Daily deal: A two-day retreat to Tahoe
Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe in Truckee, California.
In 1924, Charlie Chaplin slipped into his beloved tramp character and headed for a raucous logging town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to film The Gold Rush.
You could say he struck gold, as the movie turned out to be the highest-grossing comedy of the silent film era.
Get a one-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($99) or Fridays and Saturdays ($129), in a deluxe two queen guest room at the Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe.
Unlike the Little Tramp's teetering cliffside cabin, accommodations at the Larkspur Hotel are modern, comfortable and right in the middle of town. Equipped with a FeatherBorne Bed, wireless Internet and Lather bath amenities, the cabin-style room also comes with a bottle of wine.
Thankfully, in the morning, boiled shoe is not on the menu. Your included breakfast buffet for two does come, however, with a selection of eggs, cereal and more. Just the fuel you'll need to hit the ground running.
Take a guided snowmobile tour through Truckee's network of logging roads, which cover about 650sq miles, with Eagle Ridge Snowmobile. And be sure to hit the slopes of Northstar California, home to Olympic snowboard superstar Shaun White.
Come spring, explore Tahoe's raggle-taggle terrain with a leg up, courtesy of Cycle Paths bike shop, where you can rent a mountain bike for about $50 a day. Or simply head 20 minutes from the hotel and explore the continent's largest alpine lake by boat.
If you're looking to appease a mountainous appetite, head back to the hotel's Mountain Burrito Company, where you'll get a 20% discount on Mexican food with a backwoods twist (bison burritos, anyone?). Then hit the heated outdoor pool, sauna, or whirlpool at the hotel.
But you're not done yet. Stroll the boutiques of downtown Truckee, then grab dinner and jazz at Moody's Bistro and Lounge, which lives by local, seasonal ingredients, whether it's a Shaw Family Farm egg, a Durham Ranch steak, or Heidi Watanabe's tomatoes.
Reap the riches of this mountain escape, all for the price of a song.
- A one-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($99) or Fridays or Saturdays ($129) in a deluxe two queen room
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Bottle of wine
- 20% discount at Mountain Burrito Co.
- Free wi-fi and parking