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.
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?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Here are three of our favorite West Shore bike trails.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
April 19th, 2013
Lake Tahoe, locals refer to the transition between spring and summer as the “shoulder season.” But that does not mean there is a shortage of outdoor fun.
It’s a time when mountains are winding down their operations, while at the same time preparing for the sun-soaked days and the refreshing cool nights that Tahoe summers are known for.
With plenty of biking, hiking and other recreation opportunities, the shoulder season lends itself to outdoor activities, without the large crowds often found in the peak periods of winter and summer.
Explore the grounds of Granlibakken and Tahoe city on a bike or your feet.
Whether you’re looking for a midweek escape or a romantic weekend getaway, choose from several lodging options and book a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed internet service in case you need to do business in between activities.
After you’ve checked in you, you’re on your way to enjoying the peace and serenity that comes with the season with onsite tennis courts, wide open nature trails along the Truckee River and the nearby Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort. If you’re ready to trade your skis for mountain bikes, Granlibakken has them available, too.
Before you start your day, you’ll need the added fuel if your plans demand quick energy and high-endurance. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests. Featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments – the buffet is always a crowd pleaser.
You can take your spring step further with the added physical challenge of California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.
After spending the day taking command of those nearby hills by mountain bike, hiking shoes or at the Adventure Park, you can return to a luxurious pool, sauna and hot tub area to relax and rejuvenate. If you need your tired muscles worked, try a massage at the Lighthouse Spa.
What’s your favorite “shoulder season” activity?
April 9th, 2013
With spring’s transformation and renewal at Lake Tahoe underway, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is gearing up for the season with plenty of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation opportunities at its 74-acre playground.
The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open seven days a week.
As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.
- Choose from a variety of lodging options like a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed Internet service.
- Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
- Walk to Tahoe City or the Truckee River along the resort’s 1.4-mile forest path and take in the surrounding beauty of the nature trail.
- Play a game of tennis on one of the resort’s five courts or sign-in for a refresher course at the Lake Tahoe Nike Tennis Camp held annually in summer.
- Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
- Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
- Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
- Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
- Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
- Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
- Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
- Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
- Build a better business through teamwork. Granlibakken is nationally recognized as a destination for corporate retreats and conferences. Company leaders can outline goal-setting and mission statements for half of the day, and send their fearless crews out into the woods for mountain biking and hiking adventures or in the spirit of friendly competition, settle scores on either the tennis courts or at the Treetop Adventure Park.
- Dine in and feast. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests and its exquisite dining opportunities during conferences, reunions and weddings.
- Tie the knot or watch couples who do. Granlibakken offers several year-round indoor and outdoor venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions with Lake Tahoe serving as the backdrop.
- During the winter you can stay at Granlibakken and ski at your choice of eight different Lake Tahoe Mountains – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Ski and stay packages start at $145.
What activities do you enjoy during your stay at Granlibakken?