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Women’s Wellness Weekend Recap

Wednesday, 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. 

Check into Granlibakken and check out the Halloween festivities

Monday, 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?

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

Monday, 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 www.truckeeriverwc.org. 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?

Granlibakken puts spring in step with skiing and lodging deals

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Spring has arrived at Granlibakken and with it comes fresh weather systems, sunshine and a mountain of ski, board and relaxation opportunities.

Tucked away nicely on the west shore, Homewood and Granlibakken have teamed up to offer a ski package that promises great views of Tahoe, easy access to the mountain, un-crowded runs, lodging at Granlibakken, and a full hot buffet breakfast. The cost starts at $99 which is quite the deal!

Ski in a t-shirt this spring at Homewood. You won't be cold.  Photo Courtesy of Homewood Mountain Resort

Ski in a t-shirt this spring at Homewood. You won’t be cold.
Photo Courtesy of Homewood Mountain Resort

Looking to explore other mountains? Granlibakken offers its timely spring ski and board packages that include the Treetop Adventure Park option. Lake Tahoe’s premier ski resorts are just a short drive from Granlibakken. The $145 ski/board package is one of the best ways to experience Tahoe. The package provides lodging, a hot breakfast buffet and lift ticket access to the nearby world class ski mountains including Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe.

With this deal, you can also choose the option of spending the day at the Tahoe Cross Country Center, get a $60 credit at the Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa, or if you’re up for another kind of physical challenge besides those found on the slopes, you can take your spring step to 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.

How do you plan to spend your spring in Lake Tahoe?

Granlibakken earns coveted Judges Award at Lake Tahoe Autum Food & Wine Festival

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Granlibakken’s Chef Ron Eber once again put his signature creative flair and culinary skills to work by winning the coveted Judges’ Award for “Best Marriage of Food and Wine” at the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival recently.

The winning combination of stuffed portobello mushrooms with red lentil hash, chevre, duck and red currant paired with a 2010 Morgan Pinot Noir had the judges’ attention right away. And it’s no wonder; Chef Eber has been doing it for years. Whether it is the elaborate theme dinners with dishes like Mahi Mahi Sauté, Top Sirloin with Maitre D’Hotel Butter, Petite Filet Mignon and Shrimp Sauté, or something as simple as “build your own soup and sandwich” lunch buffet, Granlibakken has something for everyone.

Guests will experience Chef Eber’s creative flair and skilled culinary cast, dedicated to pleasing every guest’s palate. 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.

Granlibakken’s full American plan offers maximum flexibility with a variety of menu choices. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style; at dinner choose from buffet or banquet service. Special arrangements can be made for private “sit-down” lunches or dinners.

And no Granlibakken food write-up is complete without a mention of its epic early morning menu. Chef Eber well known throughout the state for dishing up the resort’s famous and hearty breakfast buffets, complimentary for every guest. These rise and shine fuel-for-the day offerings feature homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments.

Who’s hungry now?

Experience thrills among the treetops this summer

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Strap in and push yourself to a rewarding zip from tree-to-tree all summer long at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

California’s first Treetop Adventure Park — where ropes course meets zip line on steroids — takes thrill-seekers on an all-out adrenalin tour that puts agility, quick-thinking and stamina to the test.  Granlibakken’s latest family-friendly outdoor adventure is among 30 similar parks nationwide.  Some of the features include over 70 different tree platforms, 13 zip lines, a variety of bridges including a 120 foot suspension bridge and a highwire bike. There are 3 different courses for kids 4 and older and 5 different courses for adults. Once you go through the courses and determine the obstacles, you’ll want to do it again and again, testing yourself every step of the way.

The 120 foot suspension bridge is just one of the features you won't want to miss.

Designed with bursts of endurance and exhilaration in mind, guests climb into harnesses where they zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way across platforms spread out across Granlibakken’s towering pines. These obstacle courses offer varying degrees of skills and challenges, with the thrill of being several feet off the ground. The experience demands exercises in balance, pace and even team work as you encourage each other to plow through the challenging obstacles with the zip rides serving your ultimate rewards.

