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Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake, straddling the California and Nevada border in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This area is renowned for its entertainment and year-round outdoor adventures, including hiking, climbing, water sports and some of the best skiing and boarding in the country. If you’d like to enjoy it, these vacation rentals will put you in the heart of it all, close to the sparkling sapphire waters.
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Known as the “Bear’s Lair,” this cozy mountain retreat is just a quarter-mile from the beach and close to a ski shuttle. It accommodates up to eight with three bedrooms in the main house and another en-suite room, the “Cub House” with two futons available in the summer. It has a wood-burning stove with firewood included, a full kitchen with a dining table for eight, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a washer/dryer. The Cub House also includes an infra-red sauna and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and video game setup. Guests also enjoy access to the private homeowner’s association beach with a dock and swimming area.
This classic Lincoln Log cabin rental is located in Tahoe Pines along the west shore, just a short drive to the Homewood Ski Area and 10 minutes on foot to the beach. It sleeps up to four in two bedrooms and includes a full kitchen and dining room, washer/dryer, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a large mudroom, and a sunny deck and backyard that can be conveniently accessed by the back door. Guests can also enjoy cozying up to the warmth of the fireplace, ideal for sipping wine or cocoa after a day out in the snow.
Just a block from Lake Tahoe near Tahoe City, this rental on a third of an acre accommodates up to eight, with the Main House including a kitchen, living and dining area, laundry facilities, one large bedroom with an antique-style gas fireplace and vintage furnishings, plus two bathrooms. There are two separate guest cabins, each of which has their own bedroom and bathroom. A few of the other highlights include a stone fireplace, a five-person hot tub and an outdoor living space with teak furniture. The property connects to a pedestrian/bike pathway that passes right through Lake Tahoe.
This romantic one-bedroom cottage is ideal for a couple, with a peek-a-boo view of Lake Tahoe viewed from the living room while Lake Forest Beach is a few hundred yards away. Built in the 1920s, it was beautifully restored, with the original granite fireplace and detailed woodwork preserved. There’s a kitchen with high-end appliances and granite countertops that opens to the great room with lots of windows and a gas log fireplace.
This three-bedroom cabin is just two miles from downtown Tahoe City and offers access to a private beach while being close to four major ski resorts. It accommodates up to eight and includes a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, two flat-screen cable TVs, free Wi-Fi, a washer/dryer, gas BBQ and a deck where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular lake and mountain views. In the winter, take advantage of the sleds and whiz down the run right next to the cabin. In the warmer months, the private beach is the place to go with picnic tables, opportunities for sunbathing and watersports, a hiking and biking trail.
This three-bedroom cabin sleeps up to six adults and two children, offering filtered lake and mountain views, and stunning Tahoe sunsets from the spacious front deck. It includes all the comforts of home, like a fully-equipped kitchen, a cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Look forward to curling up near the fireplace with a good book and being within walking distance to the lake, downtown Kings Beach and casinos. You’ll be just a short drive from the ski resorts for winter fun too.
Located in North Lake Tahoe along the Tahoe Rim Trail in Tahoe City, this pet-friendly three-bedroom cabin accommodates up to six guests. It offers spectacular views of the lake and lots of upscale features, including a stone gas fireplace and a hot spring spa where you can gaze out at the lake and surrounding mountains. It also includes hardwood floors, a built-in flat-screen TV, washer and dryer, and free Wi-Fi, while being close to ski areas and popular parks.
This four-bedroom chalet in Chamberlands sleeps up to nine, ideal for a large family, providing easy access to a private, membership-only beach, as well as a pool and tennis facilities in the summer. You’ll be close to the West Shore Bike trail for walking and biking, as well as Homewood Mountain Resort for skiing. The cabin includes a wood-burning fireplace and a sunny deck overlooking the forested backyard for barbecuing and dining alfresco during the warmer months. It also includes two TVs and two DVD players, a fireplace and washer/dryer.
This small one-bedroom cabin in the woods offers a budget-friendly glamping type of stay for a peaceful retreat that includes a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and a hammock for a nap among the trees. It’s within walking distance to the lake and Sugar Pine Point State Park, between South Lake Tahoe and the casino areas of the Nevada State Lane while Homewood ski resort is about two miles away.
This peaceful cabin in the woods offers a relaxing retreat in the Agate Bay area, complete with a hot tub on a large deck for soaking under the stars. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a play area for the kids and three bedrooms plus a loft sleeping area, accommodating up to eight guests. In the summer, take advantage of the enclosed private homeowner’s pool and enjoy walking out onto the private pier at the lake for sunbathing and swimming in Tahoe.
Just as the name belies, the Little Bear Cabin offers serenity on the West Shore, and it’s just steps from Sugar Pine Point State Park with its hiking/biking trails and lake access. It includes two bedrooms, sleeping up to four, with an updated fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and a living room with a gas fireplace, flat-screen cable TV and DVD player. On the back deck, you’ll find patio furniture and a gas grill. The Homeowner’s Association beach and pier can be reached in 10 minutes on foot while the Homewood Ski Area is less than three miles away.
This three-bedroom cabin in the woods accommodates seven, less than a five-minute drive from Sugar Pine Point State Park while hiking trails are right at the end of the street. In the winter you, the slopes of Homewood Mountain Resort are just a six-minute drive away. After a day of play, enjoy grilling and dining on the wraparound deck with a picnic table, or relax and watch movies on the 55″ SmartTV. it also includes a DVD library, washer/dryer, beach towels and gear and extra for families with little ones, including a Pack ‘n Play, crib and child-safety gates.
This rustic two-bedroom cabin sleeps six and offers views of the lake from every room. It has a fully equipped updated kitchen with direct access to a deck, and grill. There’s a lower garden with a propane fire pit, lounge chairs and umbrella, and all sorts of complimentary toys, including two pairs of snowshoes, two Giant mountain bikes, two 10-foot kayaks with kayak carts and all the accessories, a large beach cart and beach chairs. When you want to relax inside, there’s a TV with unlimited Netflix and a DVD library.
Located in the West Shore neighborhood, this cozy one-bedroom cabin is ideal for a romantic getaway for two. It includes a fully equipped kitchen and dining room, as well as a living room with vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace, large flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. In the warmer months, enjoy barbecuing on the gas grill and dining alfresco on the deck, with two tables and chairs for seating and sunbathing. Nearby is the sandy beach at Meeks Bay, while Sugar Pine Point State Park is within walking distance.