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.
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.
Think of a river, and chances are you’ve got your own daydream. Maybe you want to float on inner tubes, or maybe your style is to careen through raucous rapids in an eight-person inflatable raft....
With a pine-and-peak alpine setting and a relaxed and friendly ambiance, this appealing event in Bear Valley, roughly halfway between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, includes performances by outstanding musical artists. Launched in 1967, the festival features a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, and legendary entertainers at pretty outdoor venues. Classical works, opera, Broadway show tunes, and opening weekend acts of contemporary and country music are offered, with past guest artists ranging from the Mamas and the Papas, to Big Bad Voodoo Daddies.
Known for its plunging waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, sheer granite cliffs, and more, you could easily spend weeks exploring Yosemite...