Lake Tahoe Scenic Fall Colors on AspensFall is sometimes called Tahoe’s secret season. Lake Tahoe is well known for its summer offerings, but fall is when the area really shines. The aspen trees around the lake turn fiery yellows and orange, the days are mild and sunny, and there are fewer crowds. Fall is really the perfect time to enjoy a relaxing Tahoe getaway.

Autumn is a great time to enjoy some of the hikes that Tahoe has to offer. Parking at the trailheads is less competitive in the fall, and the weather is perfect for hiking. Biking is also a blast in the fall, with less traffic on the trails and plenty of terrain, both on-road and off-road, to explore. It may be a bit chilly to swim, but there is plenty of fun to be had on Lake Tahoe. The lake is glassy and calm, perfect for paddle boarding or kayaking, or even just relaxing on the beach to enjoy the view.

Fall is the time to live like a local in Lake Tahoe. Many restaurants and shops offer deals, the roads are less crowded, and the weather is perfect for enjoying so many of those activities that we associate with summer. Visiting Tahoe is a great way to usher in the changing of the seasons, and you will be sure to get excited for all of the winter activities to come.

Right now Granlibakken Tahoe is making it more affordable for you to enjoy this beautiful season, with our Fall Special. With up to 30% off of rates and hot buffet breakfast served every morning to all guests, you can afford that Tahoe family vacation that you’ve been looking forward to!

Click here for more details on the Fall Special.


Drumming workshop at the 2014 Women's Wellness Weekend

Drumming workshop at the 2014 Women’s Wellness Weekend

Granlibakken Tahoe is so excited to be hosting the 6th annual Women’s Wellness Weekend this year. The variety of speakers, workshops, and artisans attending have us anticipating a rejuvenating and informational weekend. North Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to attend a Tahoe wellness retreat, with a vibrant outdoor culture and a setting that is truly unparalleled.

Women’s Wellness Weekend capitalizes on North Lake Tahoe’s plethora of health and fitness experts to bring a Tahoe retreat like none other. Offering a variety of events and workshops, on everything from family wealth preservation planning to healing with humor, the 2016 Women’s Wellness Weekend has something for everyone. Enjoy yoga classes in the morning with Nikki Dean to awaken your mind and body for the day ahead. Learn Ki Gong fundamentals with Tim Schroeder, one of only five level VI World Ki Gong Instructors in the world. Immerse yourself in Tahoe’s booming local wellness culture at the artisan and health fair, featuring local vendors, artisans, and health professionals. Lake Tahoe Wellness Packages start at a rate of $120 per day, with meals included, as well as access to all of the workshops and seminars.

Tahoe’s Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken also offers continuing education credits for nurses. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a weekend of fun, education, and health while also furthering your career. The weekend will offer plenty of time for socializing, meeting people with similar interests and making new friends and connections.

Learn more and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

We can’t wait to host the Women’s Wellness Weekend as part of our Tahoe Wellness series. Click here for the schedule of events.

To learn more about the speakers and workshop leaders, click here.


 

Going for gold with Executive Chef Ron Eber.

Going for gold with Executive Chef Ron Eber.

Conference participants and guests of Granlibakken are able to enjoy Granlibakken’s delicious meals, from the hot buffet breakfast served daily to catered dinners for special events, but it is not often that Granlibakken’s Executive Chef Ron Eber and his kitchen staff get the chance to show off their handiwork to the public. At the annual Autumn Food and Wine Festival held at Northstar this year, Granlibakken impressed the public and the judges with their bouillabaisse, a delightful fish stew made from fresh shellfish in a tomato and seafood broth reduction. The wine served by Granlibakken, Esprit Gassier’s “Gassier Spirit,” paired perfectly with the bouillabaisse, and stole the show on its own. Esprit Gassier’s Gassier Spirit was chosen by the judge as the gold medal wine in this year’s Autumn Food and Wine Festival. This delightful rosé from the Sainte-Victoire region in the Côtes de Provence AOC features floral aromas with hints of grapefruit and peach, with a dry finish. This wine pairs perfectly with light desserts, sauteed vegetables, and seafood dishes.

