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Summer in Lake Tahoe is Calling!

Lake Tahoe has a ton of great things to offer during the summer time, from a gorgeous, pristine lake that’s perfect for boating and swimming to 4th of July fireworks, sandy beaches, awesome hiking trails, and parks that offer wonderfully beautiful views for picnics and family gatherings. You seriously won’t run out of options all summer long! And so today, we’re featuring 10 of the coolest things to do in Tahoe this summer. And then below that, we’re featuring some of our nicest, most luxurious vacation rentals in Tahoe. So go ahead, get planning! You’ll need a cool home and cool ideas for things to do – look no further than the list below!

1.Bocce Ball at Ski Beach in Incline Village. Every Wednesday, get your bocce on in Incline Village with wine, music, appetizers, and plenty of fun! There’s always a post-bocce barbecue afterwards, too. You need to register by noon the day of and the price ranges from $12 to $15.


2.Carrie Underwood! Join Grammy Award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena for a one-nightly only show on Friday, July 18th. This show is a part of the Summer Concert Series at Harveys, which also will feature other great artists this summer, like Sarah McLachlan, Journey, The Eagles, and Lady Gaga.

3.Boating & Cruises on Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is quite simply an awesome place to boat. The water is crystal clear and the views are simply stunning. There are lots of vacation rentals available with boat docks, and it’s super easy to bring the family into the boat and troll the lake for a while. One of the coolest boating activities is seeing the 4th of July fireworks right from your boat! There are cruises available as well, and you can also rent boats for use. The Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club is a great place to start out with recreational boating as well. They have great food and good drinks, too.


4.Camping. Tahoe has some truly spectacular places to pitch a tent and camp. And hey, the weather’s nice all summer, so why not? When it comes to camping, the North Shore has some great hiking and fishing, the South Shore is great for families (and RVs), the West Shore is near some awesome hiking and biking trails as well as historic sites, and the East Shore has some camping near some great beaches. You can find some great camping location ideas here.


5.5K Foam Fest. On Saturday, August 2nd, the 5K Foam Fest hits Reno! The “newest and craziest race to hit the nation,” the Foam Fest is a mix of foam, mud, and obstacles, combining a normal 5K race with mud, foam, inflatable obstacles, army crawls, walls, cargo net climbs, a moon walk, slip’n’slides, and more. Whether you’re an experienced racer or not, the Foam Fest will make running 5K fun, challenging, and rewarding.

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6.Hike to Granite Lake. Granite Lake is a beautiful lake tucked away in the ridge leading up to Maggies Peaks. The trail is steep and it’s 2 – 4 miles long, depending on how far you want to go. Located on the West Shore, this hike offers astounding views of Lake Tahoe, a nice glacial lake, and great views of Maggies Peaks. The trail starts at Emerald Bay, a few miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.

7.Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This summer, from July 11 through August 24, you can see Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It in one of the world’s most breathtaking venues, Sand Harbor State Park. Sand Harbor State Park is located three miles south of Incline Village in Nevada. You won’t be disappointed with this show. Not only does it feature some great acting, but you’ll be able to enjoy a sandy beach, bottles of wine, and a gourmet meal all at the same time! Find tickets here.


8.Tahoe City Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. From August 15th through August 17th, enjoy meeting with 45 different artisans and craftspeople showcasing a ton of different arts and crafts, including oil paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more. The event is completely free and it takes place at Boatworks Mall, right in the heart of the West Shore’s Tahoe City. And hey, the views aren’t bad, either.

9.Lake Tahoe Yoga. Lake Tahoe Yoga offers a variety of daily yoga classes that include Vinyasa, Yin, Alignment, heated, and more. Best of all, you can choose the location you want to practice in! Lake Tahoe Yoga offers practice in the studio, on the beach, on a paddle board in the water, and more. Their Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga class looks especially cool! Even expecting mothers and beer fans will find exactly what they’re looking for at Lake Tahoe Yoga.


