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Yosemite’s Winter Wonders

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What’s the best season to visit Yosemite?  Winter!

Accessible year round, Yosemite Valley’s granite beauty is just as impressive in the winter.  Whether you want to snowshoe across untouched snow, take a guided full moon walk, shop at the Ansel Adams gallery or sip cocoa at the base of Yosemite Falls, it’s all waiting for you.

Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone.  The Yosemite Valley Visitor’s Center complex offers a wonderful museum, the Ansel Adam’s store (located in Adams’ old studio), a gift store and food options from simple (Degnan’s Deli) to elegant (The Yosemite Majestic).

Check Yosemite’s fall/winter trip planning guide for even more ideas.   Hike on one of the Yosemite Valley’s many trails or take a guided bus tour.  A winter trip to Yosemite is not complete without a visit to the Ice Skating Rink at Half-Dome Village, scheduled to open November 16th, 2019 (weather permitting).  The Yosemite Conservancy often sponsors guided Full Moon hikes in the Mariposa.

If you want a bit more action, check out the snow sports in Yosemite.  The Yosemite Valley rarely gets enough snow for skiing, but just a bit higher up and you will find several ungroomed trails for Nordic (cross country) skiing.  A good place to start is the Crane Flat Lookout Trail which starts at Crane Flat and goes for 1.5 miles and affords excellent views of the park.  In the same area, see the two of Yosemite’s groves of giant Sequoias.  Take the 1-mile (one way) trail Tuolumne Grove or the 1.5-mile (one way) trail to the Merced Grove.  Longer trips for more experienced skiers are available in Yosemite as well.  The 3.5-mile (one-way) trail to Dewey Point offers spectacular Valley views.  Ready for a real challenge?  Take the 10.5-mile (one-way) trip to along the snowed over Glacier Point Road to the Glacier Point Ski Hut.

Yosemite also offers downhill skiing and snowboarding at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.  Ski, board and snowshoe rentals available.

If you are looking for a guided experience in Yosemite National Park, several great guiding companies can customize a Yosemite Tour for your group.  Check out some of our favorites: Yosemite Family Adventures, Echo Adventure Coop and Y Explore.

After a full day of adventure in the park, settle into your room at the Groveland Hotel and warm up with a nice bottle of wine, accompanied by some tasty snacks!

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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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