Lake Tahoe Shopping

Lake Tahoe seems to have a little something for everyone, and Lake Tahoe shopping is no exception. Diverse just like location, Lake Tahoe shopping blends sports gear shops, indie boutiques, galleries, gift shops and furniture stores, among others, to create an eclectic gamut of commerce. For example,  Squaw Valley shopping mixes an eclectic little grocery experience with national name sporting gear outfitters, chocolatiers, jewelry and a pet emporium! Your visit to Tahoe City gives you a chance to treat yourself to new pair of skis from a winter sports outlet and a chainsaw-carved bear.

Why Lake Tahoe Shopping?

Are you thinking, “I didn’t come all the way to Lake Tahoe to shop!”? Now is the time to evaluate your priorities: You came to Lake Tahoe for the setting, the sports or the attractions. Think about it. Lake Tahoe shopping falls into each of these categories. There aren’t many places where you can find multifarious shops like Greenwich Village-worthy boutiques sitting beside winter sports outfitters as they do in Truckee shopping. The blend of the Old West and groovy California setting creates a shopping excursion that’s worth exploring. And with all the sports you may plan on doing during your vacation, it’s nice to have stores, like the ones you’ll find in South Lake Tahoe shopping, that can supply you with gear and cover you from head to toe with high technology fabric designed to enhance your performance, whether that be on something that slides, bike tires or on foot. Trust us, Lake Tahoe shopping is an activity you won’t want to miss.

Lake Tahoe shopping embraces the area’s laidback West Coast vibe, reflected by individual stores. You can find shops that encourage a healthy body, mind and spirit in Incline Village shopping. If you want to find some locally handcrafted pottery, furniture or other crafts, the galleries and home furnishing stores found all around the lake will give you a piece of Tahoe to take home.

Check out the listing below and start planning your Lake Tahoe shopping days. Even better, check out the featured Coupons and Shopping Sales that’ll keep you and your wallet happy throughout all the shopping.



10100 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3161

Back nearly 100 years ago Cabona’s was where Truckee’s rough-hewn residents shopped for general merchandise geared toward mountain living. As the decades have passed the needs of residents and visitors have changed and so have Cabona’s offerings. The area’s oldest retail store now offers sportswear for women and men inspired by and designed for the great outdoors. Colors, fabrics and styles of the apparel carried by Cabona’s take their cues from the seasons and the surrounding mountains. Look for brands like Woolrich, Pendleton, Kavu, Levi’s, Fig and Conrad C among many others. Along with handbags, accessories for women include fragrances, jewelry, sunglasses and hats. Men will find hats, socks, belts and more.

Mountain Hardware & Sports

11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4844

Truckee’s Mountain Hardware & Sports is a small-town hardware store — and a whole lot more. As a full-service Ace Hardware Store, there is a wide selection of lumber, tools, plumbing, lighting, garden and automotive supplies as well as a full-service paint shop. But even if you’re not undertaking a DIY project, you’ll want to check out the eclectic personality of the nearly 40-year-old Truckee standby. Wander the 17,000-square-foot store for camping/hunting/sports equipment, unique home décor and kitchen items as well as toys for young and old. Mountain Hardware & Sports also stocks a wide selection of fashionable-yet-functional apparel and footwear for any type of mountain outing. And don’t fret if you suffer from fishing fever. Mountain Hardware & Sports is the place in town for fishing equipment and advice on where to hook the elusive big one. The store is employee-owned, so there is always a helpful person around to answer questions.


Mountain Home Center

11403 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-6681
10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-8800

If it has to do with summer or winter living and doing it with both form and function, Mountain Home Center knows a thing or two. With more than 30 years of doing business in Truckee, Mountain Home Center makes it easy to enjoy summer living with a wide selection of outdoor furniture, grills, smokers and pizza cookers. You’ll also find a stylish selection of dinnerware, table settings and a variety of other accessories. Mountain Home Center has a large selection of umbrellas, hammocks, outdoor rugs, cushions and pillows to keep things cool and comfortable. Need a gift for a birder? They have a selection of bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses as well as other garden art like wind chimes. If it’s winter, Truckee Home Center can help you stay cozy both inside and out with a huge selection of gas fire pits and tables as well as traditional woodstoves and contemporary gas fireplaces and inserts. And what would après-ski be without a hot tub? No worries. With two locations in Truckee, Mountain Home Center has you covered.

