Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yosemite and Chateau du Sureau

A wonderful place to stay, and a base for exploring Yosemite, is the Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst- about 15 minutes from the south entrance of the park. The beautiful villa has 10 rooms and a wonderful 5 star restaurant Erna’s Elderberry. For dinner the restaurant has an ala Carte Menu and a very well planned 5 course-tasting menu with an excellent wine pairing.  It’s like staying at a private European villa with wonderful warm, and perfect service.

The drive on Hwy 41 from Oakhurst into Yosemite Valley is an experience in itself; you can see some of its wonders while traveling into the valley. Stopping at Inspiration Point gives the world-famous overview of the entire valley, including El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome. Inspiration Point is an awesome and inspiring sight.

When reaching the valley floor below, there’s the sight of the entire valley stretching into the distance. It is an incredible view where El Capitan can be seen, the largest sheer face of granite in the world.

There are many other things to see in the valley but don’t miss the famed Ahwahnee Hotel for lunch or a drink in the magnificent Ahwahnee Dining Room. The dining rooms 34-foot beamed ceiling complement the room’s granite pillars and floor-to-ceiling windows Known for its magnificent façade, and architecture, the Ahwahnee was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

Yosemite is a wonderful place to see and staying at the Chateau du Sureau is a good base for seeing it.

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