Less than a mile from Yosemite’s South Entrance, Tenaya Lodge offers a full-resort vacation.
It’s just a few miles from Yosemite’s famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias full of the world’s largest single trees. But you’ll feel worlds away from everything at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
A world-class spa, four swimming pools, on-site activities, three restaurants and a grab-and-go deli await you.
Named one of the best resorts in the West for families and pets by Sunset magazine, Tenaya Lodge strikes a Zen-like balance between providing a natural setting and high-end amenities.
Plus, it has a Kids Adventure Course with swinging logs, bridges and rope challenges and a renovated lounge for teens complete with bean bags and tables with outlets to plug in devices. A super popular activity is the guided nighttime Flashlight Tour where guests learn about the area's ecosystem.
With three restaurants, you don’t need to spend time driving to eat. The newly renovated Jackalopes Bar & Grill features gluten free and vegan options, along with made-to-order burgers while Embers offers sophisticated dinner entrees like Chianti-braised lamb shank. Timberloft Pizzeria offers wood-fired pizzas to fuel up after a day outside.
After dinner, opt for the guided night Flashlight Tour. A Tenaya guide will bring guests on a guided walk through the forest to spot stars and learn about the trees and animals that inhabit the ecosystem surrounding Tenaya Lodge. It lasts a little more than an hour. In winter these tours are conducted via snowshoes.
Didn’t bring the kids? Relax in the adults-only pool and then head to Ascent Spa for a body wrap, facial or massage. Top off your night with elegant dining at the Embers restaurant onsite.
Then rest your head in the lodge, a cottage room or suite or get cozy in a two-bedroom Explorer Cabin. The cabins are under a 10-minute walk from the lodge, but if you’re feeling tired from a day in the park, you can ride a Tenaya shuttle available 24/7 to and from the cabins.
“The Explorer Cabins are set away from the lodge, so you really feel like you are having that cabin-in-the-woods experience,” says Nia Huerta, Tenaya’s marketing manager.” But you get all the lodge amenities like going to the spa, swimming in one of our four pools and having steak and wine at dinner.”
Driving Tours of Yosemite and More
Best way to avoid navigating Yosemite and its parking issues? Board Tenaya Lodge’s Yosemite Tour buses with retractable roofs, plush-leather seats and USB ports, so you can take photos and not worry about your phone dying. You can choose between a half-day, full-day or sunset tour. There’s even an ADA accessible bus.
Don’t want to spend all day touring? Opt for the seasonal Glacier Point at Sunset Tour that allows you to view the park’s most iconic granite domes turn pink in the evening. It’s that VIP experience where you don’t have to worry about parking or logistics.
The lodge’s concierge also can arrange a number of area activities for you, including horseback riding with Yosemite Trails Pack Station, taking a ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a historic steam train, and off-road Jeep tours and rentals with Sierra Nevada Motorsports. On site, the lodge offers yoga classes, archery classes, a rock-climbing wall and more.
Plus, Tenaya has worked to make its resort more green. It provides reusable water bottles in every room. There also are water filling stations on property where guests can fill their water bottles. For those with Teslas, the resort has a Tesla charging station. And if you want to stay in a room that harnesses the sun's energy, request to sleep in the cabin that's solar-powered.
Bring Fido to Tenaya
No need to leave Fido home when Tenaya Lodge offers pet-friendly rooms. It even offers pet massages. To clarify, the pets are getting the massages, not giving them. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya also will be pet friendly. With so much at your fingertips, you’ll find yourself wishing you were staying longer.
“Instead of people just visiting the park for a day, we really encourage them to stay with us 3-4 days to have an even better vacation,” Huerta says. “We really have something for everyone in the family.”
For more information:
1122 Highway 41, P.O. Box 159, Fish Camp, CA 93623