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Outside on Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe. Straddling the California-Nevada border, it is the largest – and arguably most beautiful alpine lake in North America. The lake is famous for its crystal-clear blue waters, depth (average depth is 989 feet, with the deepest point being 1,645 feet), and stunning sweep of forest on all sides.

When Mark Twain first saw Lake Tahoe, he declared it "the fairest picture the whole earth affords." Twenty-two miles long and twelve miles wide, the lake is surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

If you’re a first time visitor to Lake Tahoe, it’s important to understand the town's dual personality. While you can sail through the North Shore’s Tahoe City in a matter of minutes, South Lake Tahoe is chock full of casinos, high-rises, and strip malls.

Our advice: first, figure out which side appeals to you. If you enjoy gambling and entertainment, head south. If you seek a quiet outdoor retreat, make a beeline for Tahoe’s North Shore.

On the North Shore, you can escape to many state parks, protected tracks of wilderness and national forests. Here you can play outside to your heart’s content. Partake in cycling, golfing, tennis, hiking, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, rollerblading, boating, windsurfing, and any other sport you can imagine.

Lake Tahoe ski resorts generally open by Thanksgiving, and do not close until the end of May. With 15 downhill resorts, 10 cross-country ski centers, facilities for snowboarding, ice-skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh riding, and sledding, Lake Tahoe represents the largest concentration of skiing facilities in North America.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, there is no bad time to visit Lake Tahoe. Regardless of the season, the sun shines 80 percent of the time. During high ski and summer seasons, the population swells on weekends, so try to spend some time in Tahoe midweek.

The best words of wisdom while visiting Lake Tahoe: get outside! Experience the natural beauty of this national treasure.

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Live Like the Locals
VRBO Homeowners Share Local Lake Tahoe Insights

5,000 square-foot House Built in 2004, Property 12912

  • 1/2 block to Hyatt, Incline Beach and Sand Harbor.
  • Flat quiet street
  • Also, 20 minutes to Northstar, Mt Rose.
  • Sleeps 8. House is 4,400 square feet

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Luxury Mountain Home with Peek Lake View, Property 103418

A few of our favorite restaurants include -

  • Bridgetender Tavern & Grill (530) 583-3342- Best burgers

  • Fire Sign Cafe (530) 583-0871- Best Breakfast

  • Garwoods Grill & Pier (530) - Great atmosphere (must have cocktail - "Wet Woody")

  • Tahoe House (530) 583-1377- Best coffee house, Danishes, sandwiches

  • Sunnyside Resort (530) 583-7200 - Great view on lake

  • Free ski shuttles only 1 block from our home

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Greatest 6-BR 6000 Square Foot New Executive
Home on 2.5 Acres, Property 124128

  • A brand new 6,000 square foot home on a 2.3 acre lot right in town and near all the casinos.

  • Home theater with a billiards room.

  • Stand up arcade, electronic darts, foosball, Sony play station, and full library of the latest DVD's on hand.

  • Even a sled hill in the back yard

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Gorgeous Home at Donner Lake, Property 118733

  • Don’t miss this fabulous home.

  • Christmas week is still available!!!

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A Wonderful Lake Tahoe View and Lakefront Multi-Family Cabin, Property 100036

  • We've been coming to Lake Tahoe for Christmas since 1982.

  • Every season is beautiful and breathtaking.

  • You can make life long memories in Tahoe. Whatever type of activity you like to do, including: boating, parasailing, kayaking, river rafting, floating, fishing, biking, hiking, running or just enjoying the cleanest lake in the US and the freshest air and the bluest skies. North Lake Tahoe is it!

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You Have Been Searching for Chalet Sierra, Property 98200

  • While most people know that the winter in North Lake Tahoe is splendid, many do not know that the summers there are sublime.

  • One of our favorite family things to do is to take the kids crawdad fishing at the Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina (a private beach club on Donner Lake accessible to Tahoe Donner property owners and their guests and tenants).

  • We simply bring a sturdy stick (the more it looks like a fishing rod, the better), a string tied to the stick, some raw chicken tied to the end of the string (don't forget the antibacterial wipes) and a big bucket.

  • We sit on the rocks that frame the children's beach and drop in our lines.

  • Within moments, the beautiful creatures latch on to the chicken and can be lifted gently into the bucket.

  • We study them, talk about them, name them, and then release them back into Donner Lake.

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Beautiful Tahoe Donner Mountain Home, Property 139011

  • Tahoe Donner resort offers everything you need if your family is just starting to snowski -  and there's also cross-country skiing, or the recreation center for fun and fitness.

  • For those from the Bay Area, the best plan is to ski at Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl or NorthStar, and while everyone else heads home in all the traffic you go back to Tahoe Donner and relax in the hot tub after a great day on the slopes.

  • After a nice dinner, hit the road and you are home in no time!


