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Friday, November 19th, 2010
This past weekend, our Viking Lars a’Loud descended on the Santa Clara ski show with horns on head and skis in hand. And with the promise of new snow (anywhere from 1″ to 4″ in Tahoe City) this weekend, Lars, Bjorn and Frida have snow on the mind.
If you are in the Sacramento area this weekend, Lars will be at the Ski Dazzle show on Saturday and Sunday, November 20th and 21st. He was a real hit in Santa Clara and brought out the Viking spirit in everyone.
To all you Vikings out there, put on your horns and pray for snow!
Am I a Trojan or a Viking?
Vikings of all sizes!
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Skiing is coming back to Lake Tahoe! Big snow last weekend marked the kickoff of winter in the Lake Tahoe Basin. With most resorts scheduled to open in the next 3 weeks the Basin is getting fired up! This is incredible news for locals and travelers alike. Not only are we promised another year of at least 5 months of skiing, but we are also reminded why Lake Tahoe is such an incredible winter destination. Still on the fence? Let me explain.
This weekend Lake Tahoe saw its first major snowfall of the year. As much as two 2 inches on the ground at lake level and an additional 5-10 inches above 8000 feet has created quite a buzz nationwide. Over night lows in the late teens to mid twenties make conditions ideal for producing man made snow at all the resorts around the Lake. For example, Heavenly Mountain Resort’s snowmaking capabilities can blanket 1 acre with 3 feet of snow in 1 hour!!
See, not only is Lake Tahoe known for its massive snowfall, but its geographic location boast over 300 days of sunshine a year. I know, the math may not make sense, but the only way to believe, is to experience it for yourself.
This region is rich in Nordic and alpine history. Granlibakken was the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and paved the way to make this area the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America. Take advantage of Granlibakkens ski and stay program and receive a complimentary lift ticket with your lodging. Whether you choose Squaw Valley USA, Mt Rose, Alpine Meadows, or any of the other 4 world class resorts you are promised an Alpine experience you will never forget.This year promises to be another amazing ski season ahead. Do as the Vikings did hundreds of years ago and explore this beautiful wilderness and experience the magic of Lake Tahoe.
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.
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Very exciting news hit Lake Tahoe last Thursday. The AMGEN Tour of California announced that Lake Tahoe would be one of the host cities along the Tour route this coming May 15th. And not only would Lake Tahoe be amongst the host cities but we are the Tour start, Stage 1 finish and Stage 2 start. This marks the largest sporting event to visit Lake Tahoe’s shores since the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley!
The race will feature more than a lap and a half around the Lake beginning at the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe with the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort® in North Lake Tahoe. North Lake Tahoe also hosts the Stage 2 start at Squaw Valley USA.
Drawing some of cycling’s biggest names like Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen and Carlos Sastre, to name just a few, next May 15-17 is sure to be an exciting time in North Lake Tahoe. Stay tuned here for the latest Tour updates as well as at gotahoenorth.com. Even our Vikings are getting into the act…
Monday, October 11th, 2010
With summer vacationers back home, the streets typically quiet down during the Tahoe fall season. This Saturday was the exception. Both locals and visitors flocked in droves to the Cobblestone Mall in Tahoe City for hours of live music, whoola-hooping and dancing for the kids, brews, brats and more for mom and dad.
Favorite local band Deja Vu played classic hits like Brown Eyed Girl while young girls and boys chose from multi-colored whoola hoops and shook their hips. Local Tahoe City business folks manned the beer taps while our restaurants got in the spirit serving brats in traditional German costume. Even some little ones came in costume! Uncorked wine bar also joined the fun with a German wine tasting.
Tahoe City Cobblestone Oktoberfest
In costume for Tahoe City Oktoberfest
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
This time of year, Tahoe City embraces the harvest with corn husk wrapped lamp posts and a ghoulish facade with their scarecrows on parade. Lining the streets are scarecrows designed by our local businesses. Don’t let Chef Scary outside Evergreen Restaurant dissuade you from sampling their seasonal lunch, dinner and kids menus. And Syd’s scarecrow has a decidedly “ducky” demeanor. Stroll the streets and vote for your favorite Scarecrow at participating stores. Check out these photos we took this morning.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
With trails outside your door, bike rentals at the front desk, pool and tennis courts just steps away and beautiful Lake Tahoe less than a mile by foot, guests of all ages are inspired by our environment!
When the Family Nature Summit converged on Granlibakken this past August, they created a new nature trail on-site to introduce children to the marvels of nature from animal habitats to flora and fauna. The trail also encourages our kids to keep moving and find inspiration outdoors.
As stewards of our natural environment, we encourage our guests to adopt the same responsibility. As a family owned and operated resort, engaging our kids in this type of service is a priority.
Here’s a snapshot of our changing aspens….
Monday, August 16th, 2010
Summer is family reunion season at Granlibakken. Sons, daughters, sisters and brothers come together to join parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and more. Our all-inclusive per person rate and variety of accommodations make annual reunions at our family-owned property a possibility year-after-year and for families both big and small.
A sample agenda could include nature walks or more advanced hiking along the trails of our 74-acres; a special themed BBQ with a swim beforehand in our pool; a fun tennis volley with siblings; even ping-pong can be arranged. And activities off-property can also be arranged, like a cruise on Lake Tahoe, a float down or leisurely bike ride along the Truckee River. Granlibakken’s professional staff will help make your gathering perfectly suited to your families interests.
Granlibakken’s accommodations facilitate gathering in one space, together in a condo. Or if perhaps family members would prefer more space, separate lodging rooms are more appropriate. In either case, you can all come together first thing at Granlibakken’s hot, full, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
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…
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.