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VISITORS GUIDE 2012 AHWAHNEE • BASS LAKE • CHOWCHILLA • COARSEGOLD • FISH CAMP • MADERA MADERA RANCHOS • NORTH FORK • OAKHURST • O’NEALS • RAYMOND • WAWONA


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Model-A Powered Railcars Museum Gift Shops Sandwich Shop Gold Panning


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Chowchilla���������������2 Explore the Past���������������3 Life in the Foothills������������������4 Madera Ranchos, Live the Dream����������������������������������5 Ahwahnee, Tribal Culture������������������7 Madera�����������������������������������������������������9 Vintner’s Retreat��������������������������������� 11 Small Town - Big Fun, Coarsegold�������������������������������������������� 15 Bass Lake: - A Vacation Destination������������������� 17 - No Boat, No Problem����������������������� 19 North Fork, Exact Center of California������������������ 20 Raymond������������������������������������������������ 22 Weddings����������������������������������������������� 23 Calendar of Events������������������������ 24-25 Nurturing Nature���������������������������������� 31

Oakhurst�������������������������������������������������32 Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Fish Camp�����������������������������33 Wawona���������������������������������������������������34 Yosemite in a Day���������������������������������37 Golf�����������������������������������������������������������38 Outdoor Recreation������������������������������39 Sierra Vista Scenic Byway�������������������41 Winter Magic������������������������������������������42 Nelder Grove�������������������������������������������42 5-Star Dining�����������������������������������������45 Picture Perfect��������������������������������������47 Yosemite at Night���������������������������������48 Safety������������������������������������������������������51 FACES OF TOURISM Blake Bufford������������������������������������������� 3 Supervisor Frank Bigelow��������������������� 4

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Supervisor David Rogers����������������������� 5 Supervisor Ronn Dominici�������������������� 9 Michael Blaylock����������������������������������� 11 Supervisor Max Rodriguez����������������� 13 Cox Family����������������������������������������������17 Supervisor Tom Wheeler���������������������21 President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt�������������������������������� 22 Talking Bear��������������������������������������������32 Max Stauffer������������������������������������������33 Burrel “Buckshot” Maier����������������������35 Shelton Johnson�����������������������������������36 Vern Black�����������������������������������������������40 Brenda Negley���������������������������������������43 Chris Mariscotti�������������������������������������44 Rose Wheeler�����������������������������������������46 Jon Bock�������������������������������������������������47 Nancy Robbins���������������������������������������49 Brian Allman�������������������������������������������51

INFORMATION Chambers of Commerce��������������������29 Highway Conditions, Mileage and Drive Times, Weather, Tours & Transportation��������������������������������������30 Dining Partners������������������������������������44 Campgrounds Sierra National Forest and Bass Lake Recreation Area����������������50 Wilderness Information, Permits, RV Parks��������������������������������50 Lodging�������������������������������������������52-55 MAPS Bass Lake��������������������������������������������� 19 Sierra Vista Scenic Byway��������������� 27 Madera County/ Southern Yosemite���������������28, 29 Yosemite Valley���������������������� 29 California, Chowchilla/ Madera�����������30

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Chowchilla The western way of life is still alive and well in Chowchilla. Each year the annual Chowchilla Stampede, a large, five-day rodeo kicks off with a massive cattle drive down the city’s main street. Chowchilla’s history goes even further back than that at the Fossil Discovery Center, south of town. This museum showcases the fossilized remains of Colombian Mammoths, Saber-toothed Cats and other animals found right there on-site, that all lived in the area more than 450,000 years ago. For something more current, visit the Madera County Fair each year at the fairgrounds in Chowchilla. The fair features big-named acts, exciting carnival rides and more each May.

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Consortium of southern Yosemite museums Capture • explore • Marvel • InvestIgate • reMInIsCe www.southernyosemitemuseums.org • Museum • Restored Caboose 51 From The SJ&E Railroad • Operational 1905 Dolbeer Steam Donkey • Hydroelectric Plant Central Sierra • Ampitheater Historical Society • Pine Logging Camp AT CAMP EDISON (Remote Site) 42642 Tollhouse Road • Native American Culture P.O. Box 617 Shaver Lake, CA 93664 • Speakers Program 559-841-4478 • Special Events

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Children’s Museum of the Sierra “A world of hands-on exploration awaits you.”

Be a fireman Tues - Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m. or take a ride Sun: on the pirate ship! 1p.m. - 4p.m. Explore butterflies, fossils Call for & fluorescent rocks. extended

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Explore the History of Coarsegold & Eastern Madera County

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• Restored buildings • Artifacts • Research Library

1790 Ballroom Slippers The Corset Display Civil War Memorabilia Men’s & Children’s Sections & Much More!

Tours available by appointment for individuals, groups, clubs and schools

Call for information or to schedule an appointment

559-642-4448

Hours vary by season www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

Raymond Museum: The Charles Miller House

Fostering an Awareness of History and Appreciation of Vintage Fashion

Call for Museum Hours

Museum: 559-658-6999

40680 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 www.kingvintagemuseum.org

• Built in 1886 • Listed on the California Registry of Historic Places • Learn the of secret of why between 1886 and 1946 “all roads led to Raymond”

Road 600 • Raymond • (559) 689-1886 www.southernyosemitemuseums.org/rm

A Glance at Life at the Turn of the Century

THE THORNBERRY HOUSE Visit the Thornberry Family Log Cabin

Capture the flavor of family life in the mountains a century ago

Over 100 years old!

Located at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Daily

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Faces of Tourism: Blake Bufford Most paleontologists have to go to remote regions to follow their science. For Blake Bufford, who was born and raised in Madera, the discovery of the largest Pleistocene fossil bed in the western United States in Chowchilla is a truly unique and rare opportunity to work in his own backyard. “I was always interested in fossils and generally intrigued by things from the past,” he said. “I think the Fossil Discovery Center and dig site has more meaning because I grew up in the valley and the fact that all these animals, all these remains were found in my neighborhood makes it a little more personal and interesting.” Bufford has been working at the dig site since 1993 and can be found at the Fossil Discovery Center sharing his passion with guests. “The best part is sharing with the kids who come in. You get to see them become interested in paleontology.” To find out more about the creatures that once roamed the region, visit the Fossil Discovery Center located off exit 164 on Highway 99 just outside of Chowchilla at 19450 Ave. 21 ½. You can also plan your visit online at www.maderamammoths.org.

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Faces of Tourism: Frank Bigelow MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR - O'NEALS - DISTRICT 1

Some people have a favorite spot or activity where they live. Supervisor Frank Bigelow enjoys the variety of Madera County.

“We have a great life, a diversity of life. That’s what’s exciting about Madera County.“ Bigelow, a rancher from the small town of O’Neals, relishes the history of the region. At the same time, he is proud that the communities have progressed without losing their identity. “We’ve evolved, changed, diversified. Along the way with all of these changes, the community hasn’t lost its traditional values and history. Many ranchers, early settlers whose families are still here after many generations, exist and carry on the traditions that have been handed down.” From older communities like Raymond to newer towns such as Madera Ranchos and everywhere between, Supervisor Bigelow says the old combined with new creates lasting traditions to be shared with visitors, creating special experiences for them.

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Madera Ranchos

Madera Ranchos is a small community in Western Madera County. This town is in the heart of the county’s agricultural industry but also has a Hollywood connection that many find surprising. Jackie Gleason of The Honeymooners fame and Jack Haley who played The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz founded the community. Many of the streets bear the names of their celebrated friends such as Caron, Gabor and Loren Way. Throughout the town and beyond you will see ample farmland. Nearly 664,000 acres, more than half of the county, are devoted to farming. Almonds, pistachios and grapes are the top crops, with many more grown in Madera County and sent out to the rest of the country and beyond.

Faces of Tourism: David Rogers MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR - CHOWCHILLA - DISTRICT 2

One could say that Madera County Supervisor David Rogers’ life is on the rocks.

Rogers is an avid rock climber, having scaled the most famous locations in Yosemite and Madera County. Supervisor Rogers' first climb was 15 years ago, and it ignited a new passion. “It was 30 feet, not that big. But it took everything I had mentally. From then on, it got easier and easier.” He and his sons have even blazed some of their own trails. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

“We began to name some of our own climbs in the area of Jackass Rock on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway.” Those climbs have special meaning for him, as they have created family traditions. “We made a ritual of taking my sons up and rapelling off of Jackass Rock in the full moon.” If you’re hanging around the rocks in Madera County, keep an eye out for Supervisor Rogers. Perhaps he’ll show you a few of his special climbing spots. 5


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Named after one of the many indigenous tribes that lived in the area, Ahwahnee (uh-wah-nee) is a small town located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Located just half an hour from the southern entrance to Yosemite, Ahwahnee is known for its charming bed and breakfasts, offering couples a romantic retreat or a fun getaway for a family. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the mountains and truly get away from it all without being far from all the amenities in this peaceful, mountain town.

Tribal Culture The history of Madera County goes back more than a century with gold miners, loggers and farmers. However, the region’s past reaches even further with the numerous tribes of Native Americans who called this area home for centuries. The unique culture of the tribes can be witnessed at museums and special events held throughout the year by each of the people that still live in the region. The Sierra Mono Indian Museum in North Fork, for instance, is one of the few tribal owned-and-operated museums in the country. There you can learn about their past while also seeing many of their customs still practiced today. Both the Mono Indians as well as the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians host annual Pow-Wows that bring in tribes from throughout California and beyond. The result is a celebration of each groups' identity in a colorful display of pageantry. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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More than 37,000 acres of Madera County countryside produce varieties of both red and white wine grapes. Many of those grapes found their way in to local wineries and to wineries throughout California. In fact, many of the wineries in the state’s more well-known wine regions buy their grapes from this area, proving that Madera County really is California’s wine country.

Faces of Tourism: Ronn Dominici MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR - MADERA - DISTRICT 3

When Madera County Supervisor Ronn Dominici has some time to relax, he enjoys sampling the fruits of others' labor: the winegrowers and winemakers of the Madera Wine Trail.

The wineries along the Madera Wine Trail are family-owned-and-operated, giving guests a more authentic experience than other areas. “The small wineries are more personable to the point that when they’re giving samples, it’s the winemaker pouring the sample. That is something that is really special and people like that,” said Dominici. The longtime supervisor said the numerous varieties bring more people to the trail’s special events. “You see more people from out of the county on the trail, and they’re leaving with cases of wine. That’s beautiful.” When out wine tasting, keep an eye out for Supervisor Dominici. Together you can raise a glass in honor of the family wineries along the Madera Wine Trail.

Madera is the seat of the county bearing the same name and serves as the gathering point for the county’s government. This is a role the city is well acquainted with, as Madera has long been the center of the county’s activities throughout its history. Logging companies in the mountains sent the trees felled by lumberjacks to Madera via a more than 50 mile water flume. Farmers had already begun taking advantage of the fertile soil, sending their crops throughout the county and beyond. The county’s first courthouse is located in Madera and now serves as a historic museum showcasing the rich and diverse history of Madera. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Many of the wineries along The Madera Wine Trail have public tasting rooms, allowing you to sample their creations as you explore California’s Gateway to Yosemite. Smaller and more intimate than many of the larger wineries in other areas of California, you get a more one-on-one experience with the winery staff, learning about the processes and the passion that go in to each bottle. You can explore on your own or during one of the three Wine Trail Weekends each year. The wineries pull out all the stops and bring in live entertainment, art, food and more which add to the experience of exploring the Madera Wine Trail.

Faces of Tourism: Michael Blaylock - Sweet success Michael Blaylock is living the sweet life as the winemaker for Quady Winery in Madera. Quady has become known for its sweet wines that stand out from the more typical varieties found elsewhere. From the most experienced connoisseur to a newcomer to wine, Quady’s offerings are expanding horizons.

“I think there is a renaissance and resurgence in interest in sweet wines. You’ll notice new people coming in to the wine drinking-market, a lot are the younger crowd. People haven’t been brought up with trying only dry wines, so they’re not afraid to like something different,” he said. Even after more than 30 years in the industry, Blaylock still enjoys pouring at wine tastings and seeing the reaction one of his wines elicits. “When people come by and try Essensia or Elysium their face lights up, and they like it. It’s really neat when you can touch someone’s senses.” YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Faces of Tourism: Max Rodriguez MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR - MADERA - DISTRICT 4

When not busy handling the affairs of Madera County, Supervisor Max Rodriguez likes gathering with family in the high country in search of rainbow trout.

“We all pack up and take off for a few days to get a good campsite and go fishing. We’ve been doing that for 25 years,” he said.

If one person is catching fish, the others will take up position right next to him as a joke.

Along with two of his nephews and their sons, Rodriquez heads out and enjoys the cool mountain air and family time.

Madera County offers ample angling opportunities, and in turn, the chance for you to start a new family tradition with your loved ones.

“We’ve been very lucky with the fish. We camp, we talk about the old days and have a lot fun,” he said.

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“We have fun with it, we don’t get upset.”

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Named for the gold found in a nearby stream during California’s gold rush, Coarsegold is a small mountain community known for its Las Vegas style gaming as well as a historic museum, beautiful bed and breakfast and fun events throughout the year. The annual rodeo brings in top-notch competitors from throughout the United States, while the Coarsegold Tarantula Festival honors the eight-legged creatures that live around the community. The annual Peddler’s Fair each Memorial and Labor Day brings in hundreds antique and collectables vendors with unique items, all within the ambiance of a charming, historic town.

Coarsegold Coarsegold holds a popular festival each year in celebration of an unlikely honoree: the tarantula. Tarantulas are common in this area although rarely seen except during the fall months, which is the creature’s mating season. Each October, the amorous arachnids can be found in the area as they crawl out of their homes in search of eightlegged love. Instead of hiding in their homes, local residents welcome the tarantulas’ emergence and celebrate it at the Tarantula Festival, held the last Saturday of every October. There, kids (and curious parents) can learn about how the harmless creatures live and benefit the ecosystem and even hold one, should they feel so inclined. There are also baking contests, a screaming contest, hairiest leg competition for men and women, costume contests for kids and much more. Small towns are known for their unique attributes, and Coarsegold certainly takes that to a new level.

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Bass Lake is a popular vacation spot that has attracted families for generations. Added to the ambiance created by the beautiful blue waters of Bass Lake and framed by the Sierra National Forest, everything you need for your vacation is right here. Hotels, camping, cabins and vacation rentals are all located moments from shore if not right at the water’s edge. If you are hungry, grab a famous burger from The Forks Resort or Miller’s Landing Resort or enjoy fine dining at Ducey’s On The Lake located in The Pines Resort. If you prefer to do it yourself, you’ll find everything you need at the well stocked Pines Market. While there, shop for gifts, art and more at the shops in the Pines Village.

Faces of Tourism: Cox Family When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. That explains why The Forks Resort has been operated by one family for 71 years. Leslie Cox’s family has been running The Forks since her grandfather purchased it in 1941. He later built a home for his family that is still the residence for Leslie and her husband Ron. Their son Adam works as a manager during his summers off as a special education teacher, and daughter, McKenzie, has now rejoined the business after earning her MBA. “I always knew I would come back. This is home.” Leslie agreed, saying Bass Lake and The Forks has always been home not just for her family, but countless others as well. “We’ve had kids who come back with their children and then their grandkids,” said Leslie. The tradition will continue for guests and the Cox family alike, as McKenzie plans to one day run the resort and hopes her future children will too. “That’s the plan.” YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Take to the cool waters of Bass Lake for some fishing, wakeboarding or perhaps a party with friends, but you don’t have a boat. That won’t be a problem, as you can pick up fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons or even personal watercraft at several spots on the lake. Bass Lake Water Sports located at The Pines Resort, The Forks Resort and Miller’s Landing all offer watercraft rentals for any day on the lake. It’s easy to take to the waters at Bass Lake for a fun day with family and friends.

