It’s Springtime in Tahoe & The Waterfalls Are Flowing!

This winter brought us record snowfall here in South Lake Tahoe. We were thrilled to welcome guests from all over the world to our very own winter wonderland, but we couldn’t be more excited that spring has finally sprung on the South Shore.

There are three reasons why spring in South Lake is one of our favorite times of the year:

  1. The crowds have dispersed! Don’t get us wrong, we love our visitors and that fresh snowfall brings lots of them, but the come spring we definitely appreciate the calm after the winter storm.
  2. The wildlife is celebrating! Winter hibernation is over and the forest critters are roaming free. Not to mention all the flowers are in bloom!
  3. Last but not least, our favorite part about spring are the South Lake Tahoe waterfalls. After the snow melts the waterfalls start flowing and its truly a sight to see. Below are the best waterfalls to explore on a spring day.

The mighty waters of the Sierra Nevadas create some of the countries most beautiful waterfalls. Below are three of our favorite waterfalls that make a great day trip for your springtime stay.

Horsetail Falls: Located right here in South Lake Tahoe off Highway 50, Horsetail Falls is a spectacular sight to see. Just 7 miles from Echo Summit, the hike to the waterfall is about 3.1 miles and is categorized as a moderate difficulty level. The destination of this hike is the waterfall but the walk along the way boasts some spectacular views. Horsetail falls is a springtime must see in South Lake Tahoe

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe South)

Glen Alpine Falls: Another amazing location easily accessible to those on the South Shore. Glen Alpine Falls is a series of waterfalls that lead to Fallen Leaf Lake, a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. This trail is a lightly trafficked 5.1 mile hike and is rated at a moderate difficulty level. Don’t forget your camera on this outing because these sites are truly breathtaking. Even the family dog is allowed to join!

(Photo of Lower Glen Alpine Falls sourced from Tahoe South)

Shirley Canyon: As the snow continues to melt, the waterfalls at Shirley Canyon are flowing in full force. This location is not in South Lake Tahoe but we promise it’s totally work the day trip to Squaw Valley. For the more experienced hikers, the trek to Shirley Canyon can take about a half day to complete (just remember you can can turn around and any time and there are plenty of smaller waterfall photo ops along the way). Check out this useful Guide to Hiking Shirley Canyon for more tips.

If you decide to come for a spring time South Lake Tahoe visit we have many homes to choose from. From a cozy little cabin near the lake, to a forested four bedroom, to a home right on the Tahoe Keys – we’re here to help you find the perfect home!

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Ways We Can Protect Our Beautiful Lake This Earth Day

Visitors and residents of South Lake Tahoe know what a treasure our beautiful lake is.

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Earth Day is an important time to reflect on how we can make a difference and keep our lake beautiful, blue, and clean for years to come.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is an incredible organization based right here in South Lake that works tirelessly to “Keep Tahoe Blue“. Consider making a donation this Earth Day to local organizations like The League who work everyday to protect our amazing lake.

CLICK HERE to donate to The League to Save Lake Tahoe this Earth Day!

You can also check out all the local Earth Day festivities here.

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At RnR Vacation Rentals we work to make a difference with every guest that says at one of our homes and that’s why we’re a corporate sponsor of The League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Just last year, we hosted over 2,000 groups in one of our homes and each guest that stayed with us received a “Keep Tahoe Blue” information sheet and donation card as well as a reusable bag in order to cut down on plastic during their stay.

Another sustainable amenity we are very proud of is our reusable toiletry bottles. In the past two years of using re-fillable shampoo and conditioner bottles we’ve stopped more than 16,000 plastic bottles from making their way to the landfill.

There is no better reminder as to why we must be good stewards of our planet than to experience such a specular natural wonder like Lake Tahoe. We love our our lake and hope you come and visit soon to see her for yourself!

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Three Tips for Working Remotely in Lake Tahoe

According to the market research firm Gallup, 43% of American employees work remotely and the percentage is growing yearly. If you are part of the remote working population consider a change of scenery – a workation in South Lake Tahoe!

Lake Tahoe knows all about working hard and playing harder. You can work and play in South Shore productively with these tips for a successful workation.

Staying with RnR Vacation Rentals on your workation means you’ll have access to high-speed internet and some of the world’s best views all in one place! We have a selection of homes with work stations and relaxation available right on property. There’s nothing better after a hard days work then some good old-fashioned mountain magic.

Tip #1  Find the Perfect Work Space

Set a designated work space for the duration of your stay. This will help keep you organized and on task. At Windows on the Water there are a variety of work spaces to choose from. We especially love this one tucked away with a peek-a-boo view of the water and Mt. Tallac. When you’re in dire need of a break, there’s even a hot tub right on the deck! Nourish your body & mind; Collect your thoughts or lose them, either way you’ll enjoy it.

