Yosemite National Park, CA — When people think of Yosemite National Park, they may be focusing on the obvious beauty and scenic value of the landscape.
But fine dining, chandeliers, and posh couches next to an oversized fireplace? Could this be the same place? The answer is “Yes!”
Among Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and all of the other breathtaking natural wonders sits the Ahwahnee Hotel. A historical landmark in its own right, the hotel was built back in 1927 and has retained its original architecture.
KVML news learned all about the elite side of Yosemite over lunch with DNC Public Relations Manager Kenny Karst. The Ahwahnee served as a much needed, yet temporary escape from the rain.
Karst explained that DNC provides all of the revenue driven activities in the park like lodging and dining, however they cover more exciting things as well when it comes to rafting, rock climbing, backcountry tours, and kids programs.
Yosemite truly has something for everyone and Karst encourages Mother Lode residents to take advantage of the park as much as possible.
Although going to the park is a great opportunity to go hiking and explore the wilderness areas, there was still a great view of the falls from the enormous windows inside the dining room of the Ahwahnee.
There is a story that circulates in Yosemite about a tourist that told a park ranger they only had an hour to spend in the park and then asked what they should do. The park ranger said, “If I only had an hour to spend in Yosemite, I would go sit in the meadow and cry.”
More segments with pictures of KVML´s Yosemite trip will be posted Friday, followed by an in depth interview on Mother Lode Views this weekend.
Written by Sabrina Sabbagh