communities is a bit different as families don’t have the ease of metropolitan neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, though that doesn’t stop locals here! If you’re looking to dress up and branch out for a night ‘on the town’ check out a few events happening around Tahoe on All Hallow’s Eve, Saturday October 31:

  • Creepers Ball at Crystal Ball Club

An area favorite! Tainted Love and After Party with Dubcoling and Onene

ss. Get dressed in your best costume and dance your heart out to some awesome cover songs.

9PM | $25/ticket, or $45 for Booth Seat | http://www.crystalbaycasino.com/

  • Heavy Halloween The Psychedelic Laboratory featuring RudeBoyNoize (Trevor Kelly + Shlump) // Rapplesauce // All Good Funk Alliance at the Tahoe Biltmore

Rock out to an evening of two stages of bass and funk. Don’t forget to wear your costume too!

9PM | $15 early bird ticket, $20 advance, or $30 at the door | http://heavyhalloween.bpt.me/

Don’t forget to book your night with us while our fall rates are so great. Our Front Desk staff is happy to assist you with taxi service to ensure you remain safe while out for the night! Need directions to Stateline, NV (it’s about a 20 minute drive away)? Our staff is here to help!

Not sure if you want to stray far from Squaw Valley? How about a nice bottle of red at Uncorked (just steps from us) and a dip in the spa before bed? Sounds like a perfect way to ring in November … one more step closer to winter.


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A Perfect Fall Day Around Lake Tahoe

Off season around Lake Tahoe is an underrated time in the Sierras. For one, the crowds have dissipated and two, the vibrant colors of the aspen trees make the area come alive. Autumn is a beautiful season to experience Squaw Valley and the surrounding towns as a ‘local’s local.’

Here’s how we think a perfect fall day should be spent:

Get up at dawn and watch the sunrise come over the top of Squaw from the comfort of your suite. Hop on your bikes and ride along the Truckee River into Tahoe City and hook a right across Fanny Bridge down the West Shore. Stop at Tahoe House for a freshly poured frothy and strong coffee (one of the best you’ll ever have!) and don’t forget to try one of their traditional Swiss baked goods. The raspberry twist is a sweet treat, or the ham and cheese croissant will sustain you for those few miles back to Squaw Valley Lodge.

Bikes at Squaw

Want to check out some scenic vistas? Take a hike! Enjoy a short drive along Highway 20 toward Incline Village and stop at Crystal Bay (where the CA and NV state lines meet) for a one-mile hike up Fire Lookout. Click here for directions to the trailhead, and don’t forget to take photos of the stunning view!

Thinking about food now that you’ve hiked a bit and enjoyed the scenery? Drive just another four miles east into Incline Village, and chow down on a local favorite at T’s Mesquite Rotisserie (such a local spot they don’t even have a website). Don’t be deterred by the lines or the fact that it’s a hole-in-the-wall joint, just make sure you don’t miss out on their tri-tip and green salsa. Both quite addictive!

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How to spend your afternoon now that your belly is full? You could take a tranquil kayak paddle on Lake Tahoe (check out Tahoe Adventure Company), or take a tour of the historic Thunderbird Lodge, or do some shopping along Historic Commercial Row in Downtown Truckee. The possibilities are endless.

If you still need more ideas, don’t hesitate to ask our Front Desk staff!


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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

 


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