Tahoe Beach and Ski Club http://tahoebeachandski.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How did our beautiful Lake Tahoe come to be… http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/beautiful-lake-tahoe-come/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/beautiful-lake-tahoe-come/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:00:02 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1588 Lake Tahoe is so beautiful and serene and we all appreciate it’s magic. Yet how much do we know about it? The history of Lake Tahoe is said to begin with the lake’s “discovery” by Captain John C. Fremont. Fremont and his guide, Kit Carson, first saw the lake from Carson Pass February of 1844. […]

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Lake Tahoe is so beautiful and serene and we all appreciate it’s magic. Yet how much do we know about it? The history of Lake Tahoe is said to begin with the lake’s “discovery” by Captain John C. Fremont. Fremont and his guide, Kit Carson, first saw the lake from Carson Pass February of 1844. Of course, the indigenous Washoe tribe’s territory surrounded the lake. In fact, the name “Tahoe” is an English mispronunciation and evolution of their name for the lake translated as “edge of lake.” Over the years other names were applied to the lake, with considerable controversy, until Lake Tahoe was finally adopted officially in 1945.

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Captain John C. Fremont

In the 1850′s the California Gold Rush and other attractions resulted in heavy wagon train traffic through what is now known as Highway 50. Back then when wagon traffic was so heavy, the route was called the Roaring Road. Today Highway 50, passing over Echo Summit, is the preferred route for visitors driving from Sacramento or the Bay Area to South Lake Tahoe. Interstate 80 is the more direct route taken to Donner Pass, Truckee, and the ski areas west of the lake.

In 1858, the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in Virginia City, Nevada, just 24 miles east of the lake, brought miners to the area. Much of the forest surrounding the lake was logged for use in and around the mines between 1858 and 1890. Tahoe City was founded in 1864 and soon became a resort community and recreational destination, primarily for miners from Virginia City. For the first half of the 20th century, Lake Tahoe development consisted of vacation homes built by the rich. Vikingsholm Castle, Ehrman Mansion, Thunderbird Lodge, and the Tallac Resort, are some of the better known historic sites from this era. The middle class discovered the lake in the 1920′s, casinos began opening on the Nevada side of the lake in the 1940′s and ski resorts began appearing in earnest in the 1950′s.

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Vikingsholm Castle on Emerald Bay

The Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley in 1960, resulting in a building boom encouraged by the completion of the four lane I-80. In 1968, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was formed to ensure that ongoing development preserved the principal attractions of the region, all of which depend on the health of the natural environment.

The 21st century finds the Lake Tahoe Basin to be a combination of recreational, commercial and residential areas surrounded by magnificent wilderness. Thousands flock for the myriad of festivities and events held all year long at various venues throughout Tahoe including the four state parks and national forests surrounding the lake. Yet, just a few feet from the hustle and bustle, the magnificent environment enfolds visitors in nature as the beauty of the lake’s arctic blue waters remains crystalline clear. Come up and see for yourself today.

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The Truth behind the History of Labor Day http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/truth-history-labor-day/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/truth-history-labor-day/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:47:58 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1572 With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to look into the history of Labor Day. Basically stated, Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national […]

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With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to look into the history of Labor Day. Basically stated, Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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Lake Tahoe Labor Day Weekend Activities

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

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Peter J. McGuire

Peter McGuire was a young, though well-respected, union leader. A child of immigrants, he quit school at an early age to go to work. In 1881, he founded the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which would become the largest trade union of the time. Later, McGuire would join with his friend, Samuel Gompers, to found the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Through the AFL and the Carpenters, McGuire led the great strikes of 1886 and 1890, which would eventually result in the adoption of the eight-hour workday on the nation’s agenda.

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Samuel Gompers

However, Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. In the 1870s, Matthew Maguire led several strikes, most of which were intended to force the plight of manufacturing workers and their long hours into the public consciousness. By 1882, Maguire had become the secretary of and a leading figure in the Central Labor Union of New York.

