Top 10 Homes to Host Thanksgiving

The fall breeze and scent of pumpkins in the air is not far off, and it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to host Thanksgiving dinner. Take your family to the mountains and lake shore in South Lake Tahoe to start new traditions, or continue the old ones.

If you’re the lucky planner of the family, there is no need to stress about finding the perfect home to host the big day. RnR Vacation Rentals has a variety of homes with fully stocked kitchens, counter space to prep a whole turkey, and dining tables with place settings for the entire family. Just pick a home, bring the family–and don’t forget the cranberry sauce!

RnR Vacation Rentals Top 10 Best Homes to Host Thanksgiving

  1. Tahoe Keys Villa – This villa of a home has it all and then some. Spacious kitchen with counter space to spare, a long dining table with seats for 10 plus room 4 more at the kitchen counter (you can even make it the “Kids’ Counter”), with enough pots, pans, and cooking utensils for everyone to pitch in.
    • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
    • Room for 14 individuals including children, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: private dock, hot tub, in-house sauna, fireplace, outdoor fire pit, pool table, HDTVs throughout, upper and lower living areas
  2. Windows on the Water – Imagine cooking your Thanksgiving dinner while overlooking a waterway of the Tahoe Keys with the backdrop of Mt. Tallac in its full fall-time glory. You’ll have everything you need for prepping the meal in this home–including a turkey roaster!
    • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
    • Room for 12 individuals including children, 8 adults maximum
    • Key features: private boat dock, hot tub, pool table, fireplace, stunning views throughout, dog friendly
  3. Heavenly Mountaintop – This home has a recently updated kitchen with tons of cookware, plus 2 living areas and an additional wet bar for more family fun. After dinner you can relax your full bellies in the hot tub with surrounding mountain views.
    • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
    • Room for 10 individuals total, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: hot tub, mountain views, fireplace, tri-level, close to ski runs and hiking trails, dog friendly
  4. Bijou’s Best – This quintessential log cabin has classic Tahoe vibes with modern updates, including a fully stocked kitchen ready for cooking. You can even bring the family dog to eat any leftover turkey scraps.
    • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
    • Room for 12 individuals including children, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: 5 minute walk to the lake, hot tub, split level, dog friendly
  5. Doris’s Place – In this traditional home, you will feel like you’re at Aunt Doris’s family home from the minute you walk in. The house is full of love and has hosted many generations’ worth of family Thanksgivings, meaning it is well-stocked with everything you need for prepping appetizers down to dessert.
    • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
    • Room for 8 individuals including children, 6 adults maximum
    • Key features: large yard space, BBQ on the back deck, upstairs air hockey table with the perfect space for the kids of the group to get some space alone
  6. Heavenly Adventure – Indulge in an elegant dining experience inside this tastefully decorated home with a kitchen stocked by a true chef. After dinner, enjoy a cocktail by the fire pit on the back patio, or dip in the hot tub to unwind in.
    • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
    • Room for 10 individuals including children, 8 adults maximum
    • Key features: private hot tub in the backyard, fire pit, pool table, gathering space to spare, dog friendly
  7. Peaceful Windows the to Water & Sierras – Even in the chaos of coordinating cooking, this home will bring you peace with its waterfront views and private boat dock overlooking Mt. Tallac. The house has a newly remodeled kitchen and a bonus wet bar in the living room so you can whip up some fun holiday drinks all day long.
    • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
    • Room for 9 individuals including children, 8 adults maximum
    • Key features: updated kitchen, large dining table, retro wet bar, kayak and 4 adult bikes for guest use, hot tub, private boat dock with seating area to take in the views
  8. Tahoe Keys Waterfront Fun – This home has fun in the title for a reason! The backyard has beautiful fall coloring in November, which you can enjoy from the hot tub, lounge chairs, or glimpse from the kitchen as you mash potatoes and stuff the turkey. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking the big meal, and the dining table is long and spacious.
    • 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
    • Room for 12 individuals including children, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: private boat dock, hot tub, kayak for guest use, fireplace, dog friendly
  9. Wintershire at South Lake Tahoe – This home has counter space and tableware for days, so you have have Thanksgiving dinner and not stress about cleaning up before breakfast the next day. There is also a long dining table with additional seating at the kitchen counter.
    • 3.5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
    • Room for 12 individuals including children, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: dining table space for 8 plus 4 more at counter, upstairs loft with game table, large living space with HDTV, fireplace, dog friendly
  10. Waterfront Perfection at Tahoe Keys – Perfection. Plain and simple. This home has room to display the full turkey spread on the kitchen island alone. There is also a full wine cooler and enough glasses for everyone to have three different kinds of beverages in hand.
    • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
    • Room for 10 individuals total, 10 adults maximum
    • Key features: multiple dining areas, 72 bottle dual zone wine cooler, sauna, hot tub, 2 decks, private dock, pool table, dog friendly

