Another place with a cult following is Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, which is perched on a hill that overlooks downtown Truckee. It used to be an old ski lodge, and the place has stayed true to its roots in that it continues to invite the cold and the hungry indoors for a warm meal and a beverage. At the far north end of Lake Tahoe, the Lone Eagle Grille is a place where you could easily sidle up to the bar and sip wine next to a billionaire camouflaged in flannel. This restaurant, located at the Hyatt, likely wins the award for biggest stone fireplace in Lake Tahoe. It’s an enormous monument to what coziness should feel and look like in the mountains. For merriment To roast marshmallows and make s’mores, go to the Village at Northstar. Fire pits surround the ice rink, so you can warm up after skating a couple of laps. But to me, the very definition of coziness in Tahoe comes on the longest, darkest winter nights, when a huge storm takes the power out. When the electricity is gone, out come the candles and the headlamps, the board games and the tea. I pull on thick socks and I cuddle up in as many blankets as I can find. That’s all you really need.