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North Fork is a town in the middle of it all. Located in the exact geographic center of California, North Fork is a small mountain community with a lot of history. Evidence of its logging past can be seen throughout the town, especially during the annual Logger’s Jamboree each July. Its past goes back even further, as Native American tribes inhabited the area for centuries. See their history at the Sierra Mono Indian Museum in North Fork, one of the few tribally-owned-and-operated museums in America. North Fork is also a popular starting-point of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, a 100mile journey through some of the most scenic country imaginable. Spend a little time in North Fork, and you’ll experience a small town with a big heart.

Exact Center of California

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Years of debate were ended in 1993 when the suspected center of the Golden State was verified by exact geo-positioning satellite technology. Now visitors from all corners of California and the world can find themselves at the exact center of California. Located just 2.7 miles off the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway on Italian Bar Road (Rd. 225), the site is marked by a permanent survey plate. A monument was constructed and dedicated by the North Fork History Group in 1998. Find it yourself at Latitude 37° 9' 58.23" N and Longitude 119° 26' 58.29" W.

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Faces of Tourism: Tom Wheeler MADERA COUNTY SUPERVISOR - NORTH FORK - DISTRICT 5

Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler is a true advocate for the county, but one of his favorite places is the annual Logger’s Jamboree in his home town of North Fork. Wheeler truly has lived the lumberjack lifestyle the event honors. He has won each of the events at least once since he started competing in 1959. He still participates and can be seen in the contestants’ area, always with a smile as he laughs with the other competitors. The annual Logger’s Jamboree highlights his town’s heritage, one of the reasons he supports the event to this day. “It showcases North Fork and what logging is all about. It’s also an exciting competition, showing how logging was done.” When you go to the Logger’s Jamboree, look for the tallest competitor with the biggest smile. That will likely be Supervisor Wheeler, enjoying the living history in his home town of North Fork.

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There was a time when there was only one way to get to Yosemite and Raymond was the last stop on that trek. A train took you through Madera up to Raymond, where you took the rest of the journey by stage. One of Yosemite’s earliest and most famous supporters, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was even a guest in Raymond once as he made the journey to Yosemite National Park. Raymond is famous for another reason — many people take the town for granite. The town’s quarry produces beautiful, high-quality granite which has been used in some of the most beautiful and auspicious government and private buildings in America and beyond.

800/658-2888

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Whether in front of a backdrop of endless vineyards, a peaceful lake or Half Dome, many people choose Madera County to say “I do.” There are endless options to make the big day special, but no matter what you choose, you’ll know that the scenic beauty of Yosemite and Madera County will help make that day you’ve been dreaming of perfect. While you’re busy writing your vows, let our partners take care of all the details. We can help you find caterers, cakes, DJs and of course, the perfect location. We'll even show you which permits you need for a wedding in Yosemite. Visit www.YosemiteThisYear.com/romantic to begin planning your dream wedding.

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See additional events, dates and information online at: www.yosemitethisyear.dev/events

Central Sierra Woodcarvers Rendezvous Oakhurst, (559)658-2405, www.oakhurstchamber.com

JANUARY  Wine Education Classes Madera

www.apcalwine.com (559)674-9463

FEBRUARY Valentine Wine Express

Chowchilla, www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-5603

Wine & Chocolate Weekend Madera Wine Trail

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

Fresno Flats Ragtime Festival

Oakhurst, www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, (559)683-6570

Mardi Gras Party Madera

www.apcalwine.com, (559)674-9463

MARCH  Winemasters Weekend at Tenaya

Lodge Fish Camp, www.tenayalodge.com, (888)514-2167

Chowchilla Speedway Season Opening Chowchilla, www.chowchillafair.org, (559)665-3728

MAY

60th Annual Coarsegold Rodeo  oarsegold, www.thecoarsegoldrodeo.com, C (559)683-1952

32nd Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby  ass Lake, www.basslakechamber.com, B (559)642-3676

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair Bass Lake, www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

Oakhurst Home & Garden Show Oakhurst,

www.oakhurstchamber.com, (559)683-7766

22nd Annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show Bass Lake, www.acbs-tahoe.org,

(559)733-8379

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair  howchilla, www.chowchillafair.org, C (559)665-3728

Memorial Day Weekend Peddler’s Fair Coarsegold,

53rd Annual Logger’s Jamboree  orth Fork, www.north-fork-chamber.com, N (559)877-7700

Chowchilla Lions Club Fireworks Show Chowchilla, www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-7639

City of Madera - 4th of July Spectacular  adera, www.maderachamber.com, M (559)661-5495

Oakhurst Community Band Patriotic Concert Oakhurst, www.oakhurstband.com, (559)760-3849

Family Freedom Fest Coarsegold,

www.yosemitethisyear.com/events, (866)565-1379

AUGUST

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair Bass Lake, www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

42nd Annual North Fork Pow Wow  orth Fork, www.sierramonomuseum.org, N (559)877-2115

www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, (559)683-3900

Harvest Festival Madera,

Spring Wine Trail Adventue Madera Wine Trail 

SEPTEMBER

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

www.maderachamber.com, (559)673-3290

Bass Lake Home Tour Bass Lake Lions

(559)645-4001, www.maderachamber.com

Club, www.basslakehometour.com, (559)642-3037

Golden Chain Theater, Oakhurst, www.visionacademy.com, (559)683-7972

JUNE

Annual Kiwanis Run for the Gold Car Show Oakhurst, www.runforthegold.net,

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

(559)683-4636, www.basslaketri.com

Smokey Bear Run/Walk Bass Lake,

A Grand Night of Entertainment,

Coarsegold, www.theblueherononline.com, (559) 658-7466

Flatlander Day Parade Madera Ranchos,

Bass Lake Classic Triathlon Bass Lake,

(559)877-6500

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair Bass Lake,

www.smokeybearrun.com, (559)275-6318

www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

APRIL

Bass Lake Boat Fest 2012 Bass Lake,

13th Annual Chowchilla Chamber Classic Car Show Chowchilla,

www.v-driveboats.com, (559)322-9340

www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-5603

Annual Chowchilla Stampede Chowchilla,

Art, Music and Dinner in the Meadow Coarsegold,

Labor Day Weekend Peddler’s Fair Coarsegold,

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org, (559)642-4448

www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, (559)683-3900

JULY

Old Timers Day Parade and “Day in the Park” Madera, www.maderachamber.com,

www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-3056

27th Annual Raymond Parade and Family Fun Day Raymond,

www.southyosemitemuseums.org, (559)689-3341

Stage Route Tour Coarsegold

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Light Up the Sky Annual Fireworks Show  ass Lake, www.basslakechamber.com, B (559)642-3676

(559)673-0291

Madera District Fair Madera,

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Yosemite Flute & Art Festival Oakhurst,

www.yosemiteflutefest.com, (559)641-5980

15th Annual Mountain Heritage Days & Parade Oakhurst, www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, (559)683-6570

OCTOBER Sierra Art Trails Mountain Communities, www.sierraarttrails.org, (559)658-8844

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century  ass Lake, www.fresnocycling.com, B (559)299-0175

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair Bass Lake, www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

Stage Route Tour Coarsegold,

Christmas Bazaar North Fork,

MAY THRU MID-OCTOBER EVERY THURSDAY

www.north-fork-chamber.com, (559)877-4554

Oakhurst Farmers Market Oakhurst,

Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree Lighting Oakhurst,

MAY THRU OCTOBER - EVERY SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAYS JUNE-AUG

www.oakhurstchamber.com, (559)642-0313

Christmas at Fresno Flats Oakhurst,

(559)683-7117

Moonlight Special Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad 

www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, (559)683-6570

Fish Camp, www.yosemitestreamtrains.com, (559)683-7273

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting  adera Ranchos, www.maderachamber.com, M

JUNE THRU AUGUST EVERY FRIDAY

Oakhurst Community Band Holiday Concert Oakhurst, www.oakhurstband.com,

(559)658-7466

(559)645-4001

(559)760-3849

Christmas Melodrama 

Friday Night on the Lakes  oarsegold www.theblueherononline.com C JUNE THRU SEPTEMBER EVERY FRIDAY

Friday Night LIVE Concert 

Madera www.apcalwine.com, (559)674-9463

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org, (559)642-4448

Golden Chain Theatre, Oakhurst, www.goldenchaintheatre.org, (559)683-7112

13th Annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival Coarsegold,

SEASONAL

(559)683-7112

EVERY WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY ALL YEAR

Concerts in the Park Madera,

www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, (559)683-3900

Fiesta in the Park Madera, (559)674-9354 Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Pow Wow Coarsegold, www.chukchansi.net/powwow.aspx, (559)642-2262

19th Annual Grizzly Century Ride  North Fork, www.grizzlycentury.org

Oakhurst Chocolate & Wine Festival  akhurst, www.oakhurstchamber.com, O (559)683-7766

NOVEMBER

Madera Flea Market

www.maderafleamarket.com, (559)213-4554 JAN-MARCH & JUNE

Team Roping Chowchilla,

www.chowchillafair.org, (559)665-3728

JUNE THRU SEPTEMBER AND HOLIDAYS

Golden Chain Theatre Melodrama  akhurst, www.goldenchaintheatre.org, O JUNE THRU SEPTEMBER

www.maderaarts.org, (559)661-7005 JUNE THRU MARCH - SELECT SATURDAYS

Diaz Motorsports/Chowchilla Barnburner Series Chowchilla, www.racingdms.com, (559)706-1916

MARCH THRU OCTOBER

Chowchilla Speedway Short Track Racing

Series, Chowchilla, www.racechowchilla.com, (559)665-3728 MAY THRU MID-OCTOBER EVERY WEDNESDAY

Bass Lake Farmers Market Oakhurst, www.goodoldaze.com/market.htm, (559)642-8163

Madera Pomegranate Celebration  adera, www.pomfest.com, (559)673-3563 M Annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony Bass Lake, www.basslake.com, (559)642-3121

4th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair  Bass Lake, www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend - Madera Wine Trail 

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

Holiday Art Affair Madera,

www.maderaarts.org, (559)661-7005

DECEMBER Chowchilla Lions Club 45th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Chowchilla,

www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-8615

Christmas Gala at the Museum Madera,

www.maderachamber.com, (559)673-0291

Christmas Tree Lighting Coarsegold, www.coarsegoldchamber.com, (559)642-2262

Madera County is … exciting

Madera Tractor Parade of Lights & Candlelight Wine Stroll Madera,

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W E H AV E A D I A M O N D F O R E V E R Y S E A S O N I N YO S E M I T E . Featuring one of Yosemite’s finest lodging options, the first-class Ascent Spa, fi ve dining venues and endless activities, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite presents guests with a Four Diamond resort experience for all four seasons.

Hike over to TenayaLodge.com or call 888-322-5495.

Hospitality by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Inc. ©2012 DNC Parks at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, LLC. 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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NATIONAL PARK

The only thing missing from the heart of Yosemite is you. There simply is no way to

be more in the middle of it all – out here away from it all. Visit YosemitePark.com or call (801) 559-4877. ©2011 – Hospitality by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

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Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Sierra National Forest

Sierra National Forest

Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway*

Madera/Chowchilla see map on page 30

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Pull out these four inside pages to carry with you!

See detailed map on page 19

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Madera County Southern Yosemite

Area Map for

Sierra National Forest

Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams Wilderness


Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce (559) 642-2262 coarsegoldchamber.com

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www.YosemiteThisYear.com

40637 Highway 41 Oakhurst CA 93644

(559) 683-4636

SINCE 1986

Serving Madera County

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce (559) 665-5603 ci.chowchilla.ca.us

Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce (559) 642-3676 basslakchamber.com

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:

(map on page 30)

Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce (559) 645-0634

North Fork Chamber of Commerce (559) 877-2410 north-fork-chamber.com

See detailed map on page 27

Madera District Chamber of Commerce (559) 673-3563 maderachamber.com

See detailed map on page 19

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce (559) 683-7766 oakhurstchamber.com

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Getting Here... H I G H WAY C O N D I T I O N S

Yosemite National Park nps.gov/yose • (209)372-0200

Caltrans

dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi (800)427-7623

Mileage and drive times to Oakhurst FROM

MILEAGE 

DRIVE TIME

Bakersfield.................155 miles........ 2.5 hours Chowchilla................... 58 miles......1.25 hours Fresno........................... 48 miles.....50 minutes Las Vegas...................438 miles............7 hours Los Angeles...............275 miles........ 4.5 hours Madera......................... 46 miles.....45 minutes Merced.......................... 67 miles......1.25 hours Monterey....................195 miles............3 hours Sacramento..............170 miles............3 hours San Diego...................380 miles............6 hours San Francisco...........213 miles............4 hours San Jose....................180 miles............3 hours San Luis Obispo........155 miles............3 hours Santa Barbara..........282 miles............5 hours

W E AT H E R R E P O R T National Weather Service nws.noaa.gov • (559)291-1068

U.S. Forest Service

www.fs.fed.us • (559)658-7588

Highway 41 into Yosemite National Park rarely suffers impassability.

Sierra National Forest Bass Lake Ranger Headquarters (559)877-2218

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES LOWHIGH

Jan 26° Feb 29° March 31° April 35° May 32° June 48°

47° 55° 59° 59° 73° 82°

LOWHIGH

July 53°

Aug 52° Sept 52° Oct 47° Nov 39° Dec 26°

90° 90° 90° 85° 74° 46°

Tours & Transportation: Whether you are looking for a group tour of Yosemite National Park, a private tour with friends and family, transportation around the region or airport pick up – these friendly tour & transportation operators are happy to help.

Discover Yosemite

(Ad on page 34] 559-642-4400 • www.DiscoverYosemite.com

Rose's Starlight Taxi 559-641-6641

Yosemite & Beyond Tour

559-641-6789 • www.YosemiteAndBeyond.com

Yosemite Private Tours

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While you're experiencing the beauty and magic of nature, it can be easy to forget that it’s also fragile. The plants and animals of the region live in a delicate balance, and it’s in our best interest to take care of the surroundings so we may pass the beauty on to future generations. When in the wilderness, be sure not to leave food where animals can get it. Not only can it affect their health, animals that become dependent on humans for food become a danger to themselves and people. When camping, be sure to obtain the proper campfire permits and be cognizant of the current fire conditions. Make sure campfires are completely extinguished and only built in designated areas. By nurturing nature, we can ensure the surroundings are as beautiful and vibrant for generations to come. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Faces of Tourism: Talking Bear While most of the faces of tourism are welcoming, this one has more of a fierce demeanor, but is loved by locals and visitors alike. The Talking Bear in Oakhurst is a fixture in this foothill community. it’s a landmark people use to help guide visitors to the town, and an attraction that has a tremendous following. Located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 426, the Talking Bear has been a mainstay here for more than 55 years. Originally brought here by the Shollenbarger brothers to promote their real estate business, the Talking Bear now lives in front of Century 21 Ditton Realty, regaling all who push the button about the history of bears in Oakhurst. Countless people take their photos with the Talking Bear, and he even has a Facebook page with nearly 5,000 friends. While in Oakhurst, be sure to add your picture to his collection.

Only 15 miles to Yosemite’s South Entrance

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Faces of Tourism: Max Stauffer Owning a historic railroad is interesting, but the back story of how a family of Swiss immigrants came to realize the American Dream is even more fascinating.

Max Stauffer was a boy when his family came to the US aboard the Queen Mary in 1950. While hailing from Switzerland, the Stauffers owned several cheese factories in Hungary. After Nazis invaded in 1944 and then the Soviets in 1950, the family decided to come to America. In 1965 they learned about logging equipment for sale. Looking to preserve the history of their new home, they purchased the first of two Shay locomotives, and the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad was born. In addition to maintaining the railroad, Max is the president of the Board of Directors of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, and an advocate for tourism throughout the region. But his passion remains in the cab of his historic trains, driving people through time.

