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Weddings at The Franciscan

Picture this: Your big day. White dress. Blue sky. Lake Tahoe in the background as you say your vows, then dance the night away on the beach. The Franciscan is a beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding venue, with a beautiful private beach right on Lake Tahoe. When you are planning your wedding, you want every detail to be perfect. The Franciscan offers a venue coordinator for you to work with, who will be able to help you throughout the planning process. Our wedding package also includes two nights’ accommodation in our 4 bedroom cabin, which can lodge up to 8 people. The onsite accommodations range from simple studios to two-bedroom cabins, perfect for all of your friends and family who will be joining you on your wedding day. The best part about our wedding package? The lakeside venue. Our private beach is sandy, long, and gorgeous, offering unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe. The pier is perfect for photo ops, and the grassy lawn area can easily accommodate a tent for your reception. Tahoe Vista is a beautiful location, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Cista is close to Kings Beach, where there is dining, entertainment, and additional lodging options. North […]

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The Beach Isn’t Just for Summer Anymore!

Enjoy life at the beach this winter in one of our cozy ski cabins. Life on the beach is grand, we won’t lie to you. Although the summer months are great, with long sunny days spent basking  on the shores of Lake Tahoe, we here at The Franciscan want to remind you that the beach isn’t just for summer anymore! Enjoy life on the beach at our Tahoe resort in the summer and in the winter! Two words: snowball fights. You never know how competitive you really are until a soft ball of snow hits you unexpectedly. The beach at our Tahoe winter resort offers a great place to have epic snowball battles, with  unobstructed views and  plenty of snow. Stage an all-out battle with your family, or maybe just toss a few at your partner if the impulse strikes. Do you want to build a snowman? Well, we have the perfect conditions for you. Build the perfect snowman on The Franciscan’s long, flat beach.  You can rest assured knowing that your snowman will have the best views in the house at The Franciscan. Cross-country ski, snowshoe, or just enjoy a peaceful walk along the shores of Lake Tahoe at our peaceful winter […]

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Things to do This Holiday Season in North Lake Tahoe

Are you spending Christmas or New Year’s Eve in North Lake Tahoe? We have made it easy for you to get into the holiday spirit with our list of some holiday happenings in North Lake Tahoe. Christmas: Noel Nights at Northstar: The Northstar village becomes a winter wonderland, with ice skating, caroling, sleigh rides, and pictures with Santa for the first three Fridays in December.    Merry Days and Holly Nights at Squaw Valley: Come to one or all of the many events hosted in Squaw Valley for Merry Days and Holly Nights. This event offers everything from the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah to sleigh rides and ice sculpture gardens in the Olympic Village.    Ski with Santa at Diamond Peak, Homewood, and Squaw Valley: That’s right–Santa likes skiing too! He’ll be making an appearance at a number of Tahoe ski resorts, and this is your opportunity to hit the slopes with Santa Claus!   New Year’s Eve: Watch fireworks at Mt. Rose, The Village at Squaw Valley, or Northstar to ring in the New Year: Ring in the New Year in style with fireworks shows using the backdrop of some of your favorite ski resorts.   […]

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Museums in North Lake Tahoe

Looking for something to do in North Lake Tahoe? Consider visiting a museum to learn more about Tahoe’s ecology, Tahoe’s history, and so much more! Tahoe City Tahoe Maritime Museum: North Lake Tahoe has a rich maritime history. The Tahoe Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving that history with educational exhibits exploring marine watercraft and artifacts significant to Lake Tahoe. 530-583-9283 | tahoemaritimemuseum.com   Gatekeeper’s Museum The Gatekeeper’s Museum is located at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City. Historically, this land was an old Washoe campsite. This museum hosts an eclectic mix of Tahoe artifacts, from hand-woven baskets to photographs and oral histories. 530-583-1762 | northtahoemuseums.org   UC Davis Eriksson Education Center This museum was originally a fish hatchery, but is now a hub for UC Davis’s TERC program in North Lake Tahoe. The TERC program studies the environment and ecosystem of Lake Tahoe. Check out their research equipment, and then enjoy a stroll through their garden, which is a host to a variety of native species. 775-881-7560 | terc.ucdavis.edu       West Shore Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Sugar Pine Point State Park This mansion hearkens back to a time when Tahoe was an exclusive retreat for the rich and famous. Tour the […]

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10 Ski Resorts Near The Franciscan

So you want to get on the slopes this winter? The Franciscan offers perfect North Tahoe ski cabins for your visit. With all of the amenities to make your winter vacation fun and comfortable, our ski cabins are your home away from home. The Franciscan is also located close to many of Tahoe’s premier resorts, making it the perfect lakeside winter resort for your next getaway.  Here is some information to help you plan your next Tahoe ski vacation: Northstar: Located just a 15 minute drive from The Franciscan, Northstar boasts world-class terrain parks, and beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain. Enjoy Northstar’s bustling ski village with a skating rink, dining, and shopping. Diamond Peak: Located in Incline Village, a 20 minute drive from The Franciscan, Diamond Peak offers unparalleled views of the lake, family-fun events throughout the year, and one of the best snow-making and grooming programs in North Lake Tahoe.  Mt. Rose: Located a 30 minute drive from The Franciscan, Mt. Rose offers great deals and fun terrain for all abilities. Squaw/Alpine:  Located a 30 minute drive from The Franciscan, Squaw/Alpine offers 2 mountains and 6,000 acres of terrain well suited for beginners as well as the most advanced skiers. […]

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7 Things to do in Tahoe this Winter

Winter is a beautiful time to visit Tahoe. With world-class skiing, beautiful sightseeing, and plenty of other fun activities, Tahoe becomes a playground in the winter months.  Find yourself at the beach this winter! We have compiled a short list of things to do in Tahoe this winter. Be sure to try these, and to make a list of your own!     Skiing:   World-class skiing is right out your door at The Franciscan. Located just a short distance from Northstar, Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, and Squaw and Alpine, The Franciscan has fully furnished cabins that will make your ski vacation easy and memorable.   Sledding: Not just for kids, sledding is a fun way to get on the slopes this winter! The Tahoe Regional Park offers an affordable sledding hill, and is located just a short walk from The Franciscan.   Snowmobiling: Calling all thrillseekers! Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours is located just a short drive from The Franciscan, and offers daily guided snowmobile tours for all abilities.   Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing: Enjoy the cool, crisp air of Tahoe while you explore the wooded trails of The Tahoe Regional Park. Offering miles of groomed trails and rentals, snowshoeing […]

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5 Ways to Enjoy Tahoe This Fall

Fall is the season to experience Lake Tahoe like a local. We here at The Franciscan have compiled a list of 5 reasons why autumn is Tahoe’s secret season. The weather is sunny and mild-perfect for an outdoor adventure, like hiking or biking. Those summer crowds? Gone! Enjoy having Tahoe all to yourself! The sunrises and sunsets are absolutely stunning. Check out our Instagram feed for some inspiration. The lake is absolutely glassy and gorgeous. Enjoy paddleboarding or kayaking on the pristine waters. Deals, deals and more deals! A lot of restaurants and shops offer great deals for guests and customers in the fall. Check out our special offers for more information.  

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