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Matthew Maguire

According to the New Jersey Historical Society, after President Cleveland signed into law the creation of a National Labor Day, The Paterson (N.J.) Morning Call published an opinion piece entitled, “Honor to Whom Honor is Due,” which stated that “the souvenir pen should go to Alderman Matthew Maguire of this city, who is the undisputed author of Labor Day as a holiday.” This editorial also referred to Maguire as the “Father of the Labor Day holiday.”

So why has Matthew Maguire been overlooked as the “Father of Labor Day”? According to The First Labor Day Parade, by Ted Watts, Maguire held some political beliefs that were considered fairly radical for the day and also for Samuel Gompers and his American Federation of Labor. Allegedly, Gompers did not want Labor Day to become associated with the sort of “radical” politics of Matthew Maguire, so in a 1897 interview, Gompers’ close friend Peter J. McGuire was assigned the credit for the origination of Labor Day.

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First Labor Day Parade

What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations and, in 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

No matter which person you choose to honor as the founder, it is safe to say we are happy to celebrate this traditional American holiday as we say goodbye to the last days of summer. With so many things to do in Lake Tahoe for Labor Day (Sample the Sierra, Fireworks Extravaganza, Eagles at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena, Tahoe Geotourism Expo, Sternwheeler Race), you will definitely be celebrating the end of summer with a bang! We still have a few rooms available so call us today at 530-541-6220 to book your stay and head up to Tahoe for a beautiful holiday this Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

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Tahoe Geotourism Expo… Say what? http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/tahoe-geotourism-expo-say/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/tahoe-geotourism-expo-say/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:00:56 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1563 What is the Tahoe Geotourism Expo? The sustainable Tahoe Geotourism Expo is an annual multi-day event featuring health and fitness, green technology, and clean transit hosted by local residents.  The annual Expo provides geotourism activities and adventures that demonstrate how visitors can enrich their connection to the region, while maintaining Lake Tahoe’s water clarity and […]

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What is the Tahoe Geotourism Expo? The sustainable Tahoe Geotourism Expo is an annual multi-day event featuring health and fitness, green technology, and clean transit hosted by local residents.  The annual Expo provides geotourism activities and adventures that demonstrate how visitors can enrich their connection to the region, while maintaining Lake Tahoe’s water clarity and increasing economic prosperity. Cool right!

Tahoe Geotourism

Tahoe Geotourism Expo 2014

The Expo takes place on August 30th & 31st of Labor Day weekend and this year celebrates the Eight Worlds of Tahoe: sky, water, land, wildlife, plants, culture, community and heritage. Some of the activities and adventures include paddleboard yoga, kayak tours, wildlife viewing, Washoe cultural ceremonies, water science demos, and heritage hikes.

There are several venues where all the fun will happen:

North Shore: Sand Harbor
Sat 8am to 2pm at Sand Harbor Shakespeare Theater

South Lake: Lakeview Commons
Sat 3pm to 9pm

West Shore, North Shore, Truckee and Carson Valley
Sun 8am to 3pm

Tahoe Geotourism

Tahoe Expo Center Stage Tickets

ALL VENUES ARE ACCESSIBLE BY BUS, BOAT, BIKE, KAYAK, WATER TAXI – a critical part of this demonstration. For more information about participating in this exciting sustainable weekend at Lake Tahoe, please visit www.tahoeexpo.com.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this family friendly event. It will be an exciting weekend along with the many other activities here in Lake Tahoe this Labor Day Weekend. We still have a few rooms available so call us today at 530-541-6220 to book your stay and head up to Tahoe for a fantastic time this Labor Day Weekend! See you soon!

 

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The History of Fireworks as we know it http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/history-of-fireworks/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/08/history-of-fireworks/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:58:20 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1541 Lake Tahoe is known for having one of the country’s most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks displays according to NBC Today. But did you know about the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza? In fact, CNN has featured Lake Tahoe as one of the 8 Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways. With all the excitement and festivities […]

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Lake Tahoe is known for having one of the country’s most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks displays according to NBC Today. But did you know about the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza? In fact, CNN has featured Lake Tahoe as one of the 8 Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways. With all the excitement and festivities of Labor Day Weekend in Tahoe just around the corner, we thought a little history of fireworks was in order.

