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Granlibakken is a short distance from two famed, intersecting hiking trails

June 25th, 2013

With enough energy stored for the day after eating the famous (and hearty) Granlibakken breakfast buffet, you’ll find yourself charged up and ready to take on the great outdoors.

Lace up your hiking shoes and take a long stroll in the woods. There’s a 1.4 mile path that will take you from the resort to Tahoe City or the Truckee River.

Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail or both.

Great hiking is just minutes away from Granlibakken.

Great hiking is just minutes away from Granlibakken.

At 165 miles, the Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails, passing through six counties, three wilderness areas, two states and one state park. Covering three states (California, Oregon and Washington) and 3,000 miles, the Pacific Crest Trail traverses the Sierra Nevada, passing through the west side of Lake Tahoe. Both trails offer great vistas and plenty of photo opportunities.

Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Twin Peaks – This is a must-hike for the avid because it combines long distance with minimal elevation gain at less than 1,000 feet. This 11-mile hike follows a piece of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails to the east summit of Twin Peaks, providing hikers an awesome view of Lake Tahoe and vistas of the great mountainous terrain. As you hike the open ridge along the Sierra crest you’ll meet up at the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trail junction. It is here where you’ll take in fantastic views of the great peaks of the Desolation Wilderness and the center of Granite Chief Wilderness areas. The trail is free from snow around this time of year.

Pacific Crest Trail at Barker Pass: This trail provides a quick climb with elevation gain. While this trail is only 3 miles long, there’s a nice elevation gain of 660 feet providing for a great aerobic workout. Close to Tahoe City this hike provides its own bouquet of summer wildflowers, vibrant fall color and year-round wildlife watching.

Tahoe Rim Trail: Barker Pass to Tahoe City – If you’re looking for a trail with distance and its share of switchbacks and challenges, this one is for you. With an array of ridge line views of Lake Tahoe, Granite Chief Wilderness, both Blackwood and Ward canyons, this 16 mile moderate to strenuous hike provides for lush areas loaded with wildflowers in both canyons. Twin Peaks, at an elevation of 8,878 feet, is a Sierra crest landmark and is accessible from the trail. There are a few streams to cross and several camping spots along the way. There’s a nice waterfall along the upper Ward Canyon part of the trail, and a handful of meadows before you hit some dense forest with towering pines and firs that lead into the Ward Creek watershed. There’s a lot of wildlife, too, so don’t be surprised if you run into bear, coyote, raccoon, blue grouse, and even goshawk and spotted owls along this trail.

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Great shopping is a walk away from Granlibakken

June 20th, 2013

For every getaway vacation to Lake Tahoe, whether it is for an extended stay or for a few days, there’s no better way pick up the vibe and culture than to hit some of the local merchants, shops and restaurants.

Granlibakken is a short 1.4-mile walk, bike ride or drive away from Tahoe City. Here you can stroll the half mile along the shoreline, from Fanny Bridge at the junction of Highway 89 to the Safeway/Lighthouse Shopping Center, and visit a collection of Lake Tahoe boutiques, souvenir and sport shops, and galleries.

When you go shopping in Tahoe City, you’re in for an entirely unique experience — you won’t find any national chains in this mountain town. Quaint shops line the downtown Tahoe City strip, so put on your walking shoes and explore everything from locally made gifts and art, to high-end denim and mountain home décor.

The Boatworks Mall is the only enclosed lakefront shopping mall on the North Shore for year round shopping and dining.

The Boatworks Mall is the only enclosed lakefront shopping mall on the North Shore for year round shopping and dining.

Here are a few of our favorite Tahoe City shops to get you started:

North Tahoe Arts ARTisan Shop – Bring back souvenirs for you and your loved ones that are crafted by local Tahoe City artisans. Jewelry, Lake Tahoe photography, cards, artwork – there is always a lot to choose from.

Boatworks Mall  – This one-stop for all your shopping needs includes more than 11 different stores at the water’s edge.

