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Top Tahoe Pet-Friendly Activities

Top Tahoe Pet-Friendly Activities

Tahoe Pet Friendly Activities

Lake Tahoe is not only the perfection vacation for you and your family, but for your beloved dogs too. Being such a dog-friendly destination, there are a multitude of both summer and winter activities for you and your pooch to enjoy together. From beaches to restaurants, and everything in between, here are our top 5 activities to enjoy with our fur babies.

1.Page Meadows
Page Meadows is part of the Tahoe National Forest and offers stunning views of the Sierra crest. This is an easy day hike or just a beautiful place to let your pup run free and make some new doggy friends.
Plenty of happy feet have made these trails easy to access, even after the big snow. Drive down Highway 89 from Tahoe City and turn right on Pine Street. Veer right Tahoe Park Heights Drive and continue up the steep hill (make sure your tires are ready for the climb!) Turn right on Big Pine Drive and make your first left on Silvertip Drive. The unmarked trail begins at the end of Silvertip. Park here and follow the footpaths and you’ll be led to the beautiful meadows. Enjoy!

2.Tahoe City Winter Sports Park
Tahoe Cross Country is a great option when you are ready to get a work out alongside your dog. Tahoe Cross Country welcomes dogs to join their owners while they cross country ski. There are more than 8 kilometers of trails that can help tire both you and your pup out. As long as our dog remains under your voice they are permitted to run free. They will be sure to meet other dogs on the trails and have a blast!

3.Alibi Ale Works
After a good workout with your dog, it’s time to unwind and grab a beer together. Alibi Ale Works is a local craft brewery that is enjoyed by owners and dogs alike. Alibi has a wide range of rotating beers that are brewed with Lake Tahoe Water. There are a few different rooms that you can settle in your brew and your best friend. Dogs are required to be on leash and well trained.

4.Tahoe Cross Country Center
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is a great area for families to enjoy winter sports with their kids and dogs, without having to trek to the resorts. The park includes a full-service lodge, sledding hill, 4 km of cross country trails, a snowshoe loop, and brand new ice rink. Great for kids! Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome on the snowshoe trail.

5.Waterman’s Landing
Winter or summer time, Waterman’s landing is a hangout favorite for dog lovers. Located in Carnelian Bay, this popular dog-friendly beach is a must-go to for the pups who want to take a quick dip in the water, roll around in the snow, or just make some new friends alongside their favorite humans.

Of course, we can’t forget the top place to find your perfect dog-friendly vacation house is Tahoe Moon Properties.

Tahoe 4th of July- Insider Tips!

Tahoe 4th of July- Insider Tips!

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With one of Tahoe’s most popular, fun, and busiest holidays around the corner, we are here to help you have the best and most successful 4th of July possible!
First thing is first, get your shopping done before hitting Tahoe- Tahoe Safeway’s will be overrun and impossible to spend less than an hour in, get your groceries and goodies on your way into Tahoe.
With the remarkable winter we had this year, the mounds of snow we got are melting and fast! We are so lucky to see Lake Tahoe at such high levels, but all this snow melt means smaller and more crowded beaches this summer.
To achieve your perfect 4th of July celebration here this summer, planning is key!
Plan a picnic, with enough food and drinks to last the entire day. Once you pick a spot for your family to celebrate, plan on being there a while. If you can walk to your locations -do it! The traffic along the West Shore, Donner Lake, and highways 89 and 267 will be at an all-time high. So, if you do drive be prepared to hangout post fireworks until the traffic dies down to drive home safely. Stay hydrated it will be hot, and use lots of sunscreen, but don’t forget the Tahoe nights get nice and cool so bring a sweatshirt or blanket to cozy up and watch the fireworks with!
Here is a list of the local celebrations followed by some tips for your Doggy’s safe 4th of July celebration!

