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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
2bella Boutique has carved out a niche in the West, with locations in Sausalito, San Diego, Pasadena and Laguna Beach in California and in Reno and inside Harrah’s at Stateline in Nevada. From a large inventory of dresses, tops, sweaters and bottoms to accessories of all types, including shoes, jewelry, bags, scarves and more, this boutique offers trendy and affordable products for young women and... read more
Abode in Truckee’s Pioneer Center has more than 3,500 square feet of unique home furnishings. The store features reclaimed and rustic furniture, lighting and accessories. There are also modern styles from, among others, American Leather, Fireside Lodge Furniture and Intermountain Furniture. Along with a variety of other home décor items, Abode also carries mattresses.
Adapt by Elizabeth Eshback gives you an opportunity to support a local who creates innovative, becoming and stylish clothes that are so comfortable you want to live in them. Whether it's her super cute summer dresses that have the magical combination of looking great on everyone but being so wearable that you could camp in it to her hoodie sweatshirts for both men and women... read more
Adrift Tahoe carries the leading brands of standup paddleboards for sale or rent including their own line of handcrafted surf and SUP boards. The beach is just outside Adrift's back door, so you can walk your rental or potential purchase right out to the sand and launch into the lake for a test drive or a day’s journey around the lake. They also rent canoes... read more
Alice's Mountain Market, or simply known as Alice's by the locals, is the best option for grocery items in Squaw Valley (the other being the 7-11 located at the entrance to the valley). Offering a small selection of the usual items found in a grocery store, this little shop that has long been owned by local Alice and her brother also offers some of the... read more
Looking for a gift or souvenir that reflects the high Sierra? How about a cozy, handmade Alpaca product? Alpacas are traditionally raised in the high-altitude Andes and are related to llamas and camels. Alpaca produce more than 20 natural shades of a fiber that is soft like cashmere and stronger than wool, so all the products at this shop have natural coloring with no dyes. Take home... read more
For those interested in rock climbing, backpacking, backcountry skiing and other adventure sports, Alpenglow Sports is a sure bet for finding everything needed. Offering top of the line brands for all gear adventure activities, the shop also helps with quick repairs as well as information on area hikes and safe places to ski in the backcountry. In the winter Alpenglow hosts a winter film series... read more
Alpine Home Furnishings is an excellent store to visit for decorating one's home with elegance, sophistication and mountain flare. With a respect for the natural environment of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Home Furnishings offers handcrafted furniture that is sustainably produced and earth friendly. They specialize in bringing unique and fun pieces to a living space and love to work with customers in creating a customized home... read more
For nearly two decades Ambassador Toys has been a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area with its three locations. For many years now it’s also been a fixture for kids and parents visiting the Village at Northstar. Winter or summer, think of Ambassador Toys as a pressure-release valve for those days the kids don’t want to ski or the Little Princess in the household... read more
Animal Kingdom is all about the kids. A store that is fun to look through whether a child or adult, it is filled with fun gifts and treasures. There are learning toys, plush stuffed animals, children's books, Lake Tahoe fable stories and colorful wall art. If you're looking for an entertaining gift for the young or the young at heart, then Animal Kingdom is a... read more
Any Mountain Lake Tahoe is a sports shop offering a broad range of prices on all types of mountain gear. In the winter they provide anything related to snow skiing or snowboarding, including goggles, gloves, hats, insulation layers, outer shells, boots and riding equipment. They offer a spectrum of quality, so if skiing or boarding is new for you and you aren't feeling like dropping... read more
The Arbor Collective started 20 years ago making handmade snowboards sourced from sustainable wood and bamboo. A few years after the birth of the Arbor Collective, handmade skateboards were added to the line with the same sustainable approach as the snowboards. Now there is a line of clothing made with fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton. The Arbor Boardhouse in Truckee offers all the Arbor... read more
Visitors to Truckee-Tahoe are often letting their inner athletes run free on the area's surrounding slopes and trails. Atelier in downtown Truckee is a place for visitors and locals alike to let their inner artists out. Atelier is a workshop space where accomplished and neophyte artists are encouraged to create in the same space. Along with art available for sale, regular gallery showings and exclusive... read more