 

Tip #2 Block Out Time for Work and Play

Some methods of time management we’ve found helpful are time blocking and The Pomodoro Technique. What time of day are you most productive? Are you a morning person, or do you do the afternoon crunch? Once you decide that, you can assign the other times of day to fun and relaxation. Time blocking is also great for projects that have multiple steps. Pull out your calendar or planner and just block out times of the day for when to work, to break, and to play. planning

Maybe you’re vacationing with family or you have a tendency to let your thoughts wander; try The Pomodoro Technique. For this, you simply set a timer and keep a piece of paper handy. Set timer for 25 minutes of work and 5 minute breaks. When time is up, use the paper to write down other tasks that came to mind while working and the rest of the 5 minutes for rest. Staying at Heavenly Charm means you can take your break hanging out with a view.

 

Tip #3 Unplug From Social Media

socialmediaTurn off or remove social media from the workation flow. TeamLease World of Work Report reported in their study that  social media alone accounts for a 13% drop in productivity. Beyond immediately removing your attention from a task, social media can hinder your mind from becoming focused for longer periods of time.

Plus, you’re in Lake Tahoe, give your eyes a rest from the screen and enjoy the view! Bring your boat and get one of the best views around. Tahoe Keys Marina Modern is right on the water with a boat slip! Tahoe Woods 504 is just a short walk down the casinos, restaurants, and trails and beach access! These homes have a variety of workspaces and many outdoor areas to set up shop, too.

For anyone coming to enjoy what South Lake Tahoe has to offer who will also have to do some work, use these tips and take a look at our homes with designated work stations and high speed internet:

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Drink Like the Locals! Nanobreweries, Tap Houses and Bottle Shops

They say there’s something about the water in Lake Tahoe, it has won awards; We think it’s the hops! South shore is home and host of the best brews and even better times. From the long standing tap house McP’s to our newest brewery Mountain Brews, you can find a brewery just around every corner. What better way to spend the evening than with a cold one and good company?

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Just off the highway but still tucked away, is a charming old cabin turned local newspaper publisher and local nanobrewery. That’s right, on weekday this little space churns out the local paper, Mountain News, and on the weekend the  space turns into a pint-sized party! Serving short pours, this craft brewery is an unforgettable experience. Open Fridays and Saturdays 4PM-10PM.

 

South Lake Brewing Co. 

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Have a pint at the locals’ watering hole down at the Y (Neighborhood and area surrounding the major intersection between highway 50, highway 89, and Lake Tahoe Blvd.) South Lake Brewing serves up a slew of their own brews and hosts Monday Trivia Night. If you’re hungry, it’s BYO! You can also catch some local grub setting up shop in the parking lot, like brick oven pizzas or farm-to-fork burritos. When summer rolls around so do the massive shop doors opening up to the outdoor area with corn hole and picnic tables!

 

 

 

Cold Water Brewery & Grill

With award-winning beer and food, they have it all with top notch service! Not just bartenders and servers, they are barmasters and food aficionados. Brewing up some of the best beer and doing it with fun! Check out some of their awesome specials during happy hour or on flannel Fridays for $4 beers. Sunday is definitely Funday here with their full Bloody Mary bar during Sunday brunch!

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Sidellis

In a pickle? This is the brewery for you, off the marked trail and a little something for everyone. Not only do they brew their own beer, they are masters of pickling with an assortment of pickled vegetables talked about around the lake! The vibe is homey with a cabin feel, loads of games, and a backyard outdoor space when the weather gets warm. They offer a lunch/dinner menu and always have a few guest appearances on tap from other local breweries.

The Hangar 

This local taproom and bottle shop has just recently opened in 2018 and is already one of our favorites. You have options with 30 rotating beers on tap and over 50 bottle choices! They have a massive outdoor patio to match with fire pits, corn hole and oversized jenga! If you want to bring your own food this is another BYO snack shack.

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McP’s Taphouse Grill

This Irish Pub is home to traditional grub, the largest selection of beers on tap and a full bar. Located in the heart of Stateline near the casinos, they have a dog-friendly outdoor patio and live music every day. What doesn’t this place have? They didn’t forget about game day either with 19 big screens to watch on!

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Dancing into Summer!

Although spring has just begun we can’t stop thinking of all the headliners coming to rock South Lake Tahoe this summer! Don’t miss the sunshine and good vibes at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena summer concert series. South Shore is ready to groove and tickets are available now through Ticketmaster and Vividseats.

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Get a head start on your summer fun and stay with us! We have you covered with just a 10 minute walk to the venue. Check out Tahoe Woods #203 or our other homes in the area at RnR Vacation Rentals!