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Labor Day Fireworks

Many people associate fireworks with Independence Day, but their original use was in New Year’s celebrations. Do you know how fireworks were invented? Legend tells of a Chinese cook who accidentally spilled saltpeter into a cooking fire, producing an interesting flame.

history of fireworks

What is Saltpeter?

Saltpeter, an ingredient in gunpowder, was used as a flavoring salt sometimes. The other gunpowder ingredients, charcoal and sulfur, also were common in early fires. Though the mixture burned with a pretty flame in a fire, it exploded if it was enclosed in a bamboo tube.

This serendipitous invention of gunpowder appears to have occurred about 2000 years ago, with exploding firecrackers produced later during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) by a Chinese monk named Li Tian, who lived near the city of Liu Yang in Hunan Province. These firecrackers were bamboo shoots filled with gunpowder. They were exploded at the commencement of the New Year to scare away evil spirits.

Much of the modern focus of fireworks is on light and color but loud noise (known as “gung pow” or “bian pao”) was desirable in a religious firework since that was what frightened the spirits away. By the 15th century, fireworks were a traditional part of other celebrations, such as military victories and weddings. The Chinese story is well-known, though it is possible fireworks really were invented in India or Arabia.

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Disneyland in California

Many fireworks are made in much the same way today as they were hundreds of years ago. Of course there have been modifications as with any invention when technology gets involved. Modern fireworks may include designer colors that were not available in the past. In 2004, Disneyland in California starting launching fireworks using compressed air rather than gunpowder. Electronic timers were used to explode the shells. That was the first time the launch system was used commercially, allowing for increased accuracy in timing (so shows could be put to music) and reducing smoke and fumes from big displays.

No matter what the history of fireworks we can all agree that, when safely used, fireworks are fun and beautiful and enjoyed by all. We still have a few rooms available so call us today at 530-541-6220 to book your stay and head up to Tahoe for a beautiful show this Labor Day Weekend!

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Sample the Sierra… Divine and Delicious http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/07/sample-the-sierra/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/07/sample-the-sierra/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:29 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1533 Sample the Sierra … sounds divine right? CNN thinks so. They featured Lake Tahoe and specifically noted Sample the Sierra as one of the 8 best Labor Day weekend getaways in the US. This year is the 5th annual Sample the Sierra Festival on Sunday, August 31st from 12 pm to 5 pm in Bijou […]

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Sample the Sierra … sounds divine right? CNN thinks so. They featured Lake Tahoe and specifically noted Sample the Sierra as one of the 8 best Labor Day weekend getaways in the US. This year is the 5th annual Sample the Sierra Festival on Sunday, August 31st from 12 pm to 5 pm in Bijou Community Park. This popular farm-to-fork festival highlights the amazing wine, food and talent present in El Dorado County. Vendors, wineries, restaurants, chefs and artists showcase the best of their abilities in this day-long event that includes a cooking contest between local chefs and live music.

Sample the Sierra

Sample the Sierra

 

This festival is a collaborative effort between TahoeChamber.org, Tahoe South and El Dorado County. The festival aims to build flourishing partnerships within the County as well as promoting its geotourism assets.

Sample the Sierra is just the frosting on the cake of Labor Day weekend. Help us kick off the Labor Day weekend on Friday August 29th at a Pop-Up dinner and documentary under the stars in the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden. Chef Stephen Moise will prepare a special menu featuring locally sourced ingredients that are sure to delight the senses. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Let It Grow!, a Growing Domes project from Sierra House Mountain Academy.

Let it Grow!

Let it Grow!

Then join us on Saturday, August 30th on a special Farm-to-Fork bus tour of Apple Hill! This tour will feature local producers and wineries for an experience unique to El Dorado County. We’ll visit Rainbow Orchards in Camino then continue on to Madrona Vineyards where oenophiles and new wine enthusiasts will be thrilled for the chance to blend wine with one of the most celebrated winemakers of the Sierra Foothills’ AVA – Paul Bush.

