Things are Brewing in South Lake Tahoe!

On a hot summer day after boating around the lake, or a chilly evening post-slopes session, or during this in-between spring, one thing is for certain–South Lake has some of the best options when it comes to heating up or cooling off with a beer.

Best Beers & Brew Happenings Around Town:

The Place: Cold Water Brewery & Grill on HWY 50 has 8 rotating beers on tap, all brewed on-site. Try their Stillwater Stout or Tahoe Cross IPA, crafted by brewmaster Ryan Parker. Come for the beer and stay for the atmosphere of ever-friendly staff and plenty of TVs to watch the big game on.

  • The Deal: On Fridays in the colder months, wear a flannel shirt to get $4 beers on tap all day long. Once it starts heating up, wear a Hawaiian print shirt for the same deal. Cold Water is currently honoring flannels, but once June hits switch over to your Hawaiian prints.

The Place: South Lake Brewing Company is a brand new brewery located on Lake Tahoe Blvd., and they are ready to make their grand entrance to the SLT brew scene. Try their Angora IPA, Marlette Blonde, Barrett Brown, or Emigrant Saison all crafted by local married couple Chris & Nicole Smith.

  • The Event: Friday, May 26, 2017 – Sunday, May 28, 2017 is the SLBC grand opening event. Join them Friday and Saturday from 11:00am-12:00am, and Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm for days of tasting 8 beers, playing games, and enjoying live music.

The Place: The Brewery at Lake Tahoe is located at  3542 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and provides a down-home vibe with 12 beers on tap, including their signature Bad Ass Ale, Alpine Amber Ale, and seasonal brews like the Washoe Wheat Ale. Stop in for a brewski, a bite, and a front porch seat.

The Place: Sidellis Lake Tahoe brewery & restaurant is located on Sandy Way near the Tahoe DMV and has 12 beers on tap for you to experience. The brewmasters, married couple Chris Sidell and Ellwood Ellis, pride themselves on providing a top-notch atmosphere, a scrumptious food menu, and of course great rotating beers on tap. Try their Clockwork White or Oak-O-Nut.

The Place: Stateline Brewery & Restaurant is located on Lake Tahoe Blvd. and is one of the larger brew-pubs you can visit in the area. Come for a day of tasting their White-Out Wit, Avalanche Ale, or a seasonal beer. Or plan an event in their banquet area and pair their beers with their extensive food menu.

Lake Tahoe Brewfest

The beers are uniting at the first annual Lake Tahoe Brewfest! You can expect all these breweries and more vendors to be represented at this inaugural Brewfest.

  • What: a showcasing of beer tasting from up to 13 breweries from all around Lake Tahoe along with food, live music, games, souvenirs, and more.
  • Where: Swiss Chalet Village @ 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd
  • When: Saturday, June 10th, 2017 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Cost: It is free to meander around the event, beer tastings cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door for a souvenir glass and 4oz. pours all day long.

Need a place to stay after sipping in all the beer experiences of South Lake Tahoe? RnR Vacation Rentals has plenty of homes available spread throughout the city. Check out our Mountain Magic home, located walking distance from the South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company. Or visit our website RnRvr.com for more home options.

Featured image courtesy of Tahoe Brew Tours.

The Amusement of Meyers

If you’re looking for a new perspective on how to vacation in South Lake Tahoe, try visiting  the charming streets of Meyers just down the highway from Lake Tahoe.

Top 10 Things to do in Meyers CA:

10. Eat: Pretty Odd Wieners. Even with just the name, this one is clearly a winner. They serve up a wide selection of scrumptious gourmet hot dogs, including elk sausage and wild boar. You can visit their eatery at 2933 Hwy 50, Tahoe Paradise, CA 96155 or their website for menu items.

9. Drink: Divided Sky. You can ride bikes over to this bar, which offers a variety of food and beverages, and enjoy the ambience inside or outdoors. Their drink menu includes beer, wine, specialty cocktails, organic coffee, and tea. They are located at 3200 Hwy 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

8. Stay: Blitzen Bliss. Our Blitzen Bliss home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is located just down the way from the local businesses and eateries of Meyers. The home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood and offers your own relaxing hideaway with a spacious fenced backyard, wood burning stove, provided board games, and movies to watch on the HDTV.

