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Even the Vikings turn to the Irish for plenty of “top of the morning” good cheer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Monday, March 17, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken, with plenty of onsite skiing, sledding, and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options are available as well as getaway packages. Dining options feature Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly and warm the noodle before before venturing out.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Find the leprechaun at Homewood on March 16 for your chance to win a 2014-15 season pass.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Arrive at Granlibakken on Friday and enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour hosted by Tahoe Adventure Company. Watch the sun cast a purple alpenglow onto the Sierra while trekking through Tahoe’s peaceful forest. Experience the solitude of winter at this special time of day while learning local, natural and human history.

Squaw Valley will host a Jibs and Jumps event, Friday, March 14. Jibs and Jumps guides both skiers and snowboarders into the playful realm of manmade and natural features: boxes, rails, tabletops, tree jibs, wind lips and more. Learn to play in the terrain parks and off the trails with confidence, awareness and safety. For solid intermediate to advanced riders; whether just starting out in the park or looking for some coaching to take your skills to the next level.

Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. brings the Burton Women’s Ride & Yoga Special at Squaw Valley. Start the day with an all-levels yoga class with Sherry McConkey. Spend the morning riding. End the day relaxing and treating your body to mini-treatments at Trilogy Spa.

If you’re up at Alpine Meadows, be sure to catch Joy & Madness, live beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sundeck for an afternoon of funky beats and good times during the spring season at Alpine Meadows. The music series is free and open to the public.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Jibs for Kids at Homewood Mountain Resort. The event geared towards kids 12 years old and younger. The competition will be in the beginner area at Happy Park. All competitors are welcomed. Helmets are mandatory.

An afternoon family snowshoe tour hosted by Northstar from 1-4 p.m. is a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. settle in for a snowshoe trek before dinner at Sugar Pine Point. Explore Lake Tahoe‘s beauty in a different light as the full moon reflects off the water. Discover the natural and cultural history of the area with a ranger on a 90 minute snowshoe tour. Reservations required.

A pre-Irish warm-up begins Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homewood Mountain Resort with its St. Patrick’s Day Urban Park Competition & 2014 Bash. Not only is Homewood hosting the St. Patrick’s Day bash, but it is also throwing an urban slopestyle competition in its new slopestyle park, located at mid-mountain with a full view of the lake. If you chase the skiing leprechaun and catch him you may just get lucky and win a 2014-15 Season Pass.

Tahoe bars and restaurants will be featuring food and drink specials for additional Irish fun.

How will you celebrate this festive day?

Try a romantic Granlibakken weekend getaway this Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Treat your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with an extended Granlibakken weekend retreat  at the heart of Lake Tahoe‘s west shore.

Granlibakken has a variety of cozy lodging options ideal for two with fireplaces, kitchens and large bedrooms.

Escape to Granlibakken for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend getaway.

Escape to Granlibakken for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend getaway.

Spend the day on the slopes skiing together and then return to the resort for a relaxing massage at the Granlibakken Day Spa followed by a romantic fireside surf and turf dinner with filet mignon and Maine Lobster Tail at Cedar House Pub.

Start with an Arugula and watercress salad with Stilton blue cheese, honey roasted walnuts, fresh raspberries, raspberry vinaigrette. The main course features a petite filet mignon in a pinot noir sauce with forest mushrooms, Maine lobster tail, stuffed baked potato, asparagus, carrots and grilled yellow squash. The vegetarian option is Peruvian vegetable stew with quinoa, kale, lima beans. But don’t forget about dessert! Puff pastries filled with strawberries, vanilla cream and chocolate drizzle are the perfect finish to the meal.

Starting at $325, the Valentine’s Day getaway package features two nights lodging, dinner for two on Friday night Feb. 14, delicious hot breakfast each morning during your stay, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna and half-priced tickets at Granlibakken’s onsite ski and sled hill.

During your stay, you can pamper your sweetheart with a visit to Granlibakken’s Day Spa where they can relax with any number of deep tissue massages, reflexology treatments and body wraps.

Arrive early or extend your Valentine’s weekend with ski and snowboard packages. Options include skiing or snowboarding at several nearby resorts, trips to Granlibakken’s own ski hill, cross country ski tours or an afternoon at the resort’s own Treetop Adventure Park, where sweethearts can leap, zip and soar together 30 feet above the ground.