Granlibakken’s Executive Chef Ron Eber’s knowledge and passion for food and wine pairings allows him to not

A delicious pairing

A delicious pairing

only impress with quality of food served at Granlibakken, but also to win recognition at the Autumn Food and Wine Festival. His extensive experience as Executive Chef helps him to understand flavor profiles and pairing to create winning meals no matter the occasion. Granlibakken’s kitchen staff consistently creates flavorful, innovative, and delicious meals, sure to impress everyone, from wedding guests to families enjoying the hot breakfast served daily.

The care and hard work that Granlibakken’s kitchen staff puts into each meal is impressive. They easily work with any dietary restrictions or requests, create customized menus, and deliver old favorites with panache. It is just the icing on the cake that Granlibakken was a winner at this year’s Autumn Food and Wine Festival this year.

Click here for more information about special events and menu options.


 

family-walking (2)North Lake Tahoe is a great destination for your next family vacation. With a ton of affordable and family-friendly activities nearby, including biking, hiking, ropes courses, kayaking, and beaches, North Lake Tahoe is a no-brainer for your next family getaway.

Granlibakken Tahoe offers a great value for families as well. Our variety of accommodations, from standard bedrooms to three-bedroom townhomes can accommodate up to 8 people in a single unit. Our townhomes, studios, and suites all feature fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, and seating or living areas, offering a great place to relax after a day of Tahoe fun. All of our rates include a hot buffet breakfast served daily, including  anything from eggs and bacon to pancakes to fresh fruit. It’s not your typical continental breakfast, and it is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

The Treetop Adventure Park is located onsite at Granlibakken, just steps from your door. The aerial trekking and zip-lining course is challenging, with a variety of courses that are fun for the whole family. You’ll be having a blast and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Granlibakken is also close to a number of other activities. The Tahoe Rim Trail intersects with Granlibakken property, and a 3 mile hike from Granlibakken will access Paige Meadows, a beautiful series of alpine meadows. Granlibakken also offers bike rentals during the summer, and the bike paths around Tahoe and up to Squaw Valley are a great way to explore the area.

Located about a mile from Tahoe City and a short drive to many beaches and vistas, Granlibakken is a great home-base for your next Tahoe adventure. Kayak in Emerald Bay or paddleboard down the West Shore. Pack a picnic and hang out at D.L. Bliss State Park all day, or hike into Desolation Wilderness to access Eagle Lake. Whatever your Tahoe vacation has in store, let Granlibakken Tahoe help you make your getaway memorable.

Pamela from Marin Mommies recently stayed at Granlibakken, be sure to check out her North Tahoe Family Fun Guide here.


 

Granlibakken_SmithJones_0203-300x200How do you want to inspire your team? Do you want to bring them up to Tahoe for an experience that they’ll never forget? If you answered yes, Granlibakken Tahoe is the place for you. With 24,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, plenty of amenities onsite, and affordable all-inclusive conference packages, Granlibakken is the perfect setting for your Tahoe retreat or event.

Granlibakken’s all-inclusive conference packages include all meals cooked by an award-winning kitchen staff, access to indoor and outdoor meeting space, accommodations onsite, and access to the many amenities that Granlibakken has to offer. The Treetop Adventure Park is located onsite, and is the perfect place to challenge your team while completing a series of aerial trekking courses. Granlibakken has its own ski and sled hill onsite, which offers fun for all ages. After a day of sledding, warm up at our fire-pit with s’mores, the perfect activity to socialize with your team and enjoy a nostalgic treat.

The meeting space at Granlibakken can be suited to fit your needs. Our Mountain Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 attendees, and there is also a number of options for smaller break-out rooms, and space for poster sessions. Our in-house audio/visual team will make sure that all of the equipment that you need is provided, and our banquets staff and events coordinators are always happy to accommodate requests and to make your meeting a success. Granlibakken’s outdoor spaces also inspire connections, with fire-pits, barbecue areas, and grassy lawns available to groups.

Accommodations for up to 400 people are available onsite at Granlibakken. With a variety of lodging types, from standard bedrooms to townhomes, Granlibakken’s accommodations will ensure that everyone is comfortable during their stay. The many amenities included for conference guests include resort-wide wireless access, parking, access to our heated pool, hot tub, and sauna, access to our five tennis courts, half-priced skiing and sledding day passes at Granlibakken’s ski and sled hill, and access to miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails.

Host a memorable conference in Tahoe this year at Granlibakken Tahoe. Our conference center and our conference staff will be sure to impress, and your next retreat will be unforgettable.


 

wedding rock picYour wedding day is certain to be one of the most cherished memories that you will ever make, and you want to make sure that the day is perfect in every way. Granlibakken Tahoe offers a variety of packages, lodging onsite, and beautiful scenery, making it the perfect location for your big day.

With our Big Pine Lodge package starting at $6,900, which includes 2 nights accommodations in our 7 bedroom Big Pine Lodge, a ceremony and reception area, a bridal dressing room, chairs, linens, and an onsite wedding coordinator, Granlibakken packs in a great value for a beautiful day. Our Winter Wedding Special offers half-priced venue fees for the months of November–April, making tying the knot under the snowy Tahoe pines affordable.

Granlibakken Tahoe’s experienced events staff will ensure that your Tahoe wedding is everything you dreamed it to be. From helping you pick out a DJ to making sure that your ceremony and reception areas are set up beautifully, your wedding ceremony and reception will go flawlessly, and you won’t have to worry about any of the details.

Granlibakken’s wide variety of accommodations onsite, from standard bedrooms to three-bedroom townhomes make it easy for everyone to stay and play on your big day. Granlibakken is also a great place for a wedding room block, just a short distance from some gorgeous lakeside venues.

Let Granlibakken be the setting for your wedding day, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


 

Looking for the best place to post up for a day on the shores of Lake Tahoe? Let us help you find your new favorite spot by sharing some of ours!

 

Tahoe City

 

Views from Tahoe City

Views from Tahoe City

Tahoe Commons Beach

Located about 1.5 miles from Granlibakken in Tahoe City, this beach can be easily accessed by the bike path, a short walk or bike away.

Why Go: This beach has it all. A sandy shoreline, a nice waterfront with casual restaurants, a playground, and free music and movies in the summer. Free movies are shown on Wednesday nights, and there is a free concert every Sunday evening.

 

Skylandia Beach

This beach is located about 3.5 miles from Granlibakken on Lake Forest Road off of Highway 28.

Why Go: This is a popular local’s beach, with a large barbecue area, a sandy shoreline, and a nice pier.

 

 

Tahoe Vista/Kings Beach/Crystal Bay/Incline Village

Tahoe Vista Agatam Beach

Located 10 miles from Granlibakken Tahoe on Highway 28

Why Go: This sandy beach tends to be less crowded than some of the other beaches, and offers a great shoreline with shallow, warmer water. Paddleboards and kayaks can be rented at the beach.

 

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Free concerts at Kings Beach

Kings Beach Recreation Area*

Located about 11 miles from Granlibakken Tahoe on Highway 28

Why Go: Kings Beach Recreation Area offers an amazingly long, sandy beach with a pier, barbecue areas, and plenty of eateries nearby.

East Shore views

East Shore views

 

 

Speedboat Beach

This beach is located about 13 miles from Granlibakken Tahoe on Speedboat Rd., off of Highway 28.

Why Go: This small cove-like beach has those rounded rocks and beautiful blue-green water that Tahoe is known for. Climb around the rocks, and then jump into the cool blue water. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

 

Sand Harbor*

This beach is located about 20 miles from Granlibakken on Highway 28.

Why Go: This is a longer drive from Granlibakken, but well worth it. The long sandy peninsula is a gorgeous place to soak up the sun, kayak, or paddleboard. This beach also features the rounded rock piles, sandy shores, and beautiful clear water that Tahoe is known for.

 

 

The West Shore

William Kent Beach

Located about 2.5 miles south of Granlibakken near Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, this small beach is easily accessed by the bike path.

Why Go: This is a small rocky beach, but is a fun place to hang out, and is just a short bike ride from Granlibakken. Stop by Sunnyside for a drink on their deck right on Lake Tahoe while you are there!

