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March 20, 2015 | 12:02 PM

4 Things To Do in Tahoe this spring (that all start with the letter B)

Happy Spring! In honor of the Equinox today, we're posting four of our favorite things to do in spring that begin with the letter B. Time to get outside! 

Bocce. Gather the troops for a little friendly competition and reserve a bocce court at the Truckee River Winery. Pick up a picnic in Sweet Potatoes Deli and pair it with a bottle of wine or a glass of beer at the winery. 

Bike Rides. Grab a bike from our brand new fleet of Giant Bikes and spend an afternoon cruising the bike path along the Truckee River to Lake Tahoe.

Beaches. The sandy shores and clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, provide a unique and breathtaking beach experience in any season. Our favorites are Sand Harbor, Moon Doons, and Commons Beach (which also has an excellent playground).  

Beer. Enjoy that California sunshine a little more with a craft beer. North Lake Tahoe has seen several craft breweries spring up in the last few years.

The Truckee River from the bridge by Resort at Squaw Creek. 

March 13, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Craft Breweries in North Lake Tahoe

If there is one culinary tradition shared by mountain towns everywhere, it's great beer. North Lake Tahoe has seen several new craft breweries pop up in the last few years. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Fifty Fifty Brewing Company in Truckee, California. One of the first breweries to lead the recent resurgance in locally made craft beer, 5050 makes the award-winning Eclipse barrel-aged stout. A full menu and large dining room make this a great option for families.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company in Tahoe City & Truckee. Relatively new to the craft brewing scene in Tahoe, it opened in 2012, Tahoe Mtn Brewery in Tahoe City is located right across from Commons Beach and has a great outdoor seating area for watching the passing scene. The Brewery & Tasting Room in Truckee hosts a happy hour with live music every Thursday.

Lake Tahoe Brewing Company, based in Carson City, has just opened a location in downtown Truckee. A full menu of handcrafted brews, with inspired, locally sourced food to pair with them makes this a great spot for lunch or casual dinner. 

Alibi Ale Works is a little further afield, in Incline Village, Nevada. Owned by a Tahoe locals who have been brewing for years, their beers are brewed with water from Lake Tahoe in small batches. Food is not currently served, but picnics are welcome at the bar.  We recommend stopping for happy hour if you are coming back from a day at Sand Harbor. 

Mellow Fellow in Truckee. Great for families with a super simple menu. Mellow Fellow doesn't brew, but they have over 40 American craft beers on tap and they serve locally made sausages and tasty sandwiches. 

March 04, 2015 | 10:12 AM

Are you a S'mores Traditionalist or a S'mores Innovator?

If there is one culinary creation that pairs perfectly with fresh mountain air, it is S'mores. Marshmallows roasted over an outdoor fire until they are perfectly gooey, then squashed between two toasty graham crackers and wilted chocolate - it's the ultimate in high mountain cuisine.

But lately, a division among S'mores connoisseurs has fostered a debate. Stick to the tradition? Or innovate?

Traditionalists make the point that there is no need to improve on perfection. S'mores have already acheived the ultimate ratio of marshmallow-chocolate-graham cracker. Why mess with a good thing?

Innovators counter that S'mores have been stuck in a rut for several decades, and, while there is place for the traditional recipe at every campfire, that new ingredients and creative combinations are bringing the nostalgic treat up to date.

Where do you fall in the great S'mores debate?

Chocolate chip cookies and Thin Mints are innovative additions to the traditional S'mores. Photo and quality control by Lynne Mackenzie.

February 25, 2015 | 09:35 AM

Best Picnic Spot in North Lake Tahoe

Pick up a few sandwiches and a bottle of wine from Sweet Potatoes Deli and head down the West Shore of Lake Tahoe for a picnic lunch at one of the most scenic spots in the western United States - the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

Completed in 1903, the summer home, originally called Pine Lodge, is constructed out of local, natural materials, and is one of the several opulent estates in Lake Tahoe built after the mining boom. Grand yet informal, the mansion stayed with the original family until 1965 when it was sold to the State of California and became Sugar Pine Point State Park.

With a sweeping lawn, gazebo, and lake-front picnic area, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is a popular spot to spend a summer day. Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, breathe in the fresh mountain air, walk the sunny pathways around the property, and take a tour of the mansion.

The view of Lake Tahoe from the property is breathtaking and the ambiance created by the mansion and surrounding outbuildings makes you feel like you've taken a step back in time to when summer vacations lasted all summer long and wealthy families traveled with a retinue of servants.

Tours are 11am to 4pm daily from July through Labor Day.

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February 24, 2015 | 11:50 AM

California Wedding Package in Lake Tahoe

If you're recently engaged, congratulations! Planning a wedding can be such fun and North Lake Tahoe weddings are gorgeous affairs. No matter what your wedding style, Mother Nature looks good on everyone! 

As part of Resort at Squaw Creek's 25th Anniversary, and to celebrate mid-winter engagements, we're offering a limited-time special at our California wedding location.

Book your wedding to take place between April 19 and June 30, 2015, Sunday through Friday, and receive:

  • 50% off ceremony site fees
  • complimentary night in a Fireplace Suite
  • chocolates in your room upon arrival
  • sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries on your wedding night
  • valet parking for the duration of your stay

Perfect for the couple who wants to elope, or if you're just not interested in a long engagement, this California wedding package offers plenty of flexibility. Pair it with a full-blown reception or an elegant dinner for a few family and friends - the team at Resort at Squaw Creek can customize your wedding any way you like.

Please call Special Events Manager Jenna Western at 530.583.6300 or email for more information.

The golf course ceremony location at Resort at Squaw Creek. Photo by Bret Cole Photography.

