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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is back! Take note those who appreciate clean air, clean water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate.
Challenge yourself June 21-30 in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. Then relax in the evening while exploring North Lake Tahoe’s communities and mountain village. Catch a live concert by the lake, or bring the whole family out for a movie on the beach.
We’ll see you at Adventure Sports Week Tahoe!
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Sometime about the 200th run down the mountain, it hits you: I think I need a break. Luckily, you are in North Lake Tahoe, with many ways to spend your “day-off.”
Eat. North Lake Tahoe has roughly 36 miles of shoreline stretching from Incline Village in Nevada to Tahoma on the West Shore, with more than 100 restaurants in between. Every imaginable cuisine? Check. Romantic lake views? Check. Hipster hangouts? Got ‘em.
Do. Try kayaking across the “glass” on a calm winter day. Go snowshoeing at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Or try cross-country skiing at Tahoe X-Country or North Tahoe Regional Park.
Stroll. Then there is the shopping. Yes, you could use that charming walking stick. Lakeside art galleries, home furnishing and clothing stores abound.
Check out a full list of things to do in North Lake Tahoe:
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Sledding
Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay, Explore 18.7 kilometers of groomed Nature Trails through the forest and along the lake. This is a great way to take in views of the lake and experience historic trails of the 1960’s Olympics.
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Snow Play
Tahoe XC has 5 open trails and 15 groomed kilometers and some dog friendly trails as well.
Granlibakken has 2 trails and 3 groomed kilometers, and is an amazing place to bring small children to sled and play in the snow.
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park has Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a small sled hill and snow-play area.
Commons Beach is Tahoe City’s lakefront park. A great place to frolic in the snow or build a snowman while taking in amazing views of Lake Tahoe.
Sightseeing & Adventure
Get out on the lake at the Tahoe City Marina with year round boat rentals.
Swing from the trees at Granlibakken’s Tree Top Adventure Park. A blast is to be had with a series of courses linking tree to tree platforms with a variety of bridges and zip lines!
Paddle the lake… An amazing time of year to get out on the lake at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. They rent out paddleboards year round, but don’t worry, there is a wonderful café to warm your bones upon your return!
Go play in the snow at North Tahoe Regional Park – off National Ave in Tahoe Vista. With captivating views and groomed hills, this facility has been a favorite of snow play lovers for decades. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.
Take in a View of the Lake
Soak up the view at Kings Beach State Park. This is a lakefront park with a playground, picnic areas and room to play all day.
Sand Harbor has some of the most wonderful Lake Tahoe Views. Sand Harbor can’t be missed!
Here’s a list of things to see in North Lake Tahoe:
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin is home of the North Lake Tahoe Historic Society museum and located adjacent to the Truckee River outlet dam in Tahoe City. Go check out the Ursus Among Us, The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin exhibit.
Fanny Bridge, just south of the intersection of Highways 89 & 28, at the traffic light in Tahoe City. In summer people bending over the rail of the bridge to watch trout frolic below Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, the Truckee River, gives the bridge its name.
Tahoe Maritime Museum, This museum gives insight into Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Step back to the time when grand steam-ships and gleaming wood boats plied the waters of the lake.
Head over to UC Davis Education Center in Incline and discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory and green building tour. See the new 3-D movie “Lake Tahoe in Depth”.
Cal-Neva Lodge Take a tour on this historic property from 1936 thru the early 1960’s at which time Frank Sinatra owned the lodge and hosted his Rat Pack buddies, Marilyn Monroe and other infamous characters.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Spirits of our past are summoned to haunt the streets of historic Truckee during the adults-only Historical Haunted Tour this Thursday and Friday. The walking tour attracts more than 300 attendees and 60 volunteers and features tales of yore with a memorable and entertaining twist at Truckee’s historic gems and watering holes. Tickets are $35/person.
In Incline Village, Sierra Nevada College presents their Writers in the Woods series and hosts writer Amy Franklin-Willis this Friday and Saturday. Franklin-Willis’s first novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” has garnered wide critical acclaim. The free reading is Friday, 7-9 p.m., at the Tahoe Center of Environmental Sciences. On Saturday, there is a writing workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, via registration. Cost is $50/person.