 

Meeks Bay*

Meeks Bay

Meeks Bay

Located 11 miles south of Granlibakken on Highway 89

Why Go: This sandy beach is a great place to soak up some rays and hang out for a day!

 

Views from the Rubicon Trail in DL Bliss State Park

Views from the Rubicon Trail in DL Bliss State Park

DL Bliss State Park*

This state park is located 17 miles south of Granlibakken on Highway 89

Why Go:  DL Bliss is worth a visit not just for the sprawling, scenic sandy beaches, but also for the miles of trails that can be accessed from the park, meandering through Tahoe pines and along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Must pay for parking and/or access.


 

Some morning yoga at the 2015 Women's Wellness Weekend.

Some morning yoga at the 2015 Women’s Wellness Weekend.

Granlibakken Tahoe’s setting in a peaceful mountain valley close to the shores of Lake Tahoe is well suited for wellness, health, and rejuvenation of the mind and spirit. Our annual yoga and wellness retreats offer everything needed to reset, unwind, and rejuvenate. The Endless Summer Yoga Retreat coming up this Labor Day is a great way to wind down after the busy summer and reset your mind to prepare for the changing seasons, and our Women’s Wellness Weekend provides a great opportunity to further your knowledge of women’s health and to connect with like-minded individuals.

Let’s start with the Endless Summer Yoga Retreat. Working with local yogis, Granlibakken presents a Tahoe retreat like none other, complete with yoga suitable for people of all abilities, nature walks, music, dancing, and great food. Try out something new at one of our workshops or work to improve your current practice in our flow classes. Enjoy warm drinks and good conversation around the firepit, and nature walks on some of the many trails adjacent to Granlibakken. This retreat is designed to offer a peaceful end to the summer months, and to welcome autumn feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

The Women’s Wellness Weekend is a great learning experience. With a variety of health professionals leading seminars about women’s health, a health fair featuring local artisans and practitioners, and the opportunity to meet and connect with individuals who have similar interests. The Women’s Wellness Weekend schedule was just released, and it features a program that we are very excited about this year, with speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, from estate planning to comedy. The Women’s Wellness Weekend also offers continuing education credits for nurses, a great value.

We hope that you will join us for one of our spectacular Tahoe retreats. Whether you are interested in learning more about women’s health or would like to improve you yoga practice at our Endless Summer retreat, Granlibakken offers the perfect experience for you.

Click here for more details.


 

 

Tahoe is known for its stunning vistas, beautiful beaches, and the many outdoor activities available for folks of all abilities. We think that one of the best ways to enjoy Tahoe is from a trail. Here are a few recommendations from our staff of nearby trails that are fun for all ability levels:

 

Tahoe Rim Trail:

The Tahoe Rim Trail intersects with Granlibakken property.

The Tahoe Rim Trail intersects with Granlibakken property.

Specs:

Easy/Moderate/Difficult

165 miles

Located adjacent to Granlibakken Tahoe, circumvents Lake Tahoe

Why we love it:

The Tahoe Rim Trail circumvents Lake Tahoe, with plenty of trailheads available to hike in and out wherever you please. A 6 mile round-trip hike to Paige Meadows can be accessed easily from Granlibakken’s property. Paige Meadows is stunning throughout the summer and early fall, but especially in the early summer, when the wildflowers are in bloom.

 

Eagle Rock:

Specs:

Easy to moderate

1.5 miles round trip

Located about 5 miles south of Granlibakken on Highway 89

Why we love it:

This short hike to the top of Eagle Rock, which is a volcanic feature on the West Shore, provides almost instant gratification. With panoramic views of the Lake and the surrounding wilderness and plenty of nooks to enjoy the view from, Eagle Rock is a must-do on the West Shore.

 

Rubicon Trail from Vikingsholm Castle to DL Bliss

Views from the Rubicon Trail in DL Bliss State Park

Views from the Rubicon Trail in DL Bliss State Park

Specs:

Easy

9 miles round trip

There are two trailheads, one about 17 miles south of Granlibakken in DL Bliss State Park. You can also pick up the trail about 20 miles south of Granlibakken at Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay.

Why we love it:

You can either park in Vikingsholm, and shuttle a second car to DL Bliss to end there, or you can hike out to DL Bliss, enjoy a picnic on the beach, and then make your way back to Vikingsholm for the full 9 mile hike. This trail is a great way to experience the West Shore. The trail for the most part follows the shoreline, with pretty little coves along the way. It also encompasses two great attractions, DL Bliss and Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay, both of which are worth visiting for their beaches, views, and rich history.

 

Cascade Falls Trail:

Specs:

Easy to moderate

2 miles round trip

Located about 20 miles south of Granlibakken on Highway 89. Trailhead starts across from Inspiration Point, in the Bayview Campground area.

Why we love it:

This short hike offers stunning views of Lake Tahoe for nearly the entire hike. Cascade Falls is beautiful throughout the summer, but especially in the early to mid summer, when the falls are really going. The view of Cascade Lake from the top of the falls makes it feel as though you are standing on top of the world!

 

5 Lakes Hike

Specs:

Moderate to difficult

4 miles round trip

Trailhead located 6 miles up Alpine Meadows Road, at the intersection of Deer Park Road.

Why we love it:

This hike may not be long in miles, but with an almost 1,000 foot elevation gain, it is challenging. This hike offers stunning views of Granite Chief Wilderness and Alpine Meadows. The reward at the top is a peaceful series of alpine lakes, offering the perfect spot for a picnic.

 

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Wildflowers on the Shirley Canyon hike

Shirley Canyon

Specs:

Moderate to difficult

4 miles round trip–or 2 miles up, and take the tram down

Trailhead is located on Chamonix Place, at the top of Squaw Valley road.

Why we love it:

This trail starts off winding along Squaw Creek, before ascending 1,000 feet to High Camp in Squaw Valley. Offering breathtaking views of Granite Chief Wilderness and Olympic Valley and challenging terrain for any level hiker, this trail is a great way to see Squaw Valley in the summer. You can either hike back down, or take the tram down (it’s free on the way down!) to the base of Squaw Valley.

 

We hope that you enjoy at least one of these hikes this summer, and let us know if there are any more you would like to see on our list!

 


 

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Inspiring Connections at Granlibakken Tahoe

Conference season in Tahoe is upon us, and for limited dates this summer, Granlibakken is offering discounted rates, from $161 per person as a part of our Hot Dates promotion. Affordable Lake Tahoe retreats are hard to come by, but this summer, we here at Granlibakken want to make sure that your perfect Lake Tahoe conference is accessible, affordable, and flawless.

All of our conference packages include three full meals per day prepared by our award-winning kitchen staff, as well as coffee breaks, audio/visual packages, accommodations, and a wide variety of flexible meeting space. Granlibakken is able to comfortably accommodate groups of any size, from 4-400. Our large conference center and the plethora of accommodations onsite is perfect for large groups. The wide variety of accommodations, from town-homes to standard hotel bedrooms, and intimate indoor and outdoor space are perfect for team building and bonding for your team.

Our event and reservations coordinators on-site will work closely with you and your planning team to ensure that all of the details of your Tahoe retreat are executed flawlessly, and that your event goes exactly as planned. Our sales and banquet teams are experienced and professional, and we here at Granlibakken have hosted anything from meditation and yoga retreats to scientific conventions.

Granlibakken’s location just a mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City in a 74 acre wooded valley creates the perfect atmosphere for a successful event. Our location is peaceful and fosters productivity, while also being within a short drive of some of Tahoe’s premier attractions, including Emerald Bay and Squaw Valley. The many amenities located onsite, from the Treetop Adventure Park to the Day Spa ensures that free time or team building exercises are fun, entertaining, and memorable.

Whether you are hoping to host a relaxing retreat near the shores of Lake Tahoe, or if you are researching places to hold a seminar or a corporate event, Granlibakken has all of the tools to make your next event a memorable one.

Click here to see our Hot Dates.

Contact our conference sales department for more information at 800.522.4494 or at conference@granlibakken.com.