Our adventurous staffer Andrea shares her birthday California Delicious!
Do you want to take someone on a secret getaway to a spectacular California castle in the sky? I’ve got just the place! I was the lucky recipient of a surprise Birthday visit to the Ritz Carlton Resort at Northstar this past September and I’m here to tell you, it’s quite a sight.
As you drive up and up the mountain, anticipation builds (especially when you don’t quite know where you’re being taken!) until you hit the 7,000 foot elevation and you see, through the trees, a magnificent stone castle awaiting you. Although we were there in early fall and there was snow on the ground, the view was breathtaking and I can just imagine what it must be like when the slopes aren’t covered with snow. Magical! The lobby and the inside of the hotel itself are grand, warm and inviting, as were the staff.
We had a gorgeous lunch at the Traci Des Jardins restaurant, Manzanita, where we feasted on warm potato salad on a bed of frisee and topped with a perfect poached egg, as well as the very best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever tasted with Gruyere cheese, grain mustard on levain. To die for! Accompanied by a crisp, California Chardonnay, it was the perfect California Delicious lunch on a perfect California Indian summer afternoon.
Under 2 hours from Sacramento
3 hours from San Francisco
7.5 hours from Los Angeles
13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court
Truckee, CA 96161