5 NIGHT WINE IN THE WOODS
SUNDAY, MAY 23 – FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021
On June 30, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, protecting in perpetuity California’s Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove.That act gave birth to the concept of an American national park system, of which Yosemite became the 3rd national park. Over that long history Yosemite never ceases to amaze all who visit.This wondrous valley of glacier-carved granite teems with wildlife, giant redwoods and thundering waterfalls.
REVISED ITINERARY – CHANGED April 29, 2021 DUE TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RESTRICTIONS INSIDE YOSEMITE VALLEY AND WITHIN MADERA COUNTY CA
DAY 1, SUNDAY MAY 23
ARRIVE TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE
Those flying in will be met on arrival at Fresno Airport (code: FAT) and transferred to Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.Tonight enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner in the Embers Dining Room with your hosts Byron & Dana Dooley. (D)
DAY 2, MONDAY MAY 24
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOSEMITE VALLEY / WINE TASTING
Tenaya Lodge’s expert local guide takes you on our first day’s private tour of Yosemite Valley highlights, exploring the Wawona Meadow and visiting the Pioneer History Village.At Glacier Point View stop for iconic photos and a picnic lunch.There will also be time to explore Yosemite Valley on independently on foot. At 6pm enjoy a private Seven of Hearts wine tasting in the Embers Room with Byron Dooley.Dinner is at leisure tonight.(B)
DAY 3, TUESDAY MAY 25
SUGAR PINE RAILWAY / WINERY LUNCHEON / AX THROWING /
SEVEN OF HEARTS PAIRED DINNER
This morning board the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a 4-mile ride along century-old tracks that once carried immense logging trains.Afterward enjoy the museum here and gold panning before leaving the park.Driving down the mountain arrive at the small Sierra foothill community of Oakhurst.Enjoy lunch with wine at the Idle Hour Winery and adjacent Queen’s Inn, with a short lecture about this region’s wines.Lunch is followed by a sporting event that many will have never experienced; an hour of good, honest, old-fashioned ax throwing!Our host Nate Hodges was a highly ranked Timbersports athlete, who created a unique venue here in Oakhurst for his favorite timber sport.Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge’s Forest View Room, paired with the wines of Seven of Hearts.(B,L,D)
DAY 4, WEDNESDAY MAY 26
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOSEMITE VALLEY PART II
Today return to the Yosemite Valley for a second day exploring the park’s notable sights including Tunnel View where we’ll take our group photo, then Sentinel Bridge (site of Ansel Adams famous photograph) and Yosemite Falls.At the Yosemite Visitors Center there is ample time for an independent lunch at Degnan’s Cafe or from the Ahwahnnee Hotel.After lunch explore the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum with its exhibitions of native dwellings, wildlife and Yosemite’s pioneer history.Departing the Visitors Center we stop at El Capitan and Valley View before returning to Tenaya Lodge approximately 4pm.Dinner is at leisure tonight.(B,L)
DAY 5, THURSDAY MAY 27
OPTIONAL TOURS DAY – YOSEMITE AND SURROUNDS – FAREWELL DINNER
Today is about optional activities or pure relaxations.Choices include return into the Yosemite Valley in your car or on a Tenaya Lodge public touring coach.Or you may participate in an optional tour or activity that interests you most.The following optional activities (extra cost,paid on site to the specific operator), are conducted either within Yosemite National Park or outside of the National Park in close proximity to Tenaya Lodge:
- Horseback and Mule ride (2 hours) located near hotel
- Discovery Hike with guide (4 hours inside Yosemite)
- Bike to Hike valley floor cycling (3 hours inside Yosemite)
- Sierra Fly Fishing with expert guide (8 hours, 2-6 miles of walking outside Yosemite)
- Mariposa Grove by van transport with Kieron Keady or in your own car if you drove and secured a Yosemite entry pass valid for May 27th.Please understand, if this is allowed it is very physically demanding.Those willing and physically able may walk 2 miles uphill (altitude 6,500 feet), then the 1.5 miles along the relatively flat boardwalk, then return walking 2 miles downhill returning to the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. This is a total 4.5 to 5 mile hike at altitude.The reward is seeing and walking the renowned Mariposa Grove, the largest stand of giant sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park.
PLEASE NOTE: The situation with visiting Mariposa Grove is fluid and still subject to change. It may be possible to drive handicapped persons up and down the hill, from the parking lot to the Mariposa Grove and return, in a vehicle displaying a valid California state handicap placard.This is speculative right now and, as with all things inside Yosemite, subject to sudden rule changes by the National Parks Service.
Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner, dining under the stars.Enjoy a sumptuous meal paired with the wines of Seven of Hearts.(B,D)
NOTE: In the unlikely event of inclement weather, this dinner will be held indoors.
BOOKING AN INDIVIDUAL AUTO ENTRY PASS INSIDE YOSEMITE FOR TODAY
Cost: $35 per pass + $2 processing fee, $37 total. The park entry pass is valid for all occupants of the vehicle in which passholder enters the park. The pass is valid for 3 consecutive days, and must be booked seven (7) days in advance of the day you wish to enter.
If you wish to drive yourself on May 27th or 28th you can buy a pass at 8am Pacific Standard Time on May 21st or 22nd. Here is the National Park Service website link:
Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility devices, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push, etc. Expanding Horizons staff and other guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized tour programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.