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 Lake 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 Granlibakken 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.

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Lake 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 the Granlibakken staff, of nearby hiking 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.



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:


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



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:


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


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.



Wildflowers on the Shirley Canyon hike

Shirley Canyon


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 Lake Tahoe hikes this summer, and let us know if there are any more you would like to see on our list!




Inspiring Connections at Granlibakken Tahoe

Conference season in Lake 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.

Granlibakken’s 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 Tahoe has all of the tools to make your next event a memorable one.

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

67Granlibakken Tahoe’s Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat is fast approaching, and this has us thinking about setting intentions for the upcoming summer season. Whether you are a beginner yogi, or someone who is more advanced in their practice, this retreat is perfect for pressing the reset button and starting your summer with some yoga and some nature.

Spring is a time of rebirth in nature, and our Tahoe yoga retreat is the perfect place to prepare and set your intention for the summer months. Whether you are trying to be more physically healthy, more mindful, or just trying to set more time aside for yourself this summer, the Spring Into Summer Yoga retreat will help you to get a jump start on your goals, and also to connect with nature and others. Our comprehensive schedule includes a wide range of classes, from a traditional Vinyasa flow to Yoga Nidra and a Chakra workshop. These classes will be carefully tailored to the needs of the group by our thoughtful and experienced instructors, and will be sure to be educational, relaxing, and fun for everyone.

The Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat, hosted at Granlibakken, not only has a restorative schedule designed to encourage fitness, meditation, and mindfulness, it is also in a beautiful setting. Granlibakken’s location in a 74 acre wooded valley, just a few minutes’ walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe, is the perfect setting to re-center and prepare for the summer months. With miles of hiking trails adjacent to the property, plenty of grassy lawns and gathering areas, and a rejuvenating hot tub, pool, sauna, and day spa onsite, Granlibakken offers everything that you need to have a relaxing weekend before the hustle of summer sets in.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat at Granlibakken Tahoe, and all yogis are welcome to take part in this rejuvenating weekend.

Click here for more details on the Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat and our other Tahoe Wellness retreats.


campfire in eveningGranlibakken Tahoe is a destination that has brought people together for the better part of a century. Nestled in a 74 acre wooded valley near Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken provides the perfect setting for events, conferences, meetings, and weddings. With 24,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor gathering space, accommodations onsite, and a helpful and professional event coordinating staff, Granlibakken offers all of the tools needed to  make events successful, fun, and memorable.


Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to hold your next retreat, and Granlibakken Tahoe’s setting naturally fosters productivity and team building. Granlibakken is situated in a peaceful valley just outside of Tahoe City, one mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe, and a short distance from some of Tahoe’s premier attractions and resorts. Our variety of meeting space options allow groups of 4-400 to be hosted comfortably, while also providing opportunities for  break-outs and social gathering spaces. It is a beautiful location for a social event like a wedding or reunion, but it also offers all of the amenities and conference packages needed for corporate retreats and meetings.


GranlibakkenTahoe’s location is unparalleled, the staff is helpful and professional, and they have the ability to accommodate a variety of needs. Whether you are hosting an academic convention, a corporate retreat, or a relaxed reunion, Granlibakken’s unique specials and packages will make any gathering a success. Granlibakken’s Mountain Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 people, and their experienced staff will work with you to ensure that the room is set up perfectly and that all of your conference needs are met. Planning something more casual? Check out the warming fire pit, with log benches surrounding a crackling fire and space to barbeque, perfect for a relaxing evening after a day on the lake.


Food is included in most of Granlibakken Tahoe’s conference packages, which is a great value. Granlibakken’s kitchen staff have been winners at the North Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival twice now for their delicious concoctions, and they are able to easily accommodate dietary requests of any type. Whether you would like to indulge in a tasty Mexican build-your-own taco spread, or eat clean with one of the many vegan options, the food is sure to impress.


Granlibakken’s wide variety of activities onsite will ensure that everyone is entertained, and the possibilities for team building are endless. Our expansive outdoor space is peaceful, and provides a great setting to make connections and get some fresh mountain air. For those looking for more challenging activities, the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course is located on Granlibakken’s property, and is fun for people of all ages and abilities. The ropes course will challenge your group, and is a fantastic way to foster communication and to encourage teamwork. Granlibakken’s historic ski and sled hill is a great way to get on the slopes in the winter, and offers a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the larger resorts in the area.


The outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna provide a great place to relax after a day in sessions, and the on-site Day Spa offers a wide variety of treatments to relax and unwind. Granlibakken’s five tennis courts provide a great place to have some friendly competition and to enjoy the outdoors, and their front desk staff is happy to supply you with racquets and balls.  Walking or riding the miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to Granlibakken, is a great way to explore the surrounding area and stay active. Find a full calendar of upcoming events, here!


Whether you are planning a wedding, organizing a retreat, or hosting a business conference, Granlibakken offers the tools and space to make your event unforgettable. Granlibakken Tahoe has been in the business of inspiring connections for decades, and will be sure to make your next event truly special.


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Kay Williams, Resort Manager

Kay Williams, Resort Manager

Last night at the 62nd Annual Community Awards Dinner hosted by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, our Resort Manager, Kay Williams, was recognized for her important role in our local community, receiving the Distinguished Community Service award. Anyone who has ever met Kay will know of her talent for making great conversation, her friendly smile, and her knack for great customer service. Kay is a vital staff member here at Granlibakken, and she has also played an important role in shaping the North Lake Tahoe community.

Kay is a pioneer in North Lake Tahoe. She helped to found a number of cultural events, like Snowfest, the Autumn Food and Wine Festival and the Tahoe Music Festival series. Kay was also a member of the North Tahoe Rotary Club and the Soroptimist Women’s Organization. Kay continues to improve the offerings of North Lake Tahoe, making it a vibrant place to live and to visit.

Kay has also played a huge role in helping to get North Lake Tahoe on the map as a premier vacation destination. Kay was the Director of the Visitors and Convention Bureau for North Lake Tahoe, where she established the central reservation service.  She helped to develop the Conference Sales Program for the North Lake Tahoe region and was Director of Marketing for North Tahoe Resort Association.  As the owner and operator of the family owned Tahoma Lodge for 36 years, Kay is dedicated to developing strong guest relationships.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in many organizations and numerous tourism associations, including West Shore Association Lodging Committee, Lake Tahoe Music Festival Board, North Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee and the Boys and Girls Club Board.

As Resort Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, she has been the advocate for individual owner issues, fostering a warm customer service culture. We hope that you all get the chance to meet Kay, and to congratulate her on her outstanding service to the North Lake Tahoe community throughout the years.


Are you planning a business conference or a retreat? Lake Tahoe is a sure way to generate interest in your event. As one of America’s premier destinations, with world-class skiing, breathtaking vistas, and stunning hiking trails dotted around the shores, the destination alone will boost attendance. While Lake Tahoe is a wonderful location for your company retreat, you also want to ensure that your meeting is a prodOutdoor meeting area on the shores of Lake Tahoeuctive one. Granlibakken has all of the tools to ensure that your goals, whether it be team-building or education and productivity, are achieved.

With 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, comprehensive audio/visual, and a variety of packages available, a meeting at Granlibakken is a win-win for everyone. Interested in facilitating teamwork and communication with your team? Consider our Meet and Play Package, which includes meals, meeting space, and credits to a number of activities, from the challenging (but fun) Treetop Adventure Park to relaxing spa treatments at our on-site Granlibakken Day Spa. Granlibakken Tahoe is also well-equipped to handle large conventions, with meeting space and accommodations for up to 400 people, and a variety of options for break-out space. Granlibakken’s conference packages also offer three meals per day, prepared and served by our award-winning kitchen and dining staff.

Granlibakken’s location nestled in a 74 acre wooded valley near the shores of Lake Tahoe is the perfect setting for your next event. With access to miles of hiking and biking trails and shopping, dining, and entertainment within easy walking distance, as well as a number of amenities onsite, attendees will be sure to enjoy a productive but also relaxing stay.

