Summer officially kicks off in North Lake Tahoe Memorial Day Weekend with the 6th Annual Opening Day at the Lake. This four-day special event is Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28, and will be a slew of celebrations and festivities along the West Shore and the North Tahoe region.
It’s the official launch into the North Tahoe boating and summer season. The first days of summer bring a buzz of excitement and festivities will be sure to capture that. People are eager to get outside and enjoy themselves. Whether it’s on the water, on the beaches or taking part in other seasonal events, it’s a great time of year to explore North Lake Tahoe.
Another noteworthy anniversary is Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet, which celebrates 35 years this summer. The restaurant will donate complimentary continental breakfasts for early risers assisting in the West Shore Clean Up Day Friday, May 25 at 8 a.m. Also opening for the season is Swiss Lakewood Restaurant in Homewood, which has graced the West Shore for more than 50 years.
The Squeeze In has been pleasing kids since 1974. Kids get toy baskets, get to write on the walls, have a special menu and are treated like actual guests at the Squeeze In home. Order their rockin’ hot cocoa piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles. It’s a winner every time, along with the signature Teddy Bear Pancake! A bear shaped smile for every kid, young and old!
At the Tahoe House, kids feel right at home by the cozy fire, with loaner crayons, colorings books and plastic and wooden toys – all of which keeps them busy as they wolf down their bagel. Family owned and operated since 1977, the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet features baked breads and pastries, the “best coffee on the lake,” sandwiches and much more!
Tubing, Sledding, Snow Play!!
Granlilbakken Granlibakken ski area features a groomed snowplay area with rental saucers for sledding. Open daily, weather permitting.
Snowtubing at Squaw Valley USA Squaw’s tubing park at the Papoose Learning Center offers two tubing lanes for varying thrill levels. Open daily, weather permitting.
Sledding and Tubing at Soda Springs Winter Resort Currently only open on weekends, at Soda Springs you can sled and tube! Sledding lanes, tubing lanes and a Little Dipper children’s area provide a variety of thrill and fun for adults and children alike.
Olympic Ice Pavilion Enjoy scenic views of the Lake while skating atop Squaw Valley on an Olympic-size rink at High Camp recreation complex. Open 11am – 9pm during the winter season. Rentals, lessons available.
Ice Skating Rink at the Resort at Squaw Creek Skate on the Resort at Squaw Creek’s own private rink with heated waterfalls, hot tubs, a pool and the peaks of Squaw Valley as a backdrop. Rentals available. Open December to April.
Truckee Ice Skating Rink The Truckee rink features skate rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons for all age groups taught by experienced instructors, broomball leagues, and more.
These are just a handful of the family opportunities up in North Lake Tahoe right now. What are your favorite family activities?
Celebrate all that was in 2011, while ringing in all that will be in 2012 at The Village At Northstar this New Year’s Eve. From 1-9pm, The Village at Northstar will be alive with DJs, ice-skating, food & drink specials, a 2-hour live performance by “Led Zeppelin 2″, and much more. And then… The Big Show: Fireworks Spectacular at 9pm! A great night out for family and friends.
Ring in the New Year at Squaw Valley with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza. The show starts at 9:30pm and is viewable from the Base Area. Grab a hot cocoa and find a seat as you take in the New Year with an amazing firework display at the bottom of the mountain. The show is plenty early accommodate the families that will be ringing in the New Year at High Camp to give them time to get down and celebrate in the base area.
Those looking to bring in the New Year with style can head to the huge party in the Olympic House. Check out the biggest party on the North Shore and party like it’s 2012. Rock out to the 8 piece funk band Mojo Green in the Plaza Bar before heading over to check out DJ Zeb Early in Bar One.
Entry is $10 at the door (cash only) and guests must be 21 & older with a valid ID. Doors open at 9pm. Drink service until 1:30am.
Jackie Greene began performing at the age of 20. He has performing and making records for nearly a decade. He lives in Northern California and is gracing North Lake Tahoe with his musical talent this New Year’s Eve at Crystal Bay Club: the Red Room at the Crystal Bay Club. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
Plan your new beginning at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve! The Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail party is the perfect way to jump-start the countdown to midnight. Featuring festive cocktails, delicious appetizers and live music by Peter Joseph Burtt, skiers and riders can celebrate a resolution, bid 2011 farewell, and ring in 2012.
Ring in the New Year with a top 40 DJ, drinks, and dancing all night long in Cutthroat’s Saloon.
Call 775-832-1234 for more details.
9. Live Music at Tahoe Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Live on the Tahoe Biltmore, “The Robeys,” Dane RinehartandPaul Covarelli Trioare offering a variety music – a mixture of everyone’s favorite classic rock, oldies, top 40, blues, jazz, reggae and country songs, from the 1930′s to the present.
Come early with family for an Ala Carte Menu (also served in Bar), or come later for a 3-course Prix Fixe menu, and ring in the New Year with party hats, a champagne toast, & dancing. Guaranteed reservations required. For more information and reservations please call (530) 583-0188.
Have a classy blast listening to the DJ in the lounge then Dine on the regular dinner menu from 5:30-7:00pm or opt to enjoy a 5-course meal from 8:00-10:30. Either way you choose, this New Year is going to be fashionably stylish and a lot of fun in the Lone Eagle Grille.
Call 775-886-6899 for more details and reservations.
Kick your shoes off, make yourself a hot toddy and chill at home by the fireplace to prep yourself for an epic 2012. Hit the slopes the next day, and the next day and the next day…
While our resorts are busy making snow to kick off the winter 2011/2012 season, we know that our skiers, snowboarders and even our snow enthusiasts are joining forces in the art of snow dancing in hopes that the skies will open up and grace us with some fresh powder.
But how good are your dance skills? Maybe you enjoy the Running Man. Maybe the Chicken Dance does it for you. Well, we challenge you to show us your most creative, ridiculous, fall-on-the-floor laughing videos of what you think it takes to bring us some fresh snow. We will even reward you for your efforts…
Our Snow Dance Contest, currently live on Facebook, is running until Friday, December 30, at 2:00 pm PST. The participant with the most creative and entertaining dance will win a 4-pack of complimentary winter 2012 Ski Tahoe North’s interchangeable lift tickets, accepted at the following seven alpine ski resorts:
North Lake Tahoe as towns and villages pull out all the stops for scary and merry Halloween events starting this week.
This Friday, October 16 the Rocky Horror Dance Party & Costume Contest on the Marina Green at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City starts off the festivities beginning at 7 p.m. with the movie showing followed by dancing and costume contest.
Tahoe City’s Harvest Festival is in full swing featuring the Rideout Community Center Pumpkin Patch Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with bounce house, dessert walk, hay and pony rides, silly games and pumpkin patch.
Incline Village’s 2nd Annual Monster Dash is set for Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. with a 5K fun run that starts in the Upper Village Center. Halloween costumes are encouraged for all runners, walkers and spectators.
The 30th Annual Pumpkin Patch returns to the Incline Village Elementary School Saturday, October 17 with clowns, a bake sale, bounce house and pony rides.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino & Spa in Incline Village hosts their first-ever Pumpkin Carving Contest Saturday, October 24, 4-6 p.m., for ages 6 to 12 years, with prizes awarded to the best jack o’ lantern creators.
The first-ever Historic Haunted Tour of Truckee is Wednesday, October 21, with a guided walking tour about the city’s Old West heritage including shootouts and it’s haunted history. The adult only tour includes a glass of wine, live music and a silent auction. Childcare is provided by the KidZone Museum in Truckee with “Professor Higginbody’s Halloween Night Out.”Cost is $10 per child for parents attending the tour and includes gooey pizza and oozy science activities for children 2 years and older. Guided tour tickets are $25 per person.
Spending the witching hours at the Village at Squaw Valley, where travelers can guess the weight of The Giant Pumpkin anytime from Saturday, October 24 through Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with prizes for the closest guess. There’s also a Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt during that same week, and trick-or-treating with merchants on Halloween. Both the Auld Dubliner and Le Chamois host Halloween Costume Bashes Saturday, October 31 featuring DJs spinning the tunes.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum on the West Shore gets into the Halloween spirit Thursday, October 29 with Family Night Out starting at 5 p.m. with children’s activities and family-friendly movie. Guests of all sizes are encouraged to wear costumes.
It’s adults only at the Devil’s Night Costume Party with AC/DShe at the Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay Friday, October 30, 10 p.m. Tickets are $23 per person. The rock band Tainted Love gets partiers grooving on Halloween starting at 9 p.m. with the Creepers Ball Costume Party. Tickets are $25 per person.
Although it’s only October, North Lake Tahoe is beginning to glisten with early season snow and the resorts and restaurants are decking the halls to create a perfect holiday getaway.
The Resort at Squaw Creek celebrates the season with a Magical Memories holiday celebration. The festivities begin November 23 with lodging specials and family-oriented activities then kick into high gear November 27 when the resort becomes a fully illuminated winter wonderland at the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony. The gathering features American figure skater and Olympic-gold medalist Peggy Fleming as well as live music, carolers, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice-skating with Buddy Bear and complimentary hot chocolate and s’mores under the stars.
Activities such as breakfast with Santa, live après ski music, children’s holiday crafts, winter wonderland stories, snowman-making contests and elf tuck-ins continue through New Year’s Day, when warm- blooded brave souls welcome 2010 by diving into one of the resort’s (temporarily) unheated pools for the Polar Bear Plunge.
