Yosemite Activities

Have an afternoon beer at the Awahnee Hotel, Yosemite

A World Class Hotel As a National Historical Landmark and one of the most distinctive resort hotels in North America, The Ahwahnee is well known for its great granite fa├žade, striking beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths, richly colored Native American artwork, and finely appointed rooms. Featuring 123 rooms, comprised of 99 hotel rooms, parlors and suites and 24 cottages, The Ahwahnee offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance. It's no wonder that for generations this grand hotel has been the destination of queens and presidents alike. The Ahwahnee Dining Room - The site of some of the most remarkable culinary events in the country, the Ahwahnee Dining Room features a 34-foot high ceiling with large sugar pine trestles and ceiling-to-floor windows framed with stained glass. The Great Lounge - A study in size and grace, the Great Lounge is 77 feet long, 51 feet wide with 24-foot-high ceilings. Ten floor-to-ceiling windows topped with stained glass panels, bathe the Lounge in light during the day. Wrought-iron chandeliers provide a warm glow in the evenings. The Solarium - Abundant natural light floods the room from windows on three sides. Adding to the room's sunny ambiance are an indoor fountain of local jasper and a profusion of beautiful plants. Winter Club Room - Deep leather chairs, a winter sports theme, vintage photographs and large windows create a relaxing mood that's particularly comforting in winter. Mural Room - A spectacular mural of Yosemite's flora and fauna overlooks this elegantly paneled room. A copper-hooded fireplace and French doors looking out on the landscaped grounds make this the perfect place to read a good book, write or entertain a small group. Colonial Room, Tressider Room and Tudor Lounge - Private meeting spaces with rich dark wood appointments and balconies overlooking Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.
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irishlass said...

More fun at Yosemite

Climb Half Dome in Yosemite (there's a trail up the back side).

irishlass said...

or Watch the hang gliders take off at sunrise from Glacer Point, Yosemite National Park.

irishlass said...

Celebrate the Holidays with a spectacular Old English banquet at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, The Bracebridge Dinner

Heraldic horns sound throughout Yosemite National Park's elegant Ahwahnee Hotel, calling guests to enter Bracebridge Hall. Come travel back through time to a Christmas of centuries past, where glorious music and sumptuous food are but part of America's best-loved holiday tradition.

In a manor hall with fifty-foot beamed ceilings and huge windows looking out to snow-clad mountains, this celebrated Yuletide extravaganza allows guests to travel to a Christmas that is rich in every aspect. In a perfect balance of the mystical mixed with mirth, this 3-1/2 hour holiday feast transports guests to old England as Squire Bracebridge welcomes all to "food and riches without measure, joining voices raised in festive sound. Let our conviviality abound!" A splendid array of singers, jugglers and court characters tell the story of Lord Merrick Bracebridge and his household, while guests are entertained and tended by an attentive Bracebridge staff.

Explore this captivating pageant of music and magic...


The 2006 Bracebridge Dinners will be held on December 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, and 26 at 6:00 pm.

Attendance at the Bracebridge Dinner is no longer by lottery.

How to get tickets
Bracebridge packages are available at The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Tenaya Lodge, and Wawona Hotel. Packages include 2-nights lodging for two adults, a voucher for a commemorative Bracebridge-themed ornament redeemable at The Ahwahnee Gift Shop, and dinner for two at the Bracebridge Celebration on the second night of your package. Please click on the links below to get more details about each package.

The 2006 Ahwahnee Package: $1,625

The 2006 Yosemite Lodge at The Falls Package: $1,135

The 2006 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Package: $1,027

The 2006 Wawona Hotel Package: $1,075

Dinner-Only Tickets: $345

For reservations, further information, and any possible restrictions, call 559-253-5604 or visit YosemitePark.com.

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At the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service, we want to help you find yourself in nature. Our guides will talk to you about the flora and fauna and the history of this incredible place while teaching you wilderness ethics, improving your knowledge and skill base and increasing your awareness for the safety of yourself and others.
Whether you are looking for a one-on-one guided adventure, a group clinic or a team building experience, The Yosemite Mountaineering School can help.

Who We Are
The Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service has been a tradition in Yosemite since 1969. We employ a number of certified guides and instructors. Our guides and instructors hold, at the very least, Wilderness First Responder certifications; many hold Wilderness EMT certification. We have decades of experience in our craft and in this region. Above all, we love what we do and love sharing our knowledge and skills with others.

How to Make Reservations
If you would like to make a reservation, have questions that would help you choose the best class or outing, or any questions at all, please call us at (209) 372-8344.



If you’re looking for rock climbing adventure, the Yosemite Mountaineering School provides expert- led rock climbing classes for every ability level. Plus we offer private classes and guided climbs for beginning through advanced climbers. Classes are offered daily, conditions permitting.


Join a professional guide for a personalized hike through Yosemite. The possibilities are endless, ranging from easy half-day strolls to long and challenging hikes. With so many hiking trails and so much to see, it is no wonder that Yosemite Park is a hiker’s paradise!


Spectacular scenery, mild weather and nearly a thousand miles of trails make Yosemite Nation Park a backpacker’s paradise. Join us on a scheduled group trip, or let us design a custom trip to suit your interests and availability.

Cross-Country Skiing

Yosemite offers winter visitors unparalleled access to the most beautiful vistas on earth and the Badger Pass Ski Area is the gateway to Yosemite cross-country adventure. Take a lesson, rent equipment or buy supplies at the Cross Country center at Badger Pass.


With snowshoes and powder snow, you're set for some great hiking in Yosemite's winter wonderland -- without sinking up to your knees. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Cross Country Center.