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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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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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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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Father’s Day Events at Tahoe

Treat the Dad who does it all to a special Father’s Day in North Lake Tahoe. Whether you rent kayaks for a day through the Tahoe Adventure Company next door to The Franciscan, or spend the day chilling with a good book and some good food on our private beach and pier, Father’s Day in North Lake Tahoe will be sure to be memorable. Activities about near The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, try out the Treetop Adventure Park just one mile away, or take a hike to enjoy some views and wildflowers, which are abounding this time of year. Want to do something special for your dad? Check out some of the events and happenings Father’s Day weekend at Tahoe.   XTERRA Tahoe Tahoe City, CA Saturday, June 16 8AM-1PM For the Dad who’s up for a challenge, take on this one-of-a-kind off-road triathlon based out of Tahoe City. The swim occurs in one of the clearest, cleanest, and deepest lakes in North America, Lake Tahoe. Tahoe City is also home to some of the area’s most treasured mountain biking trails. The bike course features single track and double track, fields of wildflowers, and breath taking sierra views. The races start […]

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February Events in North Lake Tahoe

Are you visiting Tahoe in February? Learn more about some great February events in North Lake Tahoe. Book your stay to take advantage of all the fun in North Tahoe in February.   Live Music Every Saturday 2PM-4PM Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy an après-ski drink and some live music in the Village at Squaw Valley. Every Saturday local bands and musicians will play a live set in the Village from 2-4PM. Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 2-4PM Northstar, CA Enjoy live music in the Northstar Village from 2-4PM on the weekends. The Village also features an ice-skating rink, eateries, and bars–the perfect place to hang out for an afternoon. Last Tracks Wine & Beer Tasting Every Saturday 2PM-4:30PM Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Village, NV What pairs well with a sunset seen from Diamond Peak’s stunning Snowflake Lodge? Wine and beer tasting, of course! Enjoy a late-day lift ticket valid from 2-4PM, and a wine or beer tasting at Snowflake Lodge every Saturday. Get last tracks and a tasting with a view!   Fireworks Every Saturday starting at 7PM Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the KT Base Bar in Squaw Valley, starting at 7PM every Saturday. Food […]

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Leaf Peepin’ at Lake Tahoe

What does autumn mean to you? Pumpkin spice, sweaters, and falling leaves? Come up to see the foliage at Lake Tahoe this year to get that fall fix. Here are a few of our favorite places to view those stunning fall colors:   Hope Valley Take the scenic route on your next trip to Tahoe. Located just south of the lake, Hope Valley is one of the more photographed areas for fall foliage at Lake Tahoe. Grab a bite at Sorenson’s and then wander through the trails, enjoying the copses of aspen showing off their golden color. Apple Hill Yet another place where it pays to take the scenic route. Apple Hill, located south of South Lake Tahoe, offers not only rolling hills dotted with groves of aspens, but also orchards, vineyards, and all of the fall activities you can imagine. Pick a bushel of apples to take with you for your Lake Tahoe getaway, or enjoy a hayride as a respite from the drive. Taylor Creek Visitor’s Center Throughout the early fall, watch salmon spawn at the Taylor Creek Visitor’s Center. The streams are absolutely full of the salmon on their way upstream, and if you’re lucky, you might even see […]

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Things to do This September at Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for things to do this September at Lake Tahoe? Look no further. We have compiled a list of some of the many happenings going on around the lake this fall. September 1, 2017 Music on the Beach Kings Beach Catch the last free performance by The Wrinkle on the sandy shores of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy vendors serving food, drinks, and snacks, and of course, free music!   September 1, 2017 (Every Friday) Sunset Kayak Tours Tahoe Vista Recreation Area Conveniently located next door to The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, sunset kayak tours are offered every Friday at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. The perfect way to cap off a day of Tahoe adventure. September 1, 2017 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Well Being Massage and Skin Care, Kings Beach Rejuvenate and challenge yourself in a stimulating practice geared toward all ability levels on Lake Tahoe. Improve your balance and skill, and enjoy a yoga practice on the stunning, clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Online reservations required.   September 2, 2017 Foamfest Squaw Valley, CA Enjoy beer tasting and live music at Sqauw Alpine’s KT Base Bar, located right in the village at Squaw Valley. […]

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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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