The park, set to launch June 22, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 6 p.m. Sessions are good for 2.5 hours.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tahoe City

Friday, March 16th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated and recognized day although it is not a legal holiday in the United States. None-the-less Granlibakken guests will not miss out on the fun, festive activities.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine Meadows. Come dressed in your best St. Patrick’s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag! All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrick’s Day Après Ski Party taking place in the Alpine Bar from 2pm to 5pm. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials and live music by the Nibblers! Drink specials include $5 Guinness, Smithwick’s Cream Ale and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.  Food specials available at the Last Chair Bar include $5 Irish Nachos and Shepherd’s Pie.

Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Pot O’ Gold scavenger hunt, green beer and green bull cocktails, corned beef and cabbage in Homewood’s South Lodge starting at noon, selling limited-edition “I Shamrock Homewood” t-shirts ($10 to Homewood season pass holders and $15 to the general public) and a St. Patty’s Twilight Ski, during which guests are invited to hit the slopes from 4-7 p.m. (after the resort typically closes) via the Quail triple chair in addition to daytime skiing and riding. One lucky guest will find Homewood’s “Pot O’ Gold” hidden on the slopes of Homewood. The Homewood Pot O’ Gold will contain treasures such as a lift ticket 3-pack, a 2012/2013 season pass, and a West Shore Café & Inn gift card. Guests will receive hints as to the whereabouts on the Homewood Facebook page on or before St. Patrick’s Day.

You won't want to miss your chance at these limited-edition t-shirts.

Northstar is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with fun and specials for the whole family. The whole mountain is joining in on the fun. Chilly Pepper’s Dos is offering breakfast and lunch specials including corned beef hash and fried eggs and corned beef tacos with a spicy sauerkraut. Join Northstar and EpicMix for the first ever St. Patrick’s Day EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Join fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins such as Pot O’ Gold pin (earned for riding any lift or gondola on St. Patrick’s Day), Patroller Pin, Kiss Me I’m Irish Pin, Ripperoo Pin, Puzzle Me Pin, Mystery Lift Pin, Luck of the Irish Pin, Shamrockin’ Pin, Go Team! Pin, Safety first Pin and Chondolier Pin. Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Northstar. Register in person from 11:30 am – 1 pm, $10 per person, $15 for a couple and $25 for three to five people. After the big “hunt” head to the Lodge at Big Springs at mid-mountain for an après party where each scavenger hunt participant will receive a free slice of pizza and 14 oz. beer or soda. There will be a raffle and prizes will be given to most visible green outfit and best Irish-themed outfit. While participating in the scavenger hunt try to “catch the leprechaun” from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on the mountain. The Northstar Ski & Snowboard School will have one of their members skiing or snowboarding around the mountain in a Leprechaun costume. If you “catch” them (stop them), the “catcher” will receive a free hot chocolate coupon! After skiing all day check out Baxter’s Bistro featuring live classic Irish folk music starting at 6 pm from The Roundabouts and traditional Irish food and drink specials.

Will you find the Pot O' Gold at one of the resorts this weekend?

Sugar Bowl will be hosting their annual Pot O’ Gold hunt on St. Patrick’s Day. Find clues scattered around the mountain which will lead you to the famous gold pot containing a Midweek pass for 2012/2013.

Don’t stop your partying after a day on the slopes. You won’t want to miss the BARmuda Triangle Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration 2012 which includes drink specials all night and no cover at three different locations. The fun starts at Jake’s on the Lake with traditional Irish food all day, Happy Hour discounts 4:30-6:30pm, live music from Mark Wilson at 6pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago with live funk “Terraplane” 9:30pm-2am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside 10pm-2am. Bounce around from bar to bar and enjoy music and drink specials all night at all three venues! The Bushmills Shot Girls will be on hand at all three locations all night.

Where will you be wearing green this weekend?

How about a Mardi Crawl?

Friday, February 17th, 2012
President’s Day Weekend is popular weekend in Lake Tahoe, but in addition to patriotism there is another reason to celebrate in Tahoe this weekend.  Extend your stay at Granlibakken for Mardi Gras and laissez les bons temps rouler!  Let the good times roll! There are fun events going on all weekend all around the lake, but check out some of our north shore favorites and don’t forget your beads.

Kick off your weekend at Lakeside Tahoe City tonight with DJs Micah J and Tre Tuna in a President’s Weekend Throw-down.  The battle starts at 9 pm so stop by for some drinks, dancing and fun electronic music.

Looking for specials on ski school this weekend? Mt. Rose Rosebuds Half Day Ski Program is offering a President’s Day weekend price. For $135 your child can receive 4 hours of instruction, a boxed lunch, rental equipment, helmet, all day lift ticket and preferred parking in the main lot front row. The half day ski program runs from 9 am-2pm and space is limited, reservations recommended.

Ski at Squaw Valley in the morning on Fat Tuesday and join in on the Mardi Crawl starting at KT Base Bar at 2 PM.  The Mardi Crawl will continue on to Cantina, Mamasake, Auld Dubliner, 22 Bistro and finish at Rocker.  Each location will be featuring drink and food specials in honor of Fat Tuesday.

Squaw isn’t the only place offering Mardi Gras festivities. Northstar is celebrating on and off the mountain with food & drink specials and live music. Check out TC’s Pub‘s specials — fried shrimp po-boys, jambalaya and hurricanes Saturday, February 18-Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Lodge at Big Springs will have a different food special Sunday-Wednesday including Cajun burgers, a blackened salmon sandwich and continual drink specials of rum punch, hurricanes and razzmatazz drinks.  Summit Deck & Grill is offering food and drink specials Saturday-Tuesday including crawfish gumbo, Cajun stuffed peppers, melon balls and Blue Tahoe’s.  Chili Peppers Dos is offering specials on Cajun seasoned shrimp tacos on Fat Tuesday.

Want to do some ice skating after a day on the mountain? Wear your green, gold and purple turtlenecks for Turtleneck “Fat” Tuesday and enjoy ice skating at the Northstar Village from 6pm-9pm.

And you won’t want to miss out on the live music at Northstar from 2pm-5pm. The Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band will ring in Fat Tuesday with authentic New Orleans-style music on the Northstar Village Stage around the ice skating rink. What better way to finish a day of skiing or snowboarding?

What festivities will you be taking part in this holiday weekend?

Guest Blog: Rest & Rejuvenate

Friday, November 11th, 2011

By Dan Giesin on http://www.7×7.com/tahoe

Although the waters of Lake Tahoe aren’t strictly restorative, folks from the City have been traveling to the Big Blue for generations in seeking solace from the hassles of day-to-day urban life.

Come Friday, you can head up to Tahoe for a little R&R and perhaps get some health concerns cleared up in the bargain as Granlibakken Lodge plays host to the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in Tahoe City.

Formerly under the aegis of Tahoe Forest Hospital – after two decades of running the show, the Truckee facility is now simply collaborating with the program – the two-day Women’s Wellness Weekend attempts to fuse accepted medical practices with alternative options to offer a balanced weekend of interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing, inspirational and informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging and recreational activities.

 

“It’s a community collaboration,” Granlibakken promotions manager Shawna Lee said. “(Local) health professionals, medical doctors, fitness instructors … are all donating their time and expertise in the name of health and well-being.”

Among the seminar presenters are clinical psychologist Amy Vail of Olumpic Valley; oncologist/hematologist Ahrin Koppel, one of the main MDs at the new cancer center in Truckee; Dr. Gregory Tirdel, a local sleep disorder specialist, and Carolyn Willette, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse from Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Other seminar options include ki gong, a form of exercise using breathing, posture and meditation; restorative yoga, and an astrology/health class. Pilates and yoga classes; acupuncture, chiropractic and skin-care presentations; body fat testing; blood lab readings; a 5K fun run and a one-mile nature walk are also on the agenda.

Registration fee for the Women’s Wellness Weekend is $99, which covers most seminars, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, a lunch on Saturday and a beer/wine social hour, also on Saturday. For those seeking lodging, Granlibakken is offering a $138.40 per person per night double-occupancy rate; seminar fee is included in the package. Log on to granlibakken.com to register or to get further information.