Northstar California Resort

5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Of course Northstar at Tahoe Resort has skiing, but its range of offerings make the longtime Truckee fixture a four-seasons must visit. With upgrades, remodeling and the addition of a mid-mountain Ritz Carlton hotel, Northstar has upped its game in recent years. Considered to be the resort for families looking to ski on the North Shore, there is now more challenging terrain to be had amongst the resort’s 3,100 skiable acres, 100 trails all serviced by 20 lifts. Nine advanced runs have been created on the backside of Northstar, which is called, yep, The Backside. There are seven snowboarding terrain parks and pipes to give beginner and advanced riders more room to shred. Of course there is a world-class view of Lake Tahoe from atop the mountain’s 8,600-foot summit. But not all the fun is had on the slopes. There is a 9,000-square-foot ice rink in the middle of the village accompanied by live music, snacks and beverages for those not into skiing. Visitors will find dozens of places to eat and shop from sushi and pizza to Patagonia and The North Face. There is even a movie theater for visitors and locals alike. For those into hiking in the snow and skinny skis, there are 35 km of groomed and tracked trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The fun doesn’t end when winter does, however. Northstar features one of the earliest — and now most extensive — lift-assisted mountain bike parks in the country. Northstar features an 18-hole golf course and has a variety of lodging options from luxury hotels, condos and home rentals.

Tahoe Mountain Sports

11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5200
(866) 891-9177

From summer to winter, Tahoe Mountain Sports is fully stocked with the latest gear for any adventure into the surrounding Sierra. Planning on hiking, climbing, mountaineering or a trail run? TMS offers backpacking gear ranging from packs, stoves, sleeping bags and tents to water filters, trail food and more. For those moving fast, TMS has performance footwear for walking and running as well as apparel to enhance every activity. Don’t own a bear canister for your backpacking trip into Granite Chief Wilderness? No problem. TMS rents a variety of summer season camping equipment, even wetsuits. If snow is on the mountains, TMS can outfit any backcountry adventure whether it’s on snowshoes or skis. From maps and avalanche safety gear to everything to keep you warm and dry, TMS has it, including full backcountry ski-package rentals. In winter the store also sells permits for area SnoParks. 

Talbot Photography

889 Tahoe Blvd., Suite C, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-7054

It’s near impossible to spend any amount of time in the Lake Tahoe region without encountering the photography of Chris Talbot. His images of the lake and its surrounding natural beauty may be found on the walls of hotels (including a large exhibit at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe), restaurants, offices, homes and in gift shops throughout the basin. Besides Tahoe he’s also spent much of his life traveling the world and has wonderful images from throughout Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America as well as rural Nevada and other stateside locales. Chris excels at real estate, architecture, resort, golf and food photography and has been published in numerous golf, travel and real estate publications. Talbot Photography also shoots portraits and special events around Lake Tahoe, having photographed over 700 weddings. Chris understands every aspect of photo composition and passes this knowledge on through custom photography tours around Lake Tahoe. He will take you to the most scenic spots and train you in the technical and practical aspects of taking the best photo you can. Whether you’re looking for a wedding photographer, some schooling on your camera skills (and a guide around the lake) or just something beautiful to hang on your wall, check out Talbot Photography.

The Village at Squaw Valley

1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley, CA
(800) 403-0206

The Village at Squaw Valley is northern California's example of a ski hamlet, offering a little bit for everyone. The rooms all have views of the mountains and are located a few steps from the various base area ski lifts. Rooms are situated above the plethora of shops and restaurants with balconies looking out over the hustle and bustle below. The variety of restaurants and shops is created to connect with the needs and wants of the variety of guests that visit the area. For example, for the 20-somethings there are three different bars that are busy on weekends and holidays. For couples, there are romantic restaurants and couples activities like sleigh rides to inspire connection. For families, there are a variety of restaurants and shops that keep all ages occupied plus a museum highlighting the area's ski heritage, miniature golf, climbing walls, the Trilogy Spa, Sky Jump (an acrobatic bungee play gym for all ages) and the Wanderlust Yoga Studio. The Village is also the launching place for the aerial tram, which flies another 2,000 vertical feet up, to High Camp located at 8,200 feet. Here you will find hiking, disc golf, the High Camp Pool & Hot Tub as well as dining and bar options. In February, the Village is host to a week-long, kids-focused event, Kid-O-Rama. The non-stop fun that focuses on youngsters offers fire trucks, snowplows and grooming equipment plus dancing to street concerts and children-centric concerts, or they can get artistic at the craft and game room. The entire Village becomes a virtual ghost town during mid-October to early-November. If quiet doesn't bother you, this is an excellent time to get incredible discounts on rooms.