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!

Live Music and Fish Fry at River Ranch Lodge

Truckee River Rafting

It’s Friday night and the mood is right for some live music on the deck of River Ranch Lodge. Kick back with friends for $2 Blind Beer grabs, and a traditional Midwestern fish fry!

For just $9.95 guests have their choice of Fried Fish specials with Coleslaw and French Fries or Grilled Fish, Chicken Fingers and Sliders too! There’s also a delicious Soup of the Day and Salad Special available for those watching their waistlines.

Various local artists play live music from 6PM to 8:30PM on the deck, with the exception of July 31 and August 28.

Did you know that River Ranch Lodge is 4 miles via bike path from Squaw Valley Lodge? It’s a flat, beautiful ride through Squaw Valley and along the Truckee River to the patio at River Ranch. You could take a long walk in the evening for dinner after a day of playing at Squaw Valley, or hop on your bike!

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Free S’mores Lakeside


What would summer be without s’mores? They go hand in hand. After a long day of hiking, biking, or swimming in cool Lake Tahoe, cozying up around the bonfire with melty, oozing goodness of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers is just the ticket. If you’d like to do this lakeside instead of around fire pits in the Village at Squaw, than we have the treat for you!

This summer Monday through Thursday, June 15 and through September 10, our friends at the West Shore Cafe are offering FREE s’mores around their bonfire from 8:30PM to 9PM. Be sure to check their event calendar for exact details as summer goes on.

West Shore Cafe is located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, just a few minute drive from Tahoe City. It’s an excellent stop for food and drinks for the whole family while on the lake this summer, and a fun place to stop before heading back to the spas at Squaw Valley Lodge.


Family Fun: 2015 North Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Market Display

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. With the late spring snow in Tahoe it may feel strange to think about celebrating summer at Farmers’ Market, but it’s right around the bend! Before you know it you’ll be stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the summer—great snacks to take on the trail hiking or biking, while hanging out at Squaw Valley, or entertaining lakeside.

We revere winter, but summer has its special charm, its ‘epicness.’ In the local community we often hear, “I came for a summer at Lake Tahoe and never left.”

Farmers Market Tahoe City By Water

Farmers’ Markets at Tahoe City and Truckee are a great way to get to know the local farmers, vendors, and close-knit community. Chat it up with Tahoe and Sacramento Valley based vendors–maybe even bump into well-known chefs getting ready for their evening menues.

Tahoe City Farmers’ Markets run Thursdays from 8am to 1pm, May 28 to June 18 at Commons Beach; and at Tahoe Lake Elementary School June 25 to August 20. Truckee Farmers’ Markets run Tuesdays from 8am to 1pm at Truckee River Regional Park, June 2 to October 20.

Visit to learn more!

Squaw Ski Season Closing Weekend And Fresh Powder!

squaw valley spring snow

Image taken April 25, 2015 via Squaw Alpine Media.

Well look at that.

It’s closing weekend at Squaw Valley, and we have 12 inches of new snow to celebrate! A typical Tahoe spring: late season snow. If you’re not ready to toss in your gear yet for the season, then hurry up and enjoy the last of it while you can! Right now Squaw Valley Lodge spring weekend rates start at just $135/night! You can book online HERE or contact one of our reservation agents at 855.549.6742. Looking for other fun things to do while you’re here? Check out GoTahoeNorth for activities and events in the North Lake Tahoe area.

It’s also not too late to purchase your Tahoe Super Pass for the 2015/16 ski season! The Bronze Pass is almost sold out, so you’ll want to secure yours as soon as possible:

New to the Tahoe Super Pass–which gives you access to four resorts (Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl Resort)–is rollover days! Read all about it HERE.

Fun Hot Air Balloon Event! The Great Reno Balloon Race 2015

Great Reno Balloon Race

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. If you want to visit one of the most spectacular events in the West, heck–the United States–then don’t miss The Great Reno Balloon Races held this September 11-13, 2015.

Set your coffee machine on a timer the night before, and rise early (we’re talking well before 5am) and head into West Reno, Nevada for dawn patrol. Hot air balloons lift into the dark skies as dawn approaches and they GLOW. It’s a sight to see for the family family! Children squeal. Parents watch with sleepy eyes, sipping on hot cocoa and strong coffee. Stay past dawn as hundreds of balloons coast through Reno’s skies. Balloons in the shape of panda bears, beer cans, rainbows, Darth Vadar, just about everything you can think of!

Did we mention this magnificent event is free? Be sure to check out our fantastic lodging savings in September! The crowds have lessened, and it’s a fun time of year to explore the area with hiking, biking, and of course, The Great Reno Balloon Race! Squaw Valley Lodge is also a quick drive into Reno.

For more info on the balloon race, click HERE.

New April Snow And Squaw Valley’s 2015 Closing Day Extended!

Squaw Pup Tongue

Don’t put away those skis or boards just yet! With over a foot of fresh snow up top at Squaw Valley, the season’s closing day has been extended to April 19, 2015 and possibly longer depending on weather conditions. Another classic Tahoe spring, with late snow and fun powder days before summer hits!

Squaw Valley Lodge wants to say “thank you for an interesting and unforgettable season” by passing on BIG savings. Rates for a two night weekend stay start at $151 per night, and midweek per night rates start at $135*. Enjoy even bigger discounts for longer stays, and with the new snow how can you pass that one up?

Reserve online or call a Vacation Planner today: (844) 572-6994

In addition to the spring skiing, check out Apres Ski Music at the Village Events Plaza this Saturday, April 11, or pop into any of Squaw’s food favorites for a fun happy hour.

*Rates quoted are for a Standard Room, per night for two nights. 

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North Lake Tahoe Easter Egg Hunt at Diamond Peak

Hunt for eggs on the mountain, filled with candy, chocolates and special prizes this Sunday, April 4. Diamond Peak hosts a snowy Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9AM, along with a special Easter service at the top of Lakeview Chair at 2PM.


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