How to pick the perfect vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe
With Sierra Nevada skiing and world-class casinos, South Lake Tahoe’s allure extends far beyond its enormous teal lake. The popular destination’s activity options change by the season. When summer hits, visitors enjoy beachfront concerts or boating on the lake. Come winter, it’s all about those slopes, with high-mountain skiing and snowboarding, as well as sledding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Throughout the year, South Lake Tahoe also draws visitors for signature events such as the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and the SnowGlobe Music Festival, as well as staples like gaming, shopping, and hiking.
As you map out your Tahoe travels, follow these tips to make sure you pick the perfect vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe.
- Where to stay for skiing and snowboarding in South Lake Tahoe:Heavenly Mountain is one of South Lake Tahoe’s most convenient and popular ski resort. It has nearly 100 runs with 30 lifts. Choose a lakefront rental on Lakeview for gorgeous views of the lake or off of Lake Tahoe Boulevard for easy access to the slopes and the city. Renting a house downtown means you’ll only be an hour drive away from Kirkwood Mountain Resort if you choose to take a day trip.
- Where to stay for easy access to South Lake Tahoe’s casinos:For gaming in South Lake Tahoe, choose a vacation rental property near Stateline. The town’s casinos, including Montbleu and Harrah’s, are densely populated in Nevada’s Stateline neighborhood. The one-square-mile area has a total of six casinos with more than 3,400 slots and gaming machines, and 200 table games.
- Where to stay for hiking and biking in South Lake Tahoe:With Washoe Meadows State Park and nearby trails that intersect with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, Meyers is a great neighborhood for outdoor enthusiasts to book a home or condo in South Lake Tahoe. The town’s Stateline neighborhood is another convenient option for vacation rentals; it has access points to a variety of local trails and parks, including the Van Sickle State Park trailhead.
- Top areas to stay for a family-friendly South Lake Tahoe trip:For close proximity to kid-friendly historical spots such as Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Tallac Historic Site, families should rent vacation homes on the western end of the Lake Valley neighborhood. Heavenly Ski Resort in the southern end of downtown South Lake Tahoe also offers a number of activities for families such as gondola rides and ski lessons; the area has a variety of unique vacation rental homes with perks (think hot tubs!) for all ages.
- Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship:This premier, 54-hole tournament draws celebrity golfers (and major crowds) every July. The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship takes place at the Edgewood Tahoe course, so your best bet for a vacation rental is the Stateline neighborhood, just half a mile away.
- Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe for the SnowGlobe Music Festival:Heading into the New Year, this late December festival—known as the “chillest festival ever”—brings together thousands of music lovers for three days of live entertainment. The event takes place at Lake Tahoe Community College, which means you’ll want to rent a vacation home or condo for the SnowGlobe Music Festival in the nearby Sierra Tract neighborhood.