Riding the nearly-century-old Shay Locomotives of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish Camp is the closest you can get to time travel. These authentic steam engines take guests on a ride through the Sierra National Forest, recreating the history of the lumberjacks who once rode the same rails, logging the forest in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Each blast from the whistle and ring of the bell calls to young and old who can’t help but smile when they see the trains. The history remains alive at the Thornberry Museum on-site, showcasing actual tools used by lumberjacks at the time. The gold panning operation teaches children how miners in the area once tried to eke out a living as they scoured the land searching for the precious metal. Many people travel to find themselves. When you hear the whistle, you may just find yourself in another era, reliving the past.

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Few places can boast as an impressive backdrop for a round of golf as Wawona, the only course in a National Park. Enjoy a relaxing round of nine-hole golf. Various birds, deer and perhaps even a bear may be seen nearby. Located only 12 miles from the south entry gate, Wawona also boasts a beautiful historic hotel, vacation home rentals, pioneer history village, a scenic covered bridge spanning the Merced River and much more.

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Faces of Tourism: Burrel “Buckshot” Maier As you drive to Yosemite, stop at the Pioneer History Center in Wawona and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported through history. Burrel“Buckshot” Maier will be your driver on that journey.

Buckshot is the only stagecoach driver / Park Ranger in all the National Park Service. His 10-minute stage tours, historically accurate to every detail, recreate a section of the trail taken by travelers until 1915. Buckshot believes it’s important to connect people with the history. “You left Wawona at 8 a.m. and arrived in Yosemite at 4 p.m. changing horses four times. Today you make it in 45 minutes to an hour,” says Buckshot. Buckshot has spent the past 35 years driving the stage and recreating turn-of-the-century life at the Pioneer Village. If the old saying is correct, Buckshot hasn’t worked a day in the park in his life – he loves what he does and being with the visitors. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Faces of Tourism: Shelton Johnson With over 100 rangers working inside Yosemite, it takes someone special to be known as the park’s face. Park Ranger Shelton Johnson has achieved just that.

Johnson was heavily featured in a popular 2009 Ken Burns documentary about the National Park system and was seen again by millions on the Oprah Winfrey Show featuring Yosemite. Shelton’s love of Yosemite is strong, as he inspires people to look below the surface. “People don’t love the park, they love the place. The park is a political designation; it’s the place itself that people connect with in a deep, psychological nature. I want people to look beyond the surface beauty to see the much grander, deeper beauty." 36

It’s that habit of looking for the hidden meaning that has helped Johnson bring the story of the Buffalo Soldiers to so many. “There was this history of African American stewardship known to only a handful of people. Now between Ken Burns, Oprah and associated media, now over 75 million people know about them.” By looking at who the Buffalo Soldiers were and connecting that story with visitors, he has restored an important piece of Yosemite history and inspired many. YOSEMITE SIERRA VISITORS BUREAU • (559) 683-4636


One could easily spend a lifetime in Yosemite and still not see everything this magical place has to offer. Few people have that luxury, however. For those on a tight schedule, here are a few highlights to see in Yosemite in one day.

Start your day in the morning at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This stand of stately giants holds some of the most amazing specimens of Giant Sequoia. Afterwards, head over to the Wawona Pioneer Village to get a glimpse of pioneer life in the park. Continue on to Yosemite Valley. You’ll go through Tunnel View, but you’ll also want to stop on your way back in the afternoon for the best photographs. Make your way to Bridalveil Fall and take the short hike to YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

the base of the fall for an amazing if somewhat damp view. From there, head to the heart of the valley. A free shuttle bus takes you from the parking lot to other main icons, like Sentinel Bridge, El Capitan picnic area and Yosemite Falls trailhead. Once you’ve had your fill, head back toward the south entrance, stopping again at Tunnel View for the breathtaking vista. Then continue on to Glacier Point for the most memorable sunset you will ever experience. 37


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THE HOMESTEAD COTTAGES

There are plenty of places to tee up in California’s Gateway to Yosemite. Madera Golf Course is a popular municipal course with 18 holes of par 72 golf. Ahwahnee’s Sierra Meadows County Club and River Creek Golf Course both offer a scenic round of golf framed by mighty oaks and towering pines. Finally, take on Yosemite’s 94 year-old Wawona Golf Course, the only course in a national park. Member Golf Courses:

“Secluded on 160 acres of woodland, this off-the-beaten-path establishment is a gem.” ~Frommers Travel Guide

Madera Municipal Golf Course 23200 Road 17 www.MaderaGolf.com 559-675-3504

River Creek Golf Course 41709 Road 600, Ahwahnee www.RiverCreekGolfCourse.com 559-683-5600

Sierra Meadows County Club 46516 Opah Drive, Ahwahnee www.SierraMeadows.com 559-642-1343

Wawona Golf Course Yosemite National Park, Wawona www.YosemitePark.com 209-375-6572

The Homestead Cottages are immaculate and offer comfortable living rooms with fireplaces, romantic bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and inviting country kitchens stocked daily with a continental breakfast. Perfect for your Yosemite getaway Satellite TV and Radio, Free WiFi, Outdoor BBQ, Daily Maid Service, Non-Smoking, Close to Golf, Hiking and Restaurants

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Fresh air, beautiful views and a multitude of new experiences and outdoor adventures await you on your vacation to Yosemite and Madera County. Whether you’re tackling Half Dome, the most famous and strenuous hike in Yosemite, racing in the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon or going for the full eight seconds on a bull at the Chowchilla Stampede rodeo, life is lived to its fullest when outdoors. If you enjoy the outdoors in a more relaxing fashion, try sleigh rides outside Yosemite, a nice hike on the Lewis Creek Trail or enjoy great music at the concerts in the park in Madera. Take on the great outdoors, and make your vacation truly yours.

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Faces of Tourism: Vern Black Throughout Madera County you get glimpses of what life was like decades ago. Some people still live that way, such as Vern Black, owner of the Jones Store along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway.

Black’s family lived at Beasore Meadow for over a century. Sometimes passing cattle ranchers would ask if they had matches or some other item they needed. As a result, they started a store which grew to become a landmark now known for its mouthwatering hamburgers and amazing pie. Stop at the Jones store and you’ll hear Vern talking with other long-time residents and regular visitors about the way things were long ago. Kids will get to pick from a large bin of small toys to take away as a souvenir, while parents take with them memories of a much simpler time, a time still alive and well at Jones Store.

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Visit Oakhurst’s First Winery and Taste our AwardWinning Wines OPEN FOR WINETASTING: JUNE-AUGUST: Wed - Sun : 12 pm - 4 pm SEPT-MAY: Friday - Sun : 12 pm - 4 pm Or By Appt.

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2009 Pinot Noir

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Often described as a “hidden Yosemite,” the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is a 100-mile drive through the Sierra National Forest that affords travelers some of the most spectacular views in the region. Starting at 3,000 feet and eventually climbing to more than 7,000, the Byway winds past unique rock formations like Arch Rock and Globe Rock, past vantage points offering sweeping panoramas of the Sierra Nevada like Mile High Overlook and through verdant meadows like Soda Springs and Beasore. Another point of interest is the Jesse Ross Cabin. Built in the 1860’s, this log home is indicative of the pioneering spirit and a testament to the ruggedness of everything they built as it still stands today. One spot you will want to watch for is Eagle Beaks. It's a unique mountain peak shaped like a series of majestic eagles that keep watch over the Byway. While services along the Byway are limited, there are several camping sites along the way. They offer beautiful surroundings and few people, letting you enjoy a peaceful experience as you explore this hidden gem of the Sierra National Forest and Madera County.

