Twain Harte is a small mountain town with as much charm and character as one would expect for a community named for famed authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte. While the town is small, the fun is big. So here are five things to do on any visit to Twain Harte.
Remember a bit ago when we said the town was small but the fun was big? Here we see big fun that's also small: the Twain Harte Miniature Golf Course. The challenging, 18-hole mini golf course has been running for more than 60 years. As such, rounds on the course have been family traditions for generations. Might be time to add your family to that list.
Eproson Park is a beautiful facility located just off of downtown, but also looks as if it's nestled in the woods. It's a frequent gathering place for locals and visitors alike, who come for the Streamside Trail, Bocce ball courts, community garden and many other amenities. It is a great place to slow down with the family and have a nice picnic while enjoying together time on your vacation.
The Concerts in the Pines are weekly events put on by the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce every summer. The chamber puts together a variety of acts for the shows, but each one is a family-friendly event. These are fun ways to experience the authenticity of small town life here, and the great food too. Grab some takeout from one of the restaurants to enjoy while taking in the tunes.
Pinecrest Lake is a short, 20 minute drive from Twain Harte, and a popular spot for boating, fishing and just about any other aquatic activity you can think of. Pinecrest Lake Resort offers a wide selection of amenities. Rent a fishing boat, grab some tackle and head out in search of a trophy catch. Or rent some kayaks and enjoy a peaceful paddle on the scenic lake. Horse lovers can enjoy horseback riding in Aspen Meadows spring-fall. When you're ready to eat, be sure to go to the Steam Donkey Restaurant, which combines rusticity with elegance and delicious, hearty meals.
There's no play like snow play, and Twain Harte is right next to a pair of excellent spots for that in the winter. Leland High Sierra Snow Play is a full-service, lift-assisted snow park with a ton of tubing space; 15 acres to be exact. The groomed hills make for epic tube runs. As if that weren't thrilling enough for kids, the mini snowmobiles on weekends are a blast for the smallest adventure seekers in your troop.
Dodge Ridge is looking at its 70th season this winter; so a place that's been going that long must be doing something right. This family-owned resort boasts 67 runs covering more than 860 skiable acres. It's also a great place to bring the kids looking to learn about the joys of skiing, as they've been teaching the next generation of skiers for several generations now.