January 25, 2011 |
The historic Ahwahnee Hotel in California's Yosemite National Park will close from Feb. 22 through March 17 for renovations that include everything from fire sprinkler upgrades to fresh paint in the rooms. The closure will affect not only guest rooms but also the dining room, lobby and other public areas. It's the hotel's first major renovation since the 1940s, when the building was pressed into service as a naval hospital, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. The $8 million face-lift includes new carpets, drapes and bedspreads in most of the rooms and fresh paint in guest rooms and public areas.
April 4, 2010 |
Last year, in the middle of the recession, my husband, Paco, and I pondered our fall vacation, weighing an ever-growing travel wish list with an ever-growing urge to save. Instead of Greece or the Great Barrier Reef, we chose a California road trip. By avoiding international airfare and the weak dollar, we were able to splurge in a few key places while saving in a handful of others, a high-low budget journey without the jet lag. Google Maps plotted our teardrop-shaped drive — from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park, across to Big Sur, and back down the coast on California 1. We blocked out a few days in mid-November, late enough in the season to avoid crowds on the roads and trails.
June 19, 2011 |
John Muir understood that the best way to see his beloved "Range of Light" is to travel light. His packing advice couldn't have been simpler: "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence. " That's what I've done — more or less — and now, as evening descends, I'm a two days' walk from the trailhead with little more than a toothbrush and a change of socks in my daypack. Muir used to shiver through the long, frosty Sierra nights in hollow logs, but I'm looking forward to a bit more comfort: a reasonably comfortable bed in a heated tent cabin, a hot shower, flush toilets and a four-course dinner that the Ahwahnee Hotel would be proud to serve.
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August 27, 2009 |
Sixty guests at the Ahwahnee Hotel had to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of a rock slide. Many more guests were outside during the slide and all were kept out of the hotel as geologists evaluated the situation. Park ranger Erik Skindrud said no injuries were reported, but one vehicle sustained moderate damage when a large rock smashed through its windshield in the parking lot. Some of the rocks were as large as microwave ovens. The slide occurred along the south rim of Yosemite Valley in an area known as the Royal Arches.
December 12, 2012 |
WHERE AM I? Well lighted and high up This man is changing a lightbulb in one of the country's best-loved national parks. (Bring on the ranger jokes.) This fancy lamp hangs in a signature park hotel, well above sea level, somewhere west of the Mississippi and east of the Ginza (in Tokyo). But which hotel is it, in which park? (Hints: The park was founded in 1890. The hotel opened in 1927 and was used as a Navy hospital during World War II.) Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Calif.
October 17, 2010 |
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival When, where: Oct. 23, Wilder Ranch State Park Highlights: The classic harvest celebration promises square dancing, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, games and live music. Cost: $10 a vehicle Info: (831) 426-0505, http://www.parks.ca.gov SANTA FE, N.M. Día de Los Muertos When, where: Oct. 31, Museum of International Folk Art Highlights: Mexican and Catholic themes predominate this lively celebration, which will include food, musical performances and hands-on crafts projects.