Are you ready to choose the vacation property of your dreams for your upcoming Tahoe getaway? You have been working so hard, for so long, and we at Tahoe Signature Properties believe that we have found the perfect Tahoe vacation rental for you, your family, and/or friends in our Donner Lake Vacation Lodge. Offering 4 spacious and tranquil bedrooms, 4 luxurious baths, and amazing views framed in every window of the space, this special property is destined to be an integral part of your vacation experience. Today is the day to start planning a Tahoe vacation for 10 in a home filled with mountain charms and all the comforts of homes, so sit back with a glass of your favorite beverage and let your imagination soar as you picture your favorite traveling companions living it up in all the spaces you are about to view.

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Rustic Luxury

Although those two words may not seem to go together, you will immediately understand how well they do when you step inside the entryway (providing a bench for easy removal of boots in the winter!)  for the first time. Soaring ceilings keep the space light as cabin touches throughout to keep them cozy and as we start our tour with the living room, relaxation is sure to follow. Sink into plush leather sofas that face a stone fireplace that reaches up to the ceiling. Two oversized windows bookend the crackling fireplace, offering peeks out onto the idyllic landscape that surrounds our Donner Lake Vacation Lodge and smart tv, tucked away in the corner provides entertainment; assuming you can tear yourself away from those views. The walls and ceilings of the home are paneled with knotty pine planks, stained to a redwood finish, but the room is rarely dark, due to the wall of windows that take up the entire back of the home. Sliding doors offer access to the wood deck outside, but for now, we are going to head to the next space in this open concept floor plan, the dining room where many vacation adventures will take place. Gather around the large wooden table offering seating for 10 (how convenient) in the form of substantial wood chairs offering gingham cushioned seats. The cushions are important as guests play games that go into extra “innings” laugh and talk for hours and spend many minutes planning out the next day’s adventures in a room that stays bright from the surrounding windows and the whimsical antler chandelier that hangs above. The kitchen, located just steps away, is a luxurious blend of modern and rustic, featuring high-end appliances in stainless steel, including a wine refrigerator tucked away under the granite-topped breakfast bar, and a coffered ceiling encased in tongue and groove wood paneling. A modern light fixture with Edison bulbs hangs over the gas range on the center island, double ovens and a microwave are tucked inside their own niches that surround a coffee bar and a wood rack built to hold your favorite wines and two bar height chairs that match the ones surrounding the dining table front the breakfast bar. A full bath down on this level offers a walk-in shower and a single granite-topped vanity.

Tranquility Found

The bedrooms in Donner Lake Vacation Lodge provide comfort in the form of premium mattresses and silky linens, entertainment in the form of televisions in every room, and a sense of tranquility that will make guests never want to leave. The king master suite on the first floor offers an ensuite bath with a separate soaking tub, walk-in shower, and double vanity, as well as a private entrance to the deck that surrounds the home. The second level of our mountain cabin greets guests with an open loft containing colorful sofas, a game table already set for a game of poker, a desk for virtual meetings or social network surfing, and another large television. This level is also home to the remaining bedrooms and bathrooms, including a second master suite (this one with a queen bed) another queen bedroom, and a bunk room that will delight and amaze the younger travelers in your group. Every space in this spacious getaway is decorated with whimsical and rustic mountain charm and the two sets of lodgepole bunks topped with red plaid blankets will give the feel of living in a very comfortable treehouse!

Go Play Outside

The deck that fully encases the perimeter of Donner Lake Vacation Lodge provides places to dine, to cook (a shiny grill is destined to capture the interest of your favorite griller!), and to sit and relax as you soak in views of paradise found. A cobblestone patio under the trees provides another spot to relax, chat, and just feel the frazzled edges of your soul smooth out, as you listen to sounds of wind whispering in the trees, the chirping of happy birds, and the lack of sirens, crowds, and other city sounds. Reserve this special property or our many others today!

