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5 NIGHT WINE IN THE WOODS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 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 its 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. Nearby, the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a 350 room resort lying just outside the park, with a AAA Four Diamond rating. Tenaya Lodge offers deluxe accommodation and fine dining at fair prices and the ability to do special events. The location provides easy access into and out of Yosemite National Park.

DAY 1, SUNDAY — SEPTEMBER 12

ARRIVE TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

The program begins at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, located in Fish Camp CA just outside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Those flying in can be met upon arrival at Fresno Airport (code: FAT) and transferred to Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (additional cost, call for details). Tonight, gather for welcome cocktails and dinner accompanied by Spann Vineyards wines with your hosts Peter & Betsy Spann. (D)

DAY 2, MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 13

MARIPOSA GROVE / SPANN WINE AROMA SEMINAR & TASTING

This morning, enter Yosemite National Park. Led by a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist walk through the enormous Mariposa Grove, the largest and most prolific stand of ancient redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum). These are largest trees on earth, and this particular grove of trees stood tall during the height of the Roman Empire. The Grizzly Giant tree is estimated to be 2,400 years old and has a base circumference of 100 feet. The nearby General Sheridan Tree is 290 feet tall. Lunch at the historic Wawona Hotel, built in 1856, before returning to Tenaya Lodge. At 6pm, learn how to identify different aromas in wines, followed by a private tasting of the wines of Spann Vineyards. Dinner is at leisure tonight. (B, L)

DAY 3, TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 14

YOSEMITE VALLEY FLOOR / EL CAPITAN / PAIRED DINNER

Stop for a group photo at the Tunnel Entrance, overlooking Yosemite Valley. Then, 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 for his favorite timber sport. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge, paired with the wines of Spann Vineyards, focusing on Bordeaux grape varietals and blends.(B, L, D)

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 15

YOSEMITE VALLEY FLOOR

Tenaya Lodge’s expert local guide takes you on an exclusive tour of Yosemite Valley highlights, including the Tunnel View (group photo), Bridal Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Valley View. There will also be time to explore Yosemite Valley independently on foot and/or using the complimentary shuttles, Dinner is at leisure. Following dinner, there is also an optional night hike with flashlights to view the starlit sky (weather permitting) and nocturnal animals. (B)

DAY 5, THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 16

OPTIONAL TOURS IN YOSEMITE AND SURROUNDS

Today is ideal to return into the Yosemite Valley. Participate in a tour or activity that interests you most. The following activities are optional (additional cost), all conducted within Yosemite National Park:

MORNING:

  • Horseback and Mule ride with trail boss (2-3 hours, reasonable fitness)
  • Discovery Hike with guide (4 hours, 4 miles, easy pace)
  • Bike to Hike valley floor cycling with guide (3 hours, 4 miles)
  • Fly fishing with guide (8 hours, 2-6 miles of walking)

AFTERNOON:

  • Historic Ahwahnee Hotel tour with guide (1 hour)
  • Mirror Lake and Mist Trail Walk to Vernal Falls (self-guided, 3 hours, 3 miles)

Prices for optional tours will be available in July. Tonight, enjoy an extraordinary Farewell Dinner. We will dine outside, in the forest under the stars, enjoying a sumptuous meal paired with the wines of Spann Vineyards.(B, D)

NOTE: In the unlikely event of inclement weather, this dinner will be held indoors.

DAY 6, FRIDAY — SEPTEMBER 17

TOUR ENDS / DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

All good things must end. After breakfast, say goodbye to Betsy & Peter and our fellow Yosemite comrades. Those flying home from Fresno Airport will be transferred (pre-booking required, additional cost).  (B)

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.