The last few years schedules have dictated that we come in late June instead of mid-July, and both times we had to do this, we struggled with the weather. Last year for one day we sat huddled on the beach in long pants and sweatshirts, and not once during the entire week did we feel like getting into the chilly Tahoe waters. This year as we arrived there was no beachgoing, just rain and 59 degrees.
Anyway, my mom is convinced that June is too early to come to Tahoe. Craig and I are not convinced. Both years the sun made its appearance later in the week and as part 2 of this posting will reveal, the weather this year ceased to be an issue, and full summer fun was had by this GoFamily in June of 2013.
Lake Tahoe Accomodations--Property ID hch 1649
What a weird heading, but I just have to throw a huge shout out to promote this incredible place where we have stayed for 11 summers. The best way to see it is to just go online to Lake Tahoe Accomodations and just see the pictures and take the virtual tour.
This house is 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on three levels and is 2792 square feet. The master suite is on the top floor with the main living and dining area. The entry floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom as well as another living space with another flat screen TV. The bottom, or street level floor has bunk bed space for seven and another full bathroom. All linens are provided. All the bedrooms have ample closet and drawer space. All bedrooms but one have king size beds.
There are two wrap around decks, a gas grill, and a hot tub.
The kitchen is by far the best equipped I have even encountered in a rental.
You can park 5 cars at this rental.
This property is listed as "luxury" through Lake Tahoe Accomodations, and this label is accurate. Every year we sit back and wait to see what Dave and Laura have done with the property since the last time we stayed. Since we have been going there all the bathrooms and the kitchen have been remodeled, the hot tub
|Remodeled kitchen and dining space|
The only caveat is that luxury like this comes at a price. Keeping in mind that we do not pay the full price, I checked out some availability and some prices through the listing. I checked out some weekday nights throughout the summer and it looks like this rental will cost you about $750-$850 a night. That's a lot of dough! However, do keep in mind that truly three families can accommodate this house at one time, so splitting evenly, the price does become more manageable.
There are many rental agencies that can help you to find your dream vacation rental, but this property is listed through Lake Tahoe Accomodations, property ID 1649 (the above heading is a link!) LTA is open for reservations 24 hours a day at 1-800-250-8033.
Let's Eat Breakfast!!
Well, no matter the weather, you've gotta eat, right?
We are very meticulous about saving money when we come to Lake Tahoe by preparing our own food at our house, but when in South Lake Tahoe, we never fail to stop at the Red Hut Café (www.redhutcafe.com), located at 2497 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
|Nothing quite like "The Usual!"|
Hate to give away this secret but if you don't get there early, expect LONG waits, especially on the weekends. This is a popular place! We make it our rule to never be there later than 8:30am, and that's on a weekday!
|No one in this family needs to be persuaded to come here!|
|Just to prove we've been coming here forever, compare this picture|
with the one below. My son must be like three.
|Not so little, but still coloring menus at the counter|
|One of my favorite Red Hut pictures!|
Share the Red Hut with your friends!
Just get there early!
Rainy Days in Lake Tahoe....
So what do you do in Lake Tahoe when it rains?? Well, when you have had enough of your novel, board games, and puzzles, you do have a few options that can get you out of the house and still enjoying your surroundings....
- Get your rain jacket, some decent shoes, and an umbrella and go for a walk anyway! We took a short drive to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center where we enjoyed the half-mile long Rainbow Trail...3 times. The trail is flat and paved and features interpretive information along the path about the lake and its surrounding ecosystem. There is also an underground creek exhibit which is rather uninteresting but worth a quick look. Anyway, we were out for the exercise, so we just really hoofed it, so doing it three times took us about 20 minutes.
|The weather isn't going to stop this active GoFamily!!|
|Umbrellas and raingear and you are good to go!!|
|Natalya checks out the scene at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center|
3. Go see a movie. We never go to the movies--what a rip off--but heck, you're on vacation and it's raining, so whaddayagonnado? The Heavenly Village Cinemas (www.heavenlycinema.com) are located at 1021 Heavenly Village Way, phone (530)544-1110. There are 8 cinemas, with matinee prices until six pm on all shows, which still left us paying for $8 tickets. Hmm...wonder how much five tickets cost after six? Add the popcorn and you should have just sprung for a new flat screen TV.