Gatekeeper’s Museum

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!

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.


Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam 100th Anniversary Celebration

Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam

Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam and Gatekeeper’s Museum, Tahoe City

When:

  • Friday, August 30, 2013
  • 12pm-1:30pm at the Dam
  • 4pm Reception at Watson Cabin and Gatekeeper’s Museum

Cost:

  • Free for the whole family!

If you’re looking for a bit of history while entertaining the whole family, then come on down to Fanny’s Bridge and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam. Tours and refreshments are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

After your tour and photo ops, head over at 4pm to the Heritage Plaza in the center of Tahoe City, also the location of the Watson Log Cabin.  Enjoy the Tahoe City 150th kick-off reception with live ragtime music from CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons, and the unveiling of historic banners around town.

 


Rich History: The Gatekeeper’s Museum

Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe are not only beautiful places to vacation, they are also rich in history.  While your summer activities may include hiking, biking and boating, exploring the rich history of this area is a great excursion the whole family can enjoy together!

At the Tahoe City Dam, where the Truckee River meets Lake Tahoe, you will find the Gatekeeper’s Museum.  It was originally built by Robert Montgomery Watson, as the home of the Watermaster, who controlled the water out of Lake Tahoe.  The dam still has a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives at the cabin. The cabin on site stands today as a reconstruction of the original, since it burned in an arson fire in the early 1980′s.  It serves as a local museum and event venue; showcasing Tahoe history, spanning back from the native Washoe people into the logging and mining days that boomed in the Sierras.

Not only can you visit the museum on your own accord, but the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society hosts many fun events for all ages!  Try a Historic Walking Tour or Bear Brunch BBQ; perhaps a Free Tahoe Movie Matinee or Living History Day.

For further information visit the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.


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