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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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5 Ways to Enjoy Lake Tahoe This Fall

Fall is the season to experience Lake Tahoe like a local. We here at Franciscan Lakeside Lodge have compiled a list of 5 reasons why autumn is Tahoe’s secret season. The weather is sunny and mild-perfect for an outdoor adventure, like hiking or biking. Those summer crowds? Gone! Enjoy having Tahoe all to yourself! The sunrises and sunsets are absolutely stunning. Check out our Instagram feed for some inspiration. The lake is absolutely glassy and gorgeous. Enjoy paddle boarding or kayaking on the pristine waters. Deals, deals and more deals! A lot of restaurants and shops offer great deals for guests and customers in the fall. Check out Franciscan’s special offers for more information.  

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Best Hikes in Tahoe

The West Shore/South Lake Tahoe Rubicon Trail Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Length: 9 miles round trip, 4.5 miles one way.
There are two trailheads, with parking lots at each trailhead. You can either park about 20 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 at Vikingsholm and shuttle a car to DL Bliss, which is located about 17 miles…..

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Experience Tahoe’s Best Kept Secret at The Franciscan

Summer is amazing in Tahoe, but spring is truly unbeatable. The waters on the lake are glassy and smooth, the sun is shining most days, and the snow has melted from the mountains, giving way to the wildflowers that dot the shores of the lake. We here at The Franciscan want you to experience the magic of spring in Tahoe, and for a limited time only, we are offering the lowest rate available when you book using the promo code SPR16…..

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Buoy Your Boat at The Franciscan Lodge for Just $25 Per Day!

Do you want to have the unforgettable experience of seeing Lake Tahoe from the water? Then we have a deal for you. All summer, guests at The Franciscan get buoy rentals for $25 per day for guests, which is one of the best deals on the lake. Our private beach and pier on the north shore make The Franciscan the perfect destination for your boat-in boat-out vacation. Imagine waking up in the morning, cooking a quick breakfast in your cabin, since all of our rooms…..

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Congratulations to Kay Williams, recipient of the North Lake Tahoe Distinguished Community Service Award!

Last night at the 62nd Annual Community Awards Dinner hosted by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, our Resort Manager, Kay Williams, was recognized for her important role in our local community, receiving the Distinguished Community Service award. Anyone who has ever met Kay will know of her talent for making great conversation, her friendly smile, and her knack for great…..

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