Lake Tahoe

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!

Tangled Vines: An Evening with Frances Dinkelspiel at Lake Tahoe

Hellman MansionBeyond Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, is a rich history of California’s Gold Rush, and how that flourished this beautiful area. Visitors flock to Truckee and Tahoe in droves to escape the hustle and bustle in the mountains and at the alpine lake – they’ve been doing it for over a century, the only exception being their mode of transportation and the magnitude of the ski resorts today. (What it would have been to travel only by train and steamer from San Francisco!)

Taking time to discover the gems of history in Tahoe is almost a rite of passage in knowing this place like the back of your hand. The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (a California State Park) is no exception. Situation on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the mansion offers a glimpse into Northern California’s opulent history.

So why not spend a little time getting to know Tahoe’s past? Take a break from kayaking or boating or hiking Blackwood Canyon, and spend an evening with acclaimed author Frances Dinkelspiel at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on July 20. Frances will discuss her newest book, “Tangled Vines” over the course of the summer’s evening at the mansion.

Step back in time, enjoy tasty hor d’oeuvres and fine wines while learning all about the greed, murder, obsession and arson that took place in the Napa Valley vineyards of California. Dinkelspiel explores the colorful and dynamic past of California’s wine industry, at one of Lake Tahoe’s most historic and dynamic places.

Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket by calling 530.583.9911 or sierrastateparks.org


Keep Tahoe Fire Safe: Defensible Space and Campfire Safety

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There’s nothing quite like a clear summer’s night star gazing at the night sky over Lake Tahoe next to a smoldering camp fire, or grilling on the back deck while the local deer mull around at sunset. The Sierras are a splendid break from the hustle and bustle, the busyness of our everyday lives, where we can enjoy the wildness of Tahoe.

Though it’s the perfect season to play all day in the fresh air and cozy up around the campfire with loved ones, it’s also wildfire season when locals are on high alert. Campers, hikers and backpackers are also out in droves. In order to preserve our favorite summer playground, we need to practice wildfire caution – come prepared with water and/or bucket to douse a fire while camping, set up an adequate fire ring around a campfire, increase our defensible space, and so on.

Think First Tahoe has established a new initiative to encourage residents and visitors alike to practice wildfire prevention, whether that’s out camping in Tahoe backcountry and following legal campfire practices, or increasing defensible space around your home. Both are equally important.

Join others on Saturday, June 25 from 12PM-2PM at the Tahoe Biltmore and Lodge Casino for a Defensible Space Block Party! Meet your neighbors and local fire district and learn new ways to create defensible space around your home. Guests will also have access to free greenwaste dumpsters, and enjoy tasty food and drinks!

Visit ThinkFirstTahoe.org to learn more.


Live Music and Fish Fry at River Ranch Lodge

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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!

For more information on this event series visit http://www.riverranchlodge.com


Free S’mores Lakeside

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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.

 


32 Inches Of Snow and New Lodging Deals!

Photo credit Hank dVre.

Photo credit Hank dVre.

It’s been a long wait, but when Mother Nature shows up, she shows up good. The lodge has been buzzing with happy skiers, which we love.

This weekend North Lake Tahoe had white-out conditions and fresh, glorious powder days with 32 inches of new snow at Squaw Valley and 28 inches at Alpine Meadows! What a great start to another Miracle March in Tahoe. We’ve got another couple inches of snow on it’s way tomorrow as well!

It’s the best time right now to take advantage of the new snow and savings on lodging and lift tickets!

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

Photo credit Jeff Engerbretson.

First reserve you lodging at (877) 345-5807 or online at squawvalleylodge.com

  • 20% off winter reservations of 2-3 nights for travel through April 11th.
  • 25% off winter reservations of 4 night nights for travel through April 11th.
  • 30% off winter reservations of 5 or more nights for travel through April 11th.

Second, purchase the Tahoe Super 2 Pack online HERE for the best lift ticket discounts.

Third, pull out your powder skis – you’re going to need those puppies! Need help with your ski or snowboard set-up? Check out Granite Chief OR Squaw Valley’s rentals.

And remember, we’ve got some spas-with-a-view just waiting to be enjoyed. Your tired muscles will thank you!

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Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports With Michelle Parker

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With winter on the horizon, it doesn’t matter if you’re a lady or gent–you’re thinking about, dreaming up, and hoping for snow.

But if you’re a gal about town in Tahoe on a Saturday night, and looking for something fun to do before the powder hits, join fellow ladies in the area for a fun night at one of our favorite local outfitters. On November 22, Lake Tahoe native and pro-skier, Michelle Parker, will host a FREE evening at Tahoe Mountain Sports (Tahoe City, CA), leading a motivational discussion on her career and what it takes to be a successful action sports athlete.

Doors open at 5:00pm for shopping specials. There are great discounts on gear and clothing only ladies will enjoy during this event! There are also fabulous raffle prizes, including a Ghost Whisperer hooded down jacket ($300 value) from Mountain Hardware, and so much more to check out! The official program begins at 6:30pm.

All proceeds from this event benefit the SAFE AS Clinics, a local non-profit organization that heightens the awareness of community snow safety and avalanche awareness for women in an open and welcoming environment.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE!

Michelle Parker; photo captured by Ben Meester. Image via powder.com

Michelle Parker; photo captured by Ben Meester. Image via powder.com


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!


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