  • Red, White, and Tahoe Blue: Red, White, and Tahoe Blue is a 4th of July festival in Incline Village and Crystal Bay on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. There will four days of events, starting on July 1st and running through July 4th. The big fireworks show will launch from barges off Incline Beach at about 9:30 p.m. on the 4th of July. (Note about access to Incline Beach: Incline Beach is private property belonging to the local homeowners’ association. Access is restricted to residents and their guests between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., the public can visit the beach and watch the fireworks.)
  • July 3rd Fireworks Show & Beach Party: From North Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach, just west of Incline Village on the California side, freely enjoy fireworks show launched out over the water at 9:30 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., a Beach Party will be happening at Kings Beach and the adjacent North Tahoe Event Center.
    There will be food vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating, sand castle building, patriotic costume contests, games, music and live entertainment, fireworks glow toys, souvenirs and more. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets.
  • Tahoe City 4th of July Celebration: The annual Tahoe City 4th of July Celebration and fireworks show in Tahoe City will take place at Commons Beach on Lake Tahoe’s west shore. There will be a street fair during the day, with a dunk tank, climbing wall, corn hole games, and more. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk on the Fourth. It’s free to attend, but donations to support this and future fireworks shows are gladly accepted.
  • Truckee 4th of July Parade and Fireworks: This old-fashioned hometown 4th of July parade starts at 10 a.m. on the west end of town and marches down Donner Pass Road, ending up in historic downtown Truckee. A family and community activities day commences after the parade. Fireworks are at dusk and will be visible from many spots around the lake.
  • July 1 – 4: Squaw Valley Freedom Fest: Celebrate summer skiing and the 4th of July with a music and ski festival at Squaw Valley! There will be 3 days of live music mid-mountain, paying tribute to the 1991 concert by the Jerry Garcia Band that took place near this location. We’ll have even more music daily at the High Camp pool & hot tub, FREE shows at KT Base Bar and a firework show on Monday evening following the free show by Big Head Todd and the Monsters!
  •  July 1 – 2: Northstar Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival:
    For the 11th consecutive year, The Village at Northstar comes alive with al fresco roots jams and fresh brews. The whole family is invited to the festival featuring Poor Man’s Whiskey, dozens of local and regional breweries for the adults, and special activities for the kids — or the young at heart. Pick up a souvenir 8oz. tasting glass and enjoy crisp pours along with food stations boasting hand-crafted, relaxed summer fare. Summer traditions are born from this event. And the hops keep flowing at the Brewmaster’s Dinner on the evening of July 2, where Northstar California’s Executive Chef Steve Anderson artfully pairs five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. Diners are led through a flavor journey, guided by the brewmaster, in an al fresco setting overlooking the sunset.

Here are some tips for taking care of your puppies on this noisy holiday that is a little on the stressful side to our furry friends.
The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory.
Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, he or she will not be bothered by fireworks. This is not necessarily true. Even pets who normally are not bothered by thunder and other loud noises are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of the fireworks, the excited voices outside, and being left alone inside the house.
By planning ahead and taking some common sense precautions, you can help ensure that your pet has a happy, safe, and healthy Fourth of July.
• Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.
• Do not leave your pet alone in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects even death in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen. See our previous post: Leaving Your Pet In A Parked Car Can Be A Deadly Mistake. However, if your pet is most comfortable in the car, some pet parents find that driving around with their pet in the car helps to calm their pet.
• Keep your pets in your home in a comfortable and quiet area with the shades drawn. If your pet is crate trained, then their crate is a great choice. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company while you’re attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
• If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
• If your pet seeks comfort in a bath tub, under a bed or other small space…let them. Do not try to lure them out. If the space is safe and it makes them feel more secure, let them be.
• Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
• Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
Here’s to you and your pet having a happy and safe Independence Day! (check our https://www.tripswithpets.com for more great dog traveling tips!)

What We Do To Keep Tahoe Blue

What We Do To Keep Tahoe Blue

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With Earth Day right around the corner, we want to praise and thank all the people of Tahoe that work so hard to keep Lake Tahoe beautiful and clean year round.
Here at Tahoe Moon Properties we have been trying our best to do our part. We switched to eco-friendly products in our houses, recycle, reuse and print as little as possible in the office and have joined a great organization called The Sonder Project
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Over 48 million Americans live in food insecure households, The Sonder Project aims solve this problem, by utilizing resources that are already available and would otherwise have gone to waste. This program was launched within the vacation rental space to capture the food items that would otherwise be left behind in homes and condos when vacationers head home. Just by designating a “Sonder Project” bag at the house, departing guests may leave any unopened, nonperishable food items that they may have remaining at the end of their stay in bag. Upon guests’ departure, the bags are picked up and taken to a Project Mana who are our local resource for food distribution.

This is a great program and project, just by adding this bag to a home guests can help feed those who really need it. To learn more about the project and organization go to: http://www.thesonderproject.org

One of our largest and most well-known businesses in Tahoe, Squaw Valley Resorts, has been making big strides to ensure a more sustainable future in Tahoe. Squaw Valley is proud to be the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and California to install electric car chargers at the base of the resort. These 4 charging stations are free of charge for guests to use while they enjoy their time on the slopes. In addition to that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has discontinued selling single-use water bottles, and as a result, will remove over at least 28,000 bottles from their waste stream and landfills each season. They encourage guests to carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated for free with great tasting, mountain tap water. There are 20+ refill stations located throughout the resort.

The easy changes we can make and help our community’s future in big ways, but Squaw Valley still feels they have a responsibility to do more. They have recently partnered with forward-thinking Tesla. Tesla is the forefront of battery storage and production—which is key to Squaw’s plan of developing an onsite micro-grid. The resorts are not only looking to deploy a solar array at their base, but also looking at developing, with help from Tesla, a utility-grade energy storage system. Squaw Valley’s work with Tesla, proves that the smallest ideas and discussions can lead to a ripple effect of changes for the better. Learn more about Squaw’s sustainability at: http://squawalpine.com/about-us/environmental-stewardship

There are so many people taking the right steps to ensure we all can enjoy a healthy, happy, and beautiful Lake Tahoe for many years to come. This month we gather together to celebrate these caring people and our Earth. Here is North Lake Tahoe, we all gather to celebrate together at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival. This is a volunteer run, non-profit event to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty and to educate the public regarding how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Foundation is also working to increase the effort around solid waste management and will continue to work towards its goal of hosting a Zero Waste and Carbon Neutral event.

