Tons of people visit California’s Yosemite National Park in its peak season: summer. But why fight the crowds when you can have the place nearly all to yourself in the winter?
One of the first wilderness parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park is known for its huge granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams and giant sequoia groves. Right in the heart of the valley with views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point, is The Ahwahnee. One of the best ways to enjoy winter in such a stunningly beautiful park is a stay at this grand hotel.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks, the hotel itself is known for its grand public spaces, including huge stone fireplaces, hand-stenciled beams, rich tapestries and elegant stained glass. Be sure to schedule some spare time to relax in the Great Lounge and enjoy a meal in the beautiful Ahwahnee Dining Room, celebrated not only for its looks—but also its award-winning cuisine.
Guest rooms range from standard to those with incredible views and balconies. Parlors and junior suites give you more room to stretch out and enjoy your stay, however all the hotel’s rooms have ample space. Want a little more privacy? Get a cottage, located among the dogwoods and pines on the hotel grounds. They’re perfect for a romantic retreat. Winter rates start at $299 per night.
Aside from winter activities in the park, The Ahwahnee has a packed winter season with Vintners’ Holidays, the Bracebridge Dinner and Chefs’ Holidays. If you missed your favorite event this year, sign up for next year and get it in your calendar now.
The Ahwahnee, 801-559-4884
One Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Photo courtesy of The Ahwahnee (exterior photo by Kenny Karst)
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