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Buoy Rentals on Lake Tahoe

One of our favorite ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe is from the water. With buoy rentals on Lake Tahoe available for just $25/day at The Franciscan, you can afford to explore the shores of Lake Tahoe during your next visit. Imagine cruising the calm blue waters of Lake Tahoe, stopping to soak up some rays. Picture yourself taking a refreshing dip in a secluded cove. Discover places on the lake that are unreachable by foot or by car, and make them your own. Visit the famous Chambers Landing, for a Chamber’s Punch or a bite to eat on Tahoe’s magical west shore. Enjoy some California cuisine at Gar Woods, where boat valet service is available at their stunning location in Carnelian Bay. Take a sunset cocktail cruise to experience Tahoe’s stunning sunsets from a unique perspective. Lake Tahoe offers some of the most pristine, clear waters in the world. It offers an unparalleled experience for any boat enthusiast, and is a great place to soak up the scenery. If you enjoy action sports, Lake Tahoe offers an ideal setting for wake-boarding, water skiing, or tubing. The smooth waters and long expanses allow for endless fun as you take your family or friends out for […]

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Tahoe Ski Resorts Closing Dates

What a winter! We woke up to a dusting of snow this morning…which made us wonder, how long will it go on?? Many of the Tahoe ski resorts have reported over 600 inches of snow this season, some as much as 800 inches! Skiing is still prime out there, but be sure to check the closing date of your favorite mountain, because some of them are closing in the upcoming weeks, and a few are closed for the season already. Closed April 17, 2017 Granlibakken Tahoe (sledding is still available) Homewood Kirkwood Tahoe Donner Closing April 23, 2017 Northstar Diamond Peak Boreal Donner Ski Ranch Soda Springs Sierra-at-Tahoe Closing April 23, 2017 Heavenly   Closing May 7, 2017 Sugarbowl   Closing May 29, 2017 Mt. Rose   Closing July 4, 2017 Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. These dates are subject to change, so double-check when you’re planning your trip.   Be sure to come up and make some of those beautiful spring turns that Tahoe is so famous for! Sunshine, t-shirts, cold drinks, and après-ski parties abound in Tahoe during the spring season, be sure to book your stay before the ski season ends! Feature photo courtesy of Diamond Peak.  

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Spend Easter at Lake Tahoe

Get up to 30% off your reservation when you book before Easter using promo code EAST17. You may have heard that some ski areas in the Lake Tahoe region just received a foot of snow. Spring in Tahoe is gorgeous, but it is unpredictable! One thing that you can rely on this season is great value at The Franciscan. We have already told you why we love spring in Lake Tahoe, and now Franciscan Lakeside Lodge is making it more affordable than ever to enjoy an Easter family getaway. Wake up Easter morning and whip up a delicious Easter brunch in your cabin for the family. All of our rooms at The Franciscan have kitchens or kitchenettes, fully equipped with pots and pans, cutlery, and everything you need for your spread. Host your very own Easter egg hunt on the beach or in the woods across the street. This year there will be snow on the ground, adding a challenging element to the hunt for the hiders and the seekers. Just think of the photos though! When else will you have the opportunity to play around in the snow on Easter?? If you are interested in coming to Lake Tahoe for a […]

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Why We Love Spring in Tahoe

Hope everyone enjoyed waking up an hour earlier today! We have had our coffee, rubbed the sleep out of our eyes, and now we are ready for that extra hour this evening. Spring in Lake Tahoe is beautiful. Although the first couple of days may be rough, we love when Daylight Savings rolls around. Although we woke up an hour earlier today, the sunrise was gorgeous to watch. Nothing beats the feeling of being the only person on a beach or pier, watching the sun come up over the mountains in the east, flooding the lake with sunlight. Franciscan’s Lakeside Lodge is located location on its own private beach which makes it the perfect North Lake Tahoe hotel to come to enjoy the changing seasons. Spring in Lake Tahoe also means that we get an extra hour in the evening. Tahoe gets an average of around 300 sunny days per year, making it the perfect place to enjoy the longer days that spring brings. Hang out on the pier or on your own private deck at Franciscan Lodge to soak up the sunshine. For more adventurous types, rent a paddle board or kayak to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Just […]

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Lake Tahoe Weddings at The Franciscan Lodge

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. Franciscan Lakeside Lodge is a beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding venue, with a beautiful private beach right on the lake. 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 Franciscan’s 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 Vista is close to Kings Beach, where there is dining, entertainment, and additional lodging options. […]

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The Beach Isn’t Just for Summer Anymore!

Enjoy life at the beach this winter in one of Franciscan’s cozy ski cabins. Life on the Lake Tahoe 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 Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, 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, Franciscan Lodge in Lake Tahoe offers a large private beach so that you can snowshoe […]

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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? Franciscan Lakeside Lodge made it easy for you to get into the holiday spirit with our list of some holiday happenings in North Lake Tahoe. Christmas in Lake Tahoe: 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 in North Lake Tahoe: 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 […]

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Lake Tahoe Museums

Looking for something to do in Lake Tahoe? Consider visiting a museum to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s ecology, 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 Lake 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 Lakeside Lodge offers perfect North Lake 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 Lake 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 Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, 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 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 Franciscan Lodge in Lake Tahoe, 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 […]

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7 Things to do in Lake Tahoe this Winter

Winter is a beautiful time to visit North Lake 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! The Franciscan has compiled a short list of things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter. Be sure to try these, and to make a list of your own!     Skiing:   World-class Tahoe 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 Lake Tahoe ski vacation easy and memorable.   Sledding: Not just for kids, sledding is a fun way to get on the slopes this winter for all members of the family! The Tahoe Regional Park offers an affordable sledding hill, and is located just a short walk from Franciscan Lakeside Lodge.   Snowmobiling: Calling all thrill-seekers! 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 the shores of Lake Tahoe while you […]

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