North 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!

Squaw Valley Lodge Wine Series Reception on January 11

Please join us for a wine reception on Saturday, January 11 at Squaw Valley Lodge from 4:30PM to 6PM.

Truckee River Winery will serve their local and delicious wines. Taste a delicious array of wines and appetizers to wrap up your day of top-to-bottom skiing at Squaw Valley and/or Alpine Meadows. The wine tasting is a gift for Squaw Valley Lodge guests and owners!

Go ahead, treat yourself!

Check out what Truckee River Winery will be serving!

svl tasting


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?


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 …

October Snow SVL 5

October Snow SVL 2

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


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.

 


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)

 


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.


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

tahoe city surf (1024x671)

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

purple sunset (1024x682)

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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