Below you'll find the stories from the Fall | Holiday Newsletter, including packages and offers. Fall getaways starting from $139* In The Mood For Fall More Info If Yosemite were a person, it could easily be described as moody. Brilliant, bright and bubbly one moment and serene the next, its personas change from season to season. In the fall, Yosemite is calm with an undercurrent of sensory recharge. It’s true. From late September to early December, the teeming visitors disperse, wildlife emerges and a sense of solitudelingers in the breezy, sun-filled air. Fall in Yosemite Valley is all about quiet relaxation, and if there’s one place to relax, it’s in Superintendent’s Meadow. Shadowed by the most popular attractions – like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and El Captain – this rare gem lights up the season with fiery-yellow Black Oaks. See the trunks of these oaks turn so dark that they appear black, and as their leaves change to a vibrant yellow, you’ll find a perfect photo op with Half Dome in the background. After snapping pictures of this seasonal wonder, savor some of the year’s best days with the mercury dancing into the 80s by day and falling into the 40s by bedtime. Every temperature in between will beckon adventurers to get outdoors to hike or bike the trails lined with towering Sugar Pines and Incense Cedars. Even as the days shorten, there’s ample time to explore. Fly on a zip line, pan for gold, tour the wine country, wander among sequoias at Nelder Grove or bring a piece of Yosemite art home from Gallery Row. The list goes on, and it’s all in Tenaya Lodge’s new 101 Things to Do in the Southern Sierra Region. Visit TenayaLodge.com/101 to find more to do this season. SAVE WHILE EXPLORING THIS FALLJust when they thought it couldn’t get any better, budgetsavvy travelers can take advantage of this fall’s exclusive Explore Yosemite Package starting from just $189*. This package includes one night’s accommodation, a seven-day Yosemite National Park pass and two boxed lunches so explorers are all set to hit the trails. If Yosemite were a person, it could easily be described as moody. Brilliant, bright and bubbly one moment and serene the next, its personas change from season to season. Home for the Holidays More Info The holidays sweep in quickly every year, and yes, they’re approaching once again. This year, bring the family and join our family traditions here at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Tenaya Lodge does the holidays so well – guests who are in the know often wonder why they hadn’t been celebrating here all along. This year, the events calendar is revamped with an exciting entertainment schedule on the new Lobby Loft Stage. The season begins with the legendary Thanksgiving buffet and the lighting of Tenaya’s wild-harvested 30-foot lobby Christmas tree. Then things get kicked up a notch with Gingerbread House workshops (with a little friendly competition in the mix), horse-drawn sleigh rides and outdoor ice-skating. Take the kids to dinner with the big man himself – Santa! Tenaya’s Kids Dinner with Santa Package, starting at just $269*, includes one night’s lodging and a holiday adventure for one child (4–12 years old) including dinner, holiday crafts, a movie, and a family photo with Santa and his spirited “elves.” Additional children may be added on. And no holiday is complete without the S’more Ice Skating Package – featuring lodging, skates and session, and a s’mores kit for two, starting at $185* – winter lovers are free to hit the ice and warm up by the fire for one low price. For more details, and to see all upcoming holiday events, visit TenayaLodge.com/HolidayEvents. A Change of Scenery and Increased Productivity More Info Tenaya Lodge continues to offer groups world-class flexible meeting space and a world-famous location. Host your next meeting at Yosemite between January 1-April 15 and take advantage of Tenaya's Winter Group Offer, which includes a complimentary wine and cheese reception or a group fireside s'mores ice-skating package, one per 25 comp and much more. Group winter rates start at just $ 119*. Contact Tenaya sales professionals at 866-349-4067 or visit TenayaLodge.com/WinterGroupOffer for more information. *Winter Group rates starting at $119 for January and February, $129 for March, and $149 for April. Based on a minimum of 10 rooms per night for two-nights. Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Call for details. Adventures to Refresh Your Soul More Info Unforgettable journeys begin and end at Tenaya Lodge, and Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMGs) can take care of the adventure in between. Named by Frommer’s as one of the best guide outfitters in Yosemite, SYMGs safely take hikers to lesser-known areas of the park and give a whole new perspective on the park’s major destinations.