Cottonwood restaurant in Truckee is the place for good music, a long standing history, "Snow Warning Happy Hour" and always a good time!
With a rich history in the ski industry, ‘Hilltop’, now known as Cottonwood, was the site of the nation's first mechanized ski lift in 1928. The poma and rope tow, driven by an old automobile chassis and motor still remain today up the hill behind Cottonwood.
Step inside as the atmosphere takes you back in time. In late 1928 a warming hut was built from railroad ties salvaged from abandoned Martis Valley logging operations. From ski lodge in 1928 to Cottonwood restaurant in 1989, there are many stories to be told of good times had in this building.
Have yourself a look around and find many historical artifacts and photograph on display that tell the story of years past. But don’t get lost in the past, this place is making memories every night.
Every Thursday night you can find live acoustic music out on the deck in the summer and inside in the cozy fireplace room in the winter. On top of free live music, it’s happy hour all night long on Thursdays. Things can get pretty wild there on Thursdays so come early and stay late for a good night out!
For date night, take your main squeeze into the main dining room with white table cloth seating and overhanging chandeliers that are filled with real candles. All night you will enjoy the best view looking down on old town Truckee. If you are lucky enough to be dining on a perfect snowy night, the magic will come alive and you feel like you are in the midst of a snow globe wonderland.
Some recommendations-you have to try the famous French margarita served in a pint glass (The Frenchie). You will not be disappointed. To pair with any meal, my favorite thing to order is their signature caesar salad shared with the whole table and traditionally eaten with your fingers, not forks. It’s so yummy and perfectly garlicky!
Come alone, bring the family, bring your date, bring your mom, bring your dad. However you come, whenever you come, this place is sure to leave you with a smile.