Not Your Average Ski Resort
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation.
rustic log beam ceilings and antlers mounted on the walls.
From the outside, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn may look
like your typical lodge-style ski resort, but within it's
another world entirely. One in which whimsical urban-esque
touches are showcased throughout, from the sculpted copper
wall hangings to the playful, royal purple harlequin bedding.
inn is housed in a building that was originally constructed
in 1959 for the delegation of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
It was completely renovated and revitalized by PlumpJack
in 1995, and while its charisma stands on its own, it
is almost impossible to describe without mentioning its
parent company, whose philosophy strongly informs its
mood. PlumpJack is a mini empire devoted to robust living.
It began in San Francisco in 1992 with the PlumpJack Wine Store; restaurants, a nightclub, a Napa Valley winery
known for its Cabernets and the inn followed. As for the
name, it was inspired by the irreverent, fun-loving spirit
of Shakespeare's Falstaff, who was nicknamed Plump Jack
by Queen Elizabeth. It is this spirit that shaped the
just 61 rooms, the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn can't compete
in scale with the major resorts. But what it lacks in
size, it makes up for in artistry. Metal is used dramatically,
reflecting the warm lighting and setting a cozy, genial
tone. The rooms emphasize soft earth tones, lots of texture
and mountain views that are to die for. Among the amenities,
you'll find everything you need to settle in-thick hooded
robes, slippers and beds swathed in down comforters.
only is PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn one of the area's premier
lodgings, it houses one of the area's premier restaurants.
It is home to the PlumpJack Café, whose highly
acclaimed forerunner of the same name resides in San Francisco.
by the intriguing interiors, it's sometimes easy to forget
what is right outside the front door. The inn sits at
the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, whose evergreens
embrace the two-story Conference Center and the pool area,
which boasts a one-of-a-kind, outdoor pizza oven. The
inn is also just a few steps from the terminal for the
Squaw Valley cable car, which is an attraction in and
Squaw Valley Inn has redefined this region, turning it
into more than just a day skiing destination. Now, travelers
with a penchant for style have a reason to hang their
hats (and prop up their skis) and stay awhile. For the
ultimate experience, spend the day on the slopes, have
dinner at the café and then head back out for one
last ski down a floodlit trail to your room.
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