Truckee, the Lake Tahoe town that gets its name from a Paiute word roughly meaning "Everything's alright," boasts a rich history. Our vacation rentals in Truckee are near the best Sierra Nevada mountain resorts, and many are part of the Tahoe Donner association with access to members-only recreational facilities. Truckee is ideal for families and groups seeking a variety of Tahoe adventures in a beautiful setting!
Where is Truckee, CA?
Conveniently located near Interstate 80 and historic Donner Pass, Truckee is perhaps the most easily accessed Tahoe California town. Crystal blue views of Donner Lake (which has both public and private docks) welcome travelers as they approach from the west. Visitors coming from the crowded cities and bustling suburbs of the Sacramento Valley and beyond also come to Truckee when they want accommodations a little outside the typical resort communities along the Lake Tahoe shore.
Tahoe Donner Amenities
Guests staying at our Truckee vacation homes in the Tahoe Donner association will have access to the Trout Creek Recreation Center, Northwoods Clubhouse, Donner Lake Beach Club Marina, and Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center. Among these facilities are pools, spas, numerous sports courts, and more. Guests must present their member pass for access, and four people per pass will be admitted. Please note that a small fee is required to use some of the amenities. In summer, bring the clubs: in addition to the Tahoe Donner Golf Course, there are no less than 13 golf courses around Truckee.
Things to Do in Truckee
Outdoor activities in Truckee are abundant! The Truckee area boasts 6,000 acres, 270 trails, 43 lifts, eight mountain peaks, and six terrain parks. Located near Donner Memorial State Park, you can whitewater raft, camp, have a picnic, or hike park trails.
The public Tahoe Donner Ski Area (featuring downhill runs) and the Tahoe Donner Cross-Country Ski Area are must-visit winter wonderlands for those who want time away from the crowds in the Olympic Valley. If you want to consider vacation condos right on a resort, check out our homes at the Northstar California Resort.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Truckee is proud of its story. Wander into town for a latte at Dark Horse Coffee and visit the Old Truckee Hotel, built in 1873. It hosts live music some evenings and makes for a unique historical photo op.
Restaurants in Truckee
Foodies will find Truckee's selection of casual eateries and fine dining spots well worth the visit. For high-end plates that are as amazing to look at as they are to eat, make reservations at Stella. For more casual grub, Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar, formerly a warming hut for mountaineers, is a time-honored establishment in Truckee. Have a hearty pre-ski breakfast at Marty's, a fortifying sandwich at Full Belly Deli, or an indulgent Après-ski tasting at Petra wine and tapas bar.
The California ski scene transforms into a summer playground and then back to a winter wonderland again. There's always something going on in Truckee, and one of our lakeside vacation rentals is the best way to experience it all. Take a look at our homes today!