Reasons to Have a Cabin Christmas in California

In songs like White Christmas and Let It Snow, Christmas is only complete with a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be your reality every holiday—but here on the shores of Lake Tahoe, we often have the fresh coating of powder that creates the perfect end-of-December scene. Our cozy cabins give you the perfect opportunity to appreciate the snow that’s outside from the warmth inside. Besides bringing that ideal Christmas setting to life, there are plenty of reasons you should spend your Christmas in California. Let our team here at Chinquapin give you a few other reasons why you should book holiday rentals in Tahoe City to celebrate.

Enjoy Christmas in California’s Beautiful Scenery 

Although some might envision California as the place to go for warm weather and palm trees, that’s not always the case. We’ve got beautiful wintery scenery around the holidays, especially around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Here, you can look out your kitchen windows as you’re preparing Christmas dinner, and appreciate the beauty of snow-covered pines and the pristine stillness of the lake. Or, go outside and take hikes through the natural California Christmas trees—or pines—surrounding the cabins. Maybe you’ll snap the perfect photo for your Christmas card this year, or you’ll be prepared ahead of time for next year’s. At night, the lights from the cabin will glow on the water, and create a reflection that you could gaze out at for hours. We’ve got all the perfect elements that add up to a classic Christmas in California. 

Escape from Holiday Hustle and Bustle 

By getting out of town, you can effectively escape from the constant stress that weighs down many people during the holidays. Our secluded cabins not only physically separate you from the hustle and bustle, but allow you to clear your mind after a long year of deadlines, social responsibilities, and other obligations. Plus, you won’t have to worry about meticulously cleaning your house and spending countless hours in the kitchen prepping for a party. Run off to the cabin and make what you want of your Christmas in California. Out of sight, out of mind. 

Christmas Vacations in California 

When looking to spend your Christmas in California, Tahoe City is the perfect answer. Chinquapin has the best holiday rentals you could ask for: with gorgeous scenery, and cozy-yet-spacious interiors for you to spend quality time with your family. For more information about accommodations at Chinquapin, and other things to do in Tahoe City during your stay, visit us on your website or give us a call at 800-732-6721.

Who doesn’t love the excuse to down a few beers and eat a giant pretzel? Luckily, Oktoberfest every year provides the perfect opportunity to be festive and celebrate with friends. When it comes to Oktoberfest on Lake Tahoe, there are several festivals around town that you could visit. However, the Tahoe City Oktoberfest is only a seven-minute drive from your accommodations at Chinquapin, and is one of the best things Lake Tahoe activities in September to cross off your fall travel bucket list. 

Culinary Options at Oktoberfest

What would Oktoberfest be without beer? Of course, many craft beers will be available, with some from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and more. To satisfy your growling stomach, choose from local barbecue, ice cream, rotisserie meats, sandwiches, and more. 

If you don’t like ales, lagers, or IPAs, a Tahoe City winery will provide a local favorite. Although temperatures are beginning to drop for fall, Oktoberfest beer (or wine) will warm you up.

Activities at the Oktoberfest on Lake Tahoe 

As soon as you walk in, you’ll be whisked to Germany as you hear tunes from the accordion setting the backdrop for the festival. To break it up, a few bands will make an appearance as well. In between beers, browse a craft vendor village with locally made goods, and find jewelry, apparel, hats, soaps, and more. Children can partake in non-alcoholic fun and use their creative talents by painting a pumpkin for free. The Oktoberfest on Lake Tahoe also offers Bavarian games to stir up a little friendly competition throughout the afternoon. 

Lake Tahoe Cabin Rentals

Visiting the Oktoberfest on Lake Tahoe is one of the most fun activities in September and October. Return to your rental at Chinquapin after spending some time at the festival to sleep off the Oktoberfest beers you had, or continue the rest of your day relaxing and taking in the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Discover more things to do in Tahoe City during your stay at Chinquapin by visiting our website or giving us a call at 800-732-6721. 