Cobblestone Center — You can’t miss this Bavarian-style shopping center built in 1962. Have lunch at the Tahoe Mountain Brewery Company, take in a movie at the Cobblestone Cinema or stroll through the center where you’ll find a variety of unique retail shops.

Tahoe Tree Company/McBride’s Nursery – Located on the road to Granlibakken, this shop is easy to spot. Browse their selection of plants, pottery, books, home décor, jewelry and find your perfect Tahoe token.

Kalifornia Jean Bar – With locations in Tahoe City, Truckee and at Northstar, this fashion-forward clothing and accessories store for men and women features plenty of top brands. In Tahoe City, Kalifornia Jean Bar is located in the Cobblestone Shopping Center.

Tahoe T-Shirtery – All things Lake Tahoe: t-shirts, souvenirs, calendars and postcards to send your friends. With two easy to find locations, one on the main drag and one in Boatworks Mall, your piece of Tahoe is ready when you are.

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In or on the water, Lake Tahoe is filled with beachside adventure

June 19th, 2013

Whether you prefer to swim, kayak, stand up paddleboard or skim the water on a Jet Ski, nothing compares to a cool down on the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

Spend the morning on the zip line and ropes course at Granlibakken‘s Treetop Adventure Park and then head on over to the lake for a dip, a boat ride or a casual stroll along the beach.

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

Not sure where to begin? You can start at West Shore Sports where you’ll find full range of stand up paddleboards, kayaks and water accessories for your day out on the lake. Or head on over to Tahoe City Marina which offers plenty of water recreation options, boat rentals, dining and shopping. Located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.

How about a lunch, brunch, happy hour or sunset cruise? Check out Tahoe Gal paddlewheeler that launches daily from Tahoe City. North Tahoe cruises offers an exceptional Lake Tahoe experience from cruises to Emerald Bay, The Kaiser Estate Fleur Du Lac, where the Godfather II was filmed, and along the North Shore.

Do you want to feel the wind in your hair? Cruise the Lake on a charter aboard the 50-foot sailing yacht the Tahoe Cruz.

With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water borne transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season beginning Thursday, June 27.

Looking to catch a big fish? Lake Tahoe is abundant with Lake Trout, otherwise known as Mackinaw. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch. Mickey’s Big Mack Charters launches fishing boats daily to catch these underwater giants.

What’s your ideal way of spending time on Lake Tahoe?

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Granlibakken offers ideal summer wedding options

June 19th, 2013

That special day requires special treatment. A wedding set in a secluded 74-acre Lake Tahoe paradise makes for unforgettable and picture-esque memories. Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers several venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging, receptions and stunning backdrops.

Granlibakken wedding packages include the ceremony and reception area, lodging, breakfast each morning for guests, a special dressing area for the bride, and a living room and kitchen for your rehearsal dinner. Granlibakken offers a variety of memorable sites for year-round Lake Tahoe weddings.

Granlibakken creates the perfect backdrop for a outdoor summer wedding.

Granlibakken creates the perfect backdrop for an outdoor summer wedding.

With 300 days of sunshine a year, an outdoor wedding is an ideal way to tie the knot. The Executive Lodge Lawn seats up to 250 and is designed for weddings and lawn receptions. Set apart from the rest of the resort, the lodge and lawn complement the wooded area surrounding them. The lodge is decorated with warm woods, open beams and a massive stone fireplace. A large outdoor deck opens to a sprawling lawn and natural landscaping including Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines.

The Mountain/Garden Deck provides seating for up to 350 and offers an elevated stage for the wedding party and a large seating area for guests.

Indoor weddings are featured at the Cedar House, which offers an intimate setting with a massive stone fireplace. The room, which seats 75 (100 with deck) effectively captures the magnificent mountain feeling of the Sierra and overlooks a deck that is ideal for Lake Tahoe wedding celebrations.

The Granhall seats up to 150 with adjoining deck, surrounded with windows overlooking the patio and rustic pines. For larger weddings there’s the Mountain Ballroom, which seats up to 350 guests with adjoining deck that overlooks the tennis courts.

