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 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!


Tahoe City Day: 150 Years of Tahoe City!

Tahoe City Day

 

Tahoe City is turning 150 years young on August 8, 2013! Can you believe it?

Tahoe City Day kicks off over a month-long celebration of multifaceted community-wide events, everything from pancake breakfasts and Bloody Mary brunches to paddle tours and speakeasy pub crawls. Lake Tahoe has drastically changed since Tahoe City was recorded and recognized by W. Taft on August 8, 1863 and the anniversary celebration will explore its history and progression. Check out the event line-up here!

To learn more about the 150 year anniversary celebration, visit www.tahoecity150. com or their Facebook Page for up to date event information!

Share with us your all-time favorite memory of Tahoe City, or the Lake Tahoe area. Is there an experience that will always stand out as your most memorable moment?


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.


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

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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

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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! 


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