The alpine town of Truckee, a two-hour drive from Sacramento, continues to impress visitors with its restaurants, shops, art galleries, winetasting events and more. The latest:
It's the right season for a stroll in the woods, beginning with the annual guided Donner Party hikes (seven of them) and one walk, Oct. 8-9. The inaugural Summit Canyon hike, Oct. 8, is through terrain just recently opened to the public. Thirty hikers will be led along the Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road, one of the oldest of the emigrant trails.
Register for guided hikes and the walk at www.truckee.com or call (530) 587-8808. Space is limited. Early registration is $45 ($50 after Sept. 27), and includes a commemorative water bottle, barbecue lunch and an informative presentation. The Oct. 9 walking tour is $15, including admission to the Emigrant Trail Museum. A two-day packages is $60 ($65 after Sept. 27).
Strolls of a spookier kind are planned for Oct. 20-21 on the two-hour Historical Haunted Walking Tour.
You'll hear tales of unsolved mysteries, hauntings and manifestations, and learn about the colorful characters who made the bars and boarding houses of 1800s Truckee very edgy places. Get into the spirit by competing in the costume contest, featuring the attire of the era (1880 to 1920). Buy tickets ($30) at www.truckeehistorytour.org.
-- Allen Pierleoni