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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.

Images from TahoeActivities.com 

 

 

 

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




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