Best Places to Ski for Under $100 All Over the United States

Ski season is upon us, and all our seasoned riders know full well that both skiing and snowboarding can turn into quite an expensive hobby. At VacationRenter, we’re on a mission to make your winter getaways as easy and affordable as possible and in efforts to do so, we’re sharing all the best places to hit the slopes for less than $100.

Whether you’re on the West Coast, the East Coast, or anywhere in between — we hope this will help you find a ski resort at a reasonable price, in a state you love. Then, when you’re ready to hit the slopes, don’t forget to use our day-pack checklist for all your mountain necessities. You can also download our ski and snowboarding Spotify playlists, so you can listen to them from any mountain you decide to conquer!

Ski Resorts in the West Coast

Washington

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Located about an hour south of the United States and Canada’s border, you’ll find Mt. Baker Ski Area in Bellingham, Washington.

Mt. Baker Ski Area – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekend & Holiday): $63.02
  • Adult (Weekday): $56.53
  • 5th Graders: Free
  • Ages 6 and Under: Free

The Summit at Snoqualmie

Just an hour away from Seattle, you’ll find The Summit in the area known as Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

The Summit at Snoqualmie – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (online): $37 and up, tickets increase with demand
  • Two Day Lift Pass: as low as $70, must be used two consecutive days

Crystal Mountain

Roughly two hours south of Seattle is Crystal Mountain Ski Resort located in Enumclaw, Washington.

Crystal Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 23 to 69 (online): $55 to $99, varies each day
  • Youth Ages 13 to 22 (online): $50 to $87, varies each day

Oregon

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge is found in the region of Mount Hood, just an hour south of Hood River, and less than two hours away from Portland.

Timberline Lodge – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 64: $75 (regular season), $87 (peak season)
  • Teen Ages 15 to 17: $65
  • Military: 25% discount on daily lift tickets

Fun fact: Timberline Lodge is the only ski area in the country that offers skiing all year-round.

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Mt. Ashland Ski Area

Close to the border of Oregon and California is Mt. Ashland Ski Area, in the town of Ashland, Oregon.

Mt. Ashland – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 13 to 69 (Weekday): $45
  • Adult Ages 13 to 69 (Weekend & Holiday): $53
  • Ages 6 and Under: Free
  • Seniors 70 and Over: Free
  • Military: $30 Lift Ticket

Mt. Ashland offers a “Mountain Fun Guarantee” which states that if you are not completely satisfies with the ski conditions within 45 minutes of purchasing your ticket, you can obtain a voucher with the same value for another day in the season.

California

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Mt. Shasta Ski Park is on the north end of the Golden State, nestled in between Mount Shasta and McCloud, California.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Weekday): $49
  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Weekend): $65
  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Holiday/Peak): $69, includes free twilight skiing
  • Military: $35 Lift Ticket

Homewood Mountain Resort

In the famous Northern Californian region of Lake Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort lies in the small town of Homewood, California.

Homewood Mountain Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 19 to 61 (Daily): $64 and up online*
  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Peak): $67 and up online*
  • Teen Ages 19 to 61 (Daily): $39 and up online*
  • Teen Ages 13 to 64 (Peak): $46 and up online*

* All Homewood lift tickets purchased online vary by day, and increase with demand *

Sugar Bowl

Also located on the north side of Lake Tahoe is Sugar Bowl, in the locale of Norden, California.

Sugar Bowl – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 23 to 64 (online): $99 all December long, with tickets decreasing in January
  • Youth Ages 13 to 22 (online): $79 all December long, with tickets decreasing in January

Pro tip: for more advanced riders, you can access Sugar Bowl’s less crowded backcountry for less than $50. A 1-Day Up & Out Ticket grants you two lift rides up Sugar Bowl’s backcountry.

Click here for a deeper dive into these West Coast ski resorts, and to find out where to stay in each state!

Ski Resorts Around the Rockies

Colorado

Echo Mountain

Just an hour west of Denver in Colorado’s very own Idaho Springs, Echo Mountain prides itself in being the most affordable ski resort in the area.

Echo Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekday): $58 online
  • Adult (Weekend & Holiday): $62 online

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain sits on the ski area’s namesake city of Copper Mountain, Colorado about 75 miles away from Denver.

Copper Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 13+: $92 and up with advance purchase online
  • Child Ages 5 to 12: $79 and up with advance purchase online

Wolf Creek

Last on our Colorado ski radar is Wolf Creek in Pagosa Springs, which upholds a reputation for getting the most snow in the entire state.

Wolf Creek – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult: $76
  • Military: $54, discount includes spouses and children
  • Kids Ages 5 and Under: $6
  • Seniors Ages 80 and Over: Free

Montana

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Although Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish is one of the top ski areas in Montana, lift tickets remain at an affordable rate!

Whitefish Mountain Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 19 to 64: $83
  • Adult 2+ Day Pass: $76 per day
  • Teen Ages 13 to 18: $72
  • Kids 6 and Under: Free

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area

Another popular, yet affordable ski resort in the Rocky Mountains is Bridger Bowl Ski Area, located in the snowy city of Bozeman, Montana.

Bridger Bowl Ski Area – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult: $63
  • Military: $53

Idaho

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Sandwiched right in between Washington and Montana, you’ll find Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the city of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 64: $86
  • Junior Ages 7 to 17: $50
  • College, Military & Senior: 10% discount at the window

If you want to ski for even less, head to Schweitzer over the weekend for Sunday Solutions, granting you full mountain access for only $30 if you purchase tickets online, and $40 at the door. Our advice would be to book online for ultimate savings, and so you can double check to see that your dates aren’t excluded from the Sunday Solutions rates.

Brundage Mountain

Next on our affordable ski list is Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho.

Brundage Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 69: $74
  • Junior Ages 12 to 17: $42
  • Military: $49
  • Children 6 and Under: Free

Brundage offers a “Snow Check Guarantee” allowing you to buy a lift ticket at the window, then test a couple runs on the mountain to feel out the conditions. If you’re not happy with the snow conditions within one hour of purchasing your lift pass, you can return to the ticketing window to get a “snow check” for the value of your ticket, so you can use it on another day during the season.

Wyoming

Grand Targhee Ski Resort

In the peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range is Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, about an hour away from Jackson, Wyoming.

Grand Targhee Ski Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Regular): $98
  • Adult Ages 13 to 64 (Holiday): $105
  • Military: $45 on regular and holiday hours
  • Children 5 and Under: Free

Although holiday rates fall on the higher end of our budget, it’s definitely worth the mention. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, visitors can go on a snowmobile backcountry tour to Yellowstone National Park, offered by Teton Valley Adventures. These guided tours include everything you need for a backcountry winter adventure, including a snowmobile suit, boots, a helmet, and electric hand warmers.

