It’s spring in Yosemite…the waterfalls are flowing, the wildflowers are blooming and there’s life and beauty at every corner of this stunning California treasure. If you and your partner seek a quiet mini-moon amongst Mother Nature, let me introduce the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite for your week or weekend “roughing it.”

Recommended Resort:   Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.  About two miles south of Yosemite National Park’s southern gate, Tenaya Lodge is a gorgeous resort with the perfect mix of rustic and refined. This is the “organic” Sierra experience. Guests are greeted in the lobby with soaring cathedral ceilings of timber, natural stone fireplaces and tribal designs. The beauty extends through Tenaya’s 294 guestrooms, suites and cottages, most newly renovated and inspired by native Mono and Miwok art.

Check in:   Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA., 888-514-2167.

Check out:   The rooms at Tenaya are warm and spacious. My pick for a romantic getaway is a Spa Room, offering 550-square-feet of living space, a private balcony, full wet bar with refrigerator, seating area with a pull-out sofa bed and coffee table, an extra large bath area with a whirlpool tub separate from the shower. Definitely your “do not disturb” type of escape.

Don’t Miss:  The Spa… featuring massage therapy and a menu of spa treatments ranging from nine different varieties of facials to body brush and polish, hydrotherapy, therapeutic paraffin treatments, enzymatic sea mud pack treatments and more.

Dining is a treat at Tenaya, from the regional cuisine and fireside dining at Sierra Restaurant, heralded for Executive Chef Frederick Clabaugh’s distinctive “Sierra Alpine” cuisine, to the casual experience at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill, Parkside Deli or wonderful in-room menus.

Of course with the Park at your fingertips there are also plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy and the hotel can set up naturalist guides, mountain bike rentals, fly fishing, horseback rides, rock climbing and much more.

Tenaya Lodge’s respect for its natural surroundings has evolved into a model of “green” operation that most resorts merely aspire to. One example: the lodge’s eco-designed lighting eliminates ambient bleed beyond property lines and protects the night sky for stargazing. Perfect!

Want more honeymoon ideas? Check out our other Mini-Moon and Honeymoon Blog Posts!

Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.

Photos courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.

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