In 1924, a mustachioed tramp of silent-film fame headed for a raucous logging town in the Sierra Nevadas to make his next movie. You could say he struck gold, as the picture became the highest-grossing comedy of the era.
Now's your chance at the role of a lifetime on this week's Escape to Truckee, California, the gateway to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Get a one-night stay for two in a Deluxe King or Two Queen Room at the Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe ($105).
Unlike the movie's teetering cliff-side cabin, accommodations at the Larkspur Hotel are modern, comfortable, and right in the middle of town. Equipped with a signature FeatherBorne bed, wireless Internet, and Lather bath amenities, your guest room is decorated in warm, earthy tones. Upon arrival, you'll receive an included bottle of wine to enjoy as you settle in.
Thankfully, in the morning, boiled shoe is not on the menu. Your included breakfast buffet instead comes with a selection of eggs, cereals, and more—just the fuel you need to hit the ground running. Visit Cycle Paths bike shop to rent a mountain bike for a leg up exploring Tahoe's rag-tag rugged terrain. Or, head 20 minutes from the hotel and navigate the continent's largest alpine lake by boat.
You'll set the scene for a relaxing afternoon with two included wine tastings at Truckee River Winery, where you'll also receive a souvenir glass. Sample flavorful vintages with suggested food pairings like cheese platters and various tapenades served with French baguette slices.
To appease a mountainous appetite, head back to the hotel's Mountain Burrito Company, where you can sample Mexican food with a backwoods twist (bison burritos, anyone?). Or, opt for a night out in downtown Truckee. You'll find a feast of food, film, and live music at the revamped Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats, which lives by local, seasonal ingredients.
You've waited patiently for your big break, and here it is. Play yourself on this week's Escape to Tahoe—a place so beautiful, it will leave you speechless.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON September 30, 2012
Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe
A One-Night Stay for Two, Buffet Breakfast, Bottle of Wine, and Two Wine Tastings with Souvenir Glass at Truckee River Winery
- from $105