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What You Need to Know about Sierra Nevada Bears in the Winter

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It is a common misconception that all bears hibernate in the winter. Hibernation is a form of energy conservation, as it causes the animal’s body temperature to drop, heart and respiratory rates to decrease, allowing bears to survive harsh winters without food by sleeping through them. However, in the Sierra Nevada, it does not get cold enough and the winters are short, which means bears do not need to go to sleep all winter long. So, when planning your getaway, here’s what you need to know about Sierra Nevada bears in the winter.

The black bears in the Sierra Nevada go into a state called torpor.  Their heart rate slows, but their body temperature stays high.  They don’t ‘sleep’ nearly as deeply as bears in hibernation – they also don’t eat nor release bodily waste.  To prepare for this slowing down process, bears in the fall are voracious eaters.  In order to fatten up they need to consume about 11 pounds of acorns or 100 pounds of berries – EVERY DAY!

Since finding food can be an all-consuming job, many bears are attracted to easier food sources like human food.  If your food isn’t properly stored, with their keen sense of smell, bears will find it!  This means your food, trash, even Halloween pumpkins aren’t safe this time of year.  Make sure to use secure Bear Boxes, close trash receptacles tightly, do not leave food in cars or personal gear, and keep doors and windows locked to discourage the curious, hungry critters.  Compost piles, bird feeders, pet food and any other food items left out can be very inviting – and animals who begin to associate food with humans can become dangerous, to both people and themselves.

Remember that here in the mountains and foothills, wild animals still roam.  These are not zoo animals nor personal pets – they are wild and need to be respected and LEFT ALONE.  Do not try to get a selfie with a bear, nor come between a mama and her cubs.  By being mindful of our surroundings and the creatures who live here, we can keep them wild – and stay safe.  Be BEAR AWARE!

Just like bears in the winter, you’ll want a cozy place to stay warm.  Make your reservations at the historic Groveland Hotel, with easy access to Yosemite National Park.

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Summer Menu

Appetizers

Caprese Salad – $15
Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil
and balsamic reduction

Grilled Focaccia – $8
Served with balsamic vin and rosemary olive oil

Fried Zucchini Spears – $8
Served with house ranch dressing

Deep Fried Mushrooms – $10
Served with house remoulade

Elote Bites – $8
Corn on the cob rounds grilled and topped with lime crema,
Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro

Salads

Watermelon Salad – $20
Cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, avocado, pepitas, mint
with honey Sriracha vin

Classic Caesar Salad – $20
Classic Caesar with house croutons, Parmesan Cheese and fresh Caesar dressing

Goddess Cobb Salad – $25
Bacon, avocado, tomatoes, sliced egg, blue cheese
with Green Goddess dressing

Farmers Market Pappardelle Salad – $20
Seasonal grilled vegetables tossed with pappardelle pasta salad

Mains

All sandwiches served with fries
Tri Tip Sandwich – $20
Santa Maria-style tri tip hand sliced
and served with slivered onions and house BBQ sauce
 

Pulled Pork Sandwich – $25
Smoked Sweetwater Farms pork shoulder, jalapeño bacon relish
and house BBQ sauce

Chicken Sandwich – $20
Smoked chicken, carmelized onions, goat cheese, arugula,
and Goddess dressing

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich – $15
Seasonal veggies tossed with roast pepper sauce

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $15

Cheddar and Gouda cheese on grilled country white bread

Chicken Tenders – $15
Crispy chicken tender

Dessert

Assorted Ice Creams – $6
Your choice of Orange Italian Ice, Mississippi Mud Pie sandwich or chocolate dipped Vanilla Sunday Almond cone

 

Please allow 20 – 30 minutes for your meals to be prepared.  All meals are cooked to order. 

If you have a food allergy, please let us know.  Otherwise, modifications are highly discouraged.  Any requested modifications will be $10 per item.

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Room 110 is situated at the back of the hotel in the Annex building on the lower floor.  This cozy room features a queen bed, with a large private bathroom containing a tub/shower.  This room accommodates two guests. This is a pet-friendly room.

Accessibility Features: Entry door is 32” wide; there is an outlet within 4’ of the telephone jack; the door lock is located 44” from the floor; there is more than 36” of room to the right side of the bed; hangers are located 53” off the ground.  Currently, the door handle is a historic twist knob, but we are working with our locksmith to replace this with a levered handle that can easily be operated with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist.

The bathroom has room to do a t-turn; the toilet seat is 18” off the ground and has a grab bar located behind the toilet; the wash basin is 30” off the ground with insulated pipes; the wash basin faucet is easy to operate with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; the towel racks are 46” off the floor; the bathroom floors are slip resistant.  There are no grab bars on an adjacent wall in the bathroom for the toilet as there is not an adjacent wall to place them on. 

The tub has faucet controls positioned at the center of the end wall and open side of the tub; faucet can easily be turned on and off with one hand without tight grasping, pinching or twisting the wrist; there is a grab bar at the foot of the tub and at the head of the tub; and there are two 40” grab bars alongside the tub to serve for low and high needs.  The fixtures in the bathtub are historic and therefore we do not have a 60” hand held shower wand.

Due to the historic nature of our property, our rooms are fairly small, therefore we are unable to provide 36” around both sides and the foot of the bed.  However, we do provide full clearance between the door and the right side of the bed.

You can book this room online or please call us 24 hours/7 days a week at 209-962-4000 or email us at guestservices@groveland.com and we would be happy to find the room that most meets your needs.  

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Pet Friendly

Your search for pet-friendly vacation lodging near Yosemite National Park ends here.  Our four-legged guests love the Groveland Hotel as much as our two-legged ones!  We’re happy to offer select pet-friendly rooms, located on the first floor, for your stay in Groveland, California.  The pet fee is $75 per reservation, with a limit of one pet per guest.  We welcome pets 60 lbs or less.

For dog-friendly activities near the Groveland Hotel, we recommend a walk along the Hetch Hetchy Railroad or going for a refreshing dip in the pet-friendly Rainbow Pools swimming hole.  If you are heading into Yosemite National Park, check their website for pet rules and restrictions.

Looking for a local dog sitter/boarder where you can keep your dogs for the day while exploring Yosemite?  There is a great nearby facility called Big Creek Boarding.
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