The unparalleled historic charm and natural beauty found only in Truckee continues to draw visitors in from across the country and globe. With an abundance of new athletic and leisure activities for guests of all ages and abilities, this quaint mountain town will remain a mecca for those seeking adventure and relaxation.
Historic Downtown Truckee’s economy is thriving
With the recent addition of several new storefronts in Downtown Truckee, the historic mountain town is buzzing with tourists and locals alike. Ranging from eclectic jewelry and apparel to specialty desserts and interior design, the new businesses on Donner Pass Road are bringing foodies and shoppers out to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere unique to the Truckee area.
Guests are invited to sip wine while perusing Bluestone Jewelry and wine bar, or indulge in an ice cream cone or cupcake from Cake Tahoe, purveyor of specialty cakes and desserts.
If a leisure afternoon of retail therapy is needed, Truckee’s bevy of new boutiques including Nox, Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry and Bespoke will do the trick. Historic Downtown Truckee is a haven for savvy shoppers. For more information on Historic Downtown Truckee visit www.Truckee.com.
Truckee offers new resources for bicyclists
From exciting single track and paved trails to guided historical tours and new gear shops, Truckee offers cyclists new ways to play in the Sierra. Thanks to Tahoe Adventure Co., guests can now experience the Truckee area’s rich historical background while cruising on a bicycle. The knowledgeable tour staff of Tahoe Adventure Co. offer several tours for riders of all ability levels.
The scenic rides highlight sites of historic significance and cover geology, ecology and the early settlers and workers who helped shaped Truckee. For riders who want to get off the pavement and on to trails, Tahoe Mountain Guides recently opened a concierge service that offers guided mountain bike tours throughout the Tahoe Basin and on Donner Summit.
Tahoe Mountain Guides allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of the Truckee Tahoe region with the best equipment and the security of an experienced mountain guide. Cycling enthusiasts are also invited to ride at the newly finished Truckee Pump Track, located at Truckee’s Riverview Sports Park.
The brainchild of local cyclists and the production of a true community effort, the track boasts 17,000 square feet of serpentine cycling excitement and offers the whole family a fun, free way to spend an active day in Truckee. Bicycles and gear are available for rent and purchase throughout Truckee, including the newly opened Cycle Paths Bike Shop, located in the Sports Exchange.
Truckee continues to grow as a foodie destination
With the recent openings of several eateries and pubs in historic downtown, Truckee continues to grow as a premier foodie destination. Starting out as a small café known for its artisanal cheeses, designer beverages and impeccably fresh ingredients, Restaurant Trokay quickly became a favorite for local and visiting foodies.
Trokay closed its café doors in November 2012 and has recently opened their new larger, long-awaited restaurant just a bit further down Donner Pass Road in the heart of historic downtown. The restaurant offers the same draw of fresh and creative seasonal menus, with the addition of charcuterie, a large selection of true artisan breads made in-house, ten different artisan ales on tap and an expanded wine menu.
Marty’s Café is a family friendly neighborhood café located at the west side of historic downtown on Donner Pass Road. Marty’s take dishes from the past and puts a modern twist on them. Known for generous portions with prices that are “good, honest and fair.” Truckee welcomes two new breweries in time for summer. Mellow Fellow Pub offers guests an extensive choice of draft brews and hearty yet creative fare.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co Artisan Bottle Shop, operated by Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co, will feature over 200 beer selections from around the world, as well as brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing.
Free family fun events for summer 2013
Truckee hosts an abundance of free weekly events June through August for summer fun. Every Wednesday evening, locals and visitors flock to Regional Park overlooking the Truckee River for “Music in the Park;” a free concert provided by the Truckee Parks and Recreation District. The music varies in genre, and friends and families gather to dance and share picnics in the open air natural amphitheater.
Every Thursday, historic downtown Truckee’s main thoroughfare is closed to traffic for a lively and unique street festival called “Truckee Thursdays.” These popular celebrations transform downtown Truckee into a festival-like environment of arts and crafts, fantastic food, farmers market, live concert, kids fair and beer garden.
Booths offering unique goods and farm fresh foods line the street, while the beer garden in the Train Depot parking lot is filled with live music, libations and dancing fun. Family friendly activity areas add to the allure of this festive small town event. Truckee Thursdays are wildly popular and a must-attend event for summer in Truckee.
photo: Jeff Dow