forest-bathingWhen you walk into the forest, do you see a city of trees? Or do you see an ecosystem teeming with life both observable and microscopic? What you might not recognize immediately is the healing power of the forest—as a place to foster deeper connections with your sense of self, with the world at large, and with Mother Earth to arrive at a harmonious state of physical and mental well-being.

The healing art of forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku, has been proven to improve focus and productivity, increase happiness, and boost immunity. In Japan, the healing power of forest-bathing is recognized as such a crucial part of mental and physical health that it was implemented as a part of their public health program in 1982. It's shown that spending time inhaling the phytoncides, or essential oils emitted by trees and plant life can help to improve immune system function as well as mood and overall well-being.

When was the last time that you took a break from work, or consciously stepped outside to spend time amongst the trees, to clear your mind and let nature revive and rejuvenate your soul? Whether it's just for 15 minutes or a few hours, studies have shown that time spent in the forest--breathing the air and enjoying the peaceful setting--can greatly improve mental and physical health.

Ashley Aarti Cooper, a yoga instructor and shinrin-yoku guide, says, “The principles of shinrin-yoku have really helped my clients become connected to their shinrin-yokubodies, and the internal and external environments they inhabited. They reported greater presence, reduction in feelings of anxiety, better pain management, and an overall sense of well-being." She stresses the distinction between endurance or destination hiking and full immersion in the forest. Taking the time to contemplate your natural surroundings while enjoying the scenery, the smells, and the feel of the forest helps to focus the mind and rejuvenate the body.

As a physical, spiritual, and mental practice, Ashley says that "[Shinrin-yoku] puts everything in perspective when you see yourself as a being that is meant to be a part of the natural world. Take your shoes off, take your time, lean against an old tree and close your eyes in the sunshine. Just listen. Smell the cedars, taste the wood-mint, splash your face in a stream. Remember that you are just one tiny human with one fleeting life, and enjoy the freedom that comes with that knowledge."

When we examine our place in the natural world, the forest is both humbling and invigorating. Humans naturally belong in this landscape. By taking the time to unplug and immerse yourself in the calming presence of the forest, you can achieve the healing benefits of the outdoors that our ancestors have enjoyed for generations. So go ahead, and indulge yourself in a healing forest-bath. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.

Our resort is open and here to serve you in compliance with the extended Greater Sacramento’s “Stay at Home” order. Only Essential Travelers are welcome to stay overnight. You can self-certify that you are an “Essential traveler by booking online.  

Our Sled and Ski Hill will continue to operate under the state guidelines. Please remember your face coverings and purchase your tickets in advance at sledding.granlibakken.com.

We remain grateful for the support from our community and all our guests and we are eager to welcome everyone back for overnight stays very soon. Please continue reading to learn more about reservations for Essential Travelers.

Essential Travelers and Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

We can accept reservations from Essential Travelers and Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. The State of California has outlined all Essential Workers here: https://covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce/

Essential Travelers include:

  • People who need to self-isolate or quarantine
  • People who cannot stay in their own home (such as when another household member is quarantining in the home)
  • People in the area to care for a vulnerable person, such as a minor/dependent, the elderly, or a person with disabilities.

Also allowed is anyone who is in need of housing. This includes:

  • A person in transit to another location and needs accommodations along the way
  • A person who needs housing due to unforeseen circumstances, such as being a victim of domestic violence
  • A stranded traveler
  • A person whose housing becomes uninhabitable
  • Persons experiencing homelessness may also be accommodated

There is no requirement for our resort to request any proof/documentation from an essential worker nor is there any single type of travel authorization for essential workers.

 

Our resort is open and here to serve you in compliance with the extended Greater Sacramento’s “Stay at Home” order. Only Essential Travelers are welcome to stay overnight. You can self-certify that you are an “Essential traveler by booking online.  

Our Sled and Ski Hill will continue to operate under the state guidelines. Please remember your face coverings and purchase your tickets in advance at sledding.granlibakken.com.

We remain grateful for the support from our community and all our guests and we are eager to welcome everyone back for overnight stays very soon. Please continue reading to learn more about reservations for Essential Travelers.