Chinquapin is one of the most spectacular 95 acres of wooded area along the beaches of Lake Tahoe. People are drawn to the natural beauty of this destination because it has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Fortunately, the location is perfect for those that want to enjoy nature, but still, have access to nearby accommodations. Once you nestled into one of the inviting Tahoe City hotels, the next order of business will be finding a few go-to restaurants that will cure your hunger and leave a lasting impression. You can’t really visit Tahoe without taking in the cuisine. Check out this compilation of must-try Tahoe City restaurants. The hardest decision will be which one you will choose first! 

River Grill

Kicking off the list of best Tahoe City restaurants is none other than River Grill. Not only will you experience friendly staff and unforgettable meals, but you’ll get to enjoy all of this with a show-stopping view of the Truckee River. Patrons rave about the sunset views and insist that the Halibut Special should never be passed up. The gorgeously plated meals, live music, and a welcoming atmosphere are sure to make this an instant favorite. 

Spoon Restaurant 

After you’ve spent a long day in the great outdoors, it’s time to replenish your body! Spoon Restaurant is a terrific option because of the inviting cottage vibe and satisfying comfort food menu. Not only will every single bite be absolutely delicious, but you’ll know you’re in good hands the moment you walk through the door. The staff at Spoon Restaurant will go the extra mile to explain the menu and go over the vegan and vegetarian options should you desire it. Plus, you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee! 

Fire Sign Café

Next time you visit Tahoe, check out the Fire Sign Café. This spot is ideal for lunch and breakfast as the hours of operation are from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. The extensive menu has a little something for everyone, but it appears that patrons absolutely love the first dish they try and often have a hard time branching out! Most of the menu is made from scratch, so you are sure to appreciate each and every bite of your meal. Plus, the wait staff is friendly, attentive, and willing to explain all that the restaurant has to offer. 

Sunnyside

The list of best Tahoe City restaurants wouldn’t be complete without this gem of a place! This beautiful place is an excellent spot to unwind after a long day of exploring. However, this is a hot spot that can get crowded during the peak season. If you’re planning to visit during dinner hours, you may need to call ahead. Patrons rave about the great service and friendly staff. You’ll definitely want to check this one out the next time you’re in the area! 

Complete your visit to Chinquapin by visiting one of these inviting restaurants. You’ll not only refuel for the day, but you’ll have a fun experience to boot!

Spring is the ideal time to enjoy a round of golf out on the links in South Lake Tahoe, and our Chinquapin resort. There are many Lake Tahoe golf courses for you to practice your swing, whether it’s Lake Ridge or Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno. You’ll have the opportunity to experience some of the best golfing in Lake Tahoe

Lakeridge Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe

Lakeridge is a premier semi-private golf course offering daily fees and a competitive membership along with excellent food and terrific service-a proven winning combination. We offer competitive Group and Tournament Packages along with full planning of Special Events/Weddings! The layout of this Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed facility offers breathtaking views of Reno, South Tahoe, and the surrounding mountains. Their signature hole, number 15, is a world-famous par 3 set high atop Lake Stanley to an enticing island green. Come see why Lakeridge has been voted “Best of Reno” for many years. You’ll have the opportunity to share some of the best golfing in Lake Tahoe with your golfer friends during your stay at Chinquapin

Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno

Wolf Run Golf Club can challenge you whether you’re a seasoned golfer or weekend warrior, all golfer will experience a round on the championship layout of this Duncan Golf Management operated facility.  This popular course includes a practice putting green, beautiful new chipping green with patio seating, a full-service club repair, and a newly remodeled driving range that feature 100- yard small game area for chips and sand shot practice. The on-site restaurant, Grill at Wolf Run, offers excellent service and food. This course is also the home course for the University of Nevada’s Golf Teams. Practice your swing as you experience some of the finest golfing in Lake Tahoe.

