Keep the vacation expenses down and the adventure level up with these affordable, kid-friendly hotels that are perfect for your next family vacation.

Don’t think that these are bare bones spots—scroll through to see all the amazing resort perks that are in store for your “budget” vacation! With rates of $200/night or less, you’ll have more bucks to spend on exploring the local area.

TreeTop Adventure Park at Granlibakken in Tahoe City, CA

Granlibakken (Tahoe City, CA)

Home to the largest alpine lake in North America and the largest concentration of ski resorts in the US, North Lake Tahoe will keep adventurous families exploring all vacation long. This summer, families can traverse the new Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route open to all ages, or experience the new Emerald Bay Underwater Heritage Trail, which reveals a sunken ship graveyard. Or try a dual sport day––by paddle boarding in the morning, and hiking or rock climbing in the afternoon.

The charming family-friendly Granlibakken resort sprawls across acres of forested meadow and features both hotel rooms and cabin-style lodges, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast. Families can traverse the on-property Tahoe Treetop Aerial Adventure Park, enjoy access to many trails, sled or ski down the beginner-friendly snow hill, or head to the nearby beach.

Rates start at $139/ night. See all there is to do in the summer and winter in Tahoe.

725 Granlibakken Rd. Tahoe City, CA

Online: granlibakken.com

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Concerts at Commons Beach June 16th – September 1st, 2019 

From bluegrass and southern rock to afro-samba-funk and alternative rock, get ready for an incredible 12-week concert series at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.

 

2019 Concert at Commons Beach Lineup

JUNE 16TH | 4PM-7PM ACHILLES WHEEL

JUNE 23RD | 4PM-7PM MUMBO GUMBO

JUNE 30TH | 4PM-7PM JOY & MADNESS

JULY 7TH | 4PM-7PM SAMBADÁ

JULY 14TH | 4PM-7PM MIDTOWN SOCIAL

JULY 21ST | 4PM-7PM ORGŌNE THE BEER GARDENERS

JULY 28TH | 4PM-7PM THE BLUES MONSTERS + GROOVE FOUNDRY

AUGUST 4TH | 4PM-7PM HOT BUTTERED RUM

AUGUST 11TH | 4PM-7PM POOR MAN’S WHISKEY

AUGUST 18TH | 4PM-7PM DIGGIN’ DIRT

AUGUST 25TH | 4PM-7PM DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS

SEPTEMBER 1ST | 4PM-7PM LEBO & FRIENDS

June 16th from 7:00-11:00 AM

Join us on Father's Day at Granlibakken Tahoe for Brunch featuring drinks, fresh fruits, salad bar, waffle station, avocado toast bar, carving station, fresh seafood and desserts including house made tie shaped cookies for each Dad.

Cost: $45/adults and $20/kids

Call for Reservations: 530-583-4242

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Father’s Day Brunch Menu

Drinks

Mimosas Prosecco Bloody Mary’s Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice Fresh Fruits

Yogurts

Oatmeal, Cereals, Bread, English Muffins, Bagels, Croissants Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Quiche Eggs Benedict & Avocado Benedict Homestyle Fried Potatoes w/ Sauté Onions & Bell Peppers Sausage & Vegetarian Sausage Scrambled Eggs Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Red Pepper Coulis on The Side American

Artisan Cheese Assorted Gourmet Cheese Display

Sliced Salami & Mortadella Assorted Dried Apricots, Nuts Sliced Baguettes, Crackers, Bagels

Salads

Power Berry Salad w/ Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mangos, Quinoa & Honey Dressing w/ Basil & Mint

Waffle Station

Mixed Berries, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Syrup, Waffle Syrup, Butter Balls

Avocado Toast Bar

Sliced Avocados, Cherry Tomatoes Halves, Diced Red Onions, Chopped Cilantro, Capers, Assorted Breads

Carving Station

Roast New York Strip, Au Jus, Creamed Horseradish Sauce Assorted Rolls, Slider Buns

Seafood

Shrimp Cocktail & Cocktail Sauce Smoked Salmon Platter w/ Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomatoes, Caper, Sliced Red Onions Desserts Jill’s House Made Specialty

Dessert

Cannoli’s Filled w/ Mascarpone Cheese Served w/ Berries Jill’s House Made Chocolate Cake

House Made Tie Shaped Cookies for Each Dad

Don’t have time for a long yoga practice? Take just 2 minutes today to reset your body and mind through a flow focused on breathwork and posture. Your body will thank you, and your mind will feel refreshed and refocused.

This video is courtesy of Kate Leist, who will be teaching Sacred & Soulful: A Kundalini Journey to Self-Love & Empowerment at the third annual Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival.

Kate Leist is a yoga teacher, breath-work guru, beagle-lover and passionate founder of Soulrise Movement; ‘Sacred & Simple Tools for Busy Lives’. Kate loves variety and she expresses that love for variety in her classes through mixing Kundalini, Breath-work, Yin, Flow, Meditation & Dance. She will awaken your playful side, challenge you on a soul-level, and ignite your inner fire while also making you feel safe, nurtured, calm, and at home with yourself. Kate is passionate about simple practices for effective transformation that help guide us back to our truest selves so that we can show up in our lives more fully. The slogan for Soulrise Movement is “Own your shit, live your truth.”…asking us to look at ourselves and our lives honestly and take ownership, be vulnerable, and rise above our own perceived fears, doubts, and shadows. “We all have stuff. We are all healing. We are all trying to fit into some unrealistic mold of who we should be and how we fit in. It’s time we unravel from all the untruths we’ve been taught to get back to our own truth. It’s time to stop playing small and start being real. It starts with taking more time for yourself to breathe deeper, move slower, and listen to your inner wisdom.” Join Kate’s class on Saturday 1-2:30 Sacred & Soulful: A Kundalini Journey of Self-Love & Empowerment. Website: soulrisemovement.com IG: @soulrisemovement 

Lake Tahoe, oh Tahoe, how we love thee. Your beauty and majesty, beyond compare. All seasons you beckon, “Come, find rest.” 

I’ll pause my spontaneous poetry to get to the point.

This legendary lake is just shy of 4 hours from Silicon Valley, so when you go you need somewhere to stay. Today’s article is about my favorite place to stay in all of Tahoe. It’s called Granlibakken. (Write that down.)

Here are 5 reasons why it’s at the top of my list:

The History.

Granlibakken is the first Tahoe ski resort! That’s right, quite the claim to fame. It was founded in 1947 by a Norwegian named Kjell “Rusty” Rustad. Granlibakken means, “hill sheltered by fir trees.” Rusty was an accomplished skier and sailor. He built the ski hut in 1947 out of logs he harvested from the ski slopes (see photo at the end of this article). There are framed pictures of old Tahoe life throughout the resort. I love to stop in the halls and read the story they tell. Many a native Tahoean learned to ski at Granlibakken, my step mom and her siblings included.

The Breakfast.

Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast feast every morning. This isn’t some “continental breakfast” with nary a gram of protein in sight. The options are hearty, healthy, delicious, and seemingly endless. The hours are also generous: during my recent stay, breakfast was open for a 3-hour window, from 7-10 am. The breakfast is so filling we needed only a snack for lunch.

Read the full article by Simply Silicon Valley

Meet Jorge, everyone! Jorge is originally from Mexico, and has been working at Granlibakken for over 30 years–he originally started as a dishwasher at Granlibakken!

Today you’ll find Jorge as our Morning Banquet Captain, setting rooms, doing A/V, and making sure that meals go smoothly. Jorge loves helping his team at Granlibakken, making sure that all events go smoothly.

Fun Fact about Jorge: His favorite place in the world is Puerto Vallarta!


Tony is our Morning Chef Extraordinaire here at Granlibakken. He churns out that breakfast that we’re known for, and always does it with a smile on his face!

Tony has been working at Granlibakken since 2005, and is originally from Gunajuato, Mexico. Tony loves working at Granlibakken because he loves his coworkers, and he also loves the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

Fun Fact about Tony: He is a fantastic dad to 4 kids!


Meet Gene Roberts! Gene is the Evening Chef here at Granlibakken, and has been working here for a whopping 32 years. He loves working at Granlibakken, because he loves the people-both the guests and coworkers who spend time here.

Gene hails from Maine, but has been living in Tahoe for quite some time now.

Fun Fact about Gene: He just discovered a long-lost sister! Gene was adopted, and has been going through the process of finding his biological family.