Essential Travelers and Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

We can accept reservations from Essential Travelers and Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. The State of California has outlined all Essential Workers here: https://covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce/

Essential Travelers include:

  • People who need to self-isolate or quarantine
  • People who cannot stay in their own home (such as when another household member is quarantining in the home)
  • People in the area to care for a vulnerable person, such as a minor/dependent, the elderly, or a person with disabilities.

Also allowed is anyone who is in need of housing. This includes:

  • A person in transit to another location and needs accommodations along the way
  • A person who needs housing due to unforeseen circumstances, such as being a victim of domestic violence
  • A stranded traveler
  • A person whose housing becomes uninhabitable
  • Persons experiencing homelessness may also be accommodated

There is no requirement for our resort to request any proof/documentation from an essential worker nor is there any single type of travel authorization for essential workers.

 

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the most iconic and beautiful long-distance recreation trails in the world. The 165+ mile single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail circumnavigates the ridgelines of Lake Tahoe, crossing six counties, four National Forests, three wilderness areas, two states, and one state park.

Granlibakken Tahoe is the only hotel property that intersects with the Rim Trail. Whether you are just planning a few day hikes, or if you are planning on completing the full trail, Granlibakken offers a great starting or stopping point.

For backpackers planning on completing the full trail, Granlibakken offers a variety of amenities and services to give you some respite during your adventure. You can mail non-perishable food and supplies to our address (please contact us before doing so!) and book a night so that you can get some rest in a real bed and enjoy a hot shower. Our pool offers a great place to relax and unwind after a day on the trail.

For those just interested in day hikes or mountain biking, Granlibakken is a great choice. We suggest heading out on the trail towards Paige Meadows, a 3-mile hike (6-miles round trip). This is also a popular mountain biking trail, with some technical parts but mostly a fun single-track, great for all abilities. Paige Meadows is a gorgeous destination, especially in early summer, when the wildflowers are in bloom. Enjoy a hike or bike through the series of connected meadows surrounded by the Sierras, where you can enjoy not only the plant life but also an abundance of wildlife.

No matter how you want to experience the outdoors in Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken has the accommodations, amenities, and resources to make your journey a memorable one.

 

Paige Meadows

Paige Meadows

 


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Our Property is Clean + Safe Certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association

We have always taken pride in the high level of cleanliness of our property and guest rooms. We use cleaning and disinfectant products approved for use against COVID-19 and have enhanced our already high standard cleaning procedures per the Clean + Safe Checklist put forth by the California Hotel & Lodging Association.

Our Cleanliness Commitment to You

↠ Frequently clean and disinfect high traffic areas and commonly used hard surfaces throughout the day.

↠ Clean and sanitize touchable surfaces and equipment between shifts or users, whichever is more frequent

↠ Removal of reusable collateral from our guest rooms

↠ Cleaning linens at high temperatures using products in accordance with CDC guidelines

↠ Provide and require our team members to wear personal protective gear and train them on proper use

↠ Train our team members on COVID-19, preventing the spread, the importance of self-screening at home per CDC guidelines, and not coming to work if/when ill

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RESERVATIONS

We’re currently accepting reservations for all travelers. Leisure travel reservations may be made for stays beginning on June 12, 2020. If you have existing reservations for a visit prior to this date, we are happy to help you adjust your travel plans. Please contact us at 530.583.4242 should you need assistance.  Your business and loyalty are very important to us. For any groups, weddings or meetings, please contact our sales team at [email protected] to discuss planning your future event.

 

KEEPING YOU SAFE

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests and employees. The Granlibakken team is committed to protecting the wellbeing of our guests and team members by providing a comfortable and safe environment for everyone who visits our property. We are updating our current best practices and making sure our teams take extra precautions in order to deliver a fulfilling and enjoyable travel experience.

Please continue reading about the enhanced processes and procedures we’re upholding to create a happy and healthy environment for all to enjoy. Your peace of mind is important to us – if you have additional questions or concerns please reach out to our Front Desk at 530.583.4242.

For more information on COVID-19 and the latest national guidelines, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department’s page regarding COVID-19, or your local health authority.

 

YOUR FUTURE STAY AT GRANLIBAKKEN

Our team is committed to providing every guest with the peace of mind to relax and enjoy their time with us. You will be welcomed by a team of individuals that have been fully trained on the importance of upholding the highest level of sanitation standards and the sensitivity of the current circumstance in which we are in.