10.Hot Air Balloon Rides. What better way to see the amazing sights and views of Tahoe than from a balloon high up in the air!? Balloon rides usually begin right after sunset and flights generally operate from May through October. And hey, with Lake Tahoe Balloons, you even get a continental breakfast served on board! Some other balloon companies to consider are Balloon Nevada and Balloons Over Lake Tahoe.

And now, some spectacular vacation rental options in the Tahoe area that are bound to make your Tahoe vacation a special one.

1.Beach House with Jetted Tub, Pier & Private Buoy, Tahoe Vista, CA


Located on a gorgeous sandy beach with private access, this superbly decorated home with a jetted tub, patio furniture, and all modern amenities is elegance incarnate. Conveniently located within walking distance to a grocery store, golf, shops, and restaurants, this house is only 10 minutes away from the Northstar California Ski Resort and makes an absolutely perfect vacation rental option.


2.Luxury Lakeview House with Hot Tub & Pool Table, Tahoe City, CA


Luxury Lakeview Retreat is a stunning vacation home located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing panoramic lakeviews and a beautiful landscape garden to relax in and enjoy the views with the whole family. This six-bedroom house with additional apartment is a wonderful vacation rental, has old Tahoe charm, is extremely well-equipped, and is a pleasure to visit.


3.Upscale Home with Private Beach Near Marina, South Lake Tahoe, CA


If you enjoy the beach, you’ll love this spacious and bright home located right on the lake and featuring its own private beach! Walk right out your back door and there you are, right on the beach, where you can sunbathe, play volleyball or badminton, create a small fire, or go swimming. This multi-million dollar home is simply paradise and will make your Tahoe vacation one you’ll never forget.


4.Grand, Lavish Home with Hot Tub & Sauna, Incline Village, NV


This exquisite and contemporary vacation home in Incline Village is perfect for large groups wanting to spend some great times together. Incline Village is one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful vacation rental destinations, and it is the hub for activities such as golfing and skiing. Minutes away from beaches and restaurants, this home serves to you on a platter the very best that Incline Village has to offer.


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Lake Tahoe, California: 3 Affordable Options

We have a lot of spectacular vacation rentals in the Lake Tahoe area, and many of them are stunning, luxurious, and immaculate. But we do have a lot of affordable options in Tahoe, too. And so today we are featuring three Lake Tahoe vacation rentals that you can rent without breaking the bank. Check them out. All three have fairly open calendars for the next few months. And don’t forget, you can find exclusive discounts on Zaranga that you won’t find anywhere else!

#1 (South Lake Tahoe, CA): Brand-New Cabin with Gas Fireplace


This brand-new, high-end cabin is newly remodeled and features a bright and cheerful, wide-open living area. With pine accents and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, the home feels luxurious but supremely comfortable at the same time. Inside this home you will find a huge living area that features two leather couches, plenty of chairs, and a huge stone fireplace with gas insert. The fireplace really is the centerpiece of the room and is simply stunning. There are a ton of big windows in the living room, too, which let in sunlight and offer some breathtaking views of the surrounding forests. There is a loft area upstairs that features more couches, a TV with DVD player, and a surround sound system. It’s a great place for the kids to go do their own thing for a while or for the whole crew to have a movie night. Amenities include: 3 TVs, a gas fireplace, DVD players, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a BBQ, and Internet service.

#2 (Tahoe City, CA): 3-Bedroon Unit with Common Pool & Hot Tub


This end unit gets nice natural light and is just steps away from the common hot tub area. Amenities include pool access, tennis access, and a hot tub. There are grassy areas in the back and to the right of the unit. The front door leads into living room, which features a TV/DVD/VHS, a wood-burning stove, a recliner, and a couch. This condo got new chairs in late 2011. The dining room features a table that can seat six, but there is a counter with stools for additional seating as well. This main floor features laundry, a 1/2 bath, and sliding doors that lead out to the back porch, which has a Webber BBQ. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom, which features a King bed and a 3/4 bath (shower only, no tub). The second bedroom and third bedrooms are also upstairs, and they feature 2 sets of bunk beds and a queen bed. There is an additional full bath up here as well. Amenities include: wireless high-speed Internet, gas/propane BBQ, dishwasher, wood fireplace, hot tub, laundry, pool, and tennis.

