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... and old sleazy men but they were okay for the most part if a bit yokel. They all sang country songs wich we hadn't heard which was unexpeccted. We were eventually forced to leave around half 12 when we boarded the bus for an overnighter back to San Fran. We tried staying up for a bit before Cypher told us to bugger off and go to bed. Despite Jimi being his most outspoken critic, Cypher did a good job of looking after him when he started to throw up 'due to motion ...
... down into the grove only took thirty minutes or so, and we enjoyed wandering the two trails around the 25 or so Sequoias as the day warmed up. There was one that had fallen over some time ago which was hollow and which smaller/non claustrophobic types could crawl though. Obviously, Will, Alec and Ben did just that and emerged at the far end more or less covered head to foot in red/grey dust. The hike up from the grove took a little longer and by the time we'd ...
... places to be the audience and he then treats us to some of his favourite tunes. Baa Baa Black Sheep (blah blah is now only used to make us laugh), Walking in the Air, and Five Little Monkeys. He pulls in a few passers by to listen. He's actually not too bad for a toddler. Wonder who he takes after?!
We finally get underway and reach the bottom of lower Yosemite Falls. It's beautiful, a reasonable flow of water from the huge cliffs towering above us. There are people paddling in ...
... around El Capitan. All just as stunning. I put it up there with Monument Valley.
There were also a few waterfalls. They too were breathtaking. I could have spent hours taking photos but I restrained myself and only took about 100.
On the way out we stopped and tried to spot climbers in El Capitan. We found a few, but they were like spec's of dust, hard to find.
The tour driver, Mitch, was a hoot. ...
... the cables are down on Half Dome this early in the season and Blair has to placate himself with some shorter walks. We try to get to the start of El Capitan, but there are huge rocks in the way, so we turn and take photos of the Lower Yosemite Falls (the tallest in the US). Then itīs back to the car and up the hill towards Glacier Point. Blair nails a 4km walk to Sentinel Dome in half an hour and gets a great view down ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Groveland Hotel
Unexpected mixed charms
The staff members are eager to please and could not be more attentive. Dinner and Breakfast were both very fine.
The Lola Montez room greets one with delightful touches of whimsy, faux leopard patterned robe, teddy bears, huge pillows, and NO Chair(s) Limited electrical outlets. Quiet and private. Enjoyed visiting with others on the huge porch. Mix of decorating styles blend, creating a unique, if campy,feel.
Nice, old historic hotel with lovely decorated rooms complete with antiques and a ghost (although Lyle never visited us during our stay in his room).
Loved the Place
The Groveland Hotel is the most friendly and kindness hotel that I have been in. I had the most comfortable and relaxing stay in many years. The many, many special touches in the rooms, and of course, the special decor was outstanding. I will most certainly return to the beautiful yellow and white Groveland Hotel in the little town of Groveland amidst the wonderful mountains outside of Yosemite.
A special THANK YOU to innkeepeers Peggy and Grover Mosley for making my stay at the Groveland Hotel unforgettable.
The hotel has overall charm. Upscale amenities, coffee maker with bean grinder, etc. Decor in keeping with the "antiques" in the room --probably a bit overdone for most men. Unfortunately, they seem to be having staff turnover problems. Dinner in their restaurant was very slow due to only one waitperson. The food was good. They even asked some guests to walk around town and come back later (even though there were empty tables.) Breakfast was a disaster. We got there about only a half hour after opening, and there were no knives, spoons, or napkins. The cereals were almost empty, only one cinnamon roll or other "warm" pastry was available, one dish of yogurt, and no coffee or oranges for squeezing. Again, only one server -- unfriendly. The omlet, after 30 minutes of waiting, was pathetic.
After camping in Yosemite for 4 days, I was ready for some luxury, and I found it at the Groveland Hotel. I sank into the featherbed and slept for 14 hours! The staff was courteous, the breakfast was delicious, the water was hot and plentiful. I would definately stay there again.
Fine for short stay
Took 2 rooms in August with our kids. Friendly welcome. Our room was very small, no chairs but we stayed just one night and so tolerated that. Charming building with porches and balconies.
Were not attracted to the restaurant for a number of reasons and ate elsewhere.
Comfortable bed. Stern warnings against smoking in the rooms and yet all the staff seem to smoke like chimneys outside.
Really nice town and all the people we spoke with were welcoming.
We would not go back to the hotel.
This hotel experience was perfect in every way! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The friendly bartender whipped up our favorite drinks at the bar while waiting for our dinner reservation. Dinner was excellent, and the room amenities were wonderful. Teddy bears holding homemade cookies on the bed made us feel like we were staying at Grandma's house.
Wonderful Stay at Groveland Hotel
We had a wonderful two stay while hiking at Yosemite. The room was very confortable and spotless, the service friendly and the food excellent.
Best of all, even though it is 47 miles to the heart of the tourist area of Yosemite the drive is worthwhile. The hotels in the Valley are crowded, noisy and mediocre. This hotel is peaceful.
Great Sierra Hide-Away
The food and service at the Groveland Hotel is some of the best I've experienced anywhere. It's great for special occasions. The Pine Mountain Lake Country Club restaurant offers a relaxing dinner. For a more casual dinner, the Mexican restaurant downtown on Hwy 120 across from the Iron Door Saloon is good and the Iron Door Saloon always offers an interesting combination of locals and Yosemite visitors from literally all over the world. Two Guys Pizza is always there for your basic Pizza night with the kids. A real treat is to rent a townhouse by the golf course or a house down by the lake for a week. And with a little planning having dinner an hour away at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite is a real treat. Enjoy!