“We explore the beautiful wilderness of the High Sierra on incredible trips where our guides are friendly and engaging, and alpine scenery refreshes the soul,” says Ian Elman, president and co-founder of SYMG. SYMGs lead hikes through the wonders of the High Sierra and they also provide the gear – making it easy for all. For starters, they offer a day hike with a naturalist guide on Yosemite’s classic 8.5-mile Panorama Trail. On this trail, they highlight the majestic waterfalls, high peaks, cascading streams and lush meadows just like someone who knows it like the back of their hand – because they do. Intrepid hikers looking to expand their horizons need to check out Half Dome. This is the Granite Crown Jewel of the Sierra and the most sought-after summit in Yosemite National Park. The trek to Half Dome is a challenging excursion, and the payoff is top-of-the-world views. A Half Dome permit is required, and many midweek dates are still available this fall. If adrenaline is running high, rock-climbing guides are also available through November. All climbing gear is included, and skilled, patient and affable guides make every climb fun for you whether it’s your first or fifteenth climb. Stay at Tenaya Lodge to prep for a wilderness experience like no other, and check in to relaxation at the world-class Ascent Spa after an invigorating hike or climb. Get ready for a journey of a lifetime. For more information go to SYMG.com. Fall's Perfect Pairings for the Perfect Pair More Info Tenaya Lodge’s Four Diamond luxury and a forest full of outdoor adventures is a match made in heaven – so celebrate this pair in style. Tucked-away cottages, roaring fires, soothing spa treatments and dining inspired by fall’s harvest make Tenaya the perfect place for stoking the flames of love. Begin your getaway with a guestfavorite – the Bed & Breakfast Package. Starting at just $189*, guests will get cozy with Four Diamond accommodations and breakfast for two in the Sierra Restaurant. If you chose to go the route of full relaxation, choose the Fall into Bliss Spa Package, starting at $255.* This package includes a 60-minute custom massage or facial, a complimentary foot or hand paraffin treatment and a special Ascent Spa gift. All the members of your “pack” are welcome at Tenaya Lodge. So skip the kennel and come let your furry friend frolic on the High Sierra trails with Tenaya’s Deluxe Pampered Pet Package. For just $245*, your pooch can enjoy a plush dog bed and water bowl for use during your stay and a gourmet dog bone baked fresh by Tenaya’s chef. And perhaps most importantly, this package comes with pet-sitting time, so you can enjoy a romantic dinner or relaxing spa time Insider Picks of the Season More Info Hand-picked local favorites from Tenaya’s staff. Hop on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway and visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias this fall. FOUR WHEELS. MILES OF SIERRA SIGHTS.Fire up the four-wheel-drive, feel the steelbelted mantra of rubber on the road less taken, and get closer to the beauty and spirit of the Sierra National Forest on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. This loop ribbons its way through the ridges and meadows of the Sierra Nevada. Just pick a path and enjoy some local favorites along the way. Ride the road through the mountain landscapes and discover Mile High Vista, where you can see a rare display of Sierra peaks, valleys and domes. Then, stretch out in Jackass Meadow, the Sierra’s largest subalpine meadow. Next, visit Globe Rock, a true geological wonder. Resting on a pedestal of stone, the rock looks as if one push could roll it from its perch. But decades of weather and earthquakes have yet to budge it. Legend has it that President Teddy Roosevelt once had his picture taken there on horseback. There are many more sites and attractions worth pulling over for. Find them at SierraVistaScenicByway.org. WALK AMONG GIANTS.There’s no better time than fall to visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Just 15 minutes from Tenaya Lodge, the Mariposa Grove contains nearly 500 mature giant sequoias. This monstrous breed of tree is perhaps the largest species of life on Earth, with the oldest of these gentle giants exceeding 3,000 years in age. The most popular towering tree in Mariposa Grove is Grizzly Giant. Between 1,900 and 2,400 years old, it’s the oldest tree in the grove. Hear the story of Grizzly Giant and the rest of the Mariposa Grove on the Big Trees Tram Tour. Starting from $195*, the popular Big Tree Tour Package includes an in-depth tour for two that shares the wonder of these magnificent trees. After a comfortable night’s stay in Tenaya’s contemporary accommodations, fuel up with breakfast for two and explore the grove until the sun goes down. *All packages and rates subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions.