Holiday Mall Crawl – 1st Annual

Don’t miss the chance to experience the first ever Holiday Mall Crawl at The Crossing in South Lake Tahoe. This family-friendly event is bound to become a yearly tradition, so gather the whole gang and get ready to make memories that will last through the seasons.

The event is this Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 2012 South Lake Tahoe Blvd. from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The day will include opportunities to shop local vendors, eat to your heart’s content, buy festive gifts, check out some ice sculptures, participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes, get a much-deserved chair massage, and see Santa at the Verde restaurant from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

The event is free to roam around and explore, though you may want to bring a form of payment to do your holiday shopping and enjoy the delicious food and beverages offered.

The Holiday Mall Crawl is a way to celebrate all the wonderful new and classic businesses flourishing around The Y in South Lake Tahoe. From the brewery and eatery of Lake Tahoe Aleworx, to the new second location of Verde Mexican Rotisserie, to the exercise mecca of OMNI, these businesses and more are ready to show you their holiday best. Holiday Mall Crawl.jpg

Need a place to relax after your weekend of crawling? Check out RnR Vacation Rentals for a home to digest and rest in.
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7th Annual Meyers Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ignite your holiday spirit with the 7th Annual Meyers Tree Lighting presented by Meyers Community Foundation. The tree lighting ceremony is much more than the simple flip of a switch, it is an evening full of family-friendly festivities.

This Friday, December 1st from 5:00 – 7:00pm, come to the Divided Sky and Downtown Cafe parking lot in Meyers. You can enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn snacks, a Christmas-decorated firetruck, and the glorious town Christmas tree itself. Santa will be giving the reindeer and sleigh a night off as he plans to make an appearance via the CALSTAR helicopter (weather permitting, of course, we want to keep Santa safe). The event is our favorite price–FREE! For more information, check the Meyers Community Foundation website.

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Turn your experience into a weekend of Meyers memories by staying in one of the RnR Vacation Rentals homes located in this welcoming community.

Check out our Blackfoot Family Estate with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a pool table, hot tub, and great location just 0.8 miles from the Divided Sky/Downtown Cafe parking lot. Blackfoot collage

Our Cornelian Family Adventure has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a pool table, hot tub, outdoor lounge area, plenty of comfort throughout, and is only 0.4 miles to this holiday event. Walk to the holiday fun, then return home to relax in front of the gas fireplace and put on a seasonal classic on the large HDTV in the open family room. Cornelian collage.png

Blitzen Bliss is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home only 0.5 miles to the tree lighting location. This home has charm from the unforgettable blue exterior to the newly updated interior. Enjoy your morning coffee on the front balcony overlooking surrounding mountains, or BBQ your evening meal on the back deck over the expansive backyard. Blitzen Bliss collage.png

Polar Express Experience in Carson City

The pumpkin pies have been consumed, Turkey Trots have been run, football games have been watched and played, now it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday’s traditions.

If you have little ones, bring a beloved Christmas classic to life by taking them to ride the Polar Express train in Carson City, Nevada. It is just a 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe, and a perfect way to spend a day creating memories with your children.

What: Hop aboard the V&T Railroad train car in your PJs and hear a live reading of the popular children’s book “The Polar Express” written by Chris Van Allsburg. The train conductor and staff will make the story come alive by serving you hot chocolate, punching your train tickets in a whimsical way as in the story, playing the soundtrack, dancing throughout, and you may even see characters from the book–including Santa Claus!

Where: The train ride goes from the Carson City Eastgate Depot and heads North on the Carson City-Virginia City Route. The train ride is about 60 minutes round trip.

When: The train runs on each Thursday – Sunday from November 18 – December 30, 2017. It departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm. There will also be one Wednesday available, please check site for details.

Cost: Coach seat tickets are $46 for adults and $36 for children (ages 2-12). There are VIP tickets available for $82 for adults and $72 for children. Children 24 months and younger ride for free. There are special deals for “Twilight Trains” or late night rides. To purchase tickets and find out about deals, check out the site.

For more information, visit the website here.

Make a weekend out of it!

Visit RnRVR.com to find a home that best suits your family’s needs, like our new Heavenly Can’t Wait home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a bonus kids play area, and a spacious living/dining/kitchen layout for everyone to gather. Plus you simply can’t beat it’s great location, just 0.5 miles to Heavenly skiing. Heavenly Can't Wait for blog

 

Holiday Gifts for Tahoe Enthusiasts

The ground is strewn with leaves, the mountains are being dusted with snow, and you can nearly smell the turkey roasting in all the ovens of Tahoe. Don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you!

