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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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Spend Christmas in North Lake Tahoe

Spend Christmas in North Lake Tahoe. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, North Tahoe is the place for you. See below for dinners, festivities, and more happening within the area–and all within a short drive of The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge! Learn more about holiday events in North Lake Tahoe >> Lone Eagle Grille Enjoy a spectacular Christmas buffet dinner at the Lone Eagle Grille. Situated at a gorgeous lakefront location in Incline Village, enjoy panoramic views of the snow capped peaks around Lake Tahoe as you enjoy your meal. Learn more>>   Granlibakken Tahoe A delicious buffet dinner is prepared by Granlibakken’s award-winning Executive Chef and kitchen staff. Dinner features a full bar, a carving station, kid-friendly menu items, and a gingerbread house competition. Learn more>>   Moe’s Barbecue Moe’s is known for delicious barbecue and beautiful Tahoe views. For the holiday season, they are offering a take-out meal menu, complete with smoked meats and sides. The take-out dinners make the holidays easy, and kitchens or kitchenettes in all rooms at The Franciscan make the holidays doubly easy. Interested in purchasing a meal? Contact Ginger Karl at 530-580-8770 or at ginger@moesoriginalbbq.com.   Squaw Valley Kick off the holiday celebrations with brunch […]

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Spend Thanksgiving in North Lake Tahoe

Spend Thanksgiving in North Lake Tahoe this year. Festivities and dinners set against a beautiful backdrop will be sure to make this holiday season truly spectacular. Book your stay at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge to take advantage of these great deals! Safeway Yep, you can get a full-on Thanksgiving dinner at the grocery store! Safeway offers prepared dinners, or buy all of the fixings to make your own. All of the rooms and cabins at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge offer fully-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, perfect for a low-key Thanksgiving day spent with family and friends. Granlibakken Tahoe   Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings at Granlibakken Tahoe. Feast on a turkey carved tableside, with all of the sides and desserts you desire. The best part? You get to keep the leftovers! Moe’s Original BBQ On Thanksgiving, Moe’s offers whole smoked turkeys, turkey breast by the pound and all sides for pickup. Pick-ups can be arranged on Wednesday or Thursday (Thanksgiving) from 11am-4pm. All items hold well in the oven until ready to serve. Resort at Squaw Creek Enjoy a delicious meal prepared fresh for the holiday. Soups, salads, and mains are all inspired by the fall season, […]

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Spooky Things To Do This Halloween in North Lake Tahoe

Are you headed to the lake this October? This month is full of festivals, music, and events. We’ve rounded up some spooky (and not so spooky) things to do this Halloween in North Lake Tahoe. Don’t miss out on these great events–we’re offering up to 25% off all rates through October! October 13: Tahoe City Fall Festival   Tahoe City, CA Head over to Commons Beach between 10AM and 2PM for this family-friendly celebration. Highlights include a costume contest, an obstacle course, pie-eating contests, and carnival games.   October 18: Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces at Tahoe Modern Makers South Lake Tahoe, CA Create your own seasonal centerpiece with pumpkins and succulents. Materials are provided, and it is sure to be a great evening decorating with friends.   October 19: Affordable Family Fun Night at Tahoe Modern Makers South Lake Tahoe, CA Bring your family for pizza, drinks, and an affordable night crafting and creating this fall season.   October 24: Full Moon Hike with Tahoe Adventure Company Tahoe Vista, CA Find your inner werewolf on a guided hike in Tahoe Vista. Knowledgeable guides will help you to identify local flora and fauna, astronomy, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to howl […]

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Why Lake Tahoe Should Be On Your Autumn Bucket List

Lake Tahoe is well known as a destination in both summer and winter months. Tahoe’s pristine, clear waters are ideal for watersports in the summer. It’s also a world-class winter destination, with feet of snow and prestigious ski resorts. However, the fall season in Tahoe is often overlooked, and we’re not sure why. Below are a few reasons why we think that you should put Lake Tahoe on your destination list this autumn. Beautiful Weather Fall is often called the “locals’ summer.” Beautiful weather, fewer crowds, and calm water make it an ideal time to explore the lake. Tahoe averages 289 sunny days per year. Sunny days and comfortable temperatures are ideal for hiking and exploring. You’ll enjoy trails and vistas all to yourself. Check out a few of our favorite short hikes here. The fewer crowds and calm water make it an ideal time to explore the lake via boat, kayak, or paddleboard, or just sit by the shores on an empty beach to relax with a good book. Amazing Events Oktoberfest celebrations abound in North Lake Tahoe in the fall, as well as music, food, and wellness festivals and farmer’s markets. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, compete […]

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Labor Day Events in North Lake Tahoe

