5 best places to work remotely in Truckee

A good work space is important for quality work flow. In fact, it's extremely important. I have a lovely little office set up in a careful way: Clean lines and bright lights, chill vibes, natural elements, and fresh brewed coffee just steps away. It’s a happy, easy office, where hours of work will go by without me even realizing it. However, due to the nature of my job as a photographer, more often than not, I have to set up a mobile office. And as much time as I put into scouting a shoot location, I also put into scouting the perfect location for my temporary work space. I read reviews on coffee shops, canvas community areas, scour wine bar websites, and analyze the aesthetics of the accommodations. Then, when I find a place that vibes well with my work aesthetics, I make a note of it and will be sure to return next time I’m in the area.

However, one of my top work space attributes is having quick access to the mountains. Winter or summer, I love being able to skip out for a quick ski or running break. And this season, I took advantage of the opportunity to tour some of the best public (and private) temporary work places in Truckee. Discover five of the best places to work remotely in Truckee below.

Mountainside Tree House

Mountainside Tree House was one of my favorite places I visited. Located on-mountain, overlooking Northstar California's Home Run trail, the Tree House is truly a ski-in, ski-out location. It has all the amenities one could desire, including stunning views of the mountain, a full bar, on-site pool and hot tub, games (like shuffle board), a pool for work breaks, and plenty of comfortable work spaces to post up with a laptop. The stunning architecture and rustic, yet modern decor is the perfect inspiration for creative minds. On top of all of that, the staff is both incredibly friendly and professional. Mountainside Tree House is available only to Mountainside homeowners and guests renting Mountainside properties, so it is wonderfully quiet and exclusive. It's the best of all worlds.


Copper Lane Café & Provisions

However, sometimes I like to be in the very hub of the action. For this, I found myself in the delightfully upbeat and bright Copper Lane Café & Provisions in the middle of the Village at Northstar. Open at 8 a.m., it’s the perfect spot to grab a pre-ski breakfast burrito or jump online with a yummy cup of coffee before I hit a few runs on the mountain. And one of the best parts? All of Copper Lane's food is organic and locally sourced. Plus, they're open until 11 p.m. most nights. This is home for me.


Coffee Bar in Downtown Truckee

Coffee Bar in downtown Truckee is another fantastic little shop that’s in the very center of it all. If you want the local’s hang and the best coffee in town, then this is the spot. From entrepreneurs to ski bums, they all come here to get a bit of work done or share stoke on the season’s goods.


Alpine Club

Alpine Club is cozy and warm; the type of place that I could find myself holed up in working all day and be perfectly content. Located in the heart of the Village at Northstar, overlooking the ice skating rink, it offers a full bar, dining, several study nooks, a fireplace and an outside deck area. Plus, it features locker rooms and ski storage to make it easy to get a quick ski break in between projects. Alpine Club is only available to Tahoe Mountain Club Members, so it remains quiet and cozy even on Northstar's busiest days.


Red Truck Café

Last, but definitely not least, I highly enjoyed Red Truck at the Truckee Airport. I know what you’re probably thinking. Who wants to hang at the airport? But trust me on this one. It’s the Truckee Airport, meaning that it’s friendly and down-to-earth, while still offering the best service. Additionally, Northstar is only 10 minutes up the road, making it convenient if you fly in via a private jet service like Surf Air, XOJet, Mountain Lion or SF Air. Prior to hitting the mountain, grab a bite of some yummy organic eats at Red Truck. Then, after skiing to your heart's content, enjoy a cup of coffee and handle those last-minute contacts at Red Truck before jumping back on the plane and heading to the next destination. 

Jocelyn Noel

Jocelyn Noel is a commercial lifestyle photographer. West Coast born. Raised on open fields, mountain trails and endless blacktop. After years of working in a variety of industries including outdoor, ranching/farming, coffee, and medical, Jocelyn picked up a camera and dove headfirst into the freelance photo life. It stuck. Within the first few years, Jocelyn’s work has taken her across continents and over oceans. Her work has been featured by Free People, Mountain Standard, Strange Bikinis, backcountry.com, among others. Jocelyn currently spends her time criss-crossing the West chasing powder stashes, single track and the perfect set of waves (depending on the season). Her love of snow and mountains trumps all and she has made North Lake Tahoe her primary base camp, moving here in early 2011. Follow along with her photo and life ventures on Instagram and blog.