7. Play: Lake Tahoe Golf Course. This 18 hole course with Sierra mountain range views is open 7 days a week. They offer breakfast specials with your 8:00am start time, or twilight and super twilight tee times. The course is designed for competitive or social play for all ages and skill sets. For rates, visit their website. For directions, click here.

6. Shop: Lira’s Supermarket. Get everything you need for your stay in Meyers from everyday grocery items to local wines and sandwiches in the delicatessen portion of the shop. Lira’s is a local staple you won’t mind making a trip or two to. Get directions here.

5. Play: Upper Truckee River. Float, fish, frolic, enjoy! The Upper Truckee River flows from the Sierras to beautiful blue Lake Tahoe itself. You can enjoy various activities at different parts of the river, whether that’s fly fishing, floating in an inner tube to cool off in the hot months, or seeing portions freeze over in the chilly months. (Pro tip: you can walk to the river from our aforementioned Blitzen Bliss home–how fun!)

4. Eat: Verde Mexican Rotisserie. This Mexican restaurant has a “green” focus and creates meals with natural ingredients and locally sourced produce. They offer everything from chorizo breakfast scrambles, to burrito salads with mahi-mahi, to paleo plates, to whole rotisserie chickens, down to a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and of course a variety of chips and salsas. Check them out at 3141 US Hwy 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

3. Eat: Meyers Downtown Cafe. This breakfast spot has all your morning favorites like classic pancakes and eggs Benedict, with the addition of items like chicken-fried steak and avocado-accompanied dishes. They have a full kids menu with specialty hot-cocoa and mouse-shaped pancakes. Visit them at 3200 US Hwy 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, in the same space as the Divided Sky bar.

2. Stay: Blackfoot Family Estate. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has brand new updates and furnishings throughout, including 3 large HDTVs, a full pool table, 2 living areas, and a spacious fenced backyard. You can walk to many of the Meyers eateries and businesses with ease from its convenient location. Gather the whole family, take advantage of Meyers, and then return to the comforts within.

1. Play: The running and cycling path. There is a multi-use path for joggers, cyclists, scooter-ers, walkers and more that lines the span of Meyers. You can run or bike to each local item above, take in the surrounding mountain views, and breathe in the crisp air while enjoying the well kept pathways. Explore all that Meyers has to offer and beyond!

Give RnR Vacation Rentals a call at 530-208-5001 x 1 to start your Meyers and South Lake Tahoe vacation today.

 

Boom Boom Cup Hockey Tournament Coming to SLT

Come on down to the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena and get ready to watch a biscuit in the basket! Get ready to watch some hockey, that is. The Boom Boom Cup is coming to the South Shore on June 2nd – 4th.

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This event is for players and spectators alike, so grab your stick and puck or pull up a seat, and prepare yourself for some good clean fun.

When: Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th

  • Each tournament will start on Friday, two games will follow for each division on Saturday, then championship games take place Sunday
  • Each team is guaranteed 3 games, 4 games if they are in the championships

Where: The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena

  • 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Click here for directions

Who Can Play?

  • Men’s Teams: Divisions of 21+ 30+ 40+ 50+ 60+ 65+ 70+
  • Women’s Teams: Divisions of 21+ 30+ 40+ 50+ 60+ 65+ 70+
  • This tournament is open to teams from the USA and Canada

For more details and to register your team:

The tournament will end with the awarding of the championship trophy and post-game beverages. There will also be souvenirs available to commemorate this bound-to-be-stellar experience.

Need a place to stay?

  • Bijou’s Best is only 0.1 miles to the ice arena. You couldn’t park any closer than that! Walk 2 minutes to the ice from this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom comfortable home with hot tub, BBQ, room for the family dog, gas fireplace, and beds galore to relax in after the tournament.
  • Craig’s Cozy Cabin is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home right next door to Bijou’s Best, so you, your teammates, and supporters can all walk to the tournament together. This home also has a hot tub, BBQ, gas fireplace, and a fenced yard for the family dog.

