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Lake Tahoe Free Summer Events

You can’t beat free. Tahoe is home to some great summer events, check out some of our favorite Lake Tahoe free summer events here. Concerts on the Beach Did you know that you can catch music on the shores of Lake Tahoe? Every Friday, head to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area for a free concert and food and drink vendors. Camp out with some food and some wine and enjoy a spectacular sunset and some live music. Sunday evenings you can also enjoy free lakeside music at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The concert series features a great lineup, and is also host to some great local food and beverage vendors. The playground is fun for the kids, and the large grassy lawn is perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket and enjoying some tunes. Truckee Thursdays Truckee Thursdays are a local’s favorite. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer months, Main Street in downtown Truckee closes to vehicular traffic. Shop for locally crafted goods, food, and art along the main strip. Purchase beer and food in their beer garden and food court. Catch a live performance on the stage. You won’t regret an afternoon spent strolling through downtown Truckee […]

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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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Easter Brunch at North Lake Tahoe

Will you be celebrating Easter at North Lake Tahoe? See below for a list of where to enjoy Easter brunch at North Lake Tahoe. Eat in! All of the Franciscan cabins and rooms have fully-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes and dining areas. Host your own Easter brunch, cooking up all of the Easter favorites. Hide the kid’s Easter baskets around the cabin, and then enjoy a pleasant spring day at Lake Tahoe. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate. > (opens in a new tab)”>Book your stay>>

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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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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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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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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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