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Three Romantic Getaways to Get Your Heart Pumping

Why celebrate your love one day of the year when there are a good 364 other days to celebrate. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are highlighting great getaways where you can spend a romantic getaway, whether in February or any other time of year.

  1. Take a road trip down the coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea for a beach getaway at The Hideaway. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, fresh baked cookies in the afternoon, complimentary bicycles, turn down service and, our favorite, wine and cheese hour in the evening. Just steps away from downtown Carmel and the beach, you’ll get to experience all that Carmel has to offer.
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  2. Looking for a little desert sun on your face? Experience the Hollywood gathering spot that is Melvyn’s and the Ingleside Inn. Order Steak Diane table side prepared by Bobby at Melvyn’s Restaurant or spend the night dancing in the lounge (music nightly), and then there’s always the pool for a lazy day in the sun. If you happen to book your trip over a Sunday – don’t miss the famous Sunday Jam Session from 3:30pm to 7:30pm every week. Book your trip.InglesideInn-Blog
  3. With so much snow we’ve lost count, Squaw Valley is the perfect spot for your outdoor adventure whether skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, or just taking it all in on your two feet. PlumpJack Squaw Valley is located steps from the tram and Funitel and the Village at Squaw. You can spend your days on the slopes and then head back to enjoy Apres in the bar or the Chef’s Tasting menu at PlumpJack Cafe. Book now and save 25% off your midweek stay (two night minimum required).PJ_SV_16

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Après with PlumpJack in Vail & Squaw Valley

The season for après ski is upon us and there is nothing better than kicking off those ski boots, getting comfortable and enjoying delicious eats and libations after a long day on the slopes. With the opening of our new restaurants in Vail Village, Pendulum and White Bison, we’re excited to share that there are now more opportunities to après with PlumpJack.

Pendulum Restaurant & Bar | Après Menu

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Table Shares
Ancho Spiced Marcona Almonds | burnt orange, fennel, pickled herbs  12
Seasonal Pickles | chili oil, garlic chips  12
Blistered Pardon Peppers & https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-pour-homme/ Cipollini Onions | lemon & roasted garlic  12
Charcuterie Selection | mostarda, seasonal pickles, purple mustard  20
East or West Coast Oysters | candied lime & fennel mignonette  21

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Pendulum Chorizo | house chorizo, romesco sauce, manchego cheese, mushrooms, arugula  16
Heirloom Potato Bianca | ricotta, roasted garlic, olive oil, basil, calabrian chili, parmesan  14

View the full après menu here.

White Bison Restaurant & Bar | Après Menu

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BISON SHORTRIB POUTINE | Garlic Fries, Caramelized Onion Gravy, White Cheddar Curds 15
CRISPY WALL-EYE TACOS | Wall-Eye, Cilantro Lime Slaw, Avocado, Chipotle Crema 16
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK WINGS | House Sauce, Duck Drumettes, Herb Buttermilk Ranch 14
FARM RICOTTA BOARD | Warm Apple Chutney, Candied Walnuts, Sage, Olive Oil, Toast 14
CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE BOARD | Seasonal Accompaniments 15

View full après menu here.

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Warm Marinated Olives | shaved garlic, fresh herbs, citrus  4
Selection of Artisan Cheese | traditional garnish, lavosh cracker  16
Bowl of Savory Popcorn | parmesan, truffle salt, rosemary  4
Jalapeño Lime Natural Chicken Wings | avocado ranch  14
Pepita Hummus Dip | roasted hemp seeds, spiced tortilla chips  12

View full après menu here.

PlumpJack Group’s expansion to Vail, Colorado has been a whirlwind and we’re very grateful for the press coverage that the new restaurants have garnered. Most recently, Pendulum has been featured in Zagat Denver, 5280 Magazine, FSR and Eater Denver.

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People of PlumpJack: 20 Questions with Jason Schulz

From the daily management of the wine list to wine trainings and seminars, the responsibilities of PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director, Jason Schulz, are endless. With ski season just around the corner, we sat down with Schulz, at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, and played 20 questions.
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What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be an Architect/Mechanical Engineer. I always loved designing multiple types of houses, something I still enjoy today.

