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The wind leads the leaves in a Rum­ba as their hips sway through a dar­ing gust. The clouds form shapes any con­tor­tion­ist would admire, with a back­drop of blue so deep, your heart can get lost in its gaze.

 

Yosemite National Park

 

It’s nature our fam­i­ly seeks when we want to get away from it all. It’s the trees and the wind and the crisp air that fills our lungs in a way that’s more ful­fill­ing than any city air could be. 

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Yosemite with kids on a family trip can be incredible. Stay at the Tenaya Lodge where you can experience Yosemite nature in a luxury travel setting. Spas, private ice rinks and snowshoe hikes await!

 

 

The Yosemite Video

 

 

 

Snowshoe Night Hike — Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

 

Over Thanks­giv­ing break, as our snow­shoes crushed through sheets of ice just out­side Yosemite Nation­al Park dur­ing our night hike, our guide, Ian, told us we were trekking about 200 feet from a black bear’s home. Our beams of light cut through thick night to reveal ever­greens, rest­ing in cool still­ness. “Don’t wor­ry,” he said, though I’m not sure his words had the pow­er he hoped, “He’s too smart to both­er tourists and besides, he’s prob­a­bly sleep­ing.” He point­ed his flash­light toward a patch of pine trees, at what looked like a Hob­bit house, a mass of tree roots ris­ing from the ground like a wood­en moon, a type of shel­ter in which some Yosemite bears hibernate.

 

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

 

 

We could­n’t see the stars that evening because the clouds hid them but Yosemite night is dif­fer­ent from Yosemite day and Ian, from the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a dog-friend­ly resort about two miles from Yosemite Nation­al Park’s South Gate, patient­ly explained to us city folk about the var­i­ous ele­ments we encoun­tered as we encoun­tered them. 

 

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

 

 

Ian point­ed to a group of trees. “White Fir are the weeds of the for­est because 95% of them will grow when the seeds hit the ground.” Our sev­en flash­lights, two from my boys, two from me and my hus­band, two from a cou­ple vis­it­ing from River­side and Ian’s, lit up the mas­sive moun­tain men­aces and I gig­gled to myself as I won­dered if rangers tried to pull them like reg­u­lar weeds. 

 

 

The night­ly, guid­ed nature walks are just one of the many offer­ings the Tenaya Lodge makes avail­able to guests who want to immerse them­selves in the beau­ty of the Yosemite expe­ri­ence but who also want to hold onto the com­fort and lux­u­ry por­tion of their vaca­tion. With Tenaya Lodge’s five restau­rants and deli, plus the array of pam­per­ing ser­vices offered in their spa, guests will get the best of both. 

Ian point­ed to anoth­er group of trees he iden­ti­fied as Pon­derosa Pines and said many of them were being invad­ed and killed by Japan­ese Bark Bee­tles. He told us our bear friend enjoyed munch­ing on the dead pines “like can­dy” to get at the bee­tles. We hoped that would sat­is­fy his hunger and that he would peace­ful­ly snooze his way through winter.

 

Ice Rink — Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

 

 

After the excite­ment of our noc­tur­nal adven­ture, the boys rushed to the on-site, cov­ered ice skat­ing rink where we all changed into skates and sped around as fast as our shaky bal­ance would allow. A game of sharks and min­nows upped the thrill and many spills were tak­en by those whose heart was real­ly in the game. Just out­side the rink, a giant fire licked the sky beneath the shad­owy ever­greens in a pit per­fect for toast­ing marsh­mal­lows. We bought s’mores kits from the hotel mar­ket and with our sticky fin­gers and mouths, we called it a night.

 

Don’t Miss! Win­ter in Lake Arrow­head with Kids

 

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

 

 

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite — The Details

 

It’s expe­ri­ences like these that Delaware North, the own­ers and oper­a­tors of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, have desired to bring to vis­i­tors since buy­ing the prop­er­ty in 2001. Sink­ing mil­lions of dol­lars into the resort for ren­o­va­tions and upgrades since then, they also just built 50 stand-alone, two-bed­room cab­ins, called Explor­er Cab­ins that offer guests a more inti­mate expe­ri­ence of Yosemite. This area has its own com­mu­ni­ty club­house called the Explor­er Club­house that has a library, board games and spe­cial events like wine tast­ings. Cab­in guests also have access to all the ameni­ties in the 75-acre resort like the indoor and out­door pools, the three hot tubs, and the Kid’s Adven­ture Club. 