#3 (S. Lake Tahoe, CA): Pet-Friendly Home Next to National Forest


This cozy, pet-friendly home backs up against a big national forest and is located in a quiet neighborhood. The hiking and biking trails in the forest behind you are just minutes away, and you can access them at any time. Best of all, you can bring your pets into this property and you’ll have plenty of space to take them for walks, whether that just be around the neighborhood or down one of the many trails nearby. The house itself is fully furnished and offers a lot of sunlight. It includes a big deck with plenty of lounge furniture, perfect for socializing, reading, enjoying a drink, or even doing some grilling. The house offers free wireless, 2 TVs and a DVD player, a gas BBQ, a washer and dryer, a gas fireplace, a full kitchen with granite countertops, and a one-level design that is perfect for those who don’t want to do stairs constantly. Even the kitchen/dining room in this home is well-lit, with a big window right next to the dining room table. There’s a bar/island that connects the kitchen to the living area as well, and it offers a bit of extra seating for large dinner gatherings. The most amazing aspect of this property is the gorgeous woods surrounding you. Pines and other trees completely surround you and the national forest is right next door. You’ll feel completely secluded, like you’re camping alone on a mountaintop. But you’ll have all of the amenities of home, too.

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The 12 Days of Zaranga Vacation Rentals Day 1: Lake Tahoe, CA

This year, Zaranga is celebrating the holidays by spotlighting some of our best vacation rentals of the year in certain areas across the United States. Each day, for 12 days, we will feature the “Top 3 Vacation Rentals” in a popular vacation spot. The top-three list will include information about the rentals as well as the reasons why we chose the property as one of our top three of 2013 in that area. So, without further ado, let the festivities begin!

#1: Lovely House with Hot Tub on Deck Near Forest


Nestled in a quiet, forested neighborhood, this deluxe home has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The home features a great room, a living room, a dining area, and a kitchen and there is a large deck off of the dining room and one of the bedrooms with its own private hot tub. Downstairs you will find a large den area with its own fireplace and four beds. It’s a perfect, cave-like spot to sleep. The home is located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Meyers area and it’s just 10 miles from the casinos at the state line, a 15-minute drive away from Heavenly, and a 20-minute drive away from Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Editor’s Reasons: Look at the view from that hot tub! Need we say more? Well, maybe. This home is perfect for your next winter getaway. It features a huge living area with a beautiful, warm fireplace that’s perfect for an evening of relaxation after skiing. Additionally, there’s a stunning kitchen and whoever gets the master suite has a hot tub right out the sliding-glass door! The view from the back deck features hundreds of pine trees and beautiful mountains in the distance. It’s an all-around stunning house.

#2: 3-Bedroom Modern House with Hot Tub & Deck


Enjoy entertaining in this great property with an open floor plan. New wood floors (Fall 2010) give the entire house a modern appeal and fresh look. This one-level home has sliding doors opening onto the large deck with gas grill and hot tub. A covered front door opens into a mud room, which opens into a fantastic woodsy living room, dining room, and kitchen. Dining table for 14, 2 suede Queen sleeper sofas, flat-screen TV/DVD/VHS, and gas fireplace.

Editor’s Reasons: This home is perfect for holiday entertaining. Just look at that big, long table that would be perfect for Christmas dinner. And you can all watch the football game while you’re eating, too! With a woodsy feel but modern furniture and amenities, this is the perfect Tahoe house to spend a few nights in. And best of all, there’s a warm hot tub on the back deck that’s just perfect for relaxing in after a long day of skiing.

