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Women’s Wellness Weekend Recap

November 13th, 2013

7 a.m. is early for a weekend, but when yoga kicks off Women’s Wellness Weekend it isn’t a terrible way to greet the day. The sun rose with us through the windows creating a tranquil setting for our morning exercise.

7 a.m. yoga really was the perfect way to start the weekend.

7 a.m. yoga really was the perfect way to start the weekend.

Granlibakken is known for their hot breakfast buffet and the spread did not disappoint. After waking up our minds with yoga it was time to fuel our bodies with an assortment of fruit, pastries and hot items. One of the best things about Granlibakken’s breakfast buffet? They cater to food intolerances such as dairy and gluten.

After breakfast it was time to dive in to the day of speakers. Saturdays speakers and topics included: Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Ed.D, FNP, MS – Metahabilitation: Turning Tragedy to Triumph; Jennifer Janiga, MD – Health of Your Skin: Inside & Out; Bob Eslinger, DO, HMD – Intro to Integrative Medicine; Jill Whisler, MS, RDN – Are you Fueled by Your Foods or Fooled; Tiffany McCormack, MD – Is Plastic Surgery Right for Me?; and Suzanne Aberasture, Ph.D – The Life of Your Brain. The topics and presentations are interesting for the general public, but healthcare professionals can earn nine hours of CE credit for an additional $75. If you’re overwhelmed by the list, don’t worry, there are breaks for stretching and lunch. And just because Granlibakken is infamous for their breakfast buffet does not mean you want to miss what they offer for other meals!

The various topics touched on by the speakers educated all attendees.

The various topics touched on by the speakers educated all attendees.

Seriously, the food at Granlibakken, try it.

Seriously, the food at Granlibakken, try it.

After all of that learning there was time for socializing and shopping with wine and cheese. To complete the day an optional cash dinner was available in the Cedar House Pub. An early bedtime was needed as Sunday was an early wakeup call as well.

Sunday started with more yoga and another mouthwatering breakfast. A half day of speakers included: Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND – Common Nutrient Deficiencies; Mel Pohl, MD – Disease of Addiction; and Donna Hartley – Fire Up Your Heart. A break for lunch was followed by an interactive health fair. Massages, acupuncture, make up demonstrations, bone density screenings and nutritional information were just a few highlights available during the fair.

No weekend would be complete without a dance party and the Zumba Party was the perfect way to close the conference. Attendees shook, shimmied and laughed through the last activity. The event includes access to the pool, sauna and hot tub for additional relaxation.

If you arrive early or decide to stay an extra day try out the Treetop Adventure Park located onsite at Granlibakken. Your body will get a work out and your fears will be tested as you zip, climb and soar through the trees. Since you’ll work up an appetite, we’d recommend The Blue Agave in nearby Tahoe City for offsite dining. Try the Pink Coyote or Prickly Pear margaritas and some tacos.

Stay an extra day so you can experience the Treetop Adventure Park.

Stay an extra day so you can experience the Treetop Adventure Park.

Left: Pink Coyote. Right: Prickly Pear. Try all of the margaritas at The Blue Agave!

Left: Pink Coyote. Right: Prickly Pear. Try all of the margaritas at The Blue Agave!

Have we captured your interest? The dates are set for 2014 so mark your calendars for Nov. 8-9!

Tiara works for Weidinger Public Relations and manages the PR efforts for Granlibakken. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play.

Erin Leigh works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for Granlibakken. As a sports player and fan, Erin Leigh enjoys all sports, especially ice hockey. In addition, Tahoe offers the terrain and activities she needs to get her exercise fix. 

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Last-minute signups underway for Women’s Wellness Weekend

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!

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Granlibakken delivers 2013-14 ski and stay packages

October 28th, 2013

With winter and the holiday season around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge again offers value-added ski and stay packages for the 2013-14 ski and board season.

Granlibakken offers options including lift tickets to ride at seven nearby Lake Tahoe ski areas, high-flying zip rides and ropes courses at the Treetop Adventure Park, a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing at the Tahoe Cross Country Center or a trip to the onsite Day Spa.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package. Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

Hit the slopes at nearby Homewood Mountain or one of the other local mountains with our Ski and Stay Package.
Photo: Homewood Mountain Resort.

The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes lodging and lift tickets to your choice of Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $150 mid-week.

If you prefer to cross-country ski try the Tahoe Cross Country Center. Granlibakken offers plenty of Sierra terrain to explore. Guests have easy access to popular cross-country trailheads which provide miles of ungroomed Lake Tahoe skiing and snowshoeing terrain. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available, and our warming hut is open 7 days a week to help keep the chill off. We’re currently offering early season snowshoe rentals for $5.

Looking for a winter skiing alternative? Guests can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 as a Lake Tahoe activity by This action-packed playground is an obstacle course set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

Maybe you’re instead wanting some added relaxation during your stay. If so there’s the Granlibakken’s Day Spa option which offers a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massage, skin care, holistic body treatments from a staff of professional therapists.

Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. Packages include Granlibakken’s famous hot buffet breakfast – heavy carbs optional, and comfortable amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. There’s also an on-site ski and sledding hill, plus downhill and cross-country skis, snowboards and snowshoe rentals available. Community ski shuttles operate Saturday, Sundays and holidays. The Homewood shuttle operates daily to and from Granlibakken.

The lodging on the midweek ski package is valid Sunday through Thursday nights and skiing is Monday through Friday. Rates are per person, per night double occupancy, plus 10% room tax. There is a two night minimum stay on weekends.

Where do you plan to ski during your winter getaway?

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Check into Granlibakken and check out the Halloween festivities

October 21st, 2013

Whether you’re a family with kids or a big kid looking to dress in costume, Halloween arrives at Lake Tahoe with plenty of scarecrows, monsters and mash to put in your favorite gogo juice.

Check into Granlibakken and check out the week of Halloween activities around the lake.

See how downtown Tahoe City decks itself around town with Scarecrows on Parade daily through Halloween. This annual event encourages folks to stroll through Tahoe City and view the dozens of participating businesses that have life-like scarecrows. Walkers and gawkers are then encouraged to vote for their favorite scarecrow.

A scarecrow tending bar is not unheard of during Tahoe City's Scarecrows on Parade. Photo: Tahoe City Downtown Association.

A scarecrow tending bar is not unheard of during Tahoe City’s Scarecrows on Parade.
Photo: Tahoe City Downtown Association.

On Halloween there will be trick or treating in downtown Tahoe City with plenty of candy for the kids. Grab a glow necklace from Heritage Plaza and enjoy the scenery as kids gobble down pounds of sugar.

Festivities leading up to the fright night include the Not-So-Scary Haunted House at Tahoe Donner that runs from 5 to 8 p.m., now through Halloween. Kids can enjoy movies, games, prizes and sacks full of candy. Cost is $2 for kids and parents are free.

With the celebration of Nevada Day in Carson City, lake activities with a Halloween twist include The Ghost of Mark Twain Grand Party on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, Incline Village. McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain will be reopening the music hall in time to kick-off the celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial.

Saturday, Oct. 26 at Tahoe City’s Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar features its Hallowee’kend bash with dancing, drink specials and costume contests with $50 gift-card prizes to each of the following categories: Sexiest, Scariest and Most Creative, with a grand prize of $100 cash.

Find your freak at the Creepers Ball Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Crystal Bay Club. Costume, prizes, and plenty of laughs at this Halloween ball bash with the famed 1980s cover band Tainted Love from San Francisco.

Meanwhile on the big fright night, Jake’s on the Lake will be the place for the Psychedelic Scientist’s Lazer Laboratory Halloween Hootenanny. Party begins at 9 p.m. Dress up and dance to the laser-light show with the music of Chango and Micah J throwing down the funk.

How will you spend Halloween during your stay at Granlibakken?