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Lake Tahoe Luxury Home, Property 97077

  • Located in a quiet neighborhood, within walking distance to bike trails, hiking trails, the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City shopping and dining, you never have to get in your car!

  • Our home is within 7 miles of 4 great ski resorts, including Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.

  • We are just around the corner from the Oldest Resort in the Tahoe area, Granlibakken, which is a great place for sledding and teaching the kids how to ski or snowboard.

  • At the end of our block is a trail to the famous Paige Meadows – an ideal place for hiking.

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Unique Custom Mountain Retreat with Amazing Views, Property 96089

  • I love Lake Tahoe!!! I moved here twenty years ago to be a "ski bum" for a season and never left.

  • Heavenly Valley is my favorite ski mountain.

  • I have traveled and skied all over the world and have never experienced fresh powder and open trees like Heavenly has to offer.

  • There are so many recreational activities to choose from in Lake Tahoe that you can never become bored.

  • We get over 300 days of sunshine every year.

  • Should you ever want to visit, be careful. You may never leave!!


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Stunning Panoramic Vistas, Property 91507

  • How you structure your day on the ski slopes or nearby cross-country loops is your choice... but your enjoyment before you leave and when you get back is our business!

  • Views, Views, Views, comfort, comfort, comfort.

  • Hot tub and even dry sauna in vista setting!

  • Snow-shoeing today? Perfect -- from our garage.

  • Teaching the first ski lessons to your young ones? The snow-plowed road behind Alta Vista is the perfect training ground.

  • Snow-boarding, using your private car as your lift? Start from Alta Vista!

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New Remodel 3-BR Condo, Property 61560

  • Newly remodeled and warmly decorated, this three-bedroom town home is close to everything Lake Tahoe has to offer.

  • The complex features two swimming pools (one adult only pool), hot tub, sauna, and four tennis courts.

  • Short walk (2-5 minutes) to Lake Tahoe (Lake Forest Park and Skylandia Park).

  • Short drives to downtown Tahoe City (2 minutes), Alpine Meadows (10 minutes), Squaw Valley (15 minutes), Homewood (20 minutes), casinos (20 minutes) and Northstar (30 minutes).

  • Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, restaurants, shopping, and everything else nearby.

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Tahoe - Where love blooms in every Season — Property 75501

  • Cozy and classic 1 bedroom ski-in-ski-out condominium.

  • Completely remodeled and furnished with classic-style Tahoe furnishings.

  • Downstairs unit with one-bedroom upstairs with queen-size bed.

  • Up to 2 Kids can sleep downstairs on the Full size (inflatable) EZ Bed.

  • Snuggle next to a wood-burning fireplace with plenty of wood to burn.

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Beautiful Lake Tahoe Views - Near Beaches and Skiing, Property 78124

  • Enjoy the Beauty and Fun that is Lake Tahoe while staying at our home, the "Idlewood Inn!"

  • We have an ideal location with the North Tahoe Regional Park just a short stroll from the house. There you can find beautiful hiking trails, snowmobile rentals, and plenty of sledding hills!

  • We are also 10 minutes drive from the world class Northstar Ski Resort. If you are looking for a variety of ski locations, Diamond Peak is 15 minutes away and Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are 25 minutes away!

  • In the summer, we are just a minute away from the Tahoe Vista beach and 5 minutes from Kings Beach where you can rent beach "toys" or just enjoy a lazy day on the beach!

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Sunset Chalet,
Panoramic Lake Tahoe Views
Property ID 234

Quiet and Cozy Cabin
Property ID 42399

Tahoe Tavern
Easy Access in Snow
Property ID 48229

Huge New Home
Ready for Ski Lease
Property ID 109284

Cozy Townhome at
Kingswood Village
Property ID 117445

Premier Location in North Tahoe
Property ID 111717
Cozy Upscale Cabin
Property ID 84469

Other VRBO Owners who contributed to this story:

Steve Selbst, Luxury Ski in Ski out, Property 93233

Frances Craig, Luxurious Retreat at Dollar Point, Property 87265

Nancy Woolf, Adorable Log Cabin, Property 101934

Rondi Hansen, Corner-unit Condo, Property 145470

Cheryl Black, Chateau with Hot Tub & Views, Property 19317

Stan Gassman, Condo across from Golf Course, Property 60043

Marie Zolezzi, Family estate on 20-acre lot, Property 118061

Mark Turgeon, Condo in great Central Location, Property 92001

Robert Ellis, Luxury North Shore Cabin, Property 45137

Katy Gallagher, Brand new Northstar Condo, Property 88390

Tessa Gragg, Kings Beach Cabin, Property 95910

Chris and Jessica Catt, Ski In Ski Out Near Sherwood, Property 131685

Ross Ziegler, Woodsy 2-level home on hillside, Property 14093

Nicolas Nelson, Premiere and Private Chalet, Property 33118

Zeke Straw, Top floor of new Northstar Village, Property 121283

Carol Coawette,Walk to Heavenly & Lake Tahoe, Property 65095

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