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Yosemite Is a Winter Wonderland!

Forest landscape covered in fog and snowfall

Dramatic landscapes, stunning views, waterfalls, and giant red trees – what isn’t there to love about Yosemite National Park? The fun isn’t just to be had in the summer, though. In fact winter offers most of the same outstanding adventures – without the crowds. Yosemite is a winter wonderland! So, bundle up and head outdoors for some brisk hiking, or stay indoors and cozy up in front of one of the Ahwahnee’s three grand fireplaces.  Either experience is not to be missed.

For most, winter means snow-play.  Though the Valley rarely gets enough snow for skiing, just a bit higher up in the Badger Pass Ski area and Crane Flat you’ll find ungroomed trails for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Or try a one-of-a-kind ice skating experience in Curry Village with a spectacular view of Half Dome.  The rink opens mid-November (conditions permitting).

If cultural is more your thing, there are programs going on in the Park almost every day.  Visit Yosemite Village Visitor Center to peruse a huge selection of all things Yosemite.  Meander over to the Ansel Adams Gallery to view the current exhibit: Light on the Landscape – Photographs of William Neill.  Take in Ken Burns’ film Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit playing on the hour in the Theater behind the Visitor’s Center.

If you are short on time, a guided tour may be just the ticket.  There are several great guiding companies who will customize an experience for your group.  Some of our favorites are Echo Adventure Coop, Yosemite Family Adventures, and Y Explore.

Once you’ve explored Yosemite, end your day in a warm and comfortable room at the Groveland Hotel.  Grab a nosh in Provisions, add a glass of wine, beer, or bourbon and you’re set!  If you’re lucky enough to be here on a weekend, our chef creates fabulous dinner specials at very reasonable rates.

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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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