#3: Sunny Chalet with Wall of Windows & Boat Dock


This extremely sunny chalet is located on a wide and deep waterway and has very quick and easy access to the lake. When you walk out your back door you’ll find a boat dock all your own. If you’re planning to bring a boat to Lake Tahoe, this is the perfect place to stay. What’s more, you won’t find a sunnier spot than this in the entire Lake Tahoe area: the chalet faces the water with a spectacular wall of windows that let in tons of light and also give you astounding views of the water, the surrounding mountains, and the quiet, peaceful waterfront neighborhood surrounding you.

Editor’s Reasons: While this home is simply perfect for a summer vacation on Lake Tahoe, it’s also a great spot for winter trips. We chose this chalet because it’s so unique: the shape of the house, the design, and the wall of windows all make it one of a kind. Just picture yourself waking up, brewing some coffee, and sitting on the couch looking out at the lake, the snow, and all the beauty that surrounds you. You could also brave the cold and sip your coffee out on the deck. Just make sure you bundle up!

Summer Festivities in Lake Tahoe (Guest Blog)

There’s more than just a lake in Tahoe. The entire summer is stuffed full of activities that cater to all ages and tastes. Here are some of the highlights still to come this summer!


Tahoe City Solstice Festival, June 19th to 22nd – This four-day festival features several events that highlight the traits and characteristics of Tahoe. With a classic car show, fireworks, and the Tahoe City Wine Walk on the 22nd, this festival is a great chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Adventure Sports Week, June 20th to 29th – A week of sporting events, competitions, music, and family activities means there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Concerts at Commons Beach, June 22nd to September 7th – Local, regional, and national performers bring their talent to Commons Beach every Sunday for 12 straight weeks.


Red, White, and Tahoe Blue, July 3rd to 5th – Four days featuring a variety of activities, including parades, wine tastings, ice cream-eating contests, a carnival, and even the most extreme rubber ducky race in the history of mankind. There’s no better way to celebrate the country’s birthday.

7th Annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Event, July 5th Celebrate Independence Day weekend the good old-fashioned way! Over 30 regional breweries serve up world-class beer with live bluegrass music and children’s activities at the Village Rink. Tickets are $30 in advance or $38 at the door.

Truckee Tahoe Airfair and Family Festival, July 12th If your idea of a good time gets going around Mach 2, then stop by the Truckee Tahoe Airport for this festival. This event is free to attend and includes free parking. All proceeds go towards supporting local youth programs.


Brews, Jazz and Funk Festival, August 9th to 10th – Great music and great beer converge in this two-day celebration, with bands playing from 2pm to 6pm on both days. A $5 donation gets you in the door and selections from over 40 breweries means that you’ll never go thirsty, at least for these 2 days.

29th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Fest, August 31st to September 7th – The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is recognized as the premier food, wine, brew and spirits festival in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada..

There’s much more happening in Tahoe all summer long, but these are just a few of the biggest events that make a Lake Tahoe vacation the right choice for cooling down this summer!  If you are looking for a place to stay, we have a wide selection of fantastic Lake Tahoe vacation rentals that are a perfect  complement to your fun-filled activities during the day.

About the Author:

Updated by Zaranga on April, 2014

Original post written by Tristan Roberts, a husband, father, and lake lover hoping you’ll spend some time with him this summer in Lake Tahoe. When he’s not cooling down by the shore he works as a Lake Tahoe real estate agent for CB Lake Tahoe.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Lake Tahoe’s Top 5 Towns

Lake Tahoe vacation rentalsLake Tahoe is a one-stop shop for the perfect family vacation, but the planning process can be a little overwhelming. With an abundance of activities on offer, the all-season allure of the region offers families the convenience of being able to vacation any time of year. Though Tahoe is renown for its world class ski resorts, nationally rated bike trails, and jaw-dropping scenery, its myriad towns are chalk full of culture, culinary mastery, fabulous festivals and more. Lake Tahoe’s towns make for great weekend jaunts and provide an optimal base for families looking to indulge in local outdoor activities while enjoying all the comforts of home.

