Activities in Truckee


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  • Carmel Gallery
    Helmed by nature photographers Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, the newly expanded, 2,600-square-foot gallery showcases vivid landscape compositions, dramatic panoramas, and crisp still-lifes. Pair the sublime color and unmatched tonal range of Elizabeth's images?which have been featured in outlets including Sierra magazine?with poetry from the likes of John Updike and Richard Wilbur in Brilliant Waters ($49.95), a 104-page book ideal for coffee-table display. Calendars containing Olof's scenic depictions of the Sierra Nevada mountains ($16.95) can help repressed naturalists find peace amid drab cubicles, whereas the glossy, picturesque images on the front of 5"x7" notecards ($9.95) divert attention from the Days of Our Lives fan fiction scribbled inside. More devoted photo fans can vanquish blank wall-space with fine-art prints that range from 10"x15" to 6'x10' ($50?$1,000 and up; individuals can use up to 10 Groupons toward one purchase). The prints are available framed, unframed, or mounted on stretched canvas, and they exclusively employ museum-quality archival inks that, like most moustache dyes, remain fade-resistant for 80 to 100 years.
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    9940 Donner Pass Rd
    Truckee, CA US
  • Grand Tahoe Charters
    Grand Tahoe Charters' small-group tours lead passengers on intimate sightseeing ventures with the jagged mountains peeking on in the distance and Lake Tahoe's calm blue waters as the setting. On each trip, the crew captains the 36-foot mahogany Wild Goose II, which harkens back to the early 20th century when wooden boats were the main vessels on the scenic lake. The ship carries up to 12 passengers at a time, assuring that tours don't become overcrowded or that a baseball game could break out. While sailing, deck seating puts guest in the breeze under the sun or stars, or inside in the heated cabin. With many available cruises, such as the West Shore Dinner Cruise and the Sunset Cocktail Cruise along the Incline shoreline, Grand Tahoe Charters aims to entertain guests while showing them the many facets of Tahoe's natural splendor.
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    7360 North Lake Boulevard
    Tahoe Vista, CA US
  • Snowbomb Ski & Snowboard Festival (AT&T Park)
    Each year, the SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival steeps NorCal-powder addicts in gear, lift tickets, and mountain-ready swag, all offered for free or at discounted prices. Reps from area resorts such as Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Mammoth, and Bear Valley are on hand to dole out season passes and highlight their most recent facility improvements, such as faster lifts and more advanced yeti warning systems. Meanwhile, mountain outfitters such as Atomic and Burton show off this season's newest gear and winter sport shops such as Lombardi's, Ground Zero, and the Sports Basement offer discounts on repairs and equipment. Amid the flurry of excitement and demonstrations, local breweries and wineries pour their warming libations for festival goers schussing from booth to booth.
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    P.O. Box 5102
    Tahoe City, CA US
  • Pete N Peter's
    Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Pete N Peter's in Downtown Tahoe City. Those looking for a meal that's low in fat won't find it at Pete N Peter's, where hearty, tasty meals come first. Be sure to complete your meal at Pete N Peter's with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Pete N Peter's offers an affordable happy hour. Pete N Peter's is a great location to host a group dinner. Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time. Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Pete N Peter's. Meals at Pete N Peter's are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
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    395 North Lake Boulevard
    Tahoe City, CA US
  • Tahoe Canvas
    Gentle waves lap against the hull of the Tahoe Cruz as snow-capped mountains and evergreen trees peek through its sails. Helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–certified captains Mike and Jim, the 50-foot sloop glides along Tahoe's tranquil waters for afternoon and sunset cruises that sail travelers around the scenic lake, treating them to views of its abundant nature and grand homes—including Fleur du Lac, where parts of The Godfather Part II were filmed. Mike and Jim lead private charters as well, escorting groups as they take in the sights or race to interrupt a mermaid ex-girlfriend's wedding before she gurgles "I do."
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    700 North Lake Boulevard
    Tahoe City, CA US
  • Big Blue Adventure
    Big Blue Adventure challenges athletes of all experience levels with races in scenic venues throughout California, Idaho, and Nevada. Trail races take runners along paths with stunning views of rivers, lakes, and beaches, and Adventure Races, which sometimes last more than 24 hours, combine running with activities such as mountain biking or kayaking through clean water. All of their upcoming races can be found on their event calendar.
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    Commons Beach Rd.
    Tahoe City, CA US

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