New book looks at being Airbnb host at Tahoe

Kathryn Reed

Kathryn Reed

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Sleeping with Strangers: An Airbnb Host’s Life in Lake Tahoe and Mexico reveals what it’s like to oversee a short-term rental in two locations – South Lake Tahoe and Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The book is Kathryn Reed’s fourth. She is also the author of Lake Tahoe Trails For All Seasons: Must-Do Hiking and Snowshoe Treks, Snowshoeing Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Treks, and The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes.

Reed is the former publisher of Lake Tahoe News and was a resident of South Lake Tahoe for nearly 20 years. She will be signing and selling her books at the Valhalla Holiday Faire on the South Shore, Nov. 18-20. There is no fee to attend the faire. Books are $20 – cash, check, or Venmo.

In the book, Reed doesn’t hold back on what it was like to be a host. She also delves into what her experience was like dealing with Airbnb.

“The homes themselves were completely different,” stated a press release about the book. “In Tahoe it was a room in a single-family residence that was available to rent, with Reed staying down the hall. In Mexico it was the bottom floor of a house, with Reed living on the property, but not sharing any living space.”

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