Downtown Cafe: A Beloved Local Favorite!

Downtown Cafe, established in 1991, is a local gem serving up some of the best comfort food in town! With true Southern roots, this diner boasts some of the best down home cooking in town. Here you can custom order almost anything! Enjoy breakfast all day, the Meatloaf special on Thursday, and some of the best sides and desserts on the South Shore.  

Juevos Rancheros at Downtown Cafe. A tortilla bed on beans with tortilla chips melted shredded cheese and eggs any style.

Under new management after 28 years we wanted to give a shout out to this beloved Meyers diner and a warm send off to local owners Barb and Billy – we hope their retirement is as filling as the comfort foods they served the community for so many years. We also wanted to welcome Cara the new local owner of this community staple! 

sign by CO2Kustom

Many things are the same at the diner but there have also been some updates. Taking credit cards for the first time, tourists and locals are delighted to see the fresh paint, and new floors. Fear not loyal local, the things we know and love about Downtown Cafe will stay the same. New owner Cara states, “the locals love it and we want to keep it that way”. Billy’s famous sweet tea is still his recipe and the crew in the back is the same cooking up your same favorite meals; it still feels like home.

Downtown Cafe is not just a part of the community but a pillar of support for local artists, adorning the walls with their paint, photography, jewelry, stickers and garden accessories on consignment. Take home your Tahoe souvenirs and support local artists like Co2 Kustom and Fat Cat Glass and Resin.
 

Co2Kustom Painting

Choose sun or shade on the partially covered outdoor patio. They welcome dogs on the patio as well with a big bowl of fresh, award winning Tahoe tap water if they get thirsty!

See ya there!
3200 US-50 #1, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
7am-2pm
Sorry closed on Monday's

Live like a local and be within walking distance from Downtown Cafe at Blitzen Bliss. This spacious family home has room to spread out both inside and out, as well as spaces to gather together. Removed from lake traffic, directly across the street from forest service land and a trails along the Upper Truckee River, this quiet neighborhood is perfect for your next getaway.

Baking at Elevation

If you are visiting us here in South Lake Tahoe and get that sweet tooth hankering, read on! You could stop by one of our favorite bakeries in town, or if the hankering beckons for a fresh from the oven, chocolate chip cookie, have fun learning some science behind baking at altitude.

Most people that live and vacation here cook and bake meals and treats without a thought of interference from the environment or location. When the truth is, something as simple as boiling  water is different up here in the mountains.

We all know that baking is more scientific than cooking but without getting too nerdy here’s a little more behind what actually happens: Water boils at about 12 degrees lower at our elevation (6232’) than at sea level. This boiling point temperature difference is caused by decreased atmospheric pressure and effects so many things including cook time and temp.

Basically, evaporation happens too fast, the baked goods rise too fast for the glutens and sugars to set. These challenges result in collapsed, flat cakes and cookies, dense, dried out or crumbly cakes and most commonly well done edges with uncooked centers. 

But with our tips below we can help remove a few of those challenges and take your treats to next level baking:

  • Sub ½ semi sweet chocolate chips for milk chocolate chips  
  • Refrigerate prepared dough for at least 30 min
  • Use cookie scoop or scale for even baking time and temp
  • Bake for 8 minutes and check for doneness if necessary turn sheet and leave in for 1 minute increments til done.  
  • Cool on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to mouth or cooling rack.
  • Store in air tight container (everything dries out so fast up here)  
  • Bake by batch and give to the family, neighbors and friends or keep dough for 1 week in fridge (longer in freezer) and bake as needed

For those with a special family recipe you want to enjoy on vacation it just might be the case that they’ll taste better if you bake them beforehand! Or start a new family tradition with some of the delectable treats from our local fresh bakeries.

Crazy Good Bakery

Crazy Good Bakery 2040 Dunlap Dr.

Tucked behind Grass Roots Natural Foods at the Y this old house is not to be missed painted a beautiful shade of Tahoe blue. Crazy Good Bakery has a welcoming porch/patio that is great in the summer to soak up the sun or sit under an umbrella and enjoy your goodies. But for those that enjoy the smell of house made bagels, sweets, pastries and confections inside seating is plenty. Take a bar window seat for a site of Mt. Tallac. Also, the locally roasted coffee is a delight! Seasonly creative flavored donuts are a hit on the weekends; go early and gets yours!Among so many other tasty treats these donuts are sure to hit your classic craving with a twist.

My Sugar Pine Bakery

My Sugar Pine Bakery 3564 Lake Tahoe Blvd

Indulge in some of the best brownies and made for one tarts and pies. Make sure to pick up a cookie for now and half a dozen pastries/goodies for your counter-top snacks. The family approved minis pies are a hit with the kids!

Finally, when baking fear not. combine flour sugar and fat with some love and it is bound to turn out, sweet and delicious. Enjoy!

Farm Fresh: A Guide to South Lake Tahoe’s Farmers Markets

In South Lake Tahoe the farmers market is a hit for locals and tourists alike. We are lucky that in our small mountain town we have 2 amazing Farmers Markets. You’ll surely want to check out both!