Our team has diligently implemented all safety precautions recommended by the CDC and a supplemental cleaning process throughout the property and guest rooms in which a two-part sanitizing process is being used on all high touch surfaces. Even so, it is impossible to eliminate all risks of exposure to infectious diseases. If you have specific questions or concerns that are not addressed in the materials provided, please direct them to [email protected].

 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn by all team members based on their roles and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
  • Gloves will be provided to team members whose responsibilities require them as determined by medical experts and CDC guidelines including housekeeping, engineering, and any major operating departments in direct contact with guests.

 

SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Social and physical distancing, one of the most effective tools used to control and reduce the spread of Coronavirus, is being taken very seriously at Granlibakken. We are taking steps to promote “social distancing” in public areas of our hotel with:

  • Seating in all public areas, pools, and lounges is positioned at least six feet apart.
  • We recommend that all guests do their part and strive to maintain at least six feet between themselves and others.
  • Social distancing is practiced by all team members on the property and the health of each individual is being closely monitored.
  • All property outlets will comply with or exceed local or state-mandated occupancy limits.
    Stairwells are clearly marked and open for guest use.

 

HAND SANITIZER

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at all guest and team member entrances and contact areas such as reception areas, hotel lobby, restaurant/secondary entrances, meeting and convention spaces, pools, spa, and exercise areas.

 

EMPLOYEE AND GUEST HEALTH CONCERNS

  • We are taking steps to lower the risk of team member health issues, requiring any ill employees and any who travel to higher risk areas to stay home for two weeks and until they are free of symptoms.
  • Our team members have been given clear instructions on how to respond swiftly and report all presumed cases of COVID-19 on the property to local health officials.
  • If we are alerted to a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the property, we will work with the Public Health Officials to follow the appropriate actions recommended.

 

ENHANCED CLEANING PROCESS

While Granlibakken has always placed a strong emphasis on the cleanliness, safety, and comfort of our property, we’ve taken our standards even further by investing in more aggressive protocols, including increasing the frequency and extent of our cleanings, as well as following or exceeding the recommended procedures and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local authorities. The enhanced sanitation process will be performed by highly trained team members and entails the following:

 

PUBLIC AREAS

  • We have changed protocols for cleaning, adding greater disinfecting steps in the cleaning of public areas including lobbies, fitness centers (when open), public restrooms, and stairwells This includes dedicated team members constantly disinfecting high touch areas of the hotel throughout the day.
  • High touch areas, such as, but not limited to doors, door handles, handrails, public phones, furniture in public spaces, remote controls, signature pads, credit card readers, and drinking stations are cleaned and sanitized on a frequent and routine basis.
  • Our team upholds a strict schedule of routine hand sanitation throughout their time on the property.
  • High traffic areas, such as but not limited to entryways and hallways, are cleaned and sanitized routinely rather than late at night when there are no guests around.
  • Public restrooms are cleaned with increased frequency. Flushers, locks, walls, toilet seats, dispensing stations, sinks, faucets, and doors are disinfected during each service.
  • All reception areas are wiped down between every guest interaction.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed throughout the property. Supply levels are checked by staff on a routine basis.
  • A variety of touchpoints in our public spaces have been removed and for those that remain, enhanced sanitation routines are in place.

 

DINING

In accordance with government standards within Placer County, Granibakken is pleased to open up to 50% guest occupancy outdoors on the Cedar House Pub patio.
Click here for our updated dining guidelines: granlibakken.com/phase-two-opening-dining

 

RECREATION, FITNESS AREA, AND SPA

We are pleased to offer a selection of our outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, trail running, tennis, an outdoor par course, and Treetop ropes course and tours in our Adventure Park.
The Spa at Granlibakken and our hot tub and sauna will remain closed until restrictions are lifted by local government officials.

 

GUEST ROOMS

  • We no longer offer Daily Housekeeping Service.
  • For our guests’ safety, we’ve eliminated a portion of the touchpoints in our guest rooms.
  • We have replaced re-usable items (such as glassware) with wrapped, one-time-use items.
  • Additional housekeeping services may be requested for stays of 3 or more days and coordinated with our front desk upon check-in.
  • Special requests for additional toiletries are available via a no-touch delivery service. Delivery time may also be specified.
  • After cleaning, each guest room will be free of guests for a 24-hour period before the next check-in.

