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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
While the calendar still says it’s spring, Memorial Day weekend is the clarion call for summer. And there’s no better place to celebrate than by the shores of Lake Tahoe and at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge.
In honor of the long holiday weekend, Granlibakken is offering an extended stay package that includes three nights lodging for the price of two and its famous hot breakfast buffet. With the free night you’ll have some extra cash to take in all of the North Lake holiday fun.
Opening Day on the Lake festivities run from May 24-28 in North Lake.
Opening weekend for the West and North shores of Lake Tahoe runs Friday, May 24, to Tuesday, May 28 with a plethora of activities to suite every taste. There will be boat demos, sales, full moon parties, tours and scavenger hunts. Print out a “passport” and get stamped at different locations to be entered to win prizes. Ten stamps earns you an instant prize at participating businesses and fifteen stamps gets you into the raffle for your chance at winning gift certificates, lodging, dining, kayak and paddleboard rentals, spa treatments and other great prizes.
The summer season kick off doesn’t stop there. Deck parties, food, music, boat rides, bike rides, swimming and tennis are also on the calendar for fun. Bring your bike or rent one onsite at Granlibakken, hike the Tahoe Rim Trail from Granlibakken or have a go at the Treetop Adventure Park which opens daily for the summer season, Friday, May 24.
Enjoy a relaxing float through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. The Truckee River Raft Co. is opening for the season, Saturday, May 25. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass please) and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.
Other lodging packages begin start $105 and includes options such as 2.5 hours at Treetop Adventure Park a $50 credit toward any spa service at Lighthouse Spa, 1/2 day of paddleboard or kayak rentals, river rafting opportunities or 9 holes of golf with cart.
To make reservations for Memorial Day weekend or week days or weekends through summer, call (877) 552-6301.
How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?
Monday, May 6th, 2013
In more ways than one, Mom is always first. She was there for you when you scraped your knees, lost your baby teeth, and got your first report card. She cushioned your fall on your first attempt at riding a bike, was there with a video recorder to capture your first piano solo, hit at home plate, and your first prom date. She was even there for you during your very first break-up.
She’s always had your back, even though you sometimes thought she didn’t — even if you were defiant as you began charting your own path. Mom always knows, remembers and therefore never forgets.
Neither should you.
With Sunday being Mother’s Day you can return some of those favors by treating her with a weekend stay at Granlibakken and a trip to the Lighthouse Spa. Now through May 23 Lighthouse Spa offers a Mid-Day Spring special which provides for $25 off treatments of an hour or more daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can book online for the special or purchase a gift certificate so Mom can take advantage of the special anytime she wants.
Weekend or midweek escapes for Mom are ideal for battery re-charging and rejuvenation. Lighthouse Spa offers deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments and body wraps at its two treatment rooms. A full body massage by a licensed therapist makes for an ideal Mother’s Day gift.
Wellness packages include:
- Blissful Retreat: A sinus and head clarifying treatment with 60 minutes worth of hot stone massage
- Sweetheart Treat: A 60 minute massage and a 60 minute facial
- Tahoe Sampler: A 30 minute massage, a 30 minute refresher facial and a 30 minute detox body wrap treatment.
Lodging can feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Curious? Take our virtual tour.
If you’re planning to stay through the Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a full-range of outdoor recreation options — from swimming, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and the Treetop Adventure Park where Mom can put to rest any notion she’s slowed down since you’ve left home.
How will you treat your Mom this Mother’s Day?
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
The first week of May at Lake Tahoe brings sunny skies, warm temperatures and a festive atmosphere – oh and Cinco de Mayo. Granlibakken provides an ideal weekend with lodging options, a daily delicious breakfast buffets and recreation opportunities at the 74-acre resort, including tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and the Treetop Adventure Park.
Shake those maracas and enjoy some margaritas in Tahoe City this Cinco de Mayo.
In nearby Tahoe City there are plenty of zesty weekend venues and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Here’s a few of them:
Grab a bike from Granlibakken and peddle to nearby Blue Agave at the Tahoe Inn in Tahoe City for the best Mexican dining with a lake view. The menu offers dozens of Latin selections and you won’t want to miss the famous Blue Agave Margarita. Blue Agave will also be offering some Cinco de Mayo specials such as $3 Pacificos, Tecate cans, Cabo Wabo Silver shots, Herradura Reposado shots, two for $5 cans of beer, and half price quesadillas.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive party at River Ranch from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Mexican beers and margarita specials with complimentary mini appetizers.
