Defensible Fire Space For Your Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental

Now is the time of year when Defensible Fire Space becomes a hot topic….no pun intended. You may not be thinking much of it if you are using your home as a Lake Tahoe vacation rental. Regardless of if you are occupying the residence or not, you will want to make sure you follow these tips to protect your vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe.

The first thing to know about defensible fire space is that it is made up of 2 zones creating a 100 foot “barrier” of space between the trees, shrubs and wildland area and your Lake Tahoe vacation rental. This either slows or stops wildfire from spreading. The point of this is to give your home a good chance of making it in the event that a catastrophic fire threatens the safety of your home. This space acts as a buffer that is also crucial to the safety of the fire fighters working to protect your home and the surrounding area.

The first zone, known as zone 1, is the first 30-50 feet (depends on the California county) from actual structures. This could be a vacation home for rent in South Lake Tahoe, shed, deck, any type of building really.  Within this first zone, you will want to remove all vegetation. This qualifies as dead plants, grass, weeds, dry leaves and pine needles. Basically anything that could fuel the fire. Remove from grounds, under decks, rain gutters and roofs. Once you have removed these out of zone 1, now it is time to trim. Trim branches so they are 10 feet away from other trees and your chimney. Also be sure to remove any that may be hanging over your home for rent in South Lake Tahoe. If you have any plants or bushes near windows, make sure they are pruned or even removed altogether. You may also want to move flammable items like swing sets, wood piles and patio furniture away from trees, bushes, shrubs and wood piles. In fact, moving any wood piles into Zone 2 would be your best bet.

Speaking of Zone 2, this is the space that is 100 feet out from any type of structure, building or deck. This is the area that should follow some of the same rules for Zone 1. The difference with this particular zone is you need to create both vertical and horizontal space between trees, grass and shrubs. Otherwise, keep grass at a max height of 4 inches. When it comes to needles, bark, cones and small branches, these are permitted to be at a 3 inch depth.

While our South Lake Tahoe fire department is great at responding quickly and the locals are very vigilant about reporting any kind of smoke, it is pertinent to do everything you can to protect your Lake Tahoe vacation rental from the threat of wild fire. For more information on this topic, click here.

The 27th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

One of the biggest summer weekends for vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe (aside from 4th of July of course) is The Celebrity Golf Tournament. Taking place at Edgewood Golf Course, this 54-hole event includes a purse of $600,000 with a $125,000 for the winner. This high profile tournament also raises money for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research which is a non-profit, basic biomedical research organization that studies the fundamental processes of life and is dedicated to improving human health. This event has raised over $4 million in charity to date and also benefits the regional Lake Tahoe non-profits as well. One of the funnest parts of this event is seeing so many professional athletes and celebrities take on our local links. This year, we can look forward to Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, Emmitt Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, John Elway and many more.  Not only is the town filled with celebrities and professional athletes, but there are major headliners at the Harvey’s outdoor summer concert series and several other events that happen around town during this week. Which makes for a busy town with lot’s of traffic and very little vacancy with South Lake Tahoe vacation rental accommodations. If you are planning a trip to the area during July 19th-24th, be sure to book your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental now as our properties go quickly. We have vacation rental properties in South Lake Tahoe ranging from the charming Ol’ Tahoe cabin to the Luxury Lake Tahoe mountain lodge. If you are thinking of attending the celebrity golf classic, click here for more information. If you would like to check out the South Lake Tahoe vacation rental properties, click here and feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Below is ticket information for the Celebrity Golf Classic.


  • $20 for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, the practice round on Wednesday and for the American Century Celebrity-Amateur on Thursday.
  • $30 for each tournament rounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • A $60 Patron Badge Season Pass allows you to access all six days of the event but has to be purchased by 06/19 otherwise cost goes up to $70.
  • Kids 10 and under are free so long as they are accompanying a paid adult.

The Summer Concert Series Is Back! Where Are You Staying?

Harrah’s and Harvey’s recently announced their line up for the outdoor summer concert series and it consists of some major award winning artists. If you plan on attending one (or more!) of these world class music events, be sure to book your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental before they sell out.

Slightly Stoopid, Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 06:00 PM $37.50.

Slightly Stoopid hails from Ocean Beach, California and is known for their blend of reggae, reggae rock, punk, dub and blues. This concert will unveil their latest music experiment “Meanwhile….back at the lab”. This project started back in 2013 at their own record label Stoopid Records. This touring act is a local favorite and not to be missed as one of the first concerts in Harrah’s & Harvey’s outdoor summer concert series.

Widespread Panic, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 6:30 pm $49.50

Since Widespread Panic came on to the scene in 1986 in Athens, Georgia they have achieved elite status among American jam bands. Their blend of Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres is constantly resulting in them being compared to Grateful Dead and Phish. This group is widely known for their live performances and record sold out performances.

James Taylor, Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 7:30pm $59.50-$129.50

James first came on the scene in 1970 and ever since then has won multiple Grammy’s, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is one of the best-selling artists of all time thanks to selling more than 100 million records worldwide.  He is best known for articulating moments of happiness and sadness in his music in a way that fans and listeners resonate with.

Tim McGraw, Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:30 pm $89.50-$179.50

Tim McGraw’s performance will be a major highlight to the 27th Annual American Century Championship which is happening the same week as Tim McGraw’s performance. This is the country’s premier celebrity golf tournament and is broadcasted live on NBC Sports television. Selling more than 40 million records globally and having 36 #1 chart singles, winning multiple Grammy’s and other awards, Tim McGraw is an iconic performer and this show is sure to be one for the books.

Don Henley, Sunday, July 24, 2016, 8:00pm $59.50-$149.50

If you love the Eagles, you won’t want to miss this. Don is one of the founding members before he launched his own solo career which turned out to be very successful. As a solo musician, he has sold over 10 million albums globally, has had 8 top 40 hits, won multiple awards and was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 87th greatest singer of all time.

Sting & Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors, Friday, July 15th, 7:00pm, $97.56-$277.95

Two of music’s most iconic artists will come together in Lake Tahoe to put on an unforgettable concert.  These two first toured in the 80’s and we will reunite to perform both solo and with each other’s bands during this event.  Peter Gabriel was first known for the band he co-founded, Genesis. Since leaving the band in 1975, his recording career has included eleven studio albums, film soundtracks, multiple Grammy Awards, the creation of the Real World Records label, and the creation of WOMAD, a festival that has launched over 170 festivals in 30 countries along with the careers of many world music artists. Sting is known for his involvement in The Police. Since then, the band released five studio albums, received six Grammy Awards, two Brits and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a solo artist, Sting has released fourteen solo albums and received additional awards including 10 Grammy’s, a Golden Globe, two Brits, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations and so much more. This dual performance is sure to be a huge hit.

Keith Urban’s ‘RipCORD World Tour 2016’, Wednesday July 27th & Friday July 29th, 7:00pm $63.24-$114.20

Keith Urban has long been considered  one of the music industry’s best live performers giving his audience unpredictable shows with amazing production and a set list that is filled with many of his No. 1 songs. Keith Urban’s concerts are said to be “electrifying and emotional, face-paced and inclusive” and a “concert event not to be missed.” This World Tour is debuting on the heels of his 8th studio album release.

Steve Miller Band, Thursday August 18th, 7:00pm $39.50-$139.50

Formed in neighboring San Francisco, The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band best known today for a string of mostly mid-1970s classic rock hit singles. The band’s Greatest Hits 1974–78 sold over 13 million copies. The band has continued to produce more albums and has toured with Journey. In 2015, Steve Miller was nominated as a solo artist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Friday August 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm $69.50

For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has been known as one of rock music’s most dynamic and prolific artists. Known as the “Red Rocker”, Sammy is recognized for the seminal hard rock band Montrose, his multi-platinum solo career and his role as front man of Van Halen. He’s earned a Grammy Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen and is currently on his fourth platinum run with the group Chickenfoot which is made up of some pretty big names in music.

Stevie Wonder, Friday September 2, 2016, at 7:00 pm, $99.50-$249.50

Known for both his music career and humanitarian and philanthropic leadership, Stevie Wonder  has created 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. He has also won 25 Grammy Awards, a prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and more. As a live performer, Stevie continues to astound audiences around the world. Be sure to snag your tickets while you can, this is one of the most anticipated shows of the summer.

For more South Lake Tahoe events, be sure to visit Tahoe South. If you have any questions about booking a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental, be sure to call us as we have many vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe available.

