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Friday, December 30th, 2011
3…2…1… Happy New Year! New Years Eve always brings parties, family, friends and resolutions. Still no plans for New Years Eve? Start the year off right and make a reservation at.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge
Granlibakken Resort is the perfect place to be for the New Year’s Holiday. Don’t worry about having to drive on New Year’s Eve because Granlibakken offers a party and a place to stay. For $195 you have lodging, festivities and an abundance of fun.
Enjoy a New Years Eve buffet party with all the guests ($195 rate includes two seats) at the Cedar House Pub. Dance the night away with music all night. Take a break from dancing for dessert and champagne at 11:30 p.m. As the countdown to the New Year stats make sure you have your date to kiss at midnight! Sip on champagne in traditional New Years Eve fashion and enjoy an evening with your friends and/or family.
Cheers to 2012!
While you’re visiting make sure to check out Tahoe City for the Shop Local Contest! All day every day Shop Local and win Prizes. For every $20 spent at a participating business earn a sticker, 3 stickers and you can enter to win prizes. 13 or more stickers and you are eligible for a Grand Prize worth $500.
So if you are undecided about New Years come to a place that has it all. Granlibakken is always happy to have you and is sure to offer an unforgettable celebration. Happy New Year!
Dance the night away.
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Leave the men at home weekend…
As part of Granlibakken’s commitment to health & wellness, the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend – a long standing community event in Tahoe City- will now be hosted by the resort November 12-13. The event fuses Eastern tradition with Western practices to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food & wine.
Hosting events is Granlibakken’s forte. The schedule for the Women’s Wellness Weekend starts with optional exercise activities including a 5k fun run or 1 mile nature walk through the perimeter of Granlibakken’s hillside forest. I love running in the fall when it’s cool, you don’t get overheated and seeing the Autumn leaves – it’s beautiful.
Breakfast is followed by an opening “jump-start” talk by respected Psychologist Amy Vail. Seminars on Saturday include breast health, environmental health, nutrition, healthy aging and empowering exercise activities (optional). Choose between Ki Gong, a form of gentle exercise using breathing, posture and meditation: Restorative Yoga, Or a special class ref: Astrology/Health. Lunch is provided and flows into further talks throughout the afternoon. Saturday evening finishes with wine and shopping. Go for a new experience and have your astrological chart read by Robert Ayres (additional charge).
Festivities on Sunday include optional exercise classes of Cross-fit, Pilates and yoga with discussion classes and a health fair. Enjoy breakfast followed by classes on finances for your future, acupuncture, chiropractic and skin care. The afternoon includes an interactive health fair including gait analysis, makeup artists, body fat testing, skin screenings, mani & pedi stations and much more. Blood lab readings are available and must be signed up for in advance (additional charge). For the adventurous women attend the Zumba Party Sunday afternoon.
Registration is only $99.00. To register, please visit Granlibakken’s homepage and click “make a reservation.” Click “conference” and use the information: “www” as your login and password.
Grab a girlfriend and stay for $138.50/person double occupancy per person per night (rate includes conference fee).
So who’s going to join me this weekend? What aspect are you most interested in learning? I’m intrigued by Astrology/Health and love Zumba classes!
Monday, December 13th, 2010
Cedar House Pub at Granlibakken Resort, one of Tahoe City’s favorite apres-ski and family dining spots, is opening for the winter season this Friday. Come by between December 17-23, 2010 and get 2 entrees for the price of 1! (Price taken from higher priced entree.) Located in the Main Lodge, Cedar House Pub offers a diverse menu to satisfy all palates, from all-American sliders to Italian comfort food and warm-your-belly spicy Thai dishes. Sit fireside with a beverage from our full bar and views out our floor to ceiling windows. Cedar House Pub is ideal for apres ski – beers and burgers, date night – Penne Pomodoro or perhaps our signature schnitzel, and family dinner – chicken tenders and pizza for the kids. Pass along the pre-holiday savings!
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
A Breakfast Buffet fit for a Viking
Breakfast. They say it is the most important meal of the day. If this is the case then why are so many skimping on this all Important calorie fix? More importantly, why are most hotels cutting back this critical meal? Nowadays this “complimentary breakfast” at most lodging properties is nothing more than stale bagels and orange marmalade.
