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Easter weekend at Granlibakken holds plenty of egg hunt opportunities

Monday, March 18th, 2013

With spring officially arriving this week, two things come to mind, spring skiing and Easter weekend.

Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge offers great lodging opportunities for a holiday weekend filled with dining, music and Easter egg hunts.

Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?

Where will you search for Easter eggs during your holiday stay at Granlibakken?

Here’s what’s going on for the weekend:

On Friday, March 29, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Part II of Bach’s masterpiece sung in English. Soloists include Daniel Paulson as the Evangelist and Stuart Duke as Jesus. This performance is at St. Patrick’s Church.

Get a head start on the Easter egg hunts with the Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The Egg hunt is free and features games, balloons animals and face painting.

Start your Easter off by enjoying Granlibakken’s infamous hearty, hot breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, the daily chef’s special, and all the accompaniments.

Sunday, March 31, is the All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt & Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at Alpine Meadows from 9 to 11 a.m. Adults can comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden, but only one will be gold. For Kids seven and under there will be an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. For children 8-13 there is an Easter egg hunt at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair also at 10:15 a.m.

The On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley is also set for Sunday. The search begins the moment the lifts open. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain.

The Kids Ghirardelli Easter Chocolate Hunt at Homewood begins at 11 a.m. Kids 12 and under are invited to search for Ghirardelli Easter chocolate hidden throughout the Snow Rangers Kids’ slopes at Homewood’s South Lodge. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and PEEPS Diorama Contest at Northstar. Other Easter activities will be available throughout the day in the Village and on the mountain for everyone to enjoy.

Tahoe Donner will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Eagle Rock and look for eggs, including special golden one.

Diamond Peak will hold its annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 9 a.m. at School House.

How are you spending your Easter weekend?

Get your Viking green on St. Patty’s weekend at Granlibakken

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Granlibakken may have its Norwegian roots, but once a year even the Vikings become green with envy and turn to the Irish for some “top of the morning” good cheer.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday, a weekend of adventure awaits at Granlibakken. There will be plenty of onsite skiing, sledding and high-flying zipline action at the Treetop Adventure Park. Weekend lodging options and family getaway packages are both available. Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast at Granlibakken’s famous breakfast buffet that will fill the belly before venturing out for fun filled celebrations.

Will you see a leprechaun skiing?

Will you see a leprechaun skiing?

Nearby Tahoe City and ski mountains have plenty of festive weekend plans to add to the mix.

Even the Irish will indulge now and then with chili. Tahoe City Parks and Recreation will host its annual Soup and Chili Showdown at Rideout Community Center on Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. This event is where amateurs and professionals show off their culinary talent with delicious soups and chili. The event is open to the public and the costs $5 to sample all the entries. Beer and wine are also available.

Ever seen a Leprechaun on a pair of skis? You will at the St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Homewood Mountain Resort from noon to 3:30 p.m. Chase the Leprechaun around the mountain for a chance to win a pot ‘o gold (Homewood Season Pass 2013-14)! Get a picture with him and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to automatically be entered to win. Don’t forget to tag Homewood in your post! Additional festivities will include a DJ at the Big Blue View Bar, Jameson drink specials, and a raffle.

Alpine Meadows will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, Irish food and drink specials and plenty of green costumes on and off the slopes.

Squaw Valley has two days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned on Saturday and Sunday. Squaw’s St. Patty’s Spring Party weekend features plenty of cold beverages, hot tubbing, food and drink specials, and a live DJ.

Enjoy green food and drink specials at Northstar. TC’s Pub will be celebrating with house cured corn beef with a potato cabbage hash and Guinness stout mustard, $3 green beer and $5 shamrock milk shakes. Summit Deck and Grille will feature corned beef with cabbage, carrots, onions and red potatoes and $5 Guinness pint cans.

Looking for some more fun after hitting the slopes? River Ranch Lodge will be offering corned beef and cabbage, $4 Jameson, beer and Irish Coffees, and $10 Car Bomb specials. Don’t forget to wear your green!

