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Chateau du Sureau

Chateau du Sureau
Europe meets Yosemite at this celebrated luxury inn

Only 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park in the Madera County town of Oakhurst, Chateau du Sureau brings a touch of European elegance to the rugged Sierra Nevada. The chateau, with its stone turret, balconies, and rooms filled with Old World antiques, makes for a surprising gem in a region better known for rustic mountain retreats and modest motels.

Sure you’ll want to explore Yosemite, but then again, why rush off? The nine-acre property includes lovely gardens for strolling. You can take a yoga class together (private or group sessions), then rejuvenate with a green tea and peat wrap at the chateau’s full-service spa. A full European breakfast is included in your stay, and certain packages also include lunch and dinner at the outstanding Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant. Love the food? Join a half-day cooking class led by Erna’s chef de cuisine, Jonathon Perkins. After all, Yosemite will still be there tomorrow.

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Northern California

Discover the High Sierra

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Snow-covered peaks in winter, gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower meadows and glistening lakes in summer, vibrant colours in fall—this is a land of dramatic and wild beauty. World-class mountain resorts circling turquoise-blue Lake Tahoe, and at Mammoth Lakes cater to all, with scenic ski trails in winter and trails and vistas in summer.

Yosemite Valley…is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and gold and wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  --photographer Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park, a World Heritage Site, is here, roughly 3½ hours east of San Francisco. Whether you hike a mountain, ski the steeps, or lounge in a hot tub beneath a canopy of stars, you’ll find your perfect getaway.

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