Archive for the ‘kayak’ Category
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.
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
August 9 at Lake Tahoe kicks off a four-day training session for two adaptive athletes on an adventure that culminates in a January 17, 2012 arrival at the South Pole. While they’ll be heading towards the Pole in a small group with just guides and a documentary team, they’re looking for a virtual “armada” of paddlers to join them in their Tahoe training, either paddling along or cheering from shore as the wrap up each leg.
As part of rigorous training for a 100-mile journey across the Antarctic landscape – all of which will be professionally filmed – Lake Tahoe residents and spinal cord-injury athletes John Davis, a two-time Paralympics gold medalist, and Grant Korgan, a world-class kayaker and adventurer, are set to kayak approximately 50 miles in 4 days following the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. Seasoned guides Doug Stoup and Tal Fletcher of Lake Tahoe will accompany Davis and Korgan on stand up paddleboards.
Davis rates paddling Lake Tahoe as a soulful experience. “You’re completely surrounded by snowcapped peaks while sitting atop tranquil waters so clear that you can literally see 75 feet down. But the lake also makes for a fantastic cross-training venue as we’ll be paddling approximately 96,800 paddle strokes, just more than half the 176,174 pole pushes required to trek 100 miles across the frozen landscape to the South Pole.”
“The Push” expedition team encourages the public to join the paddle, whether it be for an hour or day, creating a human-powered armada to follow and cheer on the team via kayaks and stand up paddleboards. According to Korgan, “With this Lake Tahoe paddle training event, as well as the overall mission of ‘The Push,’ we hope to inspire people of all walks of life that they too can achieve the seemingly insurmountable. We encourage them to push their own everyday limits and live up to their ultimate potential.”
If you’d like to paddle along or cheer from the shore, here’s the rough schedule of events:
Tuesday, August 9, 10 miles
6 a.m.: Launch from Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe paddling clockwise 7 miles to Carnelian Bay, California.
Approx. Noon: “The Push” team will land at a lakefront estate for a private lunch and presentation. Any paddling spectators can head on to Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay for a light lunch.
“The Push” team then paddles to Waterman’s Landing for a quick stop before continuing onto Tahoe Vista, California, completing leg one
Approx. 5 p.m.: Arrive at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. One of the most festive days of the trip, this landing is open to the public and will include live music, along with free stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals and demonstrations.
Wednesday, August 10, 16 miles
8 a.m.: Departing Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort and paddle 16 miles along the North Shore to camp lakeside on Nevada’s East Shore.
Thursday, August 11, 12 miles
Paddle from East Shore clockwise along the lake to a campground located on Tahoe’s West Shore
Friday, August 12, 12 miles
Depart early morning and paddle to the historic Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point on the West Shore, 10 miles south of Tahoe City
Noon: Picnic lunch at Ehrman Mansion, then continue on to Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge
Approx. 6 p.m.: Arrive at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Another great spectator and cheering opportunity.
“The Push” team requests that all participants that join them in the training use only human-powered transportation along the route. Get details on kayak and stand up paddle board rentals here, and find complete details for lodging, dining and North Lake Tahoe.
More about “The Push”
“The Push” Lake Tahoe Paddle Event is the second training event for the athletes, who visited Norway’s Svalbard arctic archipelago this past spring. A third filmed training session hits the ice in South America this September, with a final training event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert this October. “The Push” is targeting a documentary film release for summer/fall of 2012. Follow the journey of “The Push.”
More about The Lake Tahoe Water Trail
“The Push” is in support of the High Fives Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help winter athletes suffering life-altering injuries get back on their feet, and ideally, get back to their sport.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Experience a multi-day kayak adventure along the Lake Tahoe Water Trail in style September 23-26 or by special arrangement. This fall, Tahoe Adventure Company features a multi-day kayak and stay package along the West, North and East shores of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the glassy, clear waters with early morning guided paddles spotting local wildlife and learning about the unique natural and human history of this special region.
By afternoon, you’ll arrive at a lakefront hotel for a hot shower, warm meal and pure relaxation. The best hotels have been chosen for comfort and include Sunnyside Lodge, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. After checking in get a massage, take a walk along the beach, skip some stones or simply relax by the pool or on the water’s edge.
A four-day kayak adventure is a luxurious way to spend a long weekend, special occasion or simply a reason to celebrate autumn on one of the most magnificent lakes in the world. Fall in Lake Tahoe treats visitors to warm sunny days as well as calm water and is void of crowds.
In addition to thorough instruction, guides will inform you about natural and human history topics such as wildlife, geology, ecology, and native peoples. Kayaking is at a leisurely pace, allowing time to see the sites and enjoy the crystal clear water. Each day’s paddle starts after an excellent breakfast, finishes in the afternoon and is suitable for beginners. Evenings are enjoyed with delicious meals at terrific local restaurants with great company.
For more details and the day-to-day itinerary, call Tahoe Adventure Company at 530-913-9212 or visit online. Space is limited.
Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Tahoe is fabulous, especially during the months of September, October and November when the region plays host to the annual North Lake Tahoe Fabulous Fall Celebration. It’s the best time to visit the largest alpine lake in the country, with its warm days and cool evenings, exceptional deals on lodging and a calendar of events and activities as colorful as autumn itself.
