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Not a Skier? Check Out Why Tahoe Should Still Be On Your Winter Bucket List.

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. Sightseeing 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 […]

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Four Seasons at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge

Don’t limit yourself-spending only summers at Lake Tahoe gives you just a glimpse of some of the many reasons that we love this area. Tahoe Vista turns into a winter wonderland during the colder months. The fall is the perfect time to go hiking, with fewer crowds and great leaf-peeping. In the spring, try out a dual sports day–ski in the morning and kayak or paddleboard on the glassy waters of Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake in the afternoon. Make The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge your year-round getaway. Enjoy an unparalleled setting in beautiful Tahoe Vista, as well as accommodations with all of the comforts of home. All accommodations include: Flat-screen TVs Resort-wide wireless access Complimentary parking Fully equipped kitchens Fireplaces in most units Access to Franciscan Lodge’s private beach and pier Access to Franciscan Lodge’s heated pool, volleyball court, and barbecue areas (open seasonally) A location close to many Tahoe attractions and amenities   Summer Activities: Soak up the sun at our private beach and pier Bike or hike some of the many trails nearby Picnic on the lake at one of our barbecue areas   Spring Activities: Rent a paddleboard or kayak and explore Tahoe from the water Hit […]

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Spend the Holidays at Tahoe

Spend the holidays at Tahoe this year! The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge offers all of the amenities of home-kitchens, cozy sitting areas, and comfortable sleeping accommodations in all rooms. The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge’s location is unparalleled-close to dining, entertainment, ski resorts, and within a 30 minute drive of all of the celebrations listed below. Spend your holidays with us at the lake!   Northern Lights Tahoe Incline Village November 30-December 31 Music, visits with Santa, a film festival, and Diamond Peak’s season kick-off party are just a few of the highlights of this year’s Northern Lights Tahoe month-long holiday celebration.   Snowshoe Tours Tahoe Adventure Company Tahoe Vista Dates through Winter Book your own snowshoe tour, or enjoy one of Tahoe Adventure Company’s guided full moon or stargazing tours. A guide will lead the trek through the peaceful Tahoe forest, discussing and answering any questions you may have about the natural history of the region or astronomy.   Noel Nights Northstar California December 1-22, 2017 Every Friday throughout December the Northstar Village becomes a winter wonderland. Enjoy visits and pictures with Santa, ice skating, sleigh rides, and more.   Merry Days & Holly Nights Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows December 16-31 Two […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Lake Tahoe

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, and what better way to spend it than at gorgeous Lake Tahoe? The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge has all of the amenities of home, and there are a number of options for you to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Lake Tahoe. Thanksgiving Dinner restaurant reservations are required, please contact the restaurants listed directly to book your dinner.   Safeway For those looking for an intimate Thanksgiving Dinner at Lake Tahoe, Safeway is a sure bet. Located just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, Safeway offers not only groceries to make your own dinner, but also pre-made Thanksgiving dinners made to order. All rooms at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge have fully equipped kitchens, great for doing some prep-work or heating sides to go with your meal. Gar Woods November 23, 2017 1PM-9AM Enjoy a classic Thanksgiving Dinner at Lake Tahoe without breaking the bank. With a kid’s price and adult price available, the plated dinner is your choice of turkey or ham with all the fixings. Help yourself to seconds as well. If turkey or ham isn’t your thing, Gar Woods will also be serving their regular menu on Christmas Day. The views […]

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Leaf Peepin’ at Lake Tahoe

What does autumn mean to you? Pumpkin spice, sweaters, and falling leaves? Come up to see the foliage at Lake Tahoe this year to get that fall fix. Here are a few of our favorite places to view those stunning fall colors:   Hope Valley Take the scenic route on your next trip to Tahoe. Located just south of the lake, Hope Valley is one of the more photographed areas for fall foliage at Lake Tahoe. Grab a bite at Sorenson’s and then wander through the trails, enjoying the copses of aspen showing off their golden color. Apple Hill Yet another place where it pays to take the scenic route. Apple Hill, located south of South Lake Tahoe, offers not only rolling hills dotted with groves of aspens, but also orchards, vineyards, and all of the fall activities you can imagine. Pick a bushel of apples to take with you for your Lake Tahoe getaway, or enjoy a hayride as a respite from the drive. Taylor Creek Visitor’s Center Throughout the early fall, watch salmon spawn at the Taylor Creek Visitor’s Center. The streams are absolutely full of the salmon on their way upstream, and if you’re lucky, you might even see […]

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Fall for Lake Tahoe this Autumn

