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Romantic Winter Weddings in the Snowy Pines—50% off Special!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

winter-wedding-2-650Picking a wedding venue is no easy task. After all, you want your special day to be unforgettable without having to stress about the details. Enter Granlibakken Tahoe. With our comprehensive wedding packages, our amazing wooded venue close to pristine Lake Tahoe, and our wide variety of accommodations available onsite, we have all of the tools to make your day memorable, romantic, and absolutely perfect.

We know that if you are planning your dream wedding, things must be flawless down to the last detail. Our wedding package includes personalized, friendly, and prompt service from our onsite Wedding Coordinator, who will be able to help you plan your big day, doing anything from recommending florists to conducting site tours and tastings. Our wedding package also includes setting up and cleaning up the wedding space, linens, umbrellas, house centerpieces and chairs, and housing for up to 14 people in our Big Pine Lodge, located right on the Big Pine Lawn.

Imagine tying the knot on our beautiful Big Pine terrace, surrounded by your friends, family, and ethereal pines. Imagine afterwards seamlessly moving to the reception located onsite, and within easy walking distance from the ceremony and guests’ lodging rooms. Imagine an amazing dinner prepared by our award-winning chef, Ron Eber, followed by a night of dancing, drinks, and laughter. Granlibakken is well-equipped to host your special day, and our staff will ensure that all of the details are in place so that you can enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

And right now, we are offering a Winter Wedding special, with 50% off your winter wedding ceremony and indoor reception! Is there anything more magical that getting married under the snowy Tahoe pines, followed by a cozy reception surrounded by family and friends?

Learn more about this special here: Winter Wedding Special. And feel free to reach out to Christi Nasser, our Wedding and Special Events Coordinator, at 530-581-7313 or at 


Book Your Next Business Retreat at Lake Tahoe — Nestled in 74 Secluded Acres

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Granlibakken is the perfect setting to inspire connections!

Holding a meeting in North Lake Tahoe is sure to be a hit. Who doesn’t want to go to Lake Tahoe, whether it be for business or pleasure? Once you have decided on North Lake Tahoe as the region of choice, how do you choose a venue? Many venues around here have great offerings, but Granlibakken Tahoe stands apart from the rest with its authentic charm, great location, and friendly staff.

Whether you are planning a small retreat or a large convention, Granlibakken is the perfect choice for your group. Granlibakken Tahoe offers onsite audio/visual, accommodations for up to 400 people, and a multitude of meeting spaces for any sized group. With our location right outside of Tahoe City and within minutes of many of Tahoe’s premier attractions, Granlibakken is sure to please a crowd. Our American style conference package with all meals included is a great value, and is easily catered to any diet, including gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The wide variety of activities onsite, including tennis courts, a heated pool and hot tub, a day spa, The Treetop Adventure Park, a historic ski and sled hill, and miles of hiking, biking and cross-country trails accessible on our property means that attendees will stay busy during any down-time (and they will probably make some great memories too!).

Granlibakken is nestled in the woods, providing a quiet retreat where your group focus on teamwork and increase productivity without distractions. However, if you are looking for a night out or a day of adventure, we are located only a mile outside of Tahoe City, and we are within a half hour drive of many Tahoe attractions, including breathtaking vistas of the lake, gorgeous hikes, and world-class ski resorts.

And guess what? Right now, for a limited time, we are offering 25% off of all conferences held between November 2015 and April 2016 (restrictions apply). Now is the perfect time to check out Granlibakken, and start planning your next retreat! Click here for more details.



Granlibakken is the perfect setting for your business conference or retreat with 74 secluded acres at Lake Tahoe.

