Winter Holiday Travel: The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Après Ski, anyone?

Our favorite time of the year is around the corner! Also known as snow crab, champagne, and slope season! So, when this news hit our inbox we thought, ‘what better way to inspire others than to share these winter wonderland vibes? Sometimes we like to report on a town with a roundup, other times, we like to share property specific news because we’re a bunch of hotel hounds.

Enter: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. A luxe winter wonderland nestled mid-mountain at Northstar California Resort, they’re also presenting a veritable winter world of activities like après ski, gourmet dining, a Claus family meet and greet, Menorah Lighting ceremony, and traditional Christmas dinners.

The Ritz Carlton, Tahoe

As the only ski-in/ski-out destination in Lake Tahoe, the resort is also perfect for families because you can indulge with world-class ski valet services (yes, please!), award-winning dining and culinary offerings (let the diet start on Monday), and, of course, some of the finest hospitality in the world. Insider secret: they’re trained to always say hello to you in the hallways. It’s a small detail that pays off with kindness. The hotel will also host Holiday Days of Magic, special extravaganzas elevating the holiday vibes further. We just love the whole seasonal thing!

A room with a view of the mountains

In addition to deluxe guestrooms and suites, the resort’s two and three-bedroom Luxury Residences are available to book for the ultimate home-away-from-home winter getaway.

Check out this year’s winter and holiday amenities and events below:

Ski-in/ski-out

RESORT & DINING EXPERIENCES

Northstar California Resort

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe have privileged access to Northstar California Resort for all their on-mountain plans with its ski-in/ski-out access and ski valet services. This year, Northstar will not require advanced reservations for on-mountain activities, but face masks are required for all indoor activities. Additionally, proof of vaccination and advanced reservations are required for indoor dining.

Après-Ski Experiences

A social and entertaining activity to enjoy after a day on the slopes, après ski in The Backyard is a guest favorite at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This year, beginning November 18 and running throughout the ski season, the hotel will host a Whiskey & Waffles Cabin where guests can savor premium, select whiskeys from around the world paired with warm, fresh waffles loaded with gourmet toppings. OMG!! For an even more elevated après ski experience, weekend guests can also check out the Champagne & Caviar Bar, serving a selection of champagne complemented with an exceptional collection of caviar (we are ALL about caviar these days with interesting flavors from Uruguay and California).

Spa Treatments surrounded by tree tops

Spa

The spa at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe will also be offering seasonal treatments like the Chocolate Decadence Facial.

Dining

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers a great selection of exceptional dining spots on site, from the casual Café Blue and The Backyard Bar & BBQ to The Living Room and the resort’s upscale restaurant, Manzanita.

Beautiful 5 star fare at The Manzanita

The Manzanita menu serves up delicious California mountain cuisine like rustic “Woodlands” entrees such as branzino with Caponata, fennel and cucumber chimichurri, pork ossobuco, venison accompanied with sweet potato, blackberry demi and roasted heirloom carrots, braised lamb, and more.

With ski-in/ski-out access, The Backyard Bar & BBQ serves up Texas-style BBQ from Thursday through Sundays. Beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken, all smoked in-house with the resort’s onsite smoker and served with an array of traditional sides and house-made sauces. Yeehaw!

This lobby!

The Living Room, for when feeling like you’re at a posh hotel in the mountains and deserve fun posh fare. It will feature elevated, shareable dishes including cheese and chocolate fondue and creative seafood towers from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also sip delicious cocktails here.

Another fun idea they’ve added to the “make it special and easy” vibe: the little ones in the family can enjoy a daily dinner buffet curated just for them with their favorite foods in mind. Priced at $35 per child, the rotating kids’ menu will consist of one cold dish option, choice of two kids’ favorite meals, and two entrée selections.

Airstream Bar

If that’s not cool enough, located at the Fireside Terrace, the hotel will be featuring an outdoor airstream bar – open daily – where guests can stop by to enjoy a warm bowl of soup, while sipping on their favorite winter-inspired cocktail.

Magical Mountains

HOLIDAY DAYS OF MAGIC – December 18 – January 2

Full Holiday Days of Magic Schedule

Thanksgiving Dinners

Manzanita & The Ballroom | November 25

Advance reservations required

A pre-fixed five-course festive meal will be offered at Manzanita for resort guests only.  Menu items include roasted Brussel sprouts, heirloom roasted carrots, roasted turkey, porcini and coffee rubbed-roasted prime rib, and more.  The five-course menu is priced at $180 per person.

A holiday buffet with chef-action stations, harvested vegetable dishes, artisan pastries and kids’ selections will be offered in the resort’s ballroom.  Priced at $180 per guest adult; $50 per child the buffet option will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony

The Living Room | December 5 at Sundown

Christmas Dinners

Manzanita & The Ballroom | December 25

Advance reservations required

Manzanita will be presenting a five-course Christmas menu. Dishes include baby beet salad, seafood duo – featuring scallops and sea bass, Piedmontese filet and more. Priced at $180 per person, guests can book dinner reservations from 4:00 – 9:30 p.m. Kids’ menu option available.

The holiday buffet will also be offered at Christmas and feature harvested vegetable dishes, artisan pastries and kids’ selections offered in the resort’s ballroom. Priced at $180 / per guest adult; $50 per child the buffet option will be served from 12:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Manzanita | December 31 | 4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

$210 per person (bubbles included) | Advance reservations required

Pre-fixed, five-course meal in Manzanita. Kids menu option available.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Manzanita | January 1, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

$225 per person | Advance reservations required

Guests can start the new year off right and savor a special recovery brunch menu featuring unlimited bottomless drink selection.

Additionally, the resort will play host to special appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, daily live music, and gingerbread house-making activities for families. The resort will also display a giant replica of the resort made entirely of gingerbread in the lobby, crafted by the resort’s talented pastry team.

www.ritzcarlton.com/LakeTahoe

Reservations: 800-241-3333

 

 

Napa, CA: Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

This little luxury gem was such a lucky find that I had to write it up. Thanks to my buddy, Jessica, who heard about this spot from friends, it’s like staying at your wealthy friend’s private home along the Napa River, complete with a fridge stocked with sparkling (or flat) water and sodas just for you. Something between a luxury B&B and a spa, it’s right on the water, feels like a bucolic dream, and worth every penny with their pristine fluffy towels and chic modern amenities.

Milliken Inn and Spa

For a quick jaunt outside the city during Bottlerock, this property was quiet, luxurious perfection. I only wish I had more time to relax in front of the Napa River and enjoy the view with a good book in hand. Breakfast is included and had all the usual favorites for American – or European – palates. Scrambled eggs or chicken sausage, you got it. Oatmeal, croissants, or pastries, they have that too. Basically, they have everything you need if you’re looking for a B&B vibe that’s high-end and private. I’ll definitely be heading back on my next sojourn. They even have a complimentary wine tasting in the afternoon. Win win!

Astra Guestroom

From $575-$1,108

https://www.millikencreekinn.com

Redken: Buy More, Save More at Ulta.com

Redken Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo

This just in so I had to share. Redken is offering a buy more save more deal for Ulta shoppers that you won’t want to miss. The current 2 for $30 sale offers the purchase of a Redken shampoo and conditioner from their wide range of lines, for only $30 total. To give you an idea, one bottle of Frizz Dismiss Sulfate Free Shampoo (10oz) is $23. Redken specializes in shampoos and conditioners that work for every hair type, so there’s something for everyone. 

Head to your local Ulta or shop on Ulta.com before this Redken sale ends on 10/23. Your hair and wallet will thank you!

Eco Friendly CBD Lip Balm by Eco Lips

CBD Me by Eco Lips

When an eco-forward CBD beauty company reached out about their products, how could I say no? Long known to help muscle stress and aid in relaxation, CBD is the latest green goddess to appear in beauty.

They sent me a selection of three different lip balm from Natural to Lavender Orange and Lavender Mint. I started with the Lavender Orange and I immediately felt the nice hint of orange in a lightly emollient stick balm tinted with essential oils and a very subtle green hint of hemp and lavender.

My favorite, however, was the cooling tingle of peppermint essential oil in the Lavender Mint. All featured 30 mg of broad spectrum CBD paired with certified organic hemp oil, Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa butter and coconut oil for an all-around lip moisturizing experience. Their hemp-derived, broad-spectrum CBD extract is sustainably grown through regenerative agriculture practices and CO2 extracted in Oregon by Klersun. It is thoroughly tested by 3rd party labs to qualify concentration levels. Products contain 0.0% THC. Oh well 😉

They also boast the finest cold-pressed Cannabis Sativa seed oil to deliver a natural balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and amino acids which are great for skin care applications.

At only $7.99, it’s a no brainer to try out

CBD ME™ 30mg Lavender Mint Lip Balm

Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *†Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *†Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract. *Organic Ingredient †Fair Trade Certified Ingredient Size: 0.15 oz Certifications:Fair Trade Certified™, Gluten-Free, Leaping Bunny

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