The licensed and insured techs of Luxury Cleaning Services can handle any surface you throw at them, though it’s still considered rude to literally throw surfaces at people. The materials they’ve been known to clean and maintain include granite floors, marble tiles, and stainless steel. The special care they take on these tricky textures is only one specialty; they also vacuum carpets, wash windows, clean ovens, and even purge pantries of expired items.
Everyday, Michelle Meurer, the owner of Tahoe Vacation Home Services, works closely with her staff of cleaners, who treat each home as if it was their own. Skilled in more than just residential cleaning, Tahoe Vacation Home Services also offers complete home care including: electrical, plumbing repairs, and contractor services. And when they’re not recaulking the bathroom or inspecting every last smoke detector, crewmembers comfortably venture outside to clear driveways and walkways of snow, leaves, and napping paparazzi.
Nestled on 74 wooded acres, Granlibakken can accommodate droves of wintertime sportsters on slick sledding hills and skyscraping ski mountains. Instead of slide tackling an innocent snowman, guests experience feet-first thrills by careening down the snow-play area’s gentle slopes on a rented saucer. Alternatively, spurners of the indoors can strap a pair of thin boards to feet and skedaddle up to the top of Olympic Hill, before blasting down a slope densely packed with flurries. Guests without gear, meanwhile, can opt to rent equipment and slide toes into ankle-gripping boots while wrapping fingers around snow-spearing poles. Skiers, sledders, and trick-nailing Nordic gods can cap off the cold-weather merriment by guzzling hot cocoa and warming fingertips inside the historic lodge.
Aspen. Lake Tahoe. Hawaii. Vacation destinations for many, these scenic spots are places that photographer R.L. Valentine can call home. Valentine uses the natural beauty of these places as inspiration for her photography. She specializes in catching natural moments that capture each subject's personality during portrait sessions for engagement or senior photos, families, couples, kids, and pets, such as pooches and ponies. Valentine also snaps nature landscapes as well as special events, such as weddings and sports.
When not teaching courses in subjects such as Kundalini yoga, tango dancing, and African drumming, the multitalented staff at River School Farm landscapes and grows organic produce, which it then sells to local farmers markets and restaurants. Craftier folks, meanwhile, can master the art of bead and metal smithing ($20), clutch purses, and Arks of the Covenant during one-off workshops. Whatever skill they choose to cultivate, students will soak in the rural scenery with views of fertile meadows and the Truckee River.