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Life on the road is exciting as you take the time to see the attractions that are unique to the small towns you cross through along the way. Enjoy a taste of the nation one dinner break at a time, and pull off to enjoy the scenic spots that are indicated on the road signs that are flying past. Using public restrooms, however, and sleeping on a different bed (some comfortable, some devices of torture you would rather forget!) can certainly make you glad that you have reached your spring vacation destination and for the moment, your nomadic roaming’s are complete. Especially when the X marks the spot of your arrival to the wonders of Lake Tahoe and the luxuries and comforts of our Tahoe Signature Properties seasonal sanctuaries! Parking the car that has served you well over the miles in its assigned location, breathing in the cool, almost wintry mountain air, and opening the door to the vacation accommodations you chose to make your own for the first time is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and this guide to the fun you can have during your spring trip to Lake Tahoe will keep thoughts of the returning road trip at bay!

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Winter’s Last Hurrah

Your journey has been a fun one, but after being cooped up for however many days, it is definitely time to get outside and enjoy that clean mountain air and although the calendar pages may indicate that it still spring, the temperatures may make you think of winter! And if your Tahoe getaway takes place in the early weeks of spring (March 21 through April 17th) you will still have the time to enjoy one last blast of winter as Northstar California Resort is not scheduled to end its ski season until approximately April 17th! Spend your days schussing down the slopes and your evenings enjoying après ski at some of our favorite spots, including Petra Wine Bar located at 3001 N Village Drive Suite 3112. Offering tasty tapas and wine flights in warm and cozy environs, if you aren’t too cold from your snow day, an outdoor fire pit adds a romantic touch to the entire experience! Another popular après ski experience in Lake Tahoe has nothing to do with wine or tapas or even relaxation! Ice skating in the Northstar rink tucked away at the base of the mountain is one of our favorite ways to end the day. This open air rink is as romantic for couples as it is exciting and fun for children and the build your own s’mores kits sold by local vendors add a sweet taste to the entire activity! Opening each day at 4 PM and closing again at 8 PM, the mountains and trees of Tahoe stand guard in the background as warmly dressed skaters glide round and round and sparkling hanging lights add magic to the scene once the sun sets for the day.


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After the Road Trip to Lake Tahoe

The closer you get to Lake Tahoe, the tighter you can feel your muscles growing making a visit to a spa practically a necessity! North Lake Massage and Skin Care, 6921 N Lake Boulevard in Tahoe Vista takes care of the whole person, offering massage services, facials, and special package deals that will leave you feeling like a new person! Lighthouse Spa, 850 N Lake Boulevard #20A in Tahoe City, mainly devotes itself to massage services but does also offer skin care, waxing, and body treatments destined to totally spoil all who are lucky enough to experience them. And for our Truckee guests, Zenergy Massage and Wellness, 11836 Donner Pass Road #3 offers massages customized to the needs of their patrons! Offering Swedish and Sports Massages as well as Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy, we dare you to leave feeling less than wonderful!

The View from Above

Although the Lake Tahoe landscape is stunning from all angles, the view from high in the heavens as you ride shotgun in a helicopter promises to be the one that speaks to your soul. Tahoe Helicopters take off from the Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe, giving you the opportunity to enjoy another road trip before you board your flight! Choose from a 10 minute peek at Emerald Bay, a 45 minute Circle the Lake tour, or, and this is a great one for special occasions, their Lake Tahoe Sunset Tour that lasts an entire hour and provides a closer look at the colors that light up the sky every evening at sunset! Also offering a few more options, your visit to Tahoe will still be something wonderful if you skip the helicopter tour but you will have one less regret in your life if you sign up today!

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There are a variety of reasons you may want to think about preparing some meals in your Tahoe Signature Properties vacation escape during your unforgettable journey in North Lake Tahoe. The kitchen is there for your use, so why not take advantage of it? Easy options for healthy meals, saving money, and a love of cooking are a few great reasons to cook up your own meals on vacation. In any case, just because you want or need to cook, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time in the kitchen; these three simple recipes to try out during your stay in Tahoe will have you in and out and enjoying a hearty meal or dessert in just minutes!