Do you have a personal philosophy?
“Do as you will, but harm none.” It’s an ancient motto that we could all live by today.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled?
Ollantaytambo, Peru!

 

Favorite hotel/restaurant there?
Pescados Capitales in Lima, Peru has THE best grilled octopus I’ve ever had.
ticr_890_370First thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Brew a fresh pot of coffee. It’s an impressive habit that makes me human again.

When not working, what do you love to do?
Ski, Hike, Golf, Kayak, Camp

What’s your current favorite song?
Pets by Deadmou5 right now. Disco Science by Mirwais, as well.

How did you get involved with PlumpJack?
I wanted to work at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn since I first visited Tahoe in 1997. When I moved up to Tahoe from San Francisco in 2011, I pursued it immediately. When the position became available, I interviewed… and here I am!

PlumpJack_Squaw Valley InnTell us about your journey as PlumpJack Cafe’s Wine Director.
I attained a wealth of knowledge through some of the best Wine Directors and Master Sommeliers (and aspiring M.S.s) in San Francisco, in addition to working for a wine distributor for a few years. Wine has always been a passion of mine. As the need for a Wine Director at the Cafe became apparent, it was a logical choice to have someone with a multitude of experiences from both the buying and the selling sides of the wine business to lead us and to continue the legacy of world class offerings that PlumpJack has become synonymous with.

How did you become interested in wine?
I’ve literally grown up in the restaurant industry where wine was always around. Since I was 13, working in an Italian restaurant that a family-friend owned, wine and food have always gone together for me. Plus, it’s just SO delicious.

What do you think is the most versatile wine?
German Riesling for whites and reds from Piedmont, Italy. Although, I could throw Northern Rhone reds in there, too.

What is the bestselling wine at PlumpJack Cafe?
Chardonnays and Pinot Noir’s still reign supreme, but it is my goal to match wines and foods together as best I can.

Favorite food and wine combination?
There are so many food and wine pairings that I enjoy! Foie Gras and Sauternes. Spicy Thai and German Auslese Riesling. Mushroom Risotto and Barbera d’Alba. I also just had some phenomenal Charcuterie with a new world Grenache that was outstanding.

Favorite food?
Any variety of noodles – Pho noodles, Thai noodles, Seafood Ramen… I love them all.

What do you believe is the most underrated wine?
Two styles of wine that I feel are grossly underrated are Madeira and Champagne, frankly bubbles in general. People think that Madeiras are strictly for dessert, but they’re laden with wonderful acids that pair with a wide variety of foods, especially meats and game dishes.

Any wines that are misunderstood?
Champagne and bubbly wines are typically held for festive occasions only, but their global diversity is unmatched, and they can pair with everything from cheese and charcuterie to heartier seafood dishes. Plus, who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly any time?

What advice would you give to someone getting started in the wine industry?
My advice would be to work in the environment and to engross themselves in the wine world. Work in a restaurant that has a Sommelier or Wine Director and learn from them. Attend wine seminars and tastings when possible. Visit wineries and meet the winemakers; one can learn an infinite amount from these passionate, talented people.

Who do you admire most in the wine and hospitality industry?
We genuinely care about the experience that our guests receive and want to make sure that, when they are in our restaurant, they have the best care possible. From a wine point of view, it’s the people and http://www.cialispharmaciefr24.com/achat-cialis-en-ligne/ effort that go into making wine. The winemakers are the epitome of devotion to their craft, but no one can do it alone. The workers in the fields that pick and sort the grapes are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet, and their passion for what they do is admirable.

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What has been the most significant project or accomplishment of your career?

Starting a beverage consulting business (Mountain Beverage Solutions) with my partner, Jake Spero, has been exceedingly significant and rewarding for me. Maintaining and managing a “Best of” Award of Excellence winning wine list that features some 725 selections at PlumpJack Cafe has been one of my greatest accomplishments. I was also Lead Captain at Saison Restaurant in San Francisco when we received our Michelin Star, which was awesome.

Bucket of wine and champagne If you were not working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
If I was not in the wine industry, I’d probably be involved with the ski and golf industries on some level. I have been skiing since I was three, and I used to work in that world for a while and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve also been, at one point, a low, single digit handicap golfer and could see myself being a teaching pro.
PlumpJack Cafe is now taking reservations for the Holidays and it’s busy winter season. Don’t wait to book, especially if you have a larger group.