Not into tequila? Try local wines and sample sumptuous appetizers on Sunday at Sunnyside with an Auction & Wine Tasting by the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe starting at 3 p.m. Sign-in at the silent auction for an opportunity to get discounts on vacations, dining packages, home maintenance services, clothing, jewelry and accessories.
The party gets loco with Cinco de Madness featuring Afrolicious Soundsystem at Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City. The party begins at 9 p.m. with funky Latin-infused beats by San Fran’s own Afrolicious Soundsystem joined by DJ’s Pleasuremaker and Se with Diamond Vibes on percussion.
Where do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
Monday, March 18th, 2013
With spring officially arriving this week, two things come to mind, spring skiing and Easter weekend.
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers great lodging opportunities for a holiday weekend filled with dining, music and Easter egg hunts.
Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?
Here’s what’s going on for the weekend:
On Friday, March 29, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Part II of Bach’s masterpiece sung in English. Soloists include Daniel Paulson as the Evangelist and Stuart Duke as Jesus. This performance is at St. Patrick’s Church.
Get a head start on the Easter egg hunts with the Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The Egg hunt is free and features games, balloons animals and face painting.
Start your Easter off by enjoying Granlibakken’s infamous hearty, hot breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, the daily chef’s special, and all the accompaniments.
Sunday, March 31, is the All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt & Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at Alpine Meadows from 9 to 11 a.m. Adults can comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden, but only one will be gold. For Kids seven and under there will be an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. For children 8-13 there is an Easter egg hunt at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair also at 10:15 a.m.
The On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley is also set for Sunday. The search begins the moment the lifts open. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain.
The Kids Ghirardelli Easter Chocolate Hunt at Homewood begins at 11 a.m. Kids 12 and under are invited to search for Ghirardelli Easter chocolate hidden throughout the Snow Rangers Kids’ slopes at Homewood’s South Lodge. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and PEEPS Diorama Contest at Northstar. Other Easter activities will be available throughout the day in the Village and on the mountain for everyone to enjoy.
Tahoe Donner will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Eagle Rock and look for eggs, including special golden one.
Diamond Peak will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. at School House.
How are you spending your Easter weekend?
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Granlibakken may have its Norwegian roots, but once a year even the Vikings become green with envy and turn to the Irish for some “top of the morning” good cheer.
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken. There will be plenty of onsite skiing, sledding and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options and family getaway packages are both available. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast at Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly before venturing out for fun filled celebrations.
Will you see a leprechaun skiing?
Nearby Tahoe City and ski mountains have plenty of festive weekend plans to add to the mix.
Even the Irish will indulge now and then with chili. Tahoe City Parks and Recreation will host its annual Soup and Chili Showdown at Rideout Community Center on Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. This event is where amateurs and professionals show off their culinary talent with delicious soups and chili. The event is open to the public and the costs $5 to sample all the entries. Beer and wine are also available.
Ever seen a Leprechaun on a pair of skis? You will at the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Homewood Mountain Resort from noon to 3:30 p.m. Chase the Leprechaun around the mountain for a chance to win a pot ‘o gold (Homewood Season Pass 2013-14)! Get a picture with him and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to automatically be entered to win. Don’t forget to tag Homewood in your post! Additional festivities will include a DJ at the Big Blue View Bar, Jameson drink specials, and a raffle.
Alpine Meadows will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish food and drink specials and plenty of green costumes on and off the slopes.
Squaw Valley has two days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned on Saturday and Sunday. Squaw’s St. Patty’s Spring Party weekend features plenty of cold beverages, hot tubbing, food and drink specials, and a live DJ.
Enjoy green food and drink specials at Northstar. TC’s Pub will be celebrating with house cured corn beef with a potato cabbage hash and Guinness stout mustard, $3 green beer and $5 shamrock milk shakes. Summit Deck and Grille will feature corned beef with cabbage, carrots, onions and red potatoes and $5 Guinness pint cans.
Looking for some more fun after hitting the slopes? River Ranch Lodge will be offering corned beef and cabbage, $4 Jameson, beer and Irish Coffees, and $10 Car Bomb specials. Don’t forget to wear your green!