Snow King Mountain

Commonly frequented by locals living in Jackson, Wyoming, the ski area of Snow King Mountain is a great destination for Jackson visitors who want to take a day-trip to the slopes.

Snow King Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 15 to 64: $53 online, $59 at the door
  • Children 5 and Under: Free

You can also purchase a Big King Pass which gives you unlimited access to the Cowboy Coaster, King Tubes, and day-to-night skiing for only $90!

Utah

Powder Mountain

First up in Utah, in the town of Eden, check out Powder Mountain about an hour north of Salt Lake City.

Powder Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 13 to 64: $95
  • Military: 35% discount
  • Seniors 75 and Over: Free
  • Children 6 and Under: Free

Eagle Point Resort

Tucked away in the ridges of Beaver, Utah is Eagle Point Resort.

Eagle Point Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Monday): $39
  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Friday): $49
  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Saturday & Sunday): $65
  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Holiday): $79
  • Military: 15% discount
  • Children 6 and Under: Free

Brian Head Resort

About an hour and a half away from Kanab in the city of Brian Head, Utah, you can experience the slopes of Brian Head Resort.

Brian Head Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekday): $45
  • Adult (Weekend): $50
  • Adult (Peak): $67
  • Military: 15% discount
  • Children 5 and Under: Free

Click here for a deeper dive into these ski resorts around the Rocky Mountains, and to find out where to stay in each state!

Ski Resorts in the East Coast

Vermont

Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Our first stop in the East Coast takes us to Smuggler’s Notch ski area in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Smuggler’s Notch Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 19 to 64 (Regular): $82
  • Adult Ages 19 to 64 (Peak): $88
  • Youth Ages 16 to 18 (Regular): $62
  • Youth Ages 16 to 18 (Peak): $68

Suicide Six

Suicide Six is America’s oldest ski resort, less than 10 minutes away from Woodstock, Vermont.

Suicide Six – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Weekday): $45
  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Weekend): $79
  • Adult Ages 18 to 64 (Holiday): $84
  • Military (Weekday): $25
  • Military (Weekend): $59
  • Military (Holiday): $64

New Jersey

Mountain Creek Resort

In New Jersey you can ski for a reasonable price at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon Township.

Mountain Creek Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 19 to 64: as low as $30 online, $79.99 at the window
  • Youth Ages 7 to 18: as low as $22.99 online, $59.99 at the window
  • Children 6 and Under: Free, if adult companion purchases a ticket

Pennsylvania

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is located in the respective Pennsylvanian city of Seven Springs, about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekday): $69
  • Adult (Weekend): $89
  • Adult (Holiday): $93

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is located in the town of Tannersville, but you can easily find vacation rentals in the Camelback Mountain region itself.

Camelback Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekday): $60
  • Adult (Weekend & Holiday): $78
  • Military (Weekday): $50
  • Military (Weekend & Holiday): $60
  • Children 5 and Under: Free

Shawnee Mountain

For anyone planning to visit Philadelphia in the winter and want to squeeze in a ski trip, drive two hours out of Philly to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to check out Shawnee Mountain.

Shawnee Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult (Weekday): $55
  • Adult (Weekend & Holiday): $68
  • Military (Weekday): $42
  • Military (Weekend & Holiday): $58
  • Children 46 Inches and Under: Free with paying adult

If your little ones are too young to ski, Shawnee also offers Camp Shawnee babysitting services for $50 per day, or $6 per hour. In-resort babysitting services are hard to come by, so this is definitely a good find.

New Hampshire

Cannon Mountain

We’re rapping up our long list of budget-friendly ski resorts in New Hampshire, with the second to last ski resort being Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Cannon Mountain – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult Ages 18 to 64: $82
  • College Students: $69 with valid ID
  • Teen Ages 13 to 17: $69
  • Military: $58
  • Children 5 and Under: Free

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can purchase two tickets for the price of one, or get one ticket for only $55. And on Wednesdays, New Hampshire residents can ski for $29 with a valid state ID.

Mount Sunapee

Last but certainly not least, East Coast skiers and snowboarders can visit Mount Sunapee in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Mount Sunapee – Full Day Lift Ticket Rates

  • Adult: as low as $72 at the door, or $58 online (ticket prices vary based on the day, but the earlier you purchase tickets, the cheaper they are)

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with our affordable ski series! We’ll be releasing more details about these East Coast ski resorts and where to stay over the next few weeks.

Start your ski season off on the right foot — or left, depending how you ride — by visiting one of these affordable resorts! Allow us to help you find a vacation rental or cabin right by your favorite resort.

Day-Pack Necessities

If you’re comfortable skiing or snowboarding with a backpack, fanny pack, or hydration pack, here’s a checklist of things to bring with you! These are all optional, but trust us, they’ll come in handy and save you some cash on the slopes.

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Playlists You Can Ride To

There’s something so incredible about feeling the stoke while riding down the mountain to your favorite songs. We want you to be as excited as we are about ski season making a comeback, so we’re sharing three editor’s pick playlists for this particular occasion. Follow VacationRenter on Spotify to access these playlists anytime, but we’d suggest downloading each playlist to your phone so you can still enjoy some tunes if you lose service on the mountain.

Funky and Soulful Ski House

Snowboard Pump Up

Ride to Riddim and R&B

Affordable West Coast Ski Trips | Washington, Oregon & California

Winter is upon us, which means skiers and snowboarders all over the country are busting out their gear and heading towards the mountains. If you plan to hit the slopes on a regular basis, lift tickets can start to add up. We know how costly ski trips can get, so to take some pressure off your bank account, we’re sharing all the most affordable ski resorts to visit on the West Coast. You’ll be pleased to find a handful of places to ski and snowboard in Washington, Oregon, and California for less than $100.

Washington

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In Washington, there are three great ski resorts where you can purchase a lift ticket for less. The first is Mt. Baker Ski Area, located about an hour south of the United States and Canada’s border in Bellingham. On weekends and holidays, lift tickets for adults cost $63.02 for a full day, or $56.53 if you visit on a weekday. To encourage children to find their love for winter sports, Mt. Maker offers a 5th Grade Free Ride Program, allowing 5th Graders to ski for free, in addition to children ages 6 and under. It’s the perfect opportunity to start them young.

Just an hour away from Seattle, you can check out The Summit at Snoqualmie. This ski resort encourages you to purchase tickets early in order to save more. Full day lift tickets can go as low as $37, but once a certain quantity of tickets are purchased, the price goes up. You can also purchase night lift tickets which can go as low as $25 and are valid from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you’re already planning a trip to Seattle in the winter, be sure to purchase your lift tickets in advance to take advantage of these insanely low prices!

