GOLD WITHOUT THE RUSH. Go big this fall in Yosemite. Fewer crowds to hold you back. Perfect temps to keep you going. Surrounded by gorgeous golden hues in every direction. The park belongs to you. And when it’s time for some pre-hibernation relaxation, Tenaya Lodge is ready to welcome you with open arms – and an open spa. Below you'll find the latest news and special offers for this fall/holiday season. Fall's Kiss of Color More Info Crisp Temps, Cool Leaves and Clear Days Yosemite throws a great summer party, but park insiders know that come Labor Day, the real fun begins. After the Sierra solstice spree, fall is like an all-natural energy drink – refreshing, recharging and refocusing. It’s a good thing, as there’s a lot to focus on once fall hits the Yosemite-Sierra Region. As cool, clear mountain air turns trees to gold (and fiery pink, orange, purple and red), autumn’s adventures beckon. Morning nature and evening flashlight hikes at Tenaya Lodge are great ways for guests to safely engage wildlife and marvel at the starry night sky. Offered daily and led by passionate nature guides, these easy walks make their way along wooded trails, showcasing Tenaya’s rich realm of local history, flora and fauna. Guests will even learn how to identify tasty trail snacks (manzanita or lichen, anyone?) Other guest favorites, like horseback riding, mountain biking and archery, also entertain through the season. For more on Tenaya’s fall activity lineup, click here. Inside the park, the Yosemite Conservancy offers an array of activities for nature lovers. This fall, the Yosemite Art Center hosts four-hour painting workshops, where attendees can create their own masterpieces using a variety of mediums. At the Yosemite Theater, Conversation with a Tramp: An Evening with John Muir and John Muir Among the Animals showcase Yosemite star Lee Stetson’s priceless portrayal of the environmental hero. Wildlife gets active in the fall, and birding walks with nature professionals are a great way to see some of the park’s most stunning species firsthand. Learn more about classes and events here. Creative types love the Photography and Camera Walks with The Ansel Adams Gallery, while historical buffs can learn and explore with activities like an in-depth tour of the famous Ahwahnee Hotel. For those seeking a nocturnal excursion or even a scare or two, after-dark outings, like the Night Prowl nature walk, Yosemite Valley Moonlight Tour and Halloween Cemetery Tour, will fulfill the thrill. More details can be found at here. Preserving a Legend: Mariposa Grove More Info Last Call for Big Trees Tram Tour! Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of the West’s most beloved and celebrated forests. The ancient monoliths have survived for centuries, offering shade, scenery and awe-inspiring grandeur. Today, Mariposa Grove’s Grizzly Giant and some 500 fellow sequoiadendron are standing strong – they just need a little help from their friends. President Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 act guarded Yosemite land “for public use, resort and recreation.” That recreation, although carried out with all the best intentions, has led to wear and tear on the trees over time. Despite their massive size, sequoias have fragile root systems easily impacted by cars and pedestrians. During the Yosemite Grant Act 150th Anniversary celebration this summer, the National Park Service and the Yosemite Conservancy broke ground on a two-year Mariposa Grove Restoration Project designed to preserve the trees for generations to come. The $36-million stewardship project, which earned $20 million in personal donations through the Conservancy, will move parking and visitor facilities two miles away to Yosemite’s southern entrance in order to reduce erosion, update trails, add additional interpretive programs and ranger presence, and rebuild forested habitat by August 25, 2016, to align with the National Park Service’s centennial birthday. Although plans are still underway, visitors will be able to access the Grove as usual through the end of 2014, with limited to no access running from 2015 through summer 2016. Big Trees Tour Package Tenaya has shared the Mariposa Grove with its guests through the Big Trees Tour Package for years, and is running it one last time this fall. Guests can “oooh” and “ahhh” at the trees’ breathtaking grandeur as they make their way through the grove on a 75-minute guided tram tour, which will be discontinued after this season as part of the grove’s restoration. In addition to tour admission for two, the package also includes nightly accommodations and breakfast for two with rates starting at only $199 this November, $249 this October and $325 this September. What better way to bid a fond farewell to the tour and look toward a long, sustainable future for Mariposa Grove than to see its hundreds of majestic trees in full fall splendor? To book the Big Trees Tour Package, visit our specials and packages page. For more information on the Mariposa Grove preservation efforts, visit Yosemite Conservancy's Website. Rock Out with Tenaya This New Year’s Eve More Info Vegas-Inspired Soirée Promises Glitz, Glamour and Plenty of Fun Although the Yosemite-Sierra region is renowned for its rustic beauty and inspiring scenery, this holiday season, Tenaya Lodge is putting it on the map for hosting a Vegas-style New Year’s Eve bash like no other. To start 2015 off right, guests will have Lady Luck on their side when they place their bets on the Yosemite New Year’s Eve Package, offering an all-access pass to this high-class affair. At just $449 for two adults, the package lets guests join in on festivities in Tenaya’s Grand Ballroom, which will be decked out in full Vegas finery for the occasion. The event will include a cocktail reception with hosted bar, gourmet Vegas-style “Surf-n-Turf” dinner, plenty of dancing with a 14-piece live band, party favors and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. The highlight of the evening begins when award-winning Las Vegas entertainer and expert impressionist Greg London, star of acclaimed Vegas stage show “Impressions That ROCK!,” takes the stage. London, a two-time