How do you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Granlibakken?
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
With Valentine’s Day landing on Thursday, it’s all the more reason to book a midweek or extended weekend romantic getaway for you and sweetheart.
Whether you’re spending the day in quiet retreat in a cozy room with a fireplace or stepping outdoors into the heart of the Sierra Nevada and nearby Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken offers lodging, amenities and memories that can last a lifetime.
Spend a night in with your Valentine at Granlibakken.
Lodging options feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Get a better idea of their options with a virtual tour.
Getaways can work wonders for relationships and provide for some much-needed tranquility from hectic lives. A massage takes the edge off things that stress out the body and mind. Lighthouse Spa offers deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments and body wraps at its two treatment rooms. A full body massage by a licensed therapist makes an ideal gift for your sweetheart.
Lake Tahoe’s ski/snowboard package is great for the outdoor adventurers looking to spend a day on the slope, the onsite ski hill, Tahoe Cross Country Center or Treetop Adventure Park.
Guests can start off their Valentine’s Day with a hot breakfast buffet and then choose a lift ticket at Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly.
Where do you plan to take your sweetheart for a Valentine’s getaway?
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
With a week’s worth of outdoor holiday adventure at Lake Tahoe’s Granlibakken, nothing compares to the cozy fireside dining that awaits guests inside the lodge on New Year’s Day. Chef Ron Eber and the Granlibakken culinary team — who received a Gold Medal and Judge’s Choice top honors at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival — will prepare a scrumptious New Year’s dinner, featuring an array of seasonal favorite dishes.
Ring in your New Year at Granlibakken!
The New Year’s dinner menu features:
— An assortment of fresh and preserved vegetables with savory dressings
— Arugula, multi-colored beet, and chevre salad with a cranberry vinaigrette
— Granlibakken’s award-winning stuffed mushroom cap with red lentil hash, maple leaf duck breast, chevre and currant jam
— Stuffed tomato with curried bay shrimp
— Salmon with mango salsa
— Chicken Picatta with lemon caper butter
— Vegetarian pot pie
— Roast prime rib of beef au jus (carving station)
— Scalloped potatoes
— A special New Year’s dessert
To reserve a table or book a holiday lodging package at a 2012 Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence winner, call (530) 583-4242 or (877) 552-6301.
All accommodations include access to amenities such as heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, hot breakfast buffets, the Lighthouse Spa, the Tree Top Adventure Park, ski and snow play and the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross-country ski trails.
Home to the 1932 Olympic ski jumping trials, Granlibakken maintains its rustic charm while blending tradition and technology with free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and ground transportation from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Will you be spending your New Year’s Eve at Granlibakken?
Monday, December 17th, 2012
Christmas at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will be packed full of warm tidings and great cheer. The resort’s special holiday rates package has arrived, promising all the flavor of the holidays that includes cozy lodging, a Christmas Torch parade, skiing, sledding, plenty of family challenges at the Tree Top Adventure Park and award winning dining.
The Cedar House Pub will offer two seatings for Christmas dinner.
Granlibakken offers entertainment for the whole family whether it’s mom, dad or the kids. Standard Lodge rooms to eight bedroom townhomes are available throughout the holiday season.
There will be plenty of colorful photo opportunities on Christmas Eve during Granlibakken’s Torchlight Parade staged at the ski hut. Intermediate skiers are invited to join in the Torchlight Parade, a pleasant night time run down the ski hill making for a festive holiday display. Santa will be there bringing gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, while parents can sip hot mulled wine and everyone can join in on caroling.
Hungry for holiday activities and food? Granlibakken’s famous hot buffet breakfast will be served each day. There will be plenty of outdoor fun at the skiing and sledding hill, Tree Top Adventure Park and nearby ski resorts. Christmas Day will feature dinner selections of smoked salmon and trout garnished with capers and red onions, slow roasted turkey, apple glazed spiced ham and an assortment of fresh and preserved vegetables with savory dressing.
Stay through the week and enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet party to ring in 2013 with dinner, music, dancing, dessert and champagne. For the kids, there will be movies and games for their amusement.
Enjoy a holiday without the stress and book your stay at Granlibakken!
