LimeBikes Hit the Scene in South Lake Tahoe

Have you been noticing a wave of bright green bikes parked around town or whizzing down the streets of South Lake Tahoe? This is not just newest hipster bike trend–it’s LimeBikes!

LimeBikes are a bike sharing network company based out California. The idea is to have bikes available to all community members to ride around various areas for a small price, without having to check the bikes into a stationary location.

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How does it work? A LimeBike trip requires three items: a bike, your body, and a smartphone app. You download the app, use it to locate a LimeBike bicycle, scan the QR code on the bike with your phone to unlock it, and hop on your ride. After you’re done riding, lock the rear wheel into place, leave the bike, and go about your next adventure.

Watch the LimeBike official video on how this process works: https://www.limebike.com/#lime

How much does it cost and how do you pay? The bikes are currently $1 for every half hour or less ride. Within the app, load money into your account using your credit card information. You can load a little money or a lot of money. If you anticipate many rides and load more money onto your account, you may be able to earn discounts or free rides. If you do not end up riding very much, the deposits are refundable. Good news: your first ride anywhere is free–the best price!

Where can you leave your LimeBike? You can leave it in any safe location. LimeBike.com suggests “places that don’t  block car traffic, impede pedestrian access, or encroach on private property. ”

Need more information? Just ask a LimeBike rep around town! There are 200 bikes in the South Lake Tahoe area, and LimeBike representatives are riding a handful of those throughout the city in order to promote the idea. You can spot them with a LimeBike backpack or other brand gear.

The LimeBike bicycles are fixed-gear bikes, which means you won’t have gears to shift. They also do not come with helmets. If you are looking for a helmet to rent, a bike that can handle an incline or rocky ridge, or a bike mechanic, then please visit one of South Lake Tahoe’s phenomenal local bike shops:

The bikes are currently on a trial basis in SLT, and they  will be disappearing in October once the weather starts to cool, so don’t miss the opportunity to try out a LimeBike today. It is time to reduce car traffic and increase cycling adventures around South Lake Tahoe. Download the app and start riding today!

Featured image by Kate Arnold at Lakeview Commons.

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship 2017

The clubs are swinging and the celebrities are among us at this year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe South course.

For July 11th – July 16th, a mix of athletes and entertainers have brought their A-game to the shores of South Lake Tahoe to battle it out in a tournament of celeb-am competition. Make a trip to Edgewood to see Steph Curry tee up or Justin Timberlake drive one down the fairway, and try not to drool with glee on the green.

Feel like admiring the sport and adoring the players? Here’s what you need to know:

  • No need to sneak around the shores, you can purchase tickets to attend.
    • Tuesday – Thursday: $20.00 per day
    • Friday – Sunday: $30.00 per day
    • Patron Badge/Season Pass: $70.00 ( can be used any/all days)
    • Ages 10 and under free with a paying adult, 2 children per adult
  • Tickets may be purchased on-site at Edgewood’s front gate, or online by clicking here: http://americancenturychampionship.com/spectator-information/tickets-packages/
  • Some things to note: the gates will be open 7:00am – 2:00pm Friday – Sunday, and there is no re-entry with the purchase of a daily ticket.
  • If you do plan on attending the event, please visit the official website of Edgewood to learn about conduct & etiquette, prohibited items, safety, and other regulations of respect.

If you simply can’t miss out on the action this weekend, head on over to RnR Vacation Rentals and give us a click at RnRvr.com or call at 855-99-TAHOE so we can connect you with a vacation home to continue making memories in. We only have a few left, so act fast! Or plan ahead for next year and book today.

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Available now! Blitzen Bliss, Lakeland Village #480, and Wintershire at South Lake Tahoe.

Featured image courtesy of http://americancenturychampionship.com/videos-photos/.

Keep Tahoe Blue Beach Cleanup Success!

Fireworks were launched, picnics were had, sparklers were ignited, and fun was shared all throughout South Lake Tahoe on the 4th of July. This left our beaches quite messy after the celebration–but no fear, Keep Tahoe Blue was here!

All of us here at RnR Vacation Rentals had the best time partnering with Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe during their annual 5th of July beach cleanups.

Throughout the morning and along six different beaches, there was a total of:

  • 320 volunteers out there with trash bags and gloved-hands
  • 1,676 pounds of trash collected and sorted
  • 5,242 cigarette butts removed from the depths of the sand
  • 6,357 pieces of plastic found and sent to be recycled
*Totals provided by Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe 

A huge thanks to all who came out to participate! We are already looking forward to providing refreshments, raffle prizes, and smiles again next year.

Join RnR Vacation Rentals for the 5th of July Beach Cleanup

Come join RnR Vacation Rentals at Kiva Beach as we partner with Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe in their annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanup event.

The shores of Lake Tahoe can get pretty messy after Independence Day, so come help us re-beautify the beaches in an effort to preserve the region and maintain water clarity.

