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.

Boarding For Breast Cancer

If you are looking for something to do during your stay in a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental, do not miss the Boarding for Breast Cancer 20 year anniversary celebration at Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort. This great event will be held on Saturday April 2nd at 1111 Sierra-At-Tahoe Rd and will be an event you do not want to miss. To celebrate two decades of outreach, support and nation wide events, Sierra-At-Tahoe is partnering with Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) to put on a great day of snowboarding, yoga, live music and more. B4BC is a 501(c)3 non profit foundation with the goal and dedication of cancer support, prevention and education for the action sports community. This is a perfect event for the whole family during your spring ski trip in a Lake Tahoe vacation rental.

If you want to see what South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are available during this weekend, be sure to click here.

All of our Lake Tahoe vacation rental homes, cabin, condo’s and luxury properties are fully equipped, furnished, and ready for you and your family to start your adventure or the building of a long term family memory.

Reason’s Why You Should Book A Midweek Stay

Lake Tahoe is a world class destination that draws 3 million visitors every single year. If you are one of those 3 million, this blog is for you. Booking travel typically takes some planning and research. Where to stay, how long to stay, when to get the best deal and when to stay. If you have been on the fence about booking a weekend trip and a midweek trip, we can’t deny that both have their perks. Today we are going to highlight all the great reasons that you should book a midweek stay in a South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental.

Less traffic. Lake Tahoe gets a lot of “weekend warriors”. These are people that live in other parts of Northern Nevada or the Bay Area and like to come up on the weekend either to their time share or Lake Tahoe vacation rental. This causes for lots of traffic and extra time getting around. If you live in an area that has a lot of traffic, you may not love the idea of dealing with it while you are on vacation too.

Less Crowds. Along with less traffic, you get less crowds. This means not as long of a wait at restaurants, casinos, grocery stores (oh the grocery stores! If you saw the line at Safeway or Raley’s at any given point on a Friday or Saturday night, that would seal the deal for a mid week stay), bars, clubs and parking. South Lake Tahoe is a small town and parking is limited. Ask any local where they stay away from on the weekends and most will tell you the “downtown”/casino area. Parking is typically a nightmare and you spend time driving around trying to find a convenient spot. One would think the casino’s would be a good spot, but nope! Those spaces are typically filled up too. As this area may be part of why you want to visit, a midweek stay will give you a better experience.

VIP Access to local hot spots. If you love first chair as much as the next snow fanatic, this will be appealing. Midweek stays in a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental allows for more ski and snowboard terrain all to yourself. This means fresh untouched powder and corduroy tracks just for you and the locals. On the weekends, you can find traffic jams on the streets AND the slopes. During the summer, this means you get to not only avoid the long line of traffic leading to the beaches, but you also get a prime parking spot.

Weekly local events. Lake Tahoe is a community that really takes care of the locals. Throughout the week we have events that happen on a reoccurring basis that locals look forward to. The casino’s and bar’s have dedicated nights for live music, comedy, menus and more. One of our most notable weekly events is the Wednesday night Pints ‘N Paddles cruise on the M.S. Dixie. Ike & Martin, voted The Best of Tahoe for the last few years, provide an hour and a half of live music as you cruise the waters of Lake Tahoe. This event is so loved by the locals that tickets sell out so it recommended to buy yours in advance.

Live like a local. Speaking of local events, when you stay in a vacation home for rent in Lake Tahoe, you get to do as the Romans do. Mix in with the locals and enjoy our laid back lifestyle with our gorgeous natural surroundings. No one will know you are not from here if you don’t tell them!

Avoid the Sunday madness. Every Sunday there is a mass exodus so that visitors can get back to their homes in a timely manner and return to the daily 9-5 grind. Unfortunately for those traveling, and us that live here, HWY 50 heading out of town can get backed up. If there is fresh snow? People can be stuck in traffic for hours. Booking a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental mid week means you get to bypass that whole mess.

Cheaper Rates. If all of the other reasons are not enough to book a mid week stay in a vacation home for rent in Lake Tahoe, you may find cheaper rates enticing. That is right-vacation homes for rent in South Lake Tahoe typically have cheaper rates during the week.

No matter what, South Lake Tahoe is gorgeous every day of the week, all year long. However, depending on the type of vacation you are looking for, don’t rule out a midweek stay in a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental. It has more perks than you know! For information on renting a vacation home in South Lake Tahoe, give us a call at 1-866-407-0245.


Getting Married in Lake Tahoe? Rent a Vacation Home Instead of Booking a Hotel!

Getting married in Lake Tahoe? While Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are not permitted to host weddings in California, there are still several reasons why you should choose one as your Lake Tahoe accommodation instead of a hotel. If you were on the fence and not sure which way to go, read on!

1.) Space

Destination weddings factor in a lot more details and planning than a wedding in your home town. Sure they both take a year or so of planning and both are very detail oriented. The big difference is that with a home town wedding, if you forget something you can send someone to go grab the item last second. When your wedding is a destination wedding, you have to pack everything with you, travel with it and then keep it organized in the place you are staying. With a vacation rental, you have no shortage of storage and space. With a hotel room, your space is limited.

2.) Privacy

Destination weddings are hectic. There are SO many activities happening. Running around meeting with vendors, venue walk throughs, appointments, rehearsal dinners and entertaining guests and wedding party. When you stay in a hotel, everyone knows your room number and can therefore stop by at any time. Even that much needed few minutes of quiet in between running around. When you stay at a Lake Tahoe vacation rental, you can limit who and how many people know where you will be staying and therefore control the amount of last second visitors.

3.) Better Sleep

During such a big life moment, you need your rest. When you stay in a hotel, especially a casino, quiet is not always on your side. After all, you have no control over who you share a wall with. It could be a crying baby, loud college students who are just in town to party or that obnoxiously loud snorer. When you stay in a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe, you set the parameters and control your sleep surroundings allowing you that 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

4.) Entertain

Within reason and compliance of the rental agreement of course! Want to spend some quality one on one time with your bridal party before the big day? Have them over for a low key dinner. Want your hair stylist, airbrush tanner and makeup artist to come to you? When you stay in a home for rent in Lake Tahoe, you have the space to accommodate all of them. As well as room for the photographer to capture those much loved getting ready photos on the big day.

5.) Save Money

Vacation rentals sometimes seem like more money up front, but in the long run, they either save you money or even out and you get more bang for your buck. The thank you dinner for the bridal party mentioned above? You can cook in an actual kitchen and not spend hundreds of dollars (not including tip) at a restaurant. The washer and dryer ensures you can clean your clothes on your timeline and not have to pay the hotel or resort to do it for you. You get to skip the valet parking (and tip every time you come and go) and park in a driveway.

If you are getting married in Lake Tahoe and are considering a Lake Tahoe vacation rental, give us a call! We would be glad to help you pick the property that best suits you and your needs for one of the biggest moments of your life.

Rahlves Bonzai Tour is Back!

If you are a long time local, or a frequent winter visitor, you know about The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour. This event that takes place at 3 Lake Tahoe, California resorts is big mountain free-ride racing in it’s purest form. Over the natural mountain terrain and winter conditions, four at a time will go head to head from the top all the way down to the bottom testing skiers and riders on their skills. This is the 5th season of The Rahlves Bonzai Tour and it is bigger and better thanks to all of the top athletes from North America participating against Lake Tahoe locals trying to defend the home turf powder and take the cash prize.

This Lake Tahoe event was created by Daron Rahlves. If you are not familiar, he is a  Banzai Master, World Champion, USA Olympic ski racer, Winter X-Games Skier-X Champ and pro big mountain skier. Every year he is the event organizer responsible and puts his Banzai Master title on the line. He doesn’t compete at every event, but he does take a timed run and then makes his big appearance at Sugar Bowl for the final.

For more information on this great Lake Tahoe Ski event, click here.

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