Outdoor adventures, quality cuisine, exceptional views
Traffic during peak times, lack of late-night food and entertainment
mountain paradise with California weather
Even if it is not to go skiing, I recommend that you take opportunity to visit Squaw Valley. If you have a car, it would allow you to be flexible, otherwise, have your friend show you the nearest shuttle bus pick-up. Squaw Valley base is a small town by itself, with restaurants, shopping and nightlife (some good bands and concerts play there)....more
If you want a truly unique and wonderful winter experience, take the train between Colfax and Truckee!! In my opinion it is best in the winter with a good snow, but still beautiful any other time of the year.This give a one-of-a-kind view to the Donner Summit pass (where the infamous Donner Party got stranded in one of the worst winters on record)....more
Truckee has a church, River Rock Christian Fellowship, of which I am the pastor so therefore biased about this review. However, I can tell you that this is my fourth church that I have pastored and certainly the best. God found me 28 years ago in a Grateful Dead concert and revealed Himself to me in a vision. Yes, I know what you are thinking. You...more
Since the early 1980's, the communities along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe have come together to celebrate an annual winter festival.The North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival happens annually for 10 days in the beginning of March. It is also a main source of fundraising for local orginazations and community groups.There are over 50 evens scheduled. The...more
"A natrual glacier formation, or the work of an unknown tribe as a form of altar, its exact origin will never be known. The perfectly balanced stone until recently would rock at the touch of a finger.C.F. McGlashan built the original tower in 1895 and used it to display Donner Party relics and his famous butterfly collection. Site of an overnight...more
A new hotel opened up in Truckee and it is unlike anything I have experienced in America. It feels...more
Great service, sauna, hot tub, and close to town make this an easy choice - good prices too. The...more
Walking distance to everything really took the hassle out of our stay. We saved money on cabs and...more
Award winning craft brewery dedicated to making world class beer. FiftyFifty serves breakfast on the weekend and lunch and dinner 7 days a week to complement their variety of beers brewed on the premise. FiftyFifty also features a full bar, seasonal outdoor seating on the patio, live music, and entertainment. BEER: Eclipse Imperial Stout!!!This is...more
This restaurant is AMAZING! By far the best Japanese & sushi restaurant in Truckee. Do not waste your time going anywhere else. The menu is innovative and the food is fresh and always delicious! The head chef, Sam, has over 20 years of Asian and French cuisine experience, as well as extensive experience in Vegetarian and Vegan meals. They have a...more
Pianetta never fails to consistently deliver truly wonderful Italian food and I should know as I lived in Northern Italy for a year. The pastas are perfection, all of them! Yummy veal dishes, too. The service has always been very professional, but friendly and the ambience is warm and inviting. Sort of like you were in a trattoria in a small town...more
O.B.'s is located on historic Donner Pass Road in the town of Truckee, CA. The building itself reflects much of the town's history. It began as a drinking house, where card games and more were offered to the patrons. It then became a bakery, and now houses a great place for a steak and ale. The decor of the restaurant is done in rustic, old west...more
OB's has been an "institution in Truckee as long as I can recall coming to Tahoe. The exterior has undergone a bit of upgrade over the years, but the interior keeps it's "rustic barn board" look. People are always friendly, service is great and the food is consistently excellent.Whether it's a late afternoon snack of "Irish Potato Skins," lunch on...more
This is where the locals go to catch up after a hard day living in paradise.
It's a sports bar & they have a ton of TVs with all the big games showing.
Frequent theme partys include "Mardi Gras" "Australia Day" "Waitangi Day" & Locals Night on Wednesdays with DJs spinning 9:30 - early hours.
Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm.
Live music & DJs on weekends & a "shot ski" to celebrate anything you like!
Dress Code: I don't think there is a dress code but if you show up in a tux people WILL stare.
The TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) operates buses between all towns on the north and west coast of Tahoe.http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/Transit/TART.aspxBlueGo offers public transit in the South Lake Tahoe Area:http://www.bluego.org/If you want to stay on public transportation, you can take BlueGo on the south to/from the town of...more
Running 7 days a week, from about 6:30am to 6:00pm, TART buses connect the north, west and south shores of Tahoe; from Incline Village to Kings Beach, Tahoma, Tahoe City, Truckee and all points in between.Service also starts at the Greyhound and Amtrak terminals in Truckee.They have bike racks in summer and ski racks in the winter. Sorry, but no...more
No matter where you go in Truckee, if they're don't have what you're looking for, they'll say "Try Longs, they have everything." And it's true! They have EVERYTHING! From camping and fishing equipment to small appliances, furniture, coolers, souveneirs, clothes, cosmetics, and just about anything else you can think of, Longs will probably have it.more
Somewhat eclectic, but modern. Mayilyn is always friendly and you are sometimes greeted by one of her cats. Sadly, the fixture cat that always slept in the window has pass on, but others are being groomed to be as friendly. you name it...jeans, t-shirts that are very different, slacks, dresses...she has it all. $10-$100+more
Gift's galore. A bit crowded with lots of glass so if you travel with "little ones" be careful. Anything in stained glass that you might want they either have or can make. Plus they ship anywhere. Depends on the item and art. As low as $1.00 and the sky is the limit on custom pieces.more
Winter is very harsh up here, as the Donner Party found out. Better to visit during the summer. If you must go in winter, have snow chains for your tires.
In or opinion, the whole area of Truckee/Tahoe is now crowded, polluted and overdeveloped. The most amusing thing is to see a "Keep Tahoe Blue" bumpersticker on the back of a Hummer as it pulls into a mini-mansion crammed into a hill above Lake Tahoe.
We are locals and sadly, have watch incompetent planning based on "increasing the tax base" at all costs ruin yet another beautiful place. If you go the Tahoe area, just think of it as any other metropolitan area. Everyone drives fast there, you WILL get tailgated if you dare to slow down to look at the scenery (and probably by a $55,000 lurury car because apparently the beautiful people like to be stacked up on top of one another like rats), the parking is terrible and on this note, we were shocked by our recent experience in Old Town Truckee. Begrudingly, we agreed to meet some old friends from Reno for lunch in Old Town Truckee. Within ten minutes we had a $38 parking ticket. Be warned, you now have to pay to park in Old Town Truckee and it is not clear at all when you pull in that this is required. There are no meters, only parking machines. It it not posted it is required. The machines may be many stalls away from where you parked and they will nail you within minutes, even while you may be paying for your parking. This is what happened to us. First, we got out of our car and started to walk down the sidewalk. We were met by an angry person who was waving an orange envelope in his hand cussing. He had just gotten a parking ticket and was infuriated. Thanks to this guy, we learned we had to pay for parking. We then sought out a machine. We did not have quarters (it only takes quarters of course) so then we had to get change...you see the scam here? By the time we got back to our car, we had a $38 ticket. My friend was so infuriated, he demanded we leave but we had our friends to meet. Come to find out while we were there, the city is even charging ITS OWN MERCHANTS for parking to the tune of $155/ticket!! I'm sorry but this is hostile behavior for the sake of raking anyone and everyone over the coals for money. To charge even your own merchants?
Unique Suggestions: Our advice is to temper your expectations to realize, like everywhere else nice in America where developers rule, Truckee is overrated and you may want to avoid the Old Town area or take lots of quarters and know exactly where their new parking machines are located. It may be a race with the parking cops the second you pull in the spot. In our opinion, it isn't worth it. Go somewhere else.
Fun Alternatives: Check out the areas of Truckee that are not yet Tourist Traps. There are restaurants and shops in other areas of the town and (gasp) no charge for parking.
The rocking Stone is just off of High Street and actually visible (now) from Hwy 80 (if you choose not to stop in Truckee).This 17-ton boulder is only one of 25 know of its type in the world. The Native Americans use rocks like this for drying their food as animals could not climb the curved bottom.It is thought that the early tribes "carved" away...more
By the time this picture was taken Truckee, California had already had 12 feet of snow. Of course, quite a lot had melted. Each sunny day a little melts and freezes again so there are places like this you can walk across the deep snow. The trees start to drip and sound like rain so I went close to investigate. Warning, warning! Don't do that. The...more
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If you are a skier, then you have probably done the research on the Tahoe resorts to know what areas are of interest to you.
But if you have never gone skiing/snowboarding, or if you simply want to go sledding, then I recommend Northstar. It is just outside of Truckee, so it is the easiest to get to. It is also predominately an intermediate skill level mountain, so you can find a greater number of easy slopes that will not intimidate a beginner.
In the summer, the hills are also open to a range of mountain biking and hiking.
Other local resorts like Squaw, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, etc. cater more to advanced and expert skiers.
Equipment: All equipment is available for rent, but to save some money, bring it if you have it, or try renting from a more economical shop in town.
Truckee has a reputation of being a few degrees colder than the other areas of the Lake Basin. I can't tell you exactly, but since you've never seen snow before, you may want to make sure your friend has a few spare hats and gloves since you may find it cold. Nights can drop to be -10/-15C (5/15F) quite easily and day time temperatures vary because...more
In October 2005, Truckee went to a newsystem of parking in town.They have pay stations around town whereyou puchase a ticket that you must displayon your dashboard, drivers side that has an expiration time on it .... New Parking Information:When * Pay & Display Stations (Meters) started October 17, 2005 * Parking District Enforced Daily -Including...more
Brave the cold of winter & get your blood flowing on the slopes of Tahoe. Go snow-shoeing or crosscountry skiing for peace & tranquility or take a snowmobile tour or sled-dog ride for excitement.If you are an intermediate or above skier or rider take a free lesson at the top of Mt Pluto 10:15am & 2:15pm weekdays at Northstar at Tahoe. For the best...more