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Ripke Retreat, $99 Fall Special, Location!, Total Remodel, Pool, Hot Tub/WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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Our Retreat is located in the center of all South Lake Tahoe venues. Minutes from the stateline casinos, Heavenly California base lodge, walking distance to the Ski Run Marina, and beaches. Close to bike trails and hiking. A Safeway market and the Bijou Golf Municipal Course are just three blocks west of our stunningly updated condo.

Please email your booking request as early as possible to secure the dates you want. We reduce our rates for longer stays. Please see our "Rates" page for details.

Experience accommodations that look and FEEL like Tahoe! Incredible golden pine cabinetry highlighted by mountain green trim. Just completed is our updated mid-bath shower and all-new pine interior doors. We opened up our entire kitchen space by removing the dining room wall. New granite countertops with all the appliances you need. We've also thought of "extra conveniences" like a Kuereg coffee maker, waffle iron, crock pot, toaster oven, coffee grinder, blender, extra coat racks, framed cable TV guides, programmable hotel safe, "Limelite" nite lights, and a high chair for our smaller guests. Pull out living room queen sleeper sofa allows us to sleep eight guests.

Just added..... We listen to our guest reviews! We just added new Leesa hybrid mattresses in two of our bedrooms, including a new Ca. king in our master. Experience added comfort and deep sleep like you have never experienced before! Wake up refreshed and ready for new mountain adventures every morning.

Enjoy stunning "Heavenly" Gunnbarrel ski run views from our master bedroom picture window. Charter Spectrum high-speed internet and phone with free calls.

Our new Bavarian Village central hot tub seats six, with an updated central laundry room. The Ripke Retreat is perfect for weekend escapes, ski trips, casino getaways, family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, and extended stays (up to 30 days).

Please check our availability calendar BEFORE you inquire. Two-night minimum stay. Three-night minimum for all holiday stays. No pets, please.

Please note that the city of South Lake Tahoe now adds a $4.50 PER NIGHT Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). The TOT tax will be shown in your revised fee summary after you book.

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Permit #102666

Listed are 50 reasons you will love your stay in the Ripke Retreat:

1. Total kitchen remodel. New granite countertops, cabinets, and appliances. 2. Forced air heat throughout. 3. Plush towels and linens. 4. Free Charter high-speed WIFI....don't forget your laptop. 5. Mid-bath remodel with updated shower. 6. One mile to casinos and both Heavenly California ski bases. 7. Fourteen major ski areas within a 50-minute drive. 8. Minutes from hiking and bike trails. 9. Year round hot tub seats ten. Large heated pool (in season). 11. On-site laundry room. 12. 'Rustic Life' wood log table lamps. 13. Kuereg coffee maker. 14. Forced air natural gas heat. 15. Gas starting fireplace. 16. New living room 46" HD TV. 17. Dining area & bar seats up to eight. 18. Newly remodeled mid-bath. 19. New sliding closet doors . 20. New pine interior doors. 21. Ultra comfortable MB Serta king mattress. 22. Three blocks from Bijou Municipal Golf Course. 23. AM-FM-CD player. 24. Blu-Ray player. 25. Indiglo nite lites. 26. Programmable hotel security safe in MB. 27. Casino shuttles. 28. VISA, MC, AE, DISC cards accepted. 29. "AAA-rated'. 30. Three blocks from Safeway market, restaurants, and shopping. 31. Bike path at entrance. 32. Three blocks from bike and ski rentals at “Sierra Ski & Cycle” on Hwy. 50. 33. Parking directly in front of your condo. 34. Hair dryers in both baths. 35. Fully-equipped kitchen. 36. Hand and shampoo soap provided. 37. New master bedroom 23” LCD TV. 38. More than 150 cable channels. 39. Framed cable channel guides. 40. High chair for our smaller guests. 41. Luggage stands & clothing valets in all bedrooms. 42. ”Indiglo” nite lights & glo switches. 43. Three direct dial phones. 44. Playground next door for the kids (in season). 45. Barbecue and picnic table directly in front. 46. Incredible view of Heavenly's “Gunbarrel” main ski run from your MB window. 47. “Low price guarantee” from owner on your rate. 48. Great for weddings, honeymoons, reunions and weekend getaways (friends can rent adjacent units). 49. Late check-out can be arranged. 50. “Tahoe Tips” newsletter from owner upon request.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Greg

