PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
What We Love
- Mountain location at the base of Squaw Valley and adjacent to the pedestrian village
- Lake Tahoe is just seven miles away
- Two hot tubs and an outdoor pool
- Breakfast buffet with fresh pastries from PlumpJack’s bakery
- The hotel is pet friendly and rooms come with beds, water and food bowls, and doggy treats
What To Know
- The resort fee includes valet parking, ski valet, bike rentals, WiFi, use of the pool, fitness center and hot tubs
- Winter sports season runs from November to April
- The pool stays open until the first snowflakes start to fly in October
- Walls are thin; it can be noisy at times
- Not a ton of closet space
- No elevators, but there are guestrooms on the ground floor
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Squaw Valley’s rugged mountain location provides a dramatic backdrop for this 56-room inn, originally built as a home for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation. The place still gets plenty of attention for its slopes and snow: last winter the resort registered nearly 60 feet of the white stuff. Your room is steps from Squaw’s legendary Cable Car, which stands ready to whisk you up to 8,200 feet for first turns in the fresh Sierra Nevada powder. The bilevel cedar and glass lodge has an understated sophistication that’s characteristic of the Bay Area clientele it serves. There’s nothing flashy about it, but creature comforts are everywhere: a top-notch restaurant, in-room spa treatments, waffle stations at breakfast, mountain views, wine seminars.
Bed and Bath
Spacious Mountain View Rooms feel just as wide open as the views. Inside the inn’s 56 rooms and suites, the beds are obscured by pillowy duvets, and the spacious bathrooms are accented with hammered metal details: copper cauldrons, swirled sconces, wall hangings that resemble a medieval knight. Overall, the mash-up of rustic wood and stone with muted modern works quite well.
The hotel has a lively bar scene and an excellent in-house restaurant, the PlumpJack Cafe, which hosts winemaker dinners throughout the year. The menu changes seasonally, but expect creations like Kobe sushi, roasted grouper with garlic-stewed greens, and three-cheese risotto with mushroom ragout and black truffle oil. The wine list is notable for hard-to-find California wines and organic, biodynamic selections — like the Arietta “Variation One” blend of Napa Valley Merlot and Syrah, the perfect end to a day spent enjoying the Sierra Nevadas.
In the Area
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley prizes its slopes. Whether prone to the beginner and intermediate slopes or skilled enough for the legendary KT-22 steeps, you can ski the five peaks and catch the best views of North Lake Tahoe. Take off on one of the countless trails that crisscross the impressive Sierra Lake Tahoe basin, then head down to pristine Lake Tahoe for all things aquatic: swimming, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and more. Those looking to relax can get a fresh, made-to-order smoothie at Mountain Nectar in the pedestrian village. Or, take the Cable Car up to High Camp on the weekends for a delicious dinner and sensational panoramas. The renowned PlumpJack Cafe is a don’t miss- it rocked the wine world in 1994 when it became one of the first California restaurants to sell wine at retail prices. They take pride in their cellar, which includes many hard-to-find California bottles.
How to Get There
Rooms were clean. Stocked mini refrigerator. Ice bucket needed to be filled at the bar.
Next door to the Gondola. Relaxing pool setting with hot tub, ping pong table and comfortable chase lounges. Outdoor patio to eat lunch near the pool. Breakfast (excellent) was included in the bill. Wine selection was expensive.
The hotel surpassed our expectations. The staff was uniformly helpful and cheerful. Checkin was the easiest I can remember, the rooms large and clean with thick towels, coffee pot, fridge, etc. The pool and outdoor space was clean and spacious.
The shower had mold in it and the room has a stale odor in the room. Breakfast was good although when something ran out it took awhile for them to bring out more. The pool also looked like it had not been cleaned in awhile.