If you booked a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe this month and were worried it would be a sleepy little mountain town with not much to do now that summer is over, think again. This may be our shoulder season, but October in Lake Tahoe is jam packed with some annual events and activities.
If you are booking a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental with the hopes that it will be quiet and relaxing, the good news is that you can make your vacation whatever you want it to be. Enjoy the fresh mountain air from the deck of your getaway while watching the leaves change or go for a hike. The days are still sunny and there a plenty of places to get in a good nature walk, run or biking trip. If your vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe is in a residential area, chances are, you can hit a local trail and end up surrounded by the changing leaves either in a meadow, on a walk to the beach or out in the middle of the forest. Soak up the calm and be sure to bring your camera.
If you want to do a day trip somewhere, there are plenty of farms and orchards that offer corn mazes, pumpkin picking and family friendly activities from Reno all the way to the bay area. Our local favorite pick is Apple Hill. The entire area is filled with farms, orchards and wineries which means you get to sample tons of yummy food like cider, home made pies, donuts and many more artisan creations while getting fresh produce and soaking up the best of fall. This is perfect for a day trip and will take about an hour from your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental to get to. The drive is gorgeous though and it goes by pretty quickly.
If you are looking for a little more action during your October getaway, we have Oktoberfest, The Fall Fish Fest at Taylor Creek and endless Halloween activities. Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest is the 5th-6th and there is no shortage of local vendors, live music, crafts, kid activities, beer stein holding competitions, yodeling and much more. If your vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe is nearby, consider using the bike path. Although if that it isn’t an option, parking is free. This same weekend also happens to be the Fall Fish Fest at Taylor Creek which is the optimal time to watch the Kokanee salmon do their annual swim upstream. There are plenty of kid friendly, educational activities which make this a fun event for the whole crew.
The rest of the month is pretty much dedicated to all things Halloween. Tons of local restaurants, clubs and businesses honor this holiday with Historic Haunted Tours, The South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival and the Freaker’s Ball at Mont Bleu. This annual event has dancing, cash prizes, laser lights and has people from near and far joining the fun so they can put on their best costume and dance the night away. These happenings are spread all throughout town which makes it super easy to get to and from regardless of where your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental is located.
A quick note in regards to packing during this time of year: You may be more focused on your Lederhosen or Halloween costume, but be sure to pack clothes for all seasons. Especially winter. This is the time of year where the weather can change in minutes and go from warm and sunny to snowy and windy quickly. Enjoy!