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Los Angeles, CA
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Lodging

My fiance and I are from LA and getting married in Yosemite at the end of September. The week after, we are hoping to do a 3-4 night backpacking trip in Mineral King. After, we want to stay somewhere relatively close (since we'll be exhausted from the hiking). We are trying to find somewhere romantic, a little more upscale (since we are also celebrating just getting married), and would really like to find a place that has a private outdoor spa. Anyone have any suggestions?? Hopefully somewhere within an hour from the park. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Fresno, California
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Well congrats.

The first thing I think of when someone says romance is a B&B. But since what is considered romantic varies from person to person I'll give you a few ideas of places to research to see what is right for you. Not sure about the hot tubs although some do offer massages.

So within an hour of Sequoia? Most of the places I can think of are best reached by going out the south (highway 198) entrance at Sequoia, also the best exit after being at Mineral King.

If you want to be in a rural setting you might try these:

Sequoia River Dance B&B is in Three Rivers. The owners have previously owned a nice restaurant and a winery. I guess they are now "slowing down". ;)

http://www.sequoiariverdance.com

Wicky-Up Ranch is located on an orange farm near the town of Woodlake, east of Visalia.

http://www.wickyup.com

If you want to be "in a town" for activities then in Visalia you'll find 2 in an old historic neighborhood:

Ben Maddox House was listed a few years ago as a Modern Bride magazine top 10 choice for top California honeymoon hideaways.

http://www.benmaddoxhouse.com

Nearby is also The Spalding House

http://www.spaldinghouse.com

No matter which of the 4 above you chose I'd encourage you to visit downtown Visalia. The oldest city between Los Angeles and Stockton, the downtown area is full of shops and over 40 restaurants to explore. I'd recommend a nice dinner at either of these 2, which I think are the best (take a look at the web menus) or someplace else that catches your fancy.

Tommy's is owned by a chef who has cooked at a number of places such as Emeril's at the MGM in Vegas and returned home to open his own place.

http://www.tommysdowntown.com/

The Vintage Press has managed to maintain a high quality menu for over 40 years.

http://www.thevintagepress.com

Also let me mention one B&B coming out the Highway 180 gate:

Sequoia View B&B is located on a working winery/vineyard.

http://www.svbnb.com