Social Scene: Local PR meister spawns an event on the Truckee River |

Social Scene: Local PR meister spawns an event on the Truckee River

Story and photos by Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Birthday girl Brinn Wellise is sandwiched by Marc Goddard of Bio Bio Expeditions, left and Andy Barr of FiftyFifty Brewery, right.

When you’re in the public relations business and you have a big birthday coming up, what do you do? If you’re Switchback Public Relations owner Brinn Wellise, it’s a snap and#8212; you just plan it like any other PR event! Get an amazing venue like The Painted Rock Lodge, check; call up High Pointe Catering and Smokey’s for the dinner, check; enlist Dragonfly for some hors d’oeuvres, check; and have Fifty-Fifty Brewery supply the beer, check.

Not enough wonderful things can be said about the Painted Rock Lodge. It’s a 6,500 square foot rustic log and timber frame retreat complete with five large suites, six bathrooms, expansive living area, three-car garage, a billards/recreation room and an outdoor hot tub, all plopped right next the Truckee River near the entrance to Squaw Valley.

Not only is it ideal as a bed and breakfast, but also as a luxury vacation rental for family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings and other special events. The outdoor setting is relaxing, inspiring and fun, especially if you’re a fisherman or enjoy floating on the river on a raft right outside your front door!

Guests dropped by to bestow lots of festive birthday wishes to the birthday girl. Before dinner they noshed on sushi accompanied by beer and wine. Brinn’s husband Matt Wellise manned the kitchen making sure there was enough food laid out to feed a small army. Brinn and lodge owner Rob Graham gave tours of the lovely lodge decorated in Alpine antiques to guests throughout the evening. People milled around the outside riverfront area as well as throughout the sprawling log retreat catching up with one another.

Some of those relaxing by the river at the Painted Rock Lodge included Jon Borden, Debbie Cole and Lisa Dobey, Christine and Brian Marsh, Steph Rogerson, Ira and Andrew Cross, Samantha Highfield, Ritz-Carlton’s Steven Holt, Steve Lapkin, Aimee and Kane Schaller, Patti and Ron Florian, Mitch Clarin, Amanda Friedrichsen, Pavlo Gesmundo, Trixie and Mark Guthrie, Dawn and John Evans, Sarah and Ted Owens, Kevin Murphy, Jeff Bender, Maura Campion, Meg Raymore and Nick Rab, Sally Lyon, Rob Graham, Teresa O’Dette and Rosa Davis and attorney Mike Brown.


Longtime Tahoe City fave restaurant Christy Hill is changing hands. Well-seasoned Truckee restaurateurs Robyn Sills and Ed Coleman of Pianetta and Pacific Crest Grill at Bar of America fame will take over the lakeview spot and re-open after some refurbishing, hopefully over Memorial Day weekend. They will add a wine bar, concentrate on contemporary California cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and locally produced food (like grass-fed beef from Genoa) and feature lots of small plates on the menu. There’s even talk of a garden on the lakesideand#8230;

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