Do something a little out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day. Join Butter + Salt as they are hosting an intimate evening at their Chef’s Table. Enjoy a 6-course wine + beer paired dinner while overlooking the kitchen. Hurry, there are only a few tickets available!

Check out the creative menu below and email hello@butterandsaltgatherings.com to purchase tickets.

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We love this time of year in Lake Tahoe! Even though Christmas has passed, we are still feeling super festive and ready to party. If you are in need of some last minute North Lake Tahoe and Truckee New Year’s Eve ideas, we have you covered!

 

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the breathtaking West Shore of Lake Tahoe at the West Shore Cafe. A first-class celebration that includes: bubbly, noise makers and of course, a five course chef’s tasting menu. Doors will open with cocktail hour at 7 p.m. and dinner will begin at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music by Ike & Martin as you celebrate lakeside with friends and family. When the hour hits, all guests will toast with a glass of Champagne and celebrate with party favors galore. This event is for adults 21+ only and is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please call to make a reservation 530.525.5200.

 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is offering a la carte dining at Manzanita and The Living Room. Manzanita Restaurant Reservations are recommended, call (530) 562-3051 to make yours. Then head to the Village to ring in the New Year. There will be music, ice skating, and fireworks.

Northstar California features its Fire & Ice Celebration on New Year’s Eve. This experience includes ice skating, live music, and roasting s’mores fireside. Fireworks will light up the sky at 9pm.

 

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows have a number of events on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from live music and fireworks to the annual Squaw Valley Prom.

The Crystal Bay Club Casino features North Mississippi Allstars with John Medeski & Marc Broussard + After Party with Jelly Bread & Monophonics . Enjoy music at the Casino’s Crown room from 9 p.m. Tickets are approximately $58 (with online fees).

 

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The Light Parade at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area takes place on New Year’s Eve with sign ups starting at 4:30. This free family event takes place in the dark; chair loading starts at 6:15 p.m. There will be DJ present, plus goodies in the bar are prior to the actual parade. Please note: only “intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark” will be allowed to take part in the parade.

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Bracingly bittersweet and vivaciously red, Campari is a staple at my home bar and for my fellow Negroni lovers everywhere. I love the unique flavor profile this the rosey red colored aperitif adds to craft cocktails, perfect addition to a winter wedding in Lake Tahoe. This holiday season, I encourage you to add a Campari cocktail to your signature cocktail list. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

BLOOD ORANGE NEGRONI

 

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A twist on the classic Negroni Cocktail, made with a splash of blood orange juice

Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog

Ingredients:
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
blood orange slice, and zest

Instructions:
Fill a mixing glass or shaker with ice, gin, Campari, vermouth, and blood orange juice. Stir well, or shake, and strain into a small ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a thin slice of blood orange, floating on the top. Rub the rim of the glass with zest.

 

ST. GERMAIN SPRITZER

 

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This four ingredient St. Germain Spritzer cocktail takes two minutes to whip up. It’s the perfect refreshing alcoholic drink for a spring or summer evening.

Author: Vegetarian Ventures

Ingredients:
1 oz St. Germain Liquor
1 oz Campari
7 oz sparkling white wine (or club soda)
Cherries, apricot slices, or mint, for garnish

Instructions:
Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add in St. Germain, Campari, and sparkling white wine. Garnish with cherries or apricots and serve right away.

 

GARIBALDI COCKTAIL

 

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Author: HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Campari
4 oz blood orange juice (or plain orange juice)
orange wheel for garnish

Instructions:
Add Campari and blood orange juice into a glass full of ice. Give a quick stir, garnish with an orange wheel, and serve!

 

 

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November is finally here, and it’s definitely time to start thinking about what you are going to do for Thanksgiving Dinner. Our talented friends at Butter + Salt Gatherings are making things VERY easy, and delicious, for you.

