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Memorial Day in North Lake Tahoe

So, you’re spending Memorial Day in North Lake Tahoe? Check out our quick list below to plan your trip. Go boating! Memorial Day in North Lake Tahoe is considered the opening day at the lake. It signals the start of summer, and thus, the start of boating season (woot woot!). We offer buoy rentals for just $50/day for lodging guests all summer long. A boat launch next door and an onsite beach and pier make loading and unloading a breeze! Kayak or paddleboard! What better way to experience Tahoe than from the water? The Tahoe Adventure Company is located next door to The Franciscan, and offers affordable kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as weekly tours. Take a paddleboard out to explore the clear waters of Tahoe Vista on your own, or enjoy a guided sunset kayak tour this Memorial Day weekend. Beach it up! Yep, summer’s here, y’all! We can’t wait to see those beach chairs out and get some beach reading done. All reservations at The Franciscan include exclusive access to our private beach and pier, perfect for catching some rays this Memorial Day. Buy local! The Made in Tahoe Festival will be held May 25-26 at the […]

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Best Breakfast in North Lake Tahoe

How does a breakfast burrito sound? Eggs benedict? French toast? Waffles? Whatever your preference, North Lake Tahoe has some amazing cafes and restaurants that know how to do breakfast right. Below are some of the eateries that serve up the best breakfast in North Lake Tahoe. Make Your Own! The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge offers fully-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes in all rooms. The Safeway Supermarket is located just one mile away. Fry up some eggs or whip up some oatmeal, and fuel up for a day of Tahoe adventure. Pep’s Place Located just across the street from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, Pep’s Place offers healthy takes on grab-and-go food. Their limited menu doesn’t lack in heartiness and healthiness though–ranging from delicious breakfast sandwiches to salads and burritos. They serve up Blind Dog Coffee, roasted in Gardnerville, NV, and also have an extensive grab-and-go selection of kombucha, flavored drinks, and beer and wine (for later in the day of course!). What we recommend: The Acai Bowl is delicious, nutritious, and light enough so that you’ll feel ready for a day on the lake. Waterman’s Landing Located just 2 miles from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge in Carnelian Bay, Waterman’s Landing Cafe is a […]

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Where to Sled in North Lake Tahoe

Sledding is such a quintessential winter activity. Fun for kids and adults alike, it is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces. Looking for where to sled in North Lake Tahoe? Look no further, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite slopes below. The North Tahoe Regional Park Just $5 gets you a saucer, a parking spot, and a fun, groomed sledding hill in the heart of the North Tahoe Regional Park. Located just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, this sledding hill is convenient and fun for all. The North Tahoe Regional Park also boasts a ton of other winter activities-from ziplining to snowshoeing. Learn more>> Mt. Rose Meadows This sledding area is FREE and fun for all! Please use caution and pack out what you bring into this open area. There are many areas around Mt. Rose Summit on Highway 431 to pull over and sled, but parking does get limited, especially during busy weekends and holiday periods. This area is also popular for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Tahoe-Donner Snow Play Area Head up to Truckee for a fun snow-play area for the whole family. Snow tubing lanes and a monitored hill make this […]

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Snowfest 2019

What are you planning from the 28th of February until March 10? Because we have a full schedule of activities for you! Have fun at the annual Snowfest organized by the North Tahoe Community since the spring of 1981.  Snowfest starts with a party at Garwood’s Grill & Pier on the Thursday, grab something to eat and drink while the queen coronation is being made. Then on Friday get ready for more food and drinks, relax with some live music and watch the fireworks at Commons Beach. And on Saturday get ready for the annual Tahoe City parade; a mardi gras-themed, family-friendly event that features local organizations with floats, bands, beads, and more! And for this year our Grand Marshal its: the Uni-Cycling Unicorn! And so it goes… eleven days of full and different activities to have fun around the North Tahoe Lake. From bingo nights, to concerts, to many contests – you have many activities to choose from.  Check the schedule and get more inform about the Snowfest here , it would be a fun week you won’t regret it. Spend it with your friends or family, you will have a great time.

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Have Fun in the Snow at the North Tahoe Regional Park

You wake up and go to check your window, is a beautiful day all covered in white. What can you do to seize the day? Well, visiting the North Tahoe Regional Park is your answer. The 124 acre park offers many activities sure to make your day memorable. Here are some ideas of what you can do there: Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Go on a more quiet and peaceful adventure on the winter wonderland. Explore the breathtaking views of the snowy Tahoe forest. A quiet experience that will sooth the soul. Sled Hill There’s a small area to sled at the park, nevertheless that doesn’t make it less fun. Enjoy a fun ride with your children, or take your inner child out to play. Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park A very different way to experience the Tahoe forest in the winter. Prepare to climb some trees and get through some obstacles. Everyone can have fun here, the Adventure Park offers courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced. The course is open rain, snow or shine. Play Soccer! Prepare yourselves for a match! Form your teams and get ready to play. The synthetic field is cleared and open year-round. Go on […]

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Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe

So, you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe? We don’t blame you. Fine dining, spectacular views, and fun activities abound in this outdoor mecca. Below is some inspiration for this Valentine’s Day. Venture Out Feeling adventurous? From snowshoe tours to special downhill skiing events, you’ll be sure to have an exhilarating day. Sunset Snowshoe Tours Tahoe Adventure Company Book an intimate snowshoe tour with you and your significant other. The knowledgeable guides will outfit you with snowshoe gear, followed by a trek through the Tahoe forest, with views of a spectacular Tahoe sunset. Learn more>> Moonlight Snowshoe Hike February 15, 2019 Diamond Peak Make the 1.5 mile guided trek up to Diamond Peak’s Snowflake Lodge, with panoramic views of a moonlit Lake Tahoe. Enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, and food and drinks for purchase at the top, and then snowshoe your way back down. Learn more>> Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour February 9, 2019 Northstar California This 2.5 hour trek led by Star Guide and poet, Tony Berendsen, offers a unique and educational glimpse into the night sky above North Lake Tahoe. Learn more>> Full Moon Snowshoe Tour February 16, 2019 Sugar Pine Point State Park Enjoy a guided snowshoe […]

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Spring Break in North Lake Tahoe

So you’re spending spring break in Tahoe? Whether you’re coming up with friends during a college spring break or taking the kiddos up to the lake for a family getaway, you’ll be sure to have a great time in Tahoe this spring. Below are a few events and activity ideas for spring break 2019. Go Sledding We don’t care if you’re young or old. Once you hop on a sled, the kid at heart will undeniably come out. The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge is located just one mile from The Tahoe Regional Park, which offers a great sledding hill and saucer rentals. Learn more. Go Skiing or Riding Tahoe is the spring skiing capital, and it’s easy to see why. Snow, sunshine, and good company–it doesn’t get much better than that! Cruise down the slopes in a t-shirt, enjoying the warm temps and bright sunshine. Check out a few ski resorts located within an hours’ drive of The Franciscan here. Experience the Nightlife North Tahoe is known for its slower pace of life, with smaller bars and restaurants. However, the nightlife is alive and well here. Head to Gar Woods just one mile from The Franciscan for a Wet Woody and […]

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Best Snow Play Areas

Not skiing but still want to get out in the snow? Check out a few of our favorite snow play areas below. The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge You know we had to do it–the beach isn’t just for summer anymore! Snowshoe, make snowmen, or have a snowball fight on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Franciscan provides great areas far from the roads for you and your family to have a full day of winter fun. Our cozy cabins will ensure that the whole family warms up after a day in the snow. The North Tahoe Regional Park This 164-acre park is within easy walking distance of The Franciscan, and offers great activities like sledding, snowmobiling, and the Treetop Adventure Park. It also offers miles of groomed walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails, as well as playgrounds, playing fields, and vast expanses of snow for you to play in. Take in the splendor of the Tahoe forest on a walk, or build a snow fort-fun for the kids and the kids-at-heart. Highway 267 Just up and over Brockway Summit, before you get to Northstar, there is a small pullout with a field, a small sledding hill, and a small aspen grove. […]

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Tahoe’s Ski Resorts: Hidden Gems

Do you want to get on the slopes this holiday season, but don’t want to deal with the crowds and pricetags of some of the major resorts? Don’t get us wrong-we love all of the resorts here in Tahoe, big and small, but sometimes it’s worth going to a smaller, lesser-known mountain for affordable, approachable skiing. Check out a few of our favorite hidden gems below, and we’ll see you on the slopes this winter! Diamond Peak Diamond Peak is a gorgeous, fun, and family-friendly resort located just 30 minutes from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. Don’t be distracted by the views-some of the runs make it feel as though you’re about to ski or ride right into Lake Tahoe. A world-class grooming and snowmaking system, great lesson packages, perks (free skiing on your birthday and 50% off tickets when you show your pass to another mountain are a couple of our favorites), and terrain for all abilities make Diamond Peak a great place to spend the day. They also host a number of fantastic events–try the Last-Tracks Beer & Wine Tastings or the Dummy Downhill-that are fun for the whole family. Sky Tavern You may have passed Sky Tavern on […]

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New Year’s Eve in North Lake Tahoe

Ring in 2019 in style with a very Tahoe New Year. Whether you are planning a romantic New Year’s Eve with a loved one, or checking out family-friendly New Year’s celebrations, we’ve got you covered. New Year’s Eve in North Lake Tahoe has something for everyone. Learn more about holiday events in North Lake Tahoe >>   Farm to Table Dinner and a Movie Squaw Valley Enjoy a buffet dinner on December 28 prepared using locally sourced ingredients from the Tahoe Food Hub. Dinner is followed by a movie for the kiddos, and a special beer and wine selection for the adults. Buy your tickets here>>   New Year’s Eve Cruise Zephyr Cove Marina Enjoy an evening cruise on the iconic M.S. Dixie out of Zephyr Cove Marina. Stunning Tahoe views are paired with a delicious dinner, dancing, and live music. This is a truly unforgettable way to ring in 2019. Learn more>>   New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party Granlibakken Tahoe Enjoy a buffet-style dinner prepared by Granlibakken Tahoe’s award-winning Executive Chef and kitchen staff. Dinner is followed by music, dancing, and a champagne-toast at midnight. Granlibakken makes the night fun for the little ones as well, with movies […]

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