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72 Hours in Tahoe

A Full Tahoe Travel Guide for Winter

Only have 72 hours in North Tahoe? Check out our 3-day Tahoe itinerary and get inspired for a short but sweet visit.

Northstar Ski Resort, a mere 4 miles from the Truckee Tahoe Airport (TRK, TKF) is a family-friendly winter wonderland. Stay in the Village at Northstar and access The Big Springs Express Gondola, Echo Chairlift, and Northstar Ski School, all just steps from your door. And if you prefer a more secluded location with expansive homes, the Old Greenwood neighborhood might be the best fit for your trip.

Best food in Tahoe

Most restaurants are open for lunch, après, and dinner service in the busy months, but check with your concierge before making plans. The beautiful thing about our small-town restaurants is that they are independently owned and make their own rules. Find the best family-friendly food in Tahoe and Truckee for your whole group.

Alibi Ale Works | This homey spot in nearby Truckee offers heated outdoor seating in the beer garden and indoor seats as well. They have an extensive list of beers on tap as well as a hearty food menu with steak sandwiches and turkey chili.

Bourbon Pub | From celebrity chef Michael Mina, Bourbon Pub Northstar features well-earned American classics like house-made pretzels and cocktail infusions. Open for lunch, après, and dinner, find yourself here for anything from duck fat fries and roasted pumpkin soup, to wagyu burgers and veal meatballs. And if shot skis are your speed, they offer a special price during après from 3-4.30pm.

Rubicon Pizza Company | Located next to the village ice skating rink, this family friendly pizza spot in Northstar is an easy decision for eating in or taking food back to your residence. Go early because it can get crowded around the prime dinner hour, especially on the weekends.

Gar Woods Grill & Pier | If you are looking for a meal with a view, find yourself 15 minutes down the road in Truckee where the floor to ceiling windows offers sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Thaw out in front of the cozy river rock fireplace with a world-famous Warm Woody cocktail. The atmosphere is a nostalgic nod to the classic wooden boat era, and the menu decadent.

What to do in Tahoe

Explore | Stroll through the Village at Northstar and take a lap around the ice-skating rink. If you’re in the mood to venture out, nearby Truckee is a historic town full of local shops and restaurants.

Relax | Most people come to Northstar to ski or snowboard and explore over 3000 acres of terrain for all skill levels. If you are a fair-weather skier, or too sore from your first day on the mountain, visit the Tahoe Spa & Wellness Center in the Village at Northstar. From massage and facials to yoga classes, take your time to rest and recharge.

Ski | The area at the top of Tahoe Zephyr Express lift is typically groomed so take your warm-up runs here. And at the end of the day, find Logger’s Loop to the Woods, which will take you back down to the village on a scenic tree-lined cat track. If blue and black runs are more your speed, check the maps and lift access because there are many lifts that exclusively access the most difficult terrain.

Where to Stay in Tahoe

The Village at Northstar is a quaint and picturesque alpine ski village with gondola access. With direct ski access, restaurants, shopping, movies, and ice skating, the village is the most convenient location with studio to four-bedroom residences. Full kitchens and kitchenettes, gas fireplace, outdoor terrace or deck, washer & dryer, Wi-Fi, parking, and concierge service is just the beginning. If you want to be within walking distance of everything Northstar Ski Resort has to offer, stay in the village.

Old Greenwood is a golf course community about 15 minutes from The Village at Northstar. In the winter, take advantage of the skier shuttle that runs approximately 6 times per day. No reservations are necessary and it’s complimentary. Old Greenwood features larger estate homes and more privacy among the towering pines so if you’re looking for where to stay off the beaten path, this is the spot for you.

Whether you have been coming to Tahoe for years, decades, or it’s your first time here, we hope to see you soon in our little corner of paradise in Northern California.