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Holidays filled with events, festivities at Granlibakken and around Tahoe

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A winter wonderland is happening now at Granlibakken, with plenty of snow, food, holiday entertainment and activities.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

The Cedar House Pub will be decorated accordingly for Christmas Dinner.

Book your rooms for the holidays – starting at $205 a night, enjoy the cozy setting of a lodge room or try condos ranging from two to eight bedroom condos and Christmas dinner.

Granlibakken will host its annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade featuring a visit from Santa with gifts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for adults. The popular Christmas buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m.

The Treetop Adventure Park will be open daily throughout the holidays plus the Sledding Hill is open now with the Ski Hill and snack bar to follow shortly. A family of four can ski and sled all day for $60 if they are Granlibakken guests. The Cedar House Pub opens Dec. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. and offers casual dining by the fire. Don’t forget to wake up each morning and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet.

Upcoming events begin this weekend in Tahoe City and include a daylong visit by Santa Claus at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at Tahoe City Golf Course Dec. 14. Join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and the Rotary Club of Tahoe City for a day of sledding, pancakes and Santa.

Now through Dec. 30 you can visit the Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City. This traditional holiday festival features gifts, holiday decorations and décor. Eleven local artists share their original winter and holiday themed art and gift items that are perfect for holiday shopping, such as wreaths, cards, fine art, photography, soap, botanicals, glasswork and knitware.

If you’re at Mt. Rose Ski Area on Saturday, Dec. 14 and see more than one Santa Claus, don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind; you’ve just stumbled upon the annual Santa Ski Crawl where skiers who dress in Santa garb receive lift ticket discounts.

Ongoing holiday events include Holidays at Squaw Valley, Dec. 14-31. Celebrate the holidays and enjoy the winter conditions, Santa on the slopes, festive cheer in The Village and plenty of surprises. Grab a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen to the carolers or take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.

Elsewhere there’s Noel Nights at Northstar California the first three Thursdays of December from 5 – 8 p.m. This winter wonderland features a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, holiday carolers and shopping deals. Don’t forget to bring the little ones because Santa will be there for photos and to find out what’s on their Christmas lists.

Daytime and nighttime Christmas festivities at Northstar California get underway Dec. 21 through Dec. 24 and feature live music in the Village and Santa at different locations in the Village from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy Village sleigh rides, refreshments, cookie decorating and ice skating at the 9,000 square foot skating rink.

What will your holiday plans include during your visit to Granlibakken?

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?

Spend your holidays at Granlibakken

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

With the holidays around the corner, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays indoors and out. Granlibakken’s new Treetop Adventure Park will be open throughout winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park has been described as “ropes course meets zipline on steroids.” It’s set along the tree tops, 30 feet off the ground where fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

For more adrenaline-packed action, Granlibakken has partnered with Squaw Valley USA, Northstar California, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly and Sierra-at-Tahoe to offer ski and lodging packages starting at $145 mid-week. Lift tickets to ski or snowboard Granlibakken’s Ski and Sledding Hill are $24 for adults, $14 for kids or a saucer and all-day access is $12. Skis, snowboards, cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to rent.

Don’t want to ski? Exchange your lift ticket for a $65 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Tahoe Cross Country Center to explore miles of historic cross-country ski trails. Lighthouse Spa has a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massages, skin care, spa manicures, pedicures, holistic body treatments, body waxing and health consultations from a staff of professionals.

There are a plethora of holiday activities lined up now through Christmas around Tahoe City and nearby resorts. Here are a few worth noting:

Santa will be traveling around Tahoe City the month of December.

Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center. Who doesn’t like a big plate of flap jacks with Santa on a Saturday morning? Activities and games for the kids, arts, crafts and local merchants will make this an ideal place for parents to get some of their holiday shopping done. Meanwhile, Santa will take his travels at various locations through Tahoe City Dec. 12-14.

Northstar California presents Noel Nights a holiday celebration the first three Thursdays of December from 5-8 p.m. The festive Village at Northstar holds a decorated 35-foot tree, ice skating until 9 p.m., fire pits to warm you, chocolatey s’mores, holiday carolers and shopping deals.

Learn to Ski and Board Weekend at various resorts Dec. 8-9. First timers can get a taste of the thrill of skiing or riding at Granlibakken or other participating resorts. This special program offers gear rental (skiing or boarding), a group lesson and beginner’s lift ticket all for $30 per day.

Like adventure films? Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series continues, Thursday, Dec. 13 with speaker Greg Hill, who attempted to climb and ski more than two million vertical feet in 2010. The free event, titled “Greg Hill’s 2 Million Reasons & The Manaslu Disaster” takes place at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley at 7 p.m.

Northstar California’s 40th Anniversary with Shaun White is Dec. 22. Celebrate the resort’s 40th year with a party hosted by famed snowboarder and Northstar athlete Shaun White.

How will you celebrate the holidays during your stay at Granlibakken?

Enjoy a Fun and Festive Easter Weekend at Granlibakken

Friday, April 6th, 2012

What is Easter without an egg hunt and brunch? Folks staying at Granlibakken this Easter weekend will definitely not have a shortage of Easter events to choose from. North Lake Tahoe celebrates the holiday with family-friendly events all weekend as well as scrumptious Easter Sunday brunches at our favorite lakefront restaurants.

Easter egg hunts start in Tahoe City with its annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt on the Commons Beach at 10 AM on Saturday, April 7. Truckee will also host their Great Easter Egg hunt at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 7, at Truckee Regional Park.

Northstar will be celebrating Easter in every way this Sunday, April 8. Start Easter off with a tasty Easter brunch from Petra in the Northstar Village 9 AM-1 PM. After brunch be on the lookout for those hidden eggs in the Northstar Village at 10:30 AM when the hunt begins. And don’t miss your chance for a photo with the Easter Bunny from 12:30-2:30 PM. If you’re skiing or riding on Easter you’ll have your chance to celebrate Easter on the mountain as well. The Easter Bunny will be taking ride breaks from 9 AM-4 PM so make sure you find him on the mountain for a fun photo. The Lodge at Big Springs will have Easter specials at the café and bar and you’ll want to search for the hidden Easter eggs that may contain drink coupons and $5 off coupons.

Try to find the Easter Bunny skiing at Northstar on Sunday for an unforgettable picture.

You won’t want to miss the annual On-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt at Squaw on Sunday, April 8. As soon as the lifts open you can start searching for the hidden eggs. One lucky winner will find the Golden Egg containing a 2012-13 Bronze season pass! Make sure to pay attention to Squaw’s Twitter feed, Facebook timeline and smartphone app throughout the day for clues as to where the Golden Egg lies. The Easter bunny will also be hopping around The Village Events Plaza from 10 AM-4 PM.

Alpine is joining in on the Easter fun with an all mountain Easter egg hunt starting as soon as the lifts open on Sunday, April 8. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpine’s 2400 acres, but only one will be gold. The gold Easter egg will contain a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. There will also be two separate Easter egg hunts for the kids. Kids 7 and under can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet. And children 8 – 13 are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at 10:15am at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair.

Homewood is tying in an Easter favorite Ghiradelli with their Easter hunt.  Kids 12 and younger can participate in the Little Bunny Ghiradelli Easter chocolate hunt next to the Snow Rangers Academy at the South Lodge starting at noon. Chocolate eggs, chocolate squares and Homewood gifts will be hidden for the kids to discover. But the fun doesn’t stop with the kids. Ghiradelli chocolate eggs and squares will be hidden all over the entire mountain for everyone to find as soon as the lifts start turning. Be on the lookout for the Golden Egg which will contain a 2012-13 season pass.

There will be no shortage of Easter eggs in North Lake Tahoe this weekend.

Easter egg hunts aren’t the only way to enjoy Easter on Sunday. For those not skiing Jake’s on the Lake will be serving an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $24 per adult and $12 per child age 12 and under. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended.

Or relax at a table overlooking the river with brunch at the River Ranch on Sunday from 10 AM-2 PM including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Reservations recommended.

What are your Easter plans?

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.

Sunday Bike Stroll

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

It’s Indian Summertime in Lake Tahoe – which means less crowds, temps in the low 70s, plenty of daylight and all the same outdoor recreation we love in the summer. In fact, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. The other weekend my partner in crime and I stayed at Granlibakken and rented bikes for a Sunday stroll along Tahoe City. The wonderful part about Granlibakken is they arrange the rentals for you and the bikes are delivered from West Shore Sports. You don’t have to do anything, no lines, nothing.

We ventured about a mile to the trail that takes you along the Truckee River. One word: be-au-ti-ful! It provides ideal spots for photos ops, reading plaques about wildlife and the environment and just soaking in the views. This four mile section from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley is a paved multi-use trail that is mostly flat with a few easy grades (we only biked until River Ranch because we wanted to have plenty of time to explore downtown Tahoe City). It’s located far enough away from the road that you aren’t bombarded by the noise of nearby traffic. The trail can be busy at times so abide by the rules of staying to the right side in case people want to pass on your left.

Granlibakken is an ideal home base for accessing a variety of scenic road and mountain biking trails along West Shore. Stay tuned for more info on riding around Commons Beach as well as biking/walking along the shops in Tahoe City.

Peddle Safe!


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