The Resort at Squaw Creek is really at the heart of it all—the lake, scenic biking and hiking, horseback riding, and of course skiing in the winter.
By Debbie Lavdas
If you’re an outdoorsy family who loves to play when they getaway, or one who just wants to escape city life and decompress from too many daily demands, the Resort at Squaw Creek is both ideal and idyllic. Situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and five miles from Lake Tahoe, this luxe escape sprawls out over 195 hillside acres and is set near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
My family and I recently visited the Resort for some Nor Cal summer fun, as we set out on an OC roadtrip (taking us about 10 hours to reach the Resort). You’ll find it’s quite the quintessential mountain retreat, with a charmed backdrop of endless California Red Fir and Ponderosa Pines paired with a bevy of wildflowers, squirrels, bunnies (and no bears <whew> that we saw). Here’s an upclose, personal look from our stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
The hands-down favorite excursion with my kids was horseback riding through the Tahoe National Forest with Alpine Meadows (scenic 1-hour tours for $35, pony rides for just $10; 530-583-3905 or alpinemeadowsstables.com). It was so peaceful to take to the trails, high above it all, no media in hand; just nature to soak up. There is boating, paddleboarding and jet skiing at nearby Lake Tahoe too. Also, plan to check out The Village at Squaw Valley. You can take the tram ride to High Camp for mountaintop hiking, a dip in the pool, roller skating and dining (Squawalpine.com).
There is something for every appetite at the Resort’s array of restaurants on the property. Pick Six Peaks Grille for fine dining regional cuisine, where you can dine by the outdoor fire pit or relax indoors with panoramic views. Sandy’s Pub is a prime gathering place for families and friends; think tasty appetizers and causal fare. And Cascades is perfect for a great breakfast buffet. You’ll find Sweet Potatoes Café marketplace, a grab-and-go of all kinds of goods, a quick fix throughout your stay.
As The Resort at Squaw Creek celebrates 25 years all the way through 2015, they’re offering special stay packages, celebratory dining menus and more. Click http://www.squawcreek.com and check out the Special Offers savings.
Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, California 96146
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be roughing it here in the mountains. The full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel makes for relaxing, elegant time well spent. Celebrating its 25th year, the property is in the midst of modern beautification, adding newly renovated rooms to the Resort’s appeal. The Fireplace Suites feature on-trend finishes, residential-style furnishings and and expansive vistas of Squaw Valley. A Resort-style kitchen, complete with granite countertops, half-refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher, lets you cook if you’re so inclined. The Fireplace Suites offer a separate bedroom with a flat-screen TV and a living room with gas fireplace and queen-sized sofa sleeper.
Know that the kids will stay busy with a host of fun recreational things to do. The Oasis Pool Complex is dreamy way to play; 3 pools entertain and an awesome waterslide had my kids running back and forth nonstop. On property, there is also a large pavilion lawn area with giant chess pieces, soccer nets and various games. If you don’t take your own bikes in tow, be sure to inquire about renting them at the resort. The nearby trails are a must to explore. Hiking is always around the corner too from wherever you are. Finally, the Resort has tennis and golf (18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course) too, if your family is game. And of course, the Spa is a treat.