We've been to Yosemite several times but always stayed in the valley. Coming from the south, this time we stayed one night at the Wawona. Busy place in the summer, although nothing the crowds in the valley. The highlights: We had the room for five people with two queens and a single and it was both quaint and spacious, which usually don't go together. The veranda at the hotel is very turn of the century (last century) and a great place to have a drink or just relax and enjoy the grounds. The outdoor pool is terrific. We didn't golf but there is a course here, unusual for a national park property. We didn't have dinner but did have breakfast and it was excellent. The rates are high for the summer but that's Yosemite. Location is good to visit the redwoods on the south end of the park (free park bus takes you there and back at regular intervals), which is a must see. It's about a 50 minute drive to Glacier Point, which we did in the early morning to avoid all the traffic. Recommended hike on the way to the point is Sentinel Dome -- easy a mile hike to the top of the dome, which has 360-degree views from El Cap to the west to Half Down to the east and beyond. Magnificent views and an easy hike from there to Glacier Point. go early!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Big Trees Lodge is cherished as one of the most respected and most frequently visited Yosemite hotels. Its authentic Victorian architecture features beautiful white buildings, classic verandas and lush natural surroundings. At the Big Trees Lodge, there's something for everyone-including golf, tennis, horseback riding, or fishing. Evenings are spent gathered around the piano for musical performances in the lounge. Big Trees Lodge dining is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wawona Hotel Yosemite National Park
- Wawona Yosemite National Park