The four-seasons climate of Truckee and the surrounding area is known for its winter wonderland full of snow sports like skiing, snowboarding, and even snowshoeing, but the need for a break can come at any time of year and you may just have the few days of the weekend to enjoy. Make your next weekend getaway to historic Truckee! You’ll find plenty of fun activities to see and do that will keep you busy throughout your stay in our beautiful Truckee, CA, cabin rentals, no matter how long.
Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
The park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Truckee at an elevation of 6,000 feet! The legendary alpine park offers plenty of entertainment, including activities like 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 push the pause button a moment for a good glass of wine. Opened in 1989, the winery is California’s highest and coldest winery! The winery – inside a two-story barn on the Truckee River – produces over 2,500 cases of wine a year. They specialize in single-vineyard varietals, and you’ll want to taste them all 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. There are plenty of hiking trails for beginners up to experts leading to outdoor adventure. Choose an easy trail with little elevation change 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.
Historic Downtown Truckee
It’s easy to fit into your weekend schedule, and it’s free to 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 much-needed 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 stop in at the Truckee Railroad Museum, 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 much more about what the railroad did for the town. There’s a kid’s play train, logging exhibit, as well as an example of a sleeper cabin.
Old Truckee Jail Museum
As the town of Truckee grew, so did its need for law and order. When you’re touring historic downtown Truckee, make sure to stop in and see how the town housed criminals for nearly 90 years. The historic 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.
Destination: Weekend Cabins in Truckee CA
You came to Truckee and the surrounding area for relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun with loved ones on a short trip. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay and book a vacation rental provided by Tahoe Signature Properties. Many of our Truckee, CA, cabin rentals 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. Enjoy a corporate 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!
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