Vacationing in our own backyard |

Vacationing in our own backyard

Teri Andrews Rinne
Friends of the Library

Did you know that rated Lake Tahoe as the number one vacation destination in the U.S. and 10th worldwide in its first Annual Traveler’s Choice Destinations Awards? Rounding out the top 10 are two other nearby locations: San Francisco (#3) and Napa (#8).

Further afield, yet still relatively close are Big Sur (#2) and Carmel (#7). Unbelievably, five of the top 10 domestic vacation destinations are within a five-hour drive of the Truckee-Tahoe region! With sky-rocketing gas prices this summer, planning for a vacation at home or at least closer to home makes a tremendous amount of sense. And if this poll can be believed, it’s not even much of a sacrifice, especially for those of us lucky enough to who live at ground zero of vacation nirvana.

Alas, as Truckee-Tahoe natives, we don’t always know how to approach our surroundings with altogether fresh eyes. Perhaps all you need is the perfect travel book to provide a different perspective on our local surroundings. Once again, the Truckee Library is a great place to find travel books and guides on vacationing in our own backyard and just beyond.

The Nevada County Library system has over 100 titles relating to the Tahoe region. For instance, there are 11 titles devoted to the Pacific Crest Trail alone. In addition to a vast assortment of hiking guides, there are Tahoe-specific guides for adventuring, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, or simply lingering in Tahoe’s wild gardens.

Books in the children’s section that will appeal to the nature lover in all of us include Trekking on a Trail: Hiking Adventures for Kids, The Outdoor Book for Adventurous Boys, Camp Out: From the Backyard to the Backwoods, The Amazing Outdoor Activity Book, and the whole series of the National Audubon Society’s First Field Guides.

While the Truckee Library has plenty of books about vacationing in the other nearby TripAdvisor hotspots of Napa, Big Sur and Carmel, San Francisco takes center stage on our shelves. After all, it’s a world-class city that is a mere three-hour drive away. A simple search for San Francisco guidebooks on our online catalog yields 47 titles, including all the usual name brand guidebooks as well as more esoteric titles such as Walking San Francisco: 30 Savvy Tours Exploring Steep Streets, Grand Hotels, Dive Bars, and Waterfront Parks, Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations, Dr. Weirde’s Weirde Tours: a Guide to Mysterious San Francisco, and even The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area. And we can’t forget the kids, with Kidding Around San Francisco: A Young Person’s Guide to the City, Frommer’s San Francisco with Kids, and Kids Adventures Around San Francisco Bay. Hot tip: Master the “Name Your Own Price” option on to secure four-star accommodations in San Francisco for under $100 and it becomes a relatively affordable urban getaway. provides great tips to get you started on Priceline. Enjoy your summer vacation, wherever it may take you!


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Ongoing: Catch the Reading Bug! Summer Reading Program for ages

5-12, Weekly special events every Wednesday at 4 p.m., June 25-July 30.

Bill the Magician performs today, July 2, at 4 p.m.

Storytimes on summer break, resuming in late August;

watch this space for more information.

The Annual Friends of the Library book sale is coming! Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9a .m. to 4 p.m. Donations may be dropped off starting Aug. 1. Volunteers are needed to sort books and set up all day on Friday, Aug. 8 and to help during the sale on Saturday, Aug. 9. Sign up at the library.

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome. This month’s selection: The Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, to be discussed Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Pat Miller has an oil painting called Tahoe Moods.

In the Children’s Wing: “Becoming American” story quilt by Mrs. Blesse’s

5th grade class at Truckee Elementary.

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