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Top 10 Lake Tahoe summer activities

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Adventure awaits once you step outside Granlibakken. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, golf or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, here are a few popular choices.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park. Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park.
Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

  1. If you have a wild side, try our Treetop Adventure Park. The only aerial adventure park in California is open year round and will send you zipping, soaring and jumping from obstacle to obstacle.
  2. Lace up your hiking shoes: Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with either the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) or both as they overlap.
  3. Cruise the lake: Rent a boat, Jet Ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake for a couple of hours. Tahoe City Marina offers plenty the best water recreation options, dining and shopping. Built in the 1940’s and located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.
  4. Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season June 27.
  5. Dine in by the lake: Tahoe dining is superb and offers ample lakeside restaurants to choose from. Some recommendations would be Sunnyside, Jake’s, and Gar Woods.
  6. Take a Tram: Ride to the top and see it all. Aerial Tram rides at Squaw Valley provide for some breathtaking scenery. The Aerial Tram is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, el. 8200 feet. The Aerial Tram is one of Squaw Valley’s most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to numerous activities, including roller skating and dining.
  7. Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the crowd. Visit one of the many casinos on the North Shore Nevada side for fantastic gaming opportunities.
  8. Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back into 24 regional courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found in Northern California and Nevada. Here’s some of our favorites from the North and West Shores and Truckee area.
  9. Float: Enjoy a relaxing river raft adventure through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass) and ride the river in solitude.
  10. Get your spokes in motion: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests and access to nearby trails.

Three bike trails worth trying in Tahoe City

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Trading in your skis or snowboard for a mountain or road bike comes with the seasons. Throughout the Tahoe City region there are dozens of on and off-road trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in the summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District and Caltrans fund bicycle trails in and around Tahoe City. Paved trails run from Tahoe City to Dollar Point, Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park and from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

Here are three of our favorite West Shore bike trails.

  1. Tahoe City to Dollar Point: This is a paved, mostly flat multi-use trail that runs 2.5 miles with an easy 1/2 mile climb up Dollar Point. The Trail gives bikers access to Burton Creek State Park, Skylandia Park, Lake Forest Beach, Lake Forest Boat Ramps and Campgrounds, Pomin Park and Tahoe State Park. This novice trail is easy and well suited for family rides.
  2. Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park: This 9 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs along West Shore Boulevard and includes several highway crossings, 2 miles of highway shoulder and residential streets. Some moderate grades are included, as well as scenic lake views. The trail provides access to Kilner Park, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, fishing, boating and campgrounds. Access to Ward and Blackwood Canyons await you at the end. This is a good choice for riders looking for variety and some good climbs.
  3. Blackwood Canyon: This 5-mile round trip into Blackwood Canyon is a good beginner/intermediate 2.5 mile trail mixed with gentle terrain brings you to open meadows and sweeping valley of aspen groves. Further into Blackwood Canyon, beyond the road, the trail becomes more challenging as experienced bikers can ascend the seven mile trail to Barker Pass. The trailhead is Located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Blackwood Canyon Road, 4 miles south of Tahoe City.

Submit your photos for a chance to win a two-night stay for four at Granlibakken

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Re-live those summer memories at California’s first Treetop Adventure Park or create a new one by entering the Granlibakken 2012 Adventure Park photo contest.

Have any great photos of your family or significant other making it through one of the high-endurance obstacle courses? How about a great shot of your friends zipping 30-feet above the ground from tree to tree? Enter for your chance to win a two-night stay for four with all the great Lake Tahoe indoor and amenities including hot buffet breakfast, courtesy of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

Submit your photos for a chance to win a two-night stay for four at Granlibakken

Here’s how:

— Take a photograph of your Adventure Park experience at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

— Share your photos on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with the hashtag #Granlibakken.

— Facebook users may upload photos and tag the official Granlibakken profile right on the photograph.

— If you would like to emaill photos, send to

— Enter as many times as you like.

Deadlines: Entries for each month are due by the last day of the month. The winner will be chosen and notified early the following month by Granlibakken staff.

Eligibility: Open to everyone, 18 years of age or older at date of entry.

Questions: Email us at

For more information check out the official page online.

Experience thrills among the treetops this summer

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Strap in and push yourself to a rewarding zip from tree-to-tree all summer long at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

California’s first Treetop Adventure Park — where ropes course meets zip line on steroids — takes thrill-seekers on an all-out adrenalin tour that puts agility, quick-thinking and stamina to the test.  Granlibakken’s latest family-friendly outdoor adventure is among 30 similar parks nationwide.  Some of the features include over 70 different tree platforms, 13 zip lines, a variety of bridges including a 120 foot suspension bridge and a highwire bike. There are 3 different courses for kids 4 and older and 5 different courses for adults. Once you go through the courses and determine the obstacles, you’ll want to do it again and again, testing yourself every step of the way.

The 120 foot suspension bridge is just one of the features you won't want to miss.

Designed with bursts of endurance and exhilaration in mind, guests climb into harnesses where they zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way across platforms spread out across Granlibakken’s towering pines. These obstacle courses offer varying degrees of skills and challenges, with the thrill of being several feet off the ground. The experience demands exercises in balance, pace and even team work as you encourage each other to plow through the challenging obstacles with the zip rides serving your ultimate rewards.

The park, set to launch June 22, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 6 p.m. Sessions are good for 2.5 hours.

An Elegant Affair Wine Tasting – Just another day in North Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It’s back! Wine lovers far and wide – mark your calendars for An Elegant Affair food and wine tasting. This event marks the beginning of winter and is a great chance to get dressed up and enjoy the ambiance of beautiful downtown Tahoe City. Start the season of giving off right!

An Elegant Affair is an annual fundraiser for the Tahoe High Booster Club. This special evening of fun, friends, and of course wine, raises money for a very important cause in the Tahoe Community, our schools. Get out the dress and suit and have a night out on the town!

The Tahoe Boatworks Mall is the perfect setting for the evening. Enjoy great company and conversation lakeside as you sample delicious beer and wine. Not to be outdone the food is always a hit. Local restaurants will be featuring appetizers and desserts.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help the community and enjoy a memorable evening with friends at An Elegant Affair. Tickets are $60/person or $110/couple.


Want a Freebie?

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Then do what the locals do: instead of anything-priced activities you can head over to the North Tahoe Regional Park, an all-outdoors make-your-own-fun zone. It’s huge, has tons of offerings and is also right near two of the nicest, sandiest, public beaches in all of Tahoe (one is also a boat ramp).

Free Tennis in Paradise

Free Tennis in Paradise

Super young ones can slide, steer and stair-step all over the nice-sized playground. Another adjacent one is great for 3-6 year olds. There are 5 nice tennis hardcourts, three are lighted. Remember those 70’s exercise deals called Par Courses, well there’s a really nice one of them as well and it’s in great shape.

Frisbee Golf 'Hole'

Frisbee Golf 'Hole'

You’ll also find soccer and baseball fields, an artificial surface multi-sport field and generally lots of mowed grass. There’s a volleyball court, hiking and biking trails, a community nursery and a Boy Scout camp. New this year is a real deal frisbee golf course. And on top of it all, the place is never crowded plus it’s got a tranquilo, far-off Tahoe lakeview.

Artificial Tahoe Turf

Artificial Tahoe Turf

So if you want to keep the Vacation Vacuum out of your pocket, head over to the Regional Park – oh, and I lied a little bit: it costs a few bucks to park…

Small Slice of Tahoe City History

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Yes, yes I know  that if you’re from California you’re not accustomed to seeking out historical sites within the state. This is the New Coast – the brave new world where you were either a profit seeker, treasure hunter or just plain ole crazy enough to move All The Way Out. Well I’m hear to simply let you know that there are a few places right in Tahoe City to pique your interest: The Watson Cabin and the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

Watson Cabin Tahoe City

Watson Cabin Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

The Watson Cabin was built by Tahoe City’s first cop – Robert Montgomery Watson. The highest peak above town also bears his name, as does the beautiful reflection-pond near that summit (a great bike ride, incidentally, and also a fun semi-offroad adventure for anyone with a Jeep). The cabin stayed in the family until the late 1970’s when the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society purchased it. They do all sorts of little events that are very kid-friendly so keep an eye on their calendar.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum is beautiful building located right at the headwater of  Tahoe’s sole outflow, the Truckee River. This is a really cool place to just meander – there are some placards if you feel like reading, some lawn for windsprints, a gorgeous rocky shore with a neat angle on Tahoe, oh and a museum! They showcase Washo Indian baskets, clothing, history exhibits of the resort boom, etc. The Truckee River outflow gates are right here and you can walk along the glass-lined structure where you’ll see the now-non-human-powered crank that winds the gates up and down.