River Ranch Lodge, just outside Tahoe City along the Truckee River, hosts the 5th Annual Fall Colors Moto Tour Friday through Sunday. Vintage car owners take to Tahoe’s roads to enjoying the changing fall foliage, winding roads and beautiful mountain scenery. The historic cars are available for public viewing Saturday, 4-6 p.m., at River Ranch.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosts the last workday of the year Saturday, on the Rim-to-Reno Project located on the Mt. Rose Summit, which is off Highway 431. Volunteers will work on a new trail system, including a connector trail to Reno. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch.
The historic Thunderbird Lodge, just outside of Incline Village, now offers Cooking at the Castle classes where participants can learn to cook like a professional. On Monday, October 22, Chef de Cuisine Anne Wiles will explore the Tahoe Harvest and feature locally grown products and meats. Cost is $250/person. Pricing includes instruction, wine, beverages, supplies and dinner. Cooking classes are limited to 10.
The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation will host the 8th Annual Pink Party, called Fifty Shades of Pink, Friday, October 26, 8 p.m., at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Eats in Truckee. The event, which benefits local cancer patients, offers two different ticket options: one for $50/person and another for $35/person.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Sunny, sunny and absolutely sunny in North Lake Tahoe this week, with highs topping out at a perfect 79 degrees.
Resorts and Towns’ Update
Woodward Tahoe, a world-class action sports training center and youth camp, which originally opened June 9 for its inaugural programming, is now open for full public access and daily drop-in sessions. Located at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, this 33,000-square-foot facility offers multi-level Olympic trampolines, a Super Tramp, a concrete skate park for skateboarding and BMX biking, a pump track and skatelite ramps to foam pits for aerial ski, snowboard, BMX and skateboard training.
Lake Tahoe continues to boast environmentally friendly transportation (and a family fun attraction) with the launch of the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle in early August. The vessel carries 12 passengers, crew and up to eight bikes and is ideal for those taking public transit from one side of the region to the other. The program employs a paperless reservation system, with tickets booked ahead of time. Participating docks are West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill & Pier and Captain Jon’s Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. One-way rates start at $10/adult and $7/child 10 years and younger.
High Notes: Summerlong Music Series
North Lake Tahoe takes its music outdoors with a variety of live concerts, festivals and headliner events at High Notes: North Lake Tahoe Summerlong Music Series. Check out High Notes online for a listing of all the free events and ticketed performances.
The 6th Annual Music on the Beach continues with Downbeat Friday, August 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The group features gritty, funk and soul music that will have you up and dancing.
Concerts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City is free and presents Samba Da (North Tahoe Jazz Week), 4:30-7 p.m., Sunday, August 26. This is a fantastic event for the entire family. Bring a picnic basket, beach blanket and low-back chair or plan to dine afterwards at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Squaw Valley continues its free concert series, Bluesday, with The Blues Monsters & Friends Tuesday, August 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The group plays tribute to fallen legends, such as Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Etta James.
In Truckee, the Cedar House Sport Hotel hosts a free talk with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a virtual tour with images and stories of the peaks, valleys, meadows and lakes that make up this 165-mile loop trail, one of the largest volunteer projects in the country.
The Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley hosts their popular 4th Annual BBQ Weekend Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26 with cooking demonstrations, culinary and beverage tastings, and an elaborate gourmet barbeque that includes a spit-roasted pig. BBQ Weekend packages for two adults start at $279 per Deluxe Guestroom, per night, based on a two-night minimum. Children 12-and-under can be added to the BBQ for $20/night.
Northstar California hosts “Tahoe Star Tours – Shooting Stars and Comets” Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25. Guests join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for a unique and educational night under the stars. Tours take place from 8-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/children 12 years and younger.
Human-powered athletes unite (and choose from four different races) Saturday, August 25. Incline Village is Grand Central for the popular off-road triathlon XTERRA Lake Tahoe, as well as the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Sprint, Big Blue 5 and 10K Trail Run, as well as the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Duathlon Flume Trail. This is a great spectator event with good viewing at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
The Village at Squaw Valley hosts the popular 3rd Annual Peaks and Paws Festival, that gives a special nod to man’s best friend, the weekend of August 25-26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy 16 wineries, beer and 12 hours of continuous live bluegrass, as well as pet-themed art and activities, including guided hikes and the 2nd Annual Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond.
McAvoy Layne performs as America’s most beloved writer and humorist, Mark Twain, Monday, August 27, 7 p.m., at the back lawn of the Incline Village Recreation Center in Incline Village. This is a great family, end-of-summer performance of Twain’s “Roughing It, Tales of Tahoe,” Tickets are $25/adult and $15/8-20 years old.
Sierra State Parks Foundation and California State Parks announce a rare opportunity to experience “behind the scenes” at Pine Lodge, the Ehrman Mansion, at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore, Friday, August 31 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50/person with proceeds designated for maintenance and repairs of the mansion.
The cobblestone streets of the Village at Northstar will become canvases for critically acclaimed artists Labor Day weekend for the first-ever Chalk Talk. This event is free and open to the public and runs Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. There is also a children’s “chalk” area for creative expression.
Tahoe Adventure Company, based in Truckee and Tahoe Vista, will host a Full Moon Kayak Adventure Friday, August 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The tour is led by professional, knowledgeable guides who will discuss local natural history and fascinating facts about the moon. The trip includes all gear and runs $60/person.
As part of the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, the West Shore Café & Inn is hosting Bacon, Beer & Bluegrass Saturday, September 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests sample five varieties of inventive bacon recipes prepared by classically trained, professional chefs paired with five varieties of microbrews. Tickets are $20/person and include live music, as well as lawn games for kids.
The popular 23rd Annual Foam Fest is taking place Saturday, September 1, 2-6 p.m., at the KT Base Bar Sundeck at Squaw Valley. Participants taste craft brews from more than 40 breweries. This event benefits Disabled Sports USA Far West and includes live music. Tickets are $25/person.
Whew! We’ll see you in North Lake Tahoe!
Friday, July 27th, 2012
This summer is the year to score free swag. We’re teaming up with Tahoe Mountain Sports to give away more than $1,000 worth of Tahoe summer outdoor gear to one lucky Facebook fan.
“How can I win,” you ask? All you need to do is log on to Facebook.com, “like” both Tahoe Mountain Sports and North Lake Tahoe (if you haven’t already) and enter the giveaway form for a chance to win.
Prizes in this summer package are geared for two people to enjoy the North Lake Tahoe outdoor experience:
Two Deuter Backpacks: men’s Deuter Spectro AC 24 ($128.95 retail value) and women’s Deuter Spectro AC 28 SL ($138.95 retail value) day-hiking backpacks featuring the AirComfort Back System designed to reduce perspiration by 20 percent.
Two Pairs of Smith Optics Sunglasses: men’s Smith Prospect Polarized sunglasses with a black frame and grey-green lenses ($119 retail value) and women’s Smith Shoreline Polarized sunglasses with an apple-tortoise frame and brown gradient lenses ($109 retail value).
One Nemo Obi 2 Person Tent: lightweight, summer outdoor tent ($390 retail value) with specific features geared to camping in the Tahoe region.
Two Full-Day Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals: enjoy one of the most popular Tahoe water sports courtesy of Tahoe Adventure Company ($160 retail value).
$50 gift certificate to Tahoe Mountain Sports: available at the Tahoe Mountain Sports shop in Kings Beach or online.
Good luck! We’ll see you in North Lake Tahoe!
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
It’s warming up in North Lake Tahoe with clear, sunny skies this week and high temperatures topping out at 79 degrees.
And, deals are abound in North Lake Tahoe. The four-diamond Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley is offering two free rounds of golf per night with their Stay and Play Free package, which includes nightly accommodations and golf for two people starting at $199 per night. Check all North Lake Tahoe Cool Deals.
Lend a Hand
The community comes together Saturday, June 2 for the annual Bay-to-Bay Clean Up. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and help spruce up the towns of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay. Registration check-in begins at 9 a.m. All participants are invited to a special party afterwards, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Tahoe Beach Pavilion (across from Safeway) in Kings Beach.
Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 20th Annual National Trails Day also Saturday, June 2 by volunteering to build trail on the famed 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, via the association’s guided hike or simply by taking your own excursion. Popular North Shore routes include Brockway Summit off Highway 267 just outside of Kings Beach and Tahoe Meadows off Mt. Rose, Highway 431, near Incline Village. There is also a trailhead in Tahoe City off Fairway Drive.