Here are some of our favorite gifts for the Tahoe enthusiast in your family, and where to find them:

  1. If you have no idea where to start, check out the Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire. There will be dozens of local vendors, seasonal goods, a decorative tree to get you in the spirit, and there’s even rumor to be an appearance by Santa himself. Three days of shopping opportunities: Friday, November 17th from 4:00 – 8:30 pm, Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 19th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  2. Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe has a local store with all things Keep Tahoe Blue from the ever-popular stickers, to cozy blankets, drink holders, and enough clothes to dress the whole fam. Check out their website, or visit the store at 2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
  3. For the chef of the family, check out this hand crafted Tahoe-shaped cutting board for them to slice and dice memories of lake life from the company Our Cutting Board.lake-tahoe-shaped-cutting-board_1024x1024.png
  4. Every family has a designated coffee addict, or two or three. Get them all locally sold beans at Refuge Coffee, and check out their trendy clothing and mugs at their online store.
  5. Get the brewmaster in your life a growler or crowler of local beer at South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company. They also offer t-shirts, hats, glasses, and gift cards with their trendy take on a CA bear at their online store or in person at 1920 Lake Tahoe Blvd. They’re worth a visit!
  6. Every Tahoe admirer could use a reminder of their favorite lake in their home. A Tahoe Wood Map is the perfect way to capture the nature and beauty of Lake Tahoe. You can also stop by the shop in South Lake at Pacific Crest Gallery
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  7. Book them a tour! For the adventure junkie on your list, book them a snowmobile adventure tour through the snowy backcountry of California and Nevada. Check out the Lake Tahoe Adventures website for more information.
  8. For the food-lover and site-see-er, pick them up a gift certificate to Riva Grill. One of the most prime restaurants in Tahoe for enjoying a scrumptious meal, specialty cocktails, and overlooking the lake itself while taking it all in.
  9. Of course, you can always take a stroll around town to find Tahoe paraphernalia, locally made art, and more. The shops at Heavenly Village are a great place to start. They provide more eatery options, rental shops to pick up skis or kayaks for the gift of exploration, and dozens of stores with Tahoe outfitting items.
  10. The best gift of all: book them a vacation to their favorite destination! RnR Vacation Rentals is here to help you find the most ideal home for you and your family to make memories in for years to come in South Lake Tahoe. And we promise to help keep this gift for a loved one a secret when you book with us a RnRvr.com or 855-99-TAHOE!

    If you do choose to spend your holiday season with us and plan on ordering a gift or two for your travel companion, ask us about delivery to your vacation home. We would be happy lend a hand and play the role of Santa’s helper to make your stay more magical.

Spookily Fun Halloween Events in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe offers a spook-tacular good time for ghosts and goblins of all ages. With Halloween just around the corner, plan ahead for a weekend of fun and an October 31st to remember.

Fun for Kids: 15th Anniversary Treat Street

KRLT The Lake & KOWL The Owl radio stations and Lake Tahoe Community College are partnering up to present the 15th Anniversary Treat Street, a safe and fun way for kids to experience trick-or-treating and all things Halloween. There will be candy stations to trick-or-treat at, games to be played, and a kid-friendly haunted house. Admission is FREE, though costumes are required for entry. The event will be held from 5:00 – 8:00pm on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Physical Education building at LTCC. More information can be found on their websitetreat-street-2017

Fun for Adults: Peek A Boo Masquerade Ball, 39th Annual Freakers Ball

Looking for a memorable and festive time but can’t think of a punny Halloween costume? Dress to the nines and throw on an eye-covering mask to experience the Peek A Boo Masquerade Ball at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe PEEK Nightclub. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:30pm – 4:30am. You may purchase tickets at PEEK Nightclub, or contact PeekReservations@Harrahs.com. Tickets cost $10 for women, $20 for men. For more information, see the website.

The 39th Annual Freakers Ball is Tahoe Halloween classic. Elaborate costumes, go-go dancers, celebrity impersonators, rooms sprinkled with skeletons and zombies, a haunted zone for the daring, and of course DJs and dance parties all night long. This event calls itself “Lake Tahoe’s Largest Halloween Bash”. Doors open at 8:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 28 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the event. Find tickets and more information herefreakers-ball-lake-tahoe-halloween-bash.jpg

Fun for All: Halloween Carnival Celebration, Halloween Dance with the Tahoe Dance Band

The Kahle Community Center will be hosting a Halloween Carnival Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4:00 – 6:30pm for spirited individuals of all ages. The event is FREE to attend. There will be games, treats, and carnival booths run by local community groups.

