Viewing posts from: January 2014

Bring Your Meeting to Camp

by stanfordsierra

01 24, 2014 | Posted in Event planning, Meeting, Recreation | 0 comments

Each summer for over 50 years, we host Stanford alumni and their families for one week of blissful summer camp on the shore of beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake.

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A typical summer day at Sierra Camp

Our summer program is hugely popular with Stanford alumni, who wait up to five years to secure a spot for their family. The key components of the program are outdoor activities in our amazing setting on Fallen Leaf Lake, quality educational programs including faculty speakers and fun activities to get the group interacting. You can incorporate these successful elements of our summer family camp into your group event at Stanford Sierra Conference Center. Many groups hold meetings in the morning and evenings to have afternoons free for fun, outdoor activities. Excellent options are either a guided hike or boating. Maybe a kayak relay race? We can help you plan your activities and schedule a staff member or two to join your group for a hike or to run your boating race.
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A group gathering for a hike

For an overview of hiking in the area, watch our hiking video. During the day, plan plenty of breaks for the group to relax and network together. Weather permitting we hold coffee breaks outside on the deck overlooking Fallen Leaf Lake. The serene setting seems to put meeting attendees at ease.
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Coffee break on the Old Lodge deck

For evening activities we have two good options to borrow from summer camp, a bonfire and sing-a-long on the beach with s'mores and disco bingo. If you have guitar players or singers in your group, encourage them to bring their instruments to lead your group in singing camp songs together. We can provide the bonfire on the beach, song books and s'mores. If you don't have any musicians in your group, we can recommend local groups you can hire for your bonfire sing-a-long.
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Summer bonfire on Baby Beach

Disco bingo is a Sierra Camp tradition that continues with guests maintaining their enthusiasm for it year after year.
Stanford Sierra staff leading disco bingo

Stanford Sierra staff leading disco bingo

Disco bingo is bingo, with disco music (costumes strongly recommended) added. Maybe your bingo caller will play "Dancing Queen", then all female attendees get up and dance. Some beer and wine at dinner can help get your group in the mood to boogie! We can provide the enthusiastic bingo callers in disco attire. You can add other summer camp activities to your Stanford Sierra meeting including yoga classes and lunch or dinner barbecues. Contact us and we can help you plan your event and suggest activities so you meet your event goals and your attendees have a relaxing and fun visit to Fallen Leaf Lake.

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Add a Golf Outing to Your Lake Tahoe Conference

by stanfordsierra

01 16, 2014 | Posted in Location, Meeting, Recreation | 0 comments

When planning the schedule for your Lake Tahoe conference at Fallen Leaf Lake, build time for a golf outing before or after your meeting. There are a few courses in South Lake Tahoe offering a variety of difficulty levels and prices. The most affordable course in South Lake Tahoe is the city-owned Bijou Golf Course in the center of town. 2013 green fees for the nine-hole course are $17 and club rental is $15 (rates will probably go up slightly for 2014). Bijou is a good course for beginners or a warm up for more advanced players to get the golf muscles going and keep up with your stroke. From the Bijou course golfers have great views of the surrounding mountains. Expect the course to be in better shape in the fall versus the spring.

Bijou Golf Course

Bijou Golf Course

Experienced golfers will want to consider Lake Tahoe Golf Course. You can play the William Bell-designed championship course for $65 midweek or $85 on the weekend. Club and cart rentals are available and proper golf attire is required. If you don't have time for nine or 18 holes and just want to get out and swing the clubs, Lake Tahoe Golf Course has a putting green, chipping green and driving range available. Group or private lessons are available from PGA teaching professionals and there are a pro shop, snack bar and full bar onsite.
Newlyweds at Lake Tahoe Golf Course

Newlyweds at Lake Tahoe Golf Course

For a first class golf experience on one of the most scenic courses in the world, visit Edgewood Tahoe located on the shore of South Lake Tahoe. The course was designed by George Fazio and rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of America's top courses. Spring 2014 green fees range from $110 to $160. Rates go up in summer then drop late summer, and drop again in late fall. If you are not a golfer, Edgewood is worth visiting for the excellent bar and restaurant and to enjoy the amazing lake and mountain views. Edgewood is one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate a special occasion and Brooks bar is a great spot to meet friends for drinks and appetizers.
Aerial view of Edgewood during the celebrity golf challenge

Aerial view of Edgewood during the celebrity golf challenge

For a comprehensive overview of area golfing visit Tahoe South. All three South Lake Tahoe golf courses mentioned have staff available year round, so give them a call if you have questions or to schedule a group tee time. I'm not a golfer, but writing this post makes me want to get outside and play!

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Recommended Lake Tahoe Lodging for Pre and Post Conference Stays

by stanfordsierra

01 09, 2014 | Posted in Lake Tahoe area, Lodging | 0 comments

If you are arriving in the area before your Lake Tahoe conference at Stanford Sierra Conference Center, or extending your stay after, we often have other events going on and don't have available lodging. Following are our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Tahoe area before or after your Lake Tahoe conference. Most of our recommendations are located close to the Heavenly Village which has a number of good shopping and dining options, plus a movie theater. The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel formerly Embassy Suites is located on the border between California and Nevada. The all-suite hotel has a comfortable atmosphere and is right next door to the casinos in Nevada if you would like to do some gambling. At the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel your stay includes full breakfast and happy hour plus the hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub. Particularly appealing if your family is traveling with you! If you are flying into the Reno/Tahoe airport and won't be renting a car, the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is conveniently located on the South Tahoe Express shuttle route. You can view the airport shuttle schedule online. The Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village is another family-friendly option with an Xbox game center and kids' activities on the weekends. Midweek stays at Forest Suites include full breakfast and nightly wine and cheese social hours. If you would like to experience a casino, stay in Nevada at either Harveys, Harrah's or Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa. All three are located on the South Tahoe Express shuttle route from the Reno Tahoe Airport and all three offer a variety of dining options with fine dining at Friday's Station at Harrahs and 19 Kitchen and Bar at Harveys. Mont Bleu has an excellent spa and indoor pool. If you are looking for a quieter experience we recommend the Black Bear Inn Bed & Breakfast or Lakeland Village located on the shore of Lake Tahoe. The Black Bear Inn has beautiful, mountain-themed rooms and cabins plus a delicious full breakfast each morning. Lakeland Village is in the center of South Lake Tahoe and is within walking or short driving distance to a number of restaurants. Stanford Sierra Conference Center is open for group events in the spring and fall. If you are visiting in summer or winter, our recommendations are great places to stay to access the excellent array of mountain recreation that Tahoe has to offer. Of course, you don't have to take our recommendations! View the full list of South Lake Tahoe lodging options online.

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