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Truly Heaven – I live in nearby Sonora and had the opportunity to spend three wonderful days/nights at the Evergreen Lodge in November 2012. My spacious cabin had an extremely comfortable queen size bed, lovely furnishings, a Keurig coffee/hot beverage brewer, a mini refrigerator, and a SIRIUS satellite radio with an Ipod docking station, which more than compensated for the lack of a television. I was particularly delighted with the number of windows in the cabin, which included a sliding glass door that led to the private deck. Oh, and did I mention the view – nothing but trees…and amazing sunsets.

Although the cabins, when viewing from outside, appear to be somewhat close together, they are surprisingly private from within or from the deck. I ate most of my meals in the tavern – every meal was more delicious than the next and the wait staff and bartenders were excellent – friendly, charming, and helpful. I wasn’t surprised in the least to see that the tavern was frequented each evening by people who live in the area – it’s a happening place! There was live entertainment two of three nights, which added to the frivolity and merriment.

Evergreen’s grounds are spectacular and its buildings, including the cabins, General Store, Tuolumne Hall, with its recreation center, and the Main Lodge, which houses the tavern and restaurant and dates back to 1921, blend in beautifully with the environment. And you won’t believe the size of the heated swimming pool and its beautiful surroundings… There are plenty of nature and walking trails, a playground, horseshoe and Bocce ball pits, ping pong tables, and bicycles for rent to keep you busy – oh yes, and of course, Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and Groveland’s Rainbow Pools are just down the road!

I’m fortunate to live close enough to be able to go to Yosemite whenever I want to, but I’ve already told my husband that the next time we go, it will be for the weekend and we will absolutely have to the spend the night at the Evergreen Lodge. Over the years, I’ve stayed inside the park but nothing, even the Ahwahnee Hotel, provides the type of outdoor adventure that the EL does, especially for families.

Perhaps what impressed me the most was the quality of the staff, who undoubtedly were as happy to be there as I was. Everyone I encountered, including front desk staff, General Store clerks, wait staff, bartenders, and housekeepers, were all professional and obviously took great pride in the work that they performed. I should also mention that the nightly campfires with s’mores (provided by staff) was too much fun – again, would be perfect for families – and the complimentary telephone service and use of computers was extremely convenient for those wishing/needing to keep in touch with those back home. Oh yes, and the chicken salad that is available in the General Store is better than anything I could make myself! Lodging, meals, beverages, activities, surroundings, staff – all perfect in every way!

- Christine M. Sonora, California

We planned a short family vacation to Yosemite in summer 2013, and realizing the extremely high cost of staying inside the park we looked for accommodation options close by. We booked Evergreen lodge without knowing much about it and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived.  We easily could have stayed another 3 days and just spent time at Evergreen.

It is perfectly setup for families with young kids…..  Custom playgrounds with zip line, indoor play areas, s’mores activities in the evening and so on.  It really was a wonderful place and we only wished we had booked a few more days there.

We will definitely go back to Evergreen and we recommend it to our friends…

- Matt B., San Rafael, California

During the summer of 2007 my parents (in their late 70s at the time) and my siblings and their families and my finance and I, decided to go to Yosemite for a family vacation.  Although we had all grown up in Chico, California, we had NEVER been to Yosemite.  We rented four cottages/cabins and had such a wonderful time.  Gathering in the cabins to reminisce, playing ping pong with “grandpa”, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, swinging, relaxing and sleeping in the spacious hammocks, hiking, eating delicious food, sleeping in the “wild”…All of these activities added to our family closeness.  There were multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren having fun and we all took a tour through the mountains. Most of us even hiked “The Falls”.  The views of the falls were so breathtaking we could not believe we had lived so close to this majestic atmosphere for so long and had not ever visited it!  Evergreen Lodge was such a great choice for our family.  It met all of our needs (even my “now husband” driving his ’79 CJ 7 JEEP). We all enjoyed taking rides in the jeep because we had such a glorious, open view while we traveled the surroundings.  When we go back to Yosemite, Evergreen Lodge will be our choice.  Although my dad will not be able to return due to his Alzheimer’s, I will never forget the last time that we got to play ping pong with him…at the Evergreen Lodge.