5th Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Tahoe!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Yoga girl by lakeImagine a place filled with doctors & health professionals who encourage questions and a place that allows time for the answers. This is it – Granlibakken Tahoe boasts the 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend (WWW). A weekend full of life & medical answers.  Year after year, the audience returns to hear fresh presentations about women’s health and well being. Medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionist and dietitians, motivational speakers, physical therapists and many more take the stage to deliver current and relevant information on hot topics that captivate the audience. Mimi Stuart, a participant for 3 consecutive years, has said, “Each year just keeps getting better and better.” This year the weekend schedule includes presentations on metabolism, autoimmune disorders, environmental toxins, gluten and more. WWW is not only complete with speakers, because what is a wellness weekend without some exercise? Yoga classes are offered each morning, as well as stretching classes, meditation, and nature walks. The event closes with a health fair – alternative health professionals, medical doctors, energy healers, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, dermatologists and so much more gather to offer demonstrations and consultations. Book now and join us for a weekend of information, rejuvenation and fun.

Visitors and locals alike are drawn to Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, world-class entertainment and year-round activities. Granlibakken, nestled in the trees above Lake Tahoe and steps from Tahoe City, the heart and soul of the area, is the ideal spot for your next retreat, conference, vacation or special event. Find out more about our resort. 

Check out our calendar for our Wellness events including our yoga retreats held in the spring, summer and fall. 


The Benefits of Being in Nature

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Granlibakken_SmithJones_0005 (2)Not long ago, people young and old lived attuned to one another and to the rhythms of nature.  Over the last century or so, life has sped up faster than ever before.  People now live most of their over-scheduled lives plugged in, indoors and out of touch.  There is a quiet revolution, however, as people begin to yearn for the great outdoors and connection once again.

A growing body of research is taking root across the planet as we rediscover what is now aptly called ecotherapy. Ecotherapy exists alongside Nature Deficit Disorder, a phrase coined and spread by Richard Louv.  The notion is that our modern lifestyles and our tendency to become driven to distraction keep us from fully experiencing our worlds and our own potential by robbing us of the benefits of time spent in nature.

These benefits permeate all levels of our existence from childhood through old age.  Being outside helps us recover from mental fatigue and restores our ability to process information.  By decreasing our mind’s over activity, nature helps our thoughts become clearer, sharper and more creative. Taking easy advantage of these benefits, progressive “forest schools” schedule classes out of doors to enhance student performance, and homes for the elderly utilize horticultural therapy to increase quality of life.

Nature even heals us.  In the 1980s, Japan began formalizing the practice of “forest bathing,” or shinrin-yokuShinrin-yoku is the slow, meditative experience of walking in nature with directed focus on the elements and senses. Studies held in the lab and outdoors, as well as in prisons and hospitals, have discovered nature’s benefits begin immediately and last for several days after exposure.

These benefits include: reduced blood pressure, reduced stress levels (as measured in salivary cortisol), improved mood (perhaps owing to a friendly dirt bacteria which causes the brain to produce serotonin), increased energy levels (thanks to trees’ essential oils), and boosted immune systems.  The latter occurs because trees give off organic compounds that encourage the body’s production of natural killer cells which fight abnormal cells and speedup recovery time after surgery or illness.

As the studies continue to come out, the facts echo what we already know intuitively: being in nature feels good physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  When in nature, the brain quiets down a bit and we become more curious about the world around us.  The world, and we, come alive.

Ashley A. Cooper is a freelance writer and yoga instructor residing in Truckee, CA.

Visitors and locals alike are drawn to Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty, world-class entertainment and year-round activities. Granlibakken, nestled in the trees above Lake Tahoe and steps from Tahoe City, the heart and soul of the area, is the ideal spot for your next retreat, conference, vacation or special event. 

Check out our calendar for our Wellness events held in the spring, summer and fall. 

Further Reading:  Last Child in the Woods; and The Nature Principle by Richard Louv.

5 Minutes to Meditative Bliss

Friday, September 11th, 2015


We have all heard the benefits of meditation: decreased stress, anxiety and tension accompanied with feelings of well-being, patience, concentration and compassion.  These benefits are easy to grasp conceptually and many of us make ourselves grand promises to start integrating meditation into our daily lives.  With the best of intentions, we sit down in a silent room and get to “shutting our brain off.”  It is not long before our knees start hurting, our to-do lists start screaming and our shut off brain is running on over drive.