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Even if the weather outside is frightful, a Granlibakken weekend getaway or ski vacation does lend itself to holiday shopping opportunities. Nearby Tahoe City has a number of shops that hold plenty of ideas for gift-gifters.
Start your holiday shopping off at the Cobblestone Center in nearby Tahoe City.
Aplenglow Sports Center focuses on cross country skiing and backcountry skiing and carries all the brands to make the adventurer in your life happy. Sports Tahoe totes itself as the premier clothing and ski wear store. With that reputation it will easily be able to outfit your entire family in the latest ski and snowboard equipment. Tahoe Daves offers a full retail shop and rentals or demo a set of skis or a snowboard before you commit to a sale.
A Bavarian-style village with shops, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. and a movie theater can be found at the Cobblestone Center. From clothes to art the Cobblestone Center has a variety of shops that will accommodate everyone’s wish list. Still looking for a few more gifts? Stop at the Boatworks Mall where you can browse through jewelry, fine glass and art. Steve Schmier’s Jewelry inside the Boatworks Mall and Bluestone Jewelry both provide options for the perfect gift for your special someone.
For those looking for gifts or furnishing try Girasole Home and Gift which offers high end home furnishings, antiques, home accessories and other unique gifts. Art lovers may want to browse works of fine art at James Harold Galleries for exclusive Tahoe art.
Tahoe Shoe & Clothing Company has an array of top brand names such as Dansko, Crocs, Merrell, Ugg, Clarks, Reef, Privo, Keen and Teva. Mumbos Mountain Outfitters also in the Boathouse Mall, is a year-round headquarters for men’s and women’s resort-wear and apparel. They feature clothing from Fresh Produce, Nomadic Traders, Ex Officio, Woolrich, and Columbia, as well as a unique selection of men’s Hawaiian shirts. T-shirts make for great stocking stuffers and you can find a plethora of them at Tahoe T-Shirtery.
Head over to the Gatekeepers Museum on Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. where noted authors will be signing books while you enjoy refreshments and do a little holiday shopping. This is a great chance to pick up a special inscribed book, other Tahoe-themed gifts or bear-themed gifts.
What’s on your holiday shopping list?
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
With the holidays around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays indoors and out. Granlibakken’s new Treetop Adventure Park will be open throughout winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park has been described as “ropes course meets zipline on steroids.” It’s set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground where fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.
For more adrenaline-packed action, Granlibakken has partnered with Squaw Valley USA, Northstar California, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly and Sierra-at-Tahoe to offer ski and lodging packages starting at $145 mid-week. Lift tickets to ski or snowboard Granlibakken’s Ski and Sledding Hill are $24 for adults, $14 for kids or a saucer and all-day access is $12. Skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to rent.
Don’t want to ski? Exchange your lift ticket for a $65 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross-country ski trails. Lighthouse Spa has a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massages, skin care, spa manicures, pedicures, holistic body treatments, body waxing and health consultations from a staff of professionals.
There are a plethora of holiday activities lined up now through Christmas around Tahoe City and nearby resorts. Here are a few worth noting:
Santa will be traveling around Tahoe City the month of December.
Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. Who doesn’t like a big plate of flap jacks with Santa on a Saturday morning? Activities and games for the kids, arts, crafts and local merchants will make this an ideal place for parents to get some of their holiday shopping done. Meanwhile, Santa will take his travels at various locations through Tahoe City Dec. 12-14.
Northstar California presents Noel Nights a holiday celebration the first three Thursdays of December from 5-8 p.m. The festive Village at Northstar holds a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, chocolatey s’mores, holiday carolers and shopping deals.
Learn to Ski and Board Weekend at various resorts Dec. 8-9. First timers can get a taste of the thrill of skiing or riding at Granlibakken or other participating resorts. This special program offers gear rental (skiing or boarding), a group lesson and beginner’s lift ticket all for $30 per day.
Like adventure films? Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series continues, Thursday, Dec. 13 with speaker Greg Hill, who attempted to climb and ski more than two million vertical feet in 2010. The free event, titled “Greg Hill’s 2 Million Reasons & The Manaslu Disaster” takes place at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley at 7 p.m.
Northstar California’s 40th Anniversary with Shaun White is Dec. 22. Celebrate the resort’s 40th year with a party hosted by famed snowboarder and Northstar athlete Shaun White.
How will you celebrate the holidays during your stay at Granlibakken?