Much to See and Do in Madera County on Thanksgiving and Holiday Weekend

Numerous options will be available to visitors to California's Gateway to Yosemite who are looking for a bite to eat Thanksgiving. There will also be plenty to see and do throughout the weekend wineries, Christmas Tree lightings and more.

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The wineries along the trial offer amazing varieties that are perfect for holiday dinners, or make great gifts for wine enthusiasts

Madera County, CA (Vocus) November 24, 2009

There will be plenty to see and do in Madera County during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Numerous restaurants are open throughout the county, making perfect options for those who are either in the region exploring, or who just don’t want to make the effort of cooking the traditional dinner themselves. “We are fortunate to have some amazing restaurants in Madera County,” said Jarrod Lyman, Director of Media for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. “Many of these restaurants will be open and ready to serve on Thanksgiving,” he said.

In Bass Lake, Ducey’s on the Lake located at the Pines Resort is open. Guests will have the chance to dine while admiring the scenery granted by Bass Lake and the surrounding Sierra National Forest.
In Chowchilla, both Farnesi’s Steakhouse and Perko’s will be open. Both of the restaurants will be open from 6 am until 2 pm, according to information gathered by the Chowchilla District Chamber of Commerce.
Guests looking for dining options in Coarsegold will have numerous options, as each of seven restaurants in the Chukchansi Gold Casino will be open. The options include their renowned buffet, Italian cuisine, a steakhouse and more.

There are three restaurants open in Madera from which hungry visitors can choose. The Black Bear Diner will be serving throughout Thanksgiving, as will the Madera Asian Buffet and the Madera Clubhouse and Bar.

North Fork’s Buckhorn Restaurant will be open starting at 11:30. Additionally, they will be holding a toy drive for local children.

Several restaurants in Oakhurst will be serving guests on Thanksgiving. Erna’s Elderberry House, the region’s only five star establishment, is hosting two seatings for dinner. The first is from 1-2 pm and the second 5-6 pm. Also open will be the Kyoto Kafe, Ol’ Kettle and the Sierra Sky Ranch’s Branding Iron Steakhouse and Saloon, which will be serving from 1 pm until 7 pm. Todd’s BBQ will be open from 10 am until noon and the Sweetwater Steakhouse is open from 2 pm until 8 pm. Yosemite Forks Mountain House will be open all day with a Thanksgiving Dinner starting at noon, costing $15.95. Yosemite Gateway Restaurant will be open at noon with a buffet running from 11 am until 9 pm.

For those looking for things to do the rest of the long weekend, Madera County has plenty. The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road will be operating Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving. In what are traditionally the last tours of the season, both the Jenny Railcars and the Steam Train will be operating. The railcars will be running at 10 am and 2 pm Friday through Sunday, with the Steam Train running tours at 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. They can be found online at http://www.ymsprr.com.

For those looking for some wine go compliment their leftovers, or searching for the ideal Christmas gift on the year’s largest shopping day, may want to explore the wineries along the Madera Wine Trail. “The wineries along the trial offer amazing varieties that are perfect for holiday dinners, or make great gifts for wine enthusiasts,” said Lyman.

Birdstone Winery will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, Idle Hour Winery will keep tasting hours Friday through Saturday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Quady Winery will open their doors at noon throughout the holiday weekend and close at 4 pm. Chateau Lasgoity opens at 1 pm each day and closes at 5 pm while Mariposa Wine Company will be open from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Vineyard 208 will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm throughout the weekend and Ficklin Vineyards will keep their normal hours Friday through Sunday, as they open from 11 am to 5 pm. Pacific Crest and Westbrook Wine Farm will both be open to appointments Friday through Sunday.

After Thanksgiving dinner is done, the start to the Christmas season will begin in many areas. The 10th annual Bass Lake Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Saturday, Nov. 28. The Bass Lake Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is also set to take place this weekend, running Friday through Sunday.

Friday through Sunday is also the setting for the annual Oakhurst Holiday Craft Faire.

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