Lake Tahoe – Truckee

One of the best parts about Mark’s new job is that his sales territory includes many of California’s popular vacation destinations including the Napa/Sonoma wine country, Monterey, Carmel and, possibly the greatest of all, Lake Tahoe. Being the super-smart husband that he is, Mark conveniently scheduled his Lake Tahoe customer visit for a Friday and we made a little weekend trip out of it.

We stayed at this amazing hotel in the small town of Truckee called the Cedar House Sports Hotel {don’t ask me why it’s called a “sports hotel” because I have no idea}. The architecture of the facility was beautiful and the rooms were very contemporary and eclectic, not to mention that the hotel is located just 5 minutes from the Northstar ski slopes.

We had a great time exploring the small town of Truckee where we ate at this old school diner called Jax at the Trax {which was apparently on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives}. Truckee is also where we met our very first stereotypically laid-back Californian; I kid you not, he said dude, right-on and totally at least 3 times each during our conversation about whether or not we should buy ski gear.

On our way out of town we stopped at Northstar to do some window shopping and we came dangerously close to spending a bunch of money, grabbing a lift ticket and hitting the slopes for a day. Instead, we decided to plan out a real ski trip in the fall where we could ski for a few days consecutively…boo for being responsible adults.

We stopped at a beach on the north side of the lake to take a few pictures and I still can’t believe how beautiful it was! The lake was an incredible deep blue, fading to teal near the shores and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. I can’t wait to come back and ski here in the fall!

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