The third ski resort in Washington offering great ski trip deals is Crystal Mountain, a few hours south of Seattle. Adult lift tickets range between $52 and $99, which makes the cut for our sub-$100 budget! At Crystal Mountain, you’ll find Washington’s only gondola, presenting sweeping views of the Cascades and Mt. Rainier in the distance.

Where to Stay in Washington: Mountainview Estate

If you’ve set your sights on The Summit at Snoqualmie, take a peek inside this lovely five bedroom estate in Snoqualmie Pass. It’s located on Snoqualmie’s east side, with a ski lift less than half a mile away. Up-to-date amenities in the home include a sauna and hot tub, which are perfect to relax in after spending the day on Washington’s powdery slopes. Inside the garage, you’ll find sleds and snow toys to make use of as well.

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In search of other affordable winter cabins in Washington? We can help!

Oregon

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We continue to make our way south along the West Coast, heading into Oregon territory. Situated in the peaks of Mount Hood less than two hours away from Portland, Timberline Lodge is the only ski area in the country that offers skiing all year-round. The park has 41 trails, offering a fair amount for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Full day lift tickets cost $87 during peak season, and $75 during all other times of the year. Military personnel can even avail of a 25% discount for daily lift tickets.

Close to the border of Oregon and California is Mt. Ashland Ski Area, in the town of Ashland. Full day adult tickets at Mt. Ashland only cost $40, which lowers to $29 after 1:00 PM. The deals don’t stop there — on Thursdays, Mt. Ashland hosts “Half Price Thursday,” which implies exactly what you’re thinking! Opening day is on December 21st, and while it’s a little later than most resorts, these prices are pretty hard to compete with.

Where to Stay in Oregon: Riverview Lodge in Ashland

For anyone considering a trip to Mt. Ashland, check out at this spacious three bedroom family home in Ashland, with sweeping views of Oregon’s peaks, as well as Emigrant Lake. The quickest way to get to Mt. Ashland Ski Area would be to drive 30 minutes down Interstate 5, then you can enjoy the mountain to your heart’s desire.

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Looking for some place to stay outside of Ashland? Find vacation rentals all over Oregon here.

California

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Mt. Shasta Ski Park is on the north end of the Golden State, in McCloud, California. The mountain has lift tickets priced at $69 during the peak season, $65 on non-peak weekends, and $49 on non-peak weekdays. Peak season period is from December 13th to January 20th, as well as February 14th to 17th. Like many other resorts, Mt. Shasta offers a $35 military discount if you present a valid military ID. You already know we’re all about these discounts.

On the state line of California and Nevada is the magnificent vacation destination of Lake Tahoe! There are more than 10 ski resorts in Lake Tahoe alone, but two ski areas in particular allow you to enjoy the slopes without breaking your bank. The first is Homewood Mountain Resort in North Lake. Tickets start at $64 and increase as the demand goes up. The views of Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain are pretty stunning, and well worth the cost of your lift ticket.

Your second Lake Tahoe option is Sugar Bowl Resort, with a promotion for lift tickets priced at $99 all December long, even during peak holiday dates! After the second week of January, prices drop to $60 on non-holiday dates. Pro tip: for more advanced riders, you can access Sugar Bowl’s less crowded backcountry for less than $50. A 1-Day Up & Out Ticket grants you two lift rides up Sugar Bowl’s backcountry.

Where to Stay in California: Homewood Six Bedroom

Without a doubt, Lake Tahoe is one of our favorite ski spots in California, and we suggest paying this region a visit at least one winter in your life. If Homewood‘s low lift prices are calling your name, this pet-friendly home less than five minutes away from Homewood Mountain Resort may be exactly what you’re looking for. It sleeps up to 16 people, and is also conveniently located by the lake, allowing you to kill two birds with one stone easily.

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Browse through more properties for your Californian winter vacation on our site now.

Ski Trip Vacation Rentals | Park City, UT & Pocono Mountains, PA

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It’s officially the season for ski trips, which means it’s time to start finding the right vacation rental in the mountains. Whether you’re skiing in the West Coast or the East Coast, VacationRenter has the perfect cabin rental for you. Take a peek at these three lovely vacation rentals located in Park City, Utah and Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. If you think you’ve found the one, you can conveniently book it in an instant.

  1. Park City: Midcentury Modern Townhome

    Step into this modern townhome close to Deer Valley Resort. It sleeps nine guests and has plenty of space for indoor activities! The home also features deck if you’re in need of some fresh air, but if it’s too cold outside, the skylight and windows also let in natural light while you stay warm in the living area.

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  2. Park City: Condo with Mountain Views

    Just walking distance from Park City Mountain Resort, this condo is surrounded by Utah’s mountain range, and perfect for a party of seven. This vacation rental includes on-site amenities such as a free citywide shuttle, as well as a communal hot tub and pool.

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  3. On the hunt for more rentals in Park City? VacationRenter can help you find the perfect one!

  4. Pocono Mountains: Mountain Chalet

    Heading to the East Coast to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, this gorgeous chalet fit for a group of 30! This home is ideal for the ultimate ski trip with the whole gang or a big family reunion. On the first floor, you’ll find a 1,600 square foot game room, stocked with a pool table, shuffleboard table, foosball table, and bar. Plus, this property is only 20 minutes away from Big Boulder Ski Resort.

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  5. Search our site for affordable vacation rentals in Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Snowglobe Music Festival 2019 | South Lake Tahoe Festival Guide

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If you’re looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year, why not consider the snowy region of Lake Tahoe? It’s one of the most exciting cities to spend New Year’s Eve, and there’s plenty to do, including attending Snowglobe Music Festival from December 29th to December 31st in South Lake Tahoe’s Community Playfields & Bijou Park. The music festival, hosted by MTV, will feature headliners such as Louis the Child, Skrillex, Griz, and the newly announced: Zhu!

Did you want to see any of these artists before the end of the year?

How to Get There

Depending how far you’re traveling from, there are a few ways to get to South Lake Tahoe, where the music festival will be held. Find out which mode of transportation is best for you.

  1. Fly. If you decide to fly from your hometown, the closest airport would be the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The airport is an hour away from the festival grounds, so you can either rent a car from the airport, or take the South Tahoe Airporter Shuttle all the way to South Lake.