What do your Valentine’s Day weekend plans include during your stay at Granlibakken?

Granlibakken celebrates arrival of 2014 in style with lodging, recreation and dinner

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Ring in the New Year at Lake Tahoe‘s Granlibakken with a cozy room, plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and a New Year’s party with a delicious dinner, dancing, dessert and champagne.

Sip champagne while you ring in the New Year at the Cedar House Pub.

Sip champagne while you ring in the New Year at the Cedar House Pub.
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Whether you’re bringing the family, your spouse or significant other, Granlibakken has lodge rooms to eight bedroom condos, abundant ski, sledding, snowshoe and snowplay opportunities available for your holiday.

Granlibakken offers its famous hearty breakfast buffet each morning and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Cedar House Pub.

Celebrating the arrival of 2014, Granlibakken will serve a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner for two to guests featuring Salmon with Mango Salsa, Chicken Picatta with Lemon Caper Butter, Butternut Squash Lasagna with Shitake Mushrooms, Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, scalloped potatoes steamed seasoned mixed vegetables, mixed green fresh vegetables, butternut squash and Arugula salad, Leek and avocado salad with cherry tomatoes and special New Year desserts.

Following dinner will be dancing, dessert and champagne.

The onsite ski and sledding hill are open daily throughout the holidays as well as the equipment rental shop and snack bar. Feel like relaxing after a day on outdoors, check out the Granlibakken Day Spa, which offers a variety of options and wellness packages from a staff of professional therapists specializing in therapeutic massage, skin care, and holistic body treatments. Renew your body, mind and soul for an hour or a full day.

How will you celebrate New Year’s at Granlibakken?

Holidays filled with events, festivities at Granlibakken and around Tahoe

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A winter wonderland is happening now at Granlibakken, with plenty of snow, food, holiday entertainment and activities.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

Book your rooms for the holidays – starting at $205 a night, enjoy the cozy setting of a lodge room or try condos ranging from two to eight bedroom condos and Christmas dinner.

Granlibakken will host its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade featuring a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for adults. The popular Christmas buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

The Treetop Adventure Park will be open daily throughout the holidays plus the Sledding Hill is open now with the Ski Hill and snack bar to follow shortly. A family of four can ski and sled all day for $60 if they are Granlibakken guests. The Cedar House Pub opens Dec. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. and offers casual dining by the fire. Don’t forget to wake up each morning and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.

Upcoming events begin this weekend in Tahoe City and include a daylong visit by Santa Claus at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at Tahoe City Golf Course Dec. 14. Join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Rotary Club of Tahoe City for a day of sledding, pancakes and Santa.

Now through Dec. 30 you can visit the Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City. This traditional holiday festival features gifts, holiday decorations and décor. Eleven local artists share their original winter and holiday themed art and gift items that are perfect for holiday shopping, such as wreaths, cards, fine art, photography, soap, botanicals, glasswork and knitware.

If you’re at Mt. Rose Ski Area on Saturday, Dec. 14 and see more than one Santa Claus, don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind; you’ve just stumbled upon the annual Santa Ski Crawl where skiers who dress in Santa garb receive lift ticket discounts.

Ongoing holiday events include Holidays at Squaw Valley, Dec. 14-31. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the winter conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and plenty of surprises. Grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen to the carolers or take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

Elsewhere there’s Noel Nights at Northstar California the first three Thursdays of December from 5 – 8 p.m. This winter wonderland features a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers and shopping deals. Don’t forget to bring the little ones because Santa will be there for photos and to find out what’s on their Christmas lists.

Daytime and nighttime Christmas festivities at Northstar California get underway Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and feature live music in the Village and Santa at different locations in the Village from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy Village sleigh rides, refreshments, cookie decorating and ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink.

What will your holiday plans include during your visit to Granlibakken?

Granlibakken adds adventure to traditional Thanksgiving fare

Monday, November 18th, 2013

More than just a great meal, Granlibakken offers a Thanksgiving tradition that celebrates family and friends with a hearty holiday feast around the dinner table and boundless opportunities to work up an appetite or work off the satisfying dinner.

Enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving feast with some Granlibakken twists.

Enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving feast with some Granlibakken twists. {via}

Served family-style, Granlibakken’s Thanksgiving dinner includes all the homemade favorites: roasted turkey carved table side, mashed potatoes, stuffing, buttered spaghetti squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and additional desserts. Keeping its European roots and hospitality in mind, the resort will also wrap any leftovers for turkey sandwiches the next day. Vegetarian options are also available.

Thanksgiving lodging packages for four start at $150 per person, per night and include the holiday dinner and hot breakfast buffet.

Guests can choose any lodging from a standard room with fireplace to a five bedroom townhome. Prices vary with room type. Additional lodging options include rustic lodge rooms, studios and condos from one to five-bedrooms.

If you’re not a guest but want to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with leftovers the cost is $40 and $20 for children.

Guests can work up an appetite outdoors at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe Activity by TripAdvisor.com. Set 30 feet off the ground, the ropes course and zip line will be opened Thanksgiving (weather permitting) and throughout the winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

The Treetop Adventure Park reflects the resort’s passion toward outdoor enjoyment by complementing on-site amenities including cross country and snowshoe trails, Tahoe’s original ski hill, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and a full-service spa – all surrounded by 74 acres of trees in a quiet valley setting.

Granlibakken also hosts other holiday events as well. The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade includes a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, a popular Christmas buffet dinner and New Year’s Eve party for guests.

How will you spend Thanksgiving?

Check into Granlibakken and check out the Halloween festivities

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Whether you’re a family with kids or a big kid looking to dress in costume, Halloween arrives at Lake Tahoe with plenty of scarecrows, monsters and mash to put in your favorite gogo juice.

Check into Granlibakken and check out the week of Halloween activities around the lake.

See how downtown Tahoe City decks itself around town with Scarecrows on Parade daily through Halloween. This annual event encourages folks to stroll through Tahoe City and view the dozens of participating businesses that have life-like scarecrows. Walkers and gawkers are then encouraged to vote for their favorite scarecrow.

A scarecrow tending bar is not unheard of during Tahoe City's Scarecrows on Parade. Photo: Tahoe City Downtown Association.

A scarecrow tending bar is not unheard of during Tahoe City’s Scarecrows on Parade.
Photo: Tahoe City Downtown Association.

On Halloween there will be trick or treating in downtown Tahoe City with plenty of candy for the kids. Grab a glow necklace from Heritage Plaza and enjoy the scenery as kids gobble down pounds of sugar.

Festivities leading up to the fright night include the Not-So-Scary Haunted House at Tahoe Donner that runs from 5 to 8 p.m., now through Halloween. Kids can enjoy movies, games, prizes and sacks full of candy. Cost is $2 for kids and parents are free.

With the celebration of Nevada Day in Carson City, lake activities with a Halloween twist include The Ghost of Mark Twain Grand Party on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, Incline Village. McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain will be reopening the music hall in time to kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial.

Saturday, Oct. 26 at Tahoe City’s Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar features its Hallowee’kend bash with dancing, drink specials and costume contests with $50 gift-card prizes to each of the following categories: Sexiest, Scariest and Most Creative, with a grand prize of $100 cash.

Find your freak at the Creepers Ball Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Crystal Bay Club. Costume, prizes, and plenty of laughs at this Halloween ball bash with the famed 1980s cover band Tainted Love from San Francisco.

Meanwhile on the big fright night, Jake’s on the Lake will be the place for the Psychedelic Scientist’s Lazer Laboratory Halloween Hootenanny. Party begins at 9 p.m. Dress up and dance to the laser-light show with the music of Chango and Micah J throwing down the funk.

How will you spend Halloween during your stay at Granlibakken?

Food, birthday cake and barbecues highlight Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Memories and history will be made at Lake Tahoe over Labor Day weekend with a blowout 150th birthday celebration that include food and wine tastings, a free concert, barbecue and the grand opening of a museum that highlights the the history of high Sierra skiing and the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

Find out why the locals love Tahoe City with a Labor Day birthday bash.

This year Tahoe City celebrates its 150th year with its own Labor Day bash to celebrate. Festivities begin with a kickoff celebration at the Lake Tahoe Dam Friday, Aug. 30, followed by the grand opening of the Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Olympics at Boatworks Mall.

The celebration continues Saturday, Aug. 31 with free guided walking tours around Tahoe City beginning at 10 a.m. and the TC150 Sesquicentennial Dinner on Aug. 31 at the Gatekeepers Cabin Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events at Commons Beach include a pancake breakfast, guided walking tours, games, a community aerial photo, a community picnic celebration and free concert.

Granlibakken’s own history involves the evolution of skiing in the Sierra. The Lake Tahoe Ski Club had already put the Tahoe on the map for winter recreation, having hosted the 1931 Winter Olympic Tryouts, as well as the 1932 National Jumping and Cross-Country competitions. This all took place at present-day Granlibakken, then known as Olympic Hill, which was owned by the Tahoe Tavern.

The Labor Day weekend will also launch the 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival featured at ski resorts throughout the North and West Shore’s of Lake Tahoe. The festival pairs savory adventures with the finest in regional food and wine delicacies. Foodies are invited to enjoy nine days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings and food-themed excursions.

Activities kick off Saturday, Aug. 31 with the Farm to Peak Mountaintop Dinner at Homewood Mountain Resort, the Taste of South America Wine Walk at the Village at Northstar, the 24th annual Foam Fest at Squaw Valley, Uncorked Tahoe City Winemakers event, and the Tahoe City Celebration Dinner at Gatekeeper’s Cabin.

Sunday, Sept. 1 events feature the Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, the 25th annual Alpen Wine Fest at the Village at Squaw Valley and the Northstar Brew Walk.

Monday, Sept. 2 includes the Labor Day Dinner Cruise with Mark Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Gal Paddlewheeler in Tahoe City and a Bloody Mary Brunch at Jake’s on the Lake.

How do you plan to spend your Labor Day weekend in Tahoe City?

July 4 holiday celebrated through the weekend around Tahoe City

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The weekend begins early for Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge guests with July 4 holiday fireworks shows and activities celebrated around Tahoe City.

A pre-July 4 fireworks show will kick things off Wednesday afternoon, July 3 with fireworks and a beach party at Kings Beach hosted by the North Tahoe Business Association. Skies will shine red, white and blue with a dazzling fireworks display. The beach party begins at 2 p.m. on the North Tahoe Event Center deck and includes a DJ, live music, food, beer garden and vendors. At approximately 9:30 p.m. the skies will light up with a dazzling fireworks display which is free to the public.

Don't miss the fireworks on July 3 and July 4 in Tahoe City.

Don’t miss the fireworks on July 3 and July 4 in Tahoe City.

Kick off Thursday morning with fresh local produce, delicious food and great company at the Foothill Farmers’ Market.

The 67th Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Tahoe City will take place at Commons Beach on Lake Tahoe‘s west shore. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk Thursday. It’s free to attend and donations to support this and future fireworks shows by the Tahoe City Downtown Association are accepted.

After the fireworks, the party continues at Lakeside Nightclub and Hacienda del Lago in Tahoe City with the Vote 4 Funk Festival starting Thursday night and continuing through Friday. The festival features DJNU-Mark, the Gaff, Pleasure Maker, Zebuel, Tre Tuna, Chango and others. The event features 10 DJs and four stages along two venues.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. join the Tahoe City Historic Walking Tour. On this free walk you’ll learn all the local legends, facts and history of Tahoe City, plus there’s plenty of shopping and dining opportunities along the way. Led by Tahoe City local resident Karen Willcuts, her professionally trained guides take walkers on a tour that includes facts and figures about beautiful Lake Tahoe. After the tour, visitors will have a better appreciation about their pristine surroundings as well as knowledge about the best places to eat, shop, and enjoy Tahoe City.

You’ll want to stick around through Sunday to catch the free concert at Commons Beach in Tahoe City featuring the Tumbleweed Wanderers. The concert runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Oakland, California’s Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, and rock and roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies, to energetic explosions of soul.

And, of course, there’s plenty of onsite activities at Granlibakken including hiking, biking, tennis, lounging poolside or a nice day of challenge and adventure along the ropes course and zip line at the Treetop Adventure Park.

How do you plan to spend the July 4 holiday week?

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Granlibakken

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 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?

Granlibakken is helping you give Mom what she deserves this Mother’s Day

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.

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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?


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