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Rays' Riverfront Retreat on the Upper Truckee R. Near Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12) on 1 acre-Riverfront property

Life on the river is truly amazing! Rays Riverfront Retreat is a 2,700 sq ft updated home on a large acre lot backing up to the Upper Truckee River. Come enjoy the large private swimming hole directly behind the home with your own beach. Sit on the deck looking out to the river and enjoy gorgeous mountain, river and meadow views. The home is centrally located between all three major south shore ski areas: Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe and three great golf courses. Just a short drive to the nightlife, gambling and world class entertainment provided at Stateline by Harvey's, MontBleu, Harrah's and the Hardrock Casino.

The home features 5 spacious bedrooms; including two master bedrooms with king beds and private baths, two bedrooms with queen beds (one with an additional single bed), one room with single bunk beds and a large loft with a sofa/queen bed. The 3.5 newly remodeled baths include dual head showers, jetted tub and heated floor. The home uses a high efficiency tankless water heater. (Never run out of hot water!) There is a large garage and large driveway for four additional cars. A large deck overlooks the backyard lawn leading to the river.

Come home to a warm log fireplace after a great day of Lake Tahoe recreation. The large dining room table expands to seat 10 and the kitchen includes all the amenities of home. Ray's Riverfront Retreat is the true embodiment of the Lake Tahoe lifestyle.

***Please note:

- Minimum age to rent is 30.

- We do not allow any wedding related activities on our property.

- This is a smoke-free property. Absolutely no smoking inside or anywhere on the property.

- We do not allow any pets.

Keywords: House, Ski cabin, Summer cabin, Quiet getaway, Riverfront Property

More Details

Mike Ray
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 1, 2017

About Mike Ray

I have been skiing around Tahoe for over 45 years. A couple of years ago, my family and I realized a longtime dream of owning a vacation home in Lake Tahoe. When looking for this home, we wanted a place that felt like a peaceful mountain retreat. Our family loves the outdoors and all the fun recreation that goes with it; and this vacation home let's us enjoy all of it. We have put a lot of love and effort into upgrading the house into a comfortable and welcome place to enjoy. We hope you enjoy it too.

Mike Ray purchased this house in 2009

Why Mike Ray chose South Lake Tahoe

When we found this property on the Upper Truckee River, we knew we found the right place. It is a beautiful property with a historic ranch on the other side of the river and awesome mountain, river and meadow views. This house is not crammed onto a small lot like so many homes in Tahoe. This home is on an acre with a big deck that overlooks the large grassy area next to the river. We also chose this area because the property is close to Kirkwood, Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe ski areas. All the amenities of South Lake Tahoe are also nearby.

What makes this house unique

This is one of only a few properties with a home directly on the Upper Truckee River. Swimming in the river and just hanging out and enjoying the beautiful scenery without having to drive anywhere make this property unique. The beautiful beaches of Lake Tahoe are a short drive. Skiing and snowboarding at Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Sierra at Tahoe ski resorts. Backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride mountain bike trail is nearby), golfing, all the recreation a mountain enthusiast could want. Fall colors in Hope Valley are just 10 minutes away.


Christmas Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The Rental Party or any guests shall not create unreasonable noise or disturbances, engage in disorderly conduct, or violate EDCC 5.56.090(A3).
  • Parking is limited to 5 vehicles. Only one vehicle may be parked in the garage. Parking on the road is not permitted during the winter.
  • If guests have more people in their party than the Owner allows, they shall be subject to immediate eviction and NO REFUND will be issued.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Master Bath with dual-head glass shower
    2nd Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , 2nd Master bath with whirlpool tub
    Upstairs Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • All bathrooms are newly remodeled and beautiful.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master with bathroom/dual head shower.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2nd Master w/bath-whirlpool tub-can be locked off or shared.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom overlooking river and mountains.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Large Queen bedroom with extra single bed.
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft with queen sofa-bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
  • All bedrooms are large, spacious and with large windows with great views. Nicely appointed furniture and bedding with plenty of closet space.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large 1 acre property across the river from the historic Celio Ranch. River has swimming hole and beach. Ski Resorts nearby (Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra) or stay and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the backyard. The house has two master bedrooms with king beds. The second master bath can be locked off or shared with others.


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Rays' Riverfront Retreat on the Upper Truckee R. Near Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra
average rating of 4.7173915 based on 46 reviews

Great experience, great memories!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Claudia and Mike,

We had a wonderful time at your house. It is comfortable, well divided and perfectly organized. Spacious but cozy at the same time. All of us agreed that we had a positive experience being together for the long time for that reason. The beds were all comfortable and the bathroom beautifully remodeled. The jacuzzi: even for our muscles after a day of skiing!! The two boys had a great time playing in the game room. The garden is amazing and we hope there will be another time to come during the summer to appreciate it even more!

On behalf of all of us, thanks for the good memories!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful property.

  • 5 of 5

The private beach was perfect, just wished we brought some shade with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Amazing Property

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 13 enjoyed a fabulous week at Ray's Riverfront Retreat. Our multigenerational family never felt crowded in this spacious home. You could find us daily relaxing on the deck (where we could always find shade) playing baseball, frisbee, and racing games, or happily swinging on the tire in the spacious backyard. We gathered around the fire ring while toasting marshmallows. We went down to the private riverfront beach where some of us sat reading as the current massaged our feet. Other times the children dug in the sand, and skimmed rocks and sticks across the water. The setting is unparalleled, and the house was comfortable, homey, with updated bathrooms which we all appreciated. The location allowed you to enjoy nature and the forest while also allowing you to easily access the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. Finally, Mike responds quickly and attends to any questions that are posed. A complete delight!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Had everything we wanted!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay in a quite neighborhood with fresh snow!