5-Ingredient Easy Chili

It can get cold in Lake Tahoe in the winter, and the best way to counteract the chill is with a hearty bowl of chili! This simple recipe only requires five items to be added to your Safeway shopping list: 1 pound ground beef (or turkey if you want to keep it on the lighter side), 1 small onion (diced), 3 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, 2 15-ounce cans of drained beans (kidney, black beans, or one of each for a tasty combo!), and 2 tablespoons of chili powder. You might want to add cheese, green onions, or sour cream to top this tasty stew or some crackers to accompany it as well. Brown the ground meat, sauté the diced onions, and then combine all ingredients in a big stock pot and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Tater Tot Meatball Foil Packet Meals

This quick and easy meal is guaranteed to be a hit with your family, even if it’s not the healthiest meal you make this week! Your shopping list will have the following ingredients added to it: 24-ounce frozen meatballs, 16-ounce frozen mixed vegetables, 32 ounces of frozen tater tots, 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt, and 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. You also need aluminum foil for this recipe, so if you can’t find any in the pantry of your vacation rental, be sure to add it to the list! Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients together and divide between eight 8” by 12” pieces of aluminum foil that have been sprayed with nonstick spray in advance. Fold the foil (heavy duty is best; you can also use two sheets for each meal) into packets and bake for 30 minutes.

3-Ingredient Hazelnut Brownies

Every vacationer deserves an ooey, gooey, chocolatey treat, and these simple brownies will please everyone who tastes them! Adding to your grocery list one 13-ounce jar of hazelnut spread, 2 eggs, and ½ cup of flour, you’re going to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, mix all three ingredients together, and pour them into a pre-greased square baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes, try to force yourself to let the brownies cool for 5 minutes, then dig in! This treat is one you can make over and over and over throughout the year, even when you are back home in your own kitchen!

Whether You Are Eating In or Dining Out Enjoy Your Stay in Tahoe

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When you choose Tahoe Signature Properties for your vacation accommodations, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable escape with the perfect place to lay your head each night. All our Tahoe vacation rentals offer something special that makes them the most desirable properties in Lake Tahoe, but every once in awhile there’s a property that we just fall in love with, and this month that property is Schaffer’s Mill Vacation Lodge! Offering all the conveniences of home with a touch of luxury and more than its share of comfort and style, this spacious lodge may be exactly what you need to send your vacation into the stratosphere of excellence!

Luxury Materials Make all the Difference in Our Tahoe Vacation Rentals

To be honest, this home is warm and welcoming on its own merits, but the added luxuries make it even more so. Wood floors lead the way to rooms that are spacious and cheerful: the fully equipped kitchen with its granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (including a professional style gas range!); the dining area furnished with a solidly charming table and chairs; and the living area with its vaulted ceilings, comfortable furnishings, and stone fireplace.

Another stone fireplace and deluxe bed topped with a velvet headboard make the master suite the most desired room in the house, as does the jetted tub and dual sinks in the master bath. Private entrances to the patio in the other two bedrooms offer special spots to enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, and a theater room that lets guests enjoy their favorite rom-com on a rainy night are just a few more ways we show how much our guests’ comfort and satisfaction means to us! The remaining baths—there are 3.5 in total—are also spacious and feature dual sinks in some, a walk-in shower in one, and a shower/tub combo in the third.

The fully covered back patio features multicolored pavers as its base and is furnished with a heavy wooden dining set, barbecue grill, and a few rocking chairs that are perfect for watching the sunset. A small table between the two offers the perfect spot to keep your wine bottle and cooler handy; wine and the sunset are a brilliant combination!

Surprises Around Every Corner

You may think you’ve seen it all here, but trust us, there’s so much more! Reserve this charming lodge for your upcoming Tahoe vacation and contact us if you have any questions about our Tahoe vacation rentals.