Take some time off from your hectic schedule and enjoy on of the gems of Nevada County without with hassle of the weekend crowds.
7 p.m. After you check in to your hotel, dine at a one of downtown Truckee’s many restaurants! Truckee has a wide variety of restaurants at every price point. Check out Dragonfly and enjoy your meal from their 2nd floor deck. Mexican? Head on over to Casa Baeza and sample one of their hundreds of Tequilas behind the bar.
9 a.m. Wake up and grab a cup of coffee at The Coffee Bar. The Coffee Bar is an Italian coffee shop that serves up organic coffee and espresso, pastries, panini sandwiches, freshly made gelato, handmade European crepes, organic loose leaf tea and chai, Italian sodas and more.
10 a.m. Explore Donner Lake. Hop in your car and take a drive to experience Donner Lake where you can hike, kayak or paddle board.
Visit the Donner Memorial State Park: two miles west of Truckee just off I-80, Donner Lake is a beautiful recreation area that includes Donner Memorial State Park. The 353 acre park includes 140 campsites, 60 picnic sites and frontage on Donner Lake and Creek.
In and around the park, you can study some of the Sierra Nevada’s geologic history, fish, hike, and in the winter build snowmen and cross country ski. The Emigrant Trail Museum which focuses the history of the area is open year around.
Wander through the exhibit on the Donner Party and check out the informative video. Nearby are two of the cabin sites and an interpretive trail. Off I-80 near Truckee, 12593 Donner Pass Road. 582-7892.
12:30 p.m. Grab a Quick Lunch at Burger Me! Burger Me! is a joint that is built for people who really want good, affordable food…fast. Using all natural products and the freshest ingredients, Burger Me! offers a huge selection of burgers, shakes and fries.
5 p.m. Stroll through downtown Truckee. Come enjoy the charm and beauty of downtown Truckee. Explore the unique shops and experience the gritty past and vibrant present of this historic railroad town. Downtown you will find an eclectic mix of old-fashioned shops, unique one-of-a-kind stores and upscale boutiques.
7 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at Pianeta Ristorante. Pianeta serves Italian / Mediterranean dishes, making all of the rolled pastas onsite each day and using the freshest ingredients in dishes like the crispy duck with balsamic and basil infused demi-glaze or grilled wild king salmon topped with a lemon garlic aioli.
8 a.m. Breakfast at Squeeze In. Get in line early before you hit the road! Squeeze In is a decades-long favorite with Truckee and Tahoe visitors and locals alike, and is consistently voted Best Breakfast in Truckee year after year. The eatery offers 57 different types of omelets, each named after longtime or legendary Truckee residents, many of whom devised the ingredients of the omelet.