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  2. Shuttle. There are both local and long-distance shuttles listed on Snowglobe’s official website. Starting off with the local daily shuttles, there are two that run from Reno and Carson City, which cost $75 for all three days or $39 for a single day pass. If you’re staying in Reno, the pick-up and drop-off point is at Peppermill Hotel, and if you’re staying in Carson City, the pick-up and drop-off area is at Motel 6 Carson City. If you can’t find a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe itself, then Reno and Carson City might be a good back up plan if you’re able to score a shuttle pass.

    Additionally, there are long distance shuttle services from Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, which all depart from each respective city on Friday, December 27th, and return to your city of choice on Wednesday, January 1st. Tickets from Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose cost $99 round trip or $49.50 one way. Sacramento shuttle tickets, on the other hand, are slightly cheaper, priced at $89 round trip or $44.50 one way. Each rider on every shuttle may bring two bags and one ski or snowboard.

  3. Drive. California and Nevada natives also have the convenience of being able to drive to the festival. We’re always in full support of a fun road trip adventure! Driving also gives you the freedom to travel on your own time, so you can hit the festival or the slopes at your own convenience. If you don’t have all-wheel-drive, just be sure to pack a set of chains for your tires before you go!

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  4. Rideshare. In the last year, UberSKI, Lyft, and other rideshare apps are becoming more popular around Lake Tahoe. But do to unpredictable weather conditions, rides may be limited and it’s hard to guarantee a ride. Although ridesharing is an option, it probably isn’t the best mode of transportation that you should count on to and from the festival.
  5. Where to Stay

    The most convenient location would be to find a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe itself, but keep in mind that Snowglobe weekend is one of the busiest times of year in Lake Tahoe, and cabins book up months in advance! If you find an availability in the area, we suggest finalizing your reservation as soon as possible.

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    Your second option would be to search for availability in Meyers, CA; Stateline, NV or Kingsbury, NV — all less than 20 minutes away from the festival grounds. And finally, as mentioned above, your final option is to look for rentals in Reno or Carson City in Nevada, with the option of purchasing a local shuttle pass so you don’t have to worry about driving back and forth each day.

    No matter where you’re staying, just be sure to pack for the cold and layer up!

    Where to Ski

    The 3-day festival is held from Sunday, December 29th to Tuesday, December 31st, which means you have Saturday, December 28th to enjoy a day on the mountain if you wish to squeeze it into your itinerary. And since you’ll already be in Tahoe, why not? There are three ski areas to choose from, all less than an hour away from the festival grounds.

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    The first and most convenient mountain to explore is Heavenly Ski Resort, only ten minutes away from where Snowglobe is held. If you know you want to head to Heavenly before the festival, take our advice and purchase lift tickets online to save at least $20. Adult lift tickets for December 28, 2019 cost $141 online or $174 at the window. For teens ages 13 to 18 years old, tickets cost $116 online or $143 at the window. Be sure to plan ahead for lower rates!

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    If you’re looking to ski for less than $100, your second option is Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, about 30 minutes away from the festival grounds. Advance purchase of lift tickets for Saturday, December 28th cost $94 for adults ages 23 and over, or $69 for young adults between the ages of 13 to 22. The price of single day lift tickets purchased in person, on the other hand, are $125 for adults and $115 for young adults.

    For attendees staying further south — closer to Meyers, CA — another ski area you can visit is Kirkwood Mountain Resort, located 45 minutes away from Snowglobe and just 30 minutes south of Meyers. Lift tickets for adults on December 28th are $103 online or $129 at the window, while teens ages 13 to 18 can ski for $93 online or $116 at the window.

    Your 2019 Snowglobe Playlist

    Once your Snowglobe trip is all set and you’ve got your snow gear ready, be sure to download this playlist with 45 of our favorite tracks from this year’s lineup. You can listen to it on your way to the festival, or while you’re on the slopes. It’s the perfect way to get pumped up for the festival so you can end 2019 with a bang!

North Lake Tahoe vs. South Lake Tahoe | What You Need to Know

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The region around Lake Tahoe is a paradise for nature lovers, mountain men, ski bunnies, and anyone else with a desire for a simpler existence, more than any metropolitan city can provide. Nestled at the crook of the California and Nevada’s border, Lake Tahoe — the body of water — is one of the largest in the United States, with a surface area of nearly 200 square miles, or 191 sq. miles to be exact.

Despite it being so visually expansive, its size is not the main thing that captures people’s attention when first glimpsing the high alpine lake, it’s the lake’s vibrant blue waters. It’s absolutely mesmerizing when seeing it in person. Pictures try to do it justice, but it always seems over-saturated on the screen. Then when you get up close, you realize that wasn’t fancy photo-editing. Lake Tahoe is actually that blue and that clear.

If you’re in California or Reno and tell someone you’re going to Tahoe, the most reasonable follow-up question is: “Oh nice, it’s so beautiful up there! North or South?” If you’ve been enough, or even just once to both, you’ll understand that there is quite a difference to the two regions; which are colloquially referred to as North Lake and South Lake. Knowing these differences and how it relates to the vacation you are looking to have can truly make or break your vacation in Lake Tahoe.

No matter what season you plan your Tahoe trip, we can promise you it will be memorable in its stunning display of nature hitting its stride. However, given that it is on the eve of winter, we’re going to focus this on the colder months, comparing and contrasting North Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe between late November and early May.

What’s the difference between North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe?

North Lake Tahoe is the cluster of communities, parkland, resorts, and forest land along the north and northwest of Lake Tahoe. North Lake Tahoe is not actually a town name, but rather contains Truckee, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay, and Incline Village.

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While on the other end of the lake is the actual town of South Lake Tahoe. Yet outside of that town as the core, South Lake Tahoe can be everything from Emerald Bay, a beautiful cove off the southwest corner of the lake, to Glenbrook along the East Shore.

Speaking of East Shore, North and South Lake are not the only way to navigate the lake. West Shore and East Shore are aptly named as they sit along the western and eastern shores of the lake. On the west side there are some very cute communities, and gorgeous homes right at water’s edge, which contrasts the serenity and vistas found while driving along East Shore.

No, but what’s the real difference between North Lake and South Lake?

With a collection of ski resorts scattered between numerous residential communities, North Lake Tahoe exudes a cozy, traditional mountain experience by the Sierra Nevada Range. Truckee is the largest community as it sits along a railroad and Route 80, but even so, it still holds on to the mining town vibe with a quaint main street of boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

In South Lake Tahoe, you are absolutely going to find a mountain experience as East Peak and Monument Peak loom right along the water. There is a distinct presence of casinos which pop up literally on the border of Nevada and California. Yes, there are casinos on the north side of the lake with Crystal Bay Club and the Biltmore. But it’s simply not the same as having Montbleu, Harrah’s, Hard Rock, and Harvey’s loom ten stories over Route 50.

