League to Save Lake Tahoe 5th of July Beach Cleanup

Come join RnR Vacation Rentals at Kiva Beach as we partner with Keep Tahoe Blue League to Save Lake Tahoe in their annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanup event. This is one of our favorite events of the year to participate in, and we would love for you to participate too!

The shores of Lake Tahoe can get pretty messy after Independence Day, so come help us re-beautify the beaches in an effort to preserve the region and maintain water clarity.

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More Information on Kiva Beach Location

Where: Kiva Beach picnic area next to the Tallac Historic Site

Directions: From Emerald Bay Road, make a right into the Tallac Historic Site, veer right at the fork, and park in the Historic Site parking lot

When: 8:30am – 12:00pm, Thursday July 5th, 2018

What else: There will be a raffle with great prizes for all cleanup volunteers who make it through until the end

What to bring: A reusable water bottle, sunscreen and/or a hat, gloves if you have them, and a smile! (All cleanup supplies will be provided)

RSVP: On the Keep Tahoe Blue website, or on Facebook

We hope to see you out there on the 5th of July!

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The crew from last year’s cleanup

The Bears are Back in SLT (again!) – How to Stay Safe and Respectful

It’s that time of year again: the time for boating adventures, barbecuing on the back deck, and black bears. That’s right, hibernation season is over and the American Black Bears are ready to check out the new neighbors throughout South Lake Tahoe. Whether you are a year-round resident or just visiting the area for a vacation, we have a few friendly tips for you about how to stay safe and respectful of these big beautiful creatures.

There are several black bear families that frequent the neighborhoods throughout South Lake Tahoe. Their biggest goal is not unlike humans–to eat! While black bears are not aggressive toward humans by nature, they are large animals who can do quite a bit of damage while hunting down a good meal (we all know how it feels to get hangry).

Here are a few tips and tricks for sharing your vacation with black bear neighbors:

  • Don’t Invite the Bears over for Dinner
    • Never leave food outside your vacation home.
    • Clean your BBQs after each use.
    • For trash, use the designated bear box on the property, or put full garbage bags in the garage as instructed within each home.
    • Close and lock all windows and doors at night, an open window can let out delicious lingering scents from dinner.
  • Don’t Offer them a Ride
    • Clean out your car once you get to your vacation rental.
    • Don’t leave any food, food wrappers, perfumes, or scented lotions in vehicles.
    • Avoid scented air fresheners that may entice a furry friend.
  • Do Respect their Space!
    • If you see a bear in your neighborhood, do not run. Stand tall, make loud noises, retreat slowly.
    • If you see a bear in the woods, know that you are in their home. Do not run, make eye contact without staring intensely, stand as tall as possible, stay quiet and calm but large in this setting, and retreat slowly.
    • In any setting, do not get in their path or between a mom and her cubs. Let the bears do their thing while keeping a safe and respectful distance.
  • Take a Mental Picture, Not a Belfie
    • In past summers, a popular trend was taking selfies with bears–please avoid this at all costs!
    • Enjoy the unique experience of seeing a neighborhood black bear by taking a mental picture, or using your camera’s zoom feature from a safe distance.

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Black Bear in SLT Neighborhood – Taken with Zoom Feature on iPhone

While black bears’ natural habitat is in the woods, there are a few bear families that have grown accustomed to the city life–City of South Lake Tahoe that is.

Neighborhoods with known bears or bear families include: the Tahoe Island community, throughout the Tahoe Keys, Bijou neighborhoods, and most recently the Heavenly Valley area.

Bears in these neighborhoods have gotten used to perusing the streets, yards, and good-smelling vehicles for food. They are growing more and more comfortable with humans around. This does not mean you should find out what a bear hug is really all about. Instead, follow the above guidelines and soak in the experience of watching them live from the comforts of the great indoors of your vacation rental.

If you ever do encounter a bear while on vacation, don’t panic, but do call Bear League at 530-525-7297.

