The four-season climate of Truckee and the surrounding area is known for its winter wonderland full of snow sports like skiing and snowboarding, but the need for a break can come at any time of year. Take some time to be a tourist in your own state or be spontaneous and take a break from the everyday for a last-minute getaway in our Truckee, CA, cabins. Even though your decision to take a trip may have been last-minute, your planning doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of things to do and see on your “last minute” trip.
Historic Downtown Truckee
It’s free and the hours are reasonable. Walk the streets of the historic downtown Truckee. Founded in 1863, the town was originally known as Gray’s Station. By 1867, it became the Central Pacific Railroad’s railroad station and was renamed Truckee. Many historic buildings still stand today, and house local businesses that include shops, restaurants, and other services. The railroad station is still in use, and Amtrak makes stops there on its route between Chicago and San Francisco.
Truckee Railroad Museum
While you’re exploring historic downtown Truckee, make sure to add a stop to the Truckee Railroad Museum to your list. It’s located in the caboose right next to the historic railroad station in town. The caboose is from the Southern Pacific Railroad that was used in the area, and even its paint color matches the original SP paint scheme! Inside, you’ll learn about the first Transcontinental Railroad, logging railroads, tourism by rail, and more. There’s a kid’s play train, a logging exhibit, as well as an example of a sleeper cabin.
Old Truckee Jail Museum
When you’re touring historic downtown Truckee, make sure to stop in and see how the town housed criminals for nearly 90 years. The jail was built in 1875 and used until 1964. Inside you’ll find exhibits and information about the jail’s construction, the first prisoner, the first female prisoner, and more. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on “Truckee Thursdays” 5-9 p.m.
Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
The park is located in Truckee in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 6,000 feet! The alpine park offers plenty of entertainment: boating, picnicking, fishing, water skiing, hiking, and more. As part of your visit, make sure to explore the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate the California emigrants that traveled west throughout the mid-1800s. Stop by the visitor center and explore exhibits spotlighting the Emigrant Experience, the Donner Party, the Land of Washoe, Chinese construction of the railroad, and even early motoring adventures over places like Donner Pass. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, with restrooms open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The visitor center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 12593 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
Truckee River Winery
Adults of the group will want to pause a moment for a good glass of wine in a unique environment. The winery opened in 1989 and is California’s highest and coldest winery! Located in a two-story barn on the Truckee River, it produces over 2,500 cases of wine a year. The winery specializes in single-vineyard varietals you’ll want to taste for yourself. The winery has limited hours, 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at 10061 South River Street in Truckee. They accommodate curbside pickup daily. Contact them at 530-587-4626 to inquire about tastings or curbside pickup.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is a breathtaking place to get some exercise and see a beautiful landscape like no other. There are plenty of hiking trails leading to outdoor adventure. Choose an easy trail with little elevation change for kids and beginners or find something more advanced that takes you up the mountains to stunning views. Make sure to pack hiking necessities like sun protection, water, and trail snacks. You’ll also want to pack your camera to capture all the breathtaking scenery and moments of spotting wildlife in their natural habitat.
Last-Minute Cabins in Truckee CA
You came to Truckee and the surrounding area for relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun with loved ones. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay and book Truckee, CA, cabins provided by Tahoe Signature Properties. Many of our vacation rental homes available for your staycation include flat-screen TVs, cozy and stylish furnishings, and stunning master suites. Make a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then gather in the open living and dining space to share it. Retreat to a private bedroom for a good night’s sleep before another day full of Truckee fun. For an unforgettable luxury stay, choose a premium unit that may include perks like stainless steel appliances, wood floors, and beautiful and stylish bedrooms to make your stay comfortable and memorable to keep you coming back for years to come!
Call us today to book our cabins in Truckee, CA, and start planning your “last-minute” adventure!