Let Granlibakken’s experienced conference staff make your retreat unforgettable. Whatever your goals are, and whatever your group size is, Granlibakken Tahoe has all of the components as well as a knowledgeable and helpful staff to make your next event a success.

Learn more about our conference packages here.


Meek's Bay beach

Meek’s Bay

North Lake Tahoe is known for it’s world-class skiing and its great variety of summer activities for friends and families, from lounging to boating to paddle boarding. However, we here at Granlibakken think that spring is one of the best seasons to visit Tahoe.

Spring in Tahoe, first of all, is gorgeous. The snow gives way to wildflowers, and the Aspens along the lake start budding. The weather is beautiful, with long, sunny days, and mild evenings. Spring is also an amazing transitional time in Lake Tahoe. The ski resorts aren’t closed yet, so you can take a few quintessential California laps in your t-shirt, and enjoy a cold beer on the deck. Then, afterwards, at the lower elevations, it is mild enough to paddle-board, bike, or boat on the same day. Where else can you ski for a half day and then paddle-board or bike afterwards?

During the spring months in Tahoe, is also the time to see this area through a local lens. There are fewer people, providing the opportunity for that perfect beach day without having to share the beach with crowds. You and your family can explore the sights and vista points without dealing with any traffic. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride or hike, and have the trail to yourself. Spring is also an affordable time to enjoy Lake Tahoe, with many hotels and restaurants offering shoulder-season specials. Here at Granlibakken, The Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is offering 20% off sessions to Granlibakken guests this spring, which is an amazing deal for North Tahoe’s #1 rated activity.

Granlibakken hopes that you will spend your spring visiting Tahoe. It is an unforgettable experience, and we promise that you will want to come back every year at this time for a peaceful vacation!

Contact the Granlibakken Tahoe team today for more information on booking your trip!


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Some morning yoga at last year’s retreat

At Granlibakken Tahoe, we are getting pretty excited for our annual Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat this May! We have been working hard with our instructors and our chef to create a schedule, delicious meals, and activities for attendees to enjoy.

What can you expect from this retreat? Upon arrival, we will host a mellow, calming Vinyasa to get everyone ready for a weekend of yoga and wellness. Following the Vinyasa will be dinner, with a bounty of healthy meal options to suit every dietary need. In the past, we have found that a social fire ceremony at the start of a retreat is a great way to meet everyone and to set intentions for the retreat. A fire ceremony hosted at our warming fire pit will be a great way to wrap up the evening and to mentally prepare for the next two days of yoga, friendship, and wellness.

Every morning after breakfast, we will host an invigorating Iyangar flow to set intentions for the day, and to align and purify the body. After getting your muscles and your mind ready for the day, guided meditation will be offered, followed by lunch and personal time. The personal time can be used to take advantage of Granlibakken’s great amenities, from our onsite Day Spa, to our pool, hot tub, and sauna. You may also want to use this time to enjoy a nature walk on one of the many trails that intersect with our property, or to perhaps to spend a peaceful afternoon at Lake Tahoe, located just a mile and a half away.

Following your personal time, we will offer the option of two wellness sessions each day, from a guided nature hike, to a Chakra workshop, to an intermediate Vinyasa flow. This is a great way to explore a new area of your practice, or to expand your knowledge in an area that you are already involved in.

In the evening, enjoy a dinner of healthy and cleansing options that our chef  has prepared, followed by another calming session, like our Sound Healing Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra session that we are very excited about. This session will introduce you to singing bowl therapy, with restorative Yin poses and Savasana with guided imagery. Each evening we will also host social time, which is a great way to enjoy some food and drink and to get to know your fellow yogis better.

The Spring Into Summer Yoga Retreat at Granlibakken Tahoe is the perfect way to set your intentions for the summer. Whether you have an interest in yoga, or if you have already started a yoga practice, our knowledgeable instructors will be able to guide you through a weekend filled with meaningful yoga practice, connections with other like-minded people, and inspiration for a summer filled with healthy intentions. We will see you there!

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