For more bear knowledge and safety guidelines:

 

Tahoe Brewfest 2018 in South Lake

Tahoe has been brewing up a craft beer scene for several years, and now all the local breweries are ready to make their 2nd annual appearance at the Tahoe Brewfest 2018. So get ready to pour your beer-loving hearts out and fill your pints up for the second year in a row!

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The event has changed locations and picked up a few new participants this time around. Below is everything you need to know in order to enjoy the event to the fullest this time around.

Event Details 

What: Beer galore! And some other things too. While this event is ideal for craft beer enthusiasts who want to taste-test all day with 35 breweries from South Lake Tahoe all the way down to San Diego represented, there will also be craft rootbeer, cornhole, a jumbo Jenga tournament, and face painting for the kiddos. There will be food vendors, merchandise to shop, and music playing throughout as well.

Where: Heavenly California Base Lodge Upper Parking Lot at 3860 Saddle Rd. in South Lake Tahoe. Find directions here.

When: Saturday, June 2nd from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Cost: A general admission ticket of $35 per person ages 21+ will earn you unlimited 5oz pours in your souvenir sample-size glass from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. A $50 VIP ticket will award you unlimited pours from 12:00pm – 4:00pm in a commemorative stainless steel glass. Guests who are age 5 and under can enter for free, ages 6-20 cost $10. Purchase tickets online here.

More Information: Visit the website for further details, to purchase tickets, and see a full list of breweries in attendance.

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Need a place to rest your head after you’re all brewed-out? RnR Vacation Rentals has you covered. Check out our Heavenly Mountaintop home, just 1 mile from the event. Or for a full list of homes, take a look at our website or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE and let us help you find the pour-fect place to stay for Tahoe Brewfest weekend!

 

Mother’s Day in South Lake Tahoe 2018

You know what Mom would really love for Mother’s Day? A vacation, of course! The rest of the fam can come too.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th

Take Mom’s stresses away by planning the weekend getaway for her. Whether you will already be in South Lake Tahoe for the holiday and need a good brunch spot, or you need a gift idea to present on Sunday, we would love to help with the details.

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Mother’s Day Brunch on the M.S. Dixie II

Details: Enjoy a full brunch buffet with scenic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains as you cruise on the M.S. Dixie II cruise ship for two hours. Plenty of time to eat, drink, and soak in the experience with your family.

Where: Zephyr Cove Resort 

When: Sunday, May 13th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Cost: $85 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-11

For more information and to make reservations, check out the website here.

Mother’s Day Brunches at Edgewood Tahoe (That’s right–brunchES!)

Details: Take your pick of a Champagne Brunch Buffet in the Clubhouse, or an à la carte option at the Bistro inside the Lodge. The champagne brunch has stations of food to choose from, including a kids’ station. The Brunch at the Bistro has a pre-set menu with options to choose from, specially selected for the day with mothers in mind.

Where: Both option located inside at Edgewood Tahoe

When: The Champagne Brunch Buffet is from 9:30am – 2:00pm, while the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Bistro is from 7:00am – 3:00pm. Both held on Sunday, May 13th.

Cost: The Champagne Brunch is $80 for adults and $35 for youth ages 4 -10 (tax and gratuity not included). The Brunch at the Bistro cost will vary dependent upon selected items.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Riva Grill

Details: Bring an appetite as you are offered an array of foods at the buffet including your choice of prime rib, oven roasted turkey, or a seafood selection of king crab legs, shrimp cocktail, clams, or muscles at the carving station. Move on to the omelet station, choice of waffles or french toast, a variety of salads, and so much more deliciousness. All with views of the lake and a beach and pier to walk off your full belly afterward.

Where: Riva Grill on the Lake

When: Sunday, May 13th, open from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $55 for adults without champagne option, $70 for champagne brunch, $25 for children ages 10 and under

For more information and the full menu, check out the website here.

Vacation

If you’re looking to truly wow the Mom in your life with an incredible gift on Sunday, then contact us here at RnR Vacation Rentals and we will help you find the most ideal home to sweep your family away on a vacation.

