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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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Buoy Rentals at Lake Tahoe

Guests at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge get $25/day Buoy Rentals. Lake Tahoe is an amazing place to experience by land, but it may be even more stunning to experience by water. The lake is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, a total of 191 square miles to explore. There are many coves, beaches, and vistas along the shoreline that are inaccessible by car or by foot, but will be yours to enjoy by boat. The waters are so clear and stunning, you can see down about 67 feet most days. It is truly a boaters’ paradise. Take your next getaway up a notch when you bring your boat to The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. Our buoy rentals are just $25 for lodging guests. The boat launch is located next door, and opened for the season last weekend. Our private pier is perfect for unloading and loading up your friends, family, and a picnic as you set out for a day in the sun. Our cabins and hotel rooms are also conveniently located, making accessing your watercraft a breeze. The lakefront cabins and hotel rooms are located right on the private beach, you’ll get a great view of not only the […]

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Lake Tahoe is Full-What Does That Mean For You?

We had an absolutely huge winter here by any standards at Lake Tahoe. Many storms were measured in feet, coating the roads, mountains, and beaches with more snow than we knew what to do with. But now that winter is over, we are dealing with all of that snow melt. We are here to ponder the question-how does that affect recreation on the lake? Well, for one, since Lake Tahoe is much more full than it has been in quite some time, the beaches are smaller. When planning a beach day, perhaps leave the huge volleyball net at home (depending on where you are headed) and plan to stake out a spot early. When you visit The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge in Tahoe Vista, we make it easy-our private beach and pier mean that you’ll never compete for space. The rising water level is great news for boaters. Many of the boat launches and piers, The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge’s pier included, were inaccessible by boat  the last couple of years due to low water levels. Our pier is now easily accessible by boat. This makes it easy to drop off and pick up cargo and companions. The boat launch next door […]

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Why Vacation in Tahoe Vista?

There are so many small towns around the north shore of Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult to choose the one for your next getaway. A vacation at our lakefront Tahoe Vista Hotel is sure to be a great choice for you. Why choose Tahoe Vista? Here are a few reasons. Location, Location, Location Tahoe Vista is a small town located just outside of Kings Beach. With plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment nearby, it is a great place for a getaway. The beaches on the East Shore, including Sand Harbor in Incline Village, are just a 20 minute drive away. Tahoe City is about 20 minutes away, and the west shore, with attractions like Emerald Bay, is less than an hour’s scenic drive from Tahoe Vista. For winter getaways, Tahoe Vista is located just a 20 minute drive from Northstar, and Diamond Peak, and is a great option if you would like to visit Lake Tahoe and go skiing or riding. Beaches Galore! Although Tahoe Vista is located near some pretty amazing attractions, Tahoe Vista itself is a pretty great place to be. Stretches of sandy beaches dot the shoreline, with plenty of places to take a dip or hang […]

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