Early bird tickets are $30 if you purchase them by Friday, August 1st. After that they are $40 each. You can purchase your tickets at Eventbrite.com. We will see you soon in Lake Tahoe where there is ALWAYS something fun going on.

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This is it! The Finale of the Must Have Packing Lists! http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/07/must-have-packing-list/ http://tahoebeachandski.com/blog/2014/07/must-have-packing-list/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:11 +0000 http://tahoebeachandski.com/?p=1512 Part Four: The coveted must have packing list #2: Here is the conclusion of our ultimate MUST HAVE packing lists so nothing is left behind. We have covered just about everything except the kitchen sink! Read on and we will see you soon at Tahoe Beach and Ski Club.   Family Snow Trip (It is […]

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Part Four: The coveted must have packing list #2: Here is the conclusion of our ultimate MUST HAVE packing lists so nothing is left behind. We have covered just about everything except the kitchen sink! Read on and we will see you soon at Tahoe Beach and Ski Club.

 

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Fun Snow Facts for Kids

Family Snow Trip (It is right around the corner…)

Toiletries

See last week’s blog!

Clothes (adult/kid)

__ underwear (1/day) __ socks (1 pair/day) __ long-sleeved shirts (1/day) __ pants/jeans (3 max)

__ sweater/sweatshirt (2 max) __ fleece __ snow/winter boots __ swimsuit (if pool available)

Accessories

__ sunglasses __ belts/scarves __ jewelry/watch

Clothes (baby/toddler)

see baby/toddler packing list below

__ onesies (1/day + 2 extra) __ outfits (1/day + 2 extra) __ socks (1 pair/day)

__ boots __ jacket

Snow Essentials

__ gloves/mittens __ hat __ neck gaiter (preferable to scarf) __ goggles

__ warm ski socks __ toe + hand warmers __ ski jacket __ snow pants

Ski/Snowboard Equipment (unless renting)

__ skis/snowboard __ poles __ boots __ helmets

Sleep

__ pajamas __ stuffed animal/doll/blankie

Gadgets

see parent’s carry-on packing lists below

see kids’ carry-on packing lists below

__ walkie talkies __ extra batteries

Handy Take-Alongs

__ universal sink/tub stopper __ extra power strip __ extra gallon-size Ziploc bags

__ carabiners (spring-clip rings) __ small flashlight/headlamps __ corkscrew

Parents Carry-on List

Personal Essentials

__ wallet __ cell phone + charger __ house/car keys

Travel Docs

__ passports/kids’ birth certificates __ airline tickets/e-tickets __ itinerary/confirmation info

__ driving directions __ membership/rewards cards __ photocopy of prescriptions

Important Phone Nos.

__ travel agent/booking site __ airline/hotel __ car/health insurance __ credit cards

__ doctors/pediatrician

Health & Safety

__ snacks for family __ hand sanitizer __ pain relievers/allergy meds __ prescription meds

Toiletries

__ eyeglasses/contact lenses __ brush/comb __ moisturizer/lip balm __ basic makeup

Entertainment

__ reading material __ MP3/iPod/tablet + charger __ book light __ headphones

Electronics

__ digital camera + charger __ video camera + charger

For Preschooler

__ several “surprise” activities __ printable travel games

For Baby/Toddler

__ diapers/wipes/changing pad __ food/formula/snacks/drinks __ 1 extra baby outfit

__ 1 extra t-shirt for you __ activities/books for baby

Handy to Have

__ several Ziploc bags (gallon, quart) __ carabiners (spring-clip rings)

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Shhh…

Baby or Toddler List

Diaper Bag

__ diapers (5/day + 2 extra) __ baby wipes __ diaper rash cream __ changing pad

__ disposable diaper bags

Feeding

__ formula/baby food __ bottles/sippy cups __ baby utensils __ baby bowls/containers

Gear

__ car seat __ lightweight stroller __ baby carrier/sling __ portable crib/playpen

__ portable clip-on high chair

Clothes

__ onesies (1/day + 2 extra) __ outfits (1/day + 2 extra) __ socks (1 pr/day) __ sandals/shoes

__ sweatshirt/sweater __ jacket

Bath and Sleep

__ see toiletry packing list __ pacifiers __ pajamas __ stuffed animal/doll/blankie __ baby books

__ CD/MP3 player + soft music __ crib sheets/bedding __ waterproof crib mattress pad

Pool/Beach

__ 2 swimsuits __ swim diapers __ water wings/life vest __ inflatable baby pool __ beach toys

Gadgets

__ baby monitor

Handy Take-Alongs

__ universal sink/tub stopper __ extra gallon-size Ziploc bags __ carabiners (spring-clip rings)

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For the older ones…

Kids (ages 4-7) List

Health & Safety

__ snacks __ water bottle __ chewing gum (for takeoff/landing) __ packet of tissues

__ sweatshirt/light sweater

Entertainment

__ 1 or 2 favorite books __ stuffed animal/doll/blankie __ small, quiet toy

__ game console + charger __ headphones __ printable travel games

__ activity book/sketchpad/crayons __ book light/headlamp

Older Kids (8+) List

Personal Essentials

__ wallet/souvenir money __ cell phone

Health & Safety

__ snacks __ water bottle __ chewing gum (for takeoff/landing) __ hand sanitizer

__ packet of tissues __ sweatshirt/light sweater

Toiletries

__ eyeglasses/contact lenses __ brush/comb __ hair clips __ moisturizer/lip balm

Entertainment

__ reading material __ MP3/iPod/tablet + charger __ game console + charger

__ book light/headlamp __ headphones __ printable travel games __ deck of cards

__ journal/notebook + pen __ sketchpad + pencils/crayons

Other Electronics

__ digital camera + charger __ video camera + charger

Handy to Have

__ several Ziploc bags (gallon, quart) __ carabiners (spring-clip rings)

 

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Part Three: The coveted packing list: We have covered preparing for vacation and included some great packing tips. Now, we offer to you the ultimate packing list with all the MUST HAVE items so nothing is left behind. This week the basics… Next week… you will have to wait and see!

 

ultimate packing list

Toiletries

Toiletries

 Hygiene

__toothbrush/toothpaste/floss

__ glasses/contacts/supplies

__ brush/comb

__ makeup

__ cleanse

__ shaving supplies

__ small shampoo + conditioner

__ small moisturizer

__ deodorant

__ feminine hygiene items

__ hand sanitizer

__ extra gallon-size Ziploc bag

Baby/Toddler

__ diaper rash cream

__ baby bath/shampoo

__ denture cleansing tablets*

Medical

__ aspirin/pain relief

__ children’s aspirin/pain relief

__ allergy/cold meds

__ vitamins

__ basic first-aid kit

Pool/Beach

__ sunscreen

__ sunburn cream

__ lip balm

__ baby powder**

__ ear plugs/ear drops

The Great Outdoors

__ sunscreen

__ bug spray

__ lip balm

__ small packet of tissues

Ski /Snow

__ sunscreen

__ lip balm

__ small packet of tissues

 

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Beach Vacation

Beach Vacation

Clothes (adult/kid)

__ underwear (1/day)

__ socks (1 pair/day)

__ shirts/tops (1/day + 1 extra)

__ 1 pair pants/jeans/capris

__ shorts/skorts (3 max)

__ skirts/dresses (2 max)

__ light sweater/sweatshirt

__ sandals/flip flops/water shoes

__ sneakers

Accessories

__ sunglasses

__ sun hat

__ scarf/sarong

__ jewelry/watch

__ belt

Clothes (baby/toddler)

