A Truckee Staple: Wild Cherries


Since 1999, Wild Cherries Coffee has been a staple for Truckee natives; the place to grab a quick meal and great cup of coffee before starting the day’s adventure. It’s the local coffee shop that “want[s] to make your day!” We love heading in for a bagel sandwich and great cup of coffee—and if you’re tired, try their Espresso blend coffee! Their mission is more than just good food and drinks; they’d like to offer Truckee natives and visitors “a place to meet.” And it’s true! We’ll always run into a few friends when we’re here.

Humble owner, Kristin Krone says that the community is one of her favorite parts of running the business. “It's nice to be in a business that makes people happy,” she says. “We are from the community and for the community. We strive to be home to everyone. Inclusive.” Her managers, Yvonne and Juan, also serve as her biggest inspiration. “Without them it would be just Cherries, not Wild and not Awesome,” says Krone. “They have made Wild Cherries what it is today.”


It all started because Krone loved the coffee house environment and wanted to bring it to her home town. Twenty years later, and they’re still going strong…strong enough to open a new shop: The Bakery. Just a few doors down from the flagship operation, The Bakery opened its doors a couple years ago to serve Truckee incredible baked goods. In typical fashion, it’s one of our favorite parts of the morning.

On their website, they claim that what makes it works is that, “We evolve and grow with our customers, and we love what we do. Good food. Good coffee. Good service.” Our morning cups of coffee and delicious chocolate chip, mocha muffins make us agree. Find Wild Cherries on Donner Pass Road and online on Instagram, Facebook, and their website.  

Quick Fire

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Skiing in all its forms: down the hill, up the hill and across the hill. Biking, trail running and swimming in the lake(s). Where, is a secret.


Where is your go-to place when you need to relax?

Donner Lake


Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?

Pianeta’s bar


Snow bum or beach bum?

Snow bum


Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?



What is your favorite local Instagram account to follow?

@buzzy_jackson—her photos are insane.


Truckee and North Tahoe are growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?

Some infrastructure. Public transportation.