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Guest speakers grace Granlibakken Women’s Wellness Weekend lineup

October 15th, 2013

A weekend of mind-body balance, strong ties and good health takes shape Nov. 9-10 when Granlibakken hosts its 3rd Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend.

This loved program is alive with a complete schedule of speakers, exercise classes, vendor booths, a health fair, food and wine. Lodging and continued education for nurses are available. The weekend is designed to provide information and inspiration on health and well-being — specifically designed for women.

Interact with the speakers and presenters at the Expo during Women's Wellness Weekend.

Interact with the speakers and presenters at the Expo during Women’s Wellness Weekend.

A collaboration of community medical doctors, health professionals and fitness instructors come together to provide presentations on well-being. This year Granlibakken has confirmed the following guests:

Returning motivational speaker Donna Hartley; Tahoe City naturopaths and house favorites Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND,; Jill Whisler, RD featuring a must-hear talk on diet do’s, myths, trends and more. New speakers have been added to discuss fresh topics. Topics include plastic surgery, addiction/dependency, and neuropsychology.

Opening Saturday at 8:30 a.m., author Joyce Mikal-Flynn will offer her contemporary model of rehabilitation, called “Metahabilitation: Turning Tragedy to Triumph.”

At 9:40 a.m. the topic is “Health of Your Skin: Inside and Out” by Medical Dermatologist Jennifer Janiga, MD.

At 10:50 a.m. the discussion turns to an Introduction to Integrative Medicine by Robert Eslinger, DO, HMD.

And around lunch time seems the perfect segue for a presentation by by Jill Whisler, RD, with a the topic theme “Are you Fooled by Your Foods or Fueled?” An optional Ki Gong exercise class follows at 1:40 p.m. featuring Tahoe City Chiropractor Dr. Tim Schroeder.

Reno plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD, will deliver “Is plastic surgery right for me?” beginning at 2:30 p.m. and at 3:40 p.m. The discussion turns to “The Life of Your Brain” by neuropsychologist Suzanne Aberasturi, Ph.D.

Presentations continue on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. with Tahoe City naturopaths Christina Campbell and Stephenie Riley delivering a talk on “Common Nutrient Deficiencies” and Mel Pohl, MD, with “Addiction of Disease” beginning at 10:10 a.m. Inspirational speaker Donna Hartley closes the event with “Fire Up Your Heart.”

The energy continues with exercise classes and socials embedded throughout the program. Opening Saturday and Sunday are morning yoga class. Saturday afternoon is the Ki Gong class, which is a gentle form of stretching and breathing. On Sunday, Zumba, a Latin-style dance exercise will be offered.

Socials are offered both evenings, allowing women time to connect, unwind and shop. Saturday’s vendor booths include clothing reps, make up, healing stones and oils, handmade art, woolens, handmade jewelry, soaps, teas, photography and more.

Sunday closes with the health fair where booths include nutritional information, bodytalk, quantum biofeedback, functional movement analysis, skin screenings, bone density screenings and more.

Don’t miss your opportunity to improve your quality of life at this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend.

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Scarecrows, Urban Iditarod and Tahoe City Grill Fest highlight October lineup

October 7th, 2013

Government shutdown got you down? Thank goodness Lake Tahoe is a long way away from Washington, D.C. Even though this political potato remains hot, it shouldn’t stop you from heading up to Granlibakken for a few cool days of bountiful fall colors and activities.

You can find pumpkins in Tahoe City this fall at the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 19.

You can find pumpkins in Tahoe City this fall at the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 19. {via}

Check into Granlibakken and check out some of these nearby activities lined up through October.

— Now through Halloween is the annual Scarecrows on Parade celebration in Tahoe City. Walk through downtown and see how businesses decorate life-size scarecrows for fall harvest. Photo opportunities are endless with these impressive and artistically creative scarecrows around town.

