Years ago I watched a riveting PBS special called Great Lodges of the National Parks. It was so interesting that I couldn’t drag myself away from the show.
Many of the lodges were built out of log, stone, and timber which echoed their natural surroundings. Using these sturdy materials made the early 20th century seem like a much grander era.
The lodges have a hazy mystery and romance about them. I’m eager to learn more. Fortunately, I just came across a series of short articles in an old Sherman’s Travel magazine about Top Ten National Park Lodges in America and Canada. The first lodge I’ve chosen to learn more about was formerly called the Ahwahnee Hotel. It is now renamed The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Its location is within Yosemite National Park near the stunning Yosemite Falls.
You can see the falls behind the hotel in my cover picture. Imagine waking up to that view!
The Ahwahnee dates back to 1925 and has hosted Queen Elizabeth II, John F. Kennedy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Clark Gable. Constructed out of timber, granite, and glass – this lodge impresses! The interior combines all types of cultural influences: Art Deco, Native American, Arts & Crafts, Middle Eastern, and German Gothic. There are many beautiful stained-glass windows
and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer jaw-dropping views
I’d definitely want to spend some time in the lobby
The hotel also has a sweet shop!
I didn’t see an exercise room to work off the sweets but I found a heated outdoor pool
It would be an experience just to dine here!
An earlier Art Deco poster ad
The warmth from the interior lights make this hotel so inviting at dusk.
I found a short California travel video that describes this hotel very well
And an address and phone number: