Getting Around South Lake Tahoe

So you’ve made it to South Lake Tahoe, settled into your vacation rental, rented your ski and snowboard gear, and now all you need is a way to get to the mountain. Or perhaps you’re all gussied up and ready to try your hand at the casinos, but you need a lift to Stateline. Whether you’re out for a daily adventure or a night on the town, South Lake Tahoe has options when it comes to getting around.

On-Demand Ride Apps

Both Lyft and Uber are available in South Lake Tahoe. In order to utilize them, you need to download their apps on your smartphone. If you are traveling with a larger group, you can request a Lyft Plus for 6 passengers or more. Or if you are traveling with ski/snowboard gear, you can request an Uber Ski or uberXL. A ride with Lyft or Uber will vary in price dependent upon the time of day, length of trip, and volume of demand around town.

Check out this Uber ride option that would take just 5 minutes to beckon a car to go from our Bijou’s Best home to Heavenly Mountain Resort, with the choice of uberX (regular ride), SKI (a ride prepared to handle to your snow gear), and uberXL (for larger groups).

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Public Transit

South Lake Tahoe has multiple affordable transportation systems around town. Keep an eye out for buses and bus stops with the BlueGO logo on them. There are daytime and late night bus options, so you can rely on the city any time of your stay. The Tahoe Transportation District offers up-to-date schedules of routes, times, and costs on their website and on this helpful map.

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The Tahoe Transportation District also offers a specific Winter Skier Shuttle up the Heavenly. With both eastbound and westbound routes running from 8:00am-6:00pm daily, you can hitch a ride to the resort with your gear in tow on these buses. Click the image below for more details.

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How do you know which option is best?

If you simply can’t decide whether to take a private on-demand car like Lyft or Uber, wait for the local buses, or use your own two legs, then download the app Swiftly to your phone. Swiftly does the work for you by gathering information about travel options, trip times, and costs. Simply enter your starting location and final destination, and Swiftly will populate each choice you have to complete your route.

For instance, take a peek at this Swiftly image offering trip options from our Lakeland Village #603 See & Ski home to Harveys Lake Tahoe casino at Stateline.

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The app shows you how long it takes to walk or ride a bike (not to mention how many calories you’d burn), the bus time and cost, or an uberX time and cost. You can click on your preferred method and get more details about walking directions, bus routes, or allow Swiftly to open the Uber app for you to continue booking the ride.

When you visit South Lake Tahoe, the city has you covered when it comes to transit. And RnR Vacation Rentals has you covered when it comes to finding a place to rest your feet after a day of successfully getting around town. Give us a call at 530-208-5001 or visit our website at RnRvr.com and let us help you find the perfect place to play & stay.

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Ski with a Ranger, Take a Snowmobile Tour, or Snowshoe to Explore!

Looking to try something new on your vacation this winter season? South Lake Tahoe has you covered when it comes to less-than-ordinary snow play.

Ski with a Ranger

The U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education staff and volunteers are on a mission to bring fun and knowledge together on the slopes of Heavenly. You can join them for free on their tour of the nature surrounding the City of South Lake Tahoe.

When: Every Monday and Friday from January 20th, 2017 – April 7th, 2017 at 1:00pm (tours will last about 1 hour)

Where: Heavenly Mountain Resort, meet at the top of the Heavenly gondola

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ltbmu/home/?cid=stelprdb5262002

Additional Details: While the tour is free, you must purchase your own lift ticket and ski/snowboard gear. You must be an intermediate or above level skier/boarder. You do not need a reservation. The tours are weather-permitting and may be cancelled due to storms. You can contact Reanna Suela at 530-543-2656 or email rsuela@fs.fed.us if you’d like more information and to check on weather conditions.

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Snowmobile Tours

Gear up to explore the terrain of Tahoe with the exhilarating experience of a snowmobile tour. Lake Tahoe Adventures is a company that prides themselves in teaching beginners and providing once in a lifetime scenic excursions. They offer tours of varying lengths, for various skill levels, and in multiple regions. You can tour the South Lake Tahoe area, or take it up a notch to romp around the high Sierras in Hope Valley. Lake Tahoe Adventures even offers an extremely special Moonlight Tour a handful of times each year.

Where: The Lake Tahoe Adventures office is located in Meyers just off Highway 50 – Click here for directions

When: The season is weather permitting, typically November – April

Website: http://laketahoeadventures.com/snowmobile-tours-2/

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Snowshoe & Ski around Camp Richardson

Bring the kids, strap on the snowshoes, and get ready to trot around camp! Camp Richardson has bike trails that turn seamlessly into snowshoeing and cross-country skiing paths once snow has coated the ground. They offer both groomed trails and skier packed trails, each of varying lengths. You can cruise around the shores of Lake Tahoe, or venture up to Fallen Leaf Lake. Visit Camp Richardson’s Mountain Sports Center for rentals of snowshoes, skis, sleds, and to purchase half or full day passes.

Website: http://www.tahoevacationguide.com/Activities/snowshoeing.html#begin

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RnR Vacation Rentals has homes spread all throughout South Lake Tahoe. If you opt for the Ski with a Ranger adventure, then check out our Tahoe Woods at Stateline home–just a 7 minute walk to the gondola at Heavenly. If you choose the snowmobiling option, take a look at our Blitzen Bliss home located in Meyers near the Lake Tahoe Adventures main office. If you are going for family fun at Camp Richardson, stay at our Tahoe Keys Waterfront Serenity home only 2.0 miles from the camp. Or visit RnRvr.com to browse all our housing choices.

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Blitzen Bliss Home

From Proposals to Planning the Big Day, Plenty of Places to Stay!

South Lake Tahoe has been the setting for many romantic marriage proposals over the years, and this holiday season was no exception. From getting down on one knee overlooking Emerald Bay, to popping the question on snowy piers over Lake Tahoe, every season is the season for love around this beautiful scenery. south-lake-tahoe-proposalsIf you’re looking to propose to your significant other with the backdrop of Lake Tahoe, we have the perfect homes to kindle your romance.

Places & Proposals

The place: Our Lakeland Village #109 Honeymoon Studio is nestled in the lodge of Lakeland Village, where you can walk to a hot tub in your bath robes, sit on the private deck and overlook the snowy village, or curl up by the stone-set fireplace and share a glass of champagne on the king-sized bed. honeymoon-studio-1The proposal: From the home you can stroll down the Lakeland Village pier, stand over the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, gaze off at the mountains surrounding you and into one another’s eyes, and present the question of a lifetime.

The place: Craig’s Cozy Cabin is in one of the most central locations of South Lake Tahoe. This 2 bedroom home is a 10 minute drive to Heavenly Village and the gondola to Heavenly Ski Resort, a 15 minute drive to Camp Richardson, walking distance to local eats & bars, and an even shorter walking distance to the lake itself. At the home you’ll find the comforts of a toasty fire, the wooded charm of a classic Tahoe cabin, a front porch to enjoy morning coffee, and a back deck to sip evening cocktails.craigs-cozy-cabinThe proposal: The rustic feel of the cabin surrounded by tall pines will urge you and your loved one to find an outdoor adventure. From the home you can drive less than 30 minutes to Cave Rock, Echo Lake, Emerald Bay, or Angora Lakes and find the ideal place to be on bended knee in front of your future spouse. After your adventure-filled day, you can take the celebration back to Craig’s Cozy Cabin and jump in your own private hot tub to soak in the magic of the moment.

After the “YES!” and before “I do” 

Tahoe is not only a great location for the proposal, it’s also an incredible place to have the wedding itself or a honeymoon afterward. If you have a wedding planned in the greater Tahoe area, we have plenty of homes to house your relatives and guests while they anticipate the day.*

We manage 7 homes in Lakeland Village, and Lakeland Village has wedding packages which allow you to have your special day right there on the property.

Our Lakeland Village homes range from the 1 bedroom studio up to a 4 bedroom townhouse with a loft.

If you are completely enamored with the beautiful waters of Lake Tahoe, you can also have a wedding on a cruise ship while coasting over the deep blue. Check out Tahoe Bleu Wave for more information on a water-top wedding cruise.

To keep the waterway theme going, your guests can stay in one of our 12 Tahoe Keys homes. From a waterfront home with 5 bedrooms, to a 3 bedroom condo, we have something that will fit each group of guests within the convenience of The Keys.

To start planning your picture-perfect proposal, or to get ahead of the wedding preparations, check out RnRVR.com or give us a call at (530) 208-5001 and let us take care of the accommodations while you set the romance in motion.

Photo credit for featured image: http://www.choosestudio22.com/
*Disclaimer: While RnR Vacation Rentals would be happy to house your wedding attendees, we are not permitted to host wedding-related events at the homes (i.e. ceremonies, receptions, brunches, rehearsals, etc.)

Storms turn Tahoe into Tah-Snow!

Tahoe has been getting bombarded with powder over the last week, and all mountain-goers are digging it! We have the latest snow report for you as well as some tips on how to stay safe out there.

There have been reports of 4-8 feet of snow at the various mountain resorts, and more than 70″ in 7 days over all of South Lake Tahoe. Today will be sunny enough to enjoy the fresh snow, Saturday will have another dusting of snowfall, and Sunday will bring considerably more powder. Check out Heavenly Mountain Resort’s weather summary as of 1/6/17.

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You can scope out the conditions on the slopes live through Heavenly’s webcams. Click here to see for yourself.

While skiers & snowboarders have been hitting the lifts, the snow removal crews of the City of South Lake Tahoe have been working hard to keep the streets safe for travel.

According to the City of SLT website, the fearless crews have been plowing roadways, sanding the icy intersections, and removing snow from parking lots as well as facilities around town. In order to help them keep the city safe, you can pitch in by following these snowy conditions guidelines:

  • Keep the streets clear! Do not park cars in the street when there is snowfall so plows can get through and do their jobs quickly and efficiently.
  • Move those cans — trash cans, that is. The city asks that you keep all trash receptacles behind the berm of your property/the property you are renting for the weekend.
  • Give ’em space. Whether you’re walking or driving, a safe distance to keep is 40+ feet.
  • Shove it properly. According to the City of SLT, as you clear your driveway “shovel to the right as you face the street.”

To read up on these snow safety tips and more, check out the article “City Snow Removal Crews Have Been Working Around the Clock” on the City of SLT website.

To book a vacation and take advantage of all this fresh powder ASAP, head over to our RnR Vacation Rentals website and start planning your snowy stay today. Our Heavenly Adventure home pictured below makes for a the perfect family getaway — we’ll even shovel the driveway before your arrival!

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