Yosemite Park Lodges

by Lee Grayson Google

Yosemite National Park hosts a handful of national historic landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including two of the lodges open for overnight guests to the park. Other park lodges opened over the years for the multitudes of visitors arriving throughout the year and feature a choice of services that range from rustic to full-service traditional hotel accommodations.

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The Ahwahnee

The historic Ahwahnee Yosemite Park hotel, originally constructed for the Yosemite Park and Curry Company in 1925, continues to welcome overnight guests. New hotel additions done through the present time continue the original themes and use building materials associated with the original luxury hotel. The Ahwahnee today, rated as an AAA four-diamond facility, offers a choice of standard, classic or featured hotel rooms. Classic rooms have park views and the limited number of featured rooms offer balconies. Cottage rooms, situated throughout the lodge grounds, feature private baths and stone patios, and the hotel parlors, converted into room suites, offer views of the Yosemite Valley. Two junior suites at the lodge include private dining, Jacuzzi bath and sleeping for two to four guests.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

The Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, redesigned in 1998, offers a year-round calendar for 226 lodge rooms, 16 standard rooms and four family rooms with the most convenient access to Yosemite Falls. Lodge rooms have a patio or balcony and standard rooms include desks and a private bath. Green rooms, a new lodge innovation introduced in 2010, incorporate recycled materials into the room design and use energy efficiency for electricity and plumbing. Furnishings in the green rooms feature hickory saplings made by Old Hickory Corporation. Eateries at the lodge include the Mountain Room Restaurant for dinner dining and the Mountain Room Lodge for appetizers and cocktails.

Wawona Hotel

The Wawona Hotel includes a complex of the Victorian hotel and buildings overlooking a meadow on the southwestern corner of the park. The original hotel dates to 1876, but the current structure, with subsequent additions, became part of the national park in 1932. The original hotel served as a stage stop for rural transportation and landscape painter Thomas Hill constructed a studio in 1886, a structure that was incorporated into the present overnight accommodations. Lodging options at the year-round hotel provide rooms with or without private baths and a service that allows guests to create a suite from room accommodations for family members or groups of travelers. Dining at the Wawona features the hotel's gourmet dining room for all meals. Summer dining options include service on the veranda.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, open from early July through mid-September, provides park visitors with rustic accommodations at an elevation of approximately 9,000 feet near the park's eastern entrance, 60 miles from the Yosemite Valley. The 69 canvas tent lodging units do not have electricity or modern conveniences. Cabins sleep up to four people, share a bath and shower facility, and have a wood-burning stove for warmth. Breakfast and dinner dining at the central tent includes main courses, salads, soups and desserts. Boxed lunches are also available by special request.

White Wolf Lodge

The White Wolf Lodge, situated 30 miles from Yosemite Valley on a sub-Alpine meadow, offers accommodations from the months of early July through mid-September, depending on local weather conditions. Lodging at White Wolf includes a choice of four cabins with private bathrooms and two dozen rustic canvas tent cabins with a shared bath and shower facilities. Tent accommodations do not have electric service and the wooden cabins feature limited electric service during nighttime hours. The tent cabins sleep up to four people and the wooden cabins feature dual double beds. Eateries in the area feature an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner and take-out boxed lunches and the Tuolumne Meadows Grill for take-out sandwiches and fried foods, including hamburgers.

About the Author

Lee Grayson has worked as a freelance writer since 2000. Her articles have appeared in publications for Oxford and Harvard University presses and research publishers, including Facts On File and ABC-CLIO. Grayson holds certificates from the University of California campuses at Irvine and San Diego.

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