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Winter Birding near Yosemite

A small grey-and-red bird sitting on a branch amidst snowfall

Though it’s a bit too cold for most of our feathered friends in the Yosemite high country, the warmer, drier California foothills offer abundant bird sightings in the winter months.

The Groveland Hotel patio, located at just 3,000 feet in elevation, is host to several species of birdlife with Stellar Jays and Western Scrub Jays, those saucy bluebirds, squabbling over scraps while Ravens mock them from high above. The smaller Acorn Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers delight in hammering their heads into the old oak trees, caching their collection of acorns for future snacks.  Quail families run around looking cute as ever with their bobbing headdresses, and the LBB (Little Brown Birds: Chickadees, Titmouse, Sparrows, and Nuthatches) flitter and flirt among the bare branches of denuded deciduous trees and the year-round green of the conifers.  Watch out for the European Starlings, scavengers that they are, they can become aggressive if there is food involved.  During the day, you might hear the soft purring of the Mourning Dove, and at night you can listen for the whistles, barks, shrieks, hisses, and coos of the Great Horned Owl.

Many of these species are also be found in the Yosemite Valley, with the addition of waterfowl such as the Common Merganser, and of course, the Mallard Ducks.  Spring and Summer offer the most opportunities for bird watching in the area, as California’s Central Valley is a vast flyway for migrating birds heading north in the spring and south in the fall.

Want to make note of your local bird sightings?  Yosemite National Park has created a checklist of 265 birds presently known to have occurred within its boundaries.   Download it HERE.  Then come stay at the Groveland Hotel and start your birdwatching anytime of the year!

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Winter Menu

Appetizers – $10

Fried Brussels Sprout with Siracha Sauce

Fried Zucchini with Ranch

Fried Mushrooms

House Made Foccacia with Butter

 

Mains

Spaghetti & Meatballs – $25
Homemade pork & beef meatballs cooked in house Marinara sauce.  Served with house garlic focaccia

A La King – $20
Yes, the famous dish from our childhoods!  Peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions and peas in a rich cream sauce and served over house made biscuits.

Add a biscuit $2
Add lamb, Chicken or Braised beef $7

Pot Roast – $30
Slow-roasted beef braised in Dust Bowl Octoberfest ale, served with braised baby potatoes and carrots

Shepherd’s Pie – $20
Peppers, onions, brussels sprouts, squash, peas and carrots in savory house broth covered in mashed potatoes and smoked gouda cheese.  Broiled to a bubbly crispy brown.

Add lamb, beef or chicken for $7

 

Dessert

 

Provisions S’Mores Cake – $8
Campfire memories!  Scratch made Graham cracker cake, layer of Marshmallow and Chocolate Ganache to top this indulgent dessert

 

 

ADA

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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