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Although we know most people enjoy roasting a turkey, mashing the potatoes and pulling out a perfect pumpkin pie out of the oven on Thanksgiving, we also know it can be the most stressful dinner party they’ve ever thrown. For those who wish to enjoy a glass of wine instead of crying over the stuffing, Butter + Salt is offering a completely prepared Thanksgiving meal. The meal is budget friendly and comes ready-to-go with reheat instructions for every dish, so the only thing you need to do is slip into something comfortable and relax.

Don’t miss out, simply place your order by: Thursday, November 17th  and confirm your order at: hello@butterandsaltgatherings.com

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After spending the week in Lake Tahoe for your wedding you may be looking for a honeymoon location that is close by, where you can relax and really get away from it all. In this case I must suggest the Big Sur coastline.

 

WHERE TO STAY

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands

The Hyatt Carmel Highlands, located in beautiful Carmel, California, is a picturesque retreat that offers high quality amenities, a variety of accommodations, and access to the best of the California coast. There are many features that attract visitors to this resort, including the view of the Big Sur coast. The natural environment, combined with a peaceful atmosphere, is enough to put your mind at ease. Hyatt Carmel Highlands is not the only seaside hotel in California; however, it is one of the best, inside and out.

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Even though there is a lot to keep you busy in Big Sur, there will come a time when you need to rest your head. The luxurious accommodations offer full kitchens, jacuzzi tubs, and patios overlooking the rocky cliffs. I seriously could have lived in one of the rooms.

 

WHERE TO DINE

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Big Sur Bakery
Behind the Shell station, this warmly lit, funky house has seasonally changing menus, on which wood-fired pizzas share space with more refined dishes like butter-braised halibut. Fronted by a pretty patio, the bakery makes addictive fruit-and-ginger scones and super-stuffed sandwiches. And the bacon-and-egg topped “breakfast pizza,” available on weekends, is worth the drive from anywhere.

 

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Big Sur Roadhouse
The Big Sur Roadhouse features Chef Brendan Esons delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients, using a variety of house made products . The seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced organic ingredients. Also, not to be missed, San Francisco designer Steve Justrich’s “homegrown modernism” has transformed the Roadhouse into a truly unique and fitting environment for dining in Big Sur.

 

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Pacific’s Edge Restaurant
With the most spectacular views of the Big Sur coastline, Pacific’s Edge is a sensory overload. The California Coastal cuisine is prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. A couple menu items you must try include freshMonterey Bay abalone and the braised short ribs.

 

WHAT TO SEE

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
It’s not every day that you get to see a waterfall dropping 80 feet over a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean —unless you live in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Combine that with 300 foot redwoods, some over 2,500 years old, and you have yourself quite a magical place. The coastal trails at this park are some of the best in the state and provide dramatic coastal views. Really… you can’t go wrong here!

 

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Henry Miller Library
The Henry Miller Memorial Library is in fact a Big Sur art hub and book store focused on promoting the literary and artistic works of Henry Miller. Miller was not just a fiction writer but also wrote some excellent travel books, particularly about Greece. The library was founded a year after Miller’s death by close friend Emeil White, who decided to maintain his property as a memorial to his friend and as a gallery for local artists. Over the years it has also come to serve as a cultural experience for both visitors and residents alike.

 

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Tips For Long Lasting Garden Roses

The naturalistic look and seductive fragrance of old garden roses are the stuff of poetry, but they have never done well off the vine. The blooms of these temperamental dowagers of old Europe appear only briefly, and if you cut them, they last a bare three days in a vase. Since World War II, the old rose has been increasingly replaced in gardens and bouquets by the upstart hybrid tea rose, the denizen of Valentine’s Day deliveries that sacrifices the old rose’s cabbage head and powerful scent for consistent and frequent blooms. Don’t let your floral arrangements fall prey to the conventional roses and enjoy the beauty of garden roses with these 3 tips for long-lasting roses:

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1. Recut the stems under warm tap water with a clean, sharp knife or pruner. Cut on a 45-degree angle to produce as much surface area as possible, making it easier for the flower to take in water.

2. Use a clean vase. Bacteria can shorten cut roses’ life by blocking the stems. Fill with lukewarm water, and add the floral food that’s provided. Keep out of direct sun and in a cool room, if possible.

3. Change the water and recut the stems every couple of days to promote water uptake.

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Everyone says a healthy diet is all about balance. That’s why we feel good about dividing our time between ordering takeout and shopping at the farmers’ market. Now, there’s an even better way to shop for better-for-you food.

I just signed up with Thrive Market, an online retailer with over 2,500 high-quality healthy foods, vitamins, home goods, and beauty supplies. It’s the supplement to my Tahoe CSA and the partner to my lunchtime burrito habit. Right now, Thrive is offering a 30-day free trial with access to their curated collection of healthy, non-perishable products that are sold at wholesale prices.

For all you busy brides-to-be, you must check out Thrive. In combination with my CSA and the Farmer’s Market, I have no need to go to the grocery store. With some of my favorite products at 50% off and free shipping, with just my first order, I have already saved so much money and time.

Click here for an extra 15% off your order!

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5 Airbnb Stays in Tahoe City to Book Now

This isn’t the first time that I’m talking about how much I like booking my vacations with Airbnb, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Airbnb offers some really unique lodging options Lake Tahoe, the perfect option for your guests. After spending hours scouring the site, here are my favorites in Tahoe City, California.

If you haven’t signed up yet, get $30 off your first Airbnb stay when you join using this link.

 

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Four Bedroom, two Bath
Neighborhood: Sunnyside

Create wonderful memories at this dazzling contemporary 4 bed, 2.5 bath Chalet. Amid legacy trees in the fabulous Sunnyside location. Close to dining, market, coffee and a short walk to lake. This remodeled home is the place to play and relax.

 

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Lakefront Villa
Four Bedroom, Three Bath
Neighborhood: Olympic

The ultimate in Lake Tahoe homes. Located in a tranquil spot, this villa style west shore lakefront is situated away from the noise of the highway, yet close enough for a quick ride to bike ride to town. The sprawling house and it’s contemporary design is the ideal location for a group of family members or the bridal party.

 

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Dog-Friendly Cabin
Four Bedroom, two Bath
Neighborhood: Talmont

Accommodating eight adults, with four queen beds, this Talmont home is the perfect space to house family members or your bridal team. The house was renovated to include a brand new kitchen, hardwood flooring, hot tub and furniture. The fully-stocked kitchen is open to the living and dining areas, ideal for group meals. The house has two fireplaces–one gas in the upstairs living room and one wood burning in the downstairs family room to stay cozy while watching movies. The house features a massive front deck great for outdoor reading and dining during the summer and a 6 person hot tub privately located on the back of the house.

 

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Rustic Mountain Lodge
Four Bedroom, Four Bath
Neighborhood: Pineland

This Ward Creek lodge is located in a calm and peaceful neighborhood on the west shore, close to Tahoe City and is a fabulous mountain home with many unique features which sets it apart. The kids will enjoy having their own separate wing at one end of the house with a bunk room, bathroom, family room and sleeping porch. The adults will appreciate the cozy fireplace in the dining room, the privacy extended by the greenbelt while relaxing in the hot tub, and the spectacular master suite with a private deck overlooking the forest. The active enthusiast in your group will relish in the location, close to hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing and skiing. Going far for fun is not necessary when you stay on the West Shore.

 

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Lakeview Retreat
Four Bedroom, Four Bath
Neighborhood: Tahoe Park

The perfect location to house all the groomsmen! This lakeview retreat is a spectacular modern home designed with an impressive post and beam log interior. The home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, hydronic in-floor heating, three fireplaces, a dramatic living room with cathedral ceilings and a spacious sun deck. Conveniently located about 1 mile from Tahoe City’s restaurants and shops and just down the street from West Shore Market and Sunnyside Restaurant.

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