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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

Flatbreads
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.

Pets Get Pampered at PlumpJack!

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The Hideaway Carmel is the perfect place to soak up

dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea with nearby beaches, downtown steps away and nearby hikes. Meanwhile, your pooch will appreciate acheter viagra all of the nice amenities, including a cozy bed, treats and their own water and food bowls.

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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a dog paradise with miles of hiking

trails; nearby rivers and lakes; plus their own table in the bar where they can take in Happy Hour from 4-6pm.

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The Carneros Inn is perfect for the posh pet that likes the finer things and enjoys lounging in a bed of lavender or relaxing on the stoop of your private cottage.

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The Ultimate Spring Guide to Squaw Valley

From the people who know best, a selection of Squaw and North Tahoe locals give us insight on the best things to do, see, go, eat, events, etc..this Spring. So much to do, plus with the addition of the mountain staying open in May, there are even more fun activities on the list.

Squaw Valley Resorts Hot Tub at High Camp, is an iconic get together of

all walks of life. Get to know locals, visitors, young, old, ski pros and newbies. Plus, the views are some of the best in Tahoe at 8200 elevation and the beer is cold. Swim all day in the pool and relax in the hot tub.

Spring is a multi-sport season!
One of the best ways to experience the warmth and sunshine of Lake Tahoe is by paddle board, kayak, or boat. If you’re into experiencing the water in a different way, there’s always Fly Fishing! We recommend Matt Heron Fly Fishing in Squaw Valley.
Rock climbing season has begun, and you have the chance to rope-up! We recommend Donner Summit or Big Chief.Hiking is a must for anyone, whether you need to find your zen on a solo adventure or you want to experience with a group. During the spring months, you’ll get to see some of the most gorgeous waterfalls from all of that snow runoff. Some of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s staff recommend Shirley Canyon or the many trails around Emerald Bay. Check out the massive list of hiking trails in Squaw Valley here.
1510-Plumpjack SVI-345Dining and Drinking Everyone agrees there is a lot of great dining and drinking to go around in North Lake Tahoe, and especially Squaw Valley. We are biased and think that PlumpJack Cafe has the best weekday happy hour and a pretty darn good bar menu, and then the dining room, which is the spot for a more elevated culinary experience. We are also big fans of many of our fellow restaurants and bars. In Squaw Valley, we love Mamasake for their Beer and a Handroll special and their excellent sushi. We also love grabbing a glass of wine and some cheese at Uncorked. For a rowdy and fun night, you can’t miss the Cantina where all the locals go for cheap PBRs and music.

PS – Don’t miss PlumpJack Cafe’s Pig Roast & Tequila Toast on June 12th. This years theme is Mexican, enjoy Mexican beers, tequila and inspired cocktails with slow roasted carnitas.
Notable Events In Squaw Valley
Made in Tahoe Festival. Which celebrates all things local. The Village at Squaw Valley hosts a wide array of offerings that are made, or inspired, in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas- local artisans, businesses, food, organizations and entertainers. More info here.

The 4th AMCRC Western Regional Car Show
On May 21st Come to Squaw Valley for a Spring day of amazing and unique automobiles. More info here.

Bluesdays
This popular and free outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley features acclaimed blues musicians, great grab and go food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues bar with beer, wine & spirits available in the Events Plaza. June 14th, 21st, 28th and July 5th.

Outdoor Movie Series
Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. For date and movies playing click here

Art, Wine & Music Festival
Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event. More info here.

Shameless PlumpJack Plug

Enjoy 25% off a two night mid week stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for stay dates between April 3rd and June 16th, 2016. Restrictions apply.
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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is closed from May 1st until the 12th.

Don’t forget to stop by PlumpJackSport to shop and save! Jump on the end of season sales for winter apparel. Get all your gear for next season at up to 60% OFF! If you’re in San Francisco on May 21st stop by our Trunk Show and shop up to 70% odd winter gear. 

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

Mothers Day Five Ways by PlumpJack

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Love and cherish your mom everyday and celebrate that love and devotion on Mother’s Day. At PlumpJack, we have compiled a list that includes the more basic take-your-mom-to-brunch option to a more adventurous, give your mom the gift of the outdoors, which includes a fly fishing excursion in Squaw Valley.

  1. Honor Mom with a Meaningful Meal – dine at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, FARM at The Carneros Inn or Boon Fly Restaurant.
  2. Pamper Mom with a Day(s) of Rest and Relaxation – Book a spa package or just a couple of nights at our Napa Valley Resort, The Carneros Inn.
  3. Pop Bottles in Honor of Mom with some Fabulous Bubbles – Sign up for PlumpJack Wine & Spirits’ Champagne Club and she’ll be celebrating every other month with a new pick.
  4. Show Mom the Great Outdoors – Gift mom with PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Fly Fishing Package!
  5. Treat Mom and Her Friends to a Fun Baking and Dessert Class in Tahoe – There’s nothing like bonding over fresh baked breads and desserts with your friends and then settling in for the night at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn – for 25% off your guest room. Register for baking dessert class.

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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.

 

5 Ways Snakeskin Works for All Seasons

“Slithering” into fashion last spring,the reptile print stays strong going into fall/winter 2014.  If you are still wary about trying out this trend, start with a minimalist approach; stick with accessories or small pieces and use the snake print as an accent.  Even on the mountain, we have some apres snakeskin trends, like these fashionable and cozy boots from Ugg Australia.
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1. We like to take a minimalist approach and add the snakeskin as an accent, like a pair of shoes or an oversized clutch. Ugg Alloway Reptile Calf Hair Flats (Retail 120.00)
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2. Tone down brighter colors with a nice neutral snakeskin patterned tank or tights.
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3. Keep it classic and add a nice snakeskin patterned blouse with a pencil skirt and some basic stilettos. Tart Mariana Top (92.00)


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4. Add a touch of snakeskin to your ensemble in the form of a chic belt in a bright color.



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5. Add an actual snake if you’re going to keep it real on the streets. We don’t recommend buying a snake for this trend, but it sure would make an impressive statement.
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All of these styles and more available at our boutique, PlumpJackSport at the edge of the Village at Squaw Valley, right across the street from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.
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