Sport North Lake Tahoe
Woodward Tahoe, located at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, hosts a grand opening celebration Saturday, June 9 for professional and amateur athletes to skate and ride the newest action sports training facility on the West Coast. Top athletes stopping by to check out the new compound include freeskier Tanner Hall and BMX rider Ryan Nyquist. This is a great spectator event.
North Lake Tahoe capitalizes on its famed natural terrain by hosting the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24. Competitive events range from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming. The 10-day event also hosts clinics taught by world-class athletes, live concerts and fun and games for children.
Mark Your Calendar
The 7th Annual Tahoe City Solstice Festival kicks off Friday, June 15 and runs through Sunday, June 24. Highlights includes the “Art & Solstice” exhibit at the North Tahoe Arts Center, the popular Tahoe City Wine Walk (June 23) with 30 of Tahoe City’s shops and restaurants participating and the Concerts at Commons Beach (June 24) with weekly, free live music debuting with the Blues Monsters, Dad’s LPS, Downbeat and Jellybread.
Paddle Big Blue at the Thunderbird Run Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m., at Sand Harbor State Park just outside of Incline Village. This 8-mile loop will challenge paddleboard enthusiasts with a scenic course along the East Shore.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
North Lake Tahoe will capitalize on its famed natural terrain to host the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24.
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe invites outdoor enthusiasts to take part in all things human powered. With competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.
According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the 10-day festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.
For more information about Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, a complete calendar of events, photos, videos and volunteer opportunities, as well as to register and get connected via social media channels, click here.
Monday, October 10th, 2011
It’s leaf peeping season – almost. After a brief snowfall in early October the trails and roads in North Lake Tahoe are just starting to show signs of autumn. Aspens in the area are transforming from a sea of green to a brilliant shade of yellow, making for a stunning contrast against Tahoe’s solid wall of pines and firs. That striking contrasts leads many a hiker, kayaker or cyclist to take pause and soak it all up.
The last two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November are when the region’s trees really start to change over. There are a number of great venues for soaking up Tahoe’s fall foliage, but those using your own two feet are by far the most popular.
Locals recommend road cycling, inline skating and running up Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore, which is located three to four miles south of Tahoe City. What makes Blackwood unique is its paved road that takes you from 6,200 feet lake level to Barker Pass at 7,200 feet.
Stately Eagle Rock, a popular Tahoe landmark, sits just south of the Blackwood Canyon entrance and is an easy 15-minute hike to the top, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the entire region. The California Tahoe Conservancy recently completed a new trail to the top, which has significantly reduced pollutants into Lake Tahoe.
Located nine miles south of Sand Harbor State Park (just outside of Incline Village), Spooner Lake offers lush meadows and shimmering aspen groves that surround a scenic alpine lake. You’ll find miles of hiking trails, as well as a good starting point if you’re venturing into the backcountry for a backpacking excursion.
Changing fall foliage can also be found on Lake Tahoe’s most popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail – the Tahoe Rim Trail. A 165-mile trail that completely circles Lake Tahoe, this dirt path has eight trailheads making it easy to access. Some favorite spots are Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Summit (Highway 431), Tahoe City off Fairway Drive behind the town’s commercial core and Barker Pass up Blackwood Canyon, the paved road is open to cars until the snow flies.
Here’s a list of more great hiking trails along Tahoe’s north shore.
In addition to great scenery, you can also peep some Cool Deals on lodging, spas and more here.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
In Tahoe we’re fortunate to have the mother of all hiking trails right in our backyard. The famed Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile dirt path looping around the entire lake, following the ridges that bound the Tahoe Basin. You can backpack it in its entirety in about 14 consecutive days. But if you don’t have that time commitment, check out any of the eight trailheads with trail segments that range from 12 to 33 miles in length, perfect for a weekend trip. Out and back routes are also available for day hikers.
One of the top locals picks is the Mt. Rose Loop Trail off Highway 431. The 5-6 mile roundtrip hike starts at 8,900 feet and tops out at 9,420 feet. You’ll get picturesque views of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country, and a beautiful waterfall. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the volunteer-based organization that built and maintains the Tahoe Rim Trail, has a calorie counter on its website if you need a little extra incentive – the Mt. Rose Loop burns approximately 1,422 calories if you take about 3 hours. That beats the treadmill any day!