— October 12 is race day with the running of the first Tahoe City Urban Iditarod. Borrowing  the name ‘iditarod’ from the Alaskan dog sled race and replacing the dogs with people (you) and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food drive and we get the Tahoe City Urban Iditarod.

— The Tahoe City Grill Fest is also Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tahoe City Marina/Boatworks. Local barbecue experts will bring their best to a friendly throwdown with rival chefs for awards in several categories, but more importantly for coveted bragging rights. Competitors include: Big Blue Q, Dockside 700, Hacienda, Jakes On The Lake, and Men Wielding Fire. Celebrity judges will bring their discerning taste to the event, but attendees will make the final call by voting with tokens for their food favorites.

Of course cold brews will be available to wash down the great barbeque, thanks to beer sponsors Coors, Blue Moon, and Fat Tire. Barefoot brand wine will be available for those who prefer vino to beer and soft drinks as well. Live music will be coming from Sacramento favorites Mental Floss.

— Come on back to Tahoe City the following weekend for the perennial local family favorite, the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. This annual family event features a pumpkin patch, costume contest, barbecue, a pie eating contest, pumpkin seed hunt, carnival games, pony rides and bounce house.

— Looking for that last endurance hike before the snow flies? Guide Jeff Baird will lead you on a 5 to 8 mile journey with a vertical climb of 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Meet at the Cedar House in Truckee on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 a.m.

— Meanwhile, Sunday, Oct. 20 is the 18th annual Truckee River Day. Meet at 9 a.m. for a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration. You will be working side-by-side with other volunteers to plant restoration sites with seedlings and willows, and remove invasive vegetation and garbage. Projects start at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and end between 2 pm and 3 p.m. Register at After a hard day’s work, you can join in on the festivities, food, beverages barbecue and more at the River Fair to celebrate the Truckee River.

What fall Lake Tahoe events will you take part in?

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Granlibakken offers rustic Tahoe charm with plenty of luxurious room options

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?

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Tough Mudders grind through Tahoe Fall challenge Sept. 28-29

September 23rd, 2013

Fall at Lake Tahoe is a season known for bringing out the inner-competitor. Last week’s Ironman competition is followed by this weekend’s running of the Tough Mudder at Northstar California Resort, Sept. 28-29.

Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder bills itself as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” with each Mudder taking on endurance challenges that test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn't about personal records, it's about teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn’t about personal records, it’s about teamwork.

Costume-clad and fired up, Tough Mudders run through a series 10 to 12 miles of hardcore obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test a competitor’s all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Featuring wide runs, steep terrain and plenty of mud, Northstar offers an ideal location for Tough Mudder Tahoe Fall 2013.

If you’re planning to participate or just to watch, Granlibakken offers several lodging options where you’re guaranteed a nutritious carbo-fueled breakfast and a good night’s sleep before taking on the endurance challenge.

With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder bills itself as the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, either. After competitors have gone through it all, there’s a mob of folks and a live band waiting at the finish line with beers in hand, food on the barbecue and a full-on party to celebrate those participating in the toughest organized human event ever created.

Veterans say it is more than an event: Tough Mudder is a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, participants say they’ve unlocked a true sense of accomplishment while discovering a deep camaraderie with fellow runners. At Tough Mudder, participants don’t get through it alone. It takes the help of fellow Mudders to cheer ’em on and push them through.

Tough Mudder by the Numbers:

  • 78 percent of participants finish a Tough Mudder
  • 80 percent of Tough Mudder participants do it as part of a team
  • 1,000-plus participants have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their body
  • 3.5 hours is the average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course which is usually between 10 to 12 miles.

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for next year’s Tough Mudder. Granlibakken offers High Altitude Training options featuring cycling, biking, hiking and its Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by readers.

Where do you plan to stay and train for the Tough Mudder?

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High Altitude Training the Granlibakken way

September 16th, 2013

Athletes preparing for Iron Man, Tough Mudder or the Lake Tahoe Marathon know the best way to get ready for the main event is to train in the high altitude of the Sierra itself.

