Viewing posts from: April 2013

Packing Suggestions for your Next Coroporate Retreat

by stanfordsierra

04 16, 2013 | Posted in Event planning, Lodging | 0 comments

Our first groups of the spring conference season arrive Friday, so we are sharing our packing tips to help you prepare to attend a Lake Tahoe retreat this spring. Before packing for any trip, check the weather in the destination city. I like the National Weather service forecast. This weekend we'll have daytime temps in the low 60s and nighttime lows in the 30s - A pretty big range which is typical in the mountains. Wearing layers is a convenient way to stay comfortable as temperatures rise through the day then drop again in the evening. For the dress code, you probably have a good idea of your company/ organization's dress code, and you can check the event agenda for specifics. Most groups that meet here at Stanford Sierra Conference Center dress casual for their meals and meeting, I think I've seen attendees from just about every group wearing jeans. Yeah for casual meetings!

Groups meeting here choose a casual dress code

If you can access your event's agenda in advance, check for free time. We encourage all groups to schedule free time to get outside in our beautiful setting on Fallen Leaf Lake. The best activities here are boating and hiking.

Plan to get out on the water during your visit

Our boat dock is open when there aren't scheduled meetings. Both groups visiting this weekend have free time on Saturday afternoon. Just head down to the boat dock and a friendly staff member will get you a life jacket then set you up in the watercraft of your choice. We have kayaks, peddle boats, stand up paddle boards and sailboats. There can be a cool breeze on the water, so a light, water-resistant out layer would work well for this weekend's weather.

There are excellent hiking options from Stanford Sierra

Plan to get out for at least a short walk during your visit. The Lower Falls are just a few minutes from Stanford Sierra on paved roads.

The Lower Falls

If you would like a longer hike, you might want to bring waterproof footwear. Some higher trails, including around Lily Lake on your way to the Upper Falls, have standing water from melting snow. The mid Tallac Trail and could be a good option for this weekend. Check in at the office for a hiking map and directions. To complete your packing bring any prescription medicine and toiletries you'll need during your stay. We stock our lodge rooms and cabins with soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Our onsite store, the Fountain, sells a variety of items in case you forget something. For a full packing list, take a look at the packing guide on our website. Enjoy your trip!

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Stanford Sierra History – The Beginning

by stanfordsierra

04 03, 2013 | Posted in History | 0 comments

The Stanford connection with Fallen Leaf Lake started at the end of the 1800s. William Wrightman Price graduated  in Stanford University's second class, then went on to become a Stanford engineering professor. Price was a nature enthusiast and made his way to Fallen Leaf Lake in 1896. He built a boy's camp upstream from Fallen Leaf Lake near Glen Alpine Springs. At the camp, the boys learned to fish, hunt and live in the outdoors. They climbed the mountains, measured the trails with bicycle wheels, and installed plaques at the top of the peaks so hikers could record their visits.

Heather Lake was a likely hiking destination for Price and the boys from his Camp

After Price married he brought his wife to camp, so family members of the boys thought it was a good idea and joined their campers. More and more guests visited the camp each summer. At nearby Glen Alpine Springs Resort, the proprietors were a bit unhappy that the campers' relatives were staying at the camp and not their hotel. The story goes that one summer there were 75 visitors at the camp, so the resort owners informed Price that they would no longer carry milk and mail for a competitor. Price then moved his 'Housekeeping Camp' to the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake where Stanford Sierra Camp is today.

The dock at the Price Housekeeping Camp

In 1905 Price built several tent cabins and a kitchen, then in 1907 with many families other than those of the camp boys visiting, Price built cabins which are now our staff cabins along "Rustic Row".

A recent photo of some rustic row cabins

Thanks to Carol Thomsen, wife of former director Chris Thomsen, we have a record of the early years at Fallen Leaf Lake. Stay tuned, we'll continue the history next month!  

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