__ onesies (1/day + 2 extra)

__ outfits (1/day + 2 extra)

__ socks (1 pair/day)

__ sandals/shoes

Sports/Workout

__ sports undergarments

__ shorts/bottoms (2 max)

__ tops/t-shirts/tanks (2 max)

__ sneakers/running shoes

Pool/Beach

__ 2 swimsuits/person

__ beach cover-ups

__ swim diapers for baby/toddler

__ swim goggles

__ water wings/life vest

__ tote bag

__ towels

__ large blanket

__ folding lounge/beach chairs

__ pool/beach toys

__ extra gallon-size Ziploc bags

Sleep

__ pajamas

__ stuffed animal/doll/blankie

Gadgets

__ walkie talkies

__ extra batteries

Handy Take-Alongs

__ universal sink/tub stopper

__ small flashlight/headlamps

__ corkscrew

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Road Trip!

Family Road Trip

Before You Go

__ fill gas tank

__ check oil

__ tire pressure

__ windshield fluid

__ car registration up-to-date

__ car insurance up-to-date

__ recharge cell phone

__ recharge bluetooth headset

Driver/Navigator

__ driving directions + map/GPS

__ change for tollbooths

__ sunglasses

__ hat/visor

Cooler/Picnic Bag

__ water/drinks

__ portioned snacks in Ziplocs

__ napkins

__ extra Ziplocs

__ garbage bag for waste

Entertainment

__ printable travel games

__ DVD player + DVDs

__ CD player + audio books

__ headphones

Health & Safety

__ glasses/contact lenses/supplies

__ adult pain reliever

__ children’s pain reliever

__ motion sickness remedy/bags

__ allergy meds

__ basic first-aid kit

Rest Stop Fun

__ jump rope

__ frisbee

__ baseball gloves + ball

__ sidewalk chalk

Baby/Toddler

__ diapers/wipes/changing pad

__ food/formula/snacks/drinks

__ baby bottles/sippy cups

__ bibs/spoons

__ 1 extra onesie/t-shirt

__ 1 extra baby outfit

__ 1 extra t-shirt for you

__ car activities/books for baby

Handy Take-Alongs

__ extra gallon-size Ziploc bags

__ container of disposable wipes

__ kitchen-size garbage bags

__ carabiners (spring-clip rings)

Make sure to check in next week for the rest of the ultimate MUST HAVE packing lists!

 

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Packing is pivotal – Part Two: Next in our blog series of making the most out of the dreadful chores necessary to get to the FUN vacation experience is packing. If you forget an essential item, you are left disappointed and scrambling to find the nearest store in your destination. If you pack too much, you end up disorganized, burdened with heavy bags and hemorrhaging money to pay for pricey airline baggage fees. Below you will find the most basic—and most useful—packing rules. Here are 10 fundamental packing strategies that every traveler should learn.

Packing is Pivotal

Packing is Pivotal

1. Make a packing list

When it comes to packing, procrastinators fall short. Start your packing process days or even weeks ahead of your departure date; this gives you time to craft a complete list, plus purchase any additional items you might need for your vacation. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.

2. Roll, don’t fold.

Many travel experts—including backpackers, who must stuff months’ worth of clothing into a pack the size of a box of wine—agree that rolling is superior to folding. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Plus, they’re less prone to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases.

Roll don't fold...

Roll don’t fold…

3. Know your airline’s baggage-fee policy

Figuring out the airlines’ tricky and befuddling baggage-fee policies is key to any budget-minded packing strategy. While most airlines permit travelers to check at least one bag on international flights, the majority of U.S. carriers charge big bucks for bags checked on domestic flights. Spirit Airlines—that notoriously customer-unfriendly discounter—even charges as much as $100 for carry-on bags.

Before you begin packing, take a peek at your airline’s website and read its baggage policy. This is something you might even want to do prior to buying your plane ticket, especially if you’re set on bringing a checked bag or two. Consider flying on Southwest or JetBlue, both of which permit at least one free checked bag on domestic flights.

