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... many tales to share with us. Sometimes, Camp 4 can bring so much color to one’s Yosemite experience!
The thuggish off-widths of NE Buttress begged for another rest day. This meant more work in the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria and more sneaking French fries off abandoned trays. Common, if you’re going to climb in Yosemite, you might as well live the dirt-bag lifestyle, ...
... of myself after a day of over 13.5 miles of hiking. I know there are a LOT more extreme hikers out there, but that was extreme for me! We headed back to the campsite, with a stop just outside the campground entrance to watch a huge black bear feasting on something in the valley below.
Day 3: Vernal and Nevada FallsOn our third day, it was time to tackle a few hikes in the valley - the busiest area of the park by far. On our drive in, it was literally ...
... 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 ...
... br> PS Chris thought the words Ped Xing written on the roads that we've been on were a special place and was confused that the were in LA and in Yosemite, and Lucy thought it was ridiculous that he didn't realise that it was a warning that we were approaching a pedestrian crossing Hi Guys, Rich here blogging from the Yosemite View Lodge, more about that later.
We were all quite tired this morning after a late night yesterday, so we lazily got sorted and packed up ...
... was comfy and clean and we had a fantastic view!!
Even though the bears are likely still hibernating, the park take food and toiletry storage very seriously so everything had to come out of the car over night. Not sure what a bear would want with a tube of toothpaste but whatever...
The next day we got to explore the waterfalls and gawp at the beautiful trees and as we wound our way up ...
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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!
Reasonably priced for Yosemite area, but some problems
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.