Granlibakken Tahoe is a hotel and rustic wedding venue located in Tahoe City, California. Located in a secluded valley minutes away from Lake Tahoe, this family-owned resort boasts 74 acres of breathtaking spaces suitable weddings and special occasions. From picturesque Summer weddings to idyllic Winter wonderland celebrations, Granlibakken offers the hospitality and ambience of a bygone era combined with today’s amenities and comforts.
Facilities and Capacity
Granlibakken Tahoe has indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for weddings of up to 350 guests. The Executive Lodge Lawn is tucked away from the rest of the resort and fits 250 people. An outdoor deck opens to a sprawling lawn and natural landscaping including Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines. The Mountain/Garden Deck features a stage and can sit 350 guests. For a warm and inviting setting for 75 to 100 guests, The Cedar House features a large stone fireplace. Granhall has seating for 120 people that’s surrounded with windows overlooking the patio and rustic pines. The Mountain Ballroom is a 5,400-square-foot space with 16-foot ceilings and a flexible layout that can fit up to 300 guests. Reminiscent of the great room of an old Tahoe lodge and featuring an all-wood interior, open beam architecture, and fireplace, Big Pine accommodates 45 guests and is great for rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches.
The friendly staff at Granlibakken Tahoe are happy to create a one-of-a-kind ambiance reflective of your style and budget. Granlibakken Tahoe offers several all-inclusive packages that include:
Granlibakken Tahoe offers a menu of seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Ron Eber. Couples can choose from sit-down, family style, or buffet options. Beer, wine, and liquor packages are available, as well as open and cash bar. Other catering services available include:
Granlibakken Tahoe offers lodging options such as individual rooms, suites, studios, and townhouses inspired by the splendor of the Sierras. All room bookings include breakfast, and are equipped with tea and coffee service, hair dryer, and TVs with DVD players.
From hiking and biking to swimming and river-rafting, Granlibakken offers wonderful activities to make your wedding weekend extra special. Granlibakken Tahoe is a few hours from the Bay Area and airport shuttle services to and from Reno/Tahoe International Airport are provided.
Granlibakken Tahoe has been an integral part of making Lake Tahoe memories for generations. In the 1940s, Norwegian ski jumper Kjell "Rusty" Rustad leased the valley, added amenities, and gave Granlibakken its Norwegian name, which means “hill sheltered by trees.” This ski hill is still in use, and Granlibakken Tahoe prides itself in providing unique adventures to year-round visitors.
Recommended by 78% of couples
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suzanna · Married on 06/23/2018
* the food was amazing - we especially loved the prime rib and mac and cheese - crowd favoritesSent on 09/30/2018
* big pine lodge lawn is very beautiful and the shade rolled in just in time for our 3:30 ceremony so our guests didn't melt in the sun.
* the big pine lodge was so convenient to have for the full weekend - we were able to have folks over the night before the wedding as well as for a wedding after party after the caterers and dj were gone.
* we loved having our guests stay in the granlibakken and the wedding party in the lodge with us
* meaghen was a pleasure to work with and was able to handle all sorts of requests like using our own custom cups and borrowing some easels.
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Kelly · Married on 05/18/2013
This place was amazing and just what we were looking for. They have beautiful scenery, incredibly helpful, accommodating and hard working staff, fantastic food, very comfortable lodging and super prices! They are all so relaxed here which really helped me to relax and have fun. Jennifer in sales and Sarah our included event coordinator were phenomenal. Any crazy question or request I had they catered to with a smile.Sent on 06/04/2013
Whitney Mcmillan · Married on 06/01/2019
Overall Fantastic Experience
While we ran into some hiccups along the way, we could not have been happier with the way our wedding turned out at Granlibakken. Like others, we went through three separate on-site coordinators during the year or so of our planning. That led to challenges, but we were lucky enough to have a fantastic off-site coordinator (Stephanie Morris) who really dealt with the challenges of that in large part. There was an issue at one point with a misquote in cost, but Granlibakken made multiple concessions to make it right, and in the end, I feel completely satisfied with our experience. The current on-site coordinator, Freddy, is fantastic. While I only had the opportunity to meet him in passing (as he transitioned into the role only about one month before our wedding), I understand from our planner that he was great to work with and our communication with him via email was always great. He is timely in his responses and seems to really care about what he does (and is good at it). Hopefully he will stick around! The execution day-of was honestly flawless. We received so many compliments about how quickly and stealthily the Big Pine Lawn was turned over for dinner during cocktail hour, the bartenders were fantastic, food was amazing, etc., etc. The space is also really beautiful. I think honestly some of the photos they have on their site don’t do it justice and show its complete potential.Sent on 06/11/2019
It was important to us that our friends and family be able to stay on site somewhere with us so that we could really spend good quality time with everyone over the course of our wedding weekend, and Granlibakken gave us exactly that situation. We enjoyed using the Big Pine Lodge as a general gathering/hanging out space, and it was so amazing to have everything for our wedding ceremony and reception in the same place. If you are looking for a venue with on-site accommodations, a chill vibe, natural beauty, and a relatively low site fee, definitely check out Granlibakken.
Note: I left 4 stars for responsiveness because of our overall experience in communication, particularly with turnover in on-site coordinators and just a couple of other minor things. Freddy, the current coordinator was always great with communication. I would recommend hiring your own planner just to help with the process and in case there is turnover during your planning. I think that really goes for any site, not just Granlibakken. Hopefully Freddy stays, but you will not regret having the help of a coordinator who is "attached" to you and not a site.
Granlibakken Tahoe Price Rates
Save 50% Off Your Winter Wedding Ceremony & Indoor Reception November – April!* Your Winter Wedding also includes: Champagne Pour* Cake Cutting Fees Waived Linens and Heat Lamps Check out our year-round Wedding Packages >> Get more information on Granlibakken Weddings >> Contact us or call us at 800-543-3221 for more information. *Discount is only applied to the ceremony and reception fees. Not valid on lodging or any other packages.