2017 Mountain Markets Vacation Rental Report: Lake Tahoe

Snow is falling and opportunity is knocking for vacation rental homeowners in mountain towns across the country. With the private accommodation sector growing twice as fast as the total U.S. travel industry, we wanted to explore what trends popular winter vacation destination markets are experiencing this year.

Welcome to Vacasa’s 2017 Mountain Markets Vacation Rental Report for the Lake Tahoe area. Our analysts crunched numbers using comprehensive internal, partner, and industry data from nearly 20,000 homes in 11 markets to explore changes in everything from vacation rental inventory to pet friendliness and amenity identity.

There are so many incredible alpine destinations in this country. For this report, we chose to compare markets that offered regional representation and the most relevant vacation rental data: Lake Tahoe, Park City, Breckenridge, Bend, Stowe, Whitefish, Aspen, Big Sky, Telluride, Jackson, and Sun Valley.

We hope you find the insights both informative and interesting,

—The Team at Vacasa



Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Inventory

Demand for short-term rentals is booming and mountain town vacation homeowners are increasingly opening their doors to guests. The Lake Tahoe market has seen an overall decrease in vacation rental inventory due to regulations in towns like South Lake Tahoe. With the regulatory landscape continually in flux, savvy vacation homeowners in mountain states should seize the opportunity to establish their homes in the market today.

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Leading the Pack

Lake Tahoe - Fastest Growing Vacation Rental Inventory

Market Overview

Lake Tahoe - Growth of Vacation Rental Inventory



Lake Tahoe Guests

When marketing a vacation rental home, knowing market search trends and where travelers are coming from informs strategy and can help drive more bookings. Travelers to the Lake Tahoe area search for “cabins” more often than “vacation rentals.” That’s unique among mountain markets. Vacation rental homeowners should optimize their listing copy for SEO to increase the chances their homes will be discovered by guests.  

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Lake Tahoe Guests are Searching for Cabins

Lake Tahoe - Most Popular Google Searches

Lake Tahoe Guests Travel From NY as Often as From WA and OR

Lake Tahoe - Where Lake Tahoe Guests Call Home



Lake Tahoe Amenities

The right amenities can help a vacation rental stand out from the crowd and command premium pricing. Lake Tahoe has a proliferation of hot tubs. Vacation homeowners here have an opportunity to differentiate by investing in an outdoor grill and cable TV.

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The Top 4 Most Common Amenities 

Lake Tahoe - Where to Find the Four Most Common Mountain Town Vacation Rental Amenities



Lake Tahoe Guest Reviews

Today’s guests are savvy, well connected and always online. As powerful as your marketing materials, their positive reviews drive bookings by helping to establish trust and credibility with future guests. You don’t have to own a lakefront lodge to get positive reviews. Two of the three most highly reviewed Vacasa homes in the Lake Tahoe market are actually condos. Vacation homeowners can help their communities benefit from review culture by recommending their favorite local businesses on Yelp and Google.

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Reviews Are Good For Business

Lake Tahoe - The Power of Reviews

Local Darlings

Top 2 Most Popular Lake Tahoe Market Homes By Guest Review




Family Trends in Lake Tahoe

In some markets, spring break is party season. In the Lake Tahoe market, spring break is all about families. Vacation rental operators in Lake Tahoe see more guests with children during peak season and around school holidays, with fewer families visiting during the off-seasons. Vacation rental owners in mountain towns can win kudos from vacationing families for stocking their homes with family-friendly games or outdoor sports equipment.

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Peak Season and Spring Break Are Family Time

Lake Tahoe - Percent of Reservations With Kids

Family Favorites

Top 3 Most Popular Lake Tahoe Market Vacasa Homes for Bringing Kids




Pet Trends in Lake Tahoe

Fun fact: Over 50% of American households include a dog and more than half of these families will only stay in dog-friendly lodging. Overall, vacation rental inventory in mountain markets including Lake Tahoe is trending pawsitive. 

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The Pet-Friendliest

Lake Tahoe - Most Pet-Friendly Mountain Markets


Lake Tahoe - Pet-Friendly Inventory

When Dogs Dream

Top 2 Most Popular Lake Tahoe Market Vacasa Homes for Bringing Pets




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