Guest Blog: Granlibakken Lodge Review

Friday, November 4th, 2011

By The Mom Reviews

Now that Fall is upon us, the leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, but travel is still high on our list! We typically head to Lake Tahoe during the summer, that’s the time of year best suited for our whole family for biking, swimming, and hiking. But, a few weeks ago we got the chance to visit Tahoe City’s Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge and had an amazing stay and weekend doing almost all of those summer activities and more!

Located about 5 hours from home in a picturesque valley minutes from the lake and south of Truckee, Granlibakken is a year-round spot for business or pleasure. The resort encompasses 74 wooded acres with the sweet sugar pine scent filling your senses as your explore the grounds. 5 tennis courts, outdoor heated pools (wading pool for kids)/spa and saunas, nature trails, bike rentals, a ropes course, and a par course will keep your family active all year, with cross-country skiing, practice ski hills, and a snow play area in the winter. With over a dozen ski areas within 30 minutes, this is a wonderful choice for your next vacation.

Lodging
With many choices such as bedrooms, studios, or suites, our family of 5 stayed in a Granlibakken’s townhouse with two bedrooms and loft that fit us all perfectly!

With a full living room and comfortable seating, the family had the chance to enjoy a movie in, rest after a long day in the mountains, and feel the openness of the floorplan. Just above the adjacent dining room and kitchen, the loft with a queen bed was a perfect spot for my near-teenage daughter. Her own television, desk, and door(!) kept all her belongings in one spot and gave her just enough privacy that she needed.

The townhome had the most incredibly comfortable furniture. The seats around the dinner table were soft leather and the couch was super cushy, with warm sherpa blankets in the closets, the 35 degree nights were snuggle time! The view from the back patio (with table and chairs) is in the above bottom right picture. The fall colors were amazing and the quiet about the resort made for peaceful evenings and great morning walks!

The townhome amenities were just like home, decor was beautiful for a mountain residence, art and modern touches surrounded us. The granite countertops in the kitchen were gorgeous, I was happy to warm up to tea in the evening, during the summer fans are available in the closets. Two full bathrooms were enough for 5 of us and bonus for the 3 flatscreen televisions, all were equipped with their own Blu-ray player!

Dining
Eating family style in the dining area reminding me of my college days, more especially this weekend because a group from UC Davis was holding a conference on the grounds and many had their UCD sweatshirts on! The food was delicious and served buffet style in the morning, lucky for guests this meal is included in your stay! Think bread pudding, quiche Lorraine, cheese blintzes, breads, pastries, cereals, eggs, pancakes, bacon, fruits, yogurts, and so much more! I’ve never seen my kids eat so much!

Dinner was just as abundant and delicious. The buffet is different each night, there are themes, Mexican (sometimes with Mariachis included!), Italian, BBQ, and more, salads are always available, vegetarian options too! Prime rib, NY steaks, chicken, red pepper coulis, stuffed zucchini, baked potatoes, bread, soups, there is no need to leave the grounds during your stay with the offers on site!

Lighthouse Spa
Remember when I said the resort area is quiet and peaceful, why not build on that thought with a spa treatment from Lighthouse Spa. The Spa at Granlibakken offers three relaxing treatment rooms, including an area for multiple treatments and parties, a cozy waiting area and a refreshing outdoor deck in the midst of the Sierra. You’ll love the experience of a blissful retreat for all of your special occasions, weddings, or wellness weekends. I had the amazing opportunity to have a reflexology treatment on my feet. Never done this in the past I swore I never would fall asleep and with the music so calming and low, the perfect temperature of the room and the view of the ski hill out my window, I admit my masseuse said I was OUT! After coming too, I felt the relaxation overflow, that light-headed feeling of being rested and calm. We talked about the stressors my body expressed and ways to deal with them. Why I haven’t treated myself more often to spa treatments is beyond me, everyone needs to do it at least every few months! The Spa offers:

• Massage Therapy
• Skin Care
• Manicures & Pedicures
• Body Waxing
• Body Therapy & Healing Treatments
• Ayurveda Health & Wellness

I asked my masseuse to tell me how much she loved her job and she says she especially loves it when another masseuse pays back in trade and she gets her turn! I don’t blame her!

Our stay was hosted for two nights, including two breakfasts, one dinner, and a spa treatment (I did pay gratuities). All opinions are our own.


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