The spotlight in Truckee shines brightest on the main stretch of Donner Pass Road. From Moody’s to Margs, this stretch of Historic Downtown Truckee tends to get the most attention. And why wouldn’t it? We love downtown Truckee! But don’t let all the business of the main drag distract you from everything else Truckee has to offer.
We’re here to say Truckee needs a bigger spotlight. Cross the tracks! Walk back to Jibboom Street, hell, even simply venture further down on Donner Pass Road. And maybe just pop into your favorite West River St retailer while you’re at it 😉
In that spirit, here are five shops we love that can be found off of Truckee’s most trodden path in addition to yours truly:
Starting off close to our home, this lovely little bar and grill is located in the basement of the historic (and haunted??) River Street Inn. With their deck seating overlooking the Truckee River and wood smoker cooking up Texas-style barbecue, it’s the perfect place to sip sangria on a summer evening. In colder temperatures, indoor seating offers a cozy reprieve for a drink and maybe a $3 taco on Taco Tuesdays. Relax on the cowhide sofa seating, catch a game at the bar, or sit back and admire the eclectic paintings of skeletons engaged in various activities while indulging in a “Skeleton” cocktail.
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Gotta have it. Our go-to fix? Coffee Bar, of course. Well worth the venture back to Jibboom Street, you’ll find the natural light pouring in through the windows, chic art on the walls and revitalizing smoothies almost makes you forget you even needed caffeine in the first place. Almost. Good thing the coffee’s amazing, and the pastries make for the perfect pairing.
And don’t forget to save your receipt--Bring it back in the afternoon and you’ll get a free beer!
Need to counteract all that caffeine from the hours you just spent at Coffee Bar? Stroll across the street and step into the Pour House for some wine and cheese. Filled wall to wall with wines from every corner of the world, you’ll also find a mouth watering selection of cheeses, from brie to bleu, Belgian chocolates, Italian style salami and more. Head to the back of the shop towards the tasting room, a small bar where the shopkeepers will navigate you on a journey of earth notes and fruity finishes as you sample from a flight of wine.
Via Backstreet Framers
Joining Coffee Bar and The Pour House on Jibboom Street is our favorite framing shop: Backstreet Framers. Need a picture of your pup framed? Or maybe your favorite #Tahoeisalwaysagoodidea ‘Gram is in need of a real frame rather than just a cool filter. Don’t worry, head on over to our friends Peggy and Celia at Backstreet and check out their incredible picture frames to pick the right one for you. With so many options, both custom and ready-made, you have to see the frames in person to truly appreciate them.
Last but certainly not least is our go-to jewelry shop, found just before Bridge St. on Donner Pass Road. The sister store of Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry, Knack! has some of the coolest jewelry around. Displayed around the store alongside beautiful amethysts and geodes, air plants and a glass-topped antique piano-cum-table, the handmade jewelry is unique and extraordinary while the photography decorating the walls is captivating. Check it out, make the journey down the road and get your bling on.
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