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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