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Now that’s a bit heavy-handed to bucket the entire region with four buildings. However, when comparing the North and South, we would be remiss to point out that the four largest buildings in the region are casinos on the state line in Stateline. And with that comes a specific cultural presence relative to the numerous ski shops and local dives found in the North.

So what kind of vacation are you looking for?

Everything in close proximity: With two towns sharing a border at the state line, the region of South Lake Tahoe packs a tremendous amount in a small area. So if you’re looking for everything available without the stress of finding an Uber or packing the family into the car, find a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe, California, or Stateline, Nevada. These are also the best locations if you want to ski at Heavenly Ski Resort.

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The down-to-earth mountain town without venturing too far off path: Truckee, California is the answer to your prayers. With a quaint main street of boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants, right off the main highway to the region, Truckee will have the rental you are looking for with hosting friends and family.

Staying at the mountain: If you are hoping to ski the legendary Squaw Valley USA, look for homes to rent in Olympic Valley, CA. You’ll wake up to sounds of ski patrol detonations, snowmobile engines starting their morning, and groomers ending their night. Staying in this area puts you in walking distance to the Far East lift, so have a blast! And don’t worry, there’s also a shuttle if you’d rather not walk with all your snow gear in the cold.

Quiet, secluded peace in the woods: Take a peek at Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, and Tahoma. You’ll be within reach of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to the west, and Northstar to the northeast, but it’s a bit more of a trek to get there. However, what you trade for time in a car you are likely to get back in terms of seclusion and quality of home. Tahoe City by itself is a cute mountain town right on the lake, so if being on the water is important during the snowy months, then this is your place to search.

But what about skiing and snowboarding?

Squaw Valley and Northstar are the most popular destinations in North Lake and rightly so with incredible terrain and pleasant villages. Aside from the two most popular resorts, within close proximity of the north side of the lake are also Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Mt. Rose. Heavenly Ski Resort lies in the south, where the gondola into the mountain is also right at the state line of California and Nevada.

Beyond the range of “close to lake” are a number of other choices as well. To the north are Sugar Bowl and Boreal. (Yes, there is another small hill called Soda Springs, but if you are traveling to ski, this is not where you will be heading). Then a bit farther south are Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

Heavenly Ski Resort is all but the only option for those in South Lake, and its village is shared by South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, Nevada. So after skiing, you can just boot walk right into any of the numerous restaurants or bars for apres. Yes, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe are considered within reach and are each great mountains to boot, but if you want a Lake Tahoe experience beyond just the skiing, then these shouldn’t be high on your radar.

So, have you decided between North Lake and South Lake? Allow us to help you find the right vacation rental for you!

Lake Tahoe Winter Travel Guide | Activities, Tips & More

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Lake Tahoe is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise — no matter what time of year you visit — but winter in particular is a marvelous season in Tahoe. Thousands of visitors have the option to enjoy various winter activities at over ten different ski resorts in the area, in addition to getting sweeping scenic views from just about anywhere. If it’s your first time visiting this ski region nestled on the border of California and Nevada, you’ll be amazed at all there is to do!

    Local Winter Activities

  1. Skiing & Snowboarding

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    Lake Tahoe is known as California’s top ski destination. Although Tahoe sits on the vertical border of California and Nevada, its two main communities are split horizontally, across the beautiful blue body of water. These two communities are called North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe South. A handful of resorts exist in both these areas, so you may want to check out a couple of them during your stay.

    One of the most popular resorts in North Lake Tahoe is Northstar. There, you’ll find the Burton Academy, the only official Burton snowboarding school. If you’re in need of some liquid courage on the mountain, you can ride down to Tōst at 1:30 PM and cheers with fellow riders over a free glass of bubbly at 2:00 PM. Because the champagne is complimentary, drinks are distributed on a first come-first serve basis.

    Down in Tahoe South, you can take advantage of a full day of winter fun at Heavenly Resort. Aside from shredding down Heavenly’s slopes, if you’re visiting in December, you can check out Heavenly Holidays, a full month of holiday celebrations including a tree lighting, fireworks, live music, and more.

  2. Drive the Scenic Highways

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    California upholds a reputation for having incredibly scenic views as you drive through the state’s highways, and Tahoe is no exception. Take a drive down the scenic highways 89, 28, and 50 to appreciate the skyline and lake views. As the highway takes you up north, feel free to stop at Squaw Valley, another ski resort which served as the site for the 1960 Winter Olympics. While there, you can tour the Olympic Museum, ice skate, ski, snowboard, or take an aerial tram ride to catch amazing views of Lake Tahoe’s landscape.

    If you continue to drive north, you’ll probably end up in an old historic railroad town called Truckee. Here you can take a break and do some shopping at local boutiques such as Dressed or Bespoke. Your visit to Lake Tahoe wouldn’t be complete without actually seeing the lake up close. On your way down from Truckee, find your way to Crystal Bay on the Nevada side, which boasts the deepest point in the whole lake, measuring in at 1,645 feet deep. This area has a lot going on, including a casino to let you test your luck and gamble a little. You’ve reached Nevada after all. If you’re not the gambling type, you can grab a bite right along the water at Lone Eagle Grille.

  3. Overlooks and State Parks

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    If it’s not too cold out, you can visit some of the high overlooks and state parks. Emerald Bay Overlook gives an expansive view of the Emerald Bay. So much so, that it’s said to be one of the most photographed places in the world. As long as the weather permits, Emerald Bay at sunrise is an incredible sight to see, even in the winter. A nearby trail leads to Vikingsholm Castle, a hidden gem built in the late 1920s. Have your camera ready here too so you can take a few snapshots at the historic mansion.

    The state parks and recreation areas around Lake Tahoe also have some picturesque views. D. L. Bliss State Park and the Donner Memorial State Park normally more popular during the summer, but if you visit during the tail end of winter, you’ll get to witness the vibrant colors of the lake in contrast with the snow, pictured below.

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Tips for Exploring Tahoe

  1. Plan Your Routes and Check Road Conditions

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    Driving is the most convenient way to get around the Lake Tahoe area, but it’s easy to get lost. To keep yourself from driving around in circles, plan your activities and routes in advance, and double check addresses on a map, and write it down somewhere in case you lose service. In the winter, look up local road conditions before you set off. The area gets a lot of snow, and road closures are not uncommon. The Waze App is a great way to get live updates on road closures while navigating where you need to go. Even if your route is clear, pack a set of chains, just in case.

    Pro tip: chains are normally more expensive in Tahoe. If you’re visiting during the winter from a different city such as San Francisco, purchase chains before you get to Tahoe. Alternatively, you can also save yourself the hassle and rent an all-wheel-drive car.

  2. Opt For Home Cooked Meals Instead of Restaurants

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    Don’t get us wrong — there’s nothing wrong with restaurants in Tahoe. But if you ask us, enjoying a home-cooked meal in your Tahoe vacation rental adds to the cozy winter experience. There are many other advantages to doing grocery shopping instead of splurging at restaurants.

    First, you’ll want to be prepared if you get snowed in. During the winter months, anything is possible, and it’s better to be prepared rather than stuck at home with no food. Second, cooking your own meals will also save a lot of money, which you’ll be able to spend on other exciting things. Third, this will allow you to enjoy spending time in your vacation rental rather than being out and about all the time.

    Hit the grocery store and think of the best comfort food you can make for you and all your travel companions! You never know, cooking may even turn into a fun activity for your entire Tahoe crew.

  3. Always Pack Snacks

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    While you’re at the grocery store, be sure to grab some snacks too. Granola bars are perfect to bring in a backpack when you hit the slopes so you can refuel when you get tired. And who doesn’t love road trip snacks? Traffic jams, delays and road closures on the highway are common. Packing something to eat and drink along the way can keep you from feeling tired and hungry if you get stuck.

  4. Ready to pack your bags and head to Lake Tahoe this winter? Book a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe or North Lake Tahoe now.

Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals That Can Accommodate the Whole Family

If you haven’t started planning your winter break escape with your family, now is a great time to start. Earlier this year, we surveyed 1,000 travelers to find the best vacation spots in the United States. Our results showed that Lake Tahoe won in spades as the top destination for outdoor activities during any time of year.

As the snow starts to fall, Tahoe seemingly transforms into a magical winter wonderland. To experience Tahoe’s beauty in the winter, take a look at these four cabins allowing you to appreciate the glistening blue body of water, where the whole family can enjoy some quality time.

  1. Lakeside 3 Bedroom With Patio & Deck

    Looking for lake access on the north side of Tahoe? Check out this town home right along Kings Beach! This property sleeps up to seven people with gorgeous lake views.

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    One of the great things about this home is that the common areas are all connected, with no enclosures obstructing your view. You can be cooking on the island stove top while conversing with your family and friends in the living room. Your view of the lake all the way from the kitchen isn’t too shabby either.

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    When you want to spend some time outdoors, there’s a patio on the first floor and a deck on the second floor. The deck even has a gas grill and heater, so you can still make use of the outdoor amenities when it’s cold outside.

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  2. Dog-Friendly Romantic Log Cabin

    Pet-friendly vacation rentals are always in demand. For anyone traveling to Tahoe with a furry family member, we’ve found the perfect place for you in Tahoe City, on the west edge of the lake.

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    This lodge has three bedrooms and sleeps eight guests comfortably. If you’re looking to invite more than eight people, you can also contact the owner about booking the cabin that sleeps ten people next door. Lake Tahoe slumber party for 18? We want in.

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    The fenced backyard features an outdoor dining area, a hot tub, and patio seating. Let your pup run free while you relax in the spa, or sit around with hot chocolate and s’mores.

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  3. Luxury 5 Bedroom Family Style Home

    If you want to accommodate one big family under one roof, check out this incredible property that sleeps fifteen people on the Nevada side. There’s plenty of exciting amenities in this home that make it a wonderful vacation destination.

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    Starting off with the indoor spa, this room dedicated to relaxation is fully equipped with a hot tub and wooden infrared sauna. The wall of windows on one end allows the natural light to pour in during the day. When it starts to snow, you can peacefully watch from the heated jacuzzi.

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    Once you’ve made use of the private spa, it’s time to get cozy in the home theater! Lazy boy seats, surround sound, and a projector sounds like the ideal set up for a laid-back weekend. Bust out the popcorn and now your only problem is, what does everyone want to watch?

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  4. Cozy Classic A-Frame Cabin

    For a unique homestay in North Lake Tahoe, why not settle into this adorable “A frame” cabin? It’s located in the small community of Kings Beach, about a mile away from the lake, and within close proximity to a handful of ski resorts and casinos.

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    The interior architecture of this home adds more flavor to your Tahoe experience, with triangular floor to ceiling windows, leading to a deck facing south west — perfect for catching a colorful Lake Tahoe sunset!

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    A total of three bedrooms sleep six people comfortably, which is great for an average-sized family. Each room is a constant reminder that you’re living the cabin life, so take full advantage and enjoy your winter getaway.

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Whether you want to stay in North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe, we can help you find the right vacation rental for your entire family.

Top 10 Most Exciting Weekend Places to Explore in Colorado

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The state of Colorado is known for its unpolluted fresh air and natural wonders. The views are majestic, and there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy. Here are the top 10 most exciting weekend getaways in Colorado:

  1. Vail

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    Vail is famous for its epic slopes and powdery mountains. The city has its own ski area called Vail Ski Resort, which upholds a reputation for being one of the best ski resorts in the entire country. Plus, if you’re planning on heading to Vail this winter, be sure to check out Eater’s list of best bars and restaurants in the area, including La Nonna Ristorante, Vail’s newest authentic Italian joint that reopens its doors for the ski season on November 15th.

  2. Maroon Bells

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    Colorado’s Maroon Bells mountain range is one of the most photographed ridges in the country. The Maroon Bells Scenic Loop Trail is a short hike that’s stunning during any time of year, accessible for all skill levels, and leashed dogs are allowed too! Prepare your backpack, and get ready for an adventurous hiking experience. The scenery is absolutely incredible.

  3. Mesa Verde National Park

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    Mesa Verde National Park is an incredible preservation of land, established to protect the creations of the Ancestral Pueblo people in Colorado many years ago. The way the Pueblo architecture blends with the nature that surrounds it is truly a marvelous sight to see. If you’re interested in learning more about Native American culture, this park is a great place to explore.

  4. Pagosa Springs

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    Pagosa Springs is home to the world’s deepest natural hot spring, with a record-breaking depth of over 1,000 feet. Enjoy soaking in the hot springs in winter, try ice fishing, or ice skating. On a cold winter day, you also can’t go wrong with brewery hopping. Get the local craft beer experience at Pagosa Brewing Company and Riff Raff Brewing Company.

  5. Pike National Forest

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    Pike National Forest is the perfect place to get away from everyday life and recharge. Set up your camping tent, go hiking, or spend quality time fishing with your loved ones. There are several streams in the forest for anglers to enjoy catching fish, but the most popular fishing area is Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area. While you’re there, enjoy a 19 mile scenic drive along Pikes Peak Highway.