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to arrive at the house with 18” of fresh snow on a clear day. The drive way had just been cleared by the snow removal service and all eight of us (adults) found the home to be inviting, roomy and well equipped. The code to the keyless entry the owner pre arranged was easy to work and convenient to all of us. The pre-set automatic thermostat had the place warm upon our arrival and throughout our stay, again super convenient and thoughtful. The three bathrooms had been newly renovated and were exceptionally clean. All the bedrooms were of ample size, very comfortable beds with linens and pillows and wall to wall quality carpeting.

This is no rustic accommodation but a very nice home with natural light and gorgeous views throughout most of the windows. It’s located in a very quite neighborhood and we often walked the streets enjoying the serenity and beauty of our winter escape. The two car garage provided (some of) our cars to be snow free and the other two cars resided in the driveway. We all enjoyed the large family table for our meals, the ease of the well equipped kitchen and convenient service bar location. The downstairs TV is a large flat screen HD with satellite cable and the couches are well placed for comfort and viewing. The rear outside deck is new with contemporary LED lighting, spacious room and yields wonderful views of the back yard meadow.

I would highly recommend Ray‘s River Front Retreat for those who want the comfort of a home at a VERY affordable rate. All of us had a grand vacation and are so happy that we decided on this lovely home as our hub for accommodation. We have already booked our next visit for our summer getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend with great friends, but disappointing home.

  • 2 of 5

We were 3 families (6 adults, 6 kids) that stayed at this home for the President’s Day weekend for a skiing and winter getaway. We have stayed at over two dozen VRBO homes and found this home to be subpar in relation to our previous experiences at other rental homes. Below is a quick summary of our experience:


• Mike Ray was great to work with. Responsive, helpful, and informative regarding access to the property and snow plow conditions on the roads.

• The house is a good size with a good layout of bedrooms and loft area.

• The property is large with a large area for potential snow play in the backyard.

• Easy and convenient access to Sierra-at-Tahoe for skiing.


• Upon arrival, our friends found hair in their bed, which obviously was not theirs. We attempted to change the sheets, but there were no extra bed sheets available.

• There were stains of unknown origin on the comforter in the upstairs bedroom.

• Some of the dishes found in the kitchen cupboards were dirty with caked on food. The house has a policy for guests to clean all dishes and put them away upon their departure. Our assumption is that previous guests did not do a good job. Perhaps change this policy?

• The kitchen pantry was dirty and we ended up not placing our food in there.

• Not so critical, but some of the kitchen drawers were difficult to pull out and one drawer was broken which posed as a safety hazard - if pulled out too far, it would fall to the floor.

• There is no body soap or shampoo provided at this house. Need to bring your own.

• There were no sheets or blankets provided for the pull-out sofa in the loft. Luckily, we brought our own sleeping bags our kids could use. Moreover, there were no pillowcases provided for the extra pillows in the closets.

• The fireplace was not cleaned out upon our arrival and there were lots of ashes left.

• At night, two families could hear pretty loud critter sounds (rats? mice? squirrels?) coming from the ceilings in the two bedrooms above the garage.

We think with a more attention to detail, cleanliness, and a little more attention to guests’ needs, the house can be great. However, it really felt bare bones for the amount we paid and we have experienced much better homes, which were better appointed for comparable prices.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: (A note to future guests: We have, up to this date, 42 reviews; 35 of which are 5 stars and 5 that are 4 stars. Please take that into consideration when weighing this review.) We thank our guest for their feedback. We strive to present a clean, warm and inviting home and encourage our guests to contact us immediately if anything is wrong. In this rare instance, the home was not cleaned to the standards we expect from our cleaning service. Had our guests informed us there was a cleaning problem, we would have had the cleaning crew come back at the guests’ convenience and take care of the issues stated. We passed this review on to the cleaning service to address the issues and make sure that it is not a problem in the future. Linens for the sofa bed are stored in the upstairs hallway closet and again, we would have immediately taken care of any missing spare pillow cases. Although we have not had any other complaints of “critter” sounds, corrective measures have been taken to eliminate any potential problem. As you can read from other reviews, the house is well outfitted. Please judge for yourself. Our listing page includes photos of all of the rooms in our house and the exterior. We believe that we offer a beautiful home and a beautiful and unique property for a reasonable and competitive rate.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
South Lake Tahoe Airport or Reno/Tahoe Intl-66 mi
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Several nearby restaurants in Meyers or SLT
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Sierra at Tahoe
Nearest Beach
Our backyard or Lake Tahoe (9 miles).
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Sierra at Tahoe Ski Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Heavenly Valley Ski Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Kirkwood Ski Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Nearest Point of Interest
Fly fishing lakes and streams


Rates & Availability

Christmas Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Sep 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2017
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Years 2018
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 3 2018
6 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend 2018
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
President's Weekend 2018
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Memorial Weekend 2018
May 24 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160

Fees: $160 Cleaning Fee, $59 Property Protection Fee, 10% Lodging Tax

Holiday rates slightly higher.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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