Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what’s going on at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. I’ve been coming to the Sierra Mountain range since I was a kid and the beauty in the Olympic Valley never gets old. While the scenery doesn’t need a re-fresh, apparently the resort did, and the recent renovations look good.
The hotel’s 405 guest rooms benefit from a $7 million room renovation. The new look, modern design meets mountain nature, brings together natural stone, warm wood tones and rugged leather, complimented with a color palette of wildflowers found in the area – think lupine and goldenrod.
I stayed in one of the newly renovated fireplace suites – all rooms will be remodeled – with the second phase ready for the opening of ski season.
I loved the family-friendly mini-kitchen in my suite and the Nest bathroom amenities. If you like a morning shower and your partner prefers a leisurely soak in the tub, the resort offers both options in one large bathroom. Sweet! While I did enjoy the dual shower head, my Bay Area sensibilities were not able to forget that California is currently in a serious drought. Fortunately, conservation steps are not lost at this Destination Hotel. The property offers guests a $5.00 nightly incentive if they hang out a door tag noting the option to pass on house keeping services. I used my $5 voucher to purchase some mighty tasty Tahoe City Chocolates sold at Sweet Potatoes Deli.
While the property is a year-round playground for all seasons, my favorite time to visit Lake Tahoe is the summer. There are so many things to see and do in Lake Tahoe, from horseback riding at nearby Alpine Meadows Stables, to hiking and biking or hanging out at one of the resort’s three swimming pools. But wait, there’s also golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. course, or maybe you need a deep tissue massage after hiking up one of the many trails surrounding the resort. Hey, you can always ride the tram back down the mountain and then head to the spa!
If spa treatments aren’t your thing, try a mixology class at Six Peake Grille or tuck into a plate of pork ribs smothered in Dr. Pepper-laced barbecue sauce. Is a breakfast buffet more to your liking? The kids will enjoy the pastry table and crunchy granola, while mom and dad won’t want to miss the Bloody Mary bar.
Resort at Squaw Creek review and all photos by San Francisco-based Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of the Resort at Squaw Creek during my stay in Lake Tahoe.