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High Altitude Training the Granlibakken way

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Athletes preparing for Iron Man, Tough Mudder or the Lake Tahoe Marathon know the best way to get ready for the main event is to train in the high altitude of the Sierra itself.

A few days or weekends spent acclimating can shave minutes from your personal best come race day. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking for a “no pain no gain” vacation built on a strenuous workout, or if you’re a serious competitor, Granlibakken Resort offers the ideal place to stay and train.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Train above sea level to get ready for your big race.

Granlibakken offers any number of lodging options where you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep as you prepare for your training days ahead. Teams preparing for special events such as Iron Man or Tough Mudder can purchase an all-inclusive package including meals and meeting space.

Your adventure begins early as you wake up to a super-charged hot and hearty breakfast buffet, ideal for storing the energy required for the day’s challenge. Granlibakken can accommodate special dietary needs with fresh fruit, gluten-free oatmeal and other tasty, energy producing food.

Ready to rock and roll? With access to the Tahoe Rim Trail from the 74-acre resort those wishing to hike or mountain bike to build their high altitude stamina can take trails that run from Granlibakken north to Truckee or South to Sugar Pine Point State Park. There are many mountain bike trails in the area, here are three of our favorites that are perfect for training. Prefer to hoof it on the high-tail fly? There’s plenty of moderate to strenuous hiking trails around Granlibakken that will hook you up with the Pacific Crest Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail or both.

Want endurance added to your strength, balance and stamina? Try a half-day at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park, a ropes course and zip line where you can climb and jump through obstacle courses 15 to 50 feet above in the air. Recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com readers, the course is not only a hoot to go through, but it definitely gets the heart pumping, especially if you’re competing with others.

Triathalon training? Lake Tahoe is a mile from Granlibakken. Lap swimming is available in the Granlibakken pool open daily from 10 to 10, early morning swim times can be arranged in advance. Donner Lake is a good spot for bikers to ride up old highway 40 and then back to the Donner for a long distance swim (Donner Lake is a little warmer than Tahoe). The Donner Ride is a steep and challenging ride. You can warm up with a 15 mile ride from Granlibakken to Donner Lake.

At the end of the day, get those sore muscles rubbed out nicely by treating yourself to a relaxing massage at Granlibakken Lighthouse Spa. The spa offer a variety of treatments by reservation.

What’s on your Lake Tahoe weekend warrior plate?

Leave your laptop at home and reunite at Granlibakken with friends and family

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Connecting with family and friends has been made easier over the years thanks to social media. But there’s more than a few things websites cannot do.

Laptops cannot hug or handshake, raise a glass to propose a toast, race down a mountain on a pair of skis or zip through a challenging obstacle course set on platforms above the trees.

Sure Facebook is an important tool but nothing beats being in a room full of family and friends, sharing details and memories that usually get overlooked in our written thoughts. There’s only one true way to engage in conversation and laughter and that’s being right in the center of it, side by side and face to face.

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Get your family together for a reunion at Granlibakken!

Granlibakken makes it easy for you to get your extended family, high school class or college chums together for some quality catch up time. Spacious lodging, an abundance of activities and delicious meals all figure into planning a reunion and all are available at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge making it an ideal place for your reunion plans.

With 74 secluded acres of onsite play area, the resort is designed for large groups and offers packages to accommodate families and friends of 4 to 400. Granlibakken offers spectacular lodging options, and plenty of onsite amenities, including a spa, onsite yoga, a luxurious pool, hot tub and sauna, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, beach combing or boating and nearby golf courses.

A favorite onsite activity among family and friends is Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Park. Made up of a series of courses linking tree platform to tree platform with a variety of bridges and zip lines, those up to the challenge can ascend to a initial tree platform and then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air.

So whether it’s the youngest of tykes in the family tree or your college chums with competitive edges, the adventure park is an ideal place to gather, test skills and have some camaraderie in the name and spirit of togetherness.

This winter you and your extended family can can ski all day at nearby resorts, on-site at Granlibakken’s own ski hill or you can go sledding and then head into the woods on cross country skis and snowshoes. Return to the lodge from your day’s adventure to a nice banquet dinner, with dancing, entertainment and memories made for a lifetime.

Where do you plan to spend your next college or family reunion?

The days may be getting shorter but the adventure never ends

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With the kids back in school and the roads becoming less congested, there’s a fifth season that envelops Lake Tahoe this time of year. From September to early October, Indian Summer, offers warm weather, sparser crowds and plenty of fun. It is one of the best times of the year to visit.

Fall might be just around the corner, but don't but those bathing suits away yet because now is one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe.

Fall might be just around the corner, but don’t but those bathing suits away yet because now is one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe.

Sunshine abounds at Lake Tahoe during these shorter days, with a hint of fall in the air that makes for superb hiking, biking and boating pursuits. Relax on a nearby beach during the week and it will seem like your very own private beach.

