4th of July in Lake Tahoe is one of the biggest weekends of the year. There are tons of events and concerts and our fire work show has been rated one of the best in the nation. It is no wonder people flock here from all over the country to ring in this major United States holiday. If you aren’t from Lake Tahoe, finding an affordable place to stay with a large group of friends can be tricky. After all, hotel rates are through the roof and generally book up pretty quickly. If you want to visit the Jewel Of The Sierra for this holiday, consider a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe. The nightly rates are comparable to a hotel, depending on the property of course. When split with a group of people it is usually much cheaper AND you get to live like a local. Amenities include your own kitchen (saving you money on eating out for every meal), parking (saving you money on valet tipping) and your own laundry facilities (saving you from spending money on hotel laundry services or running out to buy something if you stained one of your outfits). We still have some Lake Tahoe vacation rentals left for 4th of July 2016. Check out this great list of vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe:
1235 Acoma Circle
1603 Bel Aire
1637 Sawmill Road
1706 Crystal Air
2000 Nez Perce
Chances are if you have a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental, you have seen a bear or two. In fact, you likely have a neighborhood bear that you see on occasion or hear outside your window from time to time. Of course we have sightings all year long depending on how dry a winter has been, but during spring and summer, their appearances become much more common. If you need a refresher on how to co exist in “Bear Country”, check out these tips and facts!
In Lake Tahoe, there is only one species of Bear: The Black Bear. People occasionally get confused as black bears actually range in color from blonde to cinnamon brown (the most common) to black. It is said California has roughly 30,000 bears while Nevada has about 300. The average weight is about 300, but they can go up to 500. They can move pretty quickly at 35 mph and are great at climbing trees and swimming. They also prefer berries, insects, honey, nuts, roots and plants with the occasional small mammal mixed in for variety. This breed of bear generally likes to avoid humans so if you come across one make sure they don’t feel boxed in and leave them a way to escape. If they get too accustomed to people, they will lose their fear of humans and get too bold for their own good. The best way to prevent this from happening is bear proofing your vacation rental in Lake Tahoe with these tips:
1.) Do NOT feed the bears. We know….they are cute and fluffy but the saying “A fed bear is a dead bear” is incredibly accurate. Once they become accustomed to human food, bears will keep coming back which creates a conflicts with humans. This will not stop voluntarily either meaning you leaving food out could put the bear’s life on the line.
2.) When it comes to garbage, you have two options to keep bears at bay: Either invest in a bear proof garbage container OR put the garbage out the morning of collection day.
3.) If you happen to be growing any fruits or veggies, pick them as soon as they are ripe and make sure you don’t leave any fallen fruits on the ground.
4.) Keep pet food inside and make sure they are fed inside.
5.) Don’t leave food, trash or any type of animal food in your vehicles. Also make sure to lock your vehicles to try and prevent property damage.
6.) Treat your garbage cans with ammonia to keep any food or trash smells at bay.
7.) Make sure your bbq’s are kept clean.
8.) In fact, try to keep any type of scented items (candles, lotions, repellent, etc.) inside.
9.) Lock your windows and doors and keep your property secure so bears don’t follow a scent inside.
10.) When you are not occupying your Lake Tahoe vacation rental, make sure you remove all foods or scented products.
11.) Block crawl spaces, decks and any access points on a building to deter bears from hibernating under your vacation home for rent in Lake Tahoe.
You could do all these things and still have an encounter with a bear. In the event that this happens, do not run. Assert your dominance, stand tall, make noise and be aggressive. A local tip is bang pots and pans together. This usually scares them off. If you do not have access to kitchen items and you happen to be in the woods, stay calm, make eye contact but don’t stare and slowly walk away while making loud noise. Make yourself look as large as possible and pick up small children. Whatever you do, do not block their escape route and do not get between a mama and her cubs. Bear attacks are incredibly rare, but doing one of these two things will almost guarantee a confrontation. The term “Mama Bear” originates from somewhere folks! However, as long as you keep human food from being accessible, you are less likely to have an encounter. In fact, in California it is illegal to feed bears and VERY discouraged in the state of Nevada. If being penalized by local ordinances and the law isn’t bad enough, you will have the Lake Tahoe locals to answer to and we are very protective of our bears.
If you need to contact someone regarding a bear issue, start with the Tahoe Bear League and their convenient 24 hour hotline number: 530-525-7297. Other options include Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center at 530-577-2273 or Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Service Office 530-543-2600.
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.
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.
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.
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