Over the long Labor Day Weekend, my wife and I enjoyed a very comfortable stay at the Sequoia High Sierra Camp (SHSC). Set 12.5 miles away from the main road and up above 8000 feet, the SHSC allowed us to "unplug" from our lives for a few days. I literally mean "unplug" because the camp is so remote that you have no cellular access, no landlines, no TV, no WIFI, etc. Nothing but the beautiful surroundings and warm conversation with fellow guests to distract you. Absolute bliss!!!
The SHSC is completely off the grid. They have their own fresh water well and diesel generator to power the lights in the restrooms and dining hall. They use propane for cooking and heating the hot water showers.
The owners, Burr and Suzanne, made every effort to make us feel at home. Bruce, the Chef, amazed us all with the 5 course dinners that he created. My wife is Vegan, and I had notified Burr and Suzanne a week before our arrival of her diet. Bruce created a Vegan menu that consisted of independent gourmet Vegan dishes, not just sides, to "wow" my wife and make those of us meat eaters rethink our diets. Suzanne had soy milk and hummus on hand as well prior to our arrival to make my wife a very happy woman. In fact, Bruce deftly managed 7 separate dietary needs amongst the 27 campers during our trip and left us all fat and happy at the end of the day. (NOTE: Due to the remoteness of the camp, my recommendation is to let the owners know at least a week in advance of any dietary needs so that they can plan with Bruce to amaze you).
The best part for us was the wonderful conversation with the other guests. We met people from all over California, Arizona, and England (Oli and Sarah, congrats again on the engagement!) With no electronic distractions, conversation flowed along with the French wine and Sierra Nevada beer. Dining is a group affair; a highlight of our trip.
Treat yourself to this special place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers a rare opportunity to explore the spectacular background of California's Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks – while enjoying the deluxe furnishings, guest amenities and friendly hospitality that are hallmarks of this secluded mountain retreat. You can experience the parks like no other hotel or lodge in the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sequoia High Sierra Camp Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park