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Ripke Retreat, Low April-May Rates, Location!, Totally Upgraded, 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 4

WELCOME TO THE RIPKE RETREAT! And welcome to spring. Warmer temps are here with snow-capped mountains, uncrowded casinos, bike paths, and hiking trails. Plus, we've lowered our rates to $109-$119 p/n making your spring "getaway" easy on your budget.


Come join is in the Ripke Retreat and enjoy our new rustic decor with pine cabinets accented with mountain-green trim. New Leesa mattresses, 60" HD TV, new appliances, new wood flooring, and mountain furniture. Sit by our gas-log fireplace while you relax, renew, and recharge!

The Ripke Retreat is perfect for weekend escapes, ski trips, casino getaways, family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, and extended stays (up to 30 days). Join us for a "retreat" and experience the most updated condo in Bavarian Village.

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 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 and long-distance phone. 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 eight. Large heated pool (in season). 11. On-site laundry room. 12. 'Rustic Life' wood log table lamps. 13. Kuereg coffee maker plus coffee grinder. 14. New rustic kitchen dining table. 15. Gas starting fireplace. 16. New living room 60" HDTV. 17. Dining area & bar seat 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 supplied 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 an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2018

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 Bijou 1

We wanted to be close to all area attractions and not feel like we were "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 in-season biking. The South Lake Tahoe bike path runs by the BV entrance. We enjoy riding our bikes to breakfast to our favorite local restaurants like "Ernie's" and the "Bear Cafe". 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 relaxing in the complex hot tub. We also enjoy summer dinners on our balcony so we can take in pine-scented fresh air while listening to the Blue Jays sing. In winter save yourself a long drive and catch the Heavenly Shuttle at the Bavarian Village complex entrance. You can also catch a winter "ski shuttle" boat to the north shore at the Ski Run Marina just one block west of our condo.

What makes this condo unique

Our master bedroom picture window view of Heavenly is stunning! We are only one of only three buildings boasting this view! We take pride in all our room remodels, especially the kitchen and dining area. Granite countertops extending all the way to the windows. Experience true "Tahoe ambiance" with golden 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 wall switch to light our gas-log fireplace. Then sit back and relax and enjoy DVD movies on our new living room 60" Samsung HD TV. For longer stays the BV community laundry is perfect. Unique to Bavarian Village is the luxurious, spacious heated pool (in season) and new 8-person, year round hot tub. Enjoy the hot tub while looking up at tall pines surrounding you. You cannot do this at stateline when you're stuck in a stuffy hotel room. Don't forget to bring the briquettes in summer to enjoy barbecues right in front of our condo on with adjacent 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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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation condo rental in Bijou 1, California

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: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • 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 4
  • Ca. King Leesa mattress (1) Enjoy a 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
  • Hot Tub
  • Private 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, fans upon request, 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, Low April-May Rates, Location!, Totally Upgraded, Hot Tub/WIFI
average rating of 4.756757 based on 38 reviews

Wonderful family home away from home vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time sharing our mini vacation for early spring break. The location was perfect for us to enjoy skiing and going to the casinos. I highly recommend this rental to all visiting the South Lake Tahoe area. I will definitely come back again in the future.

  • Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Regena; Thank-you for submitting your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Knowing that our guests often plan return visits are one of the reasons we keep adding upgrades. Our dates are set for May, 2018 when we will be adding a new dining set and replacing our bedroom carpeting. -Greg & Penny
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Very Comfortable for our needs.

  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway felt like Home

  • 5 of 5

We have been here for 10 days and we felt like Home. The Condo has all the things you need. The Area around is so beautiful, You can Walk to the Lake. It is a short drive to „The Stateline“ (Shops, Casino, etc) and also very short to The California lodge with Access to Heavenly Mountain Ski (Free Parking)

Many Thanks Greg and Penny

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Hope to have you as our guests to experience Lake Tahoe in a different season.
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Enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, well equipped, close to the action but quiet neighborhood. Thanks for sharing with us

  • Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like the fact Bavarian Village is close to all venues but is still quiet and tranquil. Our biggest concern is that all VR owners are now caught up in the move to eliminate all vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe by many upset single family homeowners. This issue is slated to be placed on the SLT November ballot. We feel condo complexes like ours in Bavarian village should not be grouped with single family homes which are part of the partying, littering and noise issues causing concern in many neighborhoods. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope the Ripke Retreat will be available for future guests.
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Great location, nicely furnished condo!

  • 5 of 5

We just had a great weekend in Tahoe! Condo was as described, everything was clearly communicated and there were no issues. There is even a high chair in the unit that we took advantage of. Could have used more snow but still had a great trip and that was due in large part to the accomadations, thanks Greg!

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We came in for our anniversary weekend trip. We had 7 people total and everyone slept comfortably. This is such a beautiful property and maintained perfectly. We had everything we needed for cooking and toiletries were provided. This property is close to everything.

  • Submitted: 5-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie; Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad everyone was comfortable on our New Leesa mattresses. We purchased our condo in 1993 so this marks the 26th year we continue to add upgrades in the Ripke Retreat. This spring we will replace our dining room table and add new carpeting in each of our three bedrooms. My wife is also urging me to have a new fireplace mantle put in that will "wrap-around" all the way to adjoining walls. We love that we have already moved our TV above the fireplace opening up significantly more space in the living room. No other unit in Bavarian Village can boast total the total number of remodels we have completed in every room! Thanks again for your stay and we hope to have you in again as our guests to experience Lake Tahoe in a different season.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Reno/Tahoe international
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stateline casinos
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Ski Run Marina
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bijou Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Truckee, Ca.
Nearest Motorway
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
Regan Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Stateline casinos
Nearest Point of Interest
Marriott Stateline Gondola
Nearest Point of Interest
Ski Run Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Heavenly California Base And Tram
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Golf Course, Safeway Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Regan Beach & Picnic Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Edgewood Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Tahoe Rental Connection
Nearest Point of Interest
Red Hut Coffee Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Lakeside Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Sierra Ski & Cycle
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Chevy's Tex-Mex Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
South Lake Tahoe Bike Path
Nearest Point of Interest
Cantina Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Tahoe Keys Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Bijou Field/School
Car: recommended

The heart of South lake Tahoe features a 'world of activities' including bicycling, roller blading, gaming, skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, Heavenly Gondola/restaurant, even hot air ballooning at Lake Tahoe Balloons (we recommend it!)


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation condo rental in Bijou 1, California

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Wknd. 2018
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
May 28 2018 - Jun 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Jun 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
4th Of July Week 2018
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Prime Summer 2018
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Wknd. 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Fall Special 2018
Sep 3 2018 - Nov 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Pre-Winter 2018
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2019
Jan 6 2019 - Jan 17 2019
2 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend 2019
Jan 18 2019 - Jan 20 2019
3 night minimum stay
Mid-Winter 2019
Jan 21 2019 - Feb 14 2019
2 night minimum stay
President's Weekend 2019
Feb 15 2019 - Feb 17 2019
3 night minimum stay
Late Winter 2019
Feb 18 2019 - Mar 30 2019
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring, 2019
Mar 31 2019 - May 2 2019
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2019
May 3 2019 - May 23 2019
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend 2019
May 24 2019 - May 26 2019
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2019
May 27 2019 - Jun 13 2019
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2019
Jun 14 2019 - Jun 27 2019
2 night minimum stay
4th Of July Week 2109
Jun 28 2019 - Jul 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
Prime Summer 2019
Jul 7 2019 - Aug 29 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$389.19
Cleaning C$129.73 + Tax

$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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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