Tahoe City

Perched at the headwaters of the Truckee River on Lake Tahoe sits the snow capital of Tahoe City. Hailed as the ‘Gateway to the Lake’, this charming lakeside community epitomizes Tahoe life. A paved lakeside pathway allows families to spend picture perfect afternoon walking, strolling or cycling down along the river and across the historic Lake Tahoe Dam. Spend a morning wandering the Foothill Farmer’s Market, teeming with fresh local produce, and the afternoon learning to sail. Take the kids to Commons Beach and let them blow off some steam on the jungle gym, or grab some popcorn and a blanket, and snuggle up lakeside for a fantastic movie under the stars. An impressive line-up of summer concerts and a myriad of winter festivals  delight music lovers of all ages, and culture fanatics will love the city’s selection of century old haunted heritage sites! Colorful eateries and unique shops dot friendly streets, snow-capped mountains hover in the distance, and warm smiles greet you wherever you go. Tahoe City is an ideal mountain town for the active, outdoor loving family.  For places to stay in Tahoe City, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Tahoe City.

Alpine Meadows

Developed in 1961 by a group of free-loving San Franciscans, Alpine Meadows has long been a beloved favorite of local skiers and snowboarders, and has an impressive following from visitors across the country. Every year, an estimated 402 inches of powder snow fall here each year, making it the longest running ski resort in the entire Lake Tahoe region. Your family will love zig-zagging through tree lined runs, and for beginners, there are plenty of gentle bowls to learn the ropes. This resort town hosts one of the only youth snow competition for children under the age of 12 in the region. During the summer months, the fly fishing is second to none, the cycling trails are infinite and the Ward and Scott peak hikes are awe inspiring.  For places to stay in Alpine Meadows, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Alpine Meadows.

Squaw Valley

Nestled halfway between Truckee and Lake Tahoe sits the Squaw Valley, a postcard perfect panorama of alpine scenery. Once the scene of the Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games in 1960, visitors to Squaw Valley have embraced the spirit of adventure, exploration and love of nature. The winter months provide 3,600 acres of pristine ski and snowboard runs across 6 peaks.  Young families love the gentle meandering slopes and Olympic level athletes can’t get enough of Squaw’s steep cliffs and challenging bowls. The summer months bring miles of bike paths, hiking trails, roller skating and swimming all accessible by the mountain’s Aerial Tram.  For places to stay in Squaw valley, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Squaw Valley.

West Shore

The modest stretch of small Lake Tahoe communities alongside Hwy 89 is known collectively as the West Shore. Often coined as the “Black Forest” for its thick wooded appearance, the West Shore’s 9,000 year old history is both long and fascinating. Once the home to the region’s earliest residents, the Washoe Indians, the area is also the scene of the gold rush and home to the regions oldest bar, Chambers Landing. May 2008 marked the opening of the Tahoe Maritime Museum, an impressive facilities emulating historic wooden boathouses from Homewood. The unique museum is open year round and provides a great interactive experience for visitors of all ages. The area features an Olympic Hill ski jump, and a number of Olympic Nordic course trails available to advanced ski enthusiasts. Be sure to pay Homewood Mountain Resort and go for a wander through it’s charming pedestrian village.  For places to stay in West Shore, check out our selection of vacation rentals in West Shore.