Noel Nights set the Village at Northstar a-twinkling December 3, 10 and 17. The festive evenings include s’mores toasted under cool winter skies and enjoyed by the fireside, free ice-skating, hot cocoa, carolers and photos with Santa Claus.
Tahoe City celebrates with a Town Tree Lighting December 4 at Heritage Plaza, followed by a Family Winter Wonderland with refreshments and pictures with Old St. Nick in front of the lake December 5. Guests enjoy free sledding and a visit from a toy-bearing Santa at the Rotary Santa Sled Day December 13 at Granlibakken Resort.
Live music abounds at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay with toe tapping and finger snapping sounds, in addition to its blackjack dealing and slot cranking. Moonalice Feat appears December 4, Hot Buttered Rum & Split Lip Rayfield December 5, Blues Great Sherman Robertson December 10 and The Subdudes rockin’ in the New Year December 31.
Kings Beach gets into the festive winter spirit with a Tree Lighting Ceremony and annual Holiday Fair December 5 at the North Tahoe Event Center. The man in red makes yet another appearance at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village December 23-25.
Squaw Valley’s Squalidays keeps the holiday spirit alive through the month of December as the Village and surrounding base area glisten with tinkling lights beneath a grand towering tree during the Festival of Lights. A Holiday Torchlight Parade down the Mountain Run welcomes Christmas on the 24th and guided full moon snowshoe tours on the 29th and 30th provide the opportunity create a unique mountain holiday memory. Squaw Valley rings in the New Year with a number of parties, including the Fresh Tracks New Year’s Eve Party with live music and house DJs.
Curl up at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village for the ultimate resort experience. Take in the clear Tahoe air and sit next to the crackling blaze of the resort’s fire pits with s’mores and storytelling. Build an igloo, make snow angels or hike along the lake using the Hyatt’s on-site snowshoes. For guests spending Christmas Day in Tahoe, the Hyatt offers a scrumptious buffet.
The holidays are filled with special events and cool deals making North Lake Tahoe the ultimate winter getaway location.
Wine bars have made their mark on the scene in recent years. The Pour House and Trio Wine Bar, both in Truckee, and Uncorked in the Village at Squaw take you through the early hours while Spindleshanks in Tahoe Vista is known for its flights of wine in addition to a full bar and bistro.
The Breeze at the Tahoe Biltmore and the Crystal Bay Club both host an eclectic and popular lineup of performances throughout the year, with the Crystal Bay Club featuring live entertainment most days of the week with many shows offered free.
The Village at Squaw keeps things lively with the Auld Dubliner, an authentic Irish pub, which hosts live Irish entertainment on a regular basis, with local and touring Irish bands performing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
For a signature summer Lake Tahoe evenings, there’s the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presenting rotating performances of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Measure for Measure” along with its Urban Village Monday Night Music Series from now through August 23.
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival fills the summer nights with melody Thursdays and Saturday evenings through August 8.The 2008 lineup includes jazz favorites Fourplay and the Yellowjackets, rock legends Huey Lewis and The News and Boz Scaggs and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s Broadway and finale performance.Concerts take place at scenic venues such as West End Beach at Donner Lake, Old Greenwood, Tahoe Donner and Homewood Ski Resort.
Entertainment is also found throughout North Lake Tahoe’s other venues from the jazzy sounds of live music at Moody’s in Truckee to free, evening concerts on the beach in Tahoe City and Kings Beach.
Ready for summer?North Lake Tahoe is with its official summer kick off, the 3rd annual Opening Day at the Lake held on Memorial Weekend, May 22-25.
A four-day celebration filled with a variety of events takes place on the West Shore and includes:
·Deck opening celebrations at Sunnyside Resort, West Shore Café and Bridgetender
·Openings and tours of the historical Vikingsholm Castle and Ehrman Mansion
·Guided museum tour of the Tahoe Maritime Museum along with activities for kids
·Live jazz on the deck at the West Shore Café
·Open house and bingo party at the Rideout Community Center
·Olympic Heritage fund-raiser and swing band at Granlibakken Resort
·Dedication for the Olympic Events Museum at Sugar Pine Point State Park
·…and the very popular Mike Brown Seaplane Splash-In and BBQ
Be sure to pick up your event passport and get it stamped (15 stamps minimum) to qualify for numerous prizes and gift certificates such as a one-hour jet ski rental at High Sierra Waterski, $200 savings bond from Bank of the West, two-night stay at Granlibakken Resort, dinner for two at Sunnyside Resort, $35 gift certificate at Tahoe House Bakery, three adult ski lift tickets at Homewood Mountain Resort, Sherman Homes wine basket, bike rentals for four at West Shore Sports and a two-night stay at the historic Chaney House. Winners are drawn June 15 and notified by phone.
Opening Day at the Lake is spearheaded by Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Association.