If you are driving through California, Yosemite National Park is an essential stop. This magnificent natural beauty has a multitude of things to see and do, including the giant sequoia trees, glacier viewpoints and mountain hiking trails. My favourite sights in the park were Glacier Point, and the quietly stunning Tenaya Lake.
While in the forest, I was lucky to experience horseback riding with Yosemite Trails. Since 1938, this eco-friendly company has been leading tours through the wilderness on horseback. After becoming acquainted with my horse, Dove, and learning how to handle her in the arena, we set off for a one hour tour of Big Creek. Our guide, Kim, led our group of horses through a beautiful shaded canopy of towering pines.
In order to experience all that Yosemite has to offer, you will need to stay a night or two either in the park itself or just outside. Just two miles from Yosemite’s most popular entrance, Tenaya Lodge is the ideal accommodation. This resort offers a touch of luxury whilst staying true to its natural surroundings.
I enjoyed a very comfortable night’s stay in one of the newly renovated rooms. If I’d had more time, I would have loved to try one of the treatments at the idyllic Ascent Spa. The hotel also has a range of dining options, indoor and outdoor pools, and meeting rooms for business needs. In the holiday season the property comes to life with gingerbread house making in the winter, and BBQs in the summer.
The motto at Tenaya Lodge is “it’s like roughing it, minus the rough part” which suited me perfectly as I explored the wonders of this national treasure.
More information and book a stay at Tenaya Lodge here.