lake tahoe getaway guide

Lake Tahoe offers a uniquely private and laid-back lifestyle immersed in nature. Situated on the Nevada/California state line, Tahoe is North America's largest alpine lake and has a 72-mile shoreline dotted with lakefront homes, ski towns, and golf resorts with distinctive character and charm. The Lake is surrounded by more than a dozen world-class alpine resorts including Squaw Valley (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics), Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, and Vail Resorts-owned Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The best part? Located within an hour’s drive of the Reno Lake Tahoe International Airport and just three hours from San Francisco, getting there is a breeze. Should you need more convincing, look no further than Mark Twain, who wrote that Lake Tahoe is where you'll inhale air that is “very pure and fine... the same the angels breathe.”

We can turn a home rental into a real vacation by adding amenities such as:

  • private chef
  • grocery delivery
  • vetted restaurant recommendations and/or reservations
  • in-home spa services
  • even a butler!

Every reservation has access to a local property manager and 24/7 concierge service:

Once a reservation is made, our 24/7 concierge is always on call as an extra layer of service and support, on top of the local professional management team overseeing on-the-ground logistics during a stay. While we recommend coordinating with the local property management team on matters relating to on-site requests and custom amenities while a stay is in progress, you can always call or reach out over email or live chat with your reservation number to receive immediate assistance from our team. We strive to provide the most comprehensive service and support in our industry, so you can rest assured in the quality of the booking and travel experience!


A trip to Lake Tahoe is all about the views. Lace up your hiking boots and drive to Emerald Bay State Park, where you'll find breathtaking natural beauty between the waterfalls and sweeping vistas. You may even stumble upon Vikingsholm - the Scandinavian style castle pictured below that was built in the mid-1900s on the shores of Emerald Bay. To really immerse yourself in the stunning Tahoe wilderness, travel on foot or by horseback through Desolation Wilderness covering 64,000 acres of federally protected area in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Eldorado National Forest. For a different perspective from the air, look to Heli-Vertex for scenic helicopter tours of Lake Tahoe. The helicopters can accommodate groups of three to six people, and all tours feature knowledgeable guides sure to make your trip exciting and memorable.


No matter the season, a visit to Lake Tahoe is magical year-round for anyone who loves the great outdoors. In the winter, our favorite spots for skiing are Sugar Bowl on Donner Summit, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley - all great resorts with excellent amenities and scenic views. We like going in the early spring, where you'll find nice snow without the crowds of peak season. Insider tip: swing by the Tahoe Sports Hub in Truckee, where the friendly staff are knowledgeable about the best skiing at each resort. And in warmer weather, the Lake turns into a hotspot for water sports like paddle boarding and kayaking, making for great fun with family and friends. Looking for a break from being outdoors? Visit South Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side to get your entertainment fix with gambling, comedy shows, nightlife, and live music. The casinos at Harveys, MontBleu, and the Hard Rock Hotel always have something going on and are great for groups. If you're looking for something more laid back, check out the dive bar scene in nearby Truckee, where the Pastime Club and the Tourist Club are favorite local watering holes.


During ski season, we recommend fueling up on the mountain at Mt. Judah Lodge’s Sierra Vista Bar & Grill (try the turkey pesto panini) or Full Belly Deli in Truckee for sandwiches and breakfast burritos. The Belt Room Bar on Sugar Bowl is our top pick for a killer Bloody Mary après ski, and we also like Cornice Cantina in Squaw Valley - a hidden gem with no nonsense Tex Mex fare and surprisingly great burgers. Year-round, for one of Lake Tahoe’s top culinary experiences, visit Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique on the North Shore. Their attentiveness to presentation and satisfying portions of unique, high quality ingredients has made Wolfdale’s one of Lake Tahoe’s most sought after dining experiences. Or, enjoy a serene view of the Lake and an intimate dining experience with modern American fare at Christy Hill. Families searching for a more casual experience will love the Beacon Bar & Grill inside Camp Richardson Resort, which has great salads, live music, and throwback charm. And for true local flavors, head to Fire Sign Café. Serving one of Lake Tahoe’s best lunches throughout the day, their hearty menu, homemade sausages, and fresh pressed juices are the perfect blend of substance and purity.


Whether you're looking for a relaxing lakeside retreat or a home base for your skiing excursions, there's nothing quite like renting a private home on Lake Tahoe. Whatever your preference, we've got you covered with members-only wholesale rates, offering up to 60% off on listed properties.

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