A few years ago we enjoyed a family ski vacation to Squaw Valley. We love a good ski break and had am excellent holiday. There was loads of skiing and wintery fun. But did you know Squaw Valley is much, much more than a ski destination--it's also a fabulous trip to take with when the sun is shining and you want to chillax in the summer months.
We shared all the summer activities in this post, but we first let's talk about the resort vibe. This is a haven for folks that love to be outdoors. We saw plenty of families heading out on hikes, or on bikes or to the stables--there's so much unplugged fun for your family. The families I met seemed to put a value on getting out in nature, but these folks also know that recharging is important. And you really can have it all here.
This year the resort celebrates 25 years. There's a reason they've had success. The space is breathtaking and the team is right on point. The staff at check in is efficient and thorough, after arrival I was off to my room in a minute and ready to unwind. The rooms are spacious--and mine was recently redecorated. There was so much space--we definitely could have fit our entire family in the room. There was a kitchen area with ample space to prep a meal. But you won't want to stay in long--there's so much to taste and see.
The grounds are beautiful. The modern structure is built into the hill and get the best views of the valley. There's a rolling golf course nestled into the grounds and a huge pool area.
Again, we'll talk more about the spa and the activities, but know you can go as low-key as the shuffle board while also getting your heart rate up at the gym--there's really everything.
Suffice to say, if you never sign up for anything, you'll still have plenty to do. The pool alone would keep the kids busy for days. The water features were amazing from the pools to the ponds. There was so much space and never a fight to get a good chair. And don't miss the water slide--it was a blast.
Let's talk food. Starting the morning off right can set the tone for the day. Cascades has an amazing brunch. Mix up a Bloody Mary at the DIY station (mine was virgin, but you can get a shot of vodka too) and peruse the options. Homemade pastries were tempting, as were the made to order eggs and fresh fruit. I couldn't turn down the oatmeal bar. What a way to start the day. Oh, if you want something lighter, stop in for a coffee and yogurt at Sweet Potatoes.
Sandy's pub is the spot for a great grilled lunch or fresh salad. But for my taste, I'll take poolside dining. Check out the fish tacos. Yum!
Dinner at Six Peaks Grille is a-mazing. Grab an outdoor table and sit by the fire and take in the views. We got a cocktail lesson to kick things off. The menu was packed with amazing seafood options with lots of attention paid to regional fare. Don't worry if the kids don't want rack of lamb--there are options just for them on all the menus.
Dining in is a delight. From casual to chic, there are options to keep your palate happy for days on end. If you want to get in a meal off the property, I suggest lakeside dining at West Shore Cafe. Kick things off with an El Pepino: tequila, lime, muddled cucumber and a few more secret ingredients--cheers! Our group was treated to a delightful meal, we started with some sublime tuna tartar and then I had a local delicacy--Cioppino. It's a seafood dish with a base of spicy tomato broth, then loaded with prawns, mussels, scallops and white fish add a side of grilled bread and you;re in heaven. If you've got room head to the end of the dock for a s'more.
Stay tuned for more details on activities!
Now's a great time for New York families to consider a Squaw Creek trip. Jet Blue just added a direct flight NYC into Reno. After about 45 minutes you'll be sipping a cocktail at the pool or heading out on an adventure.
Like all our travel reviews, usually some portion of the trip is comped. Otherwise I would go broke trying to visit all these exquisite properties. We try to give you a fair and balanced review–I don’t want any of you wasting money or vacation time on a bad trip.