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More Information on Kiva Beach Location

Where: Kiva Beach picnic area next to the Tallac Historic Site

Directions: From Emerald Bay Road, make a right into the Tallac Historic Site, veer right at the fork, and park in the Historic Site parking lot

When: 8:30am – 12:00pm

What else: There will be a raffle with great prizes at 11:45am for all cleanup volunteers, plus some free goodies for early birds

What to bring: A reusable water bottle, sunscreen and/or a hat, gloves if you have them, and a smile! (All cleanup supplies will be provided)

RSVP: On the Keep Tahoe Blue website, or on Facebook

We hope to see you out there on the 5th of July!

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Live at Lakeview Free Concerts are Back for the Summer

Ready to rock into summer vacay? Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series is back for its 6th year in a row, and the lineup is jam-packed for 2017.

What: Live bands of all genres from reggae to latin music will be performing lakeside. You can also enjoy the beer garden, local vendors of food and crafts, art, and activities.

Where: Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach. Click here for a map

When: Every Thursday night from 4:30pm – 8:30pm starting this Thursday 6/22 until the last Thursday in August, 8/31.

Cost: FREE. Our favorite price! Do be sure to bring cash for purchasing food, beverages, and local goods.

Getting There: Live at Lakeview event staff high recommends hiking or biking to the event. Parking for cars will be limited, but bike parking is plentiful and free. Plus they even offer a free bike valet.

Staying There: RnR Vacation Rentals has several homes within a mile of Lakeview Commons, where the concerts are held. You would likely be able to hear the live music from the private pier of our 3 bedroom Pavati Lakefront home. You could walk just 5-10 minutes to the venue from either our 2 bedroom Craig’s Cozy Cabin or its 4 bedroom neighbor Bijou’s Best. Each of our 7 Lakeland Village homes are just 0.9 miles down the way, close enough to walk, bike, or catch the local bus.

Also be sure to check out the Live at Lakeview website where they have even more information on the event, including a helpful post about what to expect and what to bring if you’re a first-timer.

Featured image photo credit: Lauren Lindley Photography.

Spend 4th of July with RnR Vacation Rentals

With annual fireworks erupting with vibrance over the one of America’s most treasured natural lakes, it is no secret that Lake Tahoe is a bucket-list-location for celebrating Independence Day.

Between the remaining snow pack on the ski runs and rising daytime temperatures around the lake, 4th of July 2017 in South Lake Tahoe is going to be one for the record books. You can live the California dream on your family vacation as you hit the slopes in the morning, and then go boating on the water in the afternoon.

Whether you’re excited to grab your snowboard or your paddle board, RnR Vacation Rentals has a home base for all your summer holiday adventures.

Vacation Homes Available for 4th of July in SLT

In The Keys:

  • Tahoe Keys Villa has 5 bedrooms, a private boat dock, a personal sauna, hot tub, back deck fire pit, pool table and game room, multiple living areas, and an activity for every member of the family.
  • Peaceful Windows to the Water & Sierras has 3 bedrooms, a hot tub, BBQ, and a large private boat dock with a two sitting areas to soak in the stunning views of Mt. Tallac.
  • Tahoe Keys Waterfront Fun has 5 bedrooms, a backyard hot tub, BBQ, a private boat dock, and even a kayak for your use, which is why it’s so fun!
  • Waterfront Serenity in Tahoe Keys has 4 bedrooms, a hot tub, two living areas for the whole family, and a private sitting area on the lagoon to take a break from the busyness of the holiday.
  • Grand Chalet at Tahoe Keys has 4 bedrooms, a sunken hot tub on the back deck, BBQ, outdoor dining, and a gourmet kitchen–an ideal set up for a 4th of July barbecue!
  • Tahoe Keys Splendor has 3 bedrooms, a private boat dock, indoor hot tub and bonus TV/game room, as well as a fire pit on the upstairs covered patio to watch the fireworks from.

Keys Homes for the 4th

On The Lake:

  • Pavati Lakefront is a unique 3 suite layout home with water access right out the front door. Enjoy the privacy of 3 separate suites, then come together for a meal at the patio furniture and watch the fireworks show over the lake from the pier on the property.
  • Lakeland Village #495 is a 2.5 bedroom condo in the desirable and convenient Lakeland Village community, located within 100 yards to the private beach, access hot tubs, an outdoor pool that overlooks the lake, beach BBQs, lakeside fire pits, and a communal pier to walk out on.

From the Mountains to the Forest:

  • Heavenly Mountaintop has 5 bedrooms spread among 3 levels, a deck hot tub that overlooks the sierras and glimpses the lake, BBQ, and the home is nestled at the base of a Heavenly ski run, so it has surrounding views of all Tahoe has to offer–another ideal firework-watching location!
  • Heavenly Retreat has 3 bedrooms, a pool table, BBQ, a back deck with a hot tub and plenty of seating to have a family backyard picnic.
  • Heavenly Solitude has 4 bedrooms, an upstairs and downstairs living area, a hot tub, BBQ, a fenced yard for the family dog, and even some play toys for the littlest member of the group.

Near the Nightlife:

  • Tahoe Woods at Stateline is a brand new 3 bedroom townhouse with a BBQ on the balcony, a shuffleboard inside, HDTVs throughout, and is located just 5 minutes walking distance to downtown SLT, the casinos at Stateline, and the lake.

In the Neighborhood:

  • Craig’s Cozy Cabin has 2 bedrooms, a back deck with BBQ and sitting area, hot tub, and is just 5 minutes down the road to public beaches.
  • Doris’s Place at Tahoe has a 3 bedrooms, a BBQ, front and back decks with seating, and an air hockey table the kids of the group will have a blast with.
  • Mountain Magic has 4 bedrooms, HDTVs with Blu-ray players and a large movie collection, and a spacious backyard with a swing, a hot tub, BBQ, and room to roam for all in the family.
  • Family Favorite has 4 bedrooms, an upstairs balcony with BBQ and seating for everyone, 2 game tables in the kids’ bunk room, and a hot tub in the fenced backyard.
  • Wintershire has 3.5 bedrooms, a spacious living area, large kitchen with bar seating, loft with game table, and room to get everyone together for bonding times.
  • Paul’s South Shore Escape has 3 bedrooms, brand new updates throughout, a fully fenced backyard for the family dog, and is located in a neighborhood with access to bikes trails that will take you all over South Lake Tahoe.

More in Meyers:

  • Cornelian Family Adventure in Tahoe has 3 bedrooms, a pool table, hot tub, BBQ, and quick access to biking and hiking trails.
  • Blackfoot Family Estate has 4 bedrooms, pool table, hot tub, BBQ, Sierra mountain views, and is a neighbor to Cornelian Family Adventure, so you can gather multiple families near one another to enjoy the holiday in close proximity.
  • Blitzen Bliss is a 3 bedroom home with brand new furnishing throughout, front and back decks with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and easy access to HWY 50 and HWY 89 for all your other nearby area adventures.

Meyers Homes for the 4th

Give us a click at RnRvr.com or a call at 530-208-5001 x 1 for reservations today to book your last minute 4th of July vacation, and celebrate independence with RnR Vacation Rentals in South Lake Tahoe.

The Bears are Back in SLT – How to Stay Safe & Respectful

Even though the snow is still capping the peaks around the lake, it is officially summer, which means it is time for water sports, BBQs, and black bears.

There are several black bear families that frequent the neighborhoods throughout South Lake Tahoe. Their biggest goal is not unlike humans–to eat! While black bears are not aggressive toward humans by nature, they are large animals who can do quite a bit of damage while hunting down a good meal (we all know how it feels to get hangry).

Here are a few tips and tricks for sharing your vacation with black bear neighbors:

  • Don’t Invite the Bears over for Dinner
    • Never leave food outside your vacation home
    • Clean your BBQs after each use
    • For trash, use the designated bear box on the property, or put full garbage bags in the garage as instructed within each home
  • Don’t Offer them a Ride
    • Clean out your car once you get to your vacation rental
    • Don’t leave any food or food wrappers in vehicles
    • Avoid scented air fresheners that may entice a furry friend
  • Do Respect their Space!
    • If you see a bear in your neighborhood, do not run. Stand tall, make loud noises, retreat slowly.
    • If you see a bear in the woods, know that you are in their home. Do not run, make eye contact without staring intensely, stand as tall as possible, stay quiet and calm but large in this setting, and retreat slowly.
    • In any setting, do not get in their path or between a mom and her cubs. Let the bears do their thing while keeping a safe and respectful distance.
  • Take a Mental Picture, Not a Belfie
    • Last summer a popular trend was taking selfies with bears–please avoid this at all costs!
    • Enjoy the unique experience of seeing a neighborhood black bear by taking a mental picture, or using your camera’s zoom feature from a safe distance.

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Black Bear in SLT Neighborhood – Taken with Zoom Feature on iPhone

While black bears’ natural habitat is in the woods, there are a few bear families that have grown accustomed to the city life–city of SLT that is.

Neighborhoods with known bears or bear families include: the Tahoe Island community, throughout the Tahoe Keys, and Bijou neighborhoods.

Bears in these neighborhoods have gotten used to perusing the streets, yards, and good-smelling vehicles for food. They are growing more and more comfortable with humans around. This does not mean you should find out what a bear hug is really all about. Instead, follow the above guidelines and soak in the experience of watching them live from the comforts of the great indoors of your vacation rental.

If you ever do encounter a bear while on vacation, don’t panic, but do call Bear League at 530-525-7297.

For more bear knowledge and safety guidelines:

 

Featured image courtesy of Yellowstone’s Photo Collection.