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LAKE TAHOE MUST-DO SUMMER EVENTS

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

TWELVE TAHOE EVENTS WORTH PLANNING FOR

Tahoe is known for gorgeous summers with perfectly moderate temperatures and all the outdoor activities you could hope for. From the seemingly infinite hiking and biking trails to lake activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and boating to family days on sandy beaches, the options are endless.  Now, add in a long list of events you’ll want to take note of, and you’ll see why it makes sense to plan in advance.

Here are our favorite summer events (and a few fall events for good measure) that are worth planning your travels around.

1. July 3-4 – Fourth of July Celebrations – Around the Lake

Everyone knows Fourth of July in Tahoe can’t be beat, with two nights of fireworks (Kings Beach celebrates on July 3rd) and locations around the lake viewable from boats, beaches, or your favorite restaurant deck. From the water, you may even catch multiple shows on the 4th since Tahoe City, Incline Village, and South Lake Tahoe each have their own celebration. Truckee fireworks display over Donner Lake, so you’ll have options based on where you are staying or where you want to be. This year though, things are really getting exciting in Incline Village, with, for the first time ever, the fireworks set to a live performance by the Reno Philharmonic! Under the baton of Music Director Laura Jackson, the orchestra will present a concert on the Village Green in tandem with the fireworks, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.  View nearby vacation rentals.

2. July 12-13 – Art, Wine & Music Festival – Squaw Valley

Fine art, crafts, performers and musicians come out to participate in this two-day annual event. Two stages of music and sidewalks lined with artists’ booths make for a fun day of strolling the village and stocking up on local style. Oh, and for $25 you get unlimited wine tastings (benefitting Disabled Sports USA Far West). Not a bad way to spend the day! View nearby vacation rentals.

3. July 17–20 – Wanderlust – Squaw Valley

This is most certainly a one-of-a-kind festival, bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more – all in the breathtaking setting of our own Squaw Valley.  We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars, and as much yoga as you can handle. Mix in sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks, and hiking the peaceful trails, and you have what is Wanderlust. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances — it’s an all-out ecstatic celebration. View nearby vacation rentals.

4. August 8-9 -  42nd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance – Homewood

This famed classic events for boat lovers hosts a compilation of the best vintage boats from North America competing in 13 specialized classes for top honors and bragging rights in what is considered to be the premier judged wooden boat show in the nation. If you enjoy the art of restoration to “as delivered from the factory standards” and classic beauty on the water, then this is an event you’ll want to attend.  Even if you are not a wooden boat connoisseur, you will surely appreciate the beauty of these spectacular boats. Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation hosts the annual boat show again at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, CA on Tahoe’s scenic west shore. As one of the most highly acclaimed wooden boat celebrations in the United States, Tahoe Luxury Properties is thrilled to be returning as the presenting sponsor. And we most certainly look forward to seeing you there! View nearby vacation rentals.

5. August 15-19 Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddleboard Festival – Kings Beach

Take the most beautiful Lake in the world, gather the best SUP athletes on the planet, mix in a little Aloha, and you have the perfect recipe known as the Ta-Hoe Nalu. With races to spectate, food trucks and shopping booths lining the beach, and tons of paddleboards to demo, this is most certainly a way to spend a day at the beach. There will even be an attempt at breaking the world record for most people doing paddleboard yoga, so be sure to come out and participate. View nearby vacation rentals.

6. August 30 – 25th Annual Foam Fest – Squaw Valley

Who doesn’t love a craft brew festival? Ad some blues and you get one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the Tahoe area, with more than 50 craft beers available for tasting. View nearby vacation rentals.

7. August 31- September 7 – 29th Annual Autumn Food and Wine Festival – Northstar Village

Enjoy A week-long celebration of winemaker dinners, food and wine pairing dinners, wine walks, grape stomp, annual fundraisers, restaurant specials, luncheons, and special speaker events. Participate in cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, and of course, wine tastings at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, recognized as the premier food, wine, brew and spirits festival in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada. View nearby vacation rentals.

