Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Tag

Not much snow. Now what?   Leave a comment

Winters in the Sierra are unpredictable. While we almost always get plenty of snow, we don’t necessarily get it early enough for your Christmas plans. In case the white stuff doesn’t step up to the plate and make a quick appearance, here are a few alternatives to get through the holidays and have some fun:


Snowshoeing at Mt Rose

Using the snow we have

Even when there isn’t enough snow for some great powder skiing or a 20 kilometer jaunt out to Point Moriah,  at Royal Gorge there is still some around for playing.

Get High: Head up to Tahoe Meadows, at the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway. At nearly 9000 feet there is plenty of snow to make Snow Women or build forts.  I was out snowshoeing along the Tahoe Rim trail last week and it was beautiful.  You don’t even need snowshoes, good hiking boots will work, but watch the slippery trails.  The views are outstanding!

Take a hike up into Coldstream Canyon out of Donner Lake.  You can hike or snowshoe.  Cross country skiing is a bit tricky since there are rocks and dirt to scoot around.

The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is located on the summer grounds of the Tahoe City Golf Course. There must be something about snow sitting on grass that allows for good skiing without much snow, because this might be the best place to skate ski until the next big storm arrives.

Sledding is limited, but there’s the park at Boreal and Granlibakken.  Or find a shaded hillside and there’s probably enough snow to have fun on.


Other outdoor ideas

I’ve been seeing people out fishing at Donner Lake and kayaking and canoeing at Tahoe and Donner.  Be careful since you don’t want to take a swim.

There’s ice skating at Northstar and Squaw and the Villages are fun to stroll – good shopping and eats.

Take a bike ride.  You still need to dress warm and mid afternoon is the warmest time of day.

Walking out by Boca, Prosser or Stampede Reservoirs.  These lakes are east of Truckee and don’t get as much snow as some areas and there’s lots of sunshine.

Shop Local

Tahoe and Truckee have a host of small businesses that support local artisans. Four stores which consistently display unique and interesting gifts are Bespoke and Riverside Studios on Commercial Row in Truckee, The Trunk Show in The Cobblestone in Tahoe City and Jai-Yen in the center of Kings Beach.  Truckee’s old downtown is a great place to check out the local shops and great restaurants.

Get good eatin’s

Try the new Picnic, a take-out place for delicious sandwiches, salads and paninis in Tahoe City near the Safeway.   Marty’s Café  in Downtown Truckee has large servings of amazing food.  For more healthy appetites try Wild Cherries and Whole Treats which are located in Truckee on Donner Pass Road as you are driving towards Donner Lake.

Go to the lake

Head to the shores of Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe. The lakes are easier to get to when the shoreline is not buried in snow. Take a book, a warm jacket and a comfy fold-up chair and enjoy the water lapping along the shore.

Finally, once you’ve enjoyed all that the region has to offer, set yourself down in front of a warm fire, and sip a mug of mulled cider or hot cocoa. Ahh. Now you’re talking. snowman

Truckee Community Christmas

photo 2It’s that time of year again. The time when the Truckee community warms our hearts by coming together to help others who need our help. Yep, it’s time for the Truckee Community Christmas. I’ve been the food coordinator for this program for the past eight years and remain astounded by the generosity of those who give of their time and money to the effort. We live in a wonderful town.

Truckee Community Christmas is an all-volunteer organization that last year helped 215 families, 25 teen moms, and over 100 seniors.The Community Christmas is actually a combination food drive, toy drive, coat drive and fundraising organization. Maybe you have seen the Truckee Community Christmas food and toy barrels around town or been approached by a friendly volunteer at Save Mart or Safeway and wondered what’s this all about. It’s about people donating what other people in our town need.

You want to help: You can donate food and toys at any of a number of local locations. Go to for recommendations on what is most needed and where to donate. One suggestion is La Galleria on Commercial Row, which will give you a 15% discount off one item after you bring in a bag of food. You can also donate clean, lightly used coats at the Church of the Mountains on Church Street in Truckee. Or can make tax-deductible contributions to Truckee Community Christmas which will use the money to help seniors and to fill the gaps in donations.

In whatever way you can help, it will be appreciated. Be sure and go to for all the information you will need, including the fast approaching cut off dates for donations.
photo 1

Keeping Christmas and New Year’s bright!   Leave a comment


Truckee just before Christmas and the storm

Well it’s happened once again, the quiet fall is just about to turn into the mad tumult of the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period – Tahoe’s busiest time of year.

It looks like the snow is here and the resorts will be bedecked with a new layer of white, just in time for the holidays, and with the snow there are a few things to think about during these busy two weeks:

To our visitors

Welcome to Tahoe-Truckee. Thanks so much for visiting. We love showing off our beautiful community and appreciate your business. We ask that you have patience and understand that our roads and businesses don’t usually accommodate this many people so things may get slow and busy sometimes. Be sure to bring emergency supplies, extra food and water and games in your car in case  of traffic snarls in a storm, and Drive Carefully. Please don’t park on a county or Town of Truckee road as you will block snow removal operations and can be cited. Aside from the ski areas we have a host of other things to do at Tahoe. Try cross-country skiing, sledding, or attending a cultural event.

If you are a resident of Tahoe-Truckee.

Have patience. While it gets very crowded between December 20 and January 5th, it is an important infusion of cash into the challenging environment that is owning a small business in Tahoe. In other words, those visitors who crowd the restaurants and the supermarkets, are what enables us to have those businesses be available for us to enjoy the other 11.5 months of the year.   And to all…… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Snowshoeing in the woods near my home


Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Lifestyles of the Kitchen Famous

Kitchens . Baths . Interiors . Design . By Michelle Portesi

Tahoe Truckee Outdoor

Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Outside Inn

Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Much Ado with Nothing

Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Eat Picks

Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee


Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

%d bloggers like this: