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... Photo courtesy of Michael Sulock.
Michael on Tyrolean across Lost Arrow Spire
When he joined me at the rim anchors, he repeatedly shouted, “Oh my GOD! OH MY GOD! I CAN’T BELIEVE WE JUST DID THAT! Oh my God…” I giggled, but continued to prep the ropes for taking down the setup. Michael headed straight up for the Juniper tree, found ...
... lunch time (or shortly after) to get Iris down for a nap. In this case, we had just made a crazy one hour drive and weren’t about to just turn around and head home. So we read up on the trails and ended up going to Mirror Lake.
It was pretty, but I really like to hike trails. This one was actually a road all the way so it didn’t really have the feel of a hike. We hung out by the water and ...
... cliff area, which terrified me. After waiting it out and saying I couldn't do it, I had a change of heart and realized how silly it was to let my fear get the best of me when I had worked hard to get up there. So with Jim and Elijah's help and encouragement, we did it together and boy was I happy I did! You can peer over the edge and see the cascade along its precipitous drop and the height and views are staggering.
On the third day we had a casual morning and ...
... drink it or put the forest fires out with it?
One truly cool sight was a.....wait for it.....a Lynx or Bobcat. Just casually walking right next to the road. Neither of us had ever seen one so it was a very neat experience. I managed to get a couple of so-so pictures of it. It wasn't that big, maybe 45cm tall...no tail but not someone I'd like to have an encounter with. We were surprised how close he was to the lodge and parking lot. You would think ...
Another amazing day to be out on the road!
We layered up ready to take on the mountains, snow and the unknown. Today's travel itenary included a visit to Yosemite National Park, of which we were still unsure if it was open? The open road yet again delivered constantly changing scenary and views that a camera just cant quite capture!
Yosemite, was open... Yay! It was truly amazing; soaring mountains, towering trees, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Charlotte Groveland
Unpretentious, 5 star cuisine & European style
A little bit of European B&B style right outside Yosemite! Love it! The common spaces: upstairs porch overlooking Main Street, and the 'family room', complete with computer, piano & comfy furniture, are great for getting that homey feeling away from home and meeting some people you wouldn't meet at impersonal hotels & motels. And the food! I'm still thinking about Victor's special dinner dishes, as well as the morning pancakes!
Lots to do nearby. I'll be back for a raft trip!
The hotel is casual and comfortable, and located within walking distance of several restaurant, although all close early. They also offer free internet access and a tv room full of games and puzzles. There is a second story front porch facing on to the street, but it was furnished with old outdoor furniture and benches, and littered with full ashtrays, so it wasn't very inviting. Our room was extremly small, but sunny. It was decorated with antiques, and the sheets were nice. Our bathroom was fairly sizeable but the door to it didn't shut all the way, and it was not very clean. Breakfast, which includes cereal, bread for toasting, juice, coffee and pancakes (which were not fully cooked during our stay), is fair. The staff, though generally available, seemed uninterested in dealing with guests.
What a gem
The Hotel Charolette is a gem. The 3 of us women, part of the "Extravaganzas", shared a comfortable room downstairs.
It was a great respite before and after our full day off rafting the Tuolumne River. My favorite part, besides the humor and good care we received from owner Lynn, was sitting upstairs on the veranda, sipping a beverage and watching the world go by. I can't wait to visit again and don a straw hat for an evening in Groveland.
Crab Cakes & Bob
In May 2004, our daughter married a local, and my wife and I and another family member, spent 5 days, at "The Charlotte." The hosts, Lynn & Victor let us into their lives, and even awarded me the prized position of honorary quadruped. The call him "Bob, the Hotel Dog, but he and I both know that he is human. He and I kissed each morning, and discussed the previous day's activities. Lynn, Victor, are consummate hosts; they let you, the guest, define the relationship. They (including Bob) are never intrusive, but answer your every need. Victor is an excellent chef. With som reservation, I ordered Crab Cakes one evening. In wandering the globe, I have never eaten finer Crab Cakes. The best hotel experience of my 74 years.
The Hotel Charlotte is the friendliest place we have ever stayed.
Dinner rated up there with the finest French Chefs. I had the blackend salmon with cucumber salsa and it was out of this world! My wife had a delicious veal imperial. Our room was small, but warm and bright, just right. Our bathroom on the other hand was very large. Highly recommend.
The Hotel Charlotte was a terrific find on our way to Yosemite. Much cheaper than the Groveland hotel, the Charlotte has clean, comfortable rooms and a delicious breakfast included in the rate. The restaurant is out of this world!
This was our 2nd time at the Hotel Charlotte in 5 years. The hotel is under new management, and it looks and feels like a new place. The management is friendly, the rooms are clean, and the restaurant next to it is terrific. It's a great buy for the money! D & D
A small hotel managed by owner, the Charlotte has very small rooms and is not well maintained. The continental breakfast is good, though. The bathtubs may have a charming old-fashioned look but they're not convenient for seniors.
Cute and Convenient
The hotel Charlotte broke our trip up nicely when we were going to Yosemite. We got to Groveland at noon, then spent the rest of the day in Groveland, and got into Yosemite the next morning by 8:00 after a quick breakfast at the hotel. Rooms are simple and clean. Ruth was very pleasant.