Old World class comes to new Truckee hotel
January 3, 2006
Come late February, visitors to Truckee can add some edgy European style to their mountain vacation. The Cedar House Sport Hotel, located on Brockway Road next to Mountain Home Center, will be opening in a matter of weeks and will offer guests many of the amenities found in European mountain accommodations. “Truckee is ready for something that’s not moose heads and bear rugs,” said Cedar House owner and local developer Patty Baird.The 42-room hotel boasts custom designed furniture that is both form and function. Stools can be flipped over to become side tables, bed headboards swivel to allow for window views and then movie-watching comfort. The German linens and down duvets will keep guests cool in the summer months and cozy in the winter. And a Euro-style continental breakfast will offer more than just cold cereal and coffee, instead filling guests’ plates with meats, cheeses, and fresh breads.
“When you [stay in] Europe it’s almost like you’re going to somebody’s home. You get to know the folks that check you in and serve you at dinner,” said Jeff Baird, Patty Baird’s husband. “It’s a hospitality that we are totally missing in this country. There is a connection to the place you are staying and the people you are meeting.”Patty and Jeff Baird started the project more than five years ago with plans to build the Sport Hotel as a hostel, but with the twists and turns of the millennium economy they decided to kick their creation up a notch. “We wanted to change the traditional mountain lodge and urbanize it with industrial elements,” Patty Baird said. “It has a minimalist approach and we’ve brought in organic features.”They achieved the modern urban style through exposed construction systems, the use of weighty materials such as raw steel, heavy woods, and concrete, and the addition of chic appliances and rich colors.
In line with green building, the heating and electric systems in the hotel have been designed with sustainability and efficiency in mind. Water is distributed from the center of the hotel through a tankless boiler system that allows for immediate hot water and does not require storage. The floors of corridors, entryways and bathrooms are warmed by radiant heat, and a combination of wood-framed windows and eco-savvy insulation means that heat loss is minimal, thus allowing for warm, quiet comfort. “The energy issues were well thought out, and all of the technology available today has been incorporated with the hopes that we can convert to photovoltaic and solar using the same system that is in place,” Jeff Baird said. As avid skiers and hikers who travel annually to the Alps, the Bairds are also hoping to bring their interest in the outdoors to their guests by offering three to five-day sport tours of snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking through local guide companies.The Bairds also built and own The Aspens of Truckee apartment complex, and are building the new Mountain Home Center located down the street from its current location.