Jeremy Gorup grew up in the urban agglomeration of New York City and was a successful businessman for many years in the enchanting Gulf Coast region of Florida.
But once he visited Lake Tahoe, he was convinced that he needed a permanent change of address.
“I just fell in love with this place. It’s hard to beat Lake Tahoe,” says Gorup, displaying a convincing smile of a man who is extremely content.
Another thing that’s hard to beat right now on the north shore of Lake Tahoe is some great lodging deals as the region takes a deep breath following another busy summer, before shifting gears and getting into winter mode.
Relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere at Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
Gorup is the general manager of the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, one of many spots that reside adjacent to the beautiful waters of Lake Tahoe. Some of the Franciscan’s rooms are so close to the Lake that dipping one’s feet in water requires only a 30-yard walk.
The lodge has a peaceful, private beach that stretches about one-half mile. And its large, heated swimming pool is reportedly the largest on the north shore. Beach volleyball, ping pong and a horseshoe pit are other popular activities at the Franciscan.
The remainder of the Franciscan lodging is across Highway 28, a sometimes busy thoroughfare that winds along the Lake through little towns like Kings Beach, Incline Village and Tahoe Vista, where the Franciscan is located.
“There’s a real spirit to the Franciscan,” explains Gorup. “We’re family here. We actually know people’s names because they’ve been coming here for so long.”
And Franciscan guests back up the claim. Many of them have been booking vacations at the Franciscan for so long that now their grandchildren are accompanying them.
Most of the 64 rooms at the Franciscan are affordable – starting at around $100 – clean, comfortable and are equipped with a full kitchen and cozy outside deck to take in the sights. The rooms range from a studio to a four-bedroom house.
As summer winds down and fall arrives, one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe is now. Why?
Autumn in Tahoe takes on the slow pace that people think of as vacation speed. It’s a time when traffic thins, prices fall, and the lake remains warm enough for a comfortable swim.
Lodging prices drop in fall season
Prices at the Franciscan will fall Oct. 1. There are also reduced prices at the nearby Tahoe Sands Resort and Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge.
Another right-on-the-lake location is family-owned Ferrari’s Crown Resort, which offers lakefront lodging on Kings Beach at a hotel that has been family-owned and operated since the 1950s.
If one wants luxury accommodations, that’s available as well. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, the Resort at Squaw Creek, and the villages at both Northstar California and Squaw Valley are among the choices.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe’s “Discover With You” deal offers a $100 hotel credit, free breakfast and complimentary S’mores with a room booking. The Resort at Squaw Creek provides a free night of lodging when you stay three nights or more. And the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s popular Lakeside Cottages and West Shore Café drop their rates for fall season bookings.
Couples can find quiet bed and breakfasts deep on the West Shore. Visitors with a hankering for late-night music can book a room at one of Crystal Bay’s casinos to catch a night of live music and enjoy some gambling. And vacation rentals around Tahoe City can be found for half price throughout the fall.
Dining at Crystal Bay Steak House
The affordable accommodations leave more money to spend on dining. For a treat, visitors can take a little step back in time and dine at the Crystal Bay Steak House. The old-style Crystal Bay Casino harbors the classy steakhouse that does some impressive table-side Caesar salads, desserts, and specializes in a delicious streak and lobster dinner.
Crystal Bay Steak House, located off Highway 28 just over the California border, features an extensive menu and great wine list. And once you’ve completed dinner, it’s only a short stroll to the gaming tables.
If burgers are your thing, don’t pass up a visit to Burger Me, a locals spot on the outer edge of downtown Truckee. There’s a variety of juicy burgers on the menu and make sure to order the sweet potato fries and one of their thick milkshakes.
Incline Village Golf Course a great track
There’s plenty of activity in Lake Tahoe – hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, and more. A favorite pastime here is golf. And a good choice this fall is the Incline Village Golf Course, which is a gorgeous track that is in terrific shape. The holes are diverse, the greens are quick, and the views often stunning.
And if you don’t like playing a traditional golf course, Incline Village has a spectacular 18-hole executive, par-3 course that is as good as it gets.
Visit www.gotahoenorth.com/lodging for a comprehensive list of lodging options in North Lake Tahoe.