Gatekeeper's Museum, Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

Gatekeeper's Museum, Tahoe City (photo from North Tahoe Museums)

If you get into these places and want some more, check out the Ehrman Mansion down at Sugar Pine State Park and then reward yourself with a historical beverage at the old bar on Chamber’s Landing pier…

Fleurs du Lac

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I’m not sure if it’s because I somehow became a little more refined since my last birthday or it’s because we had such a late (and great) ski season, but this is the most abundant crop of wildflowers I’ve ever noticed in Tahoe.

You can see wildflowers in any sloppy backyard, unimproved road culvert and lovely meadow, the likes of which appear to have been stolen from the best hiking guide books. The most opulent of Tahoe’s wildflower scene is probably the lupin. These statues are really neat because down at lake level you’ll see them blooming over a foot long, but take a walk to locations higher up (like Paige Meadows directly accessible from Granlibakken via the Tahoe Rim Trail in our back 40) and you’ll see that these hardy veggies shrink in size with substantial elevation gain. On the upper Mt. Rose Meadows you’ll see these babies at around 9000′ and they’re 1/3 of the size. It’s a very cool way to witness Mother Nature at her smartest – and it appeals to those who’ve never hiked a day in their lives because the flowers’ size is reminiscent of those mini-corn cobs found in any self-respecting casino buffet line.

For more info and actually accurate florsal information, surf a little online, visit the Tahoe City Library and grab a book on the subject or get jumpstarted with this link.

By the way, this post was so-named in reference to Fleur du Lac – the former Kaiser Estate in Homewood; incidentally this was the site for some of the scenes in the movie Godfather II.

The Stars at Night…

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Tahoe might not be the Atacama Desert or Hawaii when it comes to stargazing, but it’s pretty darn good. We get a black sky (especially when Squaw’s not open for night skiing) unlike many other places. Our elevation seems to be juuuust enough to be above the haze, both natural and manmade, that skew so many other night skies. One of my favorite things to do on a calm, moonless night here (besides see a band) is to find a pier with a second story on the end. Get up there and look all around – then peer down into crystal clear, jet black Tahoe. Star reflections will stare back at you with that ethereal glow that only comes from peaceful water-swish.

A different way to get a great perspective on the night sky is by going with someone who actually knows what’s above us. The man around these parts is Tony Berendsen from Tahoe Star Tours. He does his thing all over Tahoe and there are a few upcoming that you should check out if you’re here:

August 5, 2010: The Milky Way Rises Over Lake Tahoe
Activity: Star Tour Kayak
Time: 7:00pm-10:30pm
Cost: $65 per person
Where: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area

August, 12, 2010: Squaw Valley Family Campout on top of the Mountain! (inquire with Squaw to find out if they have a star expert in attendance)

August 12, 2010: Deep Sky Wonders and the Perseid Meteor Shower
Activity: Star Tour Hike
Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: $65 per person
Where: Tahoe Vista Regional Park

Deck the Decks with Boughs of…Margheritas

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Do you the power of Tahoe restaurant decks? If you do and haven’t been on one yet this summer then you have some explaining to do. If you have yet to harness this power then please, read on…

Within a five to ten minute bike ride from Granlibakken’s intersection with West Lake Blvd. you can pedal / coast your way to a many different slices of heaven. To the north you can go to Tahoe City and sit on the deck of Jake’s On the Lake to enjoy a lunch, dinner or some drinks overlooking the Tahoe Marina and a looooong expanse of Tahoe’s azure surface. Head back towards the Big G, where the Truckee Rover is born from Tahoe and you have two great choices – the outdoor bar of the Bridgetender and the Rover Grill. The first is Tahoe’s best burger joint with tables along the river. The latter is a little higher end with Tahoe’s favorite outdoor happy hour with a firepit and music every Wed – Sun (7pm-10pm), right over the river’s edge.

Heading south of Granlibakken you can pedal down to Sunnyside – my favorite moonrise deck – with it’s massive expanse of wood and lengthy outdoor bar. The arrangement here is classic: fancy dinner go-ers on one side, barstools and sandals on the other. If you were to drive a few miles south of here, you’d find yourself moored up at the oldest pier-bar on the West Shore : Chamber’s Landing. This is located at the end of a dock where you can arrive by pedal, foot, sail or motor vessel. This awesome place has cheap grilled lunch, a ton of outdoor hang-space and it gets the last sun on the West Shore because of its prominent location.

For you boaters, the Granlibakken blog will spare no expense in providing content based on strict research for another post about boating to all of Tahoe’s best water accessible speakeasies – more on that later…

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