Rainbow Tavern and Lodge: Open for business.   Leave a comment

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The Rainbow Lodge, tucked next to a lovely pool of the Yuba River on Old Highway 40 just a few miles west of Donner Summit, has reopened for business under new ownership and with a new name (Rainbow Tavern and Lodge) on February 20th. Currently it is open to bed and breakfast guests, with plans underway to open the bar and once popular restaurant in the spring.

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The Rainbow Lodge was most recently owned by Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Area.  A fond memory for many a Tahoe area Nordic skier was having the rare opportunity of skiing from Summit Station at Royal Gorge all the way to Rainbow Lodge. With the failure a few years ago of the previous ownership of Royal Gorge, the Lodge set vacant until Craig and Wendy Mitchell from Rocklin recently purchased the property. The Mitchell’s plan on remodeling and upgrading the facility, while keeping its classic Sierra charm.

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The charming wood and rock structure that is Rainbow Lodge was built in the late 1800s. With it’s rustic wood bar, and comfy fireplace, it was always a happy place to spend a night in the snow. It has been a gambling hall, a stage stop, and a popular fishing spot where the Rainbow trout you caught could be cooked by the Rainbow Lodge chef for your enjoyment. It also sits next to an artesian spring water source that has been a supplier for drinking water companies. The popular Loch Levon Lakes hiking trail is just down the road, and the Lodge is on the route of one of the Tahoe-Truckee area’s most popular road bike routes from Donner Lake to Cisco Grove.

 

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