The problem is not you or meditation.  It is all in the approach.  To begin, be easy on yourself.  Choose a technique from below or elsewhere that suits you personally, and just challenge yourself to five minutes a few times a week.  Meditate in a truly comfortable position whether you are sitting cross legged, in a comfortable chair, or lying down with pillows supporting you.  You can practice at home or, if you do better with group activities, attend a class.

When many of us think about meditation, we think of sitting down in silence with our legs crossed and our mind blissfully blank.  This is the Zen Buddhist practice of zazen, and it may be this simple for some of us.  Many more types of meditation exist, however, and for every learning style there is an approach to meditating.

Guided meditations are extremely useful in anchoring you to the present moment by providing structure and sound.  If you don’t want to attend a class, there are many excellent free guided meditations on the internet (try this one:  Visualizations are also extremely useful anchors and can be guided or learned ahead of time.  Some people use a mantra (a word, sound, or statement) that is silently repeated or murmured. When using mantras, you can also hold japa mala beads which resemble the Christian rosary: each bead is a single repetition of your mantra.  This mantra is very straightforward, memorable and can be done anywhere:

For whichever approach you choose, remember a few things:

  • First, the purpose of meditation is not to attain anything, we meditate to become present.
  • Second, the brain will not simply shut off; the trick is to allow thoughts, ideas, images, etc. to come without holding on or judging.
  • Third, meditation is a practice. The progression of this practice will reflect the amount of time and effort put into it.

Image:   Caption:  Traditional Japa Mala beads used to count mantra meditations in sets of 47, 54, or 108 repetitions.



Ashley A. Cooper is a freelance writer and yoga instructor residing in Truckee, CA.

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?

Last-minute signups underway for Women’s Wellness Weekend

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Days away from one the largest gatherings of its kind at Lake Tahoe, the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center Nov. 9-10, offers a full line up of women’s health professionals and nationally known speakers.

Last-minute registrations are being accepted for the event, which features a weekend filled with discussions ranging from heart health, food and fitness to inspirational stories designed to improve lives.

Get up early for yoga before the Women's Wellness Weekend officially kicks off.  Photo: Nicole Dreon

Get up early for yoga before the Women’s Wellness Weekend officially kicks off.
Photo: Nicole Dreon

Health care professionals can earn up to nine hours of continuing education credit for attending.

For over two decades, the Women’s Wellness Weekend has attracted women of differing ages, body types and physical abilities to benefit from Western medicine and Eastern teachings in comfortable and non-threatening surroundings. Informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging mix easily with interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing and acupuncture. Inspirational and recreational activities along with food and wine receptions also help unite body and soul.

The weekend’s physical activities include daily morning yoga sessions and walks along Granlibakken’s 74-acre trails before breakfast. Returning this year is Tahoe City’s Tim Schroeder, a nationally recognized leader in Ki Gong. He will lead a session in this gentle workout defined by breathing, posture and meditation. Robert Ayres will again be offering astrological chart readings.

Retail therapy, combined with a wine and cheese reception, end Saturday’s sessions as local artists and health-oriented businesses offer items ranging from healing stones to jewelry and specialty-crafted woolens.

The “grand finale” interactive Health Fair closes the Wellness Weekend on Sunday afternoon.  Acupuncture treatments, body scans and therapeutic massages list high among the activities. A concluding high-energy Zumba Party is the final sendoff.

Event-only registration costs $109, (lunch included) for some seminars additional fees apply. To register, visit Granlibakken’s website. Use “www2013” as group ID and password. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $174/person double occupancy per person (rate includes conference fee and tax). Dinner Saturday night is available on site for an additional fee of $25.

Attendees are invited to explore Granlibakken’s Day Spa with three treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages aimed at revitalization and relaxation, including customized and deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, pre-natal, reiki healing and couples massages.

