Modern European Restaurant in Truckee, CA, United States
For the past four years, the chef, John Weatherson and his wife, Nyna, have pioneered French-inspired, locally sourced cuisine such as venison with sunchoke, or green apple granita with celery, pomegranate and, yes, snow.
Rude Brothers Bagels doles out pastries, bagel sandwiches stuffed with everything from hummus to cranberry turkey, and the sort of eccentrically exuberant smoothies — granola, peanut butter, ice cream and milk, anyone? — to fuel a day on the slopes.
Italian Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States
The chef, Gilbert Ramos, has spent the past two decades building up a loyal following with post-ski-worthy dishes such as scallops and other fresh seafood sautéed in lemon and wine and tossed with linguini.
Catch the sunset at the Inspiration Point turnoff, perched next to a series of hairpin turns overlooking Emerald Bay. From this spot 600 feet above the shore you can watch the shadows of the Sierras engulf the lake’s electric blue waters.