Change is a comin’! Up here in Hope Valley, fall is in the air, with cooler temps and winter soon to follow. As we get ready for the new seasons—and hopefully lots of fluffy white stuff!—we want to take a moment to thank you for being our guests, and to welcome new visitors who are seeking adventure in our magical alpine landscape. With comfortable lodgings and good food at our Country Café, Sorensen’s is the “inn” place to be. Feel free to share this newsletter with family and friends…or just call us and we’ll send an information packet for you. Be sure to check our calendar of seasonal workshops and events with things to see, do, and learn, plus ways to tap into your creative side. Please join us for one or more of these great offerings. But just staying here can be awesome too. Strap on snowshoes (available to our lodging guests), and take a spin around flat and snowy Hope Valley, or follow our marked trail. Hit the slopes or cross-country trails at Kirkwood Resort, just down the road from Sorensen’s. Enjoy sitting by your cabin fireplace with a complimentary glass of wine, or relax in our traditional Norwegian wood-fired sauna. Pick up a good read from our Gift Shop, and have a delicious meal at Sorensen’s Country Café. Hope to see you soon in the mountains!
John and Patty
2015 Winter Calendar of Events
For more details or to reserve lodging or book a workshop, call Sorensen's Resort at 800.423.9949. Find us on Facebook, too!
- Oct 10-12
- Alpine Aspen Festival
- Nov 26
- Thanksgiving Feast
- Dec 5
- Holiday Wreath Making class
- Dec 24
- Christmas Eve Dinner
- Jan 9
- Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop
- Feb 21
- Winter Sketching Workshop
- March 12
- Winter Landscape Photography Class
- March TBD
Spring 2016 Sneak Peek
- May 8
- Mother’s Day Brunch
- May 14
- Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch
- May 18
- Spring Birds of the Sierra
- April 30
- First Day of Fishing Season
- June 6-9
- Plein-Air Watercolor with Lady Jill
BOOK 3 or 4 NIGHTS & GET 1 FREE!*
You can save on lodging when you book 3 or 4 nights midweek at Sorensen’s. Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 (Su-Th) or 3 nights for the price of 2 (M-Th)!
Offer valid: Oct 25 – Dec 17, 2015
Jan 3 – Feb 11; Feb 21 – June 9, 2016
*Special offer good only during non-holiday periods. Cannot be combined with other Sorensen’s programs or specials. Mention this ad when making reservations. Regular weekend rates charged on Sunday when using 4-for-3 special.
Kind words from our guests…..
“This feels like our home-away-from-home. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and special. Thank you for the wine, hiking, and life advice. We are excited to return for many, many years!”
Bride & Groom/Redwood Cabin Guests
“An absolutely wonderful weekend! Cozy cabin and friendly, helpful staff. The food in the café was great!”
Ponderosa Cabin Guests
“Great service, friendly and accommodating. Cute cabin, sauna was awesome. Love the trails everywhere. We are coming back and bringing the kids… great place for the whole family to stay and play.”
Foxtail Cabin Guests
“We loved the Galaxy Slide Show and Starwatch! The events here are fun, educational and booking is always a cinch. Hoping to become regulars!”
Sorensen’s Country Café & Gift Shop
Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Featuring Corralitos Market apple-wood smoked meats, Eggs Benedict special on weekends, fresh catch of the day for dinner and a well-rounded wine list. Check out our Gift Shop for outdoor/travel books, cookbooks, art, handmade mugs and t-shirts, plus drinks and snacks. Get Sorensen’s Gift Certificates for your friends and family!
Thanksgiving Feast: November 26
Christmas Eve Feast: December 24 (Café closed December 25)
Hiking trail morphs for snow
With the leaves on our glorious quaking aspens changing and falling, it’s a great time to try out Sorensen’s hiking trail. Come winter, follow the same route on snowshoes for an exhilarating tromp on the same scenic route. Can’t get any prettier as snow drapes the aspen tree silhouettes and dark pine forest. Complimentary snowshoes for our lodging guests. Reserve a wintertime stay now; 800.423.9949
Hope Valley Café & Market
During winter, camp sites our neighboring Hope Valley Resort & Campground close up for the season. But it’s never too early to plan for summer—we’re happy to take reservations for your Summer 2016 stay. For a snug wintertime stay on the grounds, try our Hope Valley House. The contemporary mountain home has three spacious bedrooms, a large living room with fireplace, plus kitchen and dining room. And it’s pet friendly! Special weekly rates are available. For Hope Valley House and summer campground reservations, call 800.423.9949.