South Lake Tahoe

Your very stop in South Lake Tahoe should be one of several visitors’ centers. Scoop up a map, and have a quick chat, because there are so many activities available in the area, you won’t know where to start first! A stop in at ‘Explore Tahoe’, a fabulous interpretive center located at the Heavenly Village Transit Center on Highway 50. The ‘Explore Tahoe’ experience uses interactive exhibits to educate visitors about the plethora of activities available in the area, as well as information about the local wildlife. Hiking enthusiasts will love the array of trail options available on the Tahoe Rim Trial, and once the snow melts in the beautiful Sierra’s, sweeping views of pristine waterfalls await. In the mood for a something a little artsy? Check out Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, home of the renown annual Valhalla Arts & Music Festival, and the site of ongoing dance, theatre and art exhibits all year round. For families who love to spend all their time in the great outdoors, the city of South Lake Tahoe is second to none when it comes to camping facilities. In fact, the public campground is so popular with visitors, that spots often sell out early on in the season so make sure to call ahead and get a reservation!  For places to stay in South Lake Tahoe, check out our selection of vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoes Top 8 Best Fishing Spots

LakeTahoeFishingIt should come as no surprise that Lake Tahoe has been voted as “America’s Best Lake” and is consistently hailed as one of the nations most beloved destinations. With just about every outdoor activity one could dream on offer here, the most difficult aspect of Tahoe trip planning is deciding what to do first. For sport fisherman, if trout fishing is your game, the Lake Tahoe region is brimming with fabulous fishing hotspots for the leisure and advanced fishermen alike. Need a little guidance? We’ve got 8 of Tahoe’s best fishing spots to make sure that you bring home the big one!

1) Donner Lake

Nestled in beautiful Sierra Nevada in Donner Memorial State Park, Donner Lake is of great historic significance. Once a scene of a pioneers that reached their demise during a grave winter. The Lake is now home to a burgeoning population of brown and Rainbow trout. For both shore fishermen and top liners, throw some flasher/worm bait on the end of your rod and you be sure to strike up some luck in the shallows!

2)  Lake Tahoe

Approximately 22 miles long, 12 miles across and 72 miles all the way around, Lake Tahoe is renown for it’s pristine waters and abundance of mackinaw and kokonee salmon. Early in the season, mackinaw weighing around 5-7lbs are plentiful. Later on into the season, mackinaw in the smaller range can be found close to shore, and for the big one, head out to depths of 200 feet or more. Toplining here can be slow going at first, but the dazzling backdrop would distract any fishermen on a slow morning.

3)  Boca Reservoir

Located about 2 miles north of the Boca exit just off of I-80 on Stampede Dam Rd lies one of the best all around shore fishing locales in the region. Experienced fishermen here use inflated nightcrawlers to attract trout from the nearby dam and inlet area. Throw some power bait and salmon eggs on your line and catch yourself some beautiful rainbow. The reservoir is a favorite for trollers, and fly fishermen enjoy treasures caught at sunrise.

4)  Frenchman’s Reservoir

Sitting at an elevation of 5,558 feet and located approximately 8- miles west of Highway 395, 25 miles of Susanville, Frenchman is a local favorite for rainbow and kamloop trout fishing. The 21 miles of lush pine covered shoreline makes it a peaceful spot, and with two boat ramps readily accessible, it’s no wonder why the locals frequent this hot spot. In the early spring and late fall, find delicious catfish on the end of your line!

5)  Fallen Leaf Lake

Just 30 miles southeast of Tahoe City sitting at an elevation of 6,400 feet and mere miles from the southern shores of Lake Tahoe lies Fallen Leaf Lake. With personal and rental boats permitted on the lake, as well as gas, launching facilities and a shop with everything you’ll need to have a successful day out there on the lake. While fishing is somewhat limited here, anglers are able to reel in rainbow, brown and mackinaw trout with little effort.

6) Truckee River

The Truckee River has long been a favorite for both locals and returning visitors alike. Access to the river is relatively easy as it meanders alongside the California Highway 89 and Interstate 80. In the early part of the season, most success is found within the deep pools, and the locals say that fishing the section of the river between Tahoe City and the River Ranch yield the best catch and is regularly stocked by the Department of Fish and Game during the spring months.

7)  Stampede Reservoir

With a surface area of 3,450 acres, sitting at an elevation of 5,949 feet and located a mere 15 miles north of Truckee, the Stampede Reservoir, is one of the most picturesque fishing spots in the region. The reservoir also happens to yield a significant number of trophy class rainbow and brown trout, and most who spend a day here come away with a great deal of success. It’s best to come well before the end of summer to avoid a dramatic drop in the water levels.