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  • The tournament’s website suggests staying in the convenient location of Lakeland Village to be close to the arena, the lake, as well as the casinos, restaurants, and shops down at Stateline. We manage seven properties in Lakeland Village, ranging from a 1 bedroom studio up to 4 bedroom townhouses. Space for every member of the team!

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Fallin’ for Spring in South Lake Tahoe

Spring 2017 in South Lake Tahoe is shaping up to be an extension of winter for all ski and snowboarding enthusiasts, but it is also sprinkled with days that are ideal for hiking fanatics. While the extra wet season has done wonders for the lake levels and snowfall on the mountains, it has also created even more plentiful streams and cascading waterfalls to adventure to.

Waterfall Hikes Around SLT

Hike: Cascade Falls – this 1.6 mile hike takes you above Emerald Bay and beyond Cascade Lake to incredible heights with excellent rocks for picnicking on.

Directions: http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/hikeindex/west/cascade.htm

Stay: Heavenly Mountaintop – this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home keeps the theme of up-high views going as you have space to sprawl out in multiple living areas atop the mountainous neighborhood on Bridle Road.

Hike: Glen Alpine Falls – these falls promise widespread beauty rushing over a span of rocks just beyond Fallen Leaf Lake. The lower falls are accessible from the one-lane road off of HWY 89 beyond the Fallen Leaf Lake campground. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can do this 5.3 mile route to glimpse more falls and surrounding nature. Directions: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/glen-alpine-falls 

Stay: Paul’s South Shore Escape – this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home offers restoration in its upstairs living area with all new electronics, appliances, and furnishings, plus a spacious backyard with a hammock strung between the tall trees to continue your love of the outdoors.

Hike: Horsetail Falls – a 2.8 mile hike in the El Dorado National Forest will get you to these flowing falls with swimming holes along the way, and Avalanche Lake at the very top for those willing to brave an extra distance
with a steep climb.

Dogs are welcome on this trail.
Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/

Stay: Blitzen Bliss – this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is just 17 miles down the road from the Horsetail Falls trailhead. The home offers views of surrounding mountain tops, a peaceful neighborhood, a spacious backyard, and a cozy living room to curl up in after the adventure.

For More…

For more waterfall hikes in South Lake Tahoe and beyond, check out the app and online website All Trails, which provides a guide for hikes of varied skill levels and distances.

For more places to stay in South Lake Tahoe,  visit RnRvr.com to find the perfect setting for your group to rest their legs after a day of exploration.

Featured Image Photo Credit: http://www.gregclurephotography.com/

Celebrate Easter 2017 in South Lake Tahoe

The Easter Bunny has South Lake Tahoe on its list of places to stash eggs and supply fun this year. This Sunday, April 16th you can celebrate Easter with a champagne brunch, a family-friendly egg hunt, a traditional church service, or up on the mountain for an egg-tremely good time.

Egg-Tivities:

On Saturday, April 15th the Lake Tahoe Community College is hosting their 50th annual Easter Egg Hunt on the campus. This is a free event for children ages 1-11 years old. Eggs will be strewn about the parking lot by the gym. There will also be a costume parade, bonnet contest, and visit from the Easter Bunny himself. The festivities begin at 10:30am and go until 12:00 (or until all eggs are found). All you need to bring is an Easter basket and a smile!

On Sunday, April 16th the Lake Valley Fire Protection District will be hosting its 2nd annual egg hunt at Tahoe Paradise Park. They will be hiding 10,000 eggs this year, so bring a big basket! They ask that participants arrive at 9:30am to the park. Also bring a camera to snap memories with the Easter Bunny.

Sierra-at-Tahoe is having their annual Easter Eggstravaganza atop the mountain on Sunday, April 16th at 10:30am. You can bring the family, a basket to gather your goods, and ski gear to Solstice Plaza. They will be hiding hiding eggs full of candy and toys, and the mountain will be open for skiing all day long.

Easter Brunches Around Town:

Hop on board the M.S. Dixie II this Sunday and join them for their 2 hour Easter cruise around the lake. The cruise will include a decadent buffet, a tour of Emerald Bay, historic lessons, and bound to be great company. The cruise is from 12:00pm – 2:30pm, and the cost is $85 for adults and $35 for children. Reservations are recommended.

