Destination guide

Homewood: a gateway to Lake Tahoe

The tiny community of Homewood lies along the western shores of Lake Tahoe, just a few miles south of Tahoe City. While there's not an awful lot to do in Homewood itself, it serves as the perfect base for exploring the country's 2nd deepest lake and the charming towns that dot its shoreline. If you score a Homewood vacation rental during summer, there are endless possibilities for outdoor activities, from simply splashing around in the cool waters to boating and paddle boarding. In winter, the flurries of snow offer opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowboarding.

Things to do

Homewood is a place steeped in history

The area around your Homewood vacation rental has more to offer than just outdoor activities. The area is steeped in history, which is best discovered in one of the nearby museums. Sports fans should make a beeline for the Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics up in Tahoe City, which houses an impressive collection of memorabilia, mementos and literature about the games. Alternatively, swing by Watson Cabin, which serves as one of the finest examples of early 20th-century architecture. You can complement your time on the lake at the Tahoe Maritime Museum, which chronicles the region's sea-going history.


Year-round outdoor activity in Homewood

If you've nabbed a Homewood vacation rental in summer, there's a staggering number of family-friendly activities on and around Lake Tahoe to get stuck into. For a little adventure, consider renting jet skis to race across the lake, or take to the skies on one of the parasailing trips. For something a little calmer, you can paddle around the lake on kayaks, or go hiking along the picturesque shoreline, perhaps spending a night under the stars on a family camp out. The winter snows bring in a whole new host of adventurous activities, including skiing and snowboarding in the nearby mountains.


Homewood is a year-round treat

The biggest influx of vacationers is during the summer months, when families escape the stuffy cities and descend upon Lake Tahoe's beaches. If you're lucky enough to have bagged a Homewood vacation between July and August, you can pretty much guarantee bright and sunny days. Winter sees a new set of thrill seeking adventurers, who tip up with their skis and snowboards. Between the 2 peak seasons is the sweet spot. March to May and September to November still sees warm weather, while the rental prices have dropped off along with the crowds.

Natural features

Spot the elusive mountain lion in Homewood

If you're looking to spot wildlife, you've come to the right place. There's almost 300 recorded species that roam around the forests and shores of Lake Tahoe. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Sierra red fox or mountain beaver. Though elusive, it's not unheard of to spot a black bear or solitary mountain lion, particularly in the nearby mountains. You can also keep your eyes peeled for golden-mantled ground squirrels, shy mule deer and porcupines, not to mention nocturnal raccoons, which have a reputation for raiding camps for food after dark.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Homewood

The nearest airport is in Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), located 16.7 mi (26.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 18 mi (28.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Homewood?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,615 vacation rentals near Homewood. From 892 Houses to 246 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Homewood for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Homewood?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Homewood:

  • Tahoe Pines: 64 vacation rentals
  • Chamberlands: 169 vacation rentals
  • McKinney Estates: 155 vacation rentals
  • Homewood Mountain Resort: 597 vacation rentals
  • Timberland: 34 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Homewood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Homewood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tahoe Maritime Museum: 6,211 vacation rentals
  • Sand Harbor: 4,677 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Bay State Park: 2,293 vacation rentals
  • Lakeside Beach: 3,513 vacation rentals
  • Heavenly Village: 1,979 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Homewood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Homewood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 892 Houses in Homewood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Homewood include:

  • Cabins: 246 rentals available
  • Cottages: 246 rentals available
  • Chalets: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Homewood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 477 vacation rentals with pool available in Homewood. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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