4. Follow the 3-1-1 rule

What happens if you don’t follow the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage? Attempt to bring a large bottle of shampoo or a full-size gel deodorant through the security line and the TSA will likely confiscate your stuff, holding you up in line in the process. So get familiar with the agency’s rules: All liquids brought onto planes must be in 3.4-ounce bottles or smaller and inside a single, clear, quart-size zip-top bag.

It also helps to know which items are, according to the TSA, considered liquids or gels and thereby subject to the 3-1-1 rule. This isn’t as simple as it sounds. Foods such as peanut butter, pudding, mashed potatoes, and icing are classified as gels. Mascara, lip gloss, and aerosol items are also classified as liquids or gels. But keep in mind that liquid prescription medication is exempt. (Read more on that on The TSA Blog.) See a more complete list of liquids and gels that are not permitted in carry-on luggage in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces here.

5. Use your personal item wisely

It’s standard for airlines to permit each traveler to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item onboard planes. This personal item is subject to specific size requirements (these vary by airline), but something like a purse, laptop bag, or backpack is generally acceptable.

6. Wash your clothes on the road

Laundry facilities are one of my favorite parts about staying in vacation rentals. If you know your accommodations will have free laundry facilities, you’re golden. You can wash and wear just a handful of outfits for the duration of even very long trips.

7. Pack dual-purpose garments

If it’s two-in-one, it’s one less thing to pack. Dual-purpose items, such as pants that turn into shorts or a jacket that turns into a travel pillow (see these items here) are worth their weight in airline baggage fees.

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Layer…

8. Layer

This advice is twofold: Wear layers and pack in layers. First, your on-the-road wardrobe should feature plenty of layers, which will help you jet set through multiple climates in style and comfort. Second, the items in your bag should be packed in neat layers for easy screening. According to the TSA, “Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.)” so that the security agent screening your bag can get a clear picture of what’s inside. The faster the TSA agent can screen your stuff, the faster you’ll get through the security line.

9. Never check essential items

It’s terribly important to keep your valuable and essential belongings in your carry-on bag, not in your checked luggage. Your passport, identification, money, credit cards, jewelry, electronics, and other valuables should always be brought onto the plane with you. We probably don’t need to tell you why you need to keep your passport and wallet on your person. But if the airline loses your luggage (or if a TSA agent gets sticky fingers), you’ll regret stowing your expensive watch in a checked bag.

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Packing aids…

10. Use packing aids

My all-time favorite packing aid: Eagle Creek Compression Sacs. Use them to shrivel your clothes into a vacuum-packed, tiny, tight bundle that takes up minimal suitcase space. Other packing aids that can help you organize better and fit more into your bag include packing envelopes and packing cubes.

 

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Preparing for vacation – Part One: Going on vacation is a lot of fun… the downside is the preparation and packing! Read on for the first in a blog series of making the most out of the dreadful chores necessary to get to the FUN vacation experience.

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Are You Prepared?

Preparing for vacation can be a crazy and chaotic project. It often makes you wonder if going away is worth the trouble!  Never fear for we all know it is… eventually! In order to make life simpler, here is a step by step vacation preparation checklist to ensure a smooth journey!

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3 DAYS TO GO!

Three days before departure

  • Confirm reservations
  • Pay bills
  • Pick up any needed refills of prescriptions
  • Take a quick look at your personal and/or business calendar and handle any events occurring while you are away
  • Pick up dry cleaning, especially if there’s something you’d like to pack that is at the cleaners
  • Suspend your mail, newspapers and other delivery services
  • Depending on how long you’ll be gone, you may need to arrange to have someone take care of your yard ~  an overgrown lawn is a big giveaway that the homeowners are not at home
  • Purchase timers for a few lamps around your house ~ lights set to turn on and off at appropriate hours will give your home a lived in look while you are away
  • If you are going for an extended vacation, arrange for your trash or recycle cans to be set out for collection and then returned to your garage
  • Confirm pet care, if needed
  • If driving, check air pressure in tires, coolant, oil and wiper fluid
  • Begin packing! I find that if I put an empty laundry basket in everyone’s room, I can fill the baskets gradually with the travel clothing and then just pack the suitcases right before leaving!
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1 Day Left!

