Yosemite’s mountain resort
At the south gate of the quietly stunning Yosemite National Park, there is a forest. In the forest there is a building. In the building there is a room. In the room there is an echo of children’s laughter.
It’s an hour to sunrise and something in the air has changed.
I sneak out of bed and see the first flakes of the season fall on a sleeping Tenaya Lodge. Nose to window, I watch as the snow colors an already pretty scenery, picture-book perfect.
In pajamas and Ugg-boots, I tiptoe onto the balcony and hear excited whispers from the neighboring room.
“Shh!” a child half giggles, half commands.
I can hear them watching and remember wishing it snowed in Sydney, so that I could watch the view from my bedroom window change.
We’ve driven four hours from Los Angeles, into a sunny and green Sierra National Forest and tomorrow we’ll drive for another four hours to San Francisco through the same scenery now blanketed in snow.
With rooms and suites in both the lodge and nearby cottages, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite caters to the individual and the family and both meet in front of the fire in the Grand Lobby.
Its 297 rooms and suites include:
- Deluxe Rooms: 350 square feet available in two doubles or one king
- Extended Double Deluxe Rooms: 450 square feet available in two doubles or one king with private balcony/patio and pull out sofa bed
- Junior Rooms: 425 square feet with a king bed and pull out sofa bed
- Spa Suites: 550 square feet with king bed, pull out sofa bed, whirlpool tub, private balcony and full wet bar
- Deluxe Suite: 650 square feet with separate living room and full wet bar
- Luxury Suite: 850 square feet with separate living room, large dining room table, walk in closet, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, two private balconies and full wet bar
- Cottage Rooms: 335 square feet with two queens or one king bed, private balconies/patio and fireplace
- Cottage Suites: 490 square feet, separate living room with sleeper sofa or king bed, fireplace and private balcony
After a day traipsing through the outdoor wonders on Tenaya Lodge’s doorstep, guests can dine in style or casually at Embers, Timberloft Pizzeria, Parkside Deli, Sierra Restaurant or Jackalopes Bar and Grill. There are no calories on holiday.
From golf, river rafting, hiking and biking through spring, summer and autumn and skiing, through to ice skating, sledding, tubing and snow-shoe hiking in the winter, there is always something to do at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
Putting chains on your tires wreaks havoc on your nails, so a visit to the lovely therapists at Ascent Spa is a must! Inspired by its natural setting, the twelve treatment rooms at Ascent Spa promise relaxation as do the spa’s dry sauna, steam rooms and wellness center.
As we check out, red-cheeked children rush past in snow gear. The skating rink will open in a few minutes and the road to Badgers Pass is busy.
As we walk to our car, a little girl tells her father earnestly, “This is the best place ever.”
For more information, visit www.tenayalodge.com. All images courtesy of Tenaya Lodge and e-Travel Blackboard.