Edgewood will be offering a brunch with bottomless champagne and mimosas, a special menu including your choice of prime rib, ham, or roast turkey breast, and a dessert station full of sweet treats. They will also be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn for any children in attendance. Brunch begins at 8:30am, and the egg hunts will occur from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Adult entry costs $55, children 4-10 entry costs $19.50, and children under 4 are free of cost.

The Loft Tahoe at Stateline, the Fresh Ketch in the Tahoe Keys Marina, and Riva Grill in the Ski Run Marina are all hosting their own Easter brunches as well, click their links for more information and details about the day’s events.

Church Services:

St. Theresa Catholic Church will be holding Easter Masses at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm and 7:oopm (this evening service will be in Spanish).

Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church will be holding a “Son Rise Service” at 6:30am and a traditional “Easter Worship Service” at 10:00am.

Sierra Community Church will be holding Easter Sunday services at 9:00am and 10:45am.

For more local churches with Easter Sunday services, click here.

Homes to Make Easter Traditions in:

As always, RnR Vacation Rentals has you covered when it comes to finding a home to start making family traditions in. Our Tahoe Keys Waterfront Fun home has 5 bedrooms, an expansive dining table for hosting your own Easter brunch, and a spacious backyard–ideal for an Easter Bunny visit!

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Spring Loaded at Heavenly is Back in Action

While spring might mean fresh blossoms and green grass for many, in South Lake Tahoe it means rays of sunshine beaming down on still snowy mountains. Heavenly Mountain Resort celebrates this seasonal union of winter and spring weather by putting on their annual Spring Loaded event.

The event consists of two weeks of live entertainment in the form of DJs and outdoor concerts, costume theme days, snow sculpture contests, corn hole competitions, hot dog and wing eating contests, food specials, rental gear deals, and even more mountain fun.

When: March 25th – April 9th, 2017

Where: Heavenly Mountain Resort. Different events will take place at various locations of the resort, including Tamarack Lodge, the Gondola Base Area, throughout the Heavenly Village, and of course up and down the slopes.

What else? For more information and full list of daily events, visit the Heavenly Lake Tahoe website: http://www.skiheavenly.com/nightlife-and-activities/events/springloaded.aspx?page=viewall

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RnR Vacation Rentals is at your service when it comes to finding lodging for all South Lake Tahoe events. Visit our website RnRVR.com today to start planning your stay for any season.

 Featured photo courtesy of SkiHeavenly.com.

Amgen Tour of California Comes to South Lake Tahoe

The Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is coming to Tahoe once again. On May 11th-12th of 2017, stages 1 and 2 of the bike race will start in South Lake Tahoe.

This race is put on by Amgen, an innovative biotechnology company aiming to cure serious illnesses, which hosts bike races for men and women throughout California that put forth money to curing cancers, heart disease, and other health conditions. The Amgen Tour of California has been to Lake Tahoe in previous years and it will return this year for the women’s division.

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Stage 1 – the Overall Stage Start for women will take place on Thursday, May 11th and will begin and end at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Cyclists will span 72.1 miles and reach up to 5000 ft in elevation gain as they ride clockwise around Lake Tahoe. Click here to see the route map.

Stage 2 for women will take place on Friday, May 12th and will also start at Heavenly Mountain Resort. This route will take the women south on CA-89, over Luther Pass, down into Carson River Basin, loop through Washoe Reservation, and up Kingsbury Grade in Nevada. This route will be a challenging 67.1 mile ride with an elevation gain of 6100 ft.

These two days of competitive rides promise to present new challenges in climbs and stunning views of the Tahoe landscape along the way. For more on the race, sponsors, teams, and jersey information visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

If you are already registered for the race and still need to figure out your accommodations, RnR Vacation Rentals is at your service. We have plenty of homes available for the weekend of the Amgen race. If you’re looking for a place for the whole family or team members to fit comfortably and relax in a private hot tub after your race, take a look at our Tahoe Keys Villa home with 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, or our Grand Chalet at Tahoe Keys home with 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms and plenty of space to gather.