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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive weekend at Granlibakken

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.

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?

Easter weekend at Granlibakken holds plenty of egg hunt opportunities

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?

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?

Get your Viking green on St. Patty’s weekend at Granlibakken

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?

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?

Romance your Valentine with a Granlibakken stay

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.

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?

New Year’s Eve at Granlibakken

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

— Ratatouille

— 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?

Holiday festivities 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!

From outdoor gear to fine art, Tahoe City offers plenty of unique gifts

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?

Spend your holidays at Granlibakken

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?

Thanksgiving tradition with an adventure spent at Granlibakken

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Who says Thanksgiving should be spent at home? Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge says forgo kitchen and dining room tradition and make it an adventure-filled family holiday at Lake Tahoe instead. With 74 acres of playground and trails nestled in the pines along the Lake’s west shore, Granlibakken has become a tradition for many family holiday gatherings. This year Granlibakken has added the Treetop Adventure Park to its activities list. Guests can spend Thanksgiving morning working up an appetite by climbing, zipping and soaring 30 feet off the ground and then warm up inside with a traditional, hearty holiday dinner.

Granlibakken can take care of all the work so you can simply enjoy your holiday.

Lodging packages with dinner for two are currently available. Rates start at $156 and the price for four in a suite is $389/night. The price includes lodging, hot buffet breakfast and a home-style Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all your favorite sides. Non-lodging guests can also enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for $45/adults and $15/children under 12.

Thanksgiving guests must make reservations for a specific seating. Change it up this year and enjoy dinner at Granlibakken and its many amenities, including nearby ski and snowplay activities (weather permitting), heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and access to Lighthouse Spa. The Treetop Adventure Park will be open for Thanksgiving and throughout the winter season on Saturday/Sunday and holidays, weather permitting.

Enjoy a Fun and Festive Easter Weekend at Granlibakken

Friday, April 6th, 2012

What is Easter without an egg hunt and brunch? Folks staying at Granlibakken this Easter weekend will definitely not have a shortage of Easter events to choose from. North Lake Tahoe celebrates the holiday with family-friendly events all weekend as well as scrumptious Easter Sunday brunches at our favorite lakefront restaurants.

Easter egg hunts start in Tahoe City with its annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt on the Commons Beach at 10 AM on Saturday, April 7. Truckee will also host their Great Easter Egg hunt at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 7, at Truckee Regional Park.

Northstar will be celebrating Easter in every way this Sunday, April 8. Start Easter off with a tasty Easter brunch from Petra in the Northstar Village 9 AM-1 PM. After brunch be on the lookout for those hidden eggs in the Northstar Village at 10:30 AM when the hunt begins. And don’t miss your chance for a photo with the Easter Bunny from 12:30-2:30 PM. If you’re skiing or riding on Easter you’ll have your chance to celebrate Easter on the mountain as well. The Easter Bunny will be taking ride breaks from 9 AM-4 PM so make sure you find him on the mountain for a fun photo. The Lodge at Big Springs will have Easter specials at the café and bar and you’ll want to search for the hidden Easter eggs that may contain drink coupons and $5 off coupons.

Try to find the Easter Bunny skiing at Northstar on Sunday for an unforgettable picture.

You won’t want to miss the annual On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw on Sunday, April 8. As soon as the lifts open you can start searching for the hidden eggs. One lucky winner will find the Golden Egg containing a 2012-13 Bronze season pass! Make sure to pay attention to Squaw’s Twitter feed, Facebook timeline and smartphone app throughout the day for clues as to where the Golden Egg lies. The Easter bunny will also be hopping around The Village Events Plaza from 10 AM-4 PM.

Alpine is joining in on the Easter fun with an all mountain Easter egg hunt starting as soon as the lifts open on Sunday, April 8. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpine’s 2400 acres, but only one will be gold. The gold Easter egg will contain a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. There will also be two separate Easter egg hunts for the kids. Kids 7 and under can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. And children 8 – 13 are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair.

Homewood is tying in an Easter favorite Ghiradelli with their Easter hunt.  Kids 12 and younger can participate in the Little Bunny Ghiradelli Easter chocolate hunt next to the Snow Rangers Academy at the South Lodge starting at noon. Chocolate eggs, chocolate squares and Homewood gifts will be hidden for the kids to discover. But the fun doesn’t stop with the kids. Ghiradelli chocolate eggs and squares will be hidden all over the entire mountain for everyone to find as soon as the lifts start turning. Be on the lookout for the Golden Egg which will contain a 2012-13 season pass.

There will be no shortage of Easter eggs in North Lake Tahoe this weekend.

Easter egg hunts aren’t the only way to enjoy Easter on Sunday. For those not skiing Jake’s on the Lake will be serving an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24 per adult and $12 per child age 12 and under. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended.

Or relax at a table overlooking the river with brunch at the River Ranch on Sunday from 10 AM-2 PM including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Reservations recommended.

What are your Easter plans?


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