El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market 

Where: 

American Legion Post 795 (Parking Lot)

2732 South Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50)

When:

  Tuesday’s 8am -1pm (June – Oct)

El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market is always a delight! There is plenty of parking and attendants to assist (so kind and helpful!). Although bags are available, remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to cut down on plastic and keep our beautiful lake blue. Every guests that stays at an RnR Vacation Rental home receives a Keep Tahoe Blue reusable blue bag, perfect to bring to the farmers market!

There are many samples to try before you buy – from fruits to cheese, snacks, chips and more there is something for everyone!

While you shop, be sure to stop by the Limonada fresh squeezed lemonade stand. This artisanal local company has some thirst quenching, delicious beverages to enjoy – everything from classic lemonade and infused waters to mango iced tea. You’re sure to stay refreshed and hydrated!

Ski Run Farmers Market

Where:

Ski Run Blvd. between Hwy 50 and Pioneer Trail Rd 

When:

Fridays 3-8pm (June-Aug)

Ski Run Farmers Market makes it easy to have a special Friday night! Convenient to get to, this farmers market and has plenty of parking, and many amazing local treats. Dine al fresco and enjoy some of the many foods offerings from pizza to crepes and more.

Listen to live music and finish with dessert from Sweet Spoke Pops – Tahoe’s original handcrafted popsicles. These sweet treats are made from locally sourced organic fruits straight from the farmers market.

Fresh produce, homemade jams, chutneys, cheeses and snacks are available are ready serve up to family and friends. This market is not just food and produce either – locally made wood wares, soaps and jewelry are also available. Bring multiple shopping bags cause your gonna wanna fill them up with all the finds!

Another great thing about both farmers markets – they are pet friendly. Bring your furry friends (a on leash) and treat them to a Melba and Hazel dog treat. These clean, healthy, single ingredient treats are homemade in Tahoe and trust us the dogs love them!

Here’s our tip for hitting both markets and never missing out: Tuesday’s El Dorado County Farmers Market is perfect for stocking the fridge and pantry with your weekly staples. The Friday Ski Run Farmers Market has everything you need to execute your weekend plans perfectly.

Live like a local on your next visit to South Lake Tahoe in one of these homes walking distance to a farmers market. Check out Wintershire at South Lake Tahoe. This 3.5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is walking distance from the El Dorado County Farmers Market.

Wintershire is walking distance from the El Dorado County Farmers Market

Many homes are close to the Ski Run Farmers Market. Be sure to check out Heavenly Charm, Aloha Paradise, or Only Good Times.

With the perfect weather, ample water activities, and amazing markets with fresh food for days make summertime in South Lake is a must!

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Catch the July 4th Fireworks From the Best Spots in South Lake!

We’ve made it to July – can you believe it?!? This means it’s time to enjoy a South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July with family and friends. Luckily the South Shore has some amazing places to take in the fireworks show

Fireworks start July 4, 2019 at 9:45 PM and they are visible from all over town. Here are a few of the best spots to take in the show:

On the lake! The M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s Mississippi paddle wheeler offers a unique opportunity to view the light show from the water. Featuring live entertainment and fantastic views of the evening’s display.  

(Photo Sourced from Zephyr Cove)

Nevada Beach:  Located about two miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road, Nevada Beach is the ideal setting for a family barbecue at the beach. A wide, sandy shoreline leads down to the sapphire waters of Lake Tahoe. Picnic tables dot the beach. The view across the lake to the West Shore and Desolation Wilderness is unsurpassed. And the view of the fireworks display is one of the best in town.

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe Activities)

Timber Cove Marina: Timber Cove Marina is located at the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge, the Timber Cove Marina offers front row seating that fills up fast!

Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach: The Lakeview Commons right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe is only of the most popular spots to watch the firework display. Get there early because the commons are sure to fill up fast. This is located right on the corner of Hwy 50 and Lakeview Avenue. 

(Photo Sourced from California Tahoe Conservancy)

Lakeside Beach: You can watch the fireworks at one of the finest beaches on the South Shore. Another popular spot for visitors and locals alike. 

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe Activities)

As you enjoy this special holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth please share your photos and hashtag #HappyHappensinTahoe.

Have a fun and safe July 4th!!!



Get Your Golf On This Summer!

It’s summer, which means it’s time to get outside! South Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts from across the country (and world). Each July, South Lake is home to the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship golf tournament. Whether you love golf, or just love Justin Timberlake this tournament is sure to bring a good time!

WHERE: Edgewood Tahoe South 

WHAT: American Century Championship 

WHEN: July 9-14th 2019 

(photo sourced from Edgewood Tahoe – Golf)

Even if you can’t make it to the tournament, the South Shore has plenty of amazing courses to play a game or two yourself. Whether you are a pro or playing for the first time South Lake has have got you covered. Check out these renowned South Lake Tahoe Golf Courses – it’s tee time!

Edgewood:

(photo sourced from Edgewood Tahoe – Golf)

Voted best golf course on the South Shore in Tahoe Quarterly’s 2019 Best of Tahoe readers’ poll, Edgewood Tahoe – Golf is a favorite amount locals and visitors alike.  This course offers a choice of four sets of tees ranging in length from 5,343 yards to 7,529 yards. Edgewood is the only course that is right on the shores of the lake.