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There is something magical about freshly fallen snow. The world seems peaceful and new as you take those first steps over a blanket of untouched powder. Experience that magic in Madera County and Yosemite. Yosemite National Park hosts one of the only ski resorts in a US National Park. Badger Pass has a renowned ski school that help newcomers to the sport learn the basics and take the slopes in no time, allowing them to enjoy both Nordic and Cross Country skiing, snowboarding or even inner-tubing for kids. Outside the park, enjoy snowshoeing or ice skating at the Tenaya Lodge, or snowmobiling in the Sierra National Forest near Bass Lake. If you’re looking to escape snow, then head on to the western half of Madera County where our inviting wineries will make you feel at home sampling various varieties, delicious restaurants warm your soul with fantastic creations and historic museums enrich your mind as you explore the history of Madera County.

The giants of the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoia are a hidden gem in the Sierra National Forest, not as well-known as Mariposa or Tuolumne Groves. For many people, however, Nelder Grove is their favorite home of these ancient trees. The Nelder Grove is home to some of the largest Sequoias in the world, including the Bull Buck tree and the Nelder Tree, a colossus even when compared to its neighbors. Walk along the Shadow of the Giants trail and see many Sequoias up close and personal. The Nelder Grove is located off Road 632/Sky Ranch Road, part of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. Visit as part of a trip along the scenic drive, or arrange to camp and sleep beneath the branches of these stately sentinels. For permits, visit the US Forest Service seasonal office at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau at 40637 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA, 93644. 42

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Faces of Tourism: Brenda Negley The towering Giant Sequoias of Nelder Grove are a majestic site. For Brenda Negley, they are something more. Brenda is the camp host at Nelder Grove, continuing a family tradition. Her grandparents, John and Marge Hawksworth, were camp hosts for more than 20 years. Negley assumed the same position as her grandparents two years ago because she loves to share the magic. “You are at-one with the forest here, there’s a peacefulness to it. You can see the big trees and not be surrounded by a lot of people,” she said. Negley is proud of the family connection and feels personally attached to the history of the grove. “There are a lot of hiking trails in Nelder Grove and a lot of history. People are exploring and discovering new things and I’m helping to share that with them. It’s a passion of mine.”

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Faces of Tourism: Chris Mariscotti Everything in The Vineyard Restaurant in Madera is local. Local ingredients, local wine and local owner Chris Mariscotti.

Mariscotti is the third member of his family to own and operate The Vineyard, which was opened by his grandfather in 1976. The Vineyard quickly became popular with locals and visitors thanks to the focus on fresh, homegrown ingredients. Produce will often go from field to plate in the same day. “From day one we’ve always tried to highlight local wines and local foods,” he said. “Before it became the industry trend, we’ve selected the best local, inseason ingredients.” Mariscotti, along with the rest of his family, was recently honored by the California Restaurant Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating the family’s impact on the restaurant scene. The restaurant continues to enjoy a devoted following and is a family tradition for many diners and will likely remain a family tradition for the Mariscottis as well.

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DINING PARTNERS

AHWAHNEE

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BASS LAKE

Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant���� (559)683-2272 Ducey’s on the Lake������������������������������ (559)642-3121 Miller’s Landing Resort Restaurant��� (559)642-3633 The Forks Resort Restaurant�������������� (559)642-3737

COARSEGOLD

The Blue Heron Restaurant����������������� (559)658-7466 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino����� (866)794-6946

FISH CAMP

Narrow Gauge Inn Restaurant������������ (559)683-6446 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite������������������� (559)683-6555 White Chief Mountain Lodge Restaurant���������������������������������� (559)683-5444

HILLMAR

Hillmar Cheese Company��������������������� (209)656-1196

MADERA

The Vineyard������������������������������������������� (559)674-0923

NORTH FORK

Buckhorn Restaurant and Saloon������ (559)877-8700

OAKHURST

Branding Iron at Sierra Sky Ranch���� (559)658-2644 Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant���� (559)683-8000 Crab Cakes Restaurant������������������������� (559)641-7667 Erna’s Elderberry House����������������������� (559)683-6800 China Delight������������������������������������������� (559)641-5888 Woody’s New Orleans West����������������� (559)683-4414 Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant���� (559)683-2378

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One of the great aspects of Madera County cuisine is the bounty of locally grown ingredients. The inclusion of seasonal, locally grown and organic elements in recipes is a rapidly growing trend in the restaurant industry, a trend on which Madera County restaurants occupy the leading edge. These local, seasonal ingredients have helped give rise to diverse dining options throughout Madera County. Additionally, Madera County restaurants represent the wide array of diverse cultures that have made their way to the region over the decades. One restaurant where this is evident is Erna’s Elderberry House, located in Oakhurst. Erna’s is central California’s only five-star restaurant and has been a fixture in Madera County for nearly 30 years. The beautiful restaurant combines the scenic beauty of the surrounding Sierra Nevada with European-inspired décor and menu, with strong influences from proprietor Erna Kubin-Clanin’s Austrian roots. As such, Erna’s Elderberry House has attracted numerous celebrities, food enthusiasts and world-travelers with her award-winning fare. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Faces of Tourism: Rose Wheeler Western Madera County is known for agriculture. The fertile soil of the valley produce not only fruits and vegetables, but inspire beautiful art.

Rose Wheeler moved to Madera from the Bay Area when she retired in the early 90’s. While she had been painting prior, her focus soon shifted from abstracts to capturing the beauty of farmland. “I started painting it because when you live in an area like this and you see so much about the agriculture, it’s what most people survive on. Plus the beauty of the surroundings, and it’s so peaceful to go out in to the fields.” With the Pomegranate Celebration in Madera, Wheeler started painting that versatile fruit. “I’m a texture and color person, I love bright colors in my paintings. Pomegranates definitely fit that,” she said. Wheeler has already created a few pomegranate paintings and will unveil several more for the celebration of Pomegranate.

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Faces of Tourism: Jon Bock Madera County has become a thriving art center, as artists are drawn to the region’s natural beauty. Jon Bock has become a strong advocate for the art community and a driving force behind the popular Sierra Art Trails.

Bock moved to Oakhurst in 1989 from Southern California and now owns and operates Stellar Art Gallery in popular Gallery Row in Oakhurst. He strives to connect guests with the local art and artists. “I think visitors are surprised when they come up here, they’re not expecting the level of quality that we have and the number of artists that we have in the region. We get that all the time. They come in and they expect to find ‘tourist stuff’ and they end up finding premier artists and galleries that rival places like Carmel, Santa Fe and Palm Desert.” In a field known for its passion, Bock’s devotion is a binding force behind a strong community.

The beauty of Madera County truly inspires. The grandeur Yosemite, the beauty of the Sierra Nevada and the peace valley fields and farmlands has moved many to put brush canvas, capture the scene on film or shape stone or metal immortalize the scenes.

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Madera County is home to countless artists and galleries, bursting with vivid paintings, breathtaking photography and amazing sculpture. From Circle Gallery in Madera to Gallery Row in Oakhurst, you’ll find numerous works of art that you will want to give a place of prominence in your collection. You can explore the galleries on your own, or come in October when artists throughout the region open their home studio doors in a tremendous open house for Sierra Art Trails.

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Yosemite has been called The Range of Light because as the way the sun shines through the clouds and plays off the cliffs, dramatic photographic opportunities are created. Many people are surprised to learn, however, that some of the most amazing photos of the park can be taken at night. One of the most amazing scenes is the “moonbow” created by the full moon shining through the mist of lower Yosemite Falls. The image can only be captured by the proper camera, but the beauty is worth waiting for the right moment. Sunset at Glacier Point is always a stunning time, as the setting sun sets the sky ablaze with vivid color. Wait a bit longer to see the full moon rise over the granite peaks, and the scene is set for a truly memorable evening.

“A Secret Place” near Yosemite Vacation Getaway Family Reunions Weddings Meetings Retreats

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Yosemite isn’t just a destination for all seasons, but all times of the day, even the night.

Faces of Tourism: Nancy Robbins 2012 PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE YOSEMITE SIERRA VISITORS BUREAU VISITORS GUIDE

While Nancy Robbins has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years, she’s been fascinated with the art form since she was a child. Nancy won a camera in a contest when she was 11 years old and from that moment, she was hooked.

