Booking South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals offers a lot of bonuses that hotel rooms can’t: extra space, eating in, extra opportunities for bonding and, quite frankly, big savings. There are, however, things to double check when booking a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe to make sure your getaway turns out as planned. Here are some mistakes you can avoid by taking these simple steps.
- Not Getting The Most Bang (aka space) for Your Buck
One of the main reasons so many people prefer booking a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental is because they get extra space, privacy and they can control the volume level and avoid listening to late night partiers run up and down the hall when they are trying to sleep. Every group of travelers has specific needs from amenities to square footage. Don’t overpay for something that doesn’t provide exactly what you need. Otherwise you will feel like you didn’t get your moneys worth and at Lake Tahoe Pinnacle Getaways, we want our guests to feel like their vacation was everything they dreamed of and more. When booking, make sure you can chat with someone to confirm layout and size so that when you arrive, you know exactly what you are getting.
- Not Considering Traffic and Location
You may have a desired location in mind when booking a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe, which is very normal. Some people want to be in the middle of the woods away from the nightlife surrounded by miles of trails. Some want to be walking distance to skiing while others want to walk out to the beach and enjoy their morning coffee. We have South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals that match all of that criteria. The one thing to keep in mind is the season and the traffic. Winter time brings up a lot of people who love to ski so weekends can be very busy. Add in a storm and you have traffic mixed with dicey road conditions. Summer time is bumper to bumper with road construction. Factor in extra travel time and be patient so you don’t feel like navigating town was a point of stress. Also ask when you are booking how easily the home is to access via main roads and side streets when traffic is thick.
- Spending a Small Fortune On Food When You Don’t Need To
One of the perks of booking a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe is that you aren’t having to eat out for every single meal. You can pitch in on grocery costs with the group and plan ahead which allows everyone to stick close to their vacation budget. A lot of our rentals have spices, coffee and basic condiments which saves you even more. Just ask at booking what kitchen amenities are available so you can plan when creating your grocery list for your getaway.
- Don’t Overpack
This is another thing you can ask about prior to travel and we would be happy to assist: Don’t bring unnecessary items you won’t use. Coming for a ski trip and not sure about what gear to bring? You may have some from home you want to bring but are worried if they will survive the flight or even if they will get used. We have plenty of rental shops throughout town that can provide EVERYTHING! Planning a summer vaca and want to bring all the floaties and towels? Ask us ahead of time as the vacation rental you book may have plenty. When you overpack, you not only take up extra space but run the risk of leaving something behind because it didn’t get used.
- Don’t Forget About Basic Comfort
Winter time in Lake Tahoe is cold and snowy. Ask what heating options are available, for example: Is there a fireplace? Is it gas or do you need wood? Summer time luckily doesn’t get too hot here and is cool at night but you may want or need AC or fans. If you have kiddos and teens that need entertainment and technology, find out what amenities the home has and if there is WiFi. While most of our vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe are fully stocked with everything someone in this century needs, there are some more rustic homes that are meant for those looking for a disconnected mountain getaway.
For more travel tips, feel free to ask us when booking your getaway and stay tuned for more blogs on this topic!