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June 20, 2014 | 04:15 PM

One perfect day in Lake Tahoe

With so much to do in Lake Tahoe during the summer, it can be hard to plan your day. We asked some of our associates to give us their idea of a single perfect day spent enjoying the area with their family. Here is Kristy Olk's perfect Tahoe day.

With the Tahoe sun shining brightly by early morning, our family likes to spend the entire day outdoors. My perfect day starts right after breakfast with a paddleboard adventure. If the water is calm, being on a paddleboard gives the feeling of sliding across plexiglass. You can see straight down to the bottom and weave your way above massive underwater boulders and across the sand. If the water is moving, paddleboarding is a great workout - no looking down - the adventure becomes all about staying upright on your board.

After a morning on the lake, I like to stretch my legs and get my heart going with a hike. One of my favorites is Shirley Canyon right here in Squaw Valley. It's just four miles to the top, and then you can either hike back down or jump on the Squaw Valley Cable Car for a ride back to the Village at Squaw Valley (it's free on the way down and the views are incredible). The hike follows a Squaw Creek the entire way up, with a few waterfalls thrown in, before you reach Shirley Lake.

Shirley Canyon is a great family hike in Squaw Valley.

To finish off the day, I like to stop in at Uncorked in the Village at Squaw Valley for a glass of wine. They offer choose-your-own flights as well, so you could do a customized wine tasting if you like.

There are so many ways to get out and enjoy what Tahoe has to offer - this place is truly magical. Come play in our backyard - an adventure awaits everyone who visits.

June 19, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Seven reasons to make the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival part of your summer vacation

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival runs from July 11 through August 24, 2014 at Sand Harbor State Park. Here are seven reasons why you should make it part of your summer plans. Have another? Post it on our Facebook page

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Full moon nights are especially spectacular at the Lake Tahoe
Shakespeare Festival.

7. Experience for yourself the timeless transcendence of an incredible artist. Re-introduce yourself (or introduce yourself as the case may be) to Shakespeare with this year's production of As You Like It, which is one of the bard's comedies.

6. Cuddle up with your significant other, bury your toes in the sand, and settle into your beach chair - the Sand Harbor amphitheater is Tahoe's single greatest venue for stage entertainment. Like Red Rocks in Colorado, only with a spectacular lake backdrop.

5. Experience sunset, the evening alpenglow, and then more stars than you can possibly count as the play unfolds in front of you. Nature puts on a show as impressive as the actors and you have front row seats.

4. Getting there early is part of the fun - roaming entertainers will get you and your family into the spirit of the bard while you wait for the play to begin.

3. You can bring a picnic! Pick up a few sandwiches, a bottle of wine, and perhaps a chocolate torte made in-house by our pastry chef for dessert from Sweet Potatoes Deli. Spread out a blanket and enjoy dinner as the sun sets behind the peaks of Desolation Wilderness.

2. Don't worry about that theater dress code - this is the beach. Dress comfortably and bring an extra layer for after the sun goes down.

1. There will be a full moon on July 12 and August 10. From the amphitheater, you get an incredible view of the moonrise over the Eastern rim of the basin. By the time the play finishes, it has moved to almost directly overhead. A spectacular night to attend the festival!   

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June 05, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Golfing the Tahoe Reno area

Last night, The Links at Squaw Creek hosted 22 golf writers for a custom KP contest that included synchronized tee shots from 100 yards out, 9 holes, and, let's just say, rather relaxed golf etiquette.  

The golf writers came from all over the country, some to the area for the first time, some as repeat visitors. They all came with the same goal - to see the best of the Tahoe Reno golf courses in one marathon of a week long golf tour. Playing a minimum of 18, but more likely 36, holes each day for a week, the group visited courses in Reno, Carson City, South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, and Graeagle.

Nice pants! Teeing off during the custom KP contest. Tahoe Reno Golf Tour

Which brings up a good point - you too can tour the Tahoe Reno golf courses, and quite easily from Resort at Squaw Creek as a homebase. All of the major public courses are an easy day drive from our location in Squaw Valley.

From our own course, The Links at Squaw Creek, to Edgewood Golf Course on Tahoe's South Shore, home of the American Century Championship, to Old Greenwood and Gray's Crossing in Truckee, to Whitehawk Ranch just north of the Tahoe area, there are more than a dozen courses in the Tahoe Reno area to keep you busy.

Pick a few golf friends and start planning a trip with one of our summer packages. Our concierge can help you book tee times around the area, and the Spa at Squaw Creek is an ideal spot to unwind and release any tension you build up on the links. A late afternoon swim in our pool, followed by a casual outdoor dinner at Sandy's Pub can top off each day and get you ready for more. Fore!   

May 28, 2014 | 01:05 PM

Giant Bicycle fleet makes getting outside easy

Explore the bike paths of Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe this summer on a brand new Giant bike, available at Resort at Squaw Creek.

Biking is one of the best ways to experience the Lake Tahoe area in summer. Miles of paved bike trails wind through Squaw Valley, down to Tahoe City, and around the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and are perfect for gentle family rides. There are also countless mountain biking trails for any ability level, or world-class road cycling routes that will take you around the entire lake or over mountain passes.

