Michael went above and beyond what we expected! In addition to laying out a Continental breakfast for us every morning, he made us a fabulous Italian sausage, pasta, and salad dinner, complete with a fruit tart on our last night! The wine was great too!
This part is unbelievable...a huge, heavy, sap-filled pine cone fell from about 50 feet up and shattered the rear window of our rental SUV, parked in his driveway. Not only did he help us punch out the rest of the glass and clean things up, but let us borrow his second car for two days, while we got the glass repaired. WOW! We didn't miss any hiking days!
Speaking of hiking, not everything is on the AllTrails app. Michael had an older, small book on the best short, easy (relatively) hikes near Lake Tahoe, which proved to be a great tool! We totally recommend the PCT at Barker Pass and Ellis Peak Trail hikes! I wouldn't call the latter easy at all, but talk about KILLER views of Lake Tahoe (360 degrees from 8,800 feet up) and the snow-sprinkled Sierras to the west. One of the best hikes we've ever done!
The house is beautiful, with all the necessary amenities, and Michael cleaned every day! Spotless! The tv in our bedroom wasn't working at the time, but hopefully it will be by the time you stay with him.
Michael does work from home and doesn't have a separate office. He's in a corner of the greatroom, which includes the kitchen, family room with tv, and dining area. His bedroom is on a separate floor, on the lower level, with the guest bedrooms on the main level. The deck off the greatroom is beautiful and comfortable, and we did grill one night. So relaxing, and the fragrance of the pine trees is amazing!
Overall, a great stay! We highly recommend Michael's house in Incline Village! Easy access to everything around Lake Tahoe! We even spent an evening in Reno and hiked the PCT near Truckee! If you're a skier, this would be the perfect place in the wintertime! There are so many ski areas nearby!