Not only this entire hotel is set in an historic property (dating back to 1849) the interiors are decorated with detail, care and in a cute vintage-meets-fantasy way.
Our room was decorated with flower motifs, wooden rocking chairs, a lot of fluffy cushions and even a couple of teddy bears lying in bed with a welcome card. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with a room that invites you to feel like a child, but with all the amenities adults enjoy.
Apparently there is a ghost named Lyle who lives in the hotel and is known to visit some of the guest rooms, specially if people snore! Luckily Lyle didn’t care about us (conclusive proof that we do not snore.. obviously!) and so we had a couple of nights with very good sleep! Yet we had a lot of fun reading the comments previous guests have left in a book that stays inside the room, telling stories of how they experienced their nights at The Groveland Hotel, both in natural and super natural ways!
Every morning, we left our teddy bears to carry on sleeping, while we enjoyed breakfast at The Cellar Door restaurant on the ground floor. Breakfast includes a mix of buffet items (breads, fruits, juices, pastries) and cooked-to-order preparations such as waffles and eggs. Service is pleasant and smiley, but of course we wouldn’t expect any less from a hotel that understands anyone can love the company of teddy bears.
In the evenings, the restaurant dresses up for dinner, served to both hotel guests and walk-in customers, indoors or al-fresco. If I were you, I’d save some space to choose a sweet ending from the extensive desert list.
We stayed in Groveland as a base to explore Yosemite National Park during a day trip. We found the distance between the hotel and the park to be convenient and there’s no doubt that the drive drive between both places is airy and pretty.
If you’re a fan of tours, The Groveland Hotel can organize excursions not only to Yosemite National Park, but also to wineries nearby. Other activities run by the hotel include white water rafting trips, antiquing and, on the gourmet side of things, wine and chocolate tastings.
Keep in mind that The Groveland Hotel is pet friendly and if you plan to spend the day in a place where your best friend might not be welcome (such as the hiking trails at Yosemite), he’ll be looked after by the team at the hotel.
For a great recipe that mixes an historical ambiance with friendly atmosphere and ideal location, book yourself into The Groveland Hotel.