North Lake Tahoe, California 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!

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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2015 Summertime Winter Lodging Sale: Deep Discounts!

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Now is the time for snow dreaming and extraordinary savings at Squaw Valley Lodge!

Save up to 35% for your winter reservations. These unprecedented discounts will happen just one. Guaranteed! The sale starts Wednesday, August 19th 8:00am and will last one week only.

  • Two night reservations save 15%.
  • Three night reservations save 25%.
  • Four night reservations save 30%.
  • Five+ nights reservations save 35%.

Our Summertime Winter Sale is offered through Friday, September 11, 8:00pm.

For reservations occurring November 20, 2015 through April 30, 2016. This excludes Christmas and President’s Week holiday periods, which are up to 20% off. Christmas and President’s Week discounts are valid December 18, 2015 – January 1, 2016 and February 12- 20, 2016. 20% off is only valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums December 26 – January 1, 2016.

Reserve multiple trips and save again and again. Stay longer and save more! Reserve online or call a Vacation Planner: (844) 226-1804

squawvalleylodge.com // You’ll find the lodging deal on our Manager’s Special page: check it out!

Rates and promotions are subject to change, blackout dates, nightly minimums and inventory cutoffs. Only a certain percentage of our inventory is available at these discounts. Based on availability.


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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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The 26th Annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley: 2015 Labor Day Weekend Event

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Whether or not kiddos are back in school, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, so why not go out with a bang at Squaw Valley this year? A beloved event by our local community, The 26th Annual Foam Fest is back  at the Village at Squaw on Saturday, September 5 from 2-6PM with more live music and micro brews to keep things happily foamy. The Foam Fest benefits Disabled Sports USA, a nonprofit chapter in the Truckee area, committed to innovative multi-sport activities for disabled athletes.

For the cost of your advanced entry ticket + beer tasting ($30) guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from 40+ breweries in the area, live entertainment by Dead Winter Carpenters and Zebuel’s Smoked out Soul. This event is actually family-friendly. Children 12 years old and under have FREE admission.

If you don’t purchase your ticket in advance (HERE), you can always get your day of entry at the door ($35). If you don’t plan on tasting the beer and only want to check out the festival music, you can purchase entry for $10.

Don’t forget to book your lodging for Labor Day weekend while you can! Check out our Manager’s Special and up-to-date discounted lodging rates: http://bit.ly/1KHMQfF

If you need assistance with accommodations or other family-friendly activities in the area (hiking, biking, swimming, boating, paddleboarding, etc.) don’t hesitate to contact one of our Reservation Agents or Front Desk staff. We are happy to direct you to our local favorites!


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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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Lake Tahoe Local Music – 2015 Brews, Jazz, & Funk Fest

Raise a glass, and listen to live music from local Tahoe bands and award-winning musicians at the Brews, Jazz, & Funk Fest. The lively celebrations start Saturday, August 8, 2015 and continue through the weekend.

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