Our local Earth Day celebration is one of the largest environmental education events in the area. The event provides local residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about the various environmental issues that affect the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee Region. The North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day festival is hosted primarily by volunteers of the Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, a local non-profit, with the support of other non-profits, local agencies, and businesses and dedicated supporters. The Saturday event is free to the public to attend, at The Village at Squaw Valley on April 22nd, 2017 from 11am – 5pm. T.A.R.T. will be offering free transportation from the event back to North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day strives to be a Zero Waste event. This is supported in full by Incline Village’s Waste Not program. If you are in the North Tahoe area this Earth Day come out and support our community, have fun, and learn something new. All details for the event can be found at: http://tahoetruckeeearthday.com/
We love our community, our lake, and our Earth, we feel privileged to be surrounded by so many people who feel the same. This is just one aspect of Tahoe that makes us unique and special, we hope you come and visit us to experience the Tahoe way yourself.

Tahoe Brew Tours

Tahoe Brew Tours

Tahoe Brew Tour

Who loves drinking, eating and talking about beer? I would hope that you shouted “ME!” out loud! Our office had the opportunity to spend a Sunday doing those activities with Tahoe Brew Tours. Not only did we have the time of our lives, but we were able to learn all about the beer making process while supporting local breweries. Tahoe Brew Tours is a great experience for those who want to see the different breweries in Lake Tahoe without having to choose a Designated Driver from their group.

Tahoe Brew Tours is run by two great guys, Gus and Ben, who have a passion for beer and beer making process. It is clear that they have set up these tours so that their guests can get the full experience and learn about the brewing process. There are a few different tour options to choose from and they all visit different breweries in both North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Brew Tour

Afternoon North Shore Tour: This tour will take you through Truckee, Crystal Bay and Incline Village. The breweries you will visit are Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, Mellow Fellow in Crystal Bay and Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village. The time for the tour is either 1pm- 5:30pm or 1:30pm- 6pm.

Tahoe Brew Tour

Standard Brew Tour: This is the tour that our group went on. This tour includes breweries in both North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. The tour begins at Coldwater Brewery in South Lake Tahoe followed by Sidellis Brewery in South Lake Tahoe and finally Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village. The times for this tour are 10am- 4:15pm or 11am- 5pm.


Tahoe Brew Tour

The tour bus will pick you up in North Lake Tahoe and drive around the lake to the first stop of the tour. After arriving at Coldwater Brewery, you will get to chose one appetizer to snack on while the owner of the brewery goes into detail about the beers and how they are brewed. The appetizers may vary but they are all delicious, we were able to choose from pretzels with beer fondue, shishito peppers with remoulade or fried artichoke hearts with green onion aoili.

Tahoe Brew Tour

The tour is accommodating to those who cannot drink beer and will provide alternative options. At Coldwater, you have the choice of apple cider, pear cider or if you are there on a Sunday – a build your own bloody mary!

Tahoe Brew Tour

The brewery for this restaurant is located in the kitchen and not able to be shown as they are extremely busy, but the owner comes to the table to go over the process of beer making, including where they get the local natural ingredients. I took a look at the Brunch, Dinner and Lunch menu while listening to her and I cannot wait to get back there to try some of their other food! My favorite beer was the Tahoe Dirty Blonde so be sure to try it if they have it on tap!

Tahoe Brew Tour

After Coldwater Brewery, the tour bus driver will take you to Sidellis Brewery where you will get to go into the brewing area and learn in depth about the beer making process. The brewers at Sidellis are passionate about beer making and are happy to answer any questions during the tour. This brewery makes all sorts of beer from IPAs to Red Ales, but they specialize in sours. Definitely try the Spicy Mango White Ale if it is on tap during your visit.

Tahoe Brew Tour

At this location, you will have the change to order food (I suggest you do because the last brewery does not serve food). We tried the nachos, deviled eggs, beer brat and pretzels and all of it was so tasty! I have heard from others that the Portobello French Dip is to die for, so I will definitely be back to check that out.

Tahoe Brew Tour

The last stop on the tour will be Alibi Ale Works which has always been one of my favorite places to enjoy a beer in Lake Tahoe. Alibi has the largest brewing operation of the 3 breweries and you get to tour though the entire brewery. Grab some cards against humanity, and enjoy the last stop of the tour with a few samples. Be sure to try the Coconut IPA and the Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte beer.

Whether you are looking to learn about the brew making process or just spend time drinking beer with great friends, Tahoe Brew Tours is your best option for a day filled with fun (and beer)!