The character of Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark 4 miles inside Yosemite’s south entrance is probably best described as gracious charm. The tranquility of this Victorian-style lodge in Yosemite makes it a favorite of those who prefer a relaxed environment of a bygone era. A charming dining room, piano parlor entertainment by Tom Bopp and very little intrusion from today’s fast-paced world make this the ideal getaway. In 1855, Galen Clark, a miner whose health had suffered in the Gold Camps, passed through the Wawona Valley area with a party of tourists bound for Yosemite. Enchanted by the beauty of the place, Clark returned and built a crude 12-by-16 foot log cabin on the west end of the meadow. Today, Wawona Hotel is operated by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite and remains one of the most respected mountain resorts. With its historic white wooden buildings, verandas overlooking sprawling green lawns and Victorian interiors, the hotel is the perfect setting for a relaxing vacation. Visit www.yosemiteparks.com for lodging information. A more in-depth bonus feature on the Wawona Hotel is available on Finley-Holiday’s Discovering Yosemite DVD in Yosemite National Park and from www.finleyholiday.com.
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