 

ENHANCED CHECK-OUT CLEANING PROCESS

  • Rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected upon departure.
  • Our housekeeping departments will leverage partnerships with our national vendors on the best cleaning practices, tools, and supplies.
  • Used linen is folded and bagged in each guest room (staff never shakes towels or sheets in the room as this practice releases particles into the air).
  • Increased attention to thorough vacuuming of rugs and sanitation of floors, including low-traffic and hard-to-reach surfaces.

 

The following Reopening Plan has been developed by Granlibakken Tahoe and follows California State, Placer County, and CDC directives. Please note, it is currently prohibited by state and county directives to travel from outside the area for the purpose of lodging in the Tahoe area. Granlibakken’s Reopening Plan is subject to change without notice as new information is available.

Our staff has been trained to avoid shared contact with co-workers/guests, shared touching of objects/surfaces, and keeping distance as much as possible.  Management is trained to stay informed with updated and credible information on the COVID-19 virus and follow the information listed by the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We are currently open for dining at the Cedar House with the following directives in place.

Risk Assessment and Protective Plan

  • We have performed a detailed risk assessment to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.
  • A protection plan that follows California State, Placer County, and CDC directives are in place.
  • Dining operations are at half occupancy. Guests (except for families and groups quarantined together) are required to sit at least six feet apart.

Customer and Employee Safety

  • Plexiglass barriers are in place at our take-out window, bar, and hostess stand.
  • All staff is required to wear proper personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves where/when appropriate.
  • We encourage our guests to order online and take-out food with a separate take-out order/pick up area away from guests waiting to sit. Guests waiting to be seated are encouraged to walk around the property.
  • We are utilizing an on-line reservation app to text guests when their tables are ready.
  • Our restaurants and all food service areas have been reconfigured to “low-touch” in terms of payment, condiments, dishes, silverware, glassware, chairs, and tables.
  • Floors are marked at the take-out window, bar, and hostess stand (as well as restaurants and other gathering areas) outlining how to stay in line while still maintaining at least six feet of social distancing.

Cleanliness

  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance to all dining areas. Additional signage around the resort has been put in place to remind guests and staff to wash their hands thoroughly as much as possible with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Depending on the weather, windows and doors will be opened up during hours of operation and rooms aired out before and after service.
  • All kitchen and dining staff have been trained to clean using CDC recommended products/disinfectants safely and correctly.  
  • Restaurant routine cleaning and disinfection to include all contact surfaces in public areas such as; chairs, tables, door handles, and water faucet handles are being performed.
  • Front desk and lobby public spaces are cleaned frequently to include;  tables, food services entrances, buttons on elevators, water fountains, and ice and vending machines.
  • A training process is in place to educate all staff on the most common signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection. If they witness a guest or co-worker showing any of these signs they are to report it to management.

We are grateful for your outpouring of support for Granlibakken over the last week. Online gift cards & merchandise sales combined with future reservations and private donations have been vital to our current operations.

While the government and financial institutions work out the details of how stimulus funds will be distributed, our loyal guests, friends and family have provided financial and emotional support to begin to reimagine the customer experience at Granlibakken. We are confident that Granlibakken will be able to serve customers as soon as restrictions are modified to allow for travel to the Tahoe area.

While we are currently meeting our financial obligations with existing assets, we are working with the Small Business Administration and local lenders to secure some disaster relief funding. We believe such funding will help our staff and fund operations until restrictions are modified to allow for travel. At this point we have no information on if or when such funding may actually be available.

Without any insight into County, State or Federal plans, we are developing conceptual plans to reimagine operations and services based on various travel model assumptions. Our entering assumptions are that when travel will start, it will be relaxed regionally first with detailed group size and behaviour restrictions.

In the near term we are looking at ways to provide immediate help in the community. For example, next week we plan to test delivery options with Granlibakken offering basic grocery supplies like milk, eggs, beer and wine. We are looking to leverage our network of current suppliers and save our neighbors from taking an unnecessary trip to the grocery store. As this service expands, we hope to learn more about what resources Granlibakken can provide for anyone in the community and offer curbside pickup options.

Thank you all for your confidence in Granlibakken. We are taking the opportunity to reimagine and reinvent. Unprecedented circumstances offer the opportunity for unbounded creativity. Please stay healthy and plan to visit us as soon as safety and government restrictions allow.

Norma, Ron and Lauren Parson