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July 03, 2014 | 02:49 PM

Fresh from the kitchen garden to your plate

While the menu at Six Peaks Grille, a Lake Tahoe fine dining restaurant in Squaw Valley, features plenty of local produce, meat, and poultry, Chef de Cuisine Chad Shrewsbury decided it wasn't quite enough. So he planted a garden.

The garden at Six Peaks Grille, a North Lake Tahoe restaurant.

Planted in raised beds that ring the outdoor lounge area of Six Peaks Grille, the herbs and vegetables chosen by Chef Shrewsbury were brought to North Lake Tahoe from Sierraville, California. Chef started the seeds in a green house in January and cultivated them specifically for the Six Peaks Grille summer menu.

Chef Shrewsbury plans to eventually produce everything he needs for the cocktail menu - Six Peaks Grille is known for its innovative cocktails - as well as menu items like green goddess salad dressing and all of the garnishes.

Come experience the best of Squaw Valley mountain dining at Six Peaks Grille and enjoy the farm and garden fresh ingredients featured throughout the menu. 

June 24, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Hidden cocktails with one of the world's best views

There are plenty of restaurants where you can relax with a cocktail after a day spent exploring Lake Tahoe's great outdoors. But for those willing to venture a little further, there are places where you can do both.

Sitting down with a margarita at one of North Lake Tahoe’s several lakefront restaurants can be total bliss. But sometimes, you want something a little more out of the ordinary - one of those hidden spots that make you feel like you have the whole world all to yourself.

One of my favorite spots to have an afternoon aperitif isn’t relaxing lakeside with a bartender at my beckon call. It’s high up on the East shore of Lake Tahoe, and it’s self-serve.

Starting out from Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village, I pack a picnic into my backpack and head up an easy-to-moderate trail where the view still takes my breath away every time. The trail leads to the Snowflake Lodge, which is closed in summertime but offers an open and inviting deck with tables and chairs. The deck has a 360 degree view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, and watching the sun set behind the West shore is simply unsurpassed. It is beautiful and peaceful up there, and an easy hike back down to your car before dark.

For those willing to venture a little further, cocktail hour comes with a
private view of Lake Tahoe.

June 24, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Design a three day meeting itinerary to take advantage of our Lake Tahoe California resort

With the right itinerary, meeting attendees can easily take advantage of the incredible outdoor playground that is Resort at Squaw Creek’s backyard – Lake Tahoe, California. We’ve outlined an intense three days that will only have you wanting more.

Day One:

After arriving at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, where a VIP town car awaits to take you up to Resort at Squaw Creek, soak in the spectacular sight of Squaw Valley during a private bistro lunch while your luggage is delivered to your suite. Cheers your fellow meeting attendees with a specialty cocktail bar in the lobby before you head to Spa at Squaw Creek to unwind with one of our expert massage therapists or estheticians. That evening, dress the part for the Coachella themed welcome reception and dinner with festival-inspired décor and entertainment, plus a customized farm to table menu served community style.

Day Two:

Recover with an early morning fresh juice bar and Wanderlust Yoga class, taught by a certified Wanderlust Yoga teacher. Then head out for a big blue adventure on Lake Tahoe – choose from sailing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, or a speedboat cruise. See for yourself how crystal clear the water is, and experience the immense view of the Tahoe Basin when seen from the vantage point of the lake.

Seeing Lake Tahoe's waters up close is a highlight of any trip to the area.

Freshen up in your suite before heading back out for a lakefront dinner at one of several area restaurants. A photo of your daytime adventure will be waiting for you in your room upon return.

Day Three:  

Wake up with a morning Cross Fit workout class taught by certified local trainers, then head out for a day of team building at the Treetop Adventure Park with zip lining and a ropes course in the morning, and a mini Ironman competition in the afternoon to round out a full day of physical activity. In Tahoe’s high mountain air, don’t be surprised if even the most fit among you are winded by day’s end.

Return to Resort at Squaw Creek for a second themed party – this time with all the glamour of a Las Vegas casino in the 1970s. Sequins and aviator glasses, platform shoes and leisure suits – with décor and entertainment to match. Dance the night away under the disco ball.

Day Four:

Enjoy a farewell breakfast with a DIY Bloody Mary & Mimosa bar looking out on the massive peaks of Squaw Valley before you head back to the airport in a town car.

June 23, 2014 | 02:24 PM

Community Farm Dinner in North Lake Tahoe

Six Peaks Grille, a fine dining establishment in North Lake Tahoe at Resort at Squaw Creek, is featuring a Chef's Tasting as part of Destination Hotels & Resorts summer culinary experience - Study of the Seasons. If a tasting of the season just isn't enough, join Chef Chad Shrewsbury and local winemaker Bill Murphy of Clos LaChance for a community Farm to Tahoe dinner on July 5 and August 30 at 7:00 p.m.

The Chef's Tasting features a crispy squash blossom with feta and cucumber relish, spotted prawn with watermelon and habanero syrup, and heirloom gazpacho with mint from Chef Shrewsbury's garden. Perfect as a first impression before the rest of your meal, it is deliciously light, recalling summer childhood favorites but with a distinctly refined preparation.

Chef's Tasting on the menu at Six Peaks Grille in North Lake Tahoe.

The second of three Study of the Seasons: Farm to Tahoe dinners will take place on July 5 at 7:00 p.m. and features ingredients sourced by Tahoe Food Hub from local and regional farms, as well as 2 oz. wine pairings from Clos LaChance Winery.

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Diners will have the opportunity to hear from Chef de Cuisine Chad Shrewsbury on the sourcing and preparation of each dish, as well as from winemaker Bill Murphy on the choice of wines.

Study of the Seasons: Farm to Tahoe is $80 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 530.583.6300. Tax, gratuity, and additional alcohol are not included. Notice of cancellation is required 48 hours in advance. A final Farm to Tahoe dinner will be held on August 30.

Mountain Buddies children's evening program will be 50% off with your receipt from dinner. For kids age 4 - 12, the evening program includes dinner and activities from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 530.583.6300 x11.

We will also host a Study of the Seasons: Farm to Tahoe brunch in Cascades on Sunday, July 6, and August 31. For more information on brunch » 

June 20, 2014 | 04:15 PM

One perfect day in Lake Tahoe

With so much to do in Lake Tahoe during the summer, it can be hard to plan your day. We asked some of our associates to give us their idea of a single perfect day spent enjoying the area with their family. Here is Kristy Olk's perfect Tahoe day.

With the Tahoe sun shining brightly by early morning, our family likes to spend the entire day outdoors. My perfect day starts right after breakfast with a paddleboard adventure. If the water is calm, being on a paddleboard gives the feeling of sliding across plexiglass. You can see straight down to the bottom and weave your way above massive underwater boulders and across the sand. If the water is moving, paddleboarding is a great workout - no looking down - the adventure becomes all about staying upright on your board.

After a morning on the lake, I like to stretch my legs and get my heart going with a hike. One of my favorites is Shirley Canyon right here in Squaw Valley. It's just four miles to the top, and then you can either hike back down or jump on the Squaw Valley Cable Car for a ride back to the Village at Squaw Valley (it's free on the way down and the views are incredible). The hike follows a Squaw Creek the entire way up, with a few waterfalls thrown in, before you reach Shirley Lake.

Shirley Canyon is a great family hike in Squaw Valley.

To finish off the day, I like to stop in at Uncorked in the Village at Squaw Valley for a glass of wine. They offer choose-your-own flights as well, so you could do a customized wine tasting if you like.

There are so many ways to get out and enjoy what Tahoe has to offer - this place is truly magical. Come play in our backyard - an adventure awaits everyone who visits.

June 19, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Seven reasons to make the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival part of your summer vacation

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival runs from July 11 through August 24, 2014 at Sand Harbor State Park. Here are seven reasons why you should make it part of your summer plans. Have another? Post it on our Facebook page

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Full moon nights are especially spectacular at the Lake Tahoe
Shakespeare Festival.

7. Experience for yourself the timeless transcendence of an incredible artist. Re-introduce yourself (or introduce yourself as the case may be) to Shakespeare with this year's production of As You Like It, which is one of the bard's comedies.

6. Cuddle up with your significant other, bury your toes in the sand, and settle into your beach chair - the Sand Harbor amphitheater is Tahoe's single greatest venue for stage entertainment. Like Red Rocks in Colorado, only with a spectacular lake backdrop.

5. Experience sunset, the evening alpenglow, and then more stars than you can possibly count as the play unfolds in front of you. Nature puts on a show as impressive as the actors and you have front row seats.

4. Getting there early is part of the fun - roaming entertainers will get you and your family into the spirit of the bard while you wait for the play to begin.

3. You can bring a picnic! Pick up a few sandwiches, a bottle of wine, and perhaps a chocolate torte made in-house by our pastry chef for dessert from Sweet Potatoes Deli. Spread out a blanket and enjoy dinner as the sun sets behind the peaks of Desolation Wilderness.

2. Don't worry about that theater dress code - this is the beach. Dress comfortably and bring an extra layer for after the sun goes down.

1. There will be a full moon on July 12 and August 10. From the amphitheater, you get an incredible view of the moonrise over the Eastern rim of the basin. By the time the play finishes, it has moved to almost directly overhead. A spectacular night to attend the festival!   

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June 13, 2014 | 09:20 AM

Fine Dining Special in North Lake Tahoe

Six Peaks Grille, one of North Lake Tahoe's premier fine dining establishments, is hosting Three Course Thursday each week this summer. At just $35 per person, Three Course Thursday is a delectable introduction to the regionally sourced cuisine at our Squaw Valley Resort.

Six Peaks Grille in North Lake Tahoe is known for its signature
cocktails, innovative
cuisine, and fine dining experience.

Diners can choose from several items on the prix fixe menu, which will change monthly throughout the summer in order to showcase the best ingredients available in the Tahoe Foodshed.

Produce and other items are sourced from Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit that brings the best from the foodshed farms straight to the kitchens of Resort at Squaw Creek.

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Ask your server for a VIP card to receive a complimentary bottle of wine on your third Three Course Thursday visit.

You can also take advantage of our Nine & Dine special on Thursdays throughout the summer, which includes 9 holes of golf at The Links at Squaw Creek in addition to Three Course Thursday for $68 per person.

Both Three Course Thursday and Nine & Dine will run weekly through October 2.

June 05, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Golfing the Tahoe Reno area

Last night, The Links at Squaw Creek hosted 22 golf writers for a custom KP contest that included synchronized tee shots from 100 yards out, 9 holes, and, let's just say, rather relaxed golf etiquette.  

The golf writers came from all over the country, some to the area for the first time, some as repeat visitors. They all came with the same goal - to see the best of the Tahoe Reno golf courses in one marathon of a week long golf tour. Playing a minimum of 18, but more likely 36, holes each day for a week, the group visited courses in Reno, Carson City, South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, and Graeagle.

Nice pants! Teeing off during the custom KP contest. Tahoe Reno Golf Tour

Which brings up a good point - you too can tour the Tahoe Reno golf courses, and quite easily from Resort at Squaw Creek as a homebase. All of the major public courses are an easy day drive from our location in Squaw Valley.

From our own course, The Links at Squaw Creek, to Edgewood Golf Course on Tahoe's South Shore, home of the American Century Championship, to Old Greenwood and Gray's Crossing in Truckee, to Whitehawk Ranch just north of the Tahoe area, there are more than a dozen courses in the Tahoe Reno area to keep you busy.

Pick a few golf friends and start planning a trip with one of our summer packages. Our concierge can help you book tee times around the area, and the Spa at Squaw Creek is an ideal spot to unwind and release any tension you build up on the links. A late afternoon swim in our pool, followed by a casual outdoor dinner at Sandy's Pub can top off each day and get you ready for more. Fore!   

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