Valentine’s at Solitude……Why Not?

High above the hustle and bustle of the Salt Lake Valley, unassumingly tucked away in The Inn at Solitude, can be found the Solitude Mountain Spa.

Solitude’s spectacular peaks and snow drenched slopes are some of Utah’s finest creations.  This quiet, peaceful and unpretentious resort entices visitors from all over to come and experience the famous Wasatch snow and exciting terrain in a friendly, low-key environment. Solitude, for the most part, is considered a day use area with many visitors coming up from the valley. This is a result of most skiers and boarders who park in the lower lot and give little thought to the quaint Bavaria

nesque village which is situated at the base of the Apex Lift. Many unknowingly pass the village by with little more than a glance at the clock tower as it strikes the passing hours. If you take the time to step onto the cobbled paths which meander through the picturesque village you will find that Solitude has more to offer than just the Moonbeam Lodge and incredible skiing. Restaurants, shops and cozy European lodging will take you back to yesteryear when life was simpler and the pace of every day life was just a little slower.

The Solitude Mountain Spa encompasses this notion of peace and relaxation and although, you will find that this is not a 5 star spa with glitzy amenities abounding, you will discover that it does deliver 5 star quality, service and a friendly, cozy atmosphere without the cost of larger more decadent spas.

Owned by Solitude Mountain Resort and managed by the incredibly knowledgeable and talented Suzanne Hawk the spa offers a fantastic selection of treatments, facials, massages and packages as well as the opportunity to create your own package perfectly suited to you. Suzanne and her staff of experienced estheticians and massage therapists are trained to know exactly how to treat and relieve ski specific soreness and fatigue as well as restoring and pampering the skin with treatments designed for clients who spend their time out of doors in the sun and elements. Whether your idea of relaxation is a 20 minute escape from the kids at lunch or 5 hours of pampering with your favorite friends, The Solitude Mountain Spa has something for everyone.

Only 20 minutes from Salt Lake means that it’s not just the tourists who should take advantage of this little sanctuary nestled modestly in the natural, alpine setting of the Wasatch but, locals as well should take advantage of the opportunity to detox the mind and relax the body in the most perfect of locations. Grab a friend and head up the canyon for a facial and warm, blissful stone massage or just come up for a custom pedicure sure to beat the quick ones found in the city.

With Valentine’s just around the corner, The Solitude Mountain Resort as well as the Spa is the ideal location for a romantic getaway. If you don’t have time for an overnight stay just come up for a massage for two and a romantic dinner at St. Bernards. Solitude is the ultimate surprise for your Valentine and Solitude has made it easy with a custom Valentine’s package designed just for you!

Solitude’s Sweetheart Deal can be found at this link:

http://www.skisolitude.com/trip_planner/solitude_savers.php

For more information on the Solitude Mountain Spa check out www.skisolitude.com. You will be able to find all of the services offered as well as any specials that may be available.

SLC All-Star Chefs Bring Their Tastes to Solitude

Elevate your taste buds with Guest Chef Thursdays at St. Bernard’s. Over (at least) the next 4 weeks, a who’s who in the Salt Lake City gastronomic scene will be treating diners to five unforgettable course in Solitude’s quaint alpine village. Imagine your favorite dishes from restaurants you know and love…now, picture them fireside at 8,000 feet.  It’s true what they say, you know: Food does taste better when cooked at altitude!

We cannot guarantee snowflakes, but count on the fire.
Here’s the lineup:

2/11-Vienna Bistro’s Chef Froddy Volger is obsessed with freshness, and the European Alpine Cuisine he has brought to the heart of Salt Lake City is made from scratch daily.

2/18 Chris Durfee and Justin Shifflett lead the kitchen at Metropolitan Restaurant, and are the geniuses behind the restaurants handcrafted, fresh, and seasonal New American Cuisine.

2/25 Scott DeSeelhorst, former chef of the Yurt / Roundhouse & proprietor of Snake River Winery. A throwback Southwest fusion menu.

3/4 Lugano chef/owner Greg Neville, awarded Best Chef by Salt Lake Magazine, creates and recreates seasonal menus that thrive on locally grown organic produce and the freshest ingredients.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, as St. Bernard’s is a small, intimate restaurant.  801-517-7717

$65 prix-fixe. Wine pairings extra.

A taste of Solitude: Hungry Tuna Sushi at The Thirsty Squirrel

Do you consider yourself a fan of sushi?  If so, a mountain resort outside Salt Lake City might not be the first place you’d think to find good sushi.  The whole land-locked and high elevation thing probably plays a part in that.  But if you’re going to let some little things like that get in the way of trying Hungry Tuna Sushi at The Thirsty Squirrel, then you should take your fan-dom, roll it up and toss it, because you’re missing out on the best thing since chopsticks!