A home for the whole family: our Tahoe Retreat on the Meadow home has room for mom, dad, and all the kids to gather together or to find some sanctuary on their own between the 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2 living areas. Plus Mom will be able to find the ultimate relaxation in the backyard hot tub with views overlooking the meadow and mountains. Tahoe Retreat on the Meadow Collage

A romantic getaway for you and your wife, the mother of your kids (who she could probably use a little break from every now and again): our Tahoe Keys Marina Romance is a multi-level studio with 1 bedroom in the loft, 1 bathroom on the mid-level, a full kitchen, and views of the marina waters just outside the windows.

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For more assistance in finding a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe, as well as tips for an overall wonderful trip, check out RnRVR.com or give us a call at 855-99-TAHOE today.

Cinco De Mayo in South Lake Tahoe 2018

Planning to be in South Lake Tahoe this Cinco De Mayo? Let us help you find the perfect way to celebrate! From family-friendly festivals to margaritas with a view, this city has something for everyone.

Cinco De Mayo Local Events

15th Annual South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center’s Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser

  • When: Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Where: Heavenly California Lodge 
  • What: Live music, dancing, raffle, silent auction, and a delicious dinner of Mexican food all in the name of fundraising money for the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. The center’s mission is to “enable individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability, to develop resilience in both parents and children, and to allow families to become a contributing part of the community.” So do a little community good while enjoying good times!
  • Cost: $25 for adults if you purchase ahead of time at the Family Resource Center, or $30 at the door. $10 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.

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Cinco De Mayo Comedy with Three Latinas and a Navé

  • When: Saturday, May 5 at 8:30pm
  • Where: Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • What: A night of comedy with comedians Shayle Rivera, Monique Marvez, Jade Esteban Estarade, and Howie Nave.
  • Cost: $25, you can purchase tickets here.

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Margaritas & Mexican Food Around Town

In the mood to celebrate the holiday with a margarita in hand, a taco or two, and a view of the mountains and lake? Here are some places around town to grab a local spin on classic favorites:

Azul Latin Kitchen — try their classic Street Taco paired with a spicy Jalapeño Y Mas margarita and enjoy live music by the firepits outdoors Photo of Azul Latin Kitchen - South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States

The Cantina — give the House Margarita a sip and dive into their Fish Tacos

Chimayó Tacos y Tortas — Mexican food with a BBQ twist, start off with the Street Corn and then take a bite out of the Habanero Chicken Taco

Jalapeños Taqueria — this classic street-side taqueria is for those craving a casual atmosphere and authentic Mexican dishes made to order. Try anything with carne asada and you won’t be disappointed! Photo of Azul Latin Kitchen - South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States

Verde Mexican Rotisserie — whether you’re in South Lake Tahoe proper or Meyers, you will be delighted with the selection at either location of this restaurant. Verde Mexican Rotisserie prides themselves on serving wholesome Mexican dishes with fresh ingredients. Try their own Verde Burrito or Rotisserie Chicken Plate.

Jalisco’s — another casual family-friendly authentic Mexican restaurant, try their Super Burrito with an imported Mexican ale on the side

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Let us help you find the perfect place to rest your head all Cinco de Mayo weekend long! Check our RnRvr.com or give us a call today at 530-208-5001 x 1 for our wonderful reservations team members.

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in South Lake Tahoe

Get your green out of the closet and work up an appetite because South Lake Tahoe has events galore surrounding everyone’s favorite Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday, March 17th. 

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Get into the Spirit Around Town

Kick off your Irish cheer Saturday, March 17th from 6:00 – 10:00pm with the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Lake Tahoe Harrah’s convention center. This tradition is put on by The Tahoe-Douglas Rotary each year as way of bringing the community together and getting into the spirit of the day. There will be an Irish dinner buffet, unlimited wine bar, live entertainment all evening, a virtual silent auction with phenomenal items, and a costume and beard contest with big prizes. You won’t want to miss these festivities! Cost: $100 per ticket, find them here.

