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The natural playground of Yosemite is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed. Yosemite National Park is known for its ancient sequoia trees and spectacular scenery, while the surrounding area is home to charming hotels, world-class restaurants and great bars.

Erna's Elderberry Restaurant, Yosemite

Eat: Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant

Located at the elegant Chateau du Sureau hotel, Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant got its name from the deep-purple flowering plants that thrive in the surrounding area. Just 20-minutes from the South Gate of Yosemite National Park, this award-winning, fine-dining experience is the perfect end to a day exploring the natural beauty of this area. Guests can expect delicate dishes prepared using the finest local, seasonal and organic ingredients from the nearby Central Valley Farms.

The current seasonal tasting menu features delicious plates such as a salad of Kern Family Farm Autumn greens with compressed strawberry, Maytag blue cheese, candied pecan and pomegranate duet; herb-roasted Brandt Farm’s filet mignon with a red wine demi-glace; and Granny Smith apple tatin with vanilla shortcrust, citrus chantilly, hazelnut crémeux, California almond and caramelized apple gelato.

South Gate Brewing Yosemite

Image credit: South Gate Brewing Company

Drink: South Gate Brewing Company

After enjoying the hiking, biking, boating, camping and mountain climbing of the national park, we’re sure you’ll be thirsty for a beer or two. South Gate Brewing Company is a working brewery that serves up handcrafted beer on tap and hearty pub meals like burgers, sandwiches, BBQ ribs, wood-fired pizzas and even beer and cheese pretzels.

Stay: Château du Sureau

This beautiful, five-star property is nestled in the rolling foothills of the national park and offers a peaceful escape reminiscent of a French countryside retreat. Blending old-world charm with modern luxuries, Château du Sureau is a place for living the good life and indulging in great food, wine and conversation with friends.

The vision of Austria-born Erna Kubin-Clanin, this tranquil retreat offers a fairy-tale experience with its award-winning restaurant, elegant guest rooms named after herbs and flowers, and lavish spa treatments that include elderberry facials and soothing honey-milk and lavender body wraps.

Yosemite

Play: In Yosemite National Park

Wind, rain or shine, there’s always something to do in the awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. No matter what kind of adventurer you are, there’s something for everyone with fishing, hiking, biking, horse riding, river rafting, rock climbing and zip lining all at your disposal. The park is also thriving with local wildlife including between 300 and 500 black bears, Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcats and coyote which you may also hear howling to each other across the park.

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