Author Archives: Lisa Underwood

Lake Tahoe Lakefront Vacation Rental – New for 2015

I have been in the vacation rental business in Lake Tahoe for over 16 years.  We have represented many amazing homes at the Lake – ranging from studio condos to palatial estates sleeping up to twenty persons.  It is always inspiring when a home comes under management that you know is going to offer guests not just a bed – but an experience.  Such is the opportunity at 3819 Beach Road.

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Lakefront Vacation Rental

This home is currently available for two night getaways thru mid June – and then available for 5 night vacations during the Summer.  This home provides the experience that thousands seek in Tahoe each year – a private, relaxing base to begin a vacation – centrally located to all Tahoe has to offer.  This home is located within a private gated community – with a range of homes from original vacation cabins built for weekend jaunts from the city to multi million dollar estates – all within 1 mile of area casinos and Heavenly Ski Resort.

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Enjoy the Hot Tub overlooking the Lake!

The property boasts a main house overlooking the beach and featuring three bedrooms, an upgraded kitchen, living room, dining area and bar.  A private hot tub is located off the upstairs bedroom overlooking the lake.  A guest house is located just steps from the main house and features two bunk rooms and a bedroom.

Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck overlooking the beautiful sandy beach.   Revel in one of Lake Tahoe’s romantic sunsets.  Engage in a game of beach volleyball – on your own bit of sand.  Impress your friends with your exquisite BBQ skills.  The memory making opportunities are limitless at this beautiful home.

lake tahoe sunset

In the summer we would highly recommend bringing bikes as the quiet neighborhood lends itself to a series of small internal roads waiting to be explored as we well as close proximity to South Lake Tahoe bike trails which lead to area casinos as well as favorite local beaches a few miles away.

Waking up each moment to the beauty of Lake Tahoe just steps from your door is a luxury most will never experience.  This home provides the opportunity to enjoy this lifestyle, if only for a few days…..

Lake Tahoe Ski Lodging – Cabins, Condos and Homes

It’s that time of year again!  Mother Nature is teasing us with overnight snow in Lake Tahoe, gearing up for the mega storms that bring the powder and the smiles to local and visitor’s faces!  South Lake Tahoe is fortunate to have one of the best ski resorts in the West right in the heart of town – Heavenly Ski Resort.  With over 4800 skiable acres, it is the fourth largest resort in the United States.

Whether you envision a cozy Lake Tahoe cabin or a grand ski lodge – we have something for everyone’s budget and taste.  Among our new offerings is a 6 bedroom home within 1 mile of Heavenly that sleeps up to 18 people.  Located at 3511 Pony Express,  this home has something for everyone – Hot tub, pool table, multi-level layout and of course the close proximity to skiing, night life and local restaurants.

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Tahoe Keys Resort and Lake Tahoe Reservation Bureau offer over 40 Lake Tahoe Cabins, Condos and Homes within 1 mile of Heavenly Ski Resort.  These are all fully detailed and mapped on our Lake Tahoe Ski Lodging section of our site.  Although these cabins will be the closest to Heavenly Ski Resort, remember that because of Heavenly’s location -all properties in South Lake Tahoe are within a short 5-10 minute drive of the slopes.  Check out more Lake Tahoe Ski Lodging featuring cabins, homes and condos.

Among our guest’s favorites is a large home located at 1314 Angora Lake.  This luxurious home is equipped with a pool table and hot tub as well as a large fenced yard for snow play.  This home is located on a quiet street, but just minutes from the resort, casinos and local restaurants.

1314 Angora Lake



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Another great offering with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe is located at 4192 Saddle Road.  This five bedroom home is perched on a cliff and features three levels.  The home offers a game room with a pool table, private hot tub overlooking the lake and a modern kitchen with granite counters.  Heavenly Ski Resort is within a quarter mile of this home – making it a very convenient location for your base camp.

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Lake Tahoe Local’s Tip – Brook’s Bar at Edgewood


There are a few iconic restaurants in South Lake Tahoe.  These are the places that are on my recommended list when I have friends and family visiting.  Among those is Brook’s Bar at Edgewood Golf Course.

Although the main restaurant at Edgewood is among the crème de la crème of South Tahoe cuisine, Brook’s brings a special casual experience that is unmatched in town.  Bordering the beautiful golf course, this venue features both inside seating and outside seasonal dining on the vast patio.  During the summer you will appreciate the sunsets over the lake from one of the prime outside tables.  In the fall and winter, outside fire pits are set up to provide a beautiful outside ambiance – even if just to take a quick picture.

Brook’s is my favorite during any season – whether overlooking the beautiful green golf course or its snow covered counterpart.  A favorite winter afternoon pastime is to snowshoe or cross country ski across to Nevada Beach and back from Edgewood – along the shoreline.  A Chip Shot or Kahlua and Coffee is a perfect warming treat afterwards.