My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Tahoe in 1974 and we started renting homes in summer and winter. We soon realized it was time for us to purchase our own vacation home as our "getaway from L.A." . In 1978 we purchased an A-frame cabin and exchanged it for our condo in Bavarian Village in 1993. We have put our 'heart and soul' into making the "Ripke Retreat" just like home. You will love our extra features like our 'cool' nite lights, small hooks for hanging car keys, and a convenient dining table TV remote. We even installed an emergency 'power failure' light you will find above our hallway entrance. We love our hotel 'security safe' in our MB for securing valuables. Our valet clothing stands in each bedroom are also handy for your wardrobe. Enjoy our complimentary hot chocolate as you sit by the fire in our spacious living room. We are in our condo at least twice per year adding and upgrading amenities to assure you enjoy your stay as much as we do. Please let us know if you have any suggestions to make the Ripke Retreat even better.

Greg purchased this condo in 1993

Why Greg chose South Lake Tahoe

We wanted to be close to all area attractions yet we wanted to feel like we were not trapped in a casino hotel room. The Ripke Retreat in Bavarian Village is three blocks from highway 50 and Ski Run Blvd. Minutes from beaches and skiing! We are also on flat ground which makes our condo perfect for summer biking. The South Lake Tahoe bike path runs by the complex entrance. We enjoy riding our bikes to breakfast to our favorite local restaurants. We recommend Ernie's! We boast a rental agency (Pinnacle) that looks after our condo. We love our location in the middle of a grove of pine trees and the skyward view while we are at the pool or soaking in the community hot tub. We also enjoy summer dinners on our balcony so we can take in the pine-scented fresh air and listen to the call of the Blue Jays. In winter save yourself the drive and catch the Heavenly Shuttle at the Bavarian Village complex entrance.

What makes this condo unique

Our master bedroom window view of Heavenly is stunning! We are only one of only three condo buildings that have a large picture window in our MB! We also take pride in four room remodels, living room, and both baths. You will absolutely love our total kitchen remodel with granite countertops extending all the way to the dining room windows. Experience our "Tahoe ambiance" in the Ripke Retreat with pine cabinets trimmed in forest green. We placed an extra table on our balcony so you can enjoy some of your meals outside during warm summer evenings. When the weather turns cold flick the switch and turn on our gas-log fireplace and enjoy DVD movies on our living room 60" Samsung HD TV. For longer stays the on-site laundry really os perfect. Unique to Bavarian Village is luxurious, spacious heated pool (in season) and new 8-person, year round hot tub. While you are enjoying total relaxation in the hot tub look up in into the sky framed by the tall pines around you. You cannot do this at stateline when you're stuck in a stuffy hotel room. In summer enjoy barbecues right in front of our condo on our shared barbecue complete with picnic table!

Guestbook comments from the manager

FROM THE OWNERS: If you like "personal touches" and extra convenience, the Ripke Condo is for you. We just added our hand-made coat racks trimmed in hunter green. The coat rack next to the entrance door features small hooks for your car keys. And look on the kitchen table! An extra TV remote is nice to change channels while you dine. And we have framed cable channel guides in the living room and MB. You will love our indiglo nite lights and glo switches so you will never lose your way in the dark. We have them in the bathrooms too! When you get up in the middle of the night no need to blind yourself by turning on the vanity lights! During winter storms power outages are common. We even have emergency lighting for the living room and hallway for your added safety. We also may be =one of the few vacation homes with two fire extinguishers and five smoke alarms. We remind our guests that there is NO SMOKING in the Ripke Condo. If you must smoke outside please DO NOT throw your cigarette butts over our balcony railing!
Jul 2009
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Bijou 1 Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full-baths. Master bedroom stand up shower, hand held spray, mid-bath features wrap-around vanity & tub/shower combination. Toiletries & linens provided. Hair dryer supplied in each bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ca. King Leesa mattress (1) Enjoy your wall-mounted MB 23' TV from your king bed. Get the weather report as soon as you wake.......or simply look out our MB picture window! Queen size beds (2). New natural pine headboards and night stands, clothing valets, and clock radios in all bedrooms. One additional Leesa queen hybrid mattress in bedroom number three.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Fireplace (glass enclosure), 3 phones, fully equipped kitchen, high chair, toaster, toaster-oven, blender, cooking utensils, kitchen condiments & linens provided, iron, ironing board, washer & dryer (shared in complex laundry room), picnic table & charcoal grill (in front), playground/park ADJACENT, casino/ski shuttles, Sierra Ski & Cycle Works 2 blocks west on Hwy, 50 for bike and ski rentals, Safeway market thee blocks & around the corner at he end of Fairway Drive just past the golf course.


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Ripke Retreat, $99 Fall Special, Location!, Total Remodel, Pool, Hot Tub/WIFI
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 25 reviews
Conroe, Texas

Nice, clean, spacious, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. It was all that it was advertised to be. The unit was nice, clean, spacious and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Mike! We appreciate hearing from you and hope to have you in as our guest to enjoy Lake Tahoe in a different season.
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Bedspreads where a little dated.

  • 4 of 5

The place was beautifully remodeled. The only thing that we seen that could use some attention were the bedspreads. Overall we enjoyed staying there and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melvin; Our bedspreads were recently purchased on the internet from a leading rustic/mountain decor provider. Our new bedspreads are featured in our Ripke Retreat photos (above) and we believe they reflect the ambiance of the Tahoe life style. Please let us know what you think. We hope that our future guests will provide us with their comments on our new bedspreads so we can consider changes to make the Ripke Retreat as appealing as possible to our guests.
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Nice place

  • 5 of 5

Nice place that matches the description. Owner is very responsive. The place has never seen pets and my wife and son did not have any allergic problems (as it took place in other no-pet places). Generally, very nice place worth to be recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take pride in the fact our cleaning crew from our rental agency takes great pride in how pristinely clean they keep our condo. We appreciate your comments!
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The condo is beautiful. You have everything you need no doubt.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and the condo is comfortable. It has beautiful upgrades. There's no comparison to a hotel stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you Dana! Your kind words are most appreciated!
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Updated and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here in July and were impressed with the property. It's not much to look at from the outside but the inside was nice with new mattresses and a beautiful and spacious kitchen.

The kitchen has been updated and is beautiful! The master has a new mattress and it was so comfortable. The showers were also updated. There is no AC in the unit but it cools down quite a bit in the evenings.

Location was very close to Safeway and a short drive to many great restaurants, Heavenly Village, and the casinos in South Lake Tahoe.

The owner was easy to work with and responded quickly when booking. We would definitely stay at this property again if we return to South Lake Tahoe.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie; Thank-you for your kind comments. We have done the utmost to make the Ripke Retreat as comfortable for you as it is for us. We find that our condo stays cool when the Tahoe temps get into the 80's, especially when our balcony windows send the mountain breeze through to our open rear windows. We are also happy to have our responsive property managers at Pinnacle supply fans when our guests request them. Hope to have you back as our guests to enjoy Lake Tahoe in a different season!
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Pasadena / Los Angeles / CA

Very nice upgrades + convenient location to shopping and fun activities

  • 5 of 5

Very nice upgrades, convenient location to shopping and fun activities, we really enjoyed our stay at the Ripke Retreat. Many thanks to Greg and Penny.


  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew; We appreciate the complements. We were just up in the Ripke Retreat completing our spring cleaning and adding more upgrades. Carpets and upholstery shampooed, minor repairs, a new master bedroom LED vanity light and TWO NEW HYBRID LEESA mattresses were added to our master and bedroom number three. I found I overslept every morning on our new Ca. King new mattress. Everyone should try these new mattresses as they are incredibly comfortable!
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Nearest Ferry
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bijou Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
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0.2 Miles
Hwy. 50
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Tep's Villa Roma
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Heavenly Valley Ca. Base / Marriott Tram
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
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Stateline casinos
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Marriott Stateline Gondola
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Ski Run Marina
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Nearest Point of Interest
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Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $5 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

$4.50 PER NIGHT TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) is NOT included in the 12% tax amount shown above. THIS ADDITIONAL TAX IS REQUIRED BY THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FOR ALL VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES. THIS ADDED TAX WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR INITIAL VRBO QUOTE. Please note that it is not included in your initial quote due to VRBO's rigid web site owner's template.

Holiday minimums: All holiday weekends, 3 nights. Christmas and New Year's beginning December 21, 2017: 5 nights.

Select between a $59 damage waiver (EXTRA) OR...A (REFUNDABLE) $300 security deposit. After property is inspected your security deposit will be returned to you 7 days from the last date of your stay. Guest of record must be 21 (twenty-one) years of age.

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Permit #102666

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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