We love Tahoe all year round, that’s why we live and work here, but take it from the locals, the best time to experience Tahoe is NOT during its peak season. Tahoe summers are great, but here are several reasons why fall in Tahoe is better:
- Lodging Sunday thru Thursday brings better deals and less crowded hotels, in addition to traveling during off-peak months, like September and October. Enjoy PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Fall Savings Package with up to 25% off your stay.
- The average temperature in September is mid to high 70s and October is high 60s. This makes for perfect weather to bike, hike, and any other form of physical activity. That’s why IRONMAN is having their event in Tahoe during the September 21st weekend (see below for details).
- The spectacle of the changing seasons with a combination of aspens and cottonwoods transitioning to bright yellow and oranges create a magnificent display of autumn color starting in late September.
- Some of the greatest events take place in Tahoe, especially right in Squaw Valley. Check out the calendar of events below of some of our favorites. Check availability at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for reservations.
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings (Friday, September 5th)
A night of epic monstrous chicken wing proportions. PlumpJack Cafe represents this year with some delish wings and a fun band. Bands and restaurants will square off against each other in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences. Wing vs. Wing, Band vs. Band, it is a night you will not want to miss in The Village at Squaw Valley.
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival (September 5th – 7th)
Three full days of culinary bliss, featuring cooking demonstrations, competitions, tastings, and more. PlumpJack Chef Wyatt Dufresne is competing in the Blazing Pans event and participating in the Grand Tasting.
Tahoe Fat Tire Festival (Saturday & Sunday, September 13th – 15th)
The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival features five different races, a mountain bike stage race, an amazing movie, live music from JellyBread and beer from New Belgium Brewery.
IRONMAN – (Sunday, September 21st)
Lake Tahoe will be one of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit. The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile marathon run.
Oktoberfest – (Sunday, September 27th)
One of Squaw Valley’s most celebrated events where visitors enjoy traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, beer garten, brats & kraut and games. It’s fun times, set in a most memorable ski town.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Pre-Season Closure (November 4th – December 5th)
The hotel and restaurant will close to prepare for winter. Our online presence at plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com is open for business. Book your hotel room reservations and restaurant reservations online and contact our sales team to coordinate group reservations, weddings, corporate events and private dining.