Where to Find Green Beer, Corned Beef, & Shamrockin’ Good Times

McP’s TapHouse Grill: While this local favorite has delicious Irish food and beverages year round, St. Patrick’s Day is the day for McP’s to shine and highlight their classics. Stout your day our right with their Guinness on tap, then try a St. Patty Patty burger with pub fries. On March 17th they will have live music, a snowboard giveaway, drink specials, and other themed good times.

MacDuff’s Public House: While this restaurant (a personal favorite of ours!) is traditionally of Scottish influence, their Real Shepard’s Pie, Steak and Guinness Stew, and Corned Beef and Cabbage will make you think you’ve been transported to the other side of the world. Cap off your night with their mouth-watering bread pudding, and of course another Guinness, or try a specialty house cocktail.

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MacDuff’s Guiness, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Steak Stew

Whiskey Dick’s: Ready for that green beer we mentioned? Head on over to Whiskey Dick’s for a pint of festively colored beer, other drink specials, and free live music by Funktronik.

Stateline Brewery: You guessed it—more green beer! $4 green pints, Irish Car Bombs 2 for 1, $5 Guinness on tap, and live music will be available from 2:00pm – closing at the Stateline Brewery in Heavenly Village. And of course, all their other delicious local brews will be available on tap as well.

Steamer’s Bar & Grill: St. Funkin Patrick’s Day Party at Steamer’s Bar & Grill is sure to be full of fun times and leprechaun tricks with $5 Jameson and Bushmills, as well as live music by the  Sierra Gypsies, and corned beef tacos served all night long.

Where to Rest Your Head at the End of the Rainbow 

Need a place to recoup after all those Irish-themed good times? RnR Vacation Rentals manages 40+ homes all throughout South Lake Tahoe with lots of comfy pillows to rest your head on at the end of the festive day. You’ll wake up feeling like gold the next morning.

Available this weekend: Family Favorite (4 bedrooms), Alice Lake Charming Luxury (4 bedrooms), Pavati Lakefront (3.5 bedrooms in unique individual suite-style layout), and more at RnRvr.com.

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Valentine’s Day the South Lake Tahoe Way

Ladies and gents, don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday, February 14th!

Roses are red,

The water is always blue,

You’re in South Lake Tahoe,

So what are you to do?

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Do it Up Big:

Trade your roses in for water lilies during an evening of romance out on Lake Tahoe as you hop aboard the M.S. Dixie II for a dinner cruise.

Paint the Town Red:

Treat your special someone to a night of dressing up and sampling all that the town of South Lake Tahoe has to offer.

  • Edgewood Tahoe near Stateline has three eating experiences within to suit any level of fanciness you’re feeling, all with stunning lake views:
  • Evan’s American Gourmet Cafe located off of HWY 89, is a charming classic Tahoe cabin turned delicious romantic hideaway. From the amuse-bouche down to the sweetheart dessert, you’ll be drooling over their Valentine’s Day Menu ($80 per person)
  • For a dining experience overlooking the stunning waters of Lake Tahoe, take your loved one to Riva Grill, at the base of Ski Run Blvd. Riva Grill is offering three specials for the evening: filet oscar, pan seared duck breast, and grilled ono au jus de nage. You can cap off the night with one of their signature cocktails out on the back patio, then stroll down the pier for a signature sunset.

Keep it Low Key:

Are you and your love bug more of the cocooning type? Then plan ahead for a romantic night in, complete with our RnR Vacation Rentals Petals & Bubbles package.

  • Visit our Craig’s Cozy Cabin or Lakeland Village Honeymoon Studio and we can arrange to have a bed of roses, a delectable dessert, and a chilled bottle of bubbly ready upon arrival. This sweet surprise will truly knock your partner’s socks off. Inquire at info@RnRvr.com for rates and varying packages.
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Petals & Bubbles at our Lakeland Village Honeymoon Studio

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