Golfing in Lake Tahoe While Staying at Chinquapin

Eagle Valley Golf Course in the foothills of Carson City, Nevada, just minutes from scenic Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, and Reno. At Eagle Valley, ‘you’ll find two of the ‘region’s top 18-hole-course for players to pick from. Eagle Valley East features a user-friendly layout, great for both walking and riding. Meanwhile, Eagle Valley West is a desert links-style course that challenges everyone, even the best of golfers. Regardless of where you choose to golf, you’ll experience high-quality golfing in Lake Tahoe. Don’t delay book your next trip to a Lake Tahoe golf course near our beautiful Chinquapin resort for an unforgettable trip!

Although Spring blossoms are coming, you can catch the tail end of winter fun while you stay in one of the best Lake Tahoe resorts, Chinquapin. Before you know it, you’ll be soaking up the Cali sunshine on the shores of Lake Tahoe. In the meantime, if you’re looking for fun things to do during the unpredictable shoulder season, hot springs are always a good idea! Famous for their steamy hot, healthy, therapeutic, and mineral-rich waters Hot Springs offer a different kind of relaxation than the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe. Some are constructed as outdoor pools, some a more natural setting, but all are worth the trip. 

Hot Springs Around Lake Tahoe

If you’ve never seen or experienced a hot spring, be sure to add one to your itinerary during your next visit to our Lake Tahoe resort. Chinquapin is conveniently located near two hot springs: Grover Hot Springs State Park and Travertine Hot Springs. Grover Hot Springs State Park is closer than the scenic Travertine Hot Springs, which is more isolated. Grover Hot Springs is a great way to spend a day to unwind. Once in the park, you’ll be able to choose from varying activities, such as hiking to a waterfall, follow trails to the lake or bask in the hot, relaxing, mineral-rich water with a spectacular view as well.

Lake Tahoe Resorts

We understand it’s easy to get distracted by other activities around Tahoe, just don’t forget about the Hot Springs, they make perfect day trips. Our Chinquapin resort is located along Lake Tahoe’s pristine shore, featuring secluded spots for you to reconnect with nature’s scenic sights. Chinquapin has a wide variety of homes and condominiums that’ll accommodate all of your needs. Choose between one of our lakefront, lake view, or forest view accommodations to enjoy an ideal vacation at one of the best Lake Tahoe resorts, Chinquapin. Book your stay today for the best shoulder season getaway!

Lake Tahoe in winter

Pack the family and head to Tahoe for a ski vacation to Lake Tahoe in winter! Choose one of the best Lake Tahoe resorts, Chinquapin to plan your skiing and snowboarding adventures, as well as plenty of other fun places to visit in northern California.

Skiing around Chinquapin

Nestled between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is the perfect skiing spot for families and winter enthusiasts. From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder, with over a 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures await at every jump. It’s the perfect spot for skiers looking to push their skills to the next level. This mountain is known for its fluffy snow and challenging terrain, making it an ideal skiing and riding spot. Lake Tahoe in winter offers some great terrain, especially if you’re willing to hike a little bit. There’s plenty of fun mountain areas around Chinquapin for you to enjoy skiing and boarding, or mountain towns with great nightlife, either way, you’ll find that staying around Lake Tahoe in winter is the best way to enjoy the snowy season.

Snowshoeing around Lake Tahoe in Winter

If skiing isn’t your thing, you can take beautiful winter hikes around the lake. The Tahoe basin is laced with snowshoe trails, and you can find your way to some incredible winter vistas in short order. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to off-course. Most ski resorts will offer snowshoes and equipment you’ll need for rent. For a mind-blowing view, you can enjoy without the hike, take one of the year-round scenic tours offered by Reno Tahoe Helicopters. They provide various flights, including an hour-long sunset tour. Bring your camera, and capture the one of a kind view of Lake Tahoe in winter from above. Of all the things to do in Tahoe City this winter, you’ll want to experience most of them, if not all of them. We have something for everyone to come and enjoy Lake Tahoe in winter with Chinquapin today!

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