Bay Area Buzz Truckee Winter Guide

Truckee is my favorite Tahoe town. It’s small and charming, yet it offers a plethora of activities, scenery, and beauty. Only a few hours from San Francisco, Truckee is the perfect Bay Area winter weekend getaway! Wether you are an avid snow bunny, or prefer to admire the snow from the comforts of your cozy cabin, you’ll enjoy this town. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places in the Truckee area. What are your favorite Truckee spots? Comment below!

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

Sugar Bowl is a great place to ski or board if you are driving up from the Bay Area for the day. It’s the closest large ski resort to the San Francisco Bay Area, which will save you 30-45 minutes versus going to some of the other big resorts in the area. It has two parking lots, which spreads out the traffic and makes it easier to get in and out of as well. The mountain has a good range of beginner and expert runs, so everyone can enjoy their time there. There is an Inn on the mountain if you are looking for convenience and the hotel bar serves up a mean Bloody Mary to get you going in the morning.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
View of Sugar Bowl from Old Highway 40
Sugar Bowl Hotel Bar's Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary from the Lodge at Sugar Bowl

 

Rainbow Bridge Overlook

After skiing at Sugar Bowl, take the scenic route to Truckee on Old Highway 40. The road winds around the mountains and on sunny days you may even see a rock climber or two scaling the rocky walls. After you cross the bridge, there is a small parking area and a gorgeous overlook. This is one of my all time favorite view points. It never gets old.

Rainbow Bridge, Truckee Old Highway 40
Rainbow Bridge
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View of Donner Lake from Rainbow Bridge

 

Trokay

Trokay is the place to go for an experience of  meal. We were wowed by the, innovative and beautifully plated dishes. Service was just as impeccable. With dishes named, Snow & Ice, and, A Walk in the Woods you know it will be an imaginative treat. Guest can choose between a pre fixe, chef’s tasting menu, or a la carte meal.

 

Mellow Fellow

Mellow Fellow has three locations, including one in Historic Downtown Truckee. It’s a fun, casual place to stop by after a day on the slopes. You can bring the whole family, including your loveable furry friend. They have 40 beers on tap daily and serve the most delicious locally made sausages…these are a must try!

Truckee Mellow Fellow Beer and Local Sausages
Mellow Fellow Beer and Local Sausages

 

Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.

Fifty Fifty is the perfect post ski hangout place. House made brews and a large menu of items will make even the pickiest eaters happy. Their calzones are colossal and the burgers are scrumptious! Beer nerds will love it here, drop by and pick up a few of their highly sought after Eclipse bottles.

Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. Truckee Burger Beer Eclipse
Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. burger and beer sampler

Full Belly Deli

Full Belly Deli serves huge sandwiches at reasonable prices. Stop by in the morning and grab a sandwich to-go before hitting the slopes. Believe me, it will be enough fuel to keep you going for the day.

 

Marty’s Cafe

Marty’s Cafe is a cozy restaurant located in Historic Downtown Truckee. They serve delicious, fresh homestyle food. It’s a great place to stop by on Sunday for brunch before heading back to the Bay Area. Lines can get long though, so prepare to wait awhile.

 

The Pour House Wine & Cheese Shop

If wine and cheese is your thing, visit The Pour House. This little shop is located on Jiboom Street, one street off the main drag in Historic Downtown Truckee. Along with a great selection of wines, it even has a tasting bar to unwind after a day on the slopes. You’ll be able to grab some great cheese and wine for dinner at the cabin here.

 

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.

There are actually quite a few breweries in the Tahoe area. Tahoe Mountain Brewery is a little off the beaten path, but its a chill place to relax and have a beer sampler with your buddies. They have quite a few brews on tap and you can even buy a growler to take back home with you. You can have a taste of Truckee later on in the week and start daydreaming about your next trip up to the mountains.

 

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