2015 Summer Concerts Announced

2015 Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena

Brad Paisley

Thursday, June 11

Aerosmith

Friday, July 3

Imagine Dragons

Saturday, July 18

Train, The Fray & Matt Nathanson

Tuesday, July 21

Kenny Chesney & Chase Rice

Wednesday, July 22

Jackson Browne

Friday, August 7

Elton John

Saturday, August 8

Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Stick Figure

Thursday, August 13

Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Maddle & Tae, Canaan Smith

Sunday, August 23

Sammy Hagar & The Circle

Saturday, September 5

Dave Matthews Band

Wednesday, September 9

Tickets can be purchased from TicketMaster by clicking HERE


10 Essential South Lake Tahoe Eateries

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MacDuff’s Pub

1041 Fremont Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Eat (& drink) Like A Local

At the moment this article was written, MacDuff’s was standing proud on Yelp with 830 reviews averaging 4.5 stars! This is the epitome of a Tahoe hot spot. Bring your friends and family and they may not stop talking about their visit. First of all everything’s homemade right down to the hot sauce (you’ll have to ask for it). They have a brick oven where they make their own pizza and even bread for such dishes as (my favorite) Steak and Guinness Stew.  Add to that a great selection of seasonal brews on tap and a great staff that’ll keep you coming back, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without MacDuff’s.

 

Sprouts Café

3123 Harrison Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Healthy Choice

Clean, fresh and wholesome is how this area institution describes their food and we agree. With a wide array of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, entrees and snacks we suggest focusing on the Sandwiches and Specialties sections of their menu as we’ve never been disappointed.

 

Himmel Haus

3819 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Bottoms Up

Enjoy over 30 Bavarian beers even from ”Das Boot” if you choose. Enjoy authentic German food such warm pretzels, schnitzel, spaetzle and an environment to match. This place gets very lively after 8-9p or so.

 

Artemis

2229 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Top Lunch Spot

If you order one thing let it be the duck pita and seasoned fries. You will be thankful you did. Artemis offers dining both inside in a cozy dining room or outdoors on a small enclosed patio area. Service is great and usually quick so don’t be turned off by a little wait.

 

Bert’s Cafe

1146 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Top Breakfast Spot

Small and we mean small but in a cozy diner sense. Visit on a Sunday morning and you may as well keep driving due to the long wait times. Should you choose to stay, you’ll be happy you did. I haven’t had anything here I didn’t like but especially enjoy the steak & eggs and pancakes.

 

Sonney’s BBQ

787 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Best New Spot

OK so Sonney’s isn’t that new (opened March 2014) but still earns this top spot. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find this spot on Emerald Bay Road given the fact you could easily smell the smoky goodness from miles away. Be sure to order the deep fried pickle spears, pulled chicken sandwich, and sweet iced tea.

 

Kalani’s

1001 Heavenly Village Way #26, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Best Date Night

If your looking to impress and enjoy, look no further than Kalani’s. With such dishes as Soft Shell Crab Katsu, Carrot Ginger Soup, and Pua’a your palate is sure to be delighted. The dining room is inviting and complemented well by great service.

 

Brook’s Bar at Edgewood

100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV 89449

Best Business Meeting Spot

Although not technically IN South Lake Tahoe, we cant skip on Brook’s Bar. Plenty of seating both inside in the inviting, contemporary dining room or on the expansive outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.  Try the chicken wings, turkey sandwich, and mango mojito when in season.

 

Tahoe Keys Delicatessen

2301 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Best Takeout

Tucked back in the Tahoe Plaza shopping center, this small deli has become a staple amongst the locals and it’s easy to see why. The service is wonderful and often times quick. The Tahoe Turkey is our favorite sandwich on the menu.

 

Fire & Ice

4100 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Best Kid-friendly

One of a kind for the area, this all you can eat grill offers many choices. Patrons select what they wish and then watch as chefs prepare your meal on a large round flattop grill. On a busy night, the environment is buzzing. Warning: long wait times during peak seasons.


Top Mistakes Owners Make

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Whether going it alone or considering partnering with a vacation rental management company, there are many possible pitfalls to avoid. Here are some of the top mistakes owners make when considering and operating a vacation rental. Consider the following, and set up yourself up for long-lasting success.

Assuming & Not Asking Questions
While the excitement of purchasing a second home can be exhilarating, don’t let that joy cloud your decision-making.
• DON’T sign with the first VRM that you speak with. Shop around and compare to get a better understanding of the available options, methods, and to gather ideas if you’re considering going it alone.
• DON’T get “sold.” Some VRM managers and sales folks are trying to get their commission, and will say anything to get you to sign with them. Some contracts will even lock you in for a year or more. Be sure to get everything that you discuss verbally in writing.
• DON’T assume that guests know how vacation rentals work. If you’re going it alone you may have some hand-holding to do, which could take a substantial amount of time.
• DO get rental revenue projections before you sign up with anyone. If a company refuses to create a projection analysis for you, run in the opposite direction.
• DO get to know your potential manager or owner when considering partnering with a management company. How accessible are they? Are their replies timely? Where have they worked prior? Are they constantly in “sell mode,” or are they being informative?

Wrong Frame of Mind
There are three important things here:
• Owners with unrealistic revenue expectations. ParamountVR prizes their transparency, as they believe all vacation rental companies should. VRMs should be willing to prepare a revenue projection analysis for all prospective owners before any agreement is signed. This will give owners a rough estimate as to what they can expect. Most projections come with numerous disclaimers, but make sure you understand how they plan to reach the projected numbers then hold them accountable. Try scheduling a call or meeting once or twice a year in which performance for the previous period is discussed.
• Owners that treat their rental as anything less than a business. Your property represents so much more to you and your family, but once you start accepting rent, it becomes a business and will need to be treated as such to ensure your liability is limited and the risks are worth it financially.
• Slow start = bad thing. The truth is that rental momentum requires both time, and all the pieces of the puzzle being in the right place. Think of what you would look for when renting a property. Potential guests are looking for professional grade photos, an abundance of stellar reviews, and quick response times.

Not Screening Guests
This mistake occurs far too often, and is a potential nightmare waiting to happen. If you haven’t already, search for news stories about “vacation rentals.” Don’t let these horror stories scare you off, just remember to use effective methods in screening guests or inquire with your VRM on their procedures. It’s everyone’s best interest to ensure it’s being done.

Advertising on a Single Platform Versus Too Many
With a seemingly-endless supply of marketing channels vying for your dollar, a lot of mistakes can be made. Research your options – certain booking channels simply don’t generate adequate bookings to justify their expenses. Some have firm restrictions and terms, while others don’t share guest information. Not to mention percentage-based versus membership-based fee structures. Quality VRMs will do this homework for owners and stay ahead of ever-changing trends.

Not Using a Rental Agreement
The rental agreement is critical to the viability of your rental – the binding agreement between owner and guest, limiting liabilities and protecting all parties. Professional VRMs always know to use a well-written rental agreement. A proper agreement covers arrival and departure date and times, maximum occupancy, pet and smoking policies, quiet times, and pool and spa regulations. And remember – just because something hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t.

Setting and Forgetting Rates
The cardinal sin of DIY owners! If you take just one thing away from this article, please don’t set rates only once annually. Yield management is a practice said to have come from the airline industry’s efforts to capitalize on every single seat. In typical supply and demand fashion, rates are set initially, but quickly and frequently adjusted in response to market demands. Keep your ear to the ground and don’t be afraid to adjust your rates up or down in order to maximize bookings. Remember – your property is perishable; unsold nights go spoiled.

Not Setting and Following Policies
By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail. There will often be gray areas with certain policies and procedures where you’ll want to help the guest, but not staying consistent in the grander scheme of things will always cause problems down the road. Quality VRMs enforce reasonable policies and procedures, which not only limit their liability, but the owner’s as well. For owners thinking of going it alone, significant time should be spent developing your standard operating policies and procedures. This should always be completed before opening your home to rentals, but now is better than never if you’re already in operation. Consider how to deal with emergencies, your key procedures to ensure the safety of every guest, what your cancellation policies and screening processes are, and so on.

Limited Contact Availability
Vacation rentals have come a long way, but still lag behind hotels in ease of booking. Since staying in a vacation rental involves people’s personal homes, a screening process needs to take place, rental agreements need to be signed, and deposits and payments need to be received. This creates a lot of work for the individual or company managing the process. We find that roughly one in four inquires result in an actual booking. While you may believe you can balance your day job and your vacation rental tasks, you may want to examine the service you’re providing from a guest perspective. If a guest submits inquires for a handful of properties on HomeAway, and your response takes 48 hours while others responded in under 1 hour, which do you think the guest is most likely to book with?