February 18, 2015 | 02:14 PM

Spring Break in Lake Tahoe, California

Thinking about getting away this spring for a quick family vacation in California? Resort at Squaw Creek has room rates starting at $189 weekday/$209 weekend in March and April for Spring Break trips to Lake Tahoe

March and April in Lake Tahoe are a great time for families to escape to the mountains for a quick spring refresher before finishing out the school year. With plenty of outdoor activities and fresh mountain air, Spring Break in Lake Tahoe is the antidote to too much sitting indoors over the long winter.

Here are a few things to do in Lake Tahoe in March & April:

Learn to fly fish on local waters with Matt Heron Fly Fishing.

Ride a bike or walk to Tahoe City along the Truckee River.

Enjoy the lakefront playground at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.

Shop in Downtown Historic Truckee.

Climb the ropes course at Granlibakken Treetop Adventure Park.

Take a sailing cruise on Lake Tahoe (You thought the water was clear in summer? Just wait)

Explore some of the lake-level hikes and historic estates around Tahoe. 

And that doesn't even include the spring skiing at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and other resorts around North Lake Tahoe. What are you waiting for? Road trip! 

Photo Credit Matt Heron Fly Fishing

February 11, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Mid-winter snow days at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe

February 10, 2015 - It’s one day after a series of storms blew into Tahoe. The snow has settled and the clouds have given way to those famously bluebird skies. You can feel the shift in energy everywhere.

People are happy, excited, walking with a little more bounce, smiling more easily. We loaded the Funitel at Squaw Valley and looked out the window, hopeful that the snow was going to be good, trying to figure out where to ski. We only had an hour and didn’t want to waste a second. We heard one gentleman saying the snow was awesome – it was the kind of day where you don’t stop for a break.  

As we approached the top, we saw a handful of people waiting at the bottom of a spinning Siberia chair. Was our timing really going to be this perfect? There were only two or three sets of tracks coming down from the top – Patrol always gets the goodies. A quick glance as we strapped in confirmed they were loading the chair and we raced to the maze. Funitel-guy was so right.

The snow was awesome. Just deep enough to keep you afloat, not so light you punched through to the bottom. It was one of the days that reminds you why you love coming to the mountains. Why you love skiing. Why you love snowboarding.  

We took three quick runs on Siberia and then raced down Mountain Run back to the Village to get back to the office. One of the amazing things about mid-week skiing at Squaw Valley – an hour is a lot of time when the snow is good and the lines are short. Today was incredible.


Video credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

February 09, 2015 | 03:56 PM

A River Runs Through It - seeing Lake Tahoe from the cool waters

One of the most fantastic ways to get to know the Lake Tahoe region is from the perspective of a fly fisherman. Matt Heron Fly Fishing offers team building opportunities on the water in North Lake Tahoe - a memorable way to get your meeting attendees out of the conference room for a morning or afternoon of reinvigorating activity.

With a rod and reel in hand, and a fish in sight, beginner and experienced fly fishermen alike will jump at the thrill of hooking a fish amid Squaw Valley's massive peaks and towering pines. Wading into waters to make that first cast, new fly fishermen soon find an easy rhythm, and will find their stress soon melting away on the breeze.

Fly Fishing sessions can last for an hour or a full day, and take place right on-site at Resort at Squaw Creek. Two stocked private ponds and a full-service fly fishing shop make it simple to rent equipment and begin learning to cast in the space of a meeting break. All team building sessions are fully customizable and can be simply instructional or can be built around team competition.

Speak to your Sales Manager or go here for more details on team building with Matt Heron Fly Fishing at Resort at Squaw Creek.

Photo Credit Matt Heron Fly Fishing 

February 06, 2015 | 03:52 PM

Valentine's Day Menu in Lake Tahoe takes you from love at first sight to happily ever after

Lake Tahoe dining will be an elevated experience this Valentine's Day with the sumptuous prix fixe menu from Six Peaks Grille at Resort at Squaw Creek.

The four course menu at our Lake Tahoe fine dining establishment elegantly begins with a Strawberry Salad, progresses with Seared Scallops and your choice of entree, and then ends happily ever after with a choice of desserts.

For lovers of Pacific-caught seafood, there will be no need to ponder the menu long. The Seared Halibut pictured here is prepared with a black garlic emulsion, roasted brussel sprouts, toasted pine nut gremolata, picked sprout leaves, pea tendrils, watermelon radish, and a minted moscato vinaigrette.

The Valentine's Day menu is offered for $115 per person. Wine pairing is $30 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 530.581.6621.

Seared Halibut from the Valentine's menu at Six Peaks Grille

February 02, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Getting out on Lake Tahoe in winter is a treat

Summer may get all the attention when it comes to enjoying Lake Tahoe's crystal clear waters, but winter on the water is a nice surprise. 

There is nothing better than diving into Lake Tahoe's cool waters on a hot summer day, but for paddleboarders and kayakers, those perfect-for-paddling calm days can be a little too few and far between.

This is where winter sneaks up on you. With 10-days-at-a-time stretches of glassy calm waters, unbelievable clarity (thanks to no boat traffic), and warm sunshine, you can get out on the water and have all of Lake Tahoe to yourself. 

Yes, you need to add a layer or two, and yes, it's a good idea to stay on top of the water and not get in it, but after 15 minutes of paddling in the sun, you'll be contemplating a dip (though it's NOT recommended!).

Tahoe residents like to paddle all year long. Favorite spots are Sand Harbour, anywhere on the North Shore, and Donner Lake. With ample lakefront parking, you can put your kayak or paddleboard in just about anywhere. 

So if you're eager to try something different this winter, consider getting out on the lake - though you'll still have to wait for summer to dive in. 

Photo Credit: @jenschmidtphoto via @VisitTruckee

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