Tackle The Outdoors With Lake Tahoe's HomeAway & Vrbo Vacation Rentals - Updated 2021

Tackle The Outdoors With Lake Tahoe's HomeAway & Vrbo Vacation Rentals - Updated 2021
Alexandra
Alexandra
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When you’re looking to reconnect with nature, look no further than the rustic mountainside of Lake Tahoe. Sitting between the states of California and Nevada, it is a top tourist destination in the USA.

Abundant in landscapes and outdoor activities, this year-round destination is host to all manners of adrenaline-rushing activities in the winter, like skiing down the slopes, participating in a dog sled tour, or skiing at the Squaw Valley Olympic Ice Pavilion. For more laid-back visitors, the lake and surrounding trails give splendid views of the blue Lake Tahoe with a pair of snowshoes during the winter. There are several natural hot springs in the vicinity as well, and the mountains are home to no less than a dozen different ski resorts.

If snow isn’t your thing, be sure to visit the crystal clear lake during the summer. Spend time on the beach, go boating on the lake, or even sign up for a hot air balloon ride across the majestic landscape. While your picking your activities, we’ve gone ahead and picked out the best HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals to stay near Lake Tahoe, with all the creature comforts to warm up your heart after a long day outdoors.

1. Fire or water? Warm up in style at Tahoe Keys (from USD 475)

hot tub
Source: homeaway

It can get a bit chilly up in Lake Tahoe. Most people enjoy warming up by a nice fireplace. But, why stop the outdoor escapades if you want to get cozy? Luckily, this home is built out on the waterfront, and the outdoor porch has a fireplace and comfy seating where you can continue to gaze at the landscapes. Don’t feel up to the flame? Trade fire for water with the hot tub just a few paces away. It’s still outside on the deck, so you’ll be able to keep drinking in the great outdoors from the warm comforts of a bubbling tub. If you can’t decide between fire and water, mix the best of both worlds and head downstairs to the indoor sauna. The treatment is sure to relax muscles and aching legs after a long day of tackling the great outdoors. The house can accommodate up to 14 people, and has tons of extra things tucked into the home itself. Installed with an Apple TV so you can binge on your favorite shows and a large felt pool table, if you’re a gambling man / woman you can hit up the Blackjack / Roulette table. It’s an ideal large space for groups, friends, families, or double dates. The home is right on the Tahoe Keys Marina, so if you have your own boat you can dock it right outside the living room. If you don’t bring a boat along, you can rent one at the arena or take a two person kayak out onto the lake. After a day of bring outdoors, be sure to enjoy the brightly lit bedrooms throughout the home. There are a total of 5 bedrooms to take your pick from. You won’t have to go far to find a comfy spot to relax.

Tahoe Keys Villa - Pool Table, Sauna, Waterfront Dock
71 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
reviewer comments:the house was great plenty of room for 3 families
Cleanliness:
very clean and lots of room
everything is very clean simple and made for your comfort
the vacation rental was very clean
it was extremely clean and a perfect layout for the entire family
Host:
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
Location:
this spot was in a great location
reviewer comments:from booking the rental to arriving at the location everything worked out perfectly
reviewer comments:great location about 10 minutes from everywhere
i was very happy with the location
i was very happy with the location
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2. Heavenly heights: spacious cabin set above the valley

With 4,000+ square feet (371.6+ square meters), this home is fit for family reunions and friendly getaways, and it has even been used as a business retreat. The cabin offers a stunning view of the valley below, overlooking hundreds of acres of pine trees set to the backdrop of Monument Peak. The cabin is also within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the border between Nevada and California, where much of the local nightlife, with clubs and restaurants, is available. Relax among the hardwood earthy tones behind one of the 29 custom windows, or take your party outdoors next to the toasty fire bowls. Watch the skiiers from the comfort of the porch. The stunning views are sure to capture anyone’s interest. With a landscape like this it will be hard to turn on the television. The floor-to-ceiling windows also mean you’ll be able to appreciate the atmosphere even from the comforts of inside. The house is laden with wooden materials from four different continents and artworks hailing from Key West, St. Petersburg, Savannah, Reno, and, of course, Tahoe itself. With numerous rooms, many with their own private bathroom attached, this is a spot fit for kings and queens.

