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!

Holiday Events in Truckee: First Fridays!

first friday in Truckee

In many cities you may find First Thursdays to whet the curatorial interest of gallery lovers, where visitors enjoy open houses and peruse the work of their favorite artists. You don’t need an urban lifestyle to enjoy art, food and festivities! For the First Friday of each month, participating Downtown Truckee shops and restaurants will offer complimentary art, food, drinks, music and more from 5PM-8PM! Participating stores will display First Friday Flags, so you know where to find the fun!

On the First Friday of December (12/2) enjoy Toddy Treat night! The downtown merchants have partnered with Truckee Rotary in their annual lighting of the “Bud Fish” tree.  Just after dusk, the tree will be lit for the holiday season and Historic Downtown Truckee will come alive!

Gather with the local community and enjoy hot chocolate, treats, kids activities, caroling, dancing and annual tree decorating by elementary school kids, followed by a visit from Santa Claus!


Run Away Autumn

Fall is actually a wonderful time to get in some refreshing runs, and fight the holiday pounds we all appreciate so much. Those rich, comfort foods entice us as the temperature drops and we search for a tasty way to warm our bodies.

Well, here’s a way to make room for more of those delectable pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles and hot chocolates topped with whipped cream. The local region offers many “trots” and races, for all types of runners wanting to fend off the pounds this season. Dig out your gloves and beenies for fall race season!

Girls on the Run 5K Fun Run

  • Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9:30am
  • Truckee, CA (Truckee River View Sports Park)
  • This family-friendly community event is a great fun run! All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run: a prevention program for young ladies ages 8-13. Through support in the local community, GOTR seeks to build confidence and self-esteem of women of the future.
  • www.girlsontherunsierras.org/5k-fun-run

32nd Annual Apple Hill Harvest Run

  • Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8:25am
  • Camino, CA (ParaVi Winery)
  • Choose from three courses: 8.5 mile, 3.5 or a  .5mile Kids’ Fun Run. Dating back to 1979, the Apple Hill Harvest Run began as a way to prolong “tourist season” in Apple Hill, and now attracts more than 2,000 participants a year. All proceeds benefit local Camino schools, and a percentage goes toward the funding of two educational scholarships. Why not run around beautiful ParaVi Vineyard and benefit the education of local students?
  • www.applehillrun.org

35th Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot

  • Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 9:30am
  • Truckee, CA (Donner Lake West End Beach)
  • This is a pleasurable run for the whole family to get ready for ski season! Adults and young adults can register for the full 7 miles around Donner Lake while the younger ones run the Mashed Potato Mile. You can’t beat the course at Donner Lake; fairly flat in elevation on the North Shore, although there are some shorter hills to tackle on the South Shore of Donner.
  • www.truckeefunrun.com

Haunted History

Are you a history buff? Are you looking for a little spook to your October? Are you ready to bundle up in your best attire from the bygone era of 1880-1920 and travel on foot to the most historic and haunted spots in Truckee?

We thought so.

Anyone who has walked the streets of Commercial Row in historic downtown Truckee could attest to the sense of history that haunts those streets. Original buildings still stand in the little railroad town of Truckee. New businesses crop up next to local haunts, like the Old Jail Museum on Jibboom Street. Word has it Jibboom Street was the first street in the Truckee basin. If you’re looking for a fun and fascinating way to spend the evening, then purchase your ticket now for the Truckee Historical Haunted Tour October 20th and 21st. Friday evening is already sold out!

For your $30 admission, you will begin your walking tour at Moody’s Bistro, with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, and stroll the streets of Truckee to various historic sites: Tourist Club, Cabona’s, The International Order of Odd Fellows and Masonic Hall, Train Depot and Art Obsessions at Truckee Mercantile.

We hope to see you there!


Sip and Stroll: Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop

The leaves are changing, the weather’s growing chillier and it’s that time of year to mull some wine, and stock up on your woollies. If you are looking for a festive way to ring in October, then head out tomorrow to the The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, now in it’s eighth year. This local favorite draws approximately 1,000 guests yearly to stroll, sip, shop and taste in historic downtown Truckee.

Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at over 25 venues, 5 food tickets, a program with a map to all participating venues and a goodie bag.

As a fantastic perk, the proceeds from this year’s event benefit the non-profit recipient, Girls on the Run – Sierras; a prevention program for young girls ages 8-13. If you would like more information about this organization, please visit their website here.

THE SCOOP:
October 1, 2011
Noon to 4 p.m.
Commercial Row in Historic Downtown Truckee, California

ADMISSION:
$30 in advance/$40 day of the event

What winery are you excited to taste?


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