Six High Country Getaways - February 2013
By Nicole Cheslock
The Cedar House Sport Hotel, Truckee
Patty and Jeff Baird set out to create an oasis, a place in the Sierra Nevada where guests can truly unwind and explore the beauties of the outdoors.
“Our guest experience is inspired by the amazing ski trips we took to the Alps. The front desk clerk, who also happened to be the son of the owners, took us skiing and then we’d see him or another family member serving dinner,” explains Jeff, who is often his guests’ guide of choice for interesting hikes such as the Mount Judah loop or the more strenuous trek on the Pacific Crest Trail from Sugar Bowl to Squaw Valley.
In 2006, inspired by their European adventures where family owned and run inns offered the best in hospitality and dining, the Bairds built The Cedar House Sport Hotel, a 40-room boutique property in Truckee, CA. The exterior cedar siding comes from a re-forestation project in Camptonville, just 70 miles east of Truckee. All of the hotel’s core materials are reclaimed or recycled. The rooms, an eclectic mix of contemporary design, functionality and an organic edge for comfort, feature European bedding with luxurious linens, individual down comforters and combed Egyptian cotton robes.
After completing The Cedar House, the Bairds added an on-site high tech event center and the Stella restaurant. And in May 2010 the Bairds fulfilled their vision as a year-round launching pad to outdoor adventures with the purchase of Tahoe Trips & Trails (TTT), an established adventure guiding company. Today TTT offers an alternative to ordinary vacations. The TTT experience is about the authentic thrills that come from experiencing natural places with someone who has spent years hiking, skiing, paddling, and exploring the terrain. Even local residents seek out TTT.
Today the “sport” in The Cedar House is unmistakable. Hiking poles and backpacks hang alongside lush cotton robes, custom adventure and group trips are available through the hotel’s adventure concierges and the unsurpassed owner-operator experience offers excursions like no other. The most common question is no longer, “What is the sport in The Cedar House Sport Hotel?” but rather, “When can we hit the trail?”
As an active lifestyle hotel with an environmental consciousness, The Cedar House is just as dedicated to inspiring meaningful connections to the natural world as it is to offering unsurpassed accommodations and dining.
“Trailside picnic lunches, gourmet dinners and attention to every detail with ample downtime to fit your style, makes Tahoe Trips & Trails the ideal choice for adventurers seeking a milestone experience and exquisite getaways,” shares Patty.
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