3327B Tall Pines 3 Bedroom Cabin Backing To Meadow

A cabin with the best Tahoe has to offer. Convenient in town location but with a feeling of peace and quiet rarely found this close to all that Tahoe has to offer.  Located just minutes from skiing at Heavenly, boating and playing on Lake Tahoe, dining at one of the many restaurants on Ski Run Blvd.  The Tahoe Pines cabin backs to acres of open space and is adjacent to the bike trails. This is a perfect location for exploring the meadow, walking to Bijou Park ( disc golf, kids play area, BMX bike track and more) and enjoy the beautiful fresh mountain air.

This three bedroom cabin features a sunny living room with gas fireplace, kitchen, dining area, full bath and one bedroom downstairs. Upstairs are two more roomy bedrooms with vaulted ceilings.

On the back deck facing the meadows there is a new hot tub, this is the perfect spot to relax after a day of skiing, hiking or playing in Lake Tahoe.

The owners describe it best:

It’s an oasis of serenity for us. In winter, the kids enjoy playing in the snow, especially with the big hill in the backyard by the trail. During the summer, they enjoy the woods and playing outside.


Bedroom 1 on main floor

Double Bed

Bedroom 2 Upstairs front   Queen Bed

Bedroom 3 Upstairs Two double beds and two twin futon beds

Full Bath–Shower/Tub Combo

Television–WIFI accessible (no DISH or cable)


Questions To Ask If You Can’t Decide Between A Hotel Or a Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental

If you are on the fence with whether or not to book a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental over a hotel, there are questions you can ask yourself to determine an answer. After all, both present perks although we find that vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe generally give a better overall experience.  With that being said, we are in the business of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, so perhaps we are a bit biased. In order to help you with your decision, we put together a few questions you can ponder that may help you come to a final decision.

Would You Prefer To Be By The Beaches or the Casinos?

You have all heard the saying “Location, Location, Location!”. It matters.  If you chose beach, your best bet would be either one of our lake front vacation rentals or one located within close biking or walking distance. There are a few hotels in South Lake Tahoe that will give you quick access to a beach, however the beaches are smaller and therefore less room to roam.  If you also want to be near trails for hiking and biking than you will definitely find a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe to be a better fit. Several of ours have miles of forest to explore either by bike or on foot right outside the back door. If the purpose of your trip is specifically casino’s and nothing more, you will likely find that a stay at one of the five casino’s to be your best bet. However, if you need a break from all the lights and noises, then a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental may be a better pick.

Are you traveling in a large group?

One of the greatest joys of vacations with family and friends is having the least amount of restrictions as possible. When choosing between a hotel and a Lake Tahoe vacation rental, this category may be a toss up. South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are required to follow local noise ordinances so if you choose to use outdoor facilities (hot tub, fire pit, bbq, etc.) late at night, you will have to keep it down. Hotels are similar and most of them close the pools and hot tubs after 10pm anyway. One suggestion if you are traveling with a large group is asking for a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental that is a little more secluded and has less neighbors. This way you get privacy and a little more leniency if there are a few people in the group who cannot use their “inside voices”.

Any light sleepers in the group?

Whether you have an adult who wakes up at the littlest sound or a fussy baby, hotels are likely not going to be your best option. The walls are thin and all the outside activity (whether in the halls or on the streets) is likely to wake someone in the group up.

What is your budget?

In almost all scenarios, a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental is likely going to come out comparable to a hotel. In fact, in some scenarios, it may end up being the cheaper option when you factor in being able to cook your own meals, not having to tip the valet, not having to pay extra for laundry, internet, special TV programs and more.  While a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe may seem more expensive, we offer homes within every budget from the quintessential cozy Tahoe Cabin to the large luxury accommodations big enough to host a family reunion.

Are you only staying for a night OR a week or more?

If you are only staying for a night and a local hotel is running an offer you can’t refuse, than that could end up being the cheaper option. Especially since most vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe usually have a couple night minimum stay. If you plan on staying more than just one night, a Lake Tahoe vacation rental will likely be a more enjoyable, and affordable, experience. You can unpack, get settled and live like a local during your stay.

Have more questions on South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals? Call us at 1-866-407-0245.

Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways Located at
3045 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Phone: 866-407-0245