Archive for the ‘Lake Tahoe Events’ Category
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
So Labor Day Weekend is fast-approaching and you didn’t make any big plans. Don’t fret – Tahoe has tons of stuff going on and you can still get a room at your favorite resort in the the woods….
Tahoe City is having a huge Sidewalk Sale with local businesses getting out in the sun and enticing buyers with all kinds of sweet deals.
22nd Annual Alpen Wine Festival at Squaw: Come and check out this classic Summer Send Off. It benefits the Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with a silent auction, tastings and delicious edibles.
Northstar Resort has Tahoe Star Tours this weekend (see previous blog post on that). They are also doing a hosting a huge arts & crafts festival.
Commons Beach Concert – On Sunday it’s the grand finale of the Free summer concert series headlined by the Sons of Champlin on Sunday. The Truckee Tribe, a fantastic and versatile local band, is playing the Fat Cat in Tahoe City on Saturday night – this will be a great little scene…
Another Great Concert: Steelin Dan, a Steely Dan tribute group, will rock the Crystal Bay Club on Saturday.
West Shore Cafe re-opening: This iconic place was rebuilt and then recently sold to the owners of adjacent Homewood Ski Area (they also own Alpine Meadows). It’s a great place where I was only able to spring for a beer, barely. But now that JMA has bought it the $20 bowl of soup is a goner. Locals and normal visitors rejoice in the now-affordable West Shore Cafe!
Oh and did I mention that Granlibalkken has awesome swimming pools and tennis courts…?
The big pool...
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
It was a cold one but visitors (who read the North Tahoe Weekly) and tons of local tribes showed up at the Truckee Ampitheater for the first ever Family Day. There was an awesome Bike Rodeo which was totally safe but had just enough height to keep the 2-year-olds’ parents on the run.
Truckee Bike Rodeo
The setting, as always, was perfect. The Ampitheater occupies a peaceful nook along the Truckee River right near downtown Truckee. Local musician Todd Wees gathered quality, kid-friendly bands like his own and entertained for hours while rainbows, sun and bit of afternoon rain kept everyone guessing. There was an awesome bounce house, the best strudel you’ve ever tasted and some local brews for those who could add to 21. Family Day in Truckee – put it on the late-August calendar for 2011 because it was good ole fashioned hoot.
Family Day - rockin'
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
Monday, July 26th, 2010
What do you get when you combine a Rave with Yoga? Yes, I call it RoGa.
If you are into yoga and music but never thought of experiencing them in a combined way then maybe you should head up to Tahoe this weekend and catch Wanderlust at Squaw Valley. Or if you just like music by Moby, Bassnectar, Brazilian Girls, etc. you’d find yourself having a blast during summertime at the greatest ski area in the US. Then again, if you simply need an excuse to come up to elevation 6,200′ just hop in the car and come freak-gaze at one of the more bizarre happenings at the Lake all year.
Wanderlust came to Squaw last year and was a hit, even for those lacking the West Coast skills of slow-motion body contortion. I saw a group of guys from Massachusetts who had a ball just wandering (no pun, please) around the Village and boogying at the shows. Of course, I met some vegan body-stretchers who said it was “even better than Burning Man” (if you don’t know that means just disregard it entirely!). Either way, Wanderlust is one of those events that you can talk about at the office water machine or around the ole wheat grass shot table.
Of course if you need a place to rest your head, give Granlibakken a shout and stay in Tahoe’s coziest valley…
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Our partnership with the Nike Tennis Camp is older than some of our guests! If we were a marriage, Nike would be giving us a pearl to celebrate our 30th anniversary. To hear more about why Granlibakken and Nike are a great fit, check out our video of Program Director Tony Greco watch?v=vG9LOMsUWho.
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
The Wanderlust Festival, in its second year, comes to Squaw Valley from July 29th to August 1st. This four-day festival marries the art of yoga with the art of song with headlining yoga instructors Seane Corn and Shiva Rea and music performers Moby and Pretty Lights.
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge has long attracted visitors and groups who share its values of wellness. Our wooded serene setting offers a contemplative environment, and accommodations provide privacy and flexibility for visitors with special dietary needs.
Granlibakken welcomes participants of the Wanderlust Festival with a special lodging rate starting at $115/night.
Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Granlibakken is thrilled to be the host lodging site for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra Academy and site of the Strictly Classical Performances taking place this month on July 21st and July 28th.
The Orchestra Academy, the only paid residency program on the West Coast, offers a 10-day intensive professional experience with training by world-class soloists. The Academy has recruited 36 of the most talented young musicians from across the country to live and rehearse at Granlibakken Resort.
July 21st’s performance is Classics New and Old featuring special guest Ariana Ghez, principal Oboist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
July 28th’s performance is Music in the Key of D featuring special guest Jerry Grossman, principal Cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Granlibakken’s Executive Lawn Venue is the perfect setting for this musical extravaganza. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 5pm before each concert. Concerts begin at 6pm and end at 7pm.
For those attending either performance, Granlibakken is offering a special Lake Tahoe Music Festival Lodging Package with rates starting at $122. This package includes lodging, full hot breakfast buffet and access to on-site amenities.
Tickets to Strictly Classical cost $10. Seating is limited. Contact tahoemusic.org to reserve your tickets.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
If you’ve never been to Tahoe’s Snowfest celebration than you have to come check it out. If you have attended it then you need to come back and see all the stuff you missed last time. Snowfest is that big and there’s so much going on that takes a few years to catch it all.
It’s been around since 1982 and has grown each season, shedding some events to add others that are more fun. This year, some smaller events start before the big Torchlight Parade and fireworks at Squaw on Friday, March 5. But this parade is truly an experience and a large draw. One of the new gigs is an ‘80’s Retro Dance Party at the Cornice Cantina in Squaw’s parking lot right after the torchlight.
The next day it jumps into more downhill action with the Transworld Snowboarding Magazine TransAm and the Sick & Twisted Freestyke Tour / Rail Jam. But my favorite things to attend on that first Saturday are the Pancake Breakfast and Tahoe City Snowfest Parade. Since I’ve been here too long I don’t know how this sounds but: the coolest thing in the parade are the loaders hoisting and moving their huge buckets all over the place – actually the most impressive part to me is that half of them are run by twelve-year-old kids! Also on Saturday is the Polar Bear swim at GarWoods – brrrr!
On Sunday you can watch or sweat your pancakes off during the Great Race from Tahoe City to Truckee. This is for insaniacs with ski poles and my strangest friends usually partake. It’s one of the biggest races of its kind in the West. Then there’s the Dog Pull (ever seen a Chihuahua pull a keg in a sled? I didn’t think so.), Human Bowling and the Sunnyside Luau.
So these are the first three days of the 10-day celebration. For more check out the Snowfest website and especially the event schedule. See you somewhere!!!
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
This weekend one of Granlibakken’s semi-neighbors plays host to one of the best ski events to hit Tahoe: the Alpine Meadows Telemark & Freeride Festival.
The Buttress at Alpine Meadows - Venue for Day 2 of the telemark steeps contest
This event is great because it includes a classic steeps contest with a great viewing area (you need to be on the mountain to see it, i.e. have a lift ticket, etc.!). The it has an awareness raising / backcountry skiing component where people race UP the entire mountain using specialized gear then ski down to a simulated avalanche zone to find buried ‘people.’ It concludes with a no-holds-barred winner-take-all downhill race and a big bash. For more info go to Alpine Meadows’ website.