The scenic beauty of Yosemite and the surrounding area drew her to the region for numerous visits before she made the park her home about 10 years ago. She started out capturing images of the many weddings that take place in the park, but quickly began focusing on the natural beauty of Yosemite. She now takes people on journeys through Yosemite, showing them the best places and times to capture the grandeur of Yosemite through their lens. While many people look for the clear blue skies of Yosemite, it’s during sunsets or especially breaking storms that she finds her most memorable photographs taking shape. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Sierra National Forest S E E M A P O N PA G E 2 7 F O R L O C AT I O N . recreation.gov

Wilderness Permits These are required for overnight stays in wilderness areas. Contact the agencies listed below.

CAMPGROUND

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Bowler Groups & Horses

12

N

No

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Chilkoot

14

Y

No

Yes

4600

China Bar Hike/Boat In

6

N

No

No

3300

Clover Meadow

7

N

Yes

No

7000

Fish Creek

7

Y

No

Yes

4600

Fresno Dome Gaggs Camp Granite Creek

15

Y

No

No

6400

12

Y

No

No

5700

20

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No

No

7000

Greys Mountain Jerseydale Kelty Meadow

26

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No

No

5400

8

N

Yes

No

3600

11

Y

No

Yes

5800

Little Jackass Lower Chiquito Mammoth Pool Nelder Grove Placer Rock Creek Soda Springs Soquel Summit Summerdale Sweetwater Texas Flat Groups & Horses Upper Chiquito Whiskers Whisky Falls

5

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No

No

4800

7

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No

No

4900

47

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Yes

Yes

3400

7

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No

No

5500

8

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No

Yes

4100

18

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Yes

Yes

4300

18

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No

4300

11

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No

Yes

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5800

You’ve come to the right place.

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5000

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Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bass Lake Ranger District North Fork������������������������������������������������������������� (559) 877-2218 Oakhurst��������������������������������������������������������������� (559) 658-7588 Yosemite Backcountry/Wilderness���������������� (209) 372-0740

Public Showers

There are none at the campgrounds. For a fee, public showers are available at Miller’s Landing at Bass Lake, High Sierra RV in Oakhurst, and Jones Store at Beasore Meadows.

Horse Corral

Horse Camp

4

Y

No

Yes

5400

20

N

No

No

6800

8

Y

No

No

5300

14

N

No

No

5800

Bass Lake Recreation Area

Many campgrounds do not have garbage pickup, so campers need to pack out all trash.

Campfire Permits

These are required outside designated campgrounds in all areas of the National Forest. Free permits may be obtained from the Forest Service or the California Department of Forestry.

If you love meeting life-long friends and enjoy having a different backyard every so often, as most RV enthusiasts do, we have you covered. Madera County has more than a half-dozen RV parks that offer everything from sparkling swimming pools to gift shops featuring wild huckleberry bark and strawberry rhubarb jam. Step outside your RV with a fresh cup of coffee and savor the breathtaking views. Bass Lake Recreational Resort Bass Lake • (559) 642-3145 basslake-rvresort.com

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High Sierra RV and Mobile Home Park

All are single-family units except for Wishon and Lupine-Cedar Bluff, which offer double-family spaces. Fees subject to change.

Oakhurst • (559) 683-7662 highsierrarv.com

recreation.gov

The Lakes RV & Golf Resort Chowchilla • (559) 665-6980 thelakesrv.com

CAMPGROUND

Units

Fees/$

Water

Reservable

Elevation (ft.)

113

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Open Year-Round Lupine-Cedar Bluff

Open May 14 - September 10 Forks

31

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Spring Cove

63

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Wishon Point

47

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

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Sierra Meadows County Club & RV Park Oakhurst • 559-642-1343 sierrameadows.com California Land Management

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Yosemite South KOA Coarsegold • (559) 683-7855 koa.com/campgrounds/ yosemite-south

Bass Lake • 559-642-3212 recreation.gov Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging (On page 14)

Groveland • 209-962-7690 yosemitepinesrv.com Oakhurst Elks Lodge Oakhurst • 559-683-2717 oakhurstelks.com

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It’s important to have fun on your vacation, but it’s also important to remember to be safe. Nothing ruins a good time like an accident. As you explore Madera County and Yosemite, always keep a few things in mind. Camping: Only build campfires with the proper permits and in designated areas. Be certain your fire is completely extinguished. Near bodies of water, bear in mind that the water is likely quite cold and could be moving very rapidly, especially during the spring thaw. Help keep the animals wild by not feeding them and always secure your food. While driving through the region, keep a watchful eye out for animals. In the winter months, be sure to carry tire chains or cables in your vehicle – state and National Park regulations require they be handy in the event of snow. By keeping these and other issues in mind, you can help ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe vacation. If you would like to learn more, visit www.YosemiteThisYear.com.

Faces of Tourism: Brian Allman They say where there’s smoke there’s fire. Around here where there’s fire, there’s CalFire, and likely Captain Brian Allman.

Allman has worked for CalFire since 1980 and has lived in Ahwahnee for his entire life. In fact, Allmans have lived here since 1932, making his task of protecting the residents and visitors here a personal one. “Most of my family lives in the response area. I respond to calls with people I know, family and friends, people I went to school with,” he said. CalFire is known as the state’s fire department, handling every type of emergency call a fire department can. It’s the variety of incidents that keep the job fresh, despite his tenure. “Each call creates its own challenge.” He says he will continue to protect the region, ensuring more people can enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

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homesteadcottages.com • (559)683-0495, fax (559)683-8165 41110 Road 600, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

HOT TUB/ SPA

The Homestead Cottages

INTERNET ACCESS

sierramountainlodge.com • (559)683-7673 45046 Fort Nip Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

NON-SMOKING

Sierra Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast

PRIVATE BATHS

naturesinnbnb.com • (559)641-2444, (866)789-0123, fax (559)641-2444 44625 Silver Spur Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

PETS ALLOWED

Nature's Inn Bed & Breakfast

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

appleblossombb.com • (559)642-2001, (888)687-4281 44606 Silver Spur Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

Apple Blossom Inn Bed & Breakfast

TELEVISION

Ahwahnee

IN-ROOM PHONE

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SWIMMING POOL

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Bass Lake Bass Lake Cabin Near Yosemite - with Hot Tub and Lake View (2 bd) VRBO.com/248275 • (408)275-6367, fax (408)275-6560 40268 Road 222, Bass Lake, CA 93604

Bass Lake Home Rentals

basslakehomerentals.com • (559)877-4061 P.O. Box 955, North Fork, CA 93643

Bass Lake Realty & Vacation Rentals

Cabin

basslakerealty.com • (559)642-3600, fax (559)642-2771 P.O. Box 349, Bass Lake, CA 93604

Bass Lake Vacation Rentals

basslakereservations.com • (559)642-2211 P.O. Box 507, Bass Lake, CA 93604

Century 21 Ditton Realty at Bass Lake

basslakevacations.com • (559)642-2288, fax (559)642-3399 54299 North Shore Rd. (Rd. 432)/P.O. Box 470, Bass Lake, CA 93604

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basslakeca.com/mblvr • (559)658-5611, fax (559)658-5613 P.O. Box 403, Bass Lake, CA 93604

basslakelogcabin.com • (805)434-1811 39449 Crane Valley Court, Bass Lake, CA 93604

The Forks Resort

Resort

theforksresort.com • (559)642-3737, fax (559)642-2684 39150 Road 222, Bass Lake, CA 93604

Miller’s Landing

millerslanding.com • (559)642-3633, fax (559)642-2869 37976 Road 222, Wishon, CA 93669

The Pines Resort

basslake.com • (559)642-3121, (800)350-7463, fax (559)642-3902 54432 Road 432/P.O. Box 90, Bass Lake, CA 93604

1 unit

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133-1000 800-7800 per day per week

Marc's Bass Lake Vacation Rentals Mount’s Bass Lake Log Cabin

195-325

16

35006000 per week

250-1595 300-1995

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150-280

16

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Days Inn

daysinn.com • (559)665-4821, fax (559)665-1994 220 E. Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA 93610