8. September 21 – Iron Man – North Lake Tahoe

One of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit, Lake Tahoe is a can’t-miss destination for triathletes. With over 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike course, added to the normal challenges of 2.4-mile swim and marathon run, IRONMAN Lake Tahoe is arguably the world’s toughest course. Combine our elevation at 6,000 feet, and you have an IRONMAN that attracts the best of the best triathletes and makes for absolutely inspiring spectating. And this year, for the first time in the US, the half IRONMAN will be taking place simultaneously. In summary, athletes everywhere. View nearby vacation rentals.

Not everything fun is short-lived. Here are a few ongoing summer events you won’t want to miss:

9. Truckee Thursdays –  June 12-August 21

Most neighborhoods have an annual street fair, Truckee, however, celebrates weekly. Every Thursday from mid-June through August, the street closes down and Truckee sets up with a farmers market, food vendors, artists booths, a stage for a rocking band and a beer garden, and children’s activities. Historic downtown Truckee literally turns into an all ages street party highlighting almost all of our local businesses. This is truly a community event, enjoyable for locals and visitors alike. View nearby vacation rentals.

10. Concerts at Commons Beach –  June 22-September 7  

Free weekly concerts on the beach in the heart of Tahoe City…yes please! Now in its 10th anniversary year, this 12 week series brings Sunday afternoon concerts to commons beach. Bring chairs and set up to picnic, or head over in your boat and watch from the water. Local food and drink vendors sell beer, wine, soft drinks, ice cream, sushi, barbeque, salads and more. View nearby vacation rentals.

11. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival – July 11-August 24

Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment with your friends and family before you…all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. The 2014 season features Shaekespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy, As You Like ItView nearby vacation rentals.

12. Tahoe SummerFest – August 1-17

Tahoe SummerFest is fast becoming one of Tahoe’s must-do events, as an inimate musical experience under the Pines on the Sierra Nevada campus. Under the mastery of Maestro Joel Revzen, top players from the nations best symphonies gather to create the magic of SummerFest. This season features Metropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and U.S. Billboard Classical Chart best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein. View nearby vacation rentals.

 

 

TAHOE LUXURY PROPERTIES IS HIRING

Friday, April 11th, 2014

TLUXP is a real estate and vacation rental company with 20 years experience in Tahoe’s finest luxury homes. Specializing in the utmost amenities and lakefront views, we deliver customized choice and the highest standards to our homeowner partners and guests. Current open positions include:

Concierge Manager – FILLED

The main purpose of the Concierge Manager is to craft unique experiences for our guests that will add value to their stay and help to create lasting memories. Tahoe Luxury Properties prides itself in providing the highest level of client customer service, which you will be expected to uphold.  In order to be successful in this position, you will need to garner extensive local knowledge of the area, activities, restaurants, trails, resorts, services, vendor offerings, etc.  This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to deliver accurate information to our guests. You will need to be resourceful and capable of procuring mutually beneficial vendor relationships. You will be expected to track and invoice guest charges in a timely and accurate manner.  This part of the job will rely heavily on time management, spreadsheet skills, and knowledge of basic bookkeeping principals.  You must be diligent and detailed in your recordkeeping, the specific methods of which can be discussed with our Financial Controller upon your hire.  Due to the service component of this position weekends are required.  Please submit inquiries to shelly@tluxp.com.

Operations Staff

Duties include:  Working closely with other members of the operations department to address and resolve any issues with the homes on our program.  You will be working in-house and in the field as needed under the direction of the Operations Manager. Please submit inquiries to shelly@tluxp.com.

Assistant to the Operations Manager – FILLED

Assist the Operations Manager in daily duties including scheduling, overseeing, and communicating home services and general maintenance for the vacation rental program, which includes over 150 luxury vacation rental properties. Excellent communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in an assistant role. This is a fast-paced environment and requires strong organization skills and attention to detail. You will be working in-house and in the field as needed under the direction of the Operations Manager.  Positive attitude is a must! Please submit inquiries to shelly@tluxp.com.

Television Show Currently Being Filmed in Tahoe

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Tahoe Luxury Properties is proud to host television Producer & Director Colin West, and the WINERAM Productions crew as they visit the Tahoe area to film the travel based documentary tv-series, WINERAM USA.  With the goal of making the world of wine more approachable and fun, the series, now in its third season, infuses winemaking with adventure travel and local culture.

The show’s outreach is to an overall audience of 55.5 million international viewers through various different platforms including the web, IPTV platforms, TV and even premiering in independent cinema this May 2014.