How do you plan to spend your St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Granlibakken?

Ten reasons for visiting Granlibakken this winter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

If you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle thinking about Lake Tahoe and how much you’d rather be there instead of sitting at work – you’re not alone! And we can help. Granlibakken has 10 reasons to visit the resort before the snow stops.

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

10) Ski and snowplay: Granlibakken has its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers. Affordable and packed with just as many thrills found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) and then climb aboard a lift for a full or half-day of downhill adventure.

9) Stay and ski packages: Not only does Granlibakken have its great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to eight world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages include lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $145 mid-week.

8) Walk or ski in the wild: Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path. The terrain is wide open with trails to glide across or stomp through with specially-fitted cross country skis or snowshoes. You can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend’s worth of discovery and lose yourself with the high sierra backdrop and quiet serenity that only cross country trails can offer. Guests have easy access to popular trailheads that provide miles of ungroomed terrain.

7) Lighthouse Spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Lighthouse Spa offers two treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages each aimed at taking the edge off those things that stress the body and mind.

6) Delicious meals: Dining options and getaway stays go hand-in-hand. Lodge guests are treated every morning to a full-spread and hearty breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments. The Cedar House Pub is the resort’s on-site restaurant that offers cozy fireside dining, daily specials and kid-friendly items through March 30.

5) Lodging options: 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 and price range. All guests have rooms equipped with Cable television with DVD; direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access and in-room coffee maker. Options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to our heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

4)  Soar above the trees: Take the wintertime outdoor challenge to another level with 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.

3) A large playground: Granlibakken is a Norwegian name meaning a hill sheltered by trees. The Resort occupyies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.

2) A massive lake: Lake Tahoe – spectacular views of big blue are minutes away from the lodge.

1) Because you deserve it.

Romance your Valentine with a Granlibakken stay

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

With Valentine’s Day landing on Thursday, it’s all the more reason to book a midweek or extended weekend romantic getaway for you and sweetheart.

Whether you’re spending the day in quiet retreat in a cozy room with a fireplace or stepping outdoors into the heart of the Sierra Nevada and nearby Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken offers lodging, amenities and memories that can last a lifetime.

Spend a night in with your Valentine at Granlibakken.

Spend a night in with your Valentine at Granlibakken.

Lodging options feature rooms with kitchens, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. Get a better idea of their options with a virtual tour.

Getaways can work wonders for relationships and provide for some much-needed tranquility from hectic lives. A massage takes the edge off things that stress out the body and mind. 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 an ideal gift for your sweetheart.

Lake Tahoe’s ski/snowboard package is great for the outdoor adventurers looking to spend a day on the slope, the onsite ski hill, Tahoe Cross Country Center or Treetop Adventure Park.

Guests can start off their Valentine’s Day with a hot breakfast buffet and then choose a lift ticket at Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly.

Where do you plan to take your sweetheart for a Valentine’s getaway?

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.

A Viking’s Breakfast at Granlibakken

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
A Breakfast Buffet fit for a Viking

A Breakfast Buffet fit for a Viking

Breakfast. They say it is the most important meal of the day. If this is the case then why are so many skimping on this all Important calorie fix? More importantly, why are most hotels cutting back this critical meal? Nowadays this “complimentary breakfast” at most lodging properties is nothing more than stale bagels and orange marmalade.

Not Granlibakken. No way. Our complimentary hot breakfast buffet title doesn’t do it justice. Hot, hearty, feast fit for a viking, free buffet seems to be a closer description. This buffet is truly a treat to your taste buds. French toast, biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs are merely a few choices of the plethora you have.

Whether you are a coffee and danish person or a full on AM chow master, like myself, Granibakken’s breakfast wont disappoint. Vacationing in Tahoe can be a full throttle activity and proper fuel is a must, especially before hitting the trails, slopes or heading into downtown Tahoe City for a day of shopping and beach combing.


 
 
 
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