- Debbie J.

Our family vacationed at Evergreen Lodge in August 2007 during one of the hottest weeks of the year.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but one of my favorite experiences was taking the excursion up to Glacier Point followed by the 4 mile hike down into Yosemite Valley.  My then 14 year old elder son fell in love with Yosemite on that hike, and talks often about going back.  My youngest son (8 at the time) enjoyed tearing down the trail with 3 other boys on the hike with us.

The absolute best part was arriving at the bottom and swimming in the Merced River, with the walls of Yosemite’s monoliths towering over us.  In fact my favorite picture of the trip is of the 4 young boys walking down the middle of the river, shirts off and not a care in the world—what a wonderful Huck Finn moment!

The day was capped off with dinner at the restaurant, s’mores by the campfire and my son Cameron placing 3rd in the ping pong tournament.  Cameron and the first 2 winners were sent into the general store to pick out a prize.  Our family laughed when the first 2 boys came back down the ramp holding bottles of Gatorade, while Cameron came out with a giant Hershey bar and an even bigger smile!

Although it’s a long trip we definitely hope to be back!

- The Kerr Family, Charlotte, North Carolina

Last April was my husband’s and my first trip to Evergreen Lodge.  We went for my birthday and totally fell in love with the place!  I told him as we were leaving that the Lodge is where I’d like to spend each birthday.  This year we plan to go as well.  We appreciated the proximity to Hetch Hetchy and the Valley, the restaurant with delicious options, the great cocktails, the hammocks, the pool, the hot tub and the friendliness of the staff.  I recommended the place to a friend and she went the next weekend and loved it just as much.

- Liz L.

We have stayed at the Evergreen Lodge on several occasions, and most recently in November 2013.  We were proud of our daughter, Madeline, for trying the zip line and even more pleased that she loved it.  Our other fond memory from our last visit was the family of deer outside our cabin.

- Seth W., San Ramon, California

Our family trip to Yosemite was amazing! The Evergreen had everything we needed to relax, enjoy and get off the grid for a long weekend. The pool was a big hit with our daughter, the restaurant had offerings for the whole family, the s’mores were fun for all of us and the location is so peaceful and calm. Thanks for making our family vacation special.

- Bronagh M.

In July 2013, my extended family of two seniors, four adults and three kids under ten years old enjoyed a wonderful stay with Evergreen Lodge.  It was our first visit, and everyone loved the staff and facilities: the cabins, the pool, the restaurant, the on-grounds nature trail, and all the little things for kids to do ranging from the outdoor equipment to ping pong and the indoor game room.  The highlight of my stay, though, was the exemplary service provided by Mike, the fly fishing guide the Lodge provided for us.  I booked a high country fly fishing hike, but on the day we were set to leave, my 9-year old son suffered altitude sickness. Mike helped out and rescheduled without complaint. The next day, when my son felt better, Mike led us on an unforgettable 6-hour journey hike, and my son and I caught (and released) rainbow, brown and brook trout surrounded by beautiful high country scenery. Here’s a picture of my son with Mike, after landing a wild brown trout from a plunge pool.

- Jim G.

I took my son on a trip to celebrate his graduation from high school and part of our trip included two nights at the Evergreen Lodge. The cabins were well-appointed and very comfortable, but there were two things that left a big impression on us. First, the food was absolutely incredible; five star cooking in the woods – WOW. Second, at the end of the day, guests would come down to the common areas and sit, talk, have a cocktail and tell stories of the day. It was like being at a big family reunion. It was a special experience that my son and I will always remember – Thanks Evergreen Lodge.

- Joe D.

Evergreen lodge is an oasis in the wilderness just outside the main gate for Yosemite. We shared a cabin with friends, hiked, visited Hetch Hetchy, biked, made s’mores, played Ping-Pong, ate five star food and shared wine with visitors from Hong Kong and England while watching the sunset on the deck. We are in awe of Yosemite and of the Evergreen Lodge. Thank you for the memories.

- Jim & Bridg