We manage 30 other homes in the South Lake Tahoe area, so if you don’t see the perfect fit for your family in our top 10 list, then click on over to RnRvr.com and check out what’s cooking in the rest of our portfolio. Give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE or send us an email at info@rnrvr.com to get a quote for your holiday stay.

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Dog-Friendly Activities in South Lake Tahoe

How could it be a vacation without your best furry friend by your side? South Lake Tahoe embraces puppy love with plenty of options to dine, play, and stay with your dog.

RnR Vacation Rentals has a wide selection of homes available that are pet-friendly, and we also know how to plan a day out with your pooch. Here are our recommendations for dog days in the SLT area.

Restaurants: Craving a burger with your best bud? A brew with your Scooby-Doo? Each of these restaurants is dog-friendly with outdoor seating.

  1. McP’s Taphouse
  2. Izzy’s Burger Spa 
  3. Sprout’s Cafe
  4. The Brewery at Lake Tahoe
  5. Meyer’s Downtown Cafe
  6. Blue Angel Cafe
  7. Find more pet-welcoming restaurants on Bringfido.com

Beaches: The lakeshore is just better with your four-legged friend. Take your dog on walks on the trails or along the sand lining the lake, or even let them swim at designated locations.

  1. Regan Beach —  the eastern end of Regan Beach has a “water dog park” where pups are allowed in the lake to fetch, swim, and SUP with you.
  2. Kiva Beach — dogs are allowed on leash, but no swimming for them here.
  3. El Dorado — dogs are allowed on leash, but no swimming for them here.
  4. Nevada Beach — dogs are allowed on leash on the shoreline and near the campground, but no swimming for them here.
  5. Camp Richardson — dogs are allowed on leash in the picnic areas, but no swimming for them here.

Hikes: Vacation is all about exploration, and your tail-wagger should be able to help you up the hard hills, so here are some pet-okay-ed trails.

  1. Fallen Leaf Lake (your dog can swim here too!)
  2. Echo Lake (your dog can swim here too!)
  3. Pope Baldwin Bike Path
  4. Van Sickle Rim Trail
  5. Discover more dog-friendly trails on AllTrails.com

Dog Park: South Lake Tahoe has room to roam for you and your dog throughout the Bijou Park neighborhood–you might both even make a new friend!

  1. Bijou Dog Park — We manage two homes that are just down the street from this dog park: check out our Bijou’s Best 4 bedroom and our Craig’s Cozy Cabin 2 bedroom (both dog-friendly, of course!).

Doggy Daycare: Itching for an adventure that isn’t quite as dog friendly? Leave your pup with someone you can trust.

  1. Tahoe Best Friends 
  2. Tahoe Tails and Trails 

Emergency Services: Having your fur-baby hurting can really put a damper on any vacation. Rest assured, South Lake Tahoe has emergency veterinary services available.

  1. Sierra Veterinary Hospital 
  2. Alpine Animal Hospital

At RnR Vacation Rentals, we currently manage 21 homes that allow dogs. Inquire at RnRvr.com, send us an email at info@rnrvr.com, or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE and we’d be happy to find you the most paw-some home for your stay.

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