Summer

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!

Hot Air Balloon Race: Fun Family Reno-Tahoe Event!

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There is a great sense of childlike magic for adults and children alike when it comes to hot-air balloons. You could be three, thirteen, or thirty years old, and watching them fire up and take flight is still exhilarating and beautiful. Watching hundreds of balloons fly through the sky, aglow with bright colors on a crisp late summer morning is something every kid (at heart) should experience.

Every September the Reno-Tahoe area is treated to the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world at the Great Reno Balloon Race. This year’s event is held September 11-13, 2015 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

The festival is packed full of outdoor events that start as early as 5:15am on September 11. We’re talking a famous Glow Show (this is a MUST-SEE!), Pajama Party, Balloon Mass Ascension, and much more. Since the balloons take flight at dawn we do suggest hitting the hay early, and ensuring you have some way of accessing hot coffee or a hot beverage in the morning as you take the short drive from Squaw Valley into Reno. Watching the sun barely rising over the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a sight to see, and another treat before watching all the hot-air balloons ascend! Pack snacks for kiddos, dress warmly in layers, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

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September is a great time to visit the Tahoe area, and you don’t want to miss out on our low-season rates! Check them out online, or contact one of our Reservation Agents for lodging deals or assistance with choosing the right accommodations. We can probably even help with ideas on where to get hot coffee at 5am. We like early mornings around Squaw Valley. It’s a beautiful time to be awake and enjoy the great outdoors!

Visit www.squawvalleylodge.com for lodging deals and the latest happening the North Lake Tahoe area.

 


Free S’mores Lakeside

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What would summer be without s’mores? They go hand in hand. After a long day of hiking, biking, or swimming in cool Lake Tahoe, cozying up around the bonfire with melty, oozing goodness of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers is just the ticket. If you’d like to do this lakeside instead of around fire pits in the Village at Squaw, than we have the treat for you!

This summer Monday through Thursday, June 15 and through September 10, our friends at the West Shore Cafe are offering FREE s’mores around their bonfire from 8:30PM to 9PM. Be sure to check their event calendar for exact details as summer goes on.

West Shore Cafe is located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, just a few minute drive from Tahoe City. It’s an excellent stop for food and drinks for the whole family while on the lake this summer, and a fun place to stop before heading back to the spas at Squaw Valley Lodge.

 


Family Fun: 2015 North Lake Tahoe Farmers’ Markets

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It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. With the late spring snow in Tahoe it may feel strange to think about celebrating summer at Farmers’ Market, but it’s right around the bend! Before you know it you’ll be stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the summer—great snacks to take on the trail hiking or biking, while hanging out at Squaw Valley, or entertaining lakeside.

We revere winter, but summer has its special charm, its ‘epicness.’ In the local community we often hear, “I came for a summer at Lake Tahoe and never left.”

Farmers Market Tahoe City By Water

Farmers’ Markets at Tahoe City and Truckee are a great way to get to know the local farmers, vendors, and close-knit community. Chat it up with Tahoe and Sacramento Valley based vendors–maybe even bump into well-known chefs getting ready for their evening menues.

Tahoe City Farmers’ Markets run Thursdays from 8am to 1pm, May 28 to June 18 at Commons Beach; and at Tahoe Lake Elementary School June 25 to August 20. Truckee Farmers’ Markets run Tuesdays from 8am to 1pm at Truckee River Regional Park, June 2 to October 20.

Visit http://www.foothillfarmersmarket.com/ to learn more!


Fun Hot Air Balloon Event! The Great Reno Balloon Race 2015

Great Reno Balloon Race

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. If you want to visit one of the most spectacular events in the West, heck–the United States–then don’t miss The Great Reno Balloon Races held this September 11-13, 2015.

Set your coffee machine on a timer the night before, and rise early (we’re talking well before 5am) and head into West Reno, Nevada for dawn patrol. Hot air balloons lift into the dark skies as dawn approaches and they GLOW. It’s a sight to see for the family family! Children squeal. Parents watch with sleepy eyes, sipping on hot cocoa and strong coffee. Stay past dawn as hundreds of balloons coast through Reno’s skies. Balloons in the shape of panda bears, beer cans, rainbows, Darth Vadar, just about everything you can think of!

Did we mention this magnificent event is free? Be sure to check out our fantastic lodging savings in September! The crowds have lessened, and it’s a fun time of year to explore the area with hiking, biking, and of course, The Great Reno Balloon Race! Squaw Valley Lodge is also a quick drive into Reno.

For more info on the balloon race, click HERE.


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Last Chance For Summer Family Fun!

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View of Sand Harbor looking toward South Lake Tahoe. Image via Alena Grace Photography.

The dog days of summer are winding down with kids back in school (or on their way this week), which means it’s the perfect time to soak up every last drop of fun! There are still many family friendly activities and things to do in Lake Tahoe or Squaw Valley before the school bells ring. Do you love theater? Do you love being outdoors? How about a beautiful sunset at Lake Tahoe with a delicious picnic and glass of wine? How about all three!

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor is one of the region’s most sought after summer events for the whole family, held at “the most scenic venue in the world.” That’s a bold statement, but not a stretch, as you gaze across the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe during the show – it’s an enchanting cultural experience that shouldn’t be missed!

The 2014 season featuring Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “As You Like It,” closes tomorrow, Sunday, August 24. Ticket are still on sale here! For a guide to the festival, with everything from seating to parking to food, click here.

Since the plays generally end around 10:00pm, you’ll need a place to rest for the evening. Our Squaw Valley Lodge Reservation Agents are ready to assist you with the best rates possible! Contact us today.


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!

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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?


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