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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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Springtime Activities at Tahoe

The spring season might be Tahoe’s best kept secret. Beautiful, long days, fewer crowds, and an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife are some of the highlights of this season. When you stay at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge’s Tahoe beachfront hotel, there are endless opportunities for enjoying this gorgeous season. Looking for something to do this spring? Here are a few ways that you can enjoy your Tahoe Vista getaway this spring:   Farmers’ Markets: Spring means fresh fruit and veggies! Both Truckee and Tahoe City host weekly farmers’ markets featuring local artisans, food trucks, and fresh veggies and fruits Boating: The Franciscan offers $25/day buoy rentals to lodging guests all summer long! Our buoys are in for the year, and boating Lake Tahoe is a great way to explore areas of Tahoe unreachable by car or by foot. The Franciscan’s location as a Tahoe beachfront hotel makes it easy for you to launch and store your boat while you stay. Ski: Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows has big plans to stay open through the summer this year! Some of the funnest skiing is spring skiing, with soft snow conditions, warm weather, and sunny days. Take a few laps and then relax with […]

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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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