One day before departure

  • Take a minute to set up those timers you bought three days ago! Set the timers to go on and off at different times.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and discard all perishables ~ you can drop the temperature a little since it will not be opened for a while
  • Get cash and fill up your gas tank if you’re driving
  • Charge all electronic equipment
  • Set DVR/VCR
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, cell phone numbers and a house key with a trust worthy relative or neighbor so you can be reached if something goes awry
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
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3 Hours Left!

 

Three hours before departure

  • Turn up your air conditioning temperature (summer) or turn down your heating temperature (winter) yet do not turn the heat or air completely off ~ without heat pipes could burst and without air mold and mildew will grow
  • Adjust window shades and blinds to a semi-open position and park a car in your driveway, again trying to maintain the feel that someone is at home
  • Empty your trash cans
  • Water your plants
  • Load the car with all necessary luggage
  • Unplug your washer and dryer, coffee maker, the iron if you were doing some last-minute touch ups, toaster, hair dryer, phones without answering machines, radios and TV’s thus saving electricity and reducing damage should there be a power surge
  • If you use gas, turn off the pilot light and shut down the water heater as well as shutting off the water to the dishwasher and clothes washer
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15 Minutes…

15 minutes before departure

  • Double check that you have the most essential items:  wallet with funds, driver’s license/photo ID, health insurance card, proof of car insurance, auto registration, AAA card, cell phone, laptop, iPod, all chargers, airline tickets (if applicable), itinerary/confirmations, credit cards and passports (if needed), camera, emergency contact information/important phone numbers, medical history, list of medications, prescriptions, travel insurance, and, if traveling by car, GPS (or maps and directions)
  • If you are traveling by plane, you may also want to take along chewing gum, earphones, earplugs, sleeping mask, and travel pillow
  • Lock all doors and windows, including the garage door into the house if your garage is attached to your home and make sure you take the keys with you

Following this vacation checklist should make your departure as pleasurable and easy as your impending vacation!  Enjoy your trip with confidence!

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Relax and Enjoy!

 

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Summer is FINALLY here. Whether you are coming to Lake Tahoe with your family for the first time or the fiftieth, there is never a lack of activities available. The true question is what do you fit in while you are here? So we have provided just a few of the different fun, family activities that Tahoe has to offer.

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Summer is FINALLY here

 

First up is Heavenly. It is pretty much an all-in-one spot for Tahoe.  Heavenly has a great location at the top of the Gondola called Adventure Peak. You start by taking the 2.4 mile ride up the mountainside in the Gondola while enjoying the fabulous view. When you arrive at the Deck, which is a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform, you are treated to views like none you have seen before. You can also enjoy activities such as tubing, sledding and ice skating (mini golf in the summer!).

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Heavenly Summer Activities

Next is the Sawmill Pond for kids fishing which is the only fishing experience for kids and only kids 14 years and younger all summer long. This spot is truly for the kids as the adults are only there to help teach. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic while the kid’s fish and the smiles abound.

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Sawmill Pond

Now we have the Zephyr Cove Stables where there are guided horseback trails rides daily. Some of the rides include breakfast, lunch and dinner! Explore the High Sierra Wilderness with scenic trails that offer lake views guided by friendly and courteous cowboys.

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Zephyr Cove Stables

Tahoe Bowl is a guaranteed good time. They feature 16 lanes for open and league bowling as well as arcade games, pizza, drinks and lots of fun for the whole family. There is even a sports bar and billiards for the older family activities.

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Tahoe Bowl

Finally, we have Tahoe Jet Boats because once you have experienced the casinos; hiked, biked and driven the perimeter; and enjoyed the expansive views from surrounding mountains, there is only one experience left! To explore Emerald Cove, secluded beaches and dockside restaurants on a boat. Lake Tahoe is a boater’s paradise.

Tahoe Jet Boats

 

So take your pick and enjoy all the awesome activities, views and fun times you will experience when visiting Tahoe. See you soon!

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