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!

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!


Ironman Lake Tahoe Canceled Due To Smoke

King Fire Smoke Over Lake Tahoe

Smoke from the King Fire billows across Lake Tahoe. Photo Credit: Steve Ellsworth

This was a really tough year for Ironman athletes. Tough because after months of endurance training they were unable to compete.

Ironman competitors lined up at 6:30am this morning at Kings Beach State Recreation Area where they were turned away last minute. At the eleventh hour race officials made a tough call to cancel the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

On September 13 a fire began in Pollock Pines, California that has since burned 81,000 acres, and still only 10 percent contained. As smoke from the wildfire descended on Lake Tahoe all week, athletes arrived in the area, gearing up for the big race. Ultimately, officials pulled the plug this morning due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

Competitors would have swam the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, cycled through Tahoe City, past Squaw Valley, up and over Brockway Summit at 7,200′ elevation, and completed miles upon miles on foot along Truckee River, down to Homewood and back to Squaw Valley for the big finish (right next to Squaw Valley Lodge!).

The heartbreaking turn of events has thousands of athletes defeated, but with the air quality at dangerously poor levels, officials felt this decision was the safest for competitors and spectators alike. With the course taking place at 6,000′+ elevation, Ironman athletes would have needed every bit of oxygen they could get—and this was a risk officials were not willing to take. Sadly, Tahoe with its clean mountain air is generally the perfect place to train and race.

Despite today’s change of events, we have enjoyed serving the Ironman community this weekend at Squaw Valley, and we look to next year with high hopes!


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.


Squaw Valley Holiday Events

Squaw Valley Village Christmas TreeAh, winter.

The slopes will be packed before you know it, and there’s nothing quite like the energy of bustling holidays at Squaw Valley … especially if there’s fresh snow. Regardless if it snows or not, adults and kids alike won’t be short on the jolly fun! Whether you prefer kicking back with hot cocoa by the Village fire pits and enjoying complimentary s’mores, bringing your little one to meet Buddy the Bear while ice-skating, or taking a snowshoe tour, the holidays at Lake Tahoe are the best time for Kodak winter moments.

Click on the following resorts for further details.

Squaw Valley Resort

Holidays at Squaw: 12/14/13 to 12/31/13

  • Santa on the Slopes
  • Great Basin Carolers
  • Complimentary S’mores
  • … and much more!

Resort at Squaw Creek

Gingerbread Village Unveiling & Grand Tree Lighting: 11/29, 5-8PM

  • Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Sleigh Rides in porte cochere 4:30-8:30PM

Resort at Squaw Creek

9th Annual Magical Memories: 11/18/13 to 1/4/14

  • Fun with Buddy the Bear on Ice Skating Rink
  • Winter Wonderland stories with Mrs. Claus
  • Snowshoe Tours
  • … and much more!

What’s your favorite holiday activity at Squaw Valley?


Early October Snow at Squaw Valley!

There is nothing better than waking up to fresh powder at Squaw Valley. Locals and visitors alike awoke on Monday, October 28th to 10-14 inches of snow around the Lake Tahoe area. Although no ski resorts were open at the time, it didn’t stop winter-lovers from playing in the snow! We’re looking forward to an epic winter!

Early October Snow 2

Early October Snow 3

Early October Snow 1

What are your predictions for snowfall for the 2013/2014 season? Please leave us your response below! We might even reward the best guess at the end of the season …

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October Snow SVL 2

Check out that mixture of autumn and winter: orange leaves on aspens, heavy with powder!


Tahoe Fall Classic

fall-classic-race-course-620x979As the final race in the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series, the Tahoe Fall Classic on September 15 concludes another season of athletes paddling their way toward the finish line.

This Stand Up Paddleboard race is a 22 mile point race, starting at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe and finishing at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe.

Check out the race course to the left!

Athletes take off at 8am, spectators are welcome, and FREE paddleboard demos are available by Surftech and Tahoe SUP.

Visit www.tahoecup.org for registration and event details!

If you love to stand up paddleboard and would like to train and compete next year, here are the series of races that take place in the Lake Tahoe region:

1. Donner Lake Cup (generally near Memorial Day Weekend)

2. Jam From The Dam (Tahoe City to Carnelian Bay)

3. Tahoe Fall Classic (stop #3 in the Tahoe Cup Series)

 


Homewood Days: Free Summer Festival

Homewood Days_poster_v3Summer’s not over yet at Lake Tahoe, and Homewood Days is a great time to celebrate with the whole family, August 16-17. This summer festival on the West Shore is chock-full of activities for all ages, and best of all: they’re FREE! Aside from free live music at sunset with headliners New Monsoon and Lonesome Locomotive, the following events will take place on Saturday, August 17:

  • Free morning yoga class
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Professional face and body art for all ages
  • Kids’ bounce house
  • Group paddleboard demo
  • … and so much more!

Visit www.skihomewood.com for event details and times!


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