Crisp winter scenery is just a short walk away. Head south from downtown, cross the railroad tracks, and turn left on East River Street. At the end of that road, a pedestrian bridge crosses the Truckee River and links up with the Legacy Trail, which skirts the rushing river. Plows keep the paved walkway clear all winter.
A glass of TRK—a crisp beer with a light hop note—and a plate of nachos with black beans and smoky roasted salsa make a perfect afternoon repast on the patio at FiftyFifty Brewing Co. The brewery’s masterpiece is Eclipse, a chocolaty, espresso-like imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.
In summer, glittering Donner Lake offers all the swimming, boating, and scenery of Lake Tahoe, in a less crowded setting. Nearby, the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center displays a topographic relief map of historic travel routes and a cedar bark hut in the style of the Washoe people.