The South Lake Tahoe Senior Center is putting on a Halloween Dance with the Tahoe Dance Band on Friday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 – 10:00pm. Bring a partner or fly solo to this dance party and costume contest. There will be live music, desserts and drinks (both alcoholic and non), and prizes for most original, funniest, and scariest costumes. Admission is $10 for those 21 and up, $5 for those under 21. You can buy tickets at the door. Find more information hereHappy Halloween.jpg

Time to BOO-k a home for your upcoming Halloweekend stay! RnR Vacation Rentals has scarily wonderful homes still available this weekend for a last-minute getaway. Check out RnRvr.com or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE today.

AleWorX Autumn Carnival – South Lake Tahoe Family Fun

Ready for one ale of a good time? Swing by the AleWorX Autumn Carnival this Sunday, October 22, for a family-friendly event that is bound to please all ages. AleWorX autumn carnival.jpg

If you haven’t heard, Lake Tahoe AleWorX is new on the Tahoe food & beverage scene, and they’re making a delicious splash. They aim to unite Tahoe adventure enthusiasts with the fuel of craft beer. Their approach is adventurous itself. As you walk in, you are handed a wristband which can be scanned at either beer taps or the wood-fire pizza counter. This means you get to pour your own beers — from tastings to full pours — and tally up your total on a wristband as you go. Choose from 25 rotating taps of craft beer (both local and other), 3 types of wine, 1 kombucha, and 1 nitro coffee. You don’t get to make your pizza, but leaving it up to the professionals there has scrumptious results.

The AleWorX Autumn Carnival is the perfect chance to check out this local eatery & taphouse. The carnival will be filled with fun and all things Tahoe-based. This event will bring the community and travelers alike together for one unforgettable (and mouth-watering) day.

Where: 2050 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe (click here for map)

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm.

What: The event will have traditional carnival games and face painting for the kids, live music throughout the day, a costume contest for participants of any age, a pizza eating contest, a Paint n Sip class, a performance by the Tahoe Fire Dancers for all, The Loft Tahoe is presenting Magic Fusion, Revive Coffee  & Wine is putting on a Barista Throwdown, and of course there will be a photobooth to capture a memory from the day.

Cost: It is FREE to come check out the event, but bring some bucks to try out all the tasty craft beers, food, and other beverages available.

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RnR Vacation Rentals would love to host your weekend stay as you enjoy the carnival, then need a place to rest & recover afterward. Give us a click at RnRvr.com or a call at 855-99-TAHOE and let us handle the accommodations while you handle the fun.

Featured Image Credit: Brain Walker Photography

Pick up a Pumpkin in South Lake Tahoe

The City of South Lake Tahoe may be known for its access to the clear blue lake, adventure sports galore, and transition to a winter wonderland, but it’s no stranger to the love of all things fall–including a good pumpkin carving. If you’re looking to get away from the day-to-day and experience fall traditions in a new setting, then we’ve got the homes and the game plan for you.

If you’re coming from the Bay Area, visit a pumpkin patch on your way into town at either Boa Vista Orchards or Mill View Ranch. Boa Vista OrchardsBoa Vista Orchards is on your way off of Highway 50 in the city of Placerville. The orchards offers apple picking, pumpkins to pick of all sizes, and a wide variety of food and drink to try. If you work up an appetite searching for the perfect pumpkin, try one of their famous apple donut ice cream sandwiches.

Mill View Ranch is located in the small town of Camino off Highway 50. The ranch has specialty pies and baked goods that will have you drooling from miles away. They also have an elaborate outdoor kids play area, open year round and decorated for the season. And, of course, you can pick up a pumpkin or a gourd to go.

Once you’re in South Lake Tahoe, you can take a day trip on your vacation out to Corley Ranch, located in Gardnerville, about an hour south east of the City of SLT. Corley Ranch is a highly rated pumpkin patch with farm animals, produce to purchase, and a hay ride for the kids or kids at heart. There is a classic large barn, adorned for fall, and perfect for snapping memorable photos.

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If you’re looking to carve a pumpkin and stay local, all the grocery stores in South Lake Tahoe have pumpkins available for purchase, as well as carving kits. Check out Safeway, Raley’s, or Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for a great deal on supplies and carve-able pumpkins.

Grab your pumpkin from the patch or the grocery store and bring it back to one of our fantastic family-friendly homes today. RnR Vacation Rentals would be happy to host your fall traditions year after year. Give us a click or call at 855-99-TAHOE today!