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Hot Picks: Yosemite National Park

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Countless pictures and volumes of words have tried to capture the awe-inspiring experience of being in Yosemite. Yet nothing replaces your first glimpse of the famous granite monolith, El Capitan or the mist that spews from Bridal Veil or Yosemite Falls. Although repeat visitors may have their favorite season, it's clear that anytime is a good time to come and have your breath swept away with beauty and wonder at the splendor of it all.

 

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

What to Do

 

Hot Picks: Yosemite National Park

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Stay

The Ahwahnee Hotel




Photo by Michael Reiss

Whisper Yosemite and in the same breathe Ahwahnee rolls off the tongue. The two are inseparable, quintessential American icons, at once, larger than life, yet intimately approachable.

Legend, fable and lore provide us with a rich storehouse of associations and a rising tide of expectations. Guests come from around the world to experience the awe, quietude, wonder and sheer magic of the best that nature and man can create.

 



The Ahwahnee Hotel's stunning location is awe inspiring .


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Each brings their unique vision, and all are unified by the serene space that envelopes and captivates the body and soul. And so, one walks along the long, low portico leading to the lobby of this historical hotel, and one encounters the timeless homage to one of nature's masterpieces.

The eclectically crafted architecture and interior are meant to fit into the landscape and offer equally inspiring vistas with details designed to surprise and delight at every turn.



The Ahwahnee Hotel's interior has keep true to its original historic furnishing and decorations.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The rooms are rustic and comfortable, always bowing to their 1920's origin. The historical designation requires authenticity, occasionally at the expense of the modern conveniences we have come to expect in a luxury accommodation.



The Ahwahnee Hotel's guest rooms carry over the historical decor.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Yet, surprises such as a generously heated pool and superb concierge service ensure an overall experience that is well worth the cost as satisfied guests assert.

Special events packages are offered including the annual Vintner's Holidays, held in November,where celebrated wine experts share their knowledge and wines; the Chef's Holidays, held in January, where celebrated chefs conduct demonstrations and tastings; and the Bracebridge Dinners held on various dates in mid- December where a recreation of a Renaissance feast transforms the hotel and guests alike.

Whatever the reason, whatever the season, the Ahwahnee provides a serene and revered sense of place, only outdone by its surroundings.

 

 



The Ahwahnee Hotel
guests participate in the inspiring and educationalVintners’ Holidays® wine and food programs held at Winter time.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 


The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite National Park
(559) 253 2054


 

 

Hot Picks: Yosemite National Park

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Eat

 

The Ahwahnee Dining Room




Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

The dining room inspires cathedral-like awe and offers a remarkable level of cuisine particularly considering the effort involved in procuring excellent products in this remote setting.

The cuisine is traditional American fare done with contemporary flair. Perhaps most memorable are the gala dining events held in conjunction with the Vintner's and Chef's Holiday Programs and Bracebridge Dinners, when the culinary staff veers from the regular menu and creates special dishes to please the gourmet diners.


The Ahwahnee Dining Room
The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite National Park
(559) 253 2054

 


 

 

 

 

 

Hot Picks: Yosemite National Park

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

What To Do




Photo by Michael Reiss

The Yosemite Park website offers suggested activities for all ages and all interests. We want to highlight the special events designed for visitors interested in culinary destination travel.

 

Vintners’ Holidays®


The Ahwahnee Hotel
guests participate in the inspiring and educationalVintners’ Holidays® wine and food programs held at Winter time.

Photo by Michael Reiss



As fall turns to winter, savor the bounty of top vineyards as prominent winemakers showcase their vintages during Yosemite wine tasting and food events at the beautiful Ahwahnee.
Vintners' Holidays packages include wine tasting seminars presented by our celebrated wine experts, Meet the Winemakers Reception and tickets to the five-course Gala Dinner in The Ahwahnee® Dining Room, featuring elegant gourmet fare paired with the fine wines of our featured vintners.

 

Chefs' Holidays®



Yosemite’s Chefs' Holidays® at The Ahwahnee®, held each year in January and February, feature some of the world's most innovative and acclaimed chefs. These culinary adventures provide a showcase for the fascinating range of styles, personalities and emerging trends that characterize the American cuisine scene.
Each session features a "Meet the Chefs'" reception, cooking classes and demonstrations, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours and the fabulous five-course Chefs' Holidays Gala Dinner.

 

Bracebridge Dinners®



Bracebridge Opening Night
Stay December 14 -16, 2006 and join us for the opening night's Bracebridge Dinner on the 15th. Package rates beginning as low as $794 plus tax. Book online today!

Bracebridge December 21st
Stay December 20- 22, 2006, joining us for the Bracebridge Dinner on the night of the 21st. Package rates beginning as low as $874. Book online today!
Tickets are available now for 2006 Season!
Bracebridge performances will be on December 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 26th. Seating begins promptly at 6:00 PM

Originating in 1927, the Bracebridge Dinner is perhaps Yosemite’s grandest tradition of all. During this spectacular event, The Ahwahnee Dining Room is transformed into a Renaissance recreation of an Olde English Christmas feast.

An elegant and artistic four-hour pageant of classic carols, Renaissance rituals and entertainment of the Middle Ages, this Yosemite dinner event includes a seven-course banquet and a cast of over 100 play the roles of a Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, minstrels and more.

Learn More: www.YosemitePark.com

 

 

 

 

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