GIANT cruiser bikes are great for exploring the paved bike paths
Squaw Valley and to Tahoe City.

Resort at Squaw Creek has a fleet of brand new GIANT bicycles - junior, hybrid, mountain, and cruiser bikes - that are just the ticket to getting outside to explore on two wheels. We also offer Peapod bike trailers for children that easily convert into a stroller when you arrive at your destination and want to walk around (lunch in Tahoe City perhaps?).

GIANT Peapods are the perfect way to take your little ones on a ride.

Whatever or wherever you choose to ride, getting on a bike should definitely be on your must-do list for an unrivaled Tahoe experience. 

May 26, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Exploring the historic mansions in Lake Tahoe

The drive from Resort at Squaw Creek around the 72-mile circumference of Lake Tahoe is full of scenic stops and includes historic homes, cabins, mansions and even a castle.

Touring the historic mansions of Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous trip back in time to when San Francisco millionaires first flocked to the area in the late 19th century for their summer getaways. Don’t miss some of these great, historic stops around Lake Tahoe. 

If you are driving clockwise around the lake from Resort at Squaw Creek, the first stop would be the Watson Cabin above Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Built by Robert M. Watson and his son, Robert, it is the oldest building constructed onsite in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building stands on the original site where the cabin was constructed in 1908. The cabin is open Memorial Day to Labor Day and tours are available. 

Driving around the North Shore provides picturesque views of the lake and once you turn down the East Shore, travelers notice that things change from commerce to calm. Most of the East Shore of the lake is not developed because of the foresight of the owners of Thunderbird Lodge. This historic stop features both the lodge and the legendary Thunderbird yacht. Built between 1936 and 1939 by the eccentric San Francisco real estate magnate, George Whittell, this magnificent lakefront property nestled in the Tahoe pines includes a main lodge, adjacent cottages, and servants’ quarters.  It also boasts a 600’ tunnel which leads to the boathouse – home to Whittell’s legendary 55’ Art Deco mahogany Thunderbird yacht. The property is open for tour by land or water May through October.

The gazebo at Thunderbird Lodge. Photo from 

Just a short drive from the South Shore of Lake Tahoe is Vikingsholm Castle. A short, steep walk down to the mansion takes travelers to one of the most picturesque spots on the lake – Emerald Bay. Magnificent cedars and pines set off by shear granite cliffs make this one of the most scenic areas in the entire United States. In 1928, Mrs. Knight purchased  land in Emerald Bay including the only island (Fanette Island) in Lake Tahoe and the only waterfall (Eagle Falls) flowing directly into the lake.  She built a summer home she felt would compliment the magnificent natural surroundings. Emerald Bay reminded her of many of the fjords she had seen on numerous travels to Scandinavia. She commissioned her nephew by marriage, Lennart Palme, a Swedish architect, to design the plans. Vikingsholm was completed in the fall of 1929, and includes many Scandinavian eccentricities, including a sod roof. Today, the property is part of Emerald Bay State Park and is open daily mid-June through September.

Driving up the West Shore from Emerald Bay, the final stop is The Ehrman Mansion in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Otherwise know as Pine Lodge, this grand residence was the summer home of the Hellman-Ehrman family. The grounds surrounding the Ehrman Mansion are the perfect spot for a summer picnic and jump in the lake. The mansion is open Memorial Day through September.


May 22, 2014 | 09:49 AM

Fly Fishing in Lake Tahoe (Video)

Fly Fishing on the Truckee River in North Lake Tahoe is a favorite summer activity for beginner and experienced fly fishermen alike. And Resort at Squaw Creek's Fly Fishing Center is the place to start.

Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor Matt Heron offers a variety of classes in and around Resort at Squaw Creek, based out of the Fly Fishing Discovery Center. Two private, stocked ponds and the nearby Truckee River create one of the most amazing classrooms in the world.

Fishing classes range from beginner introductions to privately guided trips on Tahoe's hidden waters for the most experienced anglers. Perfect for families who want to explore Lake Tahoe in a whole new way, or want introduce children to a beloved sport for the first time, Matt Heron's classes are customizable, adaptable, and always a good time for everyone.

Other classes foster environmental learning, like Creek Creatures, which teaches children about creek ecology, Aquatic Macro Sampling, which explores what fish eat, and Corporate Classes and Team Building, which offers a fun, energetic option for groups of co-workers.

The Fly Fishing Discovery Center makes it easy for everyone to try the sport. All gear is included for both classes and guided trips, or advanced anglers can simply rent gear for their own use.

To make reservations for your fly fishing adventure, call Matt at 518.225.6587 or speak to our concierge when you arrive at Resort at Squaw Creek.

About Matt Heron:
Matt Heron began his fly fishing career two decades ago and has never looked back. Matt grew up catching trout and bass in the histroic Adirondack Mountains, and not long after was chasing the huge trophy Steelhead, Browns, and Salmon in the Great Lakes tributaries every fall and spring.

Matt has degrees in Aquaculture and Aquatic Science, as well as Recreation Management and Outdoor Education. His experience includes teaching conservation issues in local high schools, managing a fish hatchery, and coordinating the number one trout habitat restoration project in the southern Adirondack Park.

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