The food is casual yet inspired.  I am a big fan of the calamari – which also includes tempura artichoke hearts and green beans. Yum!  Also the Taco Truck Mahi Mahi tacos and Salmon Fish and Chips are winners.  Often the folks at Brooks will announce specials via social media and their mailing lists.  These specials are often so unique – you just have to give them a try, I think you will be a fan too!



Jager enjoying waterfall after hiking Van Sickle Bi-State Park in Lake Tahoe.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park – Don’t Miss this Easy Lake Tahoe Hike!

Van Sickle Bi-State Park Lake Tahoe

If you are planning a visit to Lake Tahoe we would always recommend for you to get out and enjoy the beautiful hiking options which surround the basin.  There are a multitude of Lake Tahoe hiking trails to explore!  One such hike that should not be missed, especially for those staying in the Stateline or Casino Corridor area of Lake Tahoe – is the Van Sickle Bi-State Park.  This hike, which borders the Heavenly Ski Resort area, allows for some amazing vistas of the lake.   The location of the park entrance, just behind Harrah’s Casino,  makes it very convenient to casino guests.

The trail and park sits in two states, both California and Nevada and encompasses 575 acres of majestic pines and imposing boulders.  About 20 minutes into the hike you arrive at a small waterfall, a treat for both hikers and furry companions.  Rated Easy to Moderate, adventurous hikers can opt for an extension and travel beyond the waterfall to join up with the Tahoe Rim Trail.  The hike from the trailhead to the Rim Trail is approximately 3.6 miles.   Van Sickle Bi-State Park is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians and offers parking and picnic facilities at the California entrance.    

Lake Tahoe Local’s Tip – The Potholes and Lake Winnemucca

 A well kept secret until it was published in a visitor’s guide book is one of those attractions that you really should not miss.  When I first moved to Tahoe I was informed  about this special place and told that I could only share it with one person.  Since its publication in the guide book, I feel a little more at ease about letting others know as I do consider it one of the most special hikes in the Basin.  Located near Silver Lake and Carson Pass, the area is called the “Potholes” .  It is a series of natural granite pools formed by the cascading river. The pools warm during the summer and make for a fantastic natural pool experience. The area is located just outside the Silver Lake West Campground and can easily be accessed from there or from Highway 88 as it passes nearby. The hike is an easy twenty minutes from the road with very little elevation change. So very worth a visit!

I personally like to combine this visit with a morning hike to Lake Winnemucca, just at the crest of the Carson Pass.  This steady climb is breathtakingly beautiful, especially during summer when waist deep wildflowers enhance the trail.  Most summers you will be able to access a snow covered mountain just beyond the lake which provides some very cool photos to share – playing in the snow wearing shorts in the middle of July or August!  Bring a picnic to either location.  But also be sure to take out what you bring in.  These areas are pristine and we certainly want to keep them that way!

Lake Tahoe - The Potholes

The Potholes – Lake Tahoe











Lake Tahoe Water Trail


An increasingly popular way to see the lake is via paddling.  Yes, that is right – hands on, in the water, manual labor!  Whether kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding – the trend is skip the motors and experience the lake in a whole new way.  Up until recently the lack of information on how to access the various shorelines and lack of recreational support facilities limited the human propelled options.

With the promotion of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, locals and visitors are afforded a way to view the lake via means that are low impact – easy on both the body and the environment as well as relatively inexpensive.  The water trail snakes along the 72 miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline and highlights beaches, points of historic and natural interest as well as support facilities.

Information on day tripping as well as overnight stays and navigational tips can be found at   There is also an app that has been developed to assist users in locating Lake Tahoe’s public beach sites and their amenities.

There is no better way to see the lake than from the water.  It is estimated that only a small percentage of the 3 million visitors to Lake Tahoe each year actual experience the lake from beyond the beach.  Don’t be one of those visitors!  Get out there and enjoy it for yourself!

Biking Lake Tahoe

Whether you like them Skinny or Fat, you will see all types of tires on the trails in Lake Tahoe.  The area boasts technical terrain for the adventurous mountain biker including The Flume Trail, The Rim Trail and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

The Flume Trail begins at Spooner Lake and follows the ridge to the North overlooking Lake Tahoe.  There are many areas along the trail that demand you stop for photos or like many riders today, use your GoPro throughout the length of the ride.  Ascending over 2000 feet above Lake Tahoe, the trail has been named in Western America’s Top Ten Routes. Historically, the Flume Trail gets its name from the flume which transported water and logs during the silver mining boom from Lake Tahoe to Virginia City.  The Flume Trail is 22 miles long and can be done as an in and out or ride the length of the trail and take the shuttle back to the Spooner Trailhead. 

The Tahoe Rim Trail is part of a 165 mile loop that circles Lake Tahoe.  Not all parts of the trail are accessible to bikers and the trail is shared by hikers and equestrians.  The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s site provides maps and trip planning to help you make the most of this wonderful trail.

If the name alone does not give you a hint – let me confirm that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is all of that and more!  One downhill drop along this trail plunges 1500 feet in a span of less than  6 miles.  That can be pretty wild indeed at speed!  Its steep and technical and even experienced riders will get a thrill.

