We have visited the lodge twice and are already planning our third visit. We have only stayed here in the winter and so cannot comment on what it is like in any other season. This place is a bit rustic, family friendly and a lot of fun! There was over five feet of snow on the ground during our first visit. We actually had to exit the park and drive all the way around to the north entrance in order to get here as the park roads were closed. We were told to check in with the park service at Grant Grove Village and wait for an escort to the lodge (only available twice a day when we were there in 2010).
The lodge was a winter wonderland when we arrived! The summer cabins were half buried in snow and everything was glistening white and beautiful! We stayed in the main lodge in a big room with bunk beds for the kids. Most of the rooms are big enough for families and all their stuff. Meals are included and are served cafeteria-style. the food is basic, plentiful and filling. Nothing fancy, but not bad (and with plenty of options for various diets and tastes). They have juice, water, coffee, tea and simple snacks like cookies and cereals out 24/7.
The main lodge has two massive rooms downstairs. One has the dining area, some comfy couches and a big fire place. The other has some additional tables for dining, more comfy couches and another big fire place as well as a foozball table and shelves filled with games and activities for kids.
Best of all, they have plenty of outdoor activities available free or at a very low cost. Sleds are free while cross country skis, snowboards and snow shoes can be rented for approx $15/day. They have counselors on staff who take the little kids out every day for sledding and hikes and then bring them back for games and snacks .. all free!
We had so much fun the first time, we came back the next winter with four other families. There was hardly any snow on the ground for the second trip, which was upsetting to us, but the new families had a great time. We are all planning on going back this winter (and hope to find snow on the ground once again).
From what I understand, they have even more activities in the summer, but beware as the prices go up dramatically that time of the year. Perhaps three times as much as in the winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Rustic Mountain Lodge & Summer Family Camp located in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California. Spectacular view of the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Buffet Meals and seasonal activities included in room rate. All Lodge Rooms have private bath. Cabins have shared bathhouse. Open year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park