After two seasons highlighting Australia and New Zealand wines, Season Three starts in Washington and heads down the coast exploring American wines. The Northern California episode includes a visit to Hartford Family Winery in the Russian River Valley, exploring the science of blending, the importance of tastings, and how vineyards and wineries operate in the winter season. The crew then heads to nearby Lake Tahoe for outdoor adventure and to explore the activities around the region. The crew plans to participate in SnowFest activities, try snow biking at Sugar Bowl Resort, and highlight the natural beauty of the area.

 The season is expected to air online and with network partners in the Fall of 2014.  

 To view web length segments from previous seasons, visit the WINERAM website.  

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Tahoe Weekend Line-Up

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Soak up the perfect corn skiing while we still have blue skies, we have weather on the way! With two storm systems moving in, we’re looking at the potential for a big snowy weekend!!  Between the snow and activities lined up, there’s no reason NOT to be here this weekend.

SnowFest kicks off! Between the uniquely Tahoe events and all of the parties, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Friday night the festivities launch with fireworks and a torchlight parade at Squaw Valley.  Saturday’s line-up includes a pancake breakfast, the SnowFest parade through Tahoe City, and the 25th annual Polar Bear Swim. Water temperature is forecasted at around 57 degrees. If you can’t face the swim, the spectating is pretty entertaining. Saturday’s activities include way too many parties and music to mention, but visit the event schedule to find something to suit you and your family!

Dog lovers unite for Sunday’s dog pull event. Always entertaining this fun community event shows us which dogs can tow kegs and which pups have trouble with directions! The Mountain Man contest guarantees some giggles as we watch men take on quintessential Tahoe challenges like shoveling, putting on chains, and climbing a giant berm – all while wearing ski boots.

Also on tap for this weekend is the Rahlves Banzai Tour’s second stop at Squaw Valley. If you haven’t seen this race before, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s a race to the bottom over natural terrain. Call it extreme skiing meets boarder cross.  There are gates to make, but that’s about the only rule!  This is a 4 race series that culminates with the top skiers and riders racing off against Olympians Daron Rahlves and Nate Holland for a huge prize purse, so you are guaranteed to be witnessing some of our area’s boldest athletes charging the mountain.

Events may be affected by the weather, but hey, if things are getting cancelled by storm weather, it means you are here for the storm!!!

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Is It Time To Build Your Ultimate Man Cave?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Have you ever dreamed of your ultimate man cave? Now could be the time! The producers of the hit series “Treehouse Masters” on Animal Planet are developing a new show featuring the most epic man caves and specialty rooms.

The show will be a family friendly show on the Discovery Channel and will follow you from start to finish as you work with a nationally renowned team of expert builders to create the man cave of your dreams.

Whether it’s a home shooting range, a high-end wine bar, poker room, or a hot rod car garage, they will make it a reality. We’re talking built-in hydraulic lifts, drop down TV screens, soundproof music studio, bowling alley, a state-of-the-art micro distillery, the sky is truly the limit!

Here is a link to the casting application. Be sure to let your personality shine! And don’t hold back, they are looking for dreamers who will have a fun television personality.

View the application.

Or email: mancaves@stilettotelevision.com

It is important to note that homeowners will be required to cover the cost of the build, but will receive huge perks. For more information on the production company, visit the Stiletto Television website

Make your man cave fantasy come true.

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California Luxury Home Sales Are Booming

Friday, February 14th, 2014
  • According to DataQuick, the number of homes sold at $1 million and above last year was up 45.1% to 39,175. This is the MOST since 2007.  At the $2 million and up level, records were set in 2013. Interestingly, we saw similar trends with Tahoe Lakefront sales, with the median home sale price being the highest since 2007. View the data.
  • Reasons the market is booming: lucrative investing, gains in home equity, foreign money coming in, and high-end home flipping
  • The most expensive sale last year was in an off-market deal in Malibu. Oaktree Capital Management Chairman, Howard Marks, sold his 9.5 acre estate for … wait for it… $74.5 million.
  • Runner up – Karate Kid producer, Jerry Weintraub sold his LA County bluff-top, 7 acre compound for $41 million.

Read the full article.

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The Wovoka Estate in Zephyr Cove sold for $20,900,000 in 2013.

