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Homes and Land Magazine / July 2012

Tahoe Magazine “Summer 2012″

www.TahoeActivities.com – Come Play!

Subject:  Special Lake Tahoe Website Announcement

Check out the new look of http://www.TahoeActivities.com!  ”Like” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TahoeActivities and check out their Pinterest account: http://pinterest.com/tahoeactivities/

Moineau Design and www.IDXCentral have been working with the Lake Tahoe and surrounding area communities for many years and in my opinion were the first to create an activities website that more than adequately represented and joined the many unique activities & entertainment opportunities that Lake Tahoe offers year-round!

They have just released their new look of http://www.TahoeActivities.com and I hope you can take a minute to view this great site that was started over 10 years ago.  Moineau Design works diligently to constantly grow and improve the website and I think you’ll find it to be one of your favorite resources for staying up to date on all there is to love and be enjoyed in one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful playgrounds.

Now get out and PLAY!

- Mackenzie Martin

Realtor – CA/NV and Moineau Design Fan!

Snow Is Here!

Like it or not, snow is upon us!  Perhaps not enough to bust out your skis or snowboard, but your Sorels for sure!

Bring on the soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and firewood because it’s supposed to stay chilly for a while.  With Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe not open, this lends time to snuggle up, play some board games, try out a new crock pot recipe and prop your feet up! 

Stay warm and safe travels :)

Here’s a link to one of my favorite cold weather meals! Recipe for Turkey Meatloaf with Quinoa from www.AllRecipes.com

Vacation Rentals in Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe may appear to be within the confines of Stateline and Hwy 50, typically the closer your vacation rental, motel or hotel is to Hwy 50, Heavenly Valley and the casinos, the more expensive your nightly rate is going to be. If you are willing to drive another 5-10 minutes, you can score some amazing places to stay at much less than what the extra cab fare might be. 

Check out areas like Montgomery Estates, Pioneer Trail, Gardner Mountain and Country Club Estates. If you want the very best rates and don’t mind adding on another 5-10 minutes, consider Meyers, Christmas Valley and North Upper Truckee, all of which are nice areas with some very nice, reasonably priced places to stay in terms of vacation rentals.

Other tips to saving on your Lake Tahoe vacation plans include:

  • Plan your stays during shoulder seasons, typically April, May, October and November are the months where you can score on cheaper nightly rates
  • Use vacation rental by owner websites such as VRBO.com and VR Partner.com
  • Look online for vacation rental packages sing websites like Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline

Spring Is Heating Up!

It’s Spring So Why Not Head to the Hot “Spring”s?

Even though the snow is quickly melting, hiking and biking trails are not quite clear and the beach is still a little too chilly, so what should one do to get outside and enjoy Lake Tahoe this spring? 

One of my favorite spring activities is to head to the hot springs!  My family has been making the 20-30 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe to Grover Hot Springs in Markleeville, CA for over 30 years.

I have fond memories as a little girl of packing up the family car with our beach towels, bathing suits and a picnic perfect for a spring afternoon! 

We would spend countless hours as kids swimming in the cold pool while aour parents enjoyed the hot springs.  After expending our “kid” energy, mom and dad would take us out to the car where we would have our picnic lunch “tailgate” style overlooking the beautiful surrounding meadows.

After refueling on Mother’s brand “Taffy” cookies and turkey sandwiches, we’d head back in to enjoy the pools a bit longer and watch the sun go down.

One of my favorite parts of these excursions was the soft serve vanilla ice cream cone that we would get on the way back home.  Just before turning on the highway toward Luther Pass there’s a little general store that has lots of goodies!  I think the store is still there, but not so sure about the ice cream cones, bummer! :(

Another great part about the hot springs is that it is by far one of the most affordable activities and they have lifeguards on duty! $7 per adult and $5 per child and usually open from 11am-7pm, most days of the week. I would call ahead of time (530) 694-2249 to confirm days and times of operation.

For more information on the Grover Hot Springs and other great California State Parks, please click here.

Happy Spring!!!

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