Nevada Magazine “Entertainer of the Year,” will wow the crowd with spot-on musical stylings of stars like Elvis, Ozzy Osbourne and Johnny Cash. When the night draws to a close, revelers can spend the first night of 2015 in one of Tenaya’s luxurious Deluxe rooms. Children 13 years and older are welcome to attend the main party, but little ones will have a fun evening of their own at one of two kids-only celebrations. The lodge will host a carnival-themed party for children 4–8 years old and a fancy “black tie” event for tweens 9–12 years old, both of which include dinner and age-appropriate entertainment for $60 per child. Babysitting is available for children under 4 years old. Tickets for a fabulous New Year’s night are going fast. Lock in your 2015 party pass today! Snuggle Up to Savings More Info Private Comfort Awaits in Tenaya’s Cottages Nestled amongst fragrant Incense Cedars and towering Sugar Pines, complete with romantic features, like inviting fireplaces and private outdoor seating areas, Tenaya Lodge’s cottages are the ultimate place to enjoy a couples’ escape. Although they’re just a short walk from the main lodge’s amenities and activities, the cottages allow for total serenity and seclusion – especially with the new Fall Cozy Cottages Offer. This midweek getaway is available Sunday through Thursday from October 12 to December 18 and includes two nights in a cottage room at Tenaya Lodge, VIP welcome amenities of chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of red wine, a seven day Yosemite National Park Pass, breakfast for two each morning and an Ascent Spa discount, starting at only $219 per night this November and December and $275 per night this October. Mention promotional code: COTTAGE Lovebirds can also enjoy some relaxation at Tenaya’s indulgent Ascent Spa. Featuring services from facials and massages to signature treatments, like the Firefall Body Renewal, Ascent provides the perfect finishing touch on a trip for two. To find out more about romance-ready packages and experiences for couples, visit our Specials and Packages page. Discover Yosemite’s Hidden Gems More Info Fall Is the Perfect Time to Find a New Favorite Place in the Park Tuolumne Meadow. Half Dome. El Capitan. There are countless classic Yosemite vistas we know and love, and you’d be hard-pressed to find even a national park veteran who could tire of their beauty. Still, it’s always fun to venture off the beaten path to discover some of the park’s lesser-known treasures, and with summer throngs in your rear-view mirror, fall is an ideal time to go deeper. Top picks for branching out on your next Yosemite trip include: • Getting a different perspective on Tuolumne from the heights of Pothole Dome, a novice-friendly trek through pine groves and rocky peaks that takes just 20 minutes.• Snacking and swimming (if you can take the nippy water temperatures) along the pristine shores of Sentinel Beach, which stretches along the Merced River.• Catching bright and bold seasonal shades hiking the Wawona Meadow Loop, which are easily accessible in the Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge concierge staff can help you find your way through the park, even across uncharted territory. Connect via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 559-692-8985. Find Your Holiday Happy Place at Tenaya More Info Sweet Treats, Chilly Thrills and the Man in Red With festive décor, warm and welcoming surroundings, and even snow, Tenaya is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. The merry season begins on November 29 with a lighting celebration around the lodge’s towering lobby tree dressed up in twinkling lights, colorful ornaments and glimmering stars and snowflakes. After dashing through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh or cutting a path along Tenaya’s own skating rink, rosy-cheeked guests can gather around the inviting lobby fireplace to sip cocoa, munch on s’mores and enjoy the hotel’s spectacular holiday scenery. Visitors can also make the season special with experiences like: • The S’more Skating Package: Lodging, ice-skating session and rentals for two and a s’mores kit to roast fireside. Starting at $189 this November and December and $239 these December Holidays. • The Kids Dinner with Santa Package: Lodging plus a holiday adventure dinner with Santa and his “Tenaya” for your child aged 4–12 years. Available December 22 and 23 starting at $269. A true guest favorite!• The Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop: Families flock from near and far to create their own masterpieces or watch holiday hopefuls compete for the win. Workshops and contests take place on November 28 and 29 and December 20. Houses with ingredients are $60, and observers are always welcome. • The Holiday Decorating Workshop: Craft ornaments and decorations in this fun, family-friendly experience on December 20 and 23. Guests are also invited to mingle in the lobby and sample the Chef’s custom holiday treats. Find out more about holiday celebrations at our Holiday Events Page. Cool Winter Deals More Info Early Birds Get the Best of the Season As the temperature drops, Tenaya turns into a snow-filled, 48-acre winter wonderland offering horse-drawn sleigh rides, guided snowshoe hikes, ice skating and more. Inside the park, Badger Pass Area also opens for business to skiers, snowboarders and tubers. Book your winter getaway now to take advantage of a discounted early bird offer on stays January 4, 2015, through March 26, 2015. Midweek rates begin at $109 per night and weekend rates begin at $159 per night. Be sure to use promo code WINTERDEAL! Experience the All-New Jackalope’s More Info Tenaya’s Drink & Dine Hub Kicks It Up a Notch Tenaya’s relaxed bar and grill, Jackalope’s, just debuted a brand new look! The restaurant is sporting fresh paint and refinished hardwood floors, comfy new tables and chairs, more flat screens for watching the big game, refurbished rough-hewn bar and new photography on the walls. And of course, Jackalope’s famous horned-hare mascot is still presiding above it all! *All packages and rates subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions.