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City, Southern California, San Diego, United States, the local called `the best City ‘. It is located in San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean near the entrance at the Mexican border. San Diego is California’s second largest city and the seventh largest in the United States. It is also dubbed as `America’s biggest small town ‘. Beautiful San Diego, California for its cooking, expensive mall, excellent architecture, museums, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park is a wide selection of well-known.
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Lake Tahoe’s First Big Storm of 2010 Brings Vacation Rentals To Life

The Lake Tahoe ski resorts can be the perfect wintertime getaway for a family. Many travelers load up the car each winter from California and head up to the north or south shore where many ski resorts make home to a day of fun skiing, sledding and snowboarding. Some families simply go to breathe in the beauty of the lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Travelers near and far also go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the unlimited recreational activities any season of the year. Lake Tahoe truly has something for everyone especially if you are adventure minded. Perhaps this is why the first major storm has skyrocketed bookings for one of the many Lake Tahoe vacation rentals and cabins on both shores. The first arctic blast of the season has brought several feet of snow just in time for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.

Lake Tahoe’s north and south shores are home to numerous world class ski resorts for kids and adults. Pacific coastal storms deliver many feet of snow to the local ski resorts and a little less at lake level. Many of the Lake Tahoe skiers often have the best of both worlds – tons of snow and relatively warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. These great conditions combined with amazing views of Lake Tahoe below make skiing on Lake Tahoe’s north or south shore truly exceptional. The largest ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are Squaw Valley, Heavenly, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Northstar-At-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Northstar-At-Tahoe is a wonderful destination for families to spend a day skiing or snowboarding. Lessons are easily booked and managed for the kids while parents can enjoy their own day of skiing, boarding or hanging out at the beautiful resort. Cross country skiing and snow mobile riding are also very popular in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe offers nearly unlimited shopping, gaming, hiking, biking, along with Truckee river and lake activities. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails in the Lake Tahoe basin. The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 90-mile hiking and equestrian trail that follows the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The trail traverses six counties and two states and includes a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. This trail is on the adventurous side with elevations ranging from 6,300 to 9,400 feet and an average grade of 10%. Shorter and less demanding trails are available throughout the region. For golfers, numerous courses are available for all skill levels and budgets.

In winter or summer, many shops all around the lake display the goods where shoppers can find all sorts of unique items. Several small towns around Lake Tahoe like Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City offer great shopping and dining. Major casinos like the Hyatt on the north shore or Harrah’s on the south shore offer casinos for adults.

The preferred accommodations for groups and large or small families are one of the many Lake Tahoe vacation rentals and cabins on either shoreline of Lake Tahoe. The seemingly endless supply of incredible vacation rentals are fitting for most all budgets. The unique range of Tahoe accommodations are situated near your family or group’s desired recreational activities. At an ever-increasing rate, travelers are  selecting vacation rentals, cabin rentals and condo rentals to meet the needs of their family vacation. These types of travel accommodations offer the flexibility and amenities not found in a hotel room. The best time to book your next vacation home in Lake Tahoe is well in advance of your actual trip. Much like hotels, Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, cabins and condos sell out during the peak seasons and many weekends. The first storm of the season already has the phones ringing with anxious travelers booking up their winter holiday accommodations.

Vacation Rental Listings – The Good, The Bad and the Outright Scams

Vacation Rental Listings – The Good, The Bad and the Outright Scams

Advertising vacation rentals across the nation has changed to the property owner’s advantage. Five years ago, property owners depended on their local newspaper to advertise their vacation rentals. Newspapers charged anywhere from .00 to 0.00 to run a three-line cram-it-in ad for 30 days as a classified listing (00 per year). The reach was limited to the amount of papers that were printed and read on any particular day. Compare that to today’s global reach and on-demand access to rental listings on the World Wide Web.

This is great news for owners wishing to advertise to the far corners of the earth. Travelers from around the world now have the ability to view listings on thousands of advertising sites with relative ease. There are risks, though: RENTER BEWARE! That vacation rental you have selected in New York, Utah or Lake Tahoe may be an empty lot upon your family’s arrival at 9:30 pm after a day of traveling.

Travelers are beginning to become keen to the fact vacation rentals are a popular choice when traveling with the family, but checking to see if that perfect getaway is verified is an often overlooked step. Anyone from Hong Kong to the Idaho can post a listing for a vacation rental on the internet. Simply log on to the internet, pay your 0.00 to post your listing on a popular rental site, and field the inquiries as they arrive in your inbox. Not getting enough inquiries? Lower the price and add a few more pictures. Owners know this all too well and unfortunately so to the scammers.

98% of all the vacation rental websites do not verify their listings. It is up to the consumer to assume the risk and do their own due diligence. Scammers are good at what they do and here is why: They spend hours scouring these properties on these listing sites to learn how to create a good attractive listing, often simply cutting and pasting from other ads to create a great presentation of a non-existent property.

Just looking at some these listings, even the most experienced agents would have no clue whether or not the home, condo, chalet or cottage is legitimate until it’s too late. The renter has mailed the check or used an online means for payment and the money is transferred to a corner of the world we did not know existed. The email account is closed and the chase across the border will end right there.

As the vacation rental market expands by leaps and bounds, so are vacation rental listing scams. Without some due diligence and research, your perfect family vacation could end before it even starts.

How do you protect yourself from scammers? Obviously, be very careful before you send your hard-earned money to a listing on a vacation rentals website. Be patient, plan ahead – it might take some time and some communication exchanges before you find the place you’re looking for. Find out who the listing belongs to! If it sounds too good to be true, or if you just have a feeling that something isn’t right – stop right there and ask for proof of ownership and that the house you’re viewing on your computer screen actually exists.

To learn more about renting verified vacation rentals from real owners with real proof that the home exists visit for vacation renal listings that are carefully verified for your next family vacation.