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? From kayaking and paddleboarding to music and brews, there’s plenty going on in North Lake Tahoe this Labor Day. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Labor Day events in North Lake Tahoe. Check out our 10 favorite events, things to do, and happenings below. Relax on the Beach This is a no-brainer. September is a gorgeous time to visit Lake Tahoe, and the Labor Day weather can’t be beat. Warm days, clear, glassy water, and gorgeous views will make you wonder why you’d ever want to leave. We don’t blame you–soak up some rays with that summer reading you haven’t quite finished, or watch the kids play in the clear calm waters of Lake Tahoe. Kayak or Paddleboard The Tahoe Adventure Company is located just next door to The Franciscan. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available, and offer a great way to experience the tranquility of Lake Tahoe from the water. Looking for something a bit more involved? Book a sunset or sightseeing tour with The Tahoe Adventure Company or Tahoe City Kayak. Their knowledgeable guides will be able to answer any and all of your Tahoe questions, and the […]

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Short Hikes with Great Views in North Lake Tahoe

So, you’re visiting North Lake Tahoe and you’re looking for a short hike with a great view? Maybe you don’t have time for a longer hike, or maybe you’re just beat after a day in the sun, but you still want that perfect vantage point to catch an incredible Tahoe sunset. Check out a few of our favorite short hikes with big payoffs below. Stateline Fire Lookout Location: Crystal Bay, NV Total Round-Trip Distance: 1 mile This trail is a favorite if you just have a short time before the sun sets. To get there, take Reservoir Road in Crystal Bay (located just east of the Tahoe Biltmore), and park near the forest-service gate.  This short hike is well-marked and easy to find, with a gravel road going all the way to the top. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy an interpretive walking loop, benches and seating areas, and of course, panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Watch the sun set over Kings Beach at this stunning location. You won’t want to leave until it’s dark.   Monkey Rock Location: Incline Village, NV Total Round-Trip Distance: 1 mile Monkey Rock is an offshoot of the Tunnel Creek Trail. To get there, […]

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What Can You Do at The North Tahoe Regional Park?

Sometimes, the best playgrounds are the ones found in our backyard. The Tahoe Regional Park is located just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, and offers 124 acres of pure fun. So, what can you do at the North Tahoe Regional Park during your next visit? Here are a few of our favorite things: Zip Through the Trees The Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park operates its Tahoe Vista location out of the North Tahoe Regional Park. Suitable for people of all athletic abilities ages 5+, the Treetop Adventure Park offers 9 courses consisting of 54 obstacle bridges and challenges and 39 ziplines. The courses are made up of challenges connected with ziplines, and are between 10 and 50 feet off of the ground. Each session lasts 2.5 hours, enough time to have plenty of fun in the trees. Reservations are recommended. Go Take a Hike The North Tahoe Regional Park offers miles of trails through the massive Tahoe pines and firs to explore. Get a little lost, and learn a little something next time that you visit. To learn more about the local flora and fauna, enjoy the Interpretive Nature Trail, a self-guided 3/4 mile tour with educational placards. Start […]

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Things to Do Within Walking Distance of The Franciscan

So, you don’t want to hop in your car while visiting beautiful Lake Tahoe? Understandable. If you’re more into maximizing your time outside over sitting in traffic, this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite things to do within walking distance of The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. The Beach The Franciscan has a private beach and pier, exclusive for resort guests. The beach and pier offer the perfect place to relax with a book, or play some games out in the pristine Lake Tahoe waters. Our grassy lawn also offers a sand volleyball court, barbecue areas, and picnic tables–perfect for posting up for a day to enjoy the views, the weather, and each other. And the best part? The Franciscan’s private beach and pier are easy to access from all room types. 2. Kayak or Paddleboard The Tahoe Adventure Company operates out of the Tahoe Recreation Area next door to The Franciscan. Rent a kayak or a paddleboard for a day to enjoy Tahoe from the water-a truly unparalleled experience. They also offer sunset and full-moon tours, check their schedule out for more details. 3.Rent a Boat Looking to go further? Rent a boat on Lake […]

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Best Boat-Access Dining at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a boater’s paradise. Calm blue waters, secluded coves, and incredible scenery abound all around the lake. There are also plenty of opportunities for boat-access dining and bars on Lake Tahoe, great for picking up a lunch, or enjoying a romantic dinner. Here are a few of our favorites in North Lake Tahoe: Gar Woods Grill & Pier Carnelian Bay, CA Enjoy boat valet when you pull up to Gar Woods’ pier, just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. Head inside or eat on their magnificent deck overlooking Lake Tahoe, and enjoy great food and great cocktails (if you’re not driving the boat!). Their specialty are Wet Woodies, a blended concoction that is just $7/drink on Wednesdays–aptly called Wet Woody Wednesday.   Moe’s Barbecue Tahoe City, CA Moe’s makes barbecue and comfort food, and just opened up in a new location on the Tahoe City waterfront. Order a picnic basket ahead and enjoy smoked meats, barbecue, and hearty sides wherever on the lake suits your fancy.   Sunnyside Tahoe City, CA Head down Tahoe’s magical west shore and you will happen upon Sunnyside, just about 3 miles south of Tahoe City. With an onsite marina and a […]

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