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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!

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).

CoffeeBar

Image credit CoffeeBar.

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. 


New Ski Film: “Less” Premier by Level 1 Productions

With Saturday’s recent snow storm at Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows got 6 inches to kick off the winter season.

Though temperatures will rise this week, it has definitely gotten us pumped for powder! With an El Nino winter on the horizon, of course we’re hoping for big storms, deep snow, and fun days on the slopes. While we cross our fingers and hope for an epic year to match the winter of 2010/11, why not check out a new ski film premiering at Tahoe on Sunday, November 23?

Join other locals at Homewood Ski Resort to view Level 1 Production’s ”Less” premier, featuring athletes like Duncan Adams, Will Berman, LSM, Magnus Graner, Tanner Rainville and more! The film was shot on location in the U.S., Canada, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Japan.

Enjoy the screening of “Less” outside around the South Lodge fire pit (so be sure to bundle up!); heat lamps and warm cocktails are provided to keep you cozy. Sierra Avalanche Center will also give a short presentation about their efforts to keep backcountry skiers and snowboarders safe and educated about the terrain. You won’t want to miss this if you plan on any backcountry this season!

“Less” tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. And of course there will be raffle prizes available – even a snowcat trip on the new Homewood Snowcat Adventures ($399 value).

Remember Squaw Valley Lodge’s winter sale is going on for stays between November 21, 2014 and April 30. 2015! You could save up to 33% off, so check out our best rates, stay a few nights, catch the premier of “Less”, and stay for opening day at Squaw Valley  on November 26 while you’re at it!


Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18th

pumpkins at harvest time with fall leaves at lake tahoe

Pick your pumpkins to carve this fall at the Tahoe City Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch on October 18.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, fall is a great time for a Lake Tahoe getaway. Escape the city, leave your worries behind, even bring the kids along if you’re looking for a family vacation before winter hits. Enjoy the quiet mountains, beautiful harvest sunrises, the aspen trees ablaze in yellow and orange, and a hot cup of coffee on your private balcony overlooking Squaw Valley.

Since you’ll also be on the hunt for exciting, family events or activities while in the Lake Tahoe area, head to the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City on October 18, 2014, 10AM-2PM. There is plenty of entertainment for children with face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, and carnival rides! Hungry? Be sure to purchase your activity bracelet, and you can grub on delicious BBQ!

To save, purchase your activity bracelet in advance ($12) or $15 if purchased the day of.  Contact 530.583.3440 to purchase your bracelet, or let our Reservations Agent know you would like more information when booking.

Be sure to check out our low season lodging deals, SAVE 40% on a two night stay!


Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley: Drink In The Autumn Season!

Oktoberfest beer steins and Bavarian dancers at Squaw Valley

Grab your stein of beer and enjoy Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley!

This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!

What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!

Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)

Click here for more info, and be sure to check our site for the Manager’s Special rates during Oktoberfest. No drinking and driving, folks!


Tahoe Super Pass On Sale: Shred the Gnar and Save Big!

Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

Photo Credit Squaw Valley PR

For some people it doesn’t matter what season it is – they’re always dreaming of winter.

Of course summer in Lake Tahoe is an epic adventure—full of water sports and rounds of golf, late night ice cream trips with the family, outdoor movie showings at Squaw Valley, July 4th fireworks and floats down the Truckee River— but snow makes everyone here giddy.

Now that summer has officially waned, the countdown for Old Man Winter is on! This means if you haven’t lined up a Tahoe Super Pass, you still have time to save big before it’s time for first tracks. If you already have vacation days blocked off to ski or snowboard, why not snag your ski pass now? In fact, the pass could pay for itself in only four days of riding. Remember, The Tahoe Super Pass is valid at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Sugarbowl Resort!

Tahoe Super Pass sales prices are guaranteed through September 8, 2014 – that’s tomorrow, folks! Since Squaw Valley Lodge is perfect for your next ski-in/ski-out getaway, we suggest you jump on the savings now, and while you’re at it, check out our reduced rates for this winter.

See you out there ‘shredding the gnar’!

[Click here to purchase your Tahoe Super Pass.]


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


Summer at Lake Tahoe: Artist Feature

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

There are some years when we see snow in June, but with temperatures rising into the upper 70′s and low 80′s this week, summer has truly arrived at Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley summer operations open June 14th, and we thought what better way to gear up for the summer season than a little Lake Tahoe eye candy? Since photographs speak a thousand words, we’ll just let the beauty of this region and season speak for itself. 

Alena Grace Photography has kindly shared some of her favorite summer shots, but if you’re itching for more, connect on Facebook, or check out her website! We sat down with landscape photographer, Alena Saporsky, for a local’s take on summer at Lake Tahoe:

1. What is your favorite thing about shooting in the summertime?

I love shooting ALL seasons at Tahoe. Summer provides more daylight for all shooting days, and warmth so you can be out in the early morning or late evening. The beaches’ 99% pure water is magical in summer. I soon plan to purchase an underwater camera and shoot at lake level/underwater images while I am actually in the lake!

2. What locations in the Tahoe region tend to photograph the best, or do your clients like the best?

I have found it funny over the years my favorite images and clients’ favorite images vary greatly. I am not sure why this is–simply preference? My best sellers have been reflection images (where the mountains/trees/etc. reflect in the lake on a glassy lake day), photos of piers, and wildflowers have been great sellers as both prints and greeting cards. Most of my revenue from summertime in Tahoe has been weddings. I photographed a small beach wedding on the South Shore in 2010 and the images turned out lovely–Nevada Beach at sunset did not disappoint!

3. Any tips for visitors who want to capture the beauty of Tahoe, or local spots people must see?

If you are visiting the Tahoe basin this summer and are not familiar with the area, I recommend taking a photo tour with a company such as Tahoe Photographic Tours (tahoephotographictours.com). The locations I recommend would be the top of the fire road above Crystal Bay, Nevada, Sand Harbor or Hidden Beach on the East Shore, Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay, and Shirley Canyon at Olympic Valley. If you’re willing to hike, take the trail at the top of Mount Rose Highway and go half way to the summit. There you will find a gorgeous valley with mountain lupine and a gorgeous waterfall. And if you’re willing to take a drive, Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe, is the rugged side of  the Tahoe basin. Complete with sweeping meadows, the Carson River, and granite peaks; this area does not disappoint!

And as we promised: phenomenal Lake Tahoe region eye candy courtesy of Alena Grace Photography.

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

tahoe city surf (1024x671)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

tahoe city reflection (1024x762)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

spring squaw (683x1024)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

sand harbor pine (683x1024)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

purple sunset (1024x682)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Summer’s just about here: come and get it! If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, we can help, and save you 30% off your stay! 


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