Here at RnR Vacation Rentals we have beautiful homes near all of South Lakes major golf courses. If you’re planning on attending the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood check out our Tahoe Woods homes at Stateline.

Bijou Golf Course

The Bijou Municipal Golf Course is Tahoe’s oldest golf course. Open from May through October, this course is conveniently located in the Bijou neighborhood and is easily accessible from everywhere in town. This is a great course whether you’re a pro or just dabbling in golf for the first time.For tee time reservations or to see the rates and fees click here

Near the Bijou Golf Course we have one of our favorite little homes Craig’s Cozy Cabin!

Lake Tahoe Golf Course

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course, located near Myers, is the best pick if your looking for a nature filled golfing experience. Tucked in a natural mountain meadow this course will delight anyone who visits with it’s the beautiful views and natural habitat. 

Whether you want to practice your swing or are looking to plan an event the Lake Tahoe Golf Course is a must see!  

Another must see is our home Duckhook Lodge . This home is the ultimate in luxury and backs up right to the fifth fairway of the Lake Tahoe Golf Course! It’s truly a golfers delight

At RnR Vacation Rentals we’re here to make happy happen! Give us a call at 530-208-5001 ex 1 for reservations to book the perfect home for your golf getaway!

It’s Springtime in Tahoe & The Waterfalls Are Flowing!

This winter brought us record snowfall here in South Lake Tahoe. We were thrilled to welcome guests from all over the world to our very own winter wonderland, but we couldn’t be more excited that spring has finally sprung on the South Shore.

There are three reasons why spring in South Lake is one of our favorite times of the year:

  1. The crowds have dispersed! Don’t get us wrong, we love our visitors and that fresh snowfall brings lots of them, but the come spring we definitely appreciate the calm after the winter storm.
  2. The wildlife is celebrating! Winter hibernation is over and the forest critters are roaming free. Not to mention all the flowers are in bloom!
  3. Last but not least, our favorite part about spring are the South Lake Tahoe waterfalls. After the snow melts the waterfalls start flowing and its truly a sight to see. Below are the best waterfalls to explore on a spring day.

The mighty waters of the Sierra Nevadas create some of the countries most beautiful waterfalls. Below are three of our favorite waterfalls that make a great day trip for your springtime stay.

Horsetail Falls: Located right here in South Lake Tahoe off Highway 50, Horsetail Falls is a spectacular sight to see. Just 7 miles from Echo Summit, the hike to the waterfall is about 3.1 miles and is categorized as a moderate difficulty level. The destination of this hike is the waterfall but the walk along the way boasts some spectacular views. Horsetail falls is a springtime must see in South Lake Tahoe

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe South)

Glen Alpine Falls: Another amazing location easily accessible to those on the South Shore. Glen Alpine Falls is a series of waterfalls that lead to Fallen Leaf Lake, a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. This trail is a lightly trafficked 5.1 mile hike and is rated at a moderate difficulty level. Don’t forget your camera on this outing because these sites are truly breathtaking. Even the family dog is allowed to join!

(Photo of Lower Glen Alpine Falls sourced from Tahoe South)

Shirley Canyon: As the snow continues to melt, the waterfalls at Shirley Canyon are flowing in full force. This location is not in South Lake Tahoe but we promise it’s totally work the day trip to Squaw Valley. For the more experienced hikers, the trek to Shirley Canyon can take about a half day to complete (just remember you can can turn around and any time and there are plenty of smaller waterfall photo ops along the way). Check out this useful Guide to Hiking Shirley Canyon for more tips.

If you decide to come for a spring time South Lake Tahoe visit we have many homes to choose from. From a cozy little cabin near the lake, to a forested four bedroom, to a home right on the Tahoe Keys – we’re here to help you find the perfect home!

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Ways We Can Protect Our Beautiful Lake This Earth Day

Visitors and residents of South Lake Tahoe know what a treasure our beautiful lake is.

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Earth Day is an important time to reflect on how we can make a difference and keep our lake beautiful, blue, and clean for years to come.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is an incredible organization based right here in South Lake that works tirelessly to “Keep Tahoe Blue“. Consider making a donation this Earth Day to local organizations like The League who work everyday to protect our amazing lake.

CLICK HERE to donate to The League to Save Lake Tahoe this Earth Day!

You can also check out all the local Earth Day festivities here.

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At RnR Vacation Rentals we work to make a difference with every guest that says at one of our homes and that’s why we’re a corporate sponsor of The League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Just last year, we hosted over 2,000 groups in one of our homes and each guest that stayed with us received a “Keep Tahoe Blue” information sheet and donation card as well as a reusable bag in order to cut down on plastic during their stay.

Another sustainable amenity we are very proud of is our reusable toiletry bottles. In the past two years of using re-fillable shampoo and conditioner bottles we’ve stopped more than 16,000 plastic bottles from making their way to the landfill.

There is no better reminder as to why we must be good stewards of our planet than to experience such a specular natural wonder like Lake Tahoe. We love our our lake and hope you come and visit soon to see her for yourself!

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