Speaking of waterfalls, Shirley Canyon in Squaw Valley is one of the best, if not the best, hikes to view spectacular waterfalls. This 4-mile roundtrip trail starts at Squaw Peak Road and follows Shirley Creek up and over boulders, past waterfalls to Shirley Lake. From there, you can turn around and head back or keep hiking up to Squaw Valley USA’s High Camp and take the cable car down for free (along with the family pooch).
There is nothing more rewarding than taking a dip in crystal, clear waters after a strenuous hike. Five Lakes, accessible via Alpine Meadows Road, is popular for this very reason. A 5-mile hike, on a well maintained trail, has a tough uphill that gives way to some of North Lake Tahoe’s most popular swimming holes, five serene alpine lakes.
If you’re traveling with eager toddlers who want out of the car now! check out the family-friendly one-mile trek down to the historic Vikingsholm Castle on the West Shore. Park at the Vikingsholm Castle parking lot on Highway 89 and then take a dirt path down to the castle, which offers daily tours in the summer. It’s also a great spot for a packed picnic and offers up a sandy beach with fantastic views of Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe’s only island, and scenic Emerald Bay. This path is also stroller friendly.
Get more information about hiking in North Lake Tahoe, including when and where to purchase wilderness permits.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Travelers are always looking for empty beaches, quiet hotels and a destination all to themselves. In a popular location such as Tahoe that can be a challenge. But there’s a secret. Head to Tahoe during the last two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August to enjoy the area before or after the peak summer season. It’s also one of the best times to take advantage of area deals.
With a good portion of Tahoe’s summer business made up of families, many travelers must adhere to traditional school closings and openings. Traveling when school is still in session gives guests the opportunity to save as many regional businesses eager to attract visitors during this four-week period provide some of the summer’s best values. It’s also a great time for families with children in private schools and track programs to call Tahoe home as their schedules may differ from public schools.
But what guests to North Lake Tahoe won’t be giving up is the spectacular weather. June marks the official start to summer and boating season with highs in the 70s. August is a bit warmer with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
What Tahoe-goers will notice is having the lake’s 72-mile shoreline mostly to themselves, as well as the hiking and mountain biking trails and out on the water.
According to Parks Superintendent Roger Adamson of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, their trail numbers along the popular paved Truckee River bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley nearly double in July and early August compared to North Lake Tahoe’s early and late summer periods.
Operations Manager Darren Kramer of Obexer’s Marina on the West Shore, the oldest marina in Lake Tahoe, also sees peak business during the height of summer. “Although we have a handful of clients that launch their boats over Memorial Day weekend, things don’t really pick up until right before Fourth of July.”
The last two weeks in June and August are also marked by a number of special events, including the Tahoe City Wine Walk (June 18) when guests sample at more than 30 wine and food locations overlooking Lake Tahoe. Visitors burn off those calories at the Burton Creek Trail Run 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon (June 19) along a beautiful challenging trails system within the West Shore’s Burton Creek State Park. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers a “Vistas, Lakes and Wildflower” trek (June 25) as part of their summer hiking season along 10 miles of Tahoe’s famed trail. For those that like it hot and spicy, the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cook-Off (June 26) at Truckee Regional Park has the area’s best chili cooks competing for top honors.
The last two weeks of August are equally busy with a bevy of events, such as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of one of Shakespeare’s more traditional plays, “Twelfth Night,” (August 16-21) outdoors and on the beach at Sand Harbor State Park. Tahoe Adventure Company gets guests on the water or trails via a guided kayak or hike followed by a brilliant tour of the midnight sky, called Astronomy Adventure: Neptune and the Distant Gas Giants (August 22), with professional astronomer Tony Berendsen. Squaw Valley USA continues with its free Bluesdays (every Tuesday through the end of August, including August 16, 23 and 30) with national acts on the Events Plaza Stage and “blue plate” specials at village restaurants.
Get more information about North Lake Tahoe’s secret season, as well as a list of events, activities and outfitters. And, for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the website’s Cool Deals, which is updated daily.