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3-8 PM, Solitude Mountain Resort’s resident sushi chef, Clayton Wall, rolls out a menu that is changing the Cottonwood Canyons après ski scene.  From rolls of all shapes and sizes, to the delicious miso soup and edamame, you’re sure to find something that will tickle the taste buds.

At this point you’re probably waiting for a recommendation on what roll to get, and possibly an in-depth review of the ingredients and flavors.  But I’m not a food critic, and even if I was I wouldn’t want to over inform you about something so simple and delicious.  Just take my word for it and go with the signature Solitude Roll . . . or the Honeycomb Roll . . . or the Voltaire Roll.  Actually, try one of each.  Missing out on any one of these rolls would be a shame!

Hungry for more reviews? Stay tuned to this blog for more installments of “A taste of Solitude.” That’s right, this was just the first blog of many to feature the wide array of dining options found only at Solitude Mountain Resort.

Five Course Wine Dinner at St. Bernard’s (8/1)

Limited to just 45 lucky diners, enjoy five courses of Chef Matt Barrigar’s finest seasonal dishes. Dinner is $60, with wine pairings an additional cost. Call 800-748-4754 for reservations.

Wine Dinner Menu: August 1st 2009

Appetizer

Mussel and Scallop Ceviche

Mixed with fresh cilantro, diced cucumber, grilled scallions, and citrus juices on an Idaho potato crisp

Soup

Roasted Peach Soup

Puree of fresh Utah peach topped with house-made crème fraiche and balsamic syrup

Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Fresh multi-colored tomatoes, locally grown watermelon stuffed with Drake’s Family Farm chevre and drizzled with reduced Snake River Port, and tangerine infused olive oil

Entrée

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Meadowlark Farms lamb, marinated in honey, with a baby vegetable ratatouille, and a roasted fennel gratin

Or

Corvina

Pan-seared corvina with a spicy sweet corn fritter, Peaceful Belly Farms green beans, and a basil vinaigrette

Dessert

Summer Berry Triffle

Chiffon Cake layered with a medley of fresh berries, lavender infused whipped cream and cinnamon almonds, and topped with candied citrus zest

Sushi at the Squirrel

Most sushi restaurants don't put as much love as this into thier appetizers. Note the sprinkling of sesame seeds here.The Thirsty Squirrel’s food menu continues to improve each winter. Last winter food was upgraded from your classic pub fare of nachos and nachos grande to include quesadillas and warm artichoke dip, as well as potato skins and hummus.

Salmon with Creme Fraiche & Avocado

This season, however, the Squirrel has kicked it up a notch by bringing in Hungry Tuna Sushi. Seriously, what could be better than a pitcher of beer or a glass of wine, some edamame, followed by one or two of at least a dozen roll choices?  Besides having the game on (which the Squirrel has covered with large flat-screen TVs) – not much, really.

It looks almost too good to eat...ALMOST.Two dedicated sushi chefs craft hand rolls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evenings.  Starting off with either warm miso soup or fresh edamame and the adult beverage of your choice, you begin to realize this is not your ordinary apres ski. Sunrise Roll - Prepared Fresh for You.

Moving on to rolls, the “Solitude,” a decadent creation of Salmon, Creme Fraiche, Lemon Zest, Avocado and Sesame Seed which your taste buds will thank you for.  The Sunrise roll mixes Salmon and Tuna, along with Sprouts, Flying Fish Roe and Avocado in an Eel Sauce, which adds a ton of extra flavor.

Yummers at Creekside.

Food and eating just so happens to be one of my favorite sports. Oh, you say, eating is not a sport. Well, I beg to differ. You need a good gameplan, know your limitations, match your entrees and sides, and most importantly, follow through and finish. Ok, so the sports analogy is a bit weak there, but one thing that is not weak is Creeskide’s new chef Matt Anderson and his menu.

A few of us popped into Creekside for some wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and hearty salads. It is certainly a skill trying to get Creekside’s burger, piled high with beef, avocado, bacon, and onion rings on a fresh bun into the finite space one’s jaw allows. Needless to say, the food was all cooked and presented perfectly – some of it looks so good, you don’t even want to eat it, just admire.  Once those aromas hit, however, taste buds and instinct take over.

Don’t miss Creekside’s new menu this winter – it is perfect for lunch or dinner. Friday and Saturday evenings feature a special holiday buffet menu through December, yet another reason to stop by or make and extra drive up the hill. The menu can be found here.

Are those onion rings I see?

2 burgers piled high

Creekside's gourmet presentation.

When the moon hits your eyes, like a big pizza pie.