Not Granlibakken. No way. Our complimentary hot breakfast buffet title doesn’t do it justice. Hot, hearty, feast fit for a viking, free buffet seems to be a closer description. This buffet is truly a treat to your taste buds. French toast, biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs are merely a few choices of the plethora you have.
Whether you are a coffee and danish person or a full on AM chow master, like myself, Granibakken’s breakfast wont disappoint. Vacationing in Tahoe can be a full throttle activity and proper fuel is a must, especially before hitting the trails, slopes or heading into downtown Tahoe City for a day of shopping and beach combing.
Friday, October 8th, 2010
It is October. Fall is here and the weather is gorgeous in Lake Tahoe. What are you doing sitting at home? Known as the “shoulder season,” fall presents a great opportunity for families and couples to enjoy Lake Tahoe as we Locals do. Sales, deals, and events make this season the perfect for any vacationer looking to wind down from a busy summer. The privacy of being nestled in trees above Lake Tahoe mixed with the excitement of the Lake’s recreational opportunities just minutes away makes Granlibakken the ideal lodging for your fall getaway.
Granlibakken is offering a $99/night fall deal for October inviting you to enjoy the Lake like a Local. Feel autumn in the air as you stroll the streets of Tahoe City and take advantage of shopping deals and dining specials.
Start your day off with a complimentary hot, hearty breakfast buffet. Stay on site and relax in a heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, or work up an appetite at the state of the art tennis facility. With on site hiking trails and bike rentals Granlibakken makes it easy to experience the outdoors, and for only $99 a night, makes it affordable too.
With perfect temperatures outside fall is a prime season for events around the Lake. Tahoe City’s Annual Cobblestone Oktoberfest, Saturday October 9th , is a day full of apple bobbing, pumpkin painting, and yes, plenty of beer! Enjoy live music from Déjà vu, and wines from Uncorked Tahoe City.
On Saturday October 16th Harvest Fest will be in Tahoe City. A pumpkin patch, pony & hay rides, games for the kids & delicious food guarantee a memorable family experience. With free entry and the backdrop of Lake Tahoe the price is right too.
Don’t miss out on living like a local this October at Gralibakken.
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 (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)
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…
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
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
Cost: $65 per person
Where: Tahoe Vista Regional Park
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…
Sunday, July 18th, 2010
Nordic Center Vista
This is just another one of those ridiculously sweet views of Tahoe that you can get from a twenty minute walk in the woods. It’s fine for lowlanders, big families and those who generally don’t want to push it too far on vacation. I’m tempted to give you the quick and dirty on how to do this exact one but must say that, a) it’s easy to lose one’s way in the woods, b) AlpenGlow Sports in Tahoe City is a great place for hiking advice, and c) I get lost all the time.
The famous Tahoe Rim Trail passes right through Granlibakken’s backyard and offers some of the best hiking in the country. I’ll do a full post on that another time. The trail these photos were taken from is well below the Rim Trail (yes I get lazy, too) on a knoll at the T.C. Nordic Center…oh yeah, let AlpenGlow tell you how to do it.
Looking toward Desolation Wilderness
© 2010 Alex West, copy and photos
Friday, July 9th, 2010
OK – we all heard about the 10-feet of snow that Squaw got in April. And May was no time to for a lengthy dip in the Lake. June had a ton of thunderstorms and unsettled weather. Just because Tahoe decided to skip spring doesn’t mean that anyone should skip summer here. And summer has truly arrived, albeit on “Tahoe Time.”
False Start Flip Flops
It’s in the ’80′s every day, boats are out in full force (as are the watercraft rental biz’s) and the water is, yes I dare say it: Warm! If you are one of these strange folks who think Tahoe is a lake to merely wonder at (the Hawaii-meets-Bermuda color) it’s time to get into those skivvies and give this ditch a dive. Seeking the warmest option? Well don’t swim on a windy day – upwelling currents bring the mobster-freezing gel from the depths right to the surface. And don’t swim next to a creek – not because of pollution you city slicker, rather because that water was snow about 5 hours ago. The warmest spots are Commons Beach in Tahoe City, King’s Beach, and the entire East Shore. So shovel off those flip flops and get up here…!
© 2010 Alex West, copy and photos