Or perhaps you’re up for a challenge that puts your physical and mental skills to the test. If that’s the case, you can zip, glide and soar through the trees at Granlibakken‘s Treetop Adventure Park, recently ranked by TripAdvisor.com as the No. 1 among things to do around Lake Tahoe.

The high-tree adventure course is among a couple dozen in the nation and 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.

Outfitted in climbing harnesses and helmets, guests are connected to a belay system for added safety where adventurers of all ages can take to more than 50 platforms and bridges. There’s even a Flying Squirrel zone that caters to the young adventurers, ages 4+ and beginning climbers. The Flying Squirrel zone consists of 3 different kids’ ropes courses and includes a variety of bridges and zip lines, some nearly 300 feet long.

Maybe you’re up for a bike ride instead? You can check out a bicycle at Granlibakken courtesy West Shore Sports. Prefer to keep your feet to the ground?  You can hike through Granlibakken’s 74-acres to connections the link up with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail or get in 9 holes at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

On the water you can rent a power boat at Tahoe City Marina, cruise the lake aboard the Tahoe Gal paddlewheeler or try your luck at catching the big one on a fishing charter.

What’s your favorite Indian summer activity at Lake Tahoe?

Floating the Truckee River

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A variety of adventure opportunities are waiting outside during your stay at Granlibakken, — from hiking and biking to the ultimate ropes course and zip line challenge at the Treetop Adventure Park — you can also add a float trip down the Truckee River to your list.

Beat the heat on the Truckee River.

Beat the heat on the Truckee River.

Enjoy a relaxing river raft adventure through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids along the Truckee River to cool off. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass) and ride the river in solitude.

Located on River Road/Highway 89 in the heart of Tahoe City, you’ll load up your rubber boats at Truckee River Raft Company.

Ideal for family and friends, five-mile raft outings are leisurely and self-guided where rafters float along the meandering river. You’ll cruise through mellow and serene areas with picturesque mountain views and lively little rapids, punctuated with perfect swimming holes and picnic spots.

The adventure usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete with a concession area that exits directly onto the River Ranch patio. There you can sip on cool beverages and get a sandwich or burger.

There’s a large parking lot across from the River Ranch called Hidden Valley where rafters can sign up and ride a free shuttle bus to the start of the trip. This is a great place to park because you take the bus in the beginning and end up at your car after the float. The shuttle bus runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Trips include free parking, shuttle bus, paddles, and life jackets for rafters 2 years and older. Young rafters of all ages are welcome. If you have children younger than 2 a proper life jackets for them is required.

Will you go out on a float during your stay?

July 4 holiday celebrated through the weekend around Tahoe City

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The weekend begins early for Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge guests with July 4 holiday fireworks shows and activities celebrated around Tahoe City.

A pre-July 4 fireworks show will kick things off Wednesday afternoon, July 3 with fireworks and a beach party at Kings Beach hosted by the North Tahoe Business Association. Skies will shine red, white and blue with a dazzling fireworks display. The beach party begins at 2 p.m. on the North Tahoe Event Center deck and includes a DJ, live music, food, beer garden and vendors. At approximately 9:30 p.m. the skies will light up with a dazzling fireworks display which is free to the public.

Don't miss the fireworks on July 3 and July 4 in Tahoe City.

Don’t miss the fireworks on July 3 and July 4 in Tahoe City.

Kick off Thursday morning with fresh local produce, delicious food and great company at the Foothill Farmers’ Market.

The 67th Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Tahoe City will take place at Commons Beach on Lake Tahoe‘s west shore. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk Thursday. It’s free to attend and donations to support this and future fireworks shows by the Tahoe City Downtown Association are accepted.

After the fireworks, the party continues at Lakeside Nightclub and Hacienda del Lago in Tahoe City with the Vote 4 Funk Festival starting Thursday night and continuing through Friday. The festival features DJNU-Mark, the Gaff, Pleasure Maker, Zebuel, Tre Tuna, Chango and others. The event features 10 DJs and four stages along two venues.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. join the Tahoe City Historic Walking Tour. On this free walk you’ll learn all the local legends, facts and history of Tahoe City, plus there’s plenty of shopping and dining opportunities along the way. Led by Tahoe City local resident Karen Willcuts, her professionally trained guides take walkers on a tour that includes facts and figures about beautiful Lake Tahoe. After the tour, visitors will have a better appreciation about their pristine surroundings as well as knowledge about the best places to eat, shop, and enjoy Tahoe City.

You’ll want to stick around through Sunday to catch the free concert at Commons Beach in Tahoe City featuring the Tumbleweed Wanderers. The concert runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Oakland, California’s Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, and rock and roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies, to energetic explosions of soul.

And, of course, there’s plenty of onsite activities at Granlibakken including hiking, biking, tennis, lounging poolside or a nice day of challenge and adventure along the ropes course and zip line at the Treetop Adventure Park.

How do you plan to spend the July 4 holiday week?

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

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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

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

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Lake Tahoe summer activities

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Granlibakken

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?

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

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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

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

Neither should you.

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

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

Wellness packages include:

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive weekend at Granlibakken

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?


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