North Lake Tahoe, California Things to Do

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)

 


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?


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! 


Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Market 2013

Farmers MarketsIf you’ve been waiting for that fresh summer produce to stock your fridge while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, then be sure to mark your calendars for the opener dates of Foothill Farmers Markets in Tahoe City! Make note of the mid-summer location change in Tahoe City due to other events on Commons Beach.

Contact our Front Desk for directions while staying with us.

Tahoe City: Commons Beach on Thursdays

Commons Beach Road and North Lake Blvd.

8am-1pm, May 23rd-June 20th & August 29th-September 26th

Tahoe City: Tahoe Lake Elementary School on Thursdays

375 Grove Street

8am-1pm, June 27th-Aug 22

If you want to check out other markets in the area, then head over to Truckee (15 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge) or Kings Beach (20 minute drive from Squaw Valley Lodge).

Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park on Tuesdays

10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267

8am-1pm, June 11th-Oct 8th.

Kings Beach: Kings Beach SRA on Tuesdays

Highway 28 at Bear Street

9am-1pm, June 25th-Aug 27th


Summer Sizzle Sweepstakes: Enter Today!

We’ve launched our Summer Sizzle Sweepstakes, and now it’s up to you to enter to win a 2-night “beat the heat” Lake Tahoe package! You have ten days to enter to win this cool summer getaway:

2-Night Midweek Stay at four season resort Squaw Valley Lodge

Half Day Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard Rental for Two Adults courtesy of Tahoe Adventure Company

Squaw Valley Aerial Tram Tickets for Two Adults

Squaw Valley Lodge Logo Wear Hats for Two Adults

Grand Prize Retail Value: $600

You must be a fan of the Facebook Squaw Valley Lodge page to win.

Click HERE to enter!

The half day SUP or kayak rental for two adults is courtesy of Tahoe Adventure Companyspecializing in high quality adventure travel trips and tours aimed at experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe’s waters and surrounding mountains. Choose from a variety of water or land adventures: from Full Moon and Sunset Paddles to SUP Rentals, or Mountain Bike Tours to Rock Climbing; there’s an outdoor activity for the whole family!


Hot August Nights 2012

August 7 to 12 | Reno-Sparks 

What do a 1967 Mustang Fastback and 1952 Corvette have in common? Classic nostalgia and Americana intrigue, which you’ll definitely get your fill of at this classic car show, Hot August Nights! Go ahead — lust after vintage cars because there are plenty in store for you at this Americana extravaganza!

This event is jam-packed, and that’s not an exaggeration with this event line-up! Check out the schedule here!

Drag racing, Classic Car Auction, Free Coke Zero Nascar Racing Simulator Test, Free Classic Film Festival Featuring Marilyn Monroe the Seven Year Itch, Cruisin’ Craft Fair, live entertainment and much more! They should keep you busy and happy stepping back in time to the era of Rock n’ Roll!

What is your dream classic car?

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NorCal (Tahoe) Tough Mudder!

2011 NorCal participants charge uphill at Squaw Valley.

September 22-23 | Start Time Varies

A 10-12 mile obstacle course through mud, chilly water and fire? Sure. Sounds easy enough! Well, don’t get ahead of yourself since this event is not for the faint of heart.  Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder, will test your strength, stamina and mental pluck. However, it is designed as a team event, so you won’t go at it alone! With half a million participants thus far, and approximately $3 million raised to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is a life-changing challenge you should consider!

Held at Squaw Valley in 2011, Tough Mudder returns to the Lake Tahoe region this year at Northstar California Resort. This offers participants to tackle new terrain.  Registration is currently open, and the fee includes an event T-shirt, one beer and live music during the post-event party.

Registration is now open for the Tough Mudder event at Northstar. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, one beer and live music during the post-event party. The post-party events are definitely worth the course pain!

For more information about the Tough Mudder event at Northstar and to register, click here!

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