Lake Tahoe 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!

Shop Local: Small Business Saturday on November 30

Small Business Saturday

We all know about Black Friday. In fact, some people line up to catch those coveted holiday sales Thanksgiving evening. It’s a retail frenzy. But fairly new to the scene is Small Business Saturday®, which bodes well for both Lake Tahoe business owners and visitors alike. Instead of long lines at corporate retailers on Black Friday, Saturday, November 30, is dedicated to the boutiques, eateries and local businesses that deserve your patronage.

So go ahead, sleep in on Friday. Come check out the plethora of sales going on around North Lake Tahoe on Saturday! We recommend perusing the Village at Squaw, taking a stroll through downtown Tahoe City, and Commercial Row in Historic Downtown Truckee.

To sweeten the pot, Tahoe City has a SHOP LOCAL holiday contest running from November 29 thru January 10, where you receive one sticker for every $25 spent at participating Tahoe City retailers. Four stickers allows your entry into a raffle prize drawing!

When do you start holiday shopping?


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?


Squaw Valley Institute 2nd Annual Local Celebrity Golf Tournament

Squaw Creek

Event Location: Resort at Squaw Creek

When:

  • Monday, September 16, 2013
  • 10AM-8PM

Cost:

  • $125/single ticket
  • $400/foursome

It’s not just a day for a round of 18, but your chance to golf with local celebrities, such as Daron Rahlves, Tamara McKinney, Sherry McConkey and many others! It’s a great way to ring in fall (almost), enjoy a lunch and evening cocktail reception, and possibly win a prize from the evening’s auction as well! (Each celebrity brings their own prize to be auctioned … should be good ones, then!)

Click here to purchase your ticket, or save by purchasing a foursome, if you have friends who want to play as well!

All proceeds benefit the Squaw Valley Institute.

Are you a fan of golf tournaments?


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!


Full Moon Kayak Tours on Lake Tahoe

Deceptively small through the lens, full moons over Lake Tahoe are enchanting.

It seems as though we turn into early birds to enjoy those spectacular summer sunrises over Lake Tahoe, or night owls as we stay up late to enjoy every last drop of daylight in the summer months. Well, if you’re looking for a rare opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe at night, how about on the water under a full moon? Don’t miss these enchanting evenings with Tahoe Adventure Company!

There are still three more full moon dates for summer, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!

2013 Full Moon Kayak Tour dates:

Sunday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm

Sunday, July 21, 6:30-9:30pm

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, September 19, 5:00-8:00pm

Not only will you soak in the beauty of the Sierras as the sun sets and the full moon rises, but after paddling for two hours you will land on the beach to cap it all off with hot drinks, snacks, and more stargazing.

Event Lowdown (courtesy of TAC):

Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles, 2+ hours on the water

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area

Cost: $60 per person, 4 person minimum. $50 per person for hiking.

Wondering what you need to pack? Tahoe Adventure Company provides the following: all kayaking equipment, knowledgeable guides, instruction, natural history and astronomy discussions, kayak games, refreshments. Personal warm clothing is required. Please discuss with Tahoe Adventure Company when you make your reservation.


Tahoe City Waterfront Walking Tour: Free Event!

Tahoe City Dam

It’s hard to believe but Tahoe City is celebrating 150 years this summer as an established town in Northern California!

As a part of the town’s anniversary, The Tahoe City Waterfront Tour was formed by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society to share Tahoe City’s unique history. So what exactly will this tour consist of? Event guests will travel on foot for about 3/4 mile on a flat bike/multi-use trail to learn all about the Truckee River Dam (above photo), water rights, water clarity, rafting, historic sailing vessels, motor boat racing, Commons Beach, native fish, and key landmarks in Tahoe City—restaurants, places to visit/things to do from long time local, Karen Willcuts.

Although this event is FREE and open to the public, the North lake Tahoe Historical Society will accept $5 donations that will also cover your admission to the Gatekeeper’s Museum for the day.

The Event Lowdown:

Where to meet your guide/Starting Location: Gatekeeper’s Museum. 130 W. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Ca. 96145

When: 10AM-11:30AM

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ending Location: Near Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City

Other Details:  You may park in public parking lots or at the Gatekeeper’s Museum. Leashed well behaved dogs are welcome. This tour is family-friendly, but probably not exciting for very young children.

Questions? Contact the Gatekeeper’s Museum at 530-583-1762.


Squaw Valley Lodge Summer Offer!

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Trading ski boots for flip flips: there’s so much to do in the summertime! Are you trying to find your summer slowdown? Take a few deep breaths, and think about all the things you want to do while on the perfect summer getaway.

With enough activities, events, and festivals to fill each day at Lake Tahoe you may find it hard to relax, but we think you will fit it in somewhere. Come up and enjoy Squaw Valley Lodge’s Third Night Free!

Midweek is the best time to enjoy the destination and enjoy the best values! Rates start as low as $123/night for the getaway! See details below.* Reserve your summer vacation online or call a Vacation Planner today: (888) 565-4070 or SquawValleyLodge.com

Spend the day Tahoe Style:

  • Swim and sun at the beach
  • Rent a powerboat
  • Float on the Truckee River
  • Hike from High Camp
  • Visit Emerald Bay and hike Eagle Falls
  • Kayak on the lake
  • Paddleboard on the lake
  • Play Squaw Valley Paintball
  • Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Take a sunset lake cruise

*If Third Night Free does not work for your vacation, ask your Vacation Planner about other promotional offers at Squaw Valley Lodge. The Third Night Free promotion is valid through September 30, 2013 and is subject to change, blackout dates and availability. The free night will never be a weekend or holiday night. For stays greater than three nights, other discounts or promotions may be available. Free nights are only valid for the reservation in which qualifying nights were purchased. $123 per night Deluxe Studio rate is based on three midweek non-holiday nights.


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