family activities

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!

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! 


2013 Truckee Day

Truckee DayIf you’re looking for a truly local experience in the Truckee-Tahoe region, then join others for the street clean-up and town-wide block party at Truckee Day. You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up at 8am at any of the 22 check-in stations, grab your volunteer tee, and you’ll get your assignment for the area of Truckee to clean up! Children are welcome as well, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

After you’ve made your sweep (thank you for giving back to our community!) head over to the town-wide block party at 12pm, located at Truckee River Regional Park on Brockway Road. Eat up: you earned it!

Be sure to read the volunteer instructions here. For further information visit: http://www.truckeeday.org/


2013 Annual Community Pig Roast

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii for a traditional luau to taste some of this:

Community Pig Roast

(Vegetarians, we apologize.)

Celebrating its 29th year, the Annual Community Pig Roast at CB’s Pizza & Grill in Carnelian Bay is back on Saturday, June 1 from 3pm-10pm! A $15 donation means you’ll enjoy a bevy of delicious food, live music and fun!

You don’t even have to leave the kiddos at home! A Kid’s Activity Zone will be set up for their enjoyment, and live music by The Drunken Neighbors will be performed. All proceeds from the event benefit the local Boys and Girls Club of North Tahoe. So be sure to come with an empty belly, and enjoy the gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe when you get your grub on!

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/18au5T0


Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Market 2013

Farmers MarketsIf you’ve been waiting for that fresh summer produce to stock your fridge while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, then be sure to mark your calendars for the opener dates of Foothill Farmers Markets in Tahoe City! Make note of the mid-summer location change in Tahoe City due to other events on Commons Beach.

Contact our Front Desk for directions while staying with us.

Tahoe City: Commons Beach on Thursdays

Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd.

8am-1pm, May 23rd-June 20th & August 29th-September 26th

Tahoe City: Tahoe Lake Elementary School on Thursdays

375 Grove Street

8am-1pm, June 27th-Aug 22

If you want to check out other markets in the area, then head over to Truckee (15 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge) or Kings Beach (20 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge).

Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park on Tuesdays

10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267

8am-1pm, June 11th-Oct 8th.

Kings Beach: Kings Beach SRA on Tuesdays

Highway 28 at Bear Street

9am-1pm, June 25th-Aug 27th


North Lake Tahoe 2012 Winter Expo

Next Level Women's Freeskiing Camp, 2011. An event you can sign up for this year! Winter Expo is a great place to learn about winter activities!

Are you curious about what’s new for winter gear this season? Wondering what you can do with your family while on a Tahoe winter getaway? Then come check out the North Lake Tahoe 2012 Winter Expo — admission is FREE!

  • Get the skinny on winter activities, gear and services from over 50 exhibitors.
  • Enjoy a Winter Fashion Show!
  • Taste exceptional local food.
  • Door prizes!
  • Free admission and parking.

When:

November 15, 2012 | 4pm to 8pm

Where:

The Olympic Valley Lodge  | 1909 Chamonix Place in Olympic Valley


2nd Annual Tahoe Fall Fest

Tuesday, October 16 | 6pm | $85 

The seasons are changing with the cooler weather, and it’s time to enjoy the outdoor chill! The 2nd Annual Fall Fest, in Incline Village, takes it to a whole new level at this Western-inspired boot stompin’, finger lickin’ event. So break out that flannel, pull on your boots with spurs, and get ready to giddy up into fall!

The Lowdown:

Purchase your tickets HERE!


Winter Flash Sale! 40% Off Squaw Valley Lodge!

Save up to 40% on your winter reservations. Why not book your winter vacation while the savings are here? You’ll ski and save when the powder hits! These unprecedented discounts will happen just one time. Guaranteed!

  • Reservations must be made via phone only. Not available anywhere else.
  • Call our Vacation Planners beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 10 for this special sale.
  • Flash Sale reservations can be made 8:00am – 8:00pm daily, Monday September 10th through Friday September 14th. Nightly minimums and unique cancellation & deposit policies apply.
  • Regular Winter Season 2012-2013 (November 21-April 30, 2013, except for Holiday Season and President’s Week): 40% off for 3 or more nights
  • Holiday Season. (December 21, 2012-January 5, 2013): 30% off (Valid for Deluxe Studio Condominiums only December 26-31, 2012)
  • President’s Week (February 15-23, 2013): 30% off

Flash Sale Deposit & Cancellation Policies: Two night deposit is due at time of reservation. Non- refundable balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.The entire reservation amount is non-refundable within 60 days of arrival. No Exceptions. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance offered and encouraged. Changing dates, shortening stay or downgrading to a smaller condominium is not allowed after final payment is made.There are no refunds for late arrivals, early departures or no shows.

*Winter Flash Sale subject to change and availability. May not be combined with any other offer


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