Top Five Picks for Summer

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Fall & Winter might be right around the corner, but the weather is still beautiful and hot in Tahoe this time of year. Here are 5 must have’s in Tahoe this summer. Whether you’ll be lounging on the beach, lake or pool this summer these pieces are perfect for keeping you looking stylish this season. All items are available at PlumpJack Sport located in the Village at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe.air max trainer

Fringe Bag from Big Buddha
Update your bag collection with a new shade and trend, fringe continues into this fall & winter.air max ltd 2

Two Piece from Tart Swim
An update on the traditional polk dot bikini, super cute and an easy fit.new balance mens sneakers

Sienna Tomboy Shorts by Level 99
Can’t go wrong with cutoffs while you are cruising down the bike path to the lake.new balance men shoes

Perfect Fit dress by Tysa Designs
In love with this dress & print! Throw it on after your hike or swim and wear it out to a casual dinner or happy hour. This versatile dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe.

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And you can’t forget the most essential accessory for summer, a pair of stylish shades. We love the green & blue statement mirror lenses from RayBan.free runs nike

The People of PlumpJack: Chef Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne

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Get to know the People of PlumpJack! This week get a behind the scenes look at, Executive Chef of PlumpJack Cafe at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Wyatt Dufresne. Originally from New York, Chef Wyatt started in PlumpJack Cafe‘s pantry in 2002. He worked his way to sous chef, left and came back in 2010 as the executive chef for 5 years, this March. Dufresne’s cuisine draws off his love for sustainable, organic, and seasonal ingredients as well as his educational background in science. His knowledge of how things grow, the anatomy of animals and fish, and the environmental impact of sourcing sustainable products has great influence on his menu selections. Here is more to know about Chef Wyatt.nike air max one

1. What would your last meal be?
My last meal would be my Mother’s mac and cheese.  I used to help her make the pasta from scratch when I was a kid and I’m sure it helped to influence where I am today.  I have her make it for me every time I visit home!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of the most influential Chefs I’ve worked for (Larry Dunning at PlumpJack and West Shore Cafe) said, “Pay attention to the small things and you’ll be successful,” on our last day working together.

3. What is your top bucket list item?
Travel the world.air jordan all

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
The 60’s and 70’s.  It just seems like people were creating a lot of changes in the world while having tons of fun:)

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Daniel Day Lewis with his “Gangs of New York” mustache.

6. What is your personal mantra?
No regrets!womens air jordan shoes

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7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
With my wife, family and friends eating awesome food and drinking great wine.  I would never forget our dog, Winter, either!

8. What was the last thing you searched for on google?
“Mignonette,” because I wanted to make sure the spelling was correct on the menu I just wrote.

 “My favorite dish Wyatt has made is, Cervena Venison Cheek: Black Winter Truffles, Asian Pear, Five Spiced Butternut Squash – to me this dish encompassed it all – rustic, but elegant, simple yet refined.  I can still taste everything in my mind – great dish.”

 “Wyatt’s best characteristic in my mind is he’ll always rise to the challenge and do what it takes to get the job done.”  nike air max junior

“My favorite memory with Wyatt was watching him win the 2014 Blazing Pans competition at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival this past September.”

Steve Lamb, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

Sara’s Top Five: Falling in Love with Fall Fashion

The beginning of fall in Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful times of year.  The traffic has started to slow down, the beaches are less crowded, and the trails are quiet. I love taking my cruiser down the bike path along the West shore, while enjoying the arrival of fall – the aspen leaves are starting to turn yellow and the air is just a little more crisp. Pair the bike ride or hike with a light salad and a glass Sauvignon Blanc on the patio at PlumpJack Café, and I am in heaven.
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Here is a list of my closet staples for this fall in Tahoe:
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1.)  JBrand Retro Zip Skinny in clean rinse wash
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As it gets cooler in Tahoe, a good pair of jeans from JBrand is a must.  I recommend the JBrand Retro Zip Skinny in clean rinse. They don’t stretch out and lose their form, and the dark wash is versatile.

