We really enjoyed our time at Wuksachi Lodge. We stayed there for three nights in late June 2012 as part of a vacation that included Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and San Francisco. Wuksachi provided a great location for exploring the Giant Grove and other areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Wuksachi Lodge is brand new by National Park’s standards, having been built in 1999 to replace the Giant Grove Lodge which was dismantled to protect the trees in the grove. But the newness does not mean that the lodge does not have the charm of the grand old National Park lodges, at least in the main building. Plus the setting was very nice and also convenient to some of the main attractions in the park. There is a very relaxed vibe to the place and it never seemed to be very crowded. The only thing that was really missing was a porch with a scenic view and comfy chairs from which to enjoy a drink in the evening. Since it is a newer facility, it did have all the comforts of home.
The village is currently a set of our buildings. The main building houses, the front desk, gift shop, lounge, dining room, conference space, administrative offices and an open, great room area. There is also a porch off the front of the main building but the view is more over the rest of the complex. The other three buildings house the motel-style rooms. So the first tip is to NOT bring your luggage with you when you check in at the main building. Once checked-in, you will be given a map to show you where your room is located.
There are no elevators in the lodging buildings, so be prepared to carry your luggage up some stairs (unless you are on the ground lever floor). There is a paved ramp from the parking lot to the lodging buildings, so you do not have to carry you bags up steps on the short hike to the buildings. Remember to leave nothing in your car that will attract the bear (no food and nothing with a scent; everything goes into the room).
We were in the Sequoia Building, room 334. I believe that this is the newest of the three lodging buildings. Our room was very nice and good size. We had a room with 2 double beds but there was also a table with two chairs, desk and chair and a TV in the room. The bathroom was good size and well appointed. There was a coffee maker and a hair dryer in the room, as I recall (I used neither, but they were important to my wife). The bed was very comfortable.
There are nice walking trails through the grounds, which were great for an early morning walk to look for critters or for an after dinner stroll. You are likely to encounter all manner of wildlife at Wuksachi, along the walking trails, in the parking lots, looking out the window of your room or of the dining room. We saw mule deer every day, scores of squirrels and many birds. We also saw a black bear and two cubs as we were walking along the trails through the lodge ground.
We ate in the dining room at Wuksachi for breakfast (3 times; ate from the buffet each day), lunch (once) and dinner (3 times) and all the meals were great. Way exceeded expectations! Apparently the Delaware North Company has figured out how to serve good food inside a National Park.
We found it interesting that there were a couple other parking lots in the complex with no buildings around them as well as utilities running through the area, but going nowhere. Turns out that there are plans for expansion, including additional lodging, shopping and dining options, but so far the demand has not been sufficient to support the additional services.
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