Grocery stores: 

  1. There is a small market in Tahoe Donner near the Lodge and the Trout Creek Recreation Center (turn left on Northwoods to go around the north side of the loop, and watch for the market on the right) >> see map of Tahoe Donner 
  2. Safeway is at the corner of Donner Pass Rd and Hwy 89-S (take Northwoods down the hill to Donner Pass Rd, turn left. Safeway is on the left just beyond the traffic light).
  3. SaveMart is off Hwy 89-S on the south side of I-80 (follow directions to Safeway and turn right at the light at Hwy 89-S; cross under I-80 and turn right onto Deerfield drive and left into SaveMart shopping center).
  4. New Moon Natural Foods, 11357 Donner Pass Rd.  530-587-7426

Truckee has banned single use plastic bags so bring your own reusable bag!

Great morning options: 

  1. Wild Cherries coffee shop (and free WiFi) is on the right hand side of Donner Pass Rd before the Hwy 89-S intersection. 
  2. Truckee Bagel Company is one block further down Deerfield Dr past SaveMart.
  3. Wagon Train is in downtown historic Truckee.

Tahoe Donner dining:
There are two neighborhood restaurants to satisfy your appetite. In a beautiful setting amongst towering pines, The Lodge offers a classic bistro-style menu, with French and Pacific Rim influences, with nightly specials and entrées ranging from $9 to $30. Pizza On The Hill offers a family- and dog-friendly atmosphere with great pizza & seasonal ingredients, as well as rotisserie chicken, tri-tip, quesadillas and burritos. The Z-Market near the Lodge makes very good deli sandwiches and has a lunch-time BBQ going in the summer.

Truckee dining:
The town of Truckee has a number of terrific restaurants (be warned weekend nights during ski season are very busy and require reservations---preferably days before). Our favorites are (now that Dragonfly has closed):

  1. Cottonwoods at Hilltop Lodge overlooking Truckee just south of town
  2. Pacific Crest Grill at the Bar of America at 10042 Donner Pass Rd (corner with Bridge St); (530) 587-2626.
  3. Pianeta Ristorante - Italian cuisine in downtown Truckee at 10096 Donner Pass Rd; (530) 587-4694.
  4. Lake Mary - for a few summer nights only, this historic cabin overlooking picturesque Lake Mary at Donner Summit near Sugarbowl offers gourmet meals in a stunning outdoor setting. Reservations required.

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