2.)   Jane Strappy Boots in dark brown from Frye ($398)
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I absolutely love my Jane Strappy Boots in dark brown paired with my skinny jeans or skirts.  The slight heel on the back dresses up the boot and the dark brown color is easy to pair with my light or dark wash jeans.
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3.)   Red 23 Belted cardigan in both white & black

With it getting cooler at night and during the days, I always bring along a lightweight cardigan.  I love Red 23’s belted cardigan in black or white paired with jeans or cutoff shorts.

4.)    Amesha Cotton Twill Vest ($139)


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Currently my favorite piece in my wardrobe is my Velvet twill cargo vest in forest – this vest ties all my outfits together.  It looks great over my Tart Collections Romy Top in charcoal.
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5.)   Tart Collections Romy Top in charcoal ($88)
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This top is about the most comfortable and stylish top. The fit is perfect and the fabric is soft and cozy.

All of this and more can be found at PlumpJack Sport Squaw Valley.  Our inventory is changing from fashion to ski over the next few months to get ready for a BIG winter here at Squaw Valley, but stop in to shop and save on these fashions, summer clearance & left over winter ski apparel for men, women & kids from 2014 season.

 

Sara's Top Five Fashion for Spring

When choosing my picks, I have to think about the mountain climate of Lake Tahoe. One minute it’s sunny and beautiful and the next minute it can turn on you and bring cool

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temps and afternoon thunder. That’s why my picks are are versatile and suitable for all-weather.

  1. Reina Bootie from Frye (retail 288.00) – These boots are so easy to slip on with a great pair of skinny jeans, but also look great with a long and short skirt or dress. They are casual, but very stylish. Reina Bootie (2)
  2. Justin Sunglasses from Ray Ban (retail 115.00) – These are always in my purse as my go-to pair of shades. They are comfortable and very cool – they definitely add a bit of edge to your style.RAy Ban Justin 115 (2)
  3. Long Sleeve Raw Big Back Slant Tee from Wilt (retail $138) – A cool basic black tee that is lightweight and comfortable. Looks great with everything.
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  4. Henley Maxi from Tart (retail $200.00) – If there ever was a summer dress to add to your wardrobe, this is it. The jersey is so soft, it’s like wearing a stylish nightgown on the town. Tart_Maxi
  5. Mid-rise skinny jean in graphite from JBrand (retail $231.00) – This jean’s contoured fit is great for a night out with a pair of heels or stylish booties. I love the graphite color, too – a nice addition to my collection of “blue” jeans.

All of these styles and more are available at our boutique, PlumpJackSport at the edge of the Village at Squaw Valley, right across the street from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Come by and ask for me and I can show you my favorites and help you find your favorites! Find your style and get out and play!

Sara DeDeo is the Director of Retail Operations for the PlumpJack Group and is in charge of both PlumpJackSport boutiques in Squaw Valley and Napa Valley. She is a Truckee local and is frequently seen on the mountain with her adorable twins.

A Hike Like No Other in Squaw Valley: Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake

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Cascading waterfalls on the Shirley Lake Hike

This is the time folks. The waterfalls are abundant, the trails are clear, and the weather is just right. Squaw Valley is open for business, but so many wait to venture up until after the 4th of July or those that are here seem to forget about the “ski resort” towns and head to the lake. I can’t stress enough that Squaw Valley has so much greatness to offer, including some of the best hiking in North Lake Tahoe.

Featured Hike: Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake
The waterfalls are stunningly beautiful, and after a good uphill climb, that dip in the refreshing natural pool of water is a great reward. There are some great places to picnic, whether on flat grassy spaces or warm granite rocks. And after the uphill hike and through the grotto-type forest of pines, your are welcomed by the breathtaking views of the surrounding Sierras and steep cliffs.

Dogs are welcome on the trails, and off-leash is okay.

Trail Length:
4 miles roundtrip

Difficulty:
Moderate with steep, rocky inclines in some areas

Directions:From I-80, exit Hwy 89 South (towards Tahoe City), turn right into Squaw Creek Ski Resort, continue 2.2 miles on Squaw Valley Road to the ski resort. The road will curve left into the ski resort parking lot, at the first road on the right (Squaw Peak Way, located by the concrete Aerial Tram building), turn right. And then ask a local or the front desk host at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn if you need a little more direction.

Enjoy!