Leaf peeper alert

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The aspen, willow and cottonwoods are just starting to turn their vibrant colors and the teeming crowds of summer have dwindled. Yes, it’s time to come to Tahoe to catch the magic and enjoy this special season. The water is still and clear, the Kokanee Salmon are filling the creeks and there’s plenty of room on the winding bike trails that circle the lake.

It’s particularly beautiful at Sky Meadows.  Pine needles carpet the grounds, the meadow is mowed and there’s plenty of room to play horseshoes or throw a football or frisbee. The good news: we have availability and our rates are super low.  You might even think ahead and lock in Christmas, winter wonderland time around here.

Come visit! Here are some handy links to reserve:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

Recent five star reviews:

“Great location, nice back porch, convenient amenities. This rental has a “cabin-y” feel. It is unpretentious and homey.”

“I loved the accommodations… simple and basic and just like home.”

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So much to do at Tahoe

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It’s one HOT summer all over California and what better place to escape the heat but Tahoe where water sports are the play of the day. From kayaking to water skiing to just plain getting in and swimming, it doesn’t get much better. Try the new see-through kayaks and test the lake’s famous clarity.

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Rent a  polycarbonate kayaks that is completely transparent from Clearly Tahoe. They equip each kayak with a book of flash cards that help identify invasive species, encouraging their customers to use and log anything they see. The kayaks aren’t designed for speed and maneuvering, like a typical sit-in kayak, but use is mostly meant for slower-placed, scenic touring. Their rentals start at $85 for two hours. For information on kayaks, rentals and guided tours, visit clearlytahoe.com or call 530-554-4664

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Then there are all the activities at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort just a 10 minute drive from our property. Epic Discovery is officially open, offering five activities.
The Hot Shot Zip Line travels 1,100 feet and reaches speeds of 45 mph. The Ridge Rider Alpine Coaster travels 3,200 feet, up to 25 mph. Then there is the Granite Peak Climbing Wall, Boulder Cove Ropes Course and Discovery Forest Ropes Course.

Wondering about the apres-activity scene? Like brewpubs? Just out is the South Shore Beer Trail map produced by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the route:

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Need the fast track to our vacation rental?  Just click and reserve:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

July 10, 2017 five star review: “Great location, nice back porch, convenient amenities. This rental has a “cabin-y” feel. It is unpretentious and homey.”

Don’t let August pass you by, even if you only have a two day window. And don’t forget your bikes, fantastic trails just out the door. See you soon!

 

High water, high times at South Lake Tahoe

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Mark Twain’s take on Lake Tahoe:  “surely the fairest picture the whole earth affords” couldn’t be more “right on” this year. With water levels at their highest in recorded history, summer 2017 promises to be spectacular.

The perfect reason to make the Black Bear your vacation destination this year. Just minutes from the beach (located at the end of Tahoe Keys Boulevard), and situated on a quiet sunny meadow, who could ask for anything more.  North Shore tends to go to sleep early.  South Lake has more activity opportunities and promises more fun: better access to hiking, shopping, more bike trails, boat rentals, historic state parks, more lakeside restaurants and the casinos are just up the road.

Sure, we have a terrific kitchen at our cabin, but if you need a break, treat yourself to a water-view lunch or sunset Happy Hour just up the road:

Riva Grill On the Lake,  900 Ski Run Blvd Ste 3, (530) 542-2600

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Artemis Lakefront Cafe Ski Run Marina, 900 Ski Run Blvd #111,  (530) 542-3332
Boathouse on the Pier 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd, (530) 545-4338
The Beacon Bar & Grill 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., (530) 541-0630

Most importantly, reserve your stay now, July is almost fully booked.  You’re just a click away:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

Beat the heat, come refresh at world-class Tahoe. Happy summer!

 

 

 

 

South Tahoe: Good news for lovers of craft beer

Two brewpubs have just opened within walking distance. The Black Bear has always been loved for it’s location to adventure sport trails, beaches and shopping and now our location is even more desirable due to these fun new businesses.

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Check ’em out:

Lake Tahoe AleWorX

2050 Lake Tahoe Blvd Suite #2050
Open until 11:00 PM
http://www.laketahoealeworx.com/about/

South Lake Brewing Company

1920 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
http://www.southlakebeer.com

Orchids Thai is just a few blocks away if you’re looking for a quieter venue.

2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, http://www.orchidstahoe.com

If you’re in town on June 10, come to the inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest.

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Kick off the summer with craft brew tastings (4 oz.) from all over Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas, a home brewers competition, live music, arts and craft vendors, and delicious food!

Located next to the Cold Water Brewery, the festival will feature breweries from both the North and South shore of the lake, as well as other participants from Northern California and Nevada. Breweries attending:

Cold Water Brewery and Grill
FiftyFifty Brewing Company
Lake Tahoe AleWorX
Alibi Ale Works
Sidellis Lake Tahoe Brewery and Restaurant
South Lake Brewing Company
Outbreak Brewing Co
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Ninkasi Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Auburn Alehouse Craft Brewery & Restaurant

Advance beer tasting tickets for the event are $20 ($25 at the door) and include a souvenir tasting glass making sure that you get to bring a little bit of the Brewfest home with you. Tickets purchased online will be available at Will Call starting at 11 am on June 10th, 2017. All sales are final. Visit the www.tahoebrewfest.com to learn more.

Book the Black Bear now, summer at the Lake is just getting started:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

Cheers!

Reserve now before it’s too late

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There’s never been a better place to de-stress  than world-class destination Tahoe. If you’re looking for the perfect “cabin on a sunny meadow” with best location for accessing all the beaches and action sports, we’ve got the place.  Set aside a few days from your busy life and relax at the Black Bear Lodge.  The Welcome Mat is out:

 

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

It’s a record year, lake level is high, scenery spectacular.

Ski into spring and beyond

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Whether you want to ski in a tank top or sunbathe near snow-capped mountains, this summer at Lake Tahoe could be very different from the ones before it. And now is the time to book. Backcountry skiing and snowboarding will be possible through the summer. Hiking will be spectacular.

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With record amounts of precipitation this season, the lake will have plenty to offer adventurous travelers throughout the year.

Reserve here before it’s too late:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

It’s a record year, lake level is high, scenery spectacular.

Tahoe: Hit the Pause Button

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The sand has been frosted with a blanket of snow but that’s not stopping these beach picnickers. The perfect setting for an apres-ski hot chocolate.  Better yet, the sunny meadow right outside Black Bear Lodge Tahoe. There’s plenty of snow, crisp clear air and dozens of ways to enjoy Spring Break.  You’re invited!

Reserve here before it’s too late:

http://www.turnkeyvr.com/746889

http://www.homeaway.com/746889

http://www.vrbo.com/746889

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7931349

https://www.flipkey.com/south-lake-tahoe-vacation-rentals/p1409633/

It’s a record year, lake level is high, scenery spectacular.