As wedding and event venues go, a lakeside Lake Tahoe venue offers natural beauty and majesty.
The Gatekeeper’s Museum is located on three forested acres adjacent to Lake Tahoe’s cerulean blue waters and the emerald green Truckee River, the lake’s only natural outlet.
The Gatekeeper’s Museum offers one of the best lakefront wedding values at Lake Tahoe, especially during off-peak wedding days such as Friday or Sunday. Other events are also suited for the shoreline location: Gather the family for a reunion, celebrate an anniversary or birthday.
Officially known as William B. Layton Park, the Gatekeeper is part of the California State Parks system and operated by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. Able to accommodate groups up to 300 people, the park offers a secluded lawn in addition to the lake backdrop.
Stephanie Martin, event planner and owner of One Fine Day Events in Tahoe City, has orchestrated numerous weddings at the venue. “When lights are strung from the pine trees,” Martin said, “the evening light combines for an extra splash of glamour to an already amazing location that is popular with brides and grooms.”
“Along with the views,” said wedding planner Heather Spear, owner of Summit Soiree, “the proximity to Tahoe City and ease of access are key features that make for happy wedding parties.” Abundant recreation, dining, spa services and boutique shopping are an added bonus when booking your party in Tahoe City.
Rates run from $4,750 on Saturdays to $3,500 on Friday and Sundays. Lower rates are available Monday through Thursday. For groups, mid-week rates start as low as $250 per hour.
For more information visit www.northtahoemuseums.org or call 530-583-1762.
The Gatekeeper’s Museum
The Gatekeeper’s Museum, located at 130 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper’s Cabin on the site where the original stood until it was destroyed by arson fire in the early 1980s. The original Gatekeeper’s cabin was built by Robert Montgomery Watson as the home of the “Watermaster,” who controlled Lake Tahoe’s outlet flow. Now the cabin showcases Tahoe history, from the Washoe people through the logging and mining eras and the establishment of the tourism industry. Exhibits include Native American baskets, resort memorabilia, historical photographs, clothing, oral histories, maps, archival documents, newspapers and artifacts, including 1960 Winter Olympics exhibits and the special “Ursus Among Us,” about bears in California.