Many folks think of two seasons when they think of Lake Tahoe: winter and summer. However, we are here to tell you that fall is a season that shines up here. Sometimes referred to as Tahoe’s best-kept secret, autumn is a gorgeous time to visit. We love fall in Lake Tahoe. There are fewer crowds, so you can get to your destination and find parking quickly. Post up on that beach and have it all to yourself. Go on a peaceful hike and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with having the woods all to yourself. Speaking of hiking, autumn is the perfect time of year to do that hike you’ve been wanting to do. Cooler temperatures and sunny days mean ideal trekking weather. The trails are less busy, and the views are resplendent. The aspens in the Tahoe basin change colors, giving you glimpses of bright foliage along the way. And just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that you have to stay out of the water! This time of year is great for paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating.  Some days are warm enough to jump into the cool Lake Tahoe blue! The lake is glassy in the morning, great for a […]

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Things to do This September at Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for things to do this September at Lake Tahoe? Look no further. We have compiled a list of some of the many happenings going on around the lake this fall. September 1, 2017 Music on the Beach Kings Beach Catch the last free performance by The Wrinkle on the sandy shores of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy vendors serving food, drinks, and snacks, and of course, free music!   September 1, 2017 (Every Friday) Sunset Kayak Tours Tahoe Vista Recreation Area Conveniently located next door to The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, sunset kayak tours are offered every Friday at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. The perfect way to cap off a day of Tahoe adventure. September 1, 2017 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Well Being Massage and Skin Care, Kings Beach Rejuvenate and challenge yourself in a stimulating practice geared toward all ability levels on Lake Tahoe. Improve your balance and skill, and enjoy a yoga practice on the stunning, clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Online reservations required.   September 2, 2017 Foamfest Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy beer tasting and live music at Sqauw Alpine’s KT Base Bar, located right in the village at Squaw Valley. […]

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Things to do in August at Lake Tahoe

Live music. Craft beer. Yoga. History. There are so many things to do in August at Lake Tahoe, you may have to extend your stay to see it all! Check out some of these events and happenings this August at Tahoe.   6 Days per Week through September High Notes Various Locations Who doesn’t love free live music? Bring your blanket or low-backed chair and enjoy live music in an unmatched setting at Lake Tahoe this summer.   July 8–August 27 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Sand Harbor, NV Unforgettable is really the only way to describe The Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor. Enjoy a play by The Bard with a backdrop that can’t be beat. Enjoy unique interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s best work in an unparalleled setting.     Thursdays 8AM-1PM May 8–October 12 Tahoe City Farmer’s Market Tahoe City, CA Shop for locally grown produce, meats, and locally produced honey, baked goods, and products at Tahoe City’s Farmer’s Market on Thursday mornings. Bring back your haul to The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, where all of our rooms feature fully-equipped kitchens. Thursdays June 8–August 17 Truckee Thursdays Truckee, CA Local artisans, arts and crafts, kid-friendly activities, and tasty local food. […]

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Paddlefest 2017

Get 10% Off Our Best Available Rates When You Book During Paddlefest 2017. The world’s longest inland paddleboard race is on tap as part of the second annual “Tahoe Vista Paddlefest” September 8 – 10, 2017.  It’s the finale of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series wrapped with family-focused events, music, and many more health and wellness activities at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista, CA. “In the true essence of its title, this is a festival filled with paddleboard races as well a variety of accompanying activities on our beach for three full-days of family fun,” said festival organizer and host Alex Mourelatos, General Manager of Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. The schedule includes “Wild Woman Project” on September 8, “The Butterfly Effect” on September 9, and the finale of “Tahoe Vista Paddlefest” on September 10 with the 22-mile long “Tahoe Cup” paddleboard race followed by beachfront festivities. The festival starts on Friday, September 8 with “The Wild Woman Project.” The full day of activities will include a variety of in-depth woman-focused paddleboard clinics to build skills and personal confidence. The Project open to all ages and paddleboard abilities. Complementing this celebration of enjoying and living a healthy lifestyle, the festival […]

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Where to Watch Fireworks Lake Tahoe

4th of July in Tahoe is a truly incredible experience. The small towns bustle with activity, the weather is gorgeous, and of course, there are firework shows all around the lake. Here are a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks at Lake Tahoe: The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge Yep, shameless plug. Our private beach and pier offer great views of the fireworks shows around the lake. Grab a drink and make some popcorn in your very own cabin, and the beach and pier is just steps from your door. The Kings Beach fireworks are the closest to the Franciscan, but the Tahoe City, Zephyr Cove, Incline Village, and South Lake Tahoe fireworks can also be viewed from our beach and pier. July 1-2: Northstar Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival, Truckee, CA Head up to the Northstar Village for craft brew tasting, pairing, and live music on 4th of July Weekend. Kid-friendly activities are available, and the Brewmaster’s Dinner on July 2nd offers craft beer pairings and a 5-course meal. July 1-3: Red White and Tahoe Blue Celebration, Incline Village, NV Free music, a street marketplace and fair, and plenty of activities for families–Incline Village goes all out with their […]

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