BASS LAKE – Locals and visitors alike may have noticed a series of exciting new upgrades and events happening at the Pines Resort and Village, including Ducey’s restaurant. That’s a trend owners intend to continue.
In addition to fun family-friendly promotions like a burger eating contest, organizers have announced they’ll be creating a Pines VIP program and accepting “Mountain Bucks.”
“The Great 96er Challenge,” is a contest to see who will attempt to eat an enormous burger fashioned after the one late actor John Candy devoured in the 1988 film, “The Great Outdoors,” which was shot at Bass Lake.
The burger contest is set for Saturday, Jan. 25, with registration starting at noon and the action starting around 1:30 p.m. For those who prefer to watch, rather than participate in eating a burger roughly the size of a man’s head, drink specials and regular menu items will be available.
Next up on the schedule, for lovers and others, is a special dinner at Ducey’s to celebrate Valentine’s Day, followed by a Sweethearts’ Ball. The owners of the restaurant are also pleased to announce the return of Chef John Frabotta.
Dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 runs from 4 – 9 p.m., and the menu is mouthwatering. From heirloom tomato caprese, to shrimp cocktail, crab and lobster cake, potato leek soup and salad to choices of steak, lobster, seafood stuffed bass and portobello veggie options, the menu appears to have something for everyone. Dessert? Choice of New York cheesecake or chocolate lava cake. Prices vary for the special Valentines menu.
Following dinner is a “love-filled after party” in the form of a Sweethearts’ Ball, featuring DJ, candy bar and photo booth, along with a champagne toast. The cost is free with dinner, or $50 per couple. Resort specials are available for overnight stays, along with special add-ons like a red rose, box of chocolate or champagne.
It seems as though they’ve thought of everything, including a party set for Saturday, Feb. 15, when others will gather at Ducey’s Bar & Grill to celebrate “Single Awareness Day.”
With the catchy slogan, “Cupid is Stupid,” drink specials, DJ tunes and free appetizers, the party goes from 9 p.m. to midnight, with a $5 cover.
Events in the planning stages for the balance of 2014 run the gamut from a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner in March and Easter Buffet and Egg Hunt in April, to Mothers and Fathers Day celebrations and a series of concerts through summer and fall.
Two companies currently own and run the various venues adjacent to and overlooking Bass Lake. The Pines Resort includes the resort suites and newly-painted Chalets, Ducey’s restaurants, the pool and outside wedding area.
The property is owned by long-time area residents and former Days Inn proprietors, Kyusun and Sunwa Choe.
Renovations have lent a fresh atmosphere to the chalets and suites at the resort, with new mattresses and bedding, and eight pet friendly rooms.
Half the chalets have been painted and updated with new furniture, carpets, floors, television and appliances. The resort has a new gazebo deck, four-removable wall tent and landscaping. The location is fully ADA accessible, including a wheelchair lift for the pool.
The other company involved at Bass Lake is Greenlaw, doing business as DRC, which owns the Village, gas station, and event center. In addition to the Choes and DRC, Tommy Tusso owns Bass Lake Water Sports and Boat Rentals, and runs the docks.
Oakhurst resident Erin Capuchino is the new Group Sales and Events Coordinator for the Pines and Ducey’s, and she’s enthusiastically planning the Valentines extravaganza, along with an entire series of events to cover the year.
“I have been given the responsibility for group event sales and managing, along with promoting Resort events and helping with marketing,” says Capuchino. “We had a spectacular event on New Year’s Eve, and that’s just the beginning. Our plans for Valentines are really romantic. We wanted to offer some fun in addition to dinner. We all know dancing is a prelude to more fun!”
Capuchino says events are being planned with locals, among others, in mind, and invites everyone to take advantage of this unseasonably warm weather to come out and see what’s new at Pines Village.
“We want to reach out to locals and get them over here as VIPs. We have a new Pines VIP card coming in the next week or so and we have some specials planned in the restaurant too,” explains Capuchino.
“I really want to get friends and neighbors to come and eat at the restaurants, play in the village, refer their family and friends to stay here, and remind people that we are a locally owned company that’s here to support the community. We hope to see you soon!”
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