If you are planning to spend an extended period of time in South Lake Tahoe, we promise your days are packed with adventure, new experiences, and tons to do. With skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, boat rides, fishing, hiking, and a multitude of additional outdoor activites, you are sure to never experience a dull moment. But one place that is not to be missed is just on the other side of the lake in North Shore.
Truckee California – a quaint railroad town that is now considered to be one of Tahoe’s top ski destinations. We agree with the critics who say Truckee is a must see. Whether you are participating in one of the many adventure sports, or choose to sepnd your time in historic downtown, there is something for everyone. Check out some of the top recommendations courtesy of our friends over at the San Jose Mercury News
New kids on the block include Marg’s Taco Bistro (www.margstacobistro.com) and Morgan’s Lobster Shack (www.morganslobstershack.com). For pizza and salad, Best Pies (www.bestpiestruckee.com) can’t be beat. Fine-dining venues on downtown’s main drag include Restaurant Trokay (restauranttrokay.com), Dragonfly (www.dragonflycuisine.com) and Pianeta (pianetarestauranttruckee). A short drive away are the stellar Stella (www.cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella), the historic Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) on a hill above town, and the elegant Lodge at Tahoe Donner (www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge).
Catch live music at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats (www.moodysbistro.com), Bar of America (www.barofamerica.com), Cottonwood (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) and other downtown venues.
FOR THE KIDS:
The Truckee Ice Rink (www.tdrpd.com) in Truckee River Regional Park, a half-mile from downtown, offers public skating daily. Woodward Tahoe (www.woodwardtahoe.com) at Boreal, about 20 minutes west of Truckee on Interstate 80, is an action-sports training center with trampolines, BMX/skate park, skate/ski ramps and programs for all ages.
Northstar California (www.northstarcalifornia.com); purchase tickets online three or more days in advance for best deals. Sugar Bowl (www.sugarbowl.com) now sells one-day advance-purchase tickets at a discount. Squaw-Alpine (www.squaw.com; www.alpinemeadows.com) offers skiing at two resorts on one ticket; check websites for discount deals. For more short-notice discount deals, check in with Liftopia.com andGetSkiTickets.com.
Tahoe Donner Cross-Country (tahoedonner.com/cross-country), with 100 kilometers of groomed trails, is about 15 minutes from downtown Truckee.
TAKING IT EASY:
The Truckee River Legacy Trail (www.legacytrail.org) includes a paved, multiuse trail and a dirt path running 2.5 miles from Truckee River Regional Park northeast along the river.
EVENTS: Rahlves Banzai Tour (www.rahlvesbanzai.com) is a skier- and boarder-cross event with an $80,000 purse; final sessions are March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl. Spectator access requires a lift ticket. North Lake Tahoe SnowFest (www.tahoesnowfestival.com) features wacky events at various locations; through March 9.