Sample the Sierra is not just an annual festival, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the Sierra Nevada’s rich local culture and amazing food. We can say with certainty that this is one of the most cherished events among locals and visitors alike.
Whether you’re a foodie, beer & wine enthusiast, or music fan there is something for the whole family at Sample the Sierras. Catch a farm tour, try some of the best beer and wine around, and browse the marketplace to find locally made handcrafted treasures.
Here’s all the details you need to know so we can see you there:
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Although the season is wrapping up, summer isn’t over quite yet! It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and there are some great events the whole family will enjoy here in South Lake Tahoe.
Why do we celebrate Labor Day? Well, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
So, let Lake Tahoe celebrate you! Come rest, relax, recreate and enjoy the last days of summer. There are some awesome events in town everyone is sure to enjoy:
After you listen to a little music at the Midway Festival stroll over to The Shops at Heavenly and check out this four day sidewalk sale. With so many treasures at low prices it’ll be hard to leave empty handed!
The new season brings an end to motorized boats so get out on your paddle board or kayaks uninterrupted by large frequent wakes. Soon the temperatures will lower enough to enjoy the nearby hot springs.
What to do after labor day? Before the snow returns and the roads recessed take advantage of what feels like the City of South Lake all to yourself.
Fall is the best times to come to South Lake, beat the winter rush and get killer deals on amazing homes before ski season hits!
If you are looking to plan a visit this fall give our RnR Reservations team a call. We’ll let you know of any seasonal offers and help you find the perfect vacation rentals here in South Lake. Call 530-208-5001 ext. 1 for reservations.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
As you enjoy this special holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth please share your photos and hashtag #HappyHappensinTahoe.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
The wildlife is celebrating! Winter hibernation is over and the forest critters are roaming free. Not to mention all the flowers are in bloom!
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
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.
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.
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!
According to the market research firm Gallup, 43% of American employees work remotely and the percentage is growing yearly. If you are part of the remote working population consider a change of scenery – a workation in South Lake Tahoe!
Lake Tahoe knows all about working hard and playing harder. You can work and play in South Shore productively with these tips for a successful workation.
Staying with RnR Vacation Rentals on your workation means you’ll have access to high-speed internet and some of the world’s best views all in one place! We have a selection of homes with work stations and relaxation available right on property. There’s nothing better after a hard days work then some good old-fashioned mountain magic.
Tip #1 Find the Perfect Work Space
Set a designated work space for the duration of your stay. This will help keep you organized and on task. At Windows on the Water there are a variety of work spaces to choose from. We especially love this one tucked away with a peek-a-boo view of the water and Mt. Tallac. When you’re in dire need of a break, there’s even a hot tub right on the deck! Nourish your body & mind; Collect your thoughts or lose them, either way you’ll enjoy it.
Tip #2Block Out Time for Work and Play
Some methods of time management we’ve found helpful are time blocking and The Pomodoro Technique. What time of day are you most productive? Are you a morning person, or do you do the afternoon crunch? Once you decide that, you can assign the other times of day to fun and relaxation. Time blocking is also great for projects that have multiple steps. Pull out your calendar or planner and just block out times of the day for when to work, to break, and to play.
Maybe you’re vacationing with family or you have a tendency to let your thoughts wander; try The Pomodoro Technique. For this, you simply set a timer and keep a piece of paper handy. Set timer for 25 minutes of work and 5 minute breaks. When time is up, use the paper to write down other tasks that came to mind while working and the rest of the 5 minutes for rest. Staying at Heavenly Charm means you can take your break hanging out with a view.
Tip #3Unplug From Social Media
Turn off or remove social media from the workation flow. TeamLease World of Work Report reported in their study that social media alone accounts for a 13% drop in productivity. Beyond immediately removing your attention from a task, social media can hinder your mind from becoming focused for longer periods of time.
Plus, you’re in Lake Tahoe, give your eyes a rest from the screen and enjoy the view! Bring your boat and get one of the best views around. Tahoe Keys Marina Modern is right on the water with a boat slip! Tahoe Woods 504 is just a short walk down the casinos, restaurants, and trails and beach access! These homes have a variety of workspaces and many outdoor areas to set up shop, too.
Tahoe Keys Marina Modern
Tahoe Keys Marina Modern
Tahoe Woods 504
Tahoe Woods 504
For anyone coming to enjoy what South Lake Tahoe has to offer who will also have to do some work, use these tips and take a look at our homes with designated work stations and high speed internet: