Good news Yosemite fans. With the shutdown over, The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park is back in business, just in time to show off those fall colors.
Built in the mid-20s to attract affluent visitors to the park, The Ahwahnee remains one of the most recognizable icons in Yosemite. Built on the former site of a village of native Miwoks, this prestigious hotel has hosted dignitaries, presidents, and more with its unrivaled views of the park’s natural treasures, including breathtaking Half Dome.
Today, it’s the perfect destinations for a couple looking to create a few sparks in one of California’s most beautiful outdoor landmarks.
Recommended Resort: The Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park. Architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood was selected to build the hotel, with construction requiring one of the most complex trucking endeavors of its day to deliver materials to the remote location. The results is nothing short of astonishing—5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber coming together for this exquisite lodge.
The façade is actually made of concrete and painted like redwood to help protect the hotel from one of the park’s most feared foes–fire. The hotel’s unique design combines Art Deco, Native American, Middle-Eastern and Arts & Crafts influences, seen in the stenciling, woodwork, lighting fixtures and china patterns. The dining room alone, host of the renowned Bracebridge Dinner and Vintner’s and Chef’s Holiday, features a 34-foot high ceiling with sugar pine trestles and ceiling-to-floor windows framed in stained glass.
Check Out: The Park. You’re at Yosemite, don’t forget to go out and play! Winter, spring, summer or fall there’s so much to experience from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, water sports, golfing and horseback riding. Yosemite is also a great place to exercise your photography skills, with more than enough mountain vistas, giant sequoias and waterfalls to inspire your inner Ansel Adams.
Don’t Miss: The Vintners’ Holidays. As autumn gives way to winter, accentuate your Yosemite vacation with a touch of elegance as prominent winemakers showcase their vintages during Vintners’ Holidays at Yosemite.
Join them as they celebrate the winemakers’ fall harvests with enlightening Yosemite wine tastings and seminars, a small private reception to meet winemakers in person, and a divine five-course gala dinner where each course is thoughtfully developed and prepared by Executive Chef Percy Whatley and The Ahwahnee Culinary Team to complement the often rare or limited-release wines shared by the participating wineries.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of and copyright The Ahwahnee.
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