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Top 5 Things to Do in Tahoe That Are Not Skiing

We all know that Tahoe is known for its skiing in the winter months. But sometimes, you don’t feel like skiing. Maybe the weather isn’t cooperating, or maybe you just aren’t a skier. That’s fine, and we think that everyone should enjoy some of these other Lake Tahoe activities this winter. We here at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge have some suggestions of things to do in Tahoe that are not skiing. Sightseeing: Winter in Tahoe means snowy landscapes, fewer crowds, stunning sunsets, and calm water. Everything needed to have the perfect sightseeing adventure–take some photos, make some memories. Make a day of it and drive the 72 mile scenic drive around Lake Tahoe. Ice-Skating There are a few rinks in the Tahoe area, so put on some skates and do Tahoe on ice! Northstar has a rink with fire pits all around it, in the middle of the bustling Northstar Village. Truckee also boasts a rink lit beautifully by market lighting in the Truckee Regional Park, and you can head over to watch local broomball or hockey leagues play if you’re so inclined. Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers a beautiful rink in the heart of Tahoe City, and be […]

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February Events in North Lake Tahoe

Are you visiting Tahoe in February? Learn more about some great February events in North Lake Tahoe. Book your stay to take advantage of all the fun in North Tahoe in February.   Live Music Every Saturday 2PM-4PM Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy an après-ski drink and some live music in the Village at Squaw Valley. Every Saturday local bands and musicians will play a live set in the Village from 2-4PM. Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 2-4PM Northstar, CA Enjoy live music in the Northstar Village from 2-4PM on the weekends. The Village also features an ice-skating rink, eateries, and bars–the perfect place to hang out for an afternoon. Last Tracks Wine & Beer Tasting Every Saturday 2PM-4:30PM Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Village, NV What pairs well with a sunset seen from Diamond Peak’s stunning Snowflake Lodge? Wine and beer tasting, of course! Enjoy a late-day lift ticket valid from 2-4PM, and a wine or beer tasting at Snowflake Lodge every Saturday. Get last tracks and a tasting with a view!   Fireworks Every Saturday starting at 7PM Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the KT Base Bar in Squaw Valley, starting at 7PM every Saturday. Food […]

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Tahoe Winter 2018 Photos

We hope that you enjoy these Tahoe winter photos 2018 taken at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge in Tahoe Vista.

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January Events at North Lake Tahoe

Skiing, riding, sightseeing, and events. There is so much to do in North Lake Tahoe this January! See below for some of the January events happening in North Lake Tahoe that we’re excited about. Live Music at Northstar Village Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through January Enjoy live music in the heart of Northstar California’s picturesque mountain village. The village also features a skating rink, eateries, bars, fire pits, and cozy sitting areas. Perfect for some après-ski entertainment. Live Music at Squaw Village Every Saturday through January Listen to local bands as you enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the Squaw Village. From 2-4PM every Saturday and daily during holiday periods in January. Fireworks at Squaw Valley Every Saturday through January Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show in the mountains at Squaw Valley every Saturday starting at 6PM. A complimentary hot cocoa bar is available for kids, and family-friendly food options are available at the KT Base Bar. 55+ Ski Clinics at Diamond Peak Every Wednesday through January Get out on one of the most beautiful mountains in North Lake Tahoe. The 55+ ski clinics are available to folks of all abilities, and are from 9:30AM-12:30PM. Be sure to call […]

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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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