The Big Pine offers the intimate indoor Executive Lodge Room with adjoining lawn and deck. Reminiscent of the great room of an old Tahoe lodge with an all-wood interior, open beam architecture and an impressive stone fireplace, it is a wonderful setting for any special event.

Reception plans offer up to four hours of full wait staff; event set-up and clean-up; tables, chairs, standard linens and tableware. Complimentary to receptions are an event manager, cake cutting, toasting, umbrellas and heat lamps.

Menu selections are varied and suited to your particular desires. Choose a sit-down lunch or a buffet. It’s your wedding and we will work to make the food and service perfect. Optional services include bartenders, a dance floor, microphone and AV equipment and banquet choices.

The dining menu can range from elaborate buffets featuring dishes such as: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Mahi Mahi Sauté, and Top Sirloin with Maitre D’Hotel Butter; to a “build your own soup and sandwich” lunch buffet; to theme dinners and elegant banquets with dishes like Petite Filet Mignon and Shrimp Sauté. Granlibakken’s Chef Ron Eber prepares a variety of savory dishes to accomodate your group’s taste. In addition to mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and deserts, Granlibakken offers a complete wine and beer list, as well as a full bar.

For more information call (877) 552-6301.

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Top 10 Lake Tahoe summer activities

May 28th, 2013

Adventure awaits once you step outside Granlibakken. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, golf or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, here are a few popular choices.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park. Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park.
Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

  1. If you have a wild side, try our Treetop Adventure Park. The only aerial adventure park in California is open year round and will send you zipping, soaring and jumping from obstacle to obstacle.
  2. Lace up your hiking shoes: Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with either the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) or both as they overlap.
  3. Cruise the lake: Rent a boat, Jet Ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake for a couple of hours. Tahoe City Marina offers plenty the best water recreation options, dining and shopping. Built in the 1940’s and located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.
  4. Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season June 27.
  5. Dine in by the lake: Tahoe dining is superb and offers ample lakeside restaurants to choose from. Some recommendations would be Sunnyside, Jake’s, and Gar Woods.
  6. Take a Tram: Ride to the top and see it all. Aerial Tram rides at Squaw Valley provide for some breathtaking scenery. The Aerial Tram is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, el. 8200 feet. The Aerial Tram is one of Squaw Valley’s most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to numerous activities, including roller skating and dining.
  7. Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the crowd. Visit one of the many casinos on the North Shore Nevada side for fantastic gaming opportunities.
  8. Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back into 24 regional courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found in Northern California and Nevada. Here’s some of our favorites from the North and West Shores and Truckee area.
  9. Float: Enjoy a relaxing river raft adventure through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass) and ride the river in solitude.
  10. Get your spokes in motion: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests and access to nearby trails.
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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Granlibakken

May 21st, 2013

While the calendar still says it’s spring, Memorial Day weekend is the clarion call for summer. And there’s no better place to celebrate than by the shores of Lake Tahoe and at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge.

In honor of the long holiday weekend, Granlibakken is offering an extended stay package that includes three nights lodging for the price of two and its famous hot breakfast buffet. With the free night you’ll have some extra cash to take in all of the North Lake holiday fun.

Opening Day on the Lake festivities run from May 24-28 in North Lake.

Opening Day on the Lake festivities run from May 24-28 in North Lake.

Opening weekend for the West and North shores of Lake Tahoe runs Friday, May 24, to Tuesday, May 28 with a plethora of activities to suite every taste. There will be boat demos, sales, full moon parties, tours and scavenger hunts. Print out a “passport” and get stamped at different locations to be entered to win prizes. Ten stamps earns you an instant prize at participating businesses and fifteen stamps gets you into the raffle for your chance at winning gift certificates, lodging, dining, kayak and paddleboard rentals, spa treatments and other great prizes.

