Although the waters of Lake Tahoe aren’t strictly restorative, folks from the City have been traveling to the Big Blue for generations in seeking solace from the hassles of day-to-day urban life.
Come Friday, you can head up to Tahoe for a little R&R and perhaps get some health concerns cleared up in the bargain as Granlibakken Lodge plays host to the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in Tahoe City.
The calendar says winter is still a couple of months off, but it’s not too early to get ready for the approaching ski and snowboard season.
And one good way to get a jump on snow time is head over to Fort Mason in San Francisco this weekend for the fourth iteration of the SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival.
Goodbye Tahoe. Hello California.
That’s the track Northstar resort is taking after the recent decision to make an adjustment to its moniker.
“There was a massive line of debate on whether we should make the change,” said Bill Rock, the resort’s chief operating officer. “But (the change) is a statement of where the brand is going.”
So, instead of going to Northstar-at-Tahoe, a popular Truckee-area destination for San Francisco snowsports enthusiasts since its opening in 1972, skiers and snowboarders will now be making tracks at Northstar California (that little star logo seen around the resort has been tweaked a bit as well).
Tahoe is intrinsically relaxing: mountain air, lake views, mellow townies, and countless activities to satiate an athletic appetite. Whether an avid skier or river floater, most people leave Tahoe with an overall feeling of greatness. Tahoe is also an ideal retreat for gaining wellness while lapping in luxury. The 4th annual Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino offers an all-inclusive two days packed with fitness and healthy living classes and seminars at an alpine oasis.
With Tahoe just a breath away from the Bay Area, it's easy to pop over for a long weekend of relaxation. The icing on the cake? A luxurious place to stay tucked in the mountains bathed in gorgeous fall colors on the shores of South Lake and minutes away from all the action. You can get that at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe, which offers a ton of travel packages so visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Tahoe and tailor their stays to their moods.
Here's how to take your Tahoe badassery to the next level: Mountain biking. The whole area's a massive playground for it come summertime, offering miles and miles of both technical and free-wheeling trails to soak up all those postcard-worthy lake vistas. Below, a Tahoe mountain biking weekend sampler:
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has been reeling in some A-list devotees for some time now, likely because of its toning promise. Balancing on the board keeps your legs and core engaged while paddling adds cardio and strength training for a low impact, full body workout. SUP started decades ago in Waikiki as a way for beach guides to keep tabs on tourists, and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's easy to learn, versatile and great exercise. And above all, it's a ton of fun.
Below, our guide to getting out for a paddle in Tahoe and the Bay Area's waters:
The best place for beginners to start is Tahoe. Warm temperatures and relatively calm waters make it easy to get comfortable on the board and familiar with the technique.
There's a first time for everything. After a historical season, novelty skiing — and riding — will be in full effect this Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe. If May skiing didn't satiate your snow appetite, there's more, lots more. The last time I spent the 4th in Tahoe I tubbed down the river, wakeboarded, and hiked. This time, I can do all of the above...and SKI.