 

Fun and Unique February Events around the Lake

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Olympic Viewing Parties – Squaw Valley – Feb 8-18 & 21

What better way to get into the spirit of the games than to watch the events at a former Olympic location?!

Squaw Valley will be hosting free Winter Olympic viewing parties daily at Rocker@Squaw with big raffle prizes like GoPros, lift tickets, Oakley gear, and tons of accessories.  Plus, Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows are giving away one pair of HEAD skis everyday during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. For more information, visit their website.

The Art of the Cocktail – Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe – Feb 8,15,22

Learning and drinking go hand in hand.

Sundays are educational at the Ritz. Lounge in the living room and enjoy this entertaining, educational experience. The evening features three bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin cocktails paired with appetizers. Call in advance, reservations are recommended.

Hap Klopp, founder of The North Face, Speaks on the Spirit of Entrepreneurship – Resort at Squaw Creek – Feb 13

Soak up advice from a brilliant mind.

In 1968, Klopp founded The North Face with partner Douglas Tompkins in San Francisco. Their company established the Mountaineering and backpacking industry that we know today.  In addition to Klopp’s work with The North Face, he started an international management consulting firm called HK Consulting, serves as Chairman of the Board for ScotteVest and TEC, and has authored Conquering The North Face, An Adventure in Leadership. Klopp’s focus for the evening will be the spirit of entrepreneurship and adventurous leadership techniques. $15 goes to supporting the Squaw Valley Institute which aims to inspire uncommon conversations.  Find details here.

US Airbag Tour at Homewood Mountain Resort – Feb 28-Mar 2

Haven’t you always wanted to hit a 14-foot kicker overlooking Lake Tahoe with a safe landing into a 50′x50′ giant airbag?

The airbag is open to anyone willing to try, so embrace this opportunity to go huge, or at least get some amazing pictures. You can even crop the airbag out! $10 gets you three jumps. And you’ll need a ticket or a pass to get on the hill for the day. Get the details here. 

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Snow storm photos of Lake Tahoe – Oct. 28, 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

One of the most amazing transformations to witness is a snow storm moving across Lake Tahoe. Clouds become caught over the high peaks of Desolation Wilderness as if the earth-trapped granite reaches up to catch ethereal life-giving sails that remain far too elusive during summer. After some time, storm clouds break free of the mountains’ grasp and surge over the lake toward the east shore’s massive towers before dissipating over The Great Basin. This tumultuous journey is a beautiful one to watch.:

Snow storm over Desolation Wilderness

Snow storm traveling across Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe snow storm moving toward East Shore

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Also ~ Horses love frolicking around in fresh snow, too!

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One of Tahoe Luxury Properties’ Favorite Private Chefs on the Food Network!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

One of Tahoe Luxury Properties’ most popular and requested private chefs will be featured on The Food Network!  KellansKitchen1

Owner of Kellan’s Kitchen and personal chef extraordinaire, Kellan Hori, was invited to appear and compete on The Food Network’s newest show, Cutthroat Kitchen this summer; and the episode featuring Kellan will air Sunday, October 13 at 10 p.m.

Kellan said via email, “I can’t give away any results, but I guarantee you will be entertained.”

…and if you miss the show, you can always taste a bit of his incredible menu by requesting Kellan during your next vacation with Tahoe Luxury Properties.   Just have a look at his sample menu!

 

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IRONMAN Lake Tahoe is Sunday, September 22

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
IRONMAN Lake Tahoe | Sunday, Sept. 22

Perfect training at the pier of “Slice of Heaven” lakefront vacation rental

Get ready for one of Lake Tahoe’s premier events! IRONMAN Lake Tahoe is set for September 22.

Many competitors are dreaming of finishing their first IRONMAN; and some are vying for a piece of the $75,000 prize purse.

Stay in vacation rentals located at some of the best spots for spectating.

With luxury vacation rental homes located throughout the entire IRONMAN Lake Tahoe course, choose to stay close to the swim, bike, and run.

 

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe guides, maps, and schedules:

 

Stay in a vacation rental close to the action:

The swim – 2.4 miles

The bike – 112 miles

The run – 26.2 miles

The entire IRONMAN Lake Tahoe schedule includes fun activities starting Thursday, Sept. 19 which lead up to the big event on Sunday, Sept. 22.

 

 


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