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The fun doesn’t end with the music! Staying in the Stateline area of South Lake Tahoe provides a full weekend of fun all within a stone’s throw. Before the show, have a bite and a brew over at Lake Tahoe Aleworx. Stateline has a variety of cuisine available, why not take it to go and cruise down to the lake with a bike rental from Powder House?

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The Secret to S’mores Indoors!

Winter’s not over yet! Whether you’re playing all day or getting snowed in, we have a treat for you. There’s no place like family gathered around the campfire- or should we say fireplace with this s’mores nachos recipe for the oven!

What you’ll need:                                Ingredients:

●cookie sheet                                       ●marshmallows

●sauce pan                                           ●graham crackers

●heatproof bowl                                 ●chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven broiler. Oven rack should be about 6 inches from heat.

2. Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat and place bowl in water. Pour as many chocolate chips into the bowl to melt for drizzle as the crowd calls for!chocochips

3.Next, place graham cracker squares onto cookie sheet followed by chocolate chips and top with marshmallows.  IMG_1046

For even more gooey goodness remove from oven and repeat a second layering. Broil until marshmallows are golden brown; time varies with broiler strength anywhere from 2-7 minutes.IMG_1078.jpg

4. Finally, drizzle the melty chocolate over the top and serve!smoredrizzle

Winter Fun in South Lake Tahoe!

This season’s snowfall brought a winter bliss to ski resorts around the lake- South Lake Tahoe has become a winter wonderland all its own! Our small town rallied to keep roads clear, doors open and the ski lifts turning. Below are snow totals from the resorts after the last storms. With still more to come; Lake Tahoe is in yet another storm system! Here’s our favorite ways to get out and enjoy the snow or take a break from the outdoors with some of these fun indoor activities, too!

Resorts                                                                                      

Sierra-at-Tahoe                                 43”                                       

Heavenly Mtn. Resort                    74”                                       

Kirkwood                                             60”                        

Homewood Mtn. Resort                80”

Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows  85” 

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Ski and Ride The best of the West is right here in South Shore! Heavenly Ski Resort is accessible from the gondola giving you an amazing panoramic view of Lake Tahoe along the way. Not only can you get to the resort from both California and Nevada you can ski across the state line, too. From 34 miles of groomers to some of the longest tree runs around, it really is heavenly!

Just a 20 minute drive from town is Sierra-at-Tahoe and you don’t want to miss this slice of snowy paradise. With a base of 297” of snow to date this season you’ll get your fair share of pow! Good vibes joined by the most trails of natural terrain make for the complete skiing and riding experience!

We didn’t forget about Kirkwood. Around a 45 minute drive from town through beautiful Hope Valley and you’ve reached world-famous terrain at “the Wood”. While all the mountains offer lessons, the Wood is home to Expedition: Kirkwood. For the advanced skier/rider, backcountry access with a guided or private tour!

 Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing  Why not hit the meadows instead of the slopes? Strolling through South Shore’s meadows delivers magical views of the basin. Take a drive to Hope Valley, where Sorensen’s Resort will guide you on a sunset adventure! Check out their site for upcoming dates and rental information. Over at Camp Richardson’s you can also find rentals and miles of groomed or skier-packed trails. Some other rentals around town include Powder House(multiple locations) and Snowshoe Thompson’s. 

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Snowmobiling and Tubingtubing

Tahoe Snowmobiles offers snowmobiling and tubing at multiple locations. Great for little ones, the tubing hills here are not as steep as the resorts and easily accessible. To check out the back-country, take a guided tour with Lake Tahoe Adventures through Hope Valley! Both locations provide some gear with rentals and any other clothing and equipment needed is available for rent at an additional fee.

 

Check out Tahoe Bowl  for a night beyond bowling! There’s fun for all ages with pizza and snacks, arcade games for the kiddos and a full bar for adults!

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Call in advance, the fun books fast here! A puzzle room for your crew to escape before the time is up! They host a variety of themes and difficulty levels to choose from. Also offering party packages both for children and adults. This is a unique experience your friends and family won’t forget.

 

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Blue Granite Climbing Gym may be brand new, but has already become one of our favorite places. You can have fun, care for your body and drink a latte at the same time. This is not a regular climbing gym with a full café, yoga and other fitness classes and climbing lessons! Let them help you throw a party for the kids with a private room and gear rental included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Warmth & Relaxation Everyone loves a little hot tubbing after a long day of playing in the mountains. We have a variety of homes with hot tubs featuring views and private backyard retreats. After all the fun and adventure, a hot meal and a hot soak is the après Tahoe way.hottub.jpg

CLICK HERE to check out all of our rentals with hot tubs!