Base camp for a big life

Is Truckee on your mind? Have you considered making your stay in Truckee a permanent arrangement. Many people are making Truckee their primary residence and perhaps you should consider it too. Check out the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and their recent efforts to brand Truckee. Heck, they won a best brand award at Reno Tahoe AMA Ace Awards for their logo and tagline “Basecamp for a big life”.

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Behind the Wine List with Ganga Das

The wine list at Cottonwood Restaurant has recently taken a new turn and has been carefully curated by on staff expert Ganga Das Welch. In this article, we take a seat with Ganga Das for a short Q&A to learn about the details behind the wine list selections.

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Surrounded by history

Cottonwood overlooks downtown Truckee from one of the nation’s oldest ski lodges. At the turn of the century, the land which Cottonwood stands was owned by Truckee’s most prominent citizens, Charles F. McGlashan, who purchased it from railroad developer Charles Crocker.

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New York Times – 36 Hours in Lake tahoe

Straddling the Nevada-California border, Lake Tahoe’s immense cobalt blue oval — unfrozen thanks to the lake’s depth — stands out against the snow-covered mountains like a colossal eye staring into heaven.

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Just 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe, a Sierra gem promises a serene winter

Tucked at the base of a pine-studded hill, a snowball’s throw from Interstate 80, lies the town of Truckee, Calif. In its early days, Truckee was a rowdy and unkempt place. Now, its cozy shops, restaurants, and inns, as well as its proximity to Donner Lake, make it a perfect stop for travelers on their way to bustling resorts like Northstar-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley or for visitors who want a quieter retreat.

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The Culture Trip's Top 10 Restaurants

For a fine-dining option with a full bar, along with a spectacular view of downtown Truckee and the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains, be sure to include Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar on your list of dining establishments. Tucked inside one of the oldest ski lodges in the country and serving dinner every evening, this multiple award-winning gem features a menu with mainstay entrées and specials, all brimming with sustainable seafood options, grass-fed beef, and organic produce whenever possible. Try the Tahoe Food Hub butternut squash enchilada with Ancho chile mole, cilantro, white cheddar, and toasted pumpkin seeds, or the grass-fed Durham Ranch cheeseburger with waffle fries. Cottonwood also displays incredible art and features live music Thursdays and Fridays. To find out more about Truckee’s most treasured hideaways read full article
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How Truckee became a top ski town

The historic railroad stop-turned-ski town of Truckee hasn’t just made a comeback from the recession. It has catapulted back with enough energy to prompt Sunset, National Geographic and Travel & Leisure magazines, among others, to recently rank it among the best ski towns in the West.

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Helpful Resources

Here is a list of local resources that we regularly use at Cottonwood to accomplish our unique feats here at the restaurant as well as list of local organizations and charities that we support.

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Cottonwood Featured Artists

This informative list about the local artists that we feature on the walls here at Cottonwood Restaurant might take you on a journey into the lens of a newfound photographer or land you a new painting for the walls of your Tahoe home.

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Tahoe Quarterly Chopping Block: Q&A with Chef David Smith

Overlooking Old Town Truckee, Cottonwood restaurant, which opened in 1988, occupies a 1928-era warming hut built for the local ski club with wood salvaged from a Martis Valley logging operation. Executive chef David Smith, born and raised in upstate New York, also has a long history with the spot, overseeing Cottonwood’s kitchen for the past 17 years.

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