Guests can arrive a day early and challenge their abilities physically and mentally on the Treetop Adventure Park. The adventure course, voted the No. 1 Tahoe Activity by TripAdvisor, combines the latest technology of zip lines with challenging ropes courses to provide the first of its kind in California and among only 30 in the U.S.

Curious? Check out last year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend video. See you Saturday!

Granlibakken offers rustic Tahoe charm with plenty of luxurious room options

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

With stunning views set on 74-acres of spectacular Tahoe bliss, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is where rustic Tahoe charm blends with luxury at any time of the year.

Designed for intimate overnights and large-group getaways, Granlibakken has a number of first rate suites, studios, condominiums, townhomes and chalets available for any need.

Choose the Granlibakken lodging option that is perfect for you.

Choose the Granlibakken lodging option that is perfect for you.

All guests have rooms equipped with cable television and DVD player, phone with voicemail, wired/wireless internet access, and in-room coffee maker.

Additional room options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. All guests have access to Granlibakken’s heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna also. You can take a virtual tour online to check everything out.

Townhome units have one to three bedrooms with private baths, a living room, dining area, full kitchen and fireplace. Units with lofts are also available on request. Bedroom units in the main lodge building, as well as Bearpaw and Deerwander complexes can be used as separate rooms or combined with a studio unit to create a full suite.

The Executive Lodge Bedrooms have private baths, a large closet area, king or two doubles in each room.

Studios provide all the warmth and comfort that Granlibakken is known for. Each includes private bath and separate entrance.

Suites in the main lodge building as well as Bearpaw and Deerwander complexes offer a private bath, deck, separate entrance, full kitchen, fireplace, and adjoining bedroom with bathroom.

Looking for space and luxury? The Executive Lodge Suite offers a large living room with fireplace, dining area, full kitchen, deck, private bath, a sleeping alcove with a double bed, and separate enclosed bedroom. This suite can be combined with four additional bedrooms to make a 5 bedroom, 5 bath lodge.

The executive lodge can be rented as a 7-bedroom condominium, complete with a 1,056 square foot living room and gourmet kitchen.

Forest Lodge Chalet is designed for groups and large families in mind. The Chalet offers a fully equipped kitchen, 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Living room features a gas fireplace, large plasma TV, leather furniture and a large dining area with French doors opening to wrap around the deck. Each bedroom has private bath and a refrigerator.

To book a an executive room, townhome, suite or condominium call 1-877 552-6301 to speak with a member of the Granlibakken reservations team.

What’s your idea of an ideal lodging space at Granlibakken?

Explore yoga options during your Granlibakken visit

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Yoga on vacation? Why not. Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge has teamed up with Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats to provide yoga instruction as an option during your stay.

Granlibakken is the first Lake Tahoe area resort to offer on-site/in-suite private yoga instruction for individuals, couples and groups.

If you have a dedicated home routine than this is the an ideal way to maintain while you’re away enjoying Lake Tahoe’s fresh mountain air and unquenchable sunshine.

Maintain your yoga routine while vacationing at Granlibakken.

Maintain your yoga routine while vacationing at Granlibakken.

If you’re a first-timer on the mat, this would be a pleasant, comfortable introduction. Yoga is a mindful exploration of one’s space, internal and external. It is a practice that is deeply personal and one that opens itself infinitely, both constant and evolving in its nature.

As founder of Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats, instructor Ashley Aarti Cooper is Yoga Alliance and Reiki I-certified.  While guiding, Ashley brings her student to their physical edge and encourages them to draw their senses within to experience the more subtle layers of yoga. Concentrating on a true yolking of breath, movement and spirit, Ashley’s classes are meditative, explorative and playful.

Yoga provides greater mental clarity, flexibility in both body and mind, a calmer and steadier heart, healthier functioning systems (i.e. digestive, cardiovascular, emotional), pain relief, a lighter spirit, longer and leaner muscles, more open joints, and increased range of motion.

Ashley teaches introductory yoga as well as providing private instruction for athletes, those with injuries and other therapeutic needs. To better serve her students Ashley draws on many disciplines for holistic approaches specific to each person.

To practice at Granlibakken, all you need is a bit of curiosity, a towel and clothes you can move comfortably in – Sustainable Earth Yoga Retreats provides the mats and any other supplies you may need.??It is recommended that participants drink plenty of water before and after the session and eat lightly within the two hours beforehand for ease of movement.

Yoga instruction options:

  • On-site/In-suite Individual, Couple, Families or Small Group Private Yoga Session Starting at 1.25 hours
  • Outdoor Yoga Excursions (option to include hike, kayak, picnic, etc)
  • Yoga for Conferences/Team Building & Bonding
  • Yoga for Reunions/Bachelorette & Women’s Weekends/Weddings
  • Mountain Top Meditations
  • Breathing Techniques for Mental Clarity & Stress Reduction
  • Athletic/Therapeutic/Apres Ski
  • Design Your Own Retreat

To request a session call (636) 851-YOGA. Please be sure to be detailed in your request of date, time, what participants are looking for, and any injuries and previous experience. 24-hour notice is recommended for ease of booking for private sessions, and with as much notice as possible for excursions. Cancellation fees apply for cancellations within 24 hours. A credit card with expiration date will be required for booking, although payment can be accepted in cash in person.

Fall family activities within minutes of Granlibakken

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Whether you’re looking to stay in or venture out, there’s plenty to do and see within minutes of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge. Summer is winding down, but there’s no shortage of activities now through fall in and around Tahoe City. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Who doesn’t like fine food and wine? Take a stroll and sample Lake Tahoe’s finest gourmet dishes during the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 1-9 at multiple venues around Lake Tahoe’s west and north shores. The annual Tahoe City Grape Stomp, a favorite during this festival, at the Cobblestone Center in the middle of Tahoe City is Friday, Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Teams of four will stomp their feet for a  chance to win great prizes. Come and watch or participate.

Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of North Tahoe Jazz Band a Commons Beach Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m. If you don’t pack a picnic, enjoy community barbecue and beer garden.

Ever look up at the night sky and wonder which constellation is what? Bring the family and join with fellow star gazers from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for a guided star tour and hike adventure. Tahoe Adventure Company and professional astronomer Tony Berendsen feature the telescopic tours, beginning with a 2-hour guided sunset hike, followed by a brilliant 1.5 hour tour of the sky where Berendsen shows you what to look for through high-powered Celestron telescopes.

Mountain bikers unite at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, Sept 20-23, at Squaw Valley. This inaugural event celebrates all things mountain biking and features cross country, short track and gravity racing, rides, trail work, demos and vendor expos. Let the kids ride with you during the day and then at night enjoy the beer garden which features movie screenings and local bands.

The Gatekeeper’s Museum will feature Native American intricate basket making Sept. 22-23, during the 9th Annual Basketweavers’ Gathering. Weavers throughout California and Nevada will provide demonstrations. Also featured will be “Soup to Nuts” where participants will process acorns from the raw nut to the finished soup. Ancient traditions of the Washoe will be shared and explained throughout the events.

Celebrate OktoberFest at Squaw Valley Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will feature traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, bratwursts and sauerkraut, beer and games for adults and kids. The event runs from 2-6 p.m.

Even more fine food will be dished up with the 3rd annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, Oct. 7-14. The week gives food aficionados an opportunity to enjoy a 3-course, prix-fixe menu at over 25 participating restaurants, both new and established favorites, throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20-40 per person.

Looking for a good run? Check out two events: The Truckee River OktoberFest Trail Run, Oct. 6 and the Snowfest Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll, Oct. 13. The OktoberFest run is a 7.9 mile trek from scenic Tahoe City along the Truckee River with a finish at Squaw Valley. The Oct. 13 Scarecrow Run starts at Commons Beach and goes along the new Tahoe City Trail. It offers 5K and 10K races or races designed for kids. Scarecrow costumes are encouraged!

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