A destination hotel, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers family luxury and phenomenal access to the great outdoors. We spent our spring break at this amazing location taking in the splendor of the Sierra Nevada range.
The resort recently underwent a 50 million dollar renovation--and there was plenty to show off. There are more than 400 rooms on site--Ranging from deluxe rooms to fireside suites and bi-level penthouses. Here's our video recap:
In part one of this spring break feature, we're going to focus on the resort. We'll follow up with a comprehensive review of the skiing.
Nestled into the valley it sits about 200 miles from San Francisco the resort has understated architecture that blends into the mountain. The tiered facility is deceiving. While it looks cozy and lodge-like it is packed with amenities.
The main lodge has breath-taking mountain views. The clubby lobby has checkers, chess and a huge fireplace that's perfect for roasting s'mores.
The valley views from our window were stunning. Each morning we could open the blinds and get a first-hand snow report!
The staff was top-notch. All of our requests and comments were met with attention. We appreciated the whimsical way the cleaning staff fixed up the pillows. And as a blogger, I appreciated the free and fast wi-fi.
Our room was really a mini apartment. The entrance featured a functional, if small kitchen. It was well appointed with kitchen equipment and all the tools needed to feed your brood. We fixed breakfast (omelets, bagels, fruit and cereal) in our room on three mornings. The setting gave us a great view of the mountains.But why eat in, when the resort has tasty option that will give mom and dad a much needed break from cooking.
TIP: Shop at the Savemart right after you exit off 80 to load up on snacks and supplies. But don't worry about coffee or wine--the Deli in the resort's shopping center is perfectly outfitted!
The room had a seating area with a convertible couch (bed for our girls 6 and 4). The lodgey decor was ideal for the setting. I appreciate that this resort opted for rustic charm not slick modernity.
The way to get around is on skis or on the resort shuttles. There's no need to drive anywhere once you are on property. The shuttles pick up every 30 minutes to take guests over to Squaw Village.
Better yet? Ski there. The Resort at Squaw Creek has it's own chair lift for a true ski-in, ski-out experience.
As a mom, who prepares MANY meals, I love to be wined and dined on holiday. Starting the day at the Cascades for the Breakfast Buffet was a treat. We were one of the first families to sample the grand opening of Cascades. This new buffet breakfast service was just what a family needs to fuel up with healthy, hearty food before a day of snow adventures. Mr. Momtrends savored his made-to-order omelet and I devoured the smoked salmon.
The parfait bar was packed with all the yogurt options we love and toppings to turn each yogurt bowl into a tasty creation.
Sandy?s Pub: Our go-to option for dinner was this sports-themed restaurant. The menu leans heavily towards the local--a favorite being the locally sourced, roasted chicken. I was thrilled to find salads and crudites options for the kids. While on vacation the default mode is to opt for fries and chicken strips. We try to stake some high ground and get in the veggies where we can.
Fellow diners raved about the ribs. I loved the well-curated California wine selection and beer assortment. As we noshed on our crisp salads and hearty mains, the big screen TVs showed all the hot sports events.
The Pub also has an outdoor seating area--perfect for sunny ski days. Take the Lake View Run down to the resort, park your skis on a rack and head over to the pub for lunch.
Other dining options include Six-Peak Grille we didn't get to sample it, but it is the more upscale restaurant on the premises.
We also loved the fireside bar at the base of the chair lift. This spot offered amazing views of the mountain and pool as well as a huge stone fireplace nearby.
Off-site (if you feel the need) the shuttle will whisk you into the Village for more dinner options. We had one meal at Plump Jack. The menu was delightful and he girls loved our seat in the bar area by the fire. For more casual dining we went to an open-fire pizza place that was quite accommodating to our weary skiers. They had games for the kiddos that they brought over to the table.
If skiing isn't your thing or if you long for variety, the staff at Squaw Creek aims to please. When it comes to relaxation, the heated outdoors pool and the three (two family-friendly and one adult-only) hot tubs saw a lot of action from our family. It's a post-ski tradition to splash before dinner.
For those looking for a bit more soothing time, the spa was splendid. I toured the fitness center (modern) the spa lounge (zen-like) the sauna/locker room (tidy and well-stocked) and wished there were time for a 90-minute massage built into our trip (next time).
When it comes to getting active, there's plenty to do. We saw and heard the dog sledding team pulling a family off around the lake. There'??s also an ice skating rink and sled hill. For kids 4 and up that don't want to ski, the resort offers a service called Mountain Buddies camp--a spot for kids to play indoors and out while mom and dad ski, get a massage or enjoy a romantic meal. Pick morning, afternoon or evening options.
For details on the skiing, look for our review of Squaw Valley.
In addition to the Deli, the resort has a little 'main street' with Little Dumplings a cute shop for kids, a few clothing stores, and a jewelry boutique. My daughter was thrilled with the new bracelet she found.
Ok, now the big question...what's it going to cost? For the remainder of the season rooms range from $189 to $710 per night (we're told the mountain will remain open until the end of April). Next season, during prime time, expect rates to range from $279 - $2,100. Pricey? Perhaps, but it depends on how you value memories.
To book your trip or find out more about the resort visit www.squawcreek.com. For more family ski ideas, visit our Family Ski Guide here.
Momtrends was not paid for this review.