When searching for a weekend destination, what is the ultimate factor in locating a place to fall asleep at night? Do you search for name-brand hotels, which are likely developed in the city-center, a close proximity to nightlife, entertainment, and restaurants? Do you rather search the opposite, seeking a remote campsite far away from cell phone service, where the only illumination you will find are from the stars above?
Where you ultimately decide upon staying likely involves many factors, and I’ll argue the hotel/campsite/house you choose offers the best “experience” in how you value your time. When you are able to plan a vacation or even a weekend away, every minute of that stay should be something you want. Choose wisely and your weekend can be magnificent. Choose on a whim, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t get the most out of your visit.
In recent years homeowner’s and travelers have comfortably joined forces with businesses like Airbnb and VRBO, or Vacation Rental By Owner. These allow rentals, much the same way hotels are reserved and paid for, to private residences in worldwide locations.
A stay in Truckee, a short drive to Lake Tahoe, was my first VRBO experience. I located a wonderfully furnished home about two miles from I-80 and booked the stay for a Friday-Sunday weekend away from Sacramento.
The two story house is masterfully constructed on a hillside, equipped with all of the features of a five-star hotel (minus the doorman), including a functioning fireplace, expansive deck for lounging & reading, with well designed and functional furniture. The decor is professionally handpicked and adds immense character to an already charming residence. At night, take a blanket to the deck and mold into the wooden outdoor chaise lounges. Converse under the stars (and/or bistro lights) and breathe in the cool mountain air. Check the calendar, read the reviews, and book a stay for yourself.
Lake Tahoe will be featured in all of the magazines, but don’t sleep on Truckee. Main street is a charming and quaint place to shop (see Bespoke and Atelier), dine (see Marg’s Taco Bistro), and discover cool coffee shops (see Dark Horse Coffee Roasters).
We ventured to Lake Tahoe on Saturday morning to locate Secret Cove, a hidden beach area, lakeside. The drive was quick and scenic, maybe 25 minutes from Truckee. Parking was a cinch and the hike was easy, the air was crisp, and the scenery was delightful.
Secret Cove is picturesque with sparkly blue and turquoise water, hidden from the populated beaches just a few mies away. Bring a picnic lunch, a book, and good company.
Wherever you decide to travel, make it a place you truly enjoy staying, and ensure it contains many features that you value and desire. Lake Tahoe is one of the most precious and gorgeous places on the planet. That being true, you may find a lot of value staying in Truckee and experiencing the charm it offers, and taking day trips into Lake Tahoe.