Amazing Views of Lake, Mts, and Heavenly - Private. Luxury Retreat - Sleeps 14
79 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place was very cozy and had great views
the view is beautiful the kitchen is fully stocked with everything you can think of
Cleanliness:
house was very clean and easy to operate
Host:
owners were super nice
the owners were very helpful and attentive and made us feel so welcome in their home
the owner was super friendly and very accommodating
the owners do a great job of providing a warm and comforting home
good communication from the owners
Location:
close to great hiking trails and other activities in south lake tahoe
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3. A touch of Asia on the water (from 429 USD (minimum stay of 7 days))

If you’re looking to get out of the country without having to use your passport, head over to “The Mask House” on Tahoe’s waterfront. This house was decorated by two international travelers and lecturers and it is host to numerous masks. The masks are mainly from Asia and the Pacific, although there are also lots from around the whole world too. The artwork and masks are tastefully sprinkled throughout the whole 3-bedroom-3-bathroom home, with several extensive wall mountings containing treasures from all over the globe. After you take a stroll through the museum-like home, getting out onto the water is a breeze. Enjoy a dive into the lake, take out a boat, or simply enjoy the sun from the shores. How many places in the world can you swim with a view like this? A living room sure to inspire any curiosity and inner artist. The art weaves its way into the 3 different bedrooms, each with its own personal appeal. You’ll be sure to remember which is your room given all the distinctive features built into this unique home.

A Touch of Asia & Pacific in Tahoe

Neighborhood: Zephyr Cove

Price: from 429 USD (minimum stay of 7 days)

Number of Guests: 8 guests

4. Channel your inner eagle or snow leopard with panoramic views (from USD 231)

This home was truly inspired by nature. The main unit offers panoramic lake views and has been dubbed the “Eagle’s Nest” for its far-reaching vantage point. During the winter, the granite outcrops fill up with snow. The main bedroom on the lower level peeps out with a wide visage, as you stay snuggled in the sheets. Become your own snow leopard and cuddle up in the comfort of your den. This modern cave dwelling comes with all the creature comforts you’ll ever need. Sit back, and relax in the tub. Of course, any Lake Tahoe experience wouldn’t be complete without a nice hot tub. There is plenty nearby from skiing and hiking trails to casinos and shopping outlets. But if you want to play it safe and stay home, strike up a game on the pool table or play some music to enjoy the cabin. Kick back to a game of pool with friends or family.

Modern Cabin, Panoramic Lake Tahoe Views, @ Heavenly Ski Slopes, Near State line
South Lake Tahoe, CA, US
cottage 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

5. Lake Tahoe ultimate luxury: Tahoe Castle (from 459 USD)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own private indoor swimming pool? Perhaps you need the sound of cascading water to set the mood. Well, now you don’t have to wonder. Come take a dip and stay at “Tahoe Castle”, complete with floor-to-ceiling hardwood decorations. Welcome to rustic royalty! Keep the fun alive with the games room. Don’t want to take a dive? Get warm in this steam shower Stone and wood are the cornerstones of any great cabin experience. With plenty of space for activities and sport, don’t forget that every castle also needs plenty of guest rooms! Take your pick from the exquisitely furnished rooms available. Each is fit for royalty. There is plenty of room for family gatherings.

'Tahoe Castle' Extreme Luxury, Indoor Pool, Waterfall, Steam, Sauna

Neighborhood: Meyers

Price: from 459 USD

Number of Guests: 12

Enjoy an active or relaxing stay at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe boasts spectacular scenery, touches of luxury, and a beautiful blend of rustic outdoors transformed into a comforting set of cabins. Many HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals accommodate large numbers, so make sure you invite all your family and friends to join you on your next adventure!

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

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Hello, my name is Alexandra Heidler. I'm an American native who lives with her Indonesian husband in Bandung, Indonesia. I've been an English teacher turned freelance writer and researcher. I like...Read more

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