Fabulous Fall for Foodies
The first-ever Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, September 5-12, showcases delicious dishes all at exceptional values, with 3-course, prix-fixe menus ranging from $20, $30 or $40 per person. No tickets are required to take part, but reservations are recommended.
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary September 10-12 and is considered the area’s finest foodie gathering. This year the festival pulls out all the stops with a new Welcome Party sponsored by Corzo Tequila at The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. Free cooking seminars taught by acclaimed chefs, with ticketed wine tasting and pairing events, grape stomp and Celebrity Chef Dinner are also provided throughout the three-day affair.
The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is October 2 and has attendees shopping and strolling in historic Truckee while indulging in bite-sized portions prepared by area chefs and sipping fine vintages. Another favorite is Passport to Dining with samples from 25 local restaurants, wineries and breweries, along with live music and silent auction scheduled for October 7 in Kings Beach.
Chocolate lovers feast on decadent goodies and taste boutique wines at the 22nd Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival November 6 at The Chateau at Incline Village, all while benefitting Tahoe Women’s Services. This year, attendees are going vintage Hollywood and are encouraged to come dressed as their Hollywood idol of the 30s, 40s or 50s – think Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin.
The 34th Annual Elegant Affair, also a foodie must-do, is November 19 at Tahoe City’s Boatworks Mall.
Fabulous Fall Adventures
Work off all that scrumptious cuisine at one of North Lake Tahoe’s many recreational events. The Tahoe Big Blue Adventure Sprint is September 18 and is ideal for beginners with its two to four hour finishing time, and has participants kayaking, mountain biking and trail running. Tahoe Adventure Company gets you on the water with their Lodge-to-Lodge Kayak Tour September 23-26, with daily guided paddles ending at overnights at Tahoe’s best lakefront properties.
Health and wellness are the focus of the Hyatt Regency’s Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend September 24-26 with rejuvenating activities focused on achieving inner balance, as well as beauty seminars designed to recharge and reinvigorate. Try stand up paddle boarding at the Tahoe Fall Classic September 26, a 22-mile race from South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach on the North Shore, with demo boards available for spectators.
Another way to get moving is to explore North Lake Tahoe’s splendid fall foliage, marked by the red, gold and orange aspens juxtaposed against the forest evergreens. Ideal hiking trails for viewing changing colors are many and include Page Meadows outside of Tahoe City and the two-mile hike to Spooner Lake just off Highway 28 before the Highway 50 junction. Less adventurous travelers will find abundant beauty by driving Highway 267 from Truckee to Kings Beach or Highway 431 (Mount Rose) from Reno to Incline Village with its many aspens along the roadway. Read more about hiking at Tahoe.
Live music is also part of the North Lake Tahoe fall experience and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is again hosting the Holiday Jazz Festival November 26-27 with Peter White Christmas, Rick Braun, Mindy Abair, Gerald Albright and others.
Fabulous Fall Deals
Take advantage of North Lake Tahoe’s Fabulous Fall Celebration deals and savings with these Cool Deals.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Summer officially kicks off in North Lake Tahoe Memorial Day Weekend with the 4th Annual Opening Day at the Lake. The five-day special event begins Thursday, May 27 and runs through Monday, May 31, and is comprised of celebrations and festivities primarily along the West Shore.
Opening Day at the Lake events include deck opening celebrations at Sunnyside Resort, Bridgetender Grill and Chamber’s Landing Bar & Restaurant, openings and tours of the historical Vikingsholm Castle and Ehrman Mansion, guided tours of the Tahoe Maritime Museum along with activities for kids, community clean ups, open house at the Rideout Community Center, as well as the Mike Brown Seaplane Splash-In and BBQ.
New this year is the Obexer’s General Store Grand Opening, along with stand-up paddleboard relay races and demonstrations at Sunnyside Resort and Obexer’s Marina. There will also be a special winemaker dinner at Swiss Lakewood Restaurant with wines from John and Lane Giguiere, and a “Launch into Summer” celebration and fundraiser and “History of Seaplanes” lecture series at the Tahoe Maritime Museum.
For more information about Opening Day at the Lake, activities, lodging and special events in North Lake Tahoe visit our website.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Tahoe Adventure Company just introduced a new kayak tour that has groups launching at Sand Harbor State Park and then paddling over to the region’s historic Thunderbird Lodge. Arriving at the private beach landing, paddlers then take a walking tour of this 1930’s estate and learn the story of George Whittell, the eccentric man who built it, followed by a fantastic deli spread lunch on the shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll also find additional tours offered by Tahoe Adventure Company by visiting online.
History and outdoor buffs use their own two feet on a new, guided walking tour of Tahoe City. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society takes participants from the Gatekeeper’s Museum and along North Lake Tahoe Boulevard to Watson Cabin, which turns 100 this year, and speaks to the stories and legends that characterize this town.
Pack your lunch if you’re headed down the one-mile, steep trail to visit Lake Tahoe’s only castle. Vikingsholm Castle offers a sandy beach perfect for a picnic and a quick dip in the region’s clear, blue waters. Tours are available of this majestic home, built in 1929 and situated at the head of Emerald Bay. Also on the West Shore is Ehrman Mansion, the opulent summer home of a San Francisco businessman and built in 1903.
For details, along with stellar deals on lodging, activities and entertainment, visit our Cool Deals.