I live in nearby Sonora and had the opportunity to spend three wonderful days/nights at the Evergreen Lodge in November 2012. My spacious cabin had an extremely comfortable queen size bed, lovely furnishings, a Keurig coffee/hot beverage brewer, a mini refrigerator, and a SIRIUS satellite radio with an Ipod docking station, which more than compensated for the lack of a television. I was particularly delighted with the number of windows in the cabin, which included a sliding glass door that led to the private deck. Oh, and did I mention the view - nothing but trees...and amazing sunsets. Although the cabins appear to be somewhat close together from the outside, they are surprisingly private from within or from the deck.
I ate most of my meals in the tavern - every meal was more delicious than the next and the waitstaff and bartenders were excellent - friendly, charming, and helpful. I wasn't surprised in the least to see that the tavern was frequented each evening by people who live in the area - it's a happening place! There was live entertainment two of three nights, which added to the frivolity and merriment.
Evergreen's grounds are spectacular and its buildings, including the cabins, the Main Lodge, which houses the tavern and restaurant and dates back to 1921, recreation center, Tuolumne hall, general store, and Tuolumne Hall, blend in beautifully with the environment. And you won't believe the size of the heated swimming pool and its beautiful surroundings... There are plenty of nature and walking trails, a playground, horseshoe and Bocce ball pits, ping pong tables, and bicycles for rent to keep you busy - oh yes, and of course, Yosemite National Park, HetchHetchy Reservoir, and Groveland's Rainbow Pools are just down the road! I'm fortunate to live close enough to be able to go to Yosemite whenever I want to, but I've already told my husband that the next time we go, it will be for the weekend and we will absolutely have to the spend the night at EL. Over the years, I've stayed inside the park but nothing, even the Ahwahnee Hotel, provides the type of outdoor adventure that the EL does, especially for families.
Perhaps what impressed me the most was the quality of the staff, who undoubtedly were as happy to be at the EL as I was. Everyone I encountered, including check in/out, General Store clerks, wait staff, bartenders, and housekeepers, were all professional and obviously took great pride in the work that they performed. I should also mention that the nightly campfires with s'mores (provided by staff) was too much fun - again, would be perfect for families - and the complimentary telephone service and use of computers was extremely convenient for those wishing/needing to keep in touch with those back home. Oh yes, and the chicken salad that is available in the General Store is better than anything I could make myself!
Lodging, meals, beverages, activities, surroundings, staff - all perfect in every way!