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Ice Lakes Lodge celebrates grand opening

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Formerly known as the Serene Lakes Lodge, the all-new Ice Lakes Lodge celebrated its grand opening Labor Day weekend with music, dancing and food.

New owners Vicky and Matt Williams hosted the commemorative weekend with the bands Skinny White Samoans and Avalanche. Head sous chef Joe Myers provided a salmon and prime rib buffet followed by a Sunday morning brunch buffet with Chef Ron Pawelczyk, former owner of Serene Lakes Lodge.

“We had some weather over the weekend,” Matt said. “Everyone ended up inside. The bands still played and it went over fine.”

Matt Williams, who owns Williams Construction, purchased the old lodge in 1996, tore down the old building in 1998 and started construction on the new facility in 1999.

The new lodge is 21,000 square feet, four stories and resides at the southern end of Lake Dulzera, one of two Serene Lakes. The lodge contains 26 rooms, nine of which are on the first floor and access the 5,000-square-foot beach, where the two owners met. Each of the rooms feature a color TV, VCR, king or queen size beds, full baths and separate data and phone ports.

The bar, dining area, two handicap-accessible rooms and lounge are on the second and main floor. At the heart is a stone fireplace, which is surrounded by leather sofas and chairs. Visitors can sit around the fireplace, watch football games on the big screen TV, or relax on one of two main balconies.

The remaining rooms are on the third floor, except for the 3,000-square-foot banquet room on the fourth floor, which will feature a separate kitchen for conferences or weddings.

The entire lodge features hydronic heating, hot water pipes that stretch from the top floor, through the walls, down to the floorboards on the first story.

The cost per room ranges from $135 per night to $195 for two people.

“The lodge was the focal point of the community in the early ’70s,” Vicky said. “All the kids used to come out, but the lodge slowly deteriorated over time and died. We wanted to make it a place like we remembered.”

Vicky and Matt Williams met at the lodge as children playing at the beach. Vicky was 14 years old at the time.

“We both graduated from Tahoe Truckee High School,” Matt said.

After less than a year of construction, the lodge is now open and operational.

General Manager and 25-year Truckee native Eric Lieberman said the restaurant books an average of 20 to 30 dinners on weeknights and 100 on the weekend.

Sous Chef Joe Myers and Jeff Keibel operate the lodge restaurant, which serves classic American cuisine and fine wines. Myers has been a professional chef for 11 years working locally at Sugar Bowl, Rainbow Lodge and at several restaurants in Auburn before moving to Ice Lakes.

The name for the lodge was derived from the original name given to the lakes by descendants of Mark Twain in the late 1800s. Ice Lakes, as they were called, were the source of ice, which was a profitable business in the area before the advent of refrigeration. The ice was packed in sawdust and delivered by train to places as far away as New York.

For more information about the Ice Lakes Lodge, call (530) 426-7660.


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