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Gateway to Yosemite hiyosemitepark.com • (559)665-3300, fax (559)665-5597 309 Prosperity Blvd, Chowchilla, CA 93610

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(866)7 WIN WIN or (559)692-5200, fax (559)692-5330 chukchansigold.com • 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614

HOT TUB/ SPA

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

INTERNET ACCESS

(559)868-3596 27694 Hwy 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614

NON-SMOKING

Black Hawk Lodge

PRIVATE BATHS

yosemitesouthkoa.com - (800)562-7606, fax (559)683-8027 34094 Highway 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614

PETS ALLOWED

Yosemite South Coarsegold KOA - CABINS - (& RV Park)

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

ravensbrook-yosemite.com • (559)683-4792 37621 Ravensbrook Way, Coarsegold, CA 93614

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

Ravensbrook Bed & Breakfast

TELEVISION

Coarsegold

IN-ROOM PHONE

★ Some units ◆ In common

SWIMMING POOL

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Lodging

6

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Inn

Hotel

Cabin

B&B

Fish Camp Big Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast yosemiteinn.com • (559)641-2828 1221 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Logger’s Retreat (Cabin)

loggersretreat.com - (626)798-1094 Off Hwy 41 near Fish Camp

White Chief Mountain Lodge

whitechiefmountainlodge.com • (559)683-5444, fax (559)683-2615 7776 White Chief Mountain Lodge Rd, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Narrow Gauge Inn

(888)644-9050, (559)683-7720, fax (559)683-2139 narrowgaugeinn.com • 48571 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

tenayalodge.com • (888)514-2167, fax (559)683-8684 1122 Hwy 41/P.O. Box 159, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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Madera Casa Grande Motel

(559)674-6703 12390 Golden State Blvd., Madera, CA 93637

Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel

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maderasuites.hamptoninn.com • (559)661-0910, Fax (559)661-0929 3254 Airport Drive, Madera, CA 93637

Madera Valley Inn

maderavalleyinn.com • (559)664-0100, fax (559)664-0200 317 North G Street, Madera, CA 93637

Motel 6

motel6.com • (559)675-8697, fax (559)662-8938 22683 Avenue 18½, Madera, CA 93637

Springhill Suites by Marriott

springhillsuites.com/fatmd • (559)664-9800, fax (559)664-9882 1219 East Almond Ave., Madera, CA 93637

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North Fork Cascadel House

VRBO.com/179989 • (559)977-0147 • Mail: POB800, Blue Jay, CA 92317 59731 Cascadel Dr., North Fork, CA 93643

Lyn Mar Pond Guest Ranch

lynmarpondranch.com • ph/fax (559)877-7260 60072 Mammoth Pool Rd, North Fork, CA 93643

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SUMMER RATES ($)

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

WINTER RATES ($)

BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

HOT TUB/ SPA

INTERNET ACCESS

NON-SMOKING

PRIVATE BATHS

PETS ALLOWED

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

(559)877-2237, fax (559)877-7122 57714 Road 225, P.O. Box 745, North Fork, CA 93643

TELEVISION

South Fork Motel

# OF UNITS

North Fork

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

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IN-ROOM PHONE

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SWIMMING POOL

Lodging

Oakhurst A Haven of Rest Bed & Breakfast havenofrestbnb.com - (559)642-2617 39681 Pine Ridge Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Hounds Tooth Inn

(888)642-6610, (559)642-6600, fax (559)658-2946 houndstoothinn.com • 42071 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

B&B

Oak Cottage Bed & Breakfast

oakcottagebandb.com • (559)683-8988, fax (559)683-8948 50160 Golden Horse Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Pine Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast

pineroseinn.com • (559)642-2800, (866)642-2800, fax (559)658-6152 41703 Road 222, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Yosemite Sierra View Bed & Breakfast yosemitesierraviewbandb.com • (559)683-7650 39060 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Yosemite Vulture’s View Bed & Breakfast yosemitevulturesviewbandb.com • (559)683-8470 39045 John West Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Almost Home

(559)683-3690, (559)676-9237 • email babyblues@sti.net 49524 Jeffrey Way, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Casa Rio - 3 bedroom home + den with bunk beds VRBO.com/217299 • (805)444-0978 42315 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Heaven's Gate

www.vrbo.com/233369 • (818)702-0466, fax (818)230-1920 40316 Jean Rd. West, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Huff and Puff Cottage

Cabin

VRBO.com/281386 • (559)676-5856, fax (559)641-7867 51052 Bon Veu Dr., Oakhurst, CA 93644

The Little Red Caboose

flipkey.com/oakhurst-vacation-rentals/p288584/ • (559)760-7607 fax (559)642-2198 • 45199 Big Oak Ln, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Our Yosemite Cottage

ouryosemitecottage.com, (408)929-0260, fax (408)929-0260 39055 John West Rd., Oakhurst, CA 93644

Old Yosemite Road Cabin

far-meadow.com - (310)728-6158 Oakhurst, CA 93644

Paradise Springs

ParadiseSpringsMountain.com - (559)642-2613 52770 Road 632, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Yosemite Skyway Vacation Rentals

Hotel

yosemiteskyway.com • cell (559)683-2812, fax (559)683-5244, (888)759-9293 • 43116, 43124, 43132 W. Sugar Pine Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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America's Best Value Inn

americasbestvalueinn.com • (559)658-5500, (800)658-2888 fax (559)658-5505 • 48800 Royal Oaks Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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Hotel Inn

Queen’s Inn By The River - Lodging, Wine Bar and Idle Hour Winery

Resort

Motel

queensinn.com - (559)683-4354, fax (559)683-4334 41139 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Yosemite Mountain Trail Lodge

yosemitemountaintrail.com - (559)479-5698, fax (734)215-3004 42150 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Sierra Sky Ranch Resort

sierraskyranch.com • (559)683-8040, fax (559)658-7484 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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chateausureau.com • (559)683-6860, fax (559)683-0800 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

Chateau du Sureau

SUMMER RATES ($)

shiloinns.com • (559)683-3555, fax (559)683-3386 40644 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

WINTER RATES ($)

Shilo Inn Suites

BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

oakhurstlodge.com • (559)683-4417, fax (559)683-4416 40302 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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22-350

HOT TUB/ SPA

Oakhurst Lodge

INTERNET ACCESS

traveldaysinn.com • (877)642-2525, (559)642-2525, fax (559)658-8481 40662 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

NON-SMOKING

Days Inn

PRIVATE BATHS

choicehotels.com • (800)4-CHOICE, (559)683-8282, fax (559)658-7030 40489 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

PETS ALLOWED

Comfort Inn Yosemite Area

72-138

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

yosemitegatewayinn.com • (800)545-5462, (559)683-2378 fax (559)683-3813 • 40530 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

TELEVISION

Best Western Plus - Yosemite Gateway Inn

# OF UNITS

Oakhurst

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

★ Some units ◆ In common

IN-ROOM PHONE

● All units

SWIMMING POOL

Lodging

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Yosemite National Park and neighboring areas

The Redwoods In Yosemite

redwoodsinyosemite.com • (877)497-6234, fax (209)375-6400 8038 Chilnualna Falls Rd., Wawona, CA 95389

Cabin

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging

yosemitepinesrv.com - (209)962-7690, fax (888)740-4096 20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals

scenicwonders.com • (888)YOSEMITE, (888)967-3648 fax (310)582-0091 • 7403 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite, CA 95389

Yosemite West Cottages

yosemitewestreservations.com • (559)642-2211 P.O. Box 36, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Resort

Red's Meadow Resort & Pack Station

redsmeadow.com • (760)934-2345, (800)292-7758, fax (760)872-4940 P.O. Box 395, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort yosemitebug.com • (866)826-7108, fax (209)966-6666 6979 Hwy 140, Midpines, CA 95345

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52 units

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B&B

Associations Yosemite Sierra Bed & Breakfast Association yosemitebnblodging.com • (559)642-6105, (800)740-9513

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