For fan’s of the skinny tire – Lake Tahoe does not leave you out.  South Lake Tahoe is a designated Bike Friendly Community so trails abound and maps and signage will help you locate the best spots to visit.  Complimentary bicycles are available at the Tahoe Keys Resort office for guests staying in one of  the Tahoe Keys community properties and rental shops are plentiful around town.

Three major cycling events are held each year in the Tahoe Basin that celebrate the road biking tradition.  Lake Tahoe’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride held annually at the beginning of June is a 72 mile ride which circumnavigates the lake.  This event is a must do for road bike enthusiasts and offers several options including a 1/2 ride with a paddle boat shuttle.  Sponsored by the same Bike the West group – the Tour De Tahoe is an early September ride which also features circumnavigation of the lake.

In a whole different league and with a name that gives an indication of the challenge is Lake Tahoe’s Death RideLake Tahoe Flume Trail.  Held in mid July, the complete ride is a grueling 129 miles with over 15,000 vertical feet of climbing over 5 alpine passes.  Sound like a fun day?  Join the 3500 riders that test their physical ability and sheer will to complete the ride.  I am always in awe!


Lake Tahoe Concerts

One of the very best things about summer in Lake Tahoe is the variety of live music that will be playing in and around South Shore – from the beaches, parks, concert venues and clubs.  There is something for everyone to enjoy – even for us 40 somethings who come of age in the 80′s.

Among the most popular and most anticipated event is the Summer Concert Series held at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena.  Like most other locals I appreciate the tourists who pack this venue and enable our small Tahoe town to embrace such performers as Journey and the Steve Miller Band, The Eagles, Boston with the Doobie Brothers and Aerosmith with Slash.  Those were of course my favorites.   Other acts include Sarah McCLachlan, Carrie Underwood, The Zac Brown Band, Lady Gaga, Train and Bruno Mars.  I truly enjoy the vibe of this venue.  Outside, just one block off of Lake Tahoe – the sun setting in the distance….it makes you appreciate not only the amazing talent you are there to see – but the natural beauty surrounding you.  Some of my most favorite Lake Tahoe concerts held at this venue include Journey, Alice Cooper and KISS!

Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series

Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series

If you are in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday evenings you will want to check out the music at Lakeview Commons.  This venue was designed to provide a community experience and it often features local musicians.  There are local food vendors, a beer garden and even a bike valet.  The best part – it’s Free!  The Concerts are weekly  from June 26-August 28th.  For a complete lineup and more details check out Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series!

Don’t forget to check out Cabo Wabo at Harvey’s Resort and Casino for amazing bands nightly!


Lake Tahoe Hiking

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Titan knows all the best Lake Tahoe hiking trails!

A trip to Lake Tahoe is not complete without getting out to explore the various trails which make up the basin.  The area boasts hundreds of hiking options ranging from a short stroll in the meadow to scaling Mt. Tallac.  There is something for every ability level.  We have outlined a few of our favorites, categorizing based upon location as well as some of the features you may expect to see, such as wildflowers here:  Lake Tahoe Hiking Continue reading

Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental of the Week – Tahoe Keys Waterfront Home with Boat Dock and Hot Tub


Soak under the stars in your private hot tub overlooking the water!

Summer is an amazing time in Lake Tahoe, especially in the Tahoe Keys marina community.  This neighborhood is always buzzing with the excitement of visitors who planned their Lake Tahoe vacation with the sole goal of FUN!  This lakefront community sits approximately 4 miles from Heavenly Ski Resort and 5 miles from downtown casinos.  The area is within biking range of some of the best beaches in Lake Tahoe including the Camp Richardson area.  The community is bordered on two sides by wildlife conservation areas – and features a scenic walking trail down to a dog friendly beach.  The Tahoe Keys features 11 miles of inland waterways providing residents with direct access to the lake.  Most homes feature private boat docks where residents and guests can dock their boats, jet skis and kayaks just steps from their back door.


Private Boat Dock for easy Lake Access

We recently added 1889 Cascade Court to our listings of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals.    This home is ideal for a family getaway – convenient to the casinos and slopes and steps from a private boat dock.  There are fantastic views of the water from many vantage points in the home including the expansive windows in the living room.  Winter nights can be spent curled up in front of the fire or soaking in your private hot tub.  Charming touches throughout the house will make you feel right at home!  Incredible views of Mount Tallac you definitely don’t want to miss!  This home is sure to be a popular choice this summer so be sure to make your plans early.

1889 Cascade features the following sleeping arrangements:

Master Bedroom: King bed with private bathroom, TV, (u/s)
Second Bedroom: Queen with shared bathroom (u/s)
Third Bedroom: Twin Bunk Beds with shared bathroom (u/s)
Living Room: Queen sofa bed


Views of the water abound from this Tahoe Keys homeI

Interested in booking 1889 Cascade?  Check out more information and availability at or give us a call at (800) 698-2463.