Fall Is All Gold Without the Rush at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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Dig the color and quiet of autumn with big adventure or romantic relaxation in the Yosemite Valley and enjoy the last offering of the Big Trees Tour in Mariposa Grove

With perfect temperatures, fewer crowds and gorgeous golden hues in every direction, the Yosemite Valley belongs to autumn adventurers this fall. And, when it’s time for some pre-hibernation relaxation, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is ready to welcome guests with open arms.

Fall visitors can blaze a trail and discover the best of the season with Tenaya as their base camp. With miles of wooded trails extending from its front doors, Tenaya is a hotspot for outdoorsy autumn activities like mountain biking and horseback riding. If wheels or hooves aren’t your preferred mode of transportation, the lodge’s nature guides lead daily morning and nighttime flashlight hikes. These leisurely strolls wend a path through towering Sugar Pines and aromatic Incense Cedars; introducing hikers to local flora and fauna, regional history, natural trail snacks like manzanita and lichen and, if all goes just right, some of the forest’s wildlife. More seasonal adventures can be found inside Yosemite National Park, which offers opportunities like painting and photography workshops, “Night Prowl” nature walks and moonlit tours of the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. For details on in-park activities, travelers can visit YosemiteConservancy.org, YosemitePark.com and NPS.gov/Yose.

It’s last call for the Big Trees Tram Tour! Tenaya has long led guests to one of Yosemite’s most popular sights, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, with its Big Trees Tour Package each fall. This season, the lodge says a fond farewell to the tram tour as the Mariposa Grove Restoration Project progresses. Helmed by the National Park Service and the Yosemite Conservancy, this two-year initiative will reverse the wear and tear that years of awe and interest have – unintentionally – caused and preserve its majestic beauty for generations to come. Aimed to be completed in conjunction with NPS’ centennial celebration in summer 2016, the project will move parking and visitor center location, reduce erosion, update trails, rebuild forested areas, put more educational programs in place and more. Take one of the last chances to see the grove on a 75-minute tram tour for two, part of a package that also includes breakfast for two and overnight midweek accommodations. Rates start at $199 in November, $249 in October and $325 in September.

Nestled amongst the fragrant Sierra National Forest, Tenaya Lodge’s cottages are the ultimate place to enjoy a couples’ escape. Lovebirds will “fall” in love with the new two-night Fall Cozy Cottages Offer, which gives a VIP experience at Tenaya’s cottages, complete with romantic fireplaces and private outdoor seating. Starting at just $245 per night, the offer includes bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, a Yosemite park pass, daily breakfast for two and a discount at the luxurious Ascent Spa. Offer and rates good Sun. through Thurs. from Oct. 12 through Dec. 18.

Couples can also indulge in services including facials, massages and body treatments, as well as packages like the Sugar and Spice Spa Package. This sweet offer features nightly accommodations for two in a Deluxe room or cottage, a brown sugar body scrub and a 30-minute massage add-on, starting at $365 midweek in Oct.

Find out more about autumn getaways, activities and packages at TenayaLodge.com.

About Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is an all-season resort framed by noble evergreen forest and a rich range of Sierra recreation. The lodge, set adjacent to Yosemite National Park’s South Gate at an elevation of 5,288 feet, offers 302 rooms, suites and mountain cottage accommodations. Tenaya Lodge offers easy access to Yosemite’s iconic attractions and many guests savor the alpine serenity of the new Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge. Resort dining options run the table from casual to candlelit at Sierra, Jackalope’s, Timberloft and Embers restaurants. For more information, visit TenayaLodge.com.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit ExperienceDNC.com.

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