Also on the grounds, Hope Valley Café & Market stays open through winter. It’s a great place to relax and recharge after a snowy playday! Indulge in Leesa’s amazing fresh-baked cookies, scones, and fruit-filled pies (she’s is happy to take special pie orders; call 530.594.2323). Also enjoy breakfast or lunch, or just get an espresso or other coffee drink. There’s also nice selection of wine and beer. Open 9 to 5 daily.
NEW! Have Plug, Will Travel
We’re all charged up here at Sorensen’s. Tesla Motors recently selected our resort as a site for its expanding Supercharger network. These plug-in stations let any electric car user—not just Tesla owners—get easy, free access to high-speed charging. Tesla, with sales in 30 countries worldwide, now has more than 50,000 gas-free cars on the road. We’re proud be connected to this new revolutionary company!
NEW! Weather station at Sorensen’s
We’ve got some pretty exciting news: Sorensen’s is now the proud site of an official National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) weather station. Information, relayed by the DRI Western Regional Climate Center, gives real-time weather information, which we can then report to you via a website link. Check it before you come for the latest weather (especially helpful when finding out about road conditions and new snow). For weather reports, go to http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/weather/csrr.html
October 10-12Alpine Aspen Festival
When locals get together to celebrate our abundant and lovely aspen trees - watch out! It turns out to be a grand, 2-day extravaganza in Hope Valley. Choose the event of your choice and enjoy a day of fun and learning. Here’s what’s in store: Dutch oven cooking, fly fishing instructions, horseback rides, Historic Emigrant Trail trek, an Historic Mine and Ecology hike, Rivers & Ranches tour, free music and more! For cost and more information on the schedule of events visit their website at: http://www.alpineaspenfestival.org
When: October 10-12
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December 5Holiday Wreath Making
IIf you enjoyed the brilliant, orange and gold trailing nasturtiums of Babette’s garden overflowing our summer window boxes, try our holiday wreath making class. She’s gearing up to help you create your own holiday masterpiece using the fresh bounty of green boughs and colorful décor. All materials are provided, but bring your pruning shears, if you have them. We’re sure you’ll be thrilled with your own unique holiday creativity. Call us for class and/or lodging reservations at 800-423-9949.
When: December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests
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January 9Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop
Here’s a skill that might come in handy – though we hope not! Better to be prepared than sorry, though, as this invaluable information could come in very helpful some day. Led by members of the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team (TNSAR), you’ll be guided through an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek. Along they way guides will cover important details, such as planning, preparation, proper dress, equipment, emergency shelters and more. Dress for the elements and fuel up with a hearty Sorensen’s breakfast. To check out the important work this team does, go to: http://tahoenordicsar.com
When: January 9; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Donation recommended to TNSR $30 guests/$50 non-guests
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February 21Winter sketching workshop
Discover the beauty of winter in Hope Valley in a whole new way. Join acclaimed nature artist John “Jack” Muir Laws as he shows you how to quickly capture your views and discoveries along the trail in an winter field journal. Learn techniques for fast sketches, drawings, and paintings. Keeping a field journal will heighten your senses and enrich your memory. No drawing experience necessary. Bring a sketchbook, binoculars, and your favorite lightweight drawing materials. Jack is the author of easy-to-use Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, both available in the Sorensen’s Gift Shop.
When: February 21; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests (includes lunch)
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March 12Photographing the Snowy Sierra
Whether the wind howls or it’s blue-sky weather, there’s always something remarkable to see during winter here in Hope Valley. Learn how to capture the beauty, drama, and magic of the mountains with photographer Terry Nathan. Join Terry, a professor of atmospheric science at UC Davis, as he helps you capture wintry scenes—from Sorensen’s Cliffs to soft falling snow. Open to age 16 years and older. For more details, visit terrynathanphoto.com. For class reservations and lodging, call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.
When: March 12, 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests
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Kirkwood XCountry Ski & Snowshoe Events
Check out these wintertime guided experiences and special events presented by Kirkwood Cross Country Snowshoe Center, just down the road from Sorensen’s. All gear is available for rent (just $5 for snowshoes!). For more details, call the Center at 209-258-7277
November 21.…Full Moon Snowshoe Trek
December 19 & 20… Full Moon Snowshoe Trek
Janauary 3…Soup and Shoe
January 9…Winter Trails Day
January 23… Full Moon Snowshoe Trek
Feb 20…Full Moon Snowshoe Trek
March 5 & 12...Sunset Snowshoe Trek
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Some programs offered by Sorensen's Resort are under permit with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest/Carson Ranger District and by permission of the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.