League to Save Lake Tahoe: Spooky Stormwater Fall Festival

October is a month to watch scary movies and get spooked by neighborhood decor. What’s spookier than the thought of our precious blue Lake Tahoe turning to murky grays and browns from stormwater runoff? Yikes!

No need to fear, Pipe Keepers and the League to Save Lake Tahoe are here! These modern day nature heroes are putting on an event to raise awareness and educate the community on how to help prevent stormwater runoff from ruining the lake.

The event is the League to Save Lake Tahoe Spooky Stormwater Fall Festival at the Sidellis Lake Tahoe Brewery and Restaurant, and it is bound to be a hauntingly good time. There will be family-friendly games, small bites provided, chances to win prizes, and the opportunity to chat with Pipe Keeper stormwater experts.

Who are these Pipe Keeper experts and what’s the deal with stormwater you ask? Well as the official Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe website puts it, “Pipe Keepers is a citizen science program to address the threat of stormwater pollution entering Lake Tahoe. Runoff from rain storms and snowmelt is the largest source of pollution that degrades lake clarity. League staff will train you to survey local neighborhoods and collect stormwater samples during rain and snowmelt events.” See full article here.

Grab your friends, bring the kids, and get ready for eerily educational night of fall fun! 
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Event Details

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Sidellis Lake Tahoe at 3350 Sandy Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Cost: Free! To register for the event click here.

RnR Vacation Rentals is a proud Blue Business Member, meaning we partner with the League to Save Lake Tahoe to help restore the blue lake and promote environmental preservation. If you want to stay in a blue-friendly home, visit RnRvr.com today or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE.

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Food, Fun, Festivals & Fall All Over

If you needed another reason to plan a spontaneous trip to South Lake Tahoe, we’ve got you covered with two weekend festivals next Saturday and Sunday, October 7th & 8th.

Fall Food Festival – Presented by Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation 

What: The Fall Food Festival is the annual Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation fundraiser. Come eat food from local restaurants, drink beverages from local breweries and wineries, dance all night, participate in auctions and raffles, and raise money to give back to the local schools.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

When: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $50, purchase tickets now at LTUSD schools, the district office, or at the door

More: http://www.ltedf.org/events/fall-food-fest/ fall-food-fest-2017

Oktoberfest – Hosted by Historic Camp Richardson Resort

What: All things German! This event is Camp Richardson Resort’s take on the traditional German Oktoberfest. That means beer galore, German-style foods and desserts, a bratwurst-eating competition, and lederhosen for days. There will also be craft booths, face paintings, a pumpkin patch, balloon benders, a bungee platform, climbing wall, live music, the annual dog costume contest, and even more family-friendly fun.

Where: Camp Richardson Resort 

When: Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from 10:00am – 5:00pm each day

Cost: FREE admission, there will be varying costs for food and activities throughout

More: http://www.camprichardson.com/oktoberfest/

 

Need a place to rest after all this fall festival recreation? RnR Vacation Rentals has you covered. Visit RnRvr.com or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE to hear about our available homes.

Sample the Sierra in South Lake Tahoe

Grab your tasting glass and bring your appetite. The South Lake Tahoe annual farm-to-fork Sample the Sierra event is back for another year of delicious experiences. This event pairs local chefs with locally sourced foods to create one scrumptious day for everyone who comes out.

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Event Details

What: Dueling chef competitions where you get to taste the results, samplings of locally sourced foods paired with beer/wine/spirits, live art creations, Tahoe-made goods such as jewelry and home decor for sale, games for adults and kids, live music all day, and more!

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (tastings end at 4:00pm)

Where: Bijou Community Park at 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd. Click here for directions.

Cost: Tasting tickets for food and beverage samplings is $40 per person. For food-only tickets the cost is $30. Children 3 and under are free. You may also walk around the event for free, but to taste you must purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sample-the-sierra-2017-tickets-34085232849?internal_ref=login 

More info: Guests are encouraged to ride bikes to the event as parking is limited, and to be friendly to the environment. You could also ride a LimeBike. For more information on the event, check out the official site: http://www.samplethesierra.com/.

RnR Vacation Rentals has homes available this weekend to make a last-minute trip for the tasty event.

Bring the whole family! Our Lakeland Village #433 and Lakeland Village #495 units are close to one another and close to the action. Unit #433 has 2.5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, while Unit #495 has 2.5 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The Lakeland Village complex is right on the lake and only 1.6 miles to Bijou Community Park where the event is held.

Another option is our Mountain Magic in South Lake Tahoe home. A 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house just 3.5 miles from the event. This home is full of comfort, fun and games in the bonus room, and there is a large hot tub in the backyard that is warmed and ready for you to relax your full belly on Saturday. LLV 433, 495, Mountain Magic Collage

 

Lake Tahoe Marathon: Planning A Foot Ahead

Ready to run? Untie your running shoes for a moment and choose where you’re going to relax your muscles after the big race.

The 22nd Annual Lake Tahoe Marathon is just over a month away, which means you’ll need to take a break from training to plan your vacation surrounding the event. While the Lake Tahoe Marathon is on Sunday, October 15th, there are plenty of other races and events surrounding the big day which anyone can participate in beginning Thursday, October 12th and ending Sunday, October 15th.

Event Details

The Lake Tahoe Marathon 

Other Events Surrounding the Marathon

  • Multi-day races: Double Dare – 144 miles in 2 days, Triple Dare – 216 miles in  3 days, or the Quadzilla Dare – 288 miles in 4 days
  • Kid-friendly races: The 5K Super Hero Pumpkin Run, The Optimist Kids Pumpkin Fun Run (this one is free!)
  • Volunteer: you can volunteer to help put on the Lake Tahoe Marathon by being part of course direction, a designated cheering section, a water stand attendee, a start/finish line assistant, and more. The runners & city need the support!
  • There is even more fun to be had, races to run, and celebratory activities to participate in. Check it all out here: https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/laketahoemarathon/

Find Accommodations

RnR Vacation Rentals would love to help ease your post-race pain by helping you find the perfect home to recover in.

  • Tahoe Woods at Stateline: This 3 bedroom, 3bathroom town home is 0.6 miles to the finish line of the marathon. The home has a stunning open kitchen, plenty of seating in the living area around the fireplace and HDTV to relax, a shuffleboard table for fun after you’ve regained your strength, and multiple king beds to sleep off the sore muscles.
  • Waterfront Serenity in Tahoe Keys: This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is on Venice drive, right along the race route. You can scope out the course the day before, and get a leg up on the competition by practicing that stretch. Plus the home has a private hot tub in the backyard and overlooks a serene lagoon for your post-race recovery.
  • Lakeland Village: We manage 7 homes in the convenience of Lakeland Village, from a 1 room studio near the hot tub up to a 4.5 room townhouse with a lake view. You are sure to find other runners in this resort complex to bond with before and after the race. You can walk to nearby restaurants and carbo-load, or reflect on the experience in one of the multiple pools, hot tubs, or spa.

We have plenty of other homes available with varying amenities and of all different sizes. Check them out at RnRvr.com, or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE today.

Labor Day 2017 in South Lake Tahoe

Planning to spend this three day weekend in South Lake Tahoe? You’re in luck: the weather will be comfortably in the 80’s, the lake level is still gloriously high, and the city has events for days to keep your holiday getaway exciting.

Labor Day Weekend Events in South Lake Tahoe 2017

Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival 

  • What: Family-friendly entertainment in the form of live music, art, various types performers, rides and games, car shows, DJs, dancing, and more.
    • Highlights: Tea Cup Ride for kids, stilt walkers, jugglers, music by resident DJ Ca$h Ma$ters, Reno World Dance Collection performances, live music by Steel Breeze who covers hits songs from the 70’s to today, more live music by Milton Merlos, Grace Hayes, Jelly Bread, and Musicole.
  • When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1:00-9:30pm each day.
  • Where: All throughout Heavenly Village. Click here for directions.
  • Cost: Free to walk around the village, see the action, and watch the concerts.
  • Plan ahead: see more information on the weekend’s events here.

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Labor Day Lasers at Lakeview

  • What: The City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, and On Course Events are putting on a light show of lasers over the lake as well as entertainment surrounding for a family-friendly good time.
    • Schedule of events:
      – 4:30pm Event Starts
      – 5:45pm DJ Break-Laser Load-in
      – 6:15pm DJ Resumes
      – 8:30pm Laser and Fire Plume Display Begins
      – 9:00pm Laser and Fire Plume Display Ends
    • Please note: there is limited parking, a free bike valet is offered, and dogs are not allowed at the event.
  • When: Sunday, September 3rd from 4:30 – 9:00pm.
  • Where: Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach. Click here for directions.
  • Cost: Free! The event is free, but you might want to bring extra cash for the food trucks, local merchant stands, and beer & wine garden.
  • Plan ahead: click here for more information.
  • Also: this event’s proceeds will go to Keep Tahoe Blue. The organization is having a beach cleanup on Monday, September 4th. If you are interested helping out, you can send them an email at info@keeptahoeblue.org, or give them a call at 530.541.5388.  laser-day-flyer_

As always, RnR Vacation Rentals is ready to host your stay in South Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute getaway, or planning for next year, visit us at RnRvr.com or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE.

Featured image credits: thetahoejournal.com

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.

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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