8)  Prosser Creek Reservoir

Approximately 40 miles west of Reno, sitting an elevation of 5,715 feet lies the 740 acre Prosser Reservoir. Tree lined shores and tranquil waters mark this beautiful reservoir, and many experienced fishermen say that it is home to some of the finest brown and rainbow fishing in California.

The Lake Tahoe region boasts some of the best trout fishing in the nation, and if spending a week shore side in the great outdoors is your idea of heaven, pack up the rod, grab your tackle and enjoy some blissful peace at any of our 8 best Tahoe fishing spots!  And if you are looking for a place to stay when you are there, we have beautiful vacation rentals near all of these fishing spots – Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Boca Reservoir, Fallen Leaf Lake, Truckee River, Stampede Reservoir, and Prosser Creek Reservoir.

5 Reasons Why Lake Tahoe is Great for Dogs

LakeTahoeDogsIf you have some vacation time on the books, but you’re wavering on whether you should leave the family dog at home, waver no more, Fido needs a vacation too. Finding pet-friendly destinations can be difficult, but if fresh mountain air, thousands of miles of pristine shoreline and an abundance of hikes is up your alley, Lake Tahoe is the perfect locale to bring your dog. Still on the fence? Here are 5 reasons why Lake Tahoe is doggie heaven for your favorite pooch.

1)  Taking Your to Pup to Tahoe is a Cost Saver

Boarding your dog is an exceptionally costly extra. And it’s certainly not one that you want to have to worry about when you’re already shelling out your hard earned dollars for a vacation. Tack on all the extras a pet-sitter or boarding facility would cost, and it just wouldn’t make sense.

2) Lake Tahoe is Chalk Full of Pet Friendly Accommodations

North and South Tahoe residents are as much dog lovers as the myriad visitors that flock to the area every year. The region is teeming with pet friendly houses and cabins, charging a fraction of what it would cost to leave your dog at home in a boarding facility or with a pet sitter. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, some that provide little extras like dog bowls and beds so you don’t have to bring them with you.

3)  Dogs Love Hitting the Trail

Lake Tahoe is renown for its infinite hiking trails, glacier carved slopes, pristine alpine meadows, and endless miles of exquisite forest. Whether you and your pup are weekend warriors or every die hard outdoor enthusiasts, what better life could there be for a dog than in Tahoe country? With more territory than one could possibly cover, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to trail time, and at the end of every glorious day, the whole family will have a renewed understanding of what it means to be dog tired!

4) Dogs Are Water Babies

Most dogs can’t stay away from the water if they try, and with 496.2 km² of water to explore, why on earth would you want to leave the family dog at home? Love to canoe, kayak or just float around in your dingy? Throw a doggie life jacket on your pooch and watch them delight in afternoon after afternoon of water play. There are a number of dog friendly beaches like Skylandia Park on Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City, Waterman’s Landing in Carmelian bay, or Coon Street Beach on King’s Beach. Rest assured, there are plenty of places to let your pup play.

5) Tahoe Towns Love Dogs

Just because you have a dog in tow doesn’t mean that you can’t meander into town for some good eats and a little sightseeing. And besides, Fido likes a snack or two as well! During the summer months, a number of restaurants open up their patios to would-be diners, and with that, out come the doggie bowls and dog-loving cafe owners offering gourmet treats. The Auld Dubliner in the Village at the Squaw Valley, The Char-Pit at King’s Beach and Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City are just a sampling of eateries that welcome you and your pooch!

Lake Tahoe offers more than you and your trusty companion can dream up. Load up the car, pack up your pooch, and head to Tahoe for a vacation full of adventure and fun.  Zaranga has hundreds of pet friendly vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe that would be a perfect home away from home for you are your pooch.


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