Lake Tahoe has become known for skiing–with world-class resorts like Squaw Valley, and stunning views at mountains like Diamond Peak. Not a skier? Tahoe should still be on your wintertime bucket list. With fun activities, amazing views, and social events, Lake Tahoe is more than just a ski destination in the winter months.
Some of the best views at Tahoe are in the winter. You don’t have to wake up too early to catch a stunning sunset from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge’s pier, and many of the top sightseeing areas are less crowded in the winter months. Drink in a sunset at Sand Harbor, or enjoy the most photographed area of the lake–Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe’s magical west shore.
Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski
We know that we wrote this for the non-skier, but we are going to make an exception for cross-country skiing. The North Tahoe Regional Park is located just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, and offers groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Both of these activities are a great way to explore Tahoe’s beautiful forests, and rentals are available nearby in Kings Beach. The Tahoe XC Center in Tahoe City also offers miles of groomed trails with rentals and lessons available onsite.
Sledding is a surefire way to put a smile on everyone’s faces. The North Tahoe Regional Park has a sled hill with saucer rentals just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. If you find yourself in Tahoe City, be sure to check out the sledding hill at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, or Granlibakken Tahoe for affordable and fun sledding options.
Just because you’re not alpine skiing or snowboarding doesn’t mean you can’t get extreme. The North Tahoe Regional Park one mile from The Franciscan offers snowmobile rentals and a snowmobile track, great for beginners and kids. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Book a scenic snowmobile tour through the Tahoe National Forest with Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling.
Ski resorts aren’t just for skiing anymore! Northstar California offers an ice skating rink in the center of its picturesque village. There are also rinks located at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park and at the Truckee Regional Park, grab some skates and enjoy Tahoe on ice!
Tahoe is quickly becoming a mecca for well-being. You can find classes in just about every form of yoga in North Lake Tahoe, taught by experienced instructors. The Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is located just across the street from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, and offers a diverse schedule–from aerial fabrics classes to alignment yoga. Looking for more traditional Vinyasa Yoga? Check out The Sanctuary in Crystal Bay, or The Yoga Room in Tahoe City.
You won’t find a shopping district in North Lake Tahoe, however, if you want to purchase a memento from your trip, or shop for locally made goods, there are options. Check out The Trunk Show in Tahoe City for goods made by local artisans-from mugs to jewelry. The Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City also has an array of shops selling clothing, souvenirs, and other goods.
Beer & Wine
What pairs well with Lake Tahoe views and long days enjoying the great outdoors? Beer and wine of course! There are a handful of breweries in Tahoe and Truckee, as well as Truckee River Winery if you want to try some locally pressed grapes. Be sure to book a Tahoe Brew Tour for a customized and chauffeured tour of Tahoe’s breweries and wineries.
From fast-casual to fine dining, North Tahoe has it all. Treat yourself to an indulgent dinner at Restaurant Trokay, or head over to our neighbors at the Global Cafe for soup and sandwiches lakeside. Kings Beach, Incline Village, and Truckee are all located close to The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, and all have a plethora of dining options.
Go to a Museum
Tahoe is known for its outdoor activities, but there is also a ton of history in the area that is worth a closer look. Head to a museum for the day to explore something knew, learn about Tahoe history, and to get a better understanding of Tahoe culture. Click here for more information on museums around Lake Tahoe.
Everything from concerts to holiday parties–there is always something happening in North Lake Tahoe. Click here for a full list of events in North Lake Tahoe.
Book your stay to enjoy a Lake Tahoe winter getaway this year!