 

 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Explorer Cabin

Two-Bed­room Explor­er Cab­in for Fams who like privacy

 

 

The main part of the lodge has 240 rooms and 57 cot­tages, all ren­o­vat­ed in 2016. The room sizes range from 350 square feet to 850 and some are in an adults only sec­tion of the lodge with rooms spe­cial­ly designed by the Puc­ci­ni Group to have what looked like a “Moun­tain Mod­ern” feel. The cot­tages are locat­ed a bit below the main lodge with fire­places and rain showers. 

 

 

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

Wood­side Lobby

 

 

We stayed in the Spa Room of the main lodge with a pri­vate bal­cony over­look­ing the Kid’s Adven­ture Club, closed for win­ter. It includ­ed a very tempt­ing look­ing ropes course and a sled­ding area that did­n’t yet have enough snow to open. Our spa­cious bath­room had a whirlpool tub next to a wall of shut­ters that opened to the liv­ing area from which the for­est draped its beau­ty under the balcony.

 

DON’T MISS! Glamp­ing with Kids at Ven­tu­ra Ranch KOA

 

 

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

 

 

The Ascent Spa — Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

 

Anoth­er, not to miss expe­ri­ence at the main lodge is the 10,000 square foot Ascent Spa. The spa is LEED cer­ti­fied, which stands for Lead­er­ship in Ener­gy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design, and they go out of their way to set the stan­dard not only for green prac­tice but also for respon­si­ble con­sumerism. Their gift shop tries to retail prod­ucts from com­pa­nies which only use organ­ic ingre­di­ents and give back to the com­mu­ni­ty. This is the place you go if you want to treat your body to a rit­u­al that will melt it into its heal­ing zone. All that bick­er­ing between the kids? For­got­ten. That guy that cut you off in traf­fic? Hope he got to where he was going on time. For your one hour treat­ment, plus how­ev­er long you can man­age to stay in the hot tub and sauna, you get to smell beau­ti­ful scents and relax with a med­ley of Ori­en­tal pluck­ing sounds.

 

 

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

What kids?

 

 

Yosemite National Park — Tunnel View Overlook

 

When you’re ready to check out Yosemite Nation­al Park, a great, first stop is the Tun­nel View Over­look. The hotel tour guide who rec­om­mend­ed it told us it was the most pho­tographed site in Yosemite and when we got there, we could see why. After arriv­ing at the South Gate of the park, off Route 41, the road trans­forms to Wawona Road and it’s a straight 40 minute shot to the longest tun­nel in Cal­i­for­nia, Wawona Tun­nel. At the end of the tun­nel, on the left, is a park­ing lot and a walled walk­way where Yosemite Val­ley stretch­es through the val­ley, bor­dered by El Cap­i­tan, Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls. 

 

Tenaya Lodge Yosemite

 

 

The Tenaya Lodge also offers half and full day tours of Yosemite Park. You can be one of the first to try out their open-air bus­es in their new­ly expand­ed fleet. There’s no bet­ter way to see El Cap­i­tan and Half Dome, unless you’re climb­ing them.

 

 

Yosemite

Climb Every Mountain.…

 

 

As you dri­ve out of the Tenaya Lodge park­ing lot onto Route 41 and see the charred remains of trees after the Rail­road Fire, you remem­ber what Ian told you, about the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ing sequoias and how their cones could­n’t open to spawn with­out the pow­er of fire. 

 

 

From wreck­age comes rebirth.…

 

 

Then, as you look around the mono­lith­ic trees cov­er­ing the hills around the road, you might won­der how many have bears mak­ing their dens around them.

 

 

Getting There

 

 

For the fastest route from LA, take the I‑5 free­way north for about two hours and con­nect with CA-99 north just after you go over the Grapevine. Take the 99 all the way to Fres­no. There you con­nect to CA-41, dri­ve for an hour, and this will take you right to the park.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is locat­ed 62 miles north of Fres­no Inter­na­tion­al Air­port (FAT) on Cal­i­for­nia State High­way 41 and 2 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite.

Dur­ing the win­ter months, snow chains may be required on State High­way 41 or High­way 49. For high­way infor­ma­tion and snow chain require­ments, please call 800–427-7623.

When chain con­trol is in effect, all vehi­cles (includ­ing four-wheel dri­ve) must car­ry tire chains. In extreme weath­er con­di­tions, even four-wheel dri­ve vehi­cles will require chains.

 

 

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Visiting Yosemite with kids on a family trip can be incredible. Stay at the Tenaya Lodge where you can experience Yosemite nature in a luxury travel setting. Spas, private ice rinks and snowshoe hikes await!