Donner Lake Inn B & B

10070 Gregory Pl , Truckee, CA 96161 USA (Show map)


Stay in one of the five guest rooms at this contemporary lodge and you will feel like you are at your own place across street from the lake. Less than 2 miles off I-80. Relax in comfortable living spaces or escape to your mountain themed guest room with fireplace. Use the year round under the stars hot tub. Start the day with a breakfast worth getting up for. Discover this perfect getaway and delight in the personal attention you will receive.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

Awesome Location

5 on September 11, 2017

Thank you to Paul and Mindy for taking care of us during our soccer tournament weekend!

Leaving as a friend

5 on August 28, 2017

Paul and mindy were wonderful hosts. From sharing fun things to do to making dietary accommodations. The food was delicious. The room clean and comfortable. We truly enjoyed our stay

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review. We are glad to have been able to accommodate special dietary needs-which is why we always ask at the time of booking. We are pleased that you recognized the clean rooms knowledge of the region, and delicious food which is why many people choose to stay at a B & B and out passion shone through. Our ambition is for folks to arrive as guests and depart as friends/family. Thank you again.

- Paul and Mindy (Innkeepers)

A wonderful weekend getaway

4.4 on March 21, 2017

We came for a weekend of skiing in March. We were planning on skiing at SugarBowl and wanted to stay somewhat close without paying the exorbitant fees of the resort. We stumbled upon Donner Lake Inn B&B and decided to book it. We arrived just before Mindy and Paul were heading to bed, so Paul showed us our room and give us a quick run down of the next day. The room (Bear's Lair) very comfortable and cozy, and just the right size. The bathroom was a little small, but certainly sufficient and the shower was nice and hot and had good water pressure. Breakfast was fantastic. We had to head to Sugarbowl early to get our rentals and make it to a morning lesson, so Paul and Mindy were very accommodating and let us start breakfast a few minutes early. The first day we had a baked french toast and homemade yogurt and both were amazing. They are generous with their portions and so we were definitely full by the time we hit the road. After a nice day of skiing, we joined them for snacks in the afternoon in the great room. They served hot cocoa and apple cider and banana bread, which was perfect and we played a nice game of Scrabble. After dinner, we also used their outdoor hot tub which was exactly what we needed to ease our sore muscles. The next morning, breakfast was again delicious: potatoes, sausage, quiche, and homemade biscuits. Right before we checked out, Paul took our pictures which I thought was a nice touch. He also had one day lift tickets that he sold us and that allowed us to skip the line at the mountain. Overall, this trip exceeded our expectations. Paul and Mindy are gracious hosts and their inn makes for a lovely place to call home. If we return to Sugarbowl again, we will definitely consider staying there again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the great review. We are pleased that your trip exceeded your expectations and look forward to your next stay with us..

- Paul & Mindy (innkeeper)

The perfect homey getaway!

5 on February 20, 2017

Truly, our stay at the Donner Lake Inn B&B was just marvelous. It exceeded expectations. Paul and Mindy are such welcoming, knowledgeable, and kind hosts. Our room was lovely, clean, comfy, and warm. We loved using the hot tub and wandering down to the lake. The location is perfect to enjoy downtown truckee and the nearby snow resorts without being in the congestion of it all. Most importantly, the breakfasts were gourmet, and Mindy took the time to cater to my dietary needs. We loved sharing company over breakfast and then again in the early evening over wine and hot cocoa. We hope to return! Thanks Paul and Mindy!

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on December 14, 2016

This was our second visit to Donner Lake Inn. The breakfasts were excellent and in the evening you can have wine and an appetizer in the great room. The rooms are a little small but for the price they are just fine and everything is very clean. You are always dealing with the owners so you get excellent attention and service. It's very close to Donner Lake and not too far from Sugar Bowl, Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Truckee and Tahoe City are easy to get to as well. We feel lucky to have found this gem.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review. We know there are many places to stay and when we have a guest return for a repeat stay, it truly makes us feel good about how we run our bed and breakfast. Our goal is to make sure we meet or exceed the expectations of our guests and want them to have a great stay in our home.

- Paul & Mindy (innkeeper)

Fantastic BnB

4.8 on October 17, 2016

Had a great stay with wonderful hosts. Fantastic breakfasts each day plus snacks and wine every afternoon. Mindy and Paul were terrific hosts and gave us great tips on dining and local attractions to see during our stay. I highly recommend the Donner Lake Inn.

Labor Day Weekend Stay

5 on September 08, 2016

Very enjoyable stay. It was a busy weekend with tight itineraries and the host were so accommodating! Knowing we were going to miss breakfast two of the three mornings due to our schedule they were so quick to provide a healthy alternative (packed to go)! Completely unexpected and over the top! The attention to detail and their genuine care for making your stay one of the best is very obvious! The area speaks for itself with the beautiful views and peaceful surroundings. I'm so very glad we have had the privilege to meet Mindy and Paul. Spectacular hosts for sure!

Wonderful Treasure on Donner Lake

5 on August 22, 2016

Paul and Mindy are wonderful hosts, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Beds were extremely comfortable and the food was incredible. Mindy even went out of her way to find delicious gluten free muffins for one of our family members who has a diet restriction. This B&B is a true gem, and we will definitely be back soon!

Excellent B & B

5 on November 14, 2015

The Donner Lake Inn is an excellent B & B with good access to Donner Lake and Truckee CA. Paul and Mindy are exceptional hosts with lots of personality and lots of info about the area including restaurants, drives, hikes and other local activity. The B & B and the rooms are well maintained. They have quality beds, linens, towels, robes etc. There is a newer hot tub on the property for viewing of the stars, relaxing, etc. An afternoon snack with drinks is provided and early morning coffee is also available. Paul and Mindy seem to know what their guests will want and they are very accommodating. The breakfast was fantastic and on the morning that we were there it was homemade with red, white and blue accents since it was Veterans Day-they are very appreciative of Veterans. The breakfast was communal and provided an interesting and informative conversation. This is our second time at the Donner Lake Inn and the first time was excellent and it has only gotten better!

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Rooms & Rates

Pine Lodge

Morning sun floods this room with East-facing windows. The Pine Lodge room, with a wood and wrought iron queen size bed is perfect for two. High quality linens. A loft style bunk bed turns this cheery space into a room for 2 adults and 2 children (under 18). A comfy club chair flanks the gas fireplace. Cable TV, DVD player and WiFi available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $209

Mountain Escape

Enjoy the lovely mountain decor in this sunny "Mountain Escape" including a wood and iron queen bed with a matching twin bed. All linens & bedding are high quality. Bath robes are always in the room. A comfortable chair invites reading and reflection accompanied by fireplace and forest views. Freee cable TV and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $199

Moose Crossing

Truly a room fit for royalty with this cherry sleigh bed. Relax before the gas fire in the high-backed wing chair that reclines for a good read or a good snooze. Sunlight streams in and you can snuggle up on the window seat and feel like you're right in the forest. Bath robes are in the room. Room includes flat screen cable TV and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $189

Bear's Lair

Settle in for the night in this room with massive four-poster queen bed with high qulaity linens and bedding. Enjoy the fire, a book from our library, a movie, or a sound sleep in your room in the forest. Open the window and hear the creek -- only a stone's throw away.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $189


The Creekside Room with wood and iron queen bed and a matching twin bed as shown amkes this a family friendly room. There's a comfortable club chair for reading or fire gazing. Be lulled to sleep by Gregory Creek -- just steps from your window. Room includes plush bathh robes, cable TV and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $199

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Location Type

Lake- 1 block away, Countryside, Lakefront, Lakeview, Mountains, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Waterview


Reno, NV (RNO-Reno Cannon Intl.) 38 miles

Directions to property:

From I-80, Take the Donner Lake Exit (#180) Proceed South towards Donner Lake- 1.8 miles. Turn right at Gregory Place and the Inn will be on your left hand side.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Spa, TV Video games, Telephone, Videos , Gourmet Country Breakfast, Welcome beverage and snack, Afternoon beverage and snack

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4:00 -- 6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: by 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We are family friendly
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends/holidays/special events
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: first night's stay at time of booking
  • Cancellations: See policy on website.
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Paul and Mindy Oesterman

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Paul was born in England and emigrated with his family to California at an early age. Mindy was born in Southern California. We both spent time in the Truckee-Tahoe areas in our younger years. Following teaching careers in Las Vegas, the opportunity of owning a B & B and returning to the forest with year round activities was a life long dream that came true in 2012. Stay with us and you will see our passion for the area and we will provide a lifetime memory.

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Gourmet Hot Cooked

  • Time Served: 8:00 - for all guests
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free or Vegan with advance notice

Signature Dish

Donner Lake Inn's Cinnamon Baked French Toast
Home made bread cubed and mixed with just the right amount of egg, whipped cream, vanilla, and sugar- topped with a cinnamon/nutmeg crumble and oven baked to perfection and served hot out of the oven.


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Hot Deal

Fall Foliage Wednesday Special

Regular Rate: $189 now $149 (21% Savings:)

Book any midweek September stay and pay only $149 + tax for the Wednesday night. Rate based on double occupancy. Additional discounts available for Queen + Twin Wednesday night stay. Must mention B and B Fall Special (WEDSEP17) when booking. Please contact the inn directly at +1-530-587-5574 to redeem this deal.

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