  6. Million Dollar Highway

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    Speaking of scenic drives, the “Million Dollar Highway” offers jaw-dropping views of Colorado. Hop in a car, and have a joyride in the mountainside highway, but be careful because some areas of this road lack guardrails. Some sights along the drive include Bear Creek Falls and the Uncompahgre Gorge. There are a few restaurants and shops along the way, but take note that these establishments are closed during winter.

  7. Rocky Mountain National Park

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    Rocky Mountain National Park ranks third in the top U.S. national parks to explore. Wildlife viewing and camping are two of the most exciting activities to experience here, but if you’re looking for the perfect view of the Rocky Mountain’s ridges, the Forest Canyon Overlook is a great place to start. Within the park also lies a ghost town on the Lulu City Trail. As you continue to roam the land, you’ll probably also see bighorn sheep, deer, and elk in the flesh.

  8. Garden of the Gods

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    At Garden of the Gods, you’ll find towering red rock formations contrasting with blue skies and greenery all around. Once you arrive at this geological wonder, you’ll understand how it got its name. Explore on bike, or go on a horseback riding tour. For adrenaline seekers, rock climbing is a common activity in the area. Best of all, this National Natural Landmark can be experienced free of charge.

  9. Durango

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    Visit the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum in the town of Durango. The historic train is still fully functional, with day trips available from Durango to Silverton. During the holidays, there is even a Christmas Tree Train ride! But no matter when you’re visiting, Durango has a mountainous landscape, making it a great location for hiking and mountain biking.

  10. Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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    Black Canyon of the Gunnison is sometimes referred to as Colorado’s Grand Canyon. For couples who seek privacy and time away from the crowd, this park is secluded from noise and people. There are three campsites available: South Rim, North Rim, and the East Portal. The land is so remote that every September, they host an annual Astronomy Festival.

Which Colorado attraction are you planning to visit first? Allow us to help you find an affordable vacation rental close by.

5 Solo Travel Destinations to Cure Being Homesick on Thanksgiving

The saying “you can’t go home again” gets incredibly tough around the holidays — and Thanksgiving is an especially tough one to miss, because there’s nothing like sitting around a table with your loved ones, indulging in butter-dunked foods, watching a good ol’ American football game, shopping on Black Friday, and just being there to enjoy the leftovers all weekend. But before your inability to get home for Thanksgiving brings out your inner Scrooge, consider this:  with an affordable vacation rental, you can still escape the monotony of everyday life to take in unique local cultures and embrace the holiday magic.

Here are a few cities to check out, plus some notable things to do if you’re homesick and solo on Thanksgiving. Each location has plenty of dining options sure to keep your ugly-holiday-sweater-rocking-self stuffed, in addition to plenty of activities to keep you busy. Don’t forget that sometimes it’s refreshing to spend some quality time alone, and in the end, we’re sure these locations will help put you in the holiday spirit.

Boulder, Colorado

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Located about 45 minutes outside of Denver, Boulder is definitely accessible by car, but if you don’t want to spend a fortune or drive, there are also options to get there via shuttle courtesy Green Ride and Super Shuttle. Once you’ve arrived at this charming mountain getaway, there are plenty of Thanksgiving dining options to keep your stomach happy, and there are a lot of fun non-food activities you can do too.

Take in a holiday tradition courtesy of the Boulder Ballet. The holiday season means many things, but if you’re a ballet buff, chances are you’ll want to consider checking out this Boulder Ballet holiday classic, The Nutcracker, telling the magical and whimsical story of a young girl Clara and her beloved nutcracker. The show follows them on a fantastic adventure through fairy towns and faraway lands over one unforgettable Christmas night.

Enjoy Dude It’s Boulder at the Dairy Arts Center. Known locally as “The Dairy,” this center bills itself as Boulder’s “catalyst for creativity since 1992,” with cultural offerings that include cinema, arts, dance, music, and — of course — theater. Dude It’s Boulder, written by Jane Shepard, a Boulder native and award-winning playwright, presents the life and times of Boulder over 10 decades with live music and 75 characters. So beloved is this show, that it often sells out.

Hit the trails, slopes, or both to take in the local fun. The scenic backdrop that surrounds the area beckons visitors who seek a trail to hike or a slope for a skiing adventure. Beer lovers can enjoy a mug of local suds from one of the 21 nearby breweries or shop wares crafted by local makers. And don’t forget to sample some chocolate while you’re out and about.

Ready to save a mint? Affordable rentals in Boulder are right this way.

Sedona, Arizona

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Although Sedona is a two-hour drive from Phoenix and an hour outside Flagstaff, if you’re up for the drive, it is one scenic trip worth considering given the reward of breathtaking views along the way. Known as a retreat with many resorts and spas where visitors can get their rest and relaxation on, Sedona also provides visitors with some pretty sweet treats and activities.

Visit Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. This former site of an artist’s community now plays host to over 50 unique shops and art galleries. Visitors can browse local artist’s wares, which are sometimes crafted on the premises, including bronze sculptures, weavings, and fine contemporary jewelry. The village also offers fine dining with a nod to the state’s local Southwestern roots.

Enjoy the Vines of Verde Valley. Located in the nearby red rock countryside, Verde Valley is a wine lover’s paradise. Verde, which means green, is a great way to describe this region because it provides a lush oasis in the desert with nearly 80% of it designated as National Forest. The valley is home to the Verde River, the state’s only federally designated “Wild and Scenic River.” Verde Valley also consists of five vineyards and six tasting rooms, offering wine lovers the perfect excuse to sip and stroll on repeat.

Take a Jeep Tour. If it’s accessible to humans by car in Sedona, chances are you can probably take a tour of it in a Jeep Tour. Visitors to Sedona can expect to experience wineries, the Canyon, and countless other local draws from the vantage point of a local Jeep experience, with some lasting for an hour and others taking much longer. Don’t want to do the tour thing? Cool. You can also rent a Jeep and make your very own DIY tour.

Is Sedona’s energy calling your name? We’ve got you covered with affordable rentals right here.

Leavenworth, Washington

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Have you ever dreamed of going to Germany without having to dust off your passport? If so, you’re in luck because Leavenworth is waiting for your arrival, with all the Bavarian delights one can hope for this side of the Atlantic. The self-proclaimed “Alps of Washington” prides itself in keeping it local. Whether it’s wine, chocolate, cheese, or goods and trinkets, Leavenworth is down to party Bavarian-style any time of the year.

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage or Sleigh Ride. What better way to kick off the holiday season than to cozy up under soft blankets and see the sights in a carriage or sleigh ride? There are dozens of ways to participate, including, breakfast and dinner routes, at nearby ranches and in nearby meadows, and of course, some offer warm cider by the fire to top it off.

Give Yourself a Spa Day. Holidays can be stressful, so why not consider booking yourself an afternoon at the spa to relieve the stress and help you feel like a million bucks in the process? While Leavenworth is known for its nod to the old country, its spa offerings are modern and up-to-date, including luxury treatments such as massages, facials, scrubs, and wraps.

Swing by the Nutcracker Museum. You read that right. Leavenworth is so in love with all things Nutcracker that it even has a museum solely dedicated to the intricate wooden gadgets. The collection features figurines from all around the world and presents their rich history in a way that delights both children and adult visitors.

Ready to relax? A cozy rental in Leavenworth will do you good.

Portland, Oregon

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Thinking about keeping it weird this Turkey Day? The town known for just that is more than equipped to give visitors a great experience this time of year. While slightly larger and more well known than the other locales on this list, Portland usually manages to keep a small vibe even as it incorporates big-city sophistication.

The result: a holiday to remember.

Enjoy Holiday Spirit Aboard the Portland Spirit. Want to skip the hotels and restaurants for dinner and hit the waters instead? Great news! The Portland Spirit can do just that. For two hours, a boat will take visitors along the Willamette River, providing great views of the city and the nearby Milwaukie Waterfront. Dinner is served buffet style and includes all the trimmings one can expect to find at a holiday table. Visitors are also treated to candle-lit tables and live piano music.

Dig the Vibe at Dig a Pony Thanksgiving. Ready to dance, get down, and maybe find a sweet treat? You just might want to see what’s going on at Dig a Pony Thanksgiving. The venue is a performing art and dance space that also offers drinks. In honor of Thanksgiving, guests at Dig A Pony are invited to enjoy dessert while they bop to the music because it plans on serving up some pie along with a side of funk.

Check Out the Holiday Tree Lighting and Beaverton Night Market. Portland will host its 35th annual holiday tree lighting from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Pioneer Square Court House on November 29th. In addition to the brilliance of over 14,000 lights on a 75-foot Douglas fir, the town will host a holiday sing-along with hot chocolate on hand. Meanwhile, shoppers can bop over to the Beaverton Night Market Bazaar for souvenirs, arts, and crafts by nearly 30 vendors.

If you want to live like a Portland local, come find your affordable rental here.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Last but not least on this list is Jackson Hole. At over an hour’s drive from Yellowstone, Jackson Hole is part of a 50-mile valley surrounded by mountains that prides itself in historically progressive moves such as electing the first all-female town council in the country in 1920. In 1930, Snow King Resort was established, marking the first ski area in the state and one of the first in the United States.

Run For A Prize. Each Thanksgiving, runners, joggers, and even prancers gather in downtown Jackson Hole to kick off the town’s annual Turkey Trot 5K. The race, which starts and finishes in the downtown square, celebrates its 27th year in operations and for 2019 will collect non-perishables for the nearby Jackson Cupboard, a local soup kitchen.

Attend A Tree Lighting With the Locals. From 5:00 PM to 7:00m PM the Friday after Thanksgiving, Jackson Hole invites visitors and locals alike to come and enjoy the lighting of its town tree, to sing Christmas carols together, and to get into the holiday mood. Even non-believers can expect a sense of magic, as Santa enters the town square pulled by sleigh dogs.

Get Lost In (Responsibly) In Nature. The fun in Jackson Hole doesn’t stop at the town square. There are plenty of excursion worthy stops outside the center city as well. Try a 12-minute ride in the Jackson Hole Tram if you want to see the surrounding area from high in the sky. Ski buffs can hit the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and for those who want to really get lost, taking in a guided wildlife tour is a sure bet.

Pro tip: your money doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket in Jackson Hole if you book an affordable rental.

Enjoy a Snow Day in These Four Gorgeous Cabins in Vail, Colorado

If you’ve set your sights on checking out Vail, Colorado for your first ski trip of the season, your next step would be to find a cozy lodge or cabin to keep you warm after a day on the slopes. Take a peek at these four Vail vacation rentals we love, which you can book instantly.

  1. West Vail Rustic 3 Bedroom & Loft

    For a convenient place to stay, you can settle into this lodge in West Vail, just a short walk away from a free bus ride to Vail Ski Resort. Plus, once the snow starts to pour, you’ll have piles of powder right in your backyard. If you bring kids, this would be a wonderful place to play in the snow without straying far away from home.

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    This contemporary cabin sleeps 11 people, fully stocked with a SmartTV, firewood, and fireplace for everyone to gather around at the end of the day. It’s the perfect room to catch up with friends and family!

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    The property itself is located on Gore Creek, and surrounded by mountain views. You’ll be blessed with a peaceful sight of Colorado right outside the balcony.

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  2. Grand Hyatt Vail

    Looking to treat yourself to top-notch service at your vacation rental? Consider booking a room at the Grand Hyatt for maximum comfort. This particular property comes highly recommended for couples, but you also have the option to select a suite for up to six people.

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    Just like the first property listed above, the Grand Hyatt is located along Gore Creek, seen right outside this bathroom balcony. But let’s take a second to admire this amazing bath tub ⁠— picture yourself drawing a warm bath right here after exploring the beauty of Vail in the winter.

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    Or, to level up your relaxation game after hitting Vail’s slopes, you can also treat yourself to a foot massage at the Grand Hyatt’s onsite spa. Other amenities at this property include two heated outdoor pools and three hot tubs. A luxurious experience like this would probably set the bar high for all your ski trips in the future.

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  3. Vail Log Cabin With Beautiful Creek Views

    If you’re coming to Colorado to escape city life and enjoy what winter has to offer, this cabin is all you need. This newly remodeled home sleeps up to eight people, conveniently located close to a Vail Town Shuttle Stop, and just a drive away from Vail Ski Resort.

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    Enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature from your front yard, with Gore Creek right around the corner. There’s plenty of space to make a snowman, make snow angels, or have a snowball fight with the kids!

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    When all is said and done, you can come home and be welcomed by this big comfy bed. How often do you get to enjoy a weekend in an actual log cabin?

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  4. Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa

    Opulence is waiting for you at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, situated right in the heart of Vail Village. Guests at this lodge are spoiled with free breakfasts every morning, massage services at the spa, and a fitness center that’s fully equipped with saunas.

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    These spacious suites are surrounded by windows, letting in all the natural light. It’s a great place for families to enjoy a winter vacation in the most hassle-free experience, with onsite concierge to assist with any of your needs.

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    All this space will make you feel right at home! Share a meal at the dining table, or pack some board games just for this occasion.

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