A few days or weekends spent acclimating can shave minutes from your personal best come race day. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking for a “no pain no gain” vacation built on a strenuous workout, or if you’re a serious competitor, Granlibakken Resort offers the ideal place to stay and train.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Granlibakken offers any number of lodging options where you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep as you prepare for your training days ahead. Teams preparing for special events such as Iron Man or Tough Mudder can purchase an all-inclusive package including meals and meeting space.

Your adventure begins early as you wake up to a super-charged hot and hearty breakfast buffet, ideal for storing the energy required for the day’s challenge. Granlibakken can accommodate special dietary needs with fresh fruit, gluten-free oatmeal and other tasty, energy producing food.

Ready to rock and roll? With access to the Tahoe Rim Trail from the 74-acre resort those wishing to hike or mountain bike to build their high altitude stamina can take trails that run from Granlibakken north to Truckee or South to Sugar Pine Point State Park. There are many mountain bike trails in the area, here are three of our favorites that are perfect for training. Prefer to hoof it on the high-tail fly? There’s plenty of moderate to strenuous hiking trails around Granlibakken that will hook you up with the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail or both.

Want endurance added to your strength, balance and stamina? Try a half-day at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park, a ropes course and zip line where you can climb and jump through obstacle courses 15 to 50 feet above in the air. Recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by readers, the course is not only a hoot to go through, but it definitely gets the heart pumping, especially if you’re competing with others.

Triathalon training? Lake Tahoe is a mile from Granlibakken. Lap swimming is available in the Granlibakken pool open daily from 10 to 10, early morning swim times can be arranged in advance. Donner Lake is a good spot for bikers to ride up old highway 40 and then back to the Donner for a long distance swim (Donner Lake is a little warmer than Tahoe). The Donner Ride is a steep and challenging ride. You can warm up with a 15 mile ride from Granlibakken to Donner Lake.

At the end of the day, get those sore muscles rubbed out nicely by treating yourself to a relaxing massage at Granlibakken Lighthouse Spa. The spa offer a variety of treatments by reservation.

What’s on your Lake Tahoe weekend warrior plate?

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Leave your laptop at home and reunite at Granlibakken with friends and family

September 10th, 2013

Connecting with family and friends has been made easier over the years thanks to social media. But there’s more than a few things websites cannot do.

Laptops cannot hug or handshake, raise a glass to propose a toast, race down a mountain on a pair of skis or zip through a challenging obstacle course set on platforms above the trees.

Sure Facebook is an important tool but nothing beats being in a room full of family and friends, sharing details and memories that usually get overlooked in our written thoughts. There’s only one true way to engage in conversation and laughter and that’s being right in the center of it, side by side and face to face.

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Granlibakken makes it easy for you to get your extended family, high school class or college chums together for some quality catch up time. Spacious lodging, an abundance of activities and delicious meals all figure into planning a reunion and all are available at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge making it an ideal place for your reunion plans.

With 74 secluded acres of onsite play area, the resort is designed for large groups and offers packages to accommodate families and friends of 4 to 400. Granlibakken offers spectacular lodging options, and plenty of onsite amenities, including a spa, onsite yoga, a luxurious pool, hot tub and sauna, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, beach combing or boating and nearby golf courses.

A favorite onsite activity among family and friends is Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park. Made up of a series of courses linking tree platform to tree platform with a variety of bridges and zip lines, those up to the challenge can ascend to a initial tree platform and then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air.

So whether it’s the youngest of tykes in the family tree or your college chums with competitive edges, the adventure park is an ideal place to gather, test skills and have some camaraderie in the name and spirit of togetherness.

This winter you and your extended family can can ski all day at nearby resorts, on-site at Granlibakken’s own ski hill or you can go sledding and then head into the woods on cross country skis and snowshoes. Return to the lodge from your day’s adventure to a nice banquet dinner, with dancing, entertainment and memories made for a lifetime.

Where do you plan to spend your next college or family reunion?

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