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Evergreen Lodge

May 16, 2011 12:51 ET

Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary

Overnight Packages and Year-Long Activities Recreate the 1920s and Honor Yosemite's History

YOSEMITE, CA--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Evergreen Lodge, a classic mountain resort located on the western border of Yosemite National Park, announces it will celebrate its 90th anniversary with guest packages, special menus, historical activities, a themed New Year's celebration and commemorative mementos. Originally developed in 1921 to serve the crews building the O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy, the recently expanded lodge now attracts travelers visiting Yosemite and all its natural splendors.

Evergreen Lodge introduces its Evergreen's 90th Anniversary Celebration Package, a two-night getaway including cabin accommodations, meals, a full-day guided recreation activity, massages and anniversary mementos. The package is valid through Dec. 15, 2011; rates vary by season, ranging from $440 to $550 per night.

For those who prefer to customize their own itinerary, the lodge offers the