Viewing posts from: March 2013

The Benefits of an All-Inclusive Conference Center

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03 20, 2013 | Posted in Dining, Event planning, Lodging, Meeting | 1 comments

There are many benefits to selecting a conference center such as Stanford Sierra which provides all of your meeting and event needs. An all-inclusive conference package plan is budget friendly in that you know all or most costs up front. Our packages include lodging, meals, coffee breaks, meeting rooms, A/V equipment, internet access, recreation, airport transfers, taxes and service fees. Above the package, you can add recreation options, maybe a yoga class or a cruise on our 22-passenger pontoon boat for your attendees during their free time. You can also schedule social hours with hors-d'oeuvres and beverages and add beer, wine and sodas to your dinner. Once you know your agenda and attendance, then we can finalize the social hour food and beverage menu, and either provide an estimate of the costs or you can give us an amount not to exceed.

Add a lakefront social hour to your meeting

Another benefit of an all-inclusive conference center is with everything provided onsite, guests stay here for their downtime and are thoroughly engaged attendees. We regularly hear from our groups that the networking and idea-sharing that goes on among participants when they are not in organized meetings is a valuable benefit of meeting here on Fallen Leaf Lake.

Relaxing lakefront during a meeting break

Most of our employees live onsite and are all-purpose staff, so they are accustomed to working all aspects of service. Since Stanford Sierra is their home, staff members take ownership and go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good overall experience. Our staff tend to be an energetic and happy group!

Setting up for a coffee break isn't all work!

The majority of time we serve just one group at a time, so activities and meal options can be customized for your event. Our staff members can lead guided hikes or we can create team scavenger hunt challenges. We can customize your food and beverage events including lakefront barbecue lunches or dinners.

A team cooking challenge is an option

Check availability on our website if you think our all-inclusive center will work well for your next event. We're open spring and fall for groups of 30 - 180.

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A Few Spots Left for the Alumni Creative Camp!

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03 12, 2013 | Posted in Special Events | 0 comments

Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28 is the third annual Alumni Creative Camp at Stanford Sierra Conference Center on Fallen Leaf Lake. Stanford alumni were given the first opportunity to register, now with some space remaining, reservations are open to the general public.

Fallen Leaf Lake photo taken by Cindy Pearson at the 2012 Creative Camp

The program includes excellent instructors from Stanford University including Professor Bernard Roth, co-founder of Stanford's, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Join Dr. Roth for a 'hands-on' introduction to design thinking methodology. Check out the blog to get an idea of what you will learn from Professor Roth (and your fellow campers!) Photography is another popular component of the Creative Camp with professional photographer Joel Simon and Stanford instructor Forrest Glick. Read more about Joel and see a collection of his beautiful images on his website.

Instructor Forrest Glick giving one-on-one photo advice

You will spend some time with Joel and Forrest in the classroom, then head outside to capture the beauty of Fallen Leaf Lake and the surrounding mountains. There is a writing component to this year's Creative Camp with two writing workshops. Stanford alum and popular food writer and cooking instructor, Tori Ritchie, will share her expertise in her workshop "Food as Memoir: How to Create Delicious Stories from your Life". To complement Tori's workshop, Hans and Jen Hartvickson will help you to create an ebook in three hours. Hans and Jen are high energy Stanford graduates who make a living writing children's books and teaching kids the importance of goal setting and making plans.


... and Jen performing at the 2012 Creative Camp

For the full schedule visit the Creative Camp website. The weekend also includes time for hiking, kayaking and relaxing in front of the fire with a glass of port and your fellow campers. The all-inclusive weekend is at comfortable Stanford Sierra Conference Center, visit our website for more information on our delicious meals and comfortable lodging. The program is limited to just 50 participants, so register today for this fun and inspiring weekend!  

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Comfortable Cabins for Your Next Lake Tahoe Retreat

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03 04, 2013 | Posted in Lodging | 0 comments

The cabins at Stanford Sierra aren't your typical log cabin in the woods. Most of our cabins were built in the 1970s and look more like condominiums. We call each building a "cluster" of cabins.

Part of the Willow cluster of cabins with Fallen Leaf Lake in the background

Each building holds either four or six cabins giving us 52 cabins total spread throughout the property. In addition to the cabins, there are 12 single rooms in the main lodge.

The main lodge

The Point cabins wrap around the point which is just beyond the boat dock. Jeffrey Pine and Sugar Pine cabins are right in front of the boat dock and Willow and White Fir cabins are the closest to the lake with a great view of the length of the lake without other Camp buildings or homes in your view.

Jeffrey Pine and Sugar Pine cabins front the boat dock

There are a few different floor plans in the cabins. Our summer family camp for Stanford alumni is our signature program, so the cabins were designed to accommodate a family. Each cabin has one bedroom with a queen bed, a second bedroom with two twin beds and about half of the cabins have a living room/ third bedroom also with two twins. At the Point, there are four different floor plans. For groups looking to maximize attendees in private bedrooms, the three-bedroom cabins in Willow and White Fir provide three private rooms with closing doors and one bathroom per cabin.    

A cabin in the hills area with view of Fallen Leaf Lake

The Lakes cabins are located on your left as you drive into Stanford Sierra with the Hills cabins just up behind them. From all of the Lakes and Hills cabins you have a great view of Fallen Leaf Lake. There are just two different floor plans in the Lakes and Hills cabins. The A and C cabins are three bedrooms with the third bedroom being semi-private. The B and D cabins are two bedrooms each with a closing door on either side of the bathroom.

A cabin bedroom with two twin beds

Depending on the lodging needs of your group and whether they require single or shared accommodations determines the sleeping capacity of Stanford Sierra. If all meeting attendees need private bedrooms with private baths, there are 64 separate lodging units. If private bedroom and shared bathrooms work for attendees staying in the cabins, then our lodging accommodates 120 total. If sharing bedrooms and bathrooms works for some of your attendees, then our maximum capacity is 180. For a full overview of the lodging at Stanford Sierra, watch our video. Stanford Sierra Conference Center Lodging Overview Stanford Sierra is available spring and fall for groups of 25 to 180 looking for an all-inclusive package with lodging, meals, meeting space and recreation. Check availability or request a proposal.

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