The summer season kick off doesn’t stop there. Deck parties, food, music, boat rides, bike rides, swimming and tennis are also on the calendar for fun. Bring your bike or rent one onsite at Granlibakken, hike the Tahoe Rim Trail from Granlibakken or have a go at the Treetop Adventure Park which opens daily for the summer season, Friday, May 24.

Enjoy a relaxing float through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. The Truckee River Raft Co. is opening for the season, Saturday, May 25. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass please) and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.

Other lodging packages begin start $105 and includes options such as 2.5 hours at Treetop Adventure Park a $50 credit toward any spa service at Lighthouse Spa, 1/2 day of paddleboard or kayak rentals, river rafting opportunities or 9 holes of golf with cart.

To make reservations for Memorial Day weekend or week days or weekends through summer, call (877) 552-6301.

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?

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Women’s Wellness Weekend explores mind-body connection and re-connection

May 13th, 2013

Fusing Western practices and Eastern philosophy into a weekend of seminars, exercises and demonstrations designed exclusively for women is the focus of this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend, Nov. 9-10 at Granlibakken Conference and Lodge.

This long-loved program is alive with a complete schedule of speakers, exercise classes, vendor booths, a health fair, and food and wine.

Don't miss the interactive health fair during Women's Wellness Weekend.

Don’t miss the interactive health fair during Women’s Wellness Weekend.

Finding balance in our active lives means taking the necessary time to accomplish it. And there’s no better place than Lake Tahoe, with the the backdrop of pines and a constant reminder that nature also replenishes itself.

For more than two decades, the Women’s Wellness Weekend has brought together women of differing ages, body types and physical abilities in comfortable and non-threatening surroundings for a weekend of learning and growing.

Informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging mix easily with interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing and acupuncture. The cost for the 2-day event is $109. Add a room for $65, per person double occupancy, which includes tax and service (some restrictions apply).

Inspirational and recreational activities along with food and wine receptions help unite body and soul. Plans for this year’s Wellness Weekend include:

  • Classes offered by medical doctors and health professionals on addiction/dependency, plastic surgery, neuropsychology, weight management and more
  • Interactive health fair; screenings, analysis, demos, consultations, information
  • 1 breakfast and 2 lunches
  • Activity classes, yoga, zumba, meditation, Ki Gong
  • Wine and cheese social with shopping
  • 9 continuing education BRN units for an additional $75. Provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1198 for nine contact hours.

Lined up for the 2013 seminar are motivational speaker, cancer and airplane crash survivor Donna Hartley who returns after speaking last year, Tahoe City naturopaths and house favorites Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND, and Jill Whisler, RD featuring a must-hear talk on diet do’s, myths, and trends. Also in the mix are a slew of new speakers who will discuss fresh topics such as: plastic surgery, addiction/dependency and neuropsychology.

For more information email ShawnaLee@Granlibakken.com or call (877) 552-0185.

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Granlibakken is helping you give Mom what she deserves this Mother’s Day

May 6th, 2013

In more ways than one, Mom is always first. She was there for you when you scraped your knees, lost your baby teeth, and got your first report card. She cushioned your fall on your first attempt at riding a bike, was there with a video recorder to capture your first piano solo, hit at home plate, and your first prom date. She was even there for you during your very first break-up.

She’s always had your back, even though you sometimes thought she didn’t — even if you were defiant as you began charting your own path. Mom always knows, remembers and therefore never forgets.

Neither should you.

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With Sunday being Mother’s Day you can return some of those favors by treating her with a weekend stay at Granlibakken and a trip to the Lighthouse Spa. Now through May 23 Lighthouse Spa offers a Mid-Day Spring special which provides for $25 off treatments of an hour or more daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can book online for the special or purchase a gift certificate so Mom can take advantage of the special anytime she wants.

Weekend or midweek escapes for Mom are ideal for battery re-charging and rejuvenation. Lighthouse Spa offers deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments and body wraps at its two treatment rooms. A full body massage by a licensed therapist makes for an ideal Mother’s Day gift.

Wellness packages include:

  • Blissful Retreat: A sinus and head clarifying treatment with 60 minutes worth of hot stone massage
  • Sweetheart Treat: A 60 minute massage and a 60 minute facial
  • Tahoe Sampler: A 30 minute massage, a 30 minute refresher facial and a 30 minute detox body wrap treatment.

Lodging  can feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Curious? Take our virtual tour.

If you’re planning to stay through the Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a full-range of outdoor recreation options — from swimming, tennis, mountain biking, hiking and the Treetop Adventure Park where Mom can put to rest any notion she’s slowed down since you’ve left home.

How will you treat your Mom this Mother’s Day?

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive weekend at Granlibakken

May 1st, 2013

The first week of May at Lake Tahoe brings sunny skies, warm temperatures and a festive atmosphere – oh and Cinco de Mayo. Granlibakken provides an ideal weekend with lodging options, a daily delicious breakfast buffets and recreation opportunities at the 74-acre resort, including tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and the Treetop Adventure Park.

Shake those maracas and enjoy some margaritas in Tahoe City this Cinco de Mayo.

Shake those maracas and enjoy some margaritas in Tahoe City this Cinco de Mayo.

In nearby Tahoe City there are plenty of zesty weekend venues and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Here’s a few of them:

Grab a bike from Granlibakken and peddle to nearby Blue Agave at the Tahoe Inn in Tahoe City for the best Mexican dining with a lake view. The menu offers dozens of Latin selections and you won’t want to miss the famous Blue Agave Margarita. Blue Agave will also be offering some Cinco de Mayo specials such as $3 Pacificos, Tecate cans, Cabo Wabo Silver shots, Herradura Reposado shots, two for $5 cans of beer, and half price quesadillas.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive party at River Ranch from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Mexican beers and margarita specials with complimentary mini appetizers.

Not into tequila? Try local wines and sample sumptuous appetizers on Sunday at Sunnyside with an Auction & Wine Tasting by the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe starting at 3 p.m. Sign-in at the silent auction for an opportunity to get discounts on vacations, dining packages, home maintenance services, clothing, jewelry and accessories.

The party gets loco with Cinco de Madness featuring Afrolicious Soundsystem at Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City. The party begins at 9 p.m. with funky Latin-infused beats by San Fran’s own Afrolicious Soundsystem joined by DJ’s Pleasuremaker and Se with Diamond Vibes on percussion.

Where do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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Three bike trails worth trying in Tahoe City

April 24th, 2013

Trading in your skis or snowboard for a mountain or road bike comes with the seasons. Throughout the Tahoe City region there are dozens of on and off-road trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in the summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District and Caltrans fund bicycle trails in and around Tahoe City. Paved trails run from Tahoe City to Dollar Point, Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park and from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

Here are three of our favorite West Shore bike trails.

  1. Tahoe City to Dollar Point: This is a paved, mostly flat multi-use trail that runs 2.5 miles with an easy 1/2 mile climb up Dollar Point. The Trail gives bikers access to Burton Creek State Park, Skylandia Park, Lake Forest Beach, Lake Forest Boat Ramps and Campgrounds, Pomin Park and Tahoe State Park. This novice trail is easy and well suited for family rides.
  2. Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park: This 9 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs along West Shore Boulevard and includes several highway crossings, 2 miles of highway shoulder and residential streets. Some moderate grades are included, as well as scenic lake views. The trail provides access to Kilner Park, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, fishing, boating and campgrounds. Access to Ward and Blackwood Canyons await you at the end. This is a good choice for riders looking for variety and some good climbs.
  3. Blackwood Canyon: This 5-mile round trip into Blackwood Canyon is a good beginner/intermediate 2.5 mile trail mixed with gentle terrain brings you to open meadows and sweeping valley of aspen groves. Further into Blackwood Canyon, beyond the road, the trail becomes more challenging as experienced bikers can ascend the seven mile trail to Barker Pass. The trailhead is Located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Blackwood Canyon Road, 4 miles south of Tahoe City.
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