Takin’ It To Truckee Get a taste of character in this Tahoe hamlet

  • 8 Things To Do In Truckee
  • Bespoke
  • Riverside Studios
  • California 89
  • Tahoe Sports Hub
  • Tahoe Mountain Guides
  • Morgan's Lobster Shack
  • Truckee Regional Park
  • Truckee Tavern

You’re getting your ski fix at Northstar.

The snow is epic and the village is a hub of mountain decadence—but sometimes you just need a break from the resort scene.

Solution?

Take a jaunt into town.

Like, real town.

Spend a day checking out Truckee, California, just a 10-minute drive from the Northstar resort area and well worth it for out-of-town travelers.

Truckee still brims with the historic charm of an old mining and railroad town, but these days it’s in the midst of a revival, offering a growing number of new, hip eateries, shops, and places to explore.

With coffee in hand, stroll down Truckee’s main street, Donner Pass Road, and browse the shops.

Don’t miss Bespoke for handcrafted gifts like jewelry, bath salts, and ceramic mugs; Riverside Studios, which features a range of work from talented local artists; and California 89 for a souvenir t-shirt with an illustration of a ski boot or tram on it.

Pro Tip

You can also book a full-moon snowshoe tour here with Tahoe Mountain Guides, where you’ll spend the evening on a three-mile tromp through powder snow under a shining moon.

Cross the railroad tracks to West River Street and venture into the Tahoe Sports Hub, which sells all the latest ski and outdoor gear; for bargain hunters, it also has a massive consignment section with gently used ski jackets, cross-country skis, and other treasures.

You can also book a full-moon snowshoe tour here with Tahoe Mountain Guides, where you’ll spend the evening on a three-mile tromp through powder snow under a shining moon.

For lunch, head next door to Morgan’s Lobster Shack, which opened last year and sells Truckee’s freshest fish, for a classic East Coast–style lobster roll or a grilled salmon salad.

Afterward, head to the Truckee Regional Park for a game of Frisbee golf or a scenic stroll along the paved Truckee River multi-use path, where you can take in views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s back into town for dinner at the new Truckee Tavern.

This locally-owned bar and eatery opened last summer and has organic, local ingredients and a friendly bar with signature cocktails; try the Stay Grounded, made with scotch, chartreuse, honey, oregano, and lemon.

For dinner, order a pork chop with a bourbon peach glaze, accompanied by side dishes like bacon macaroni and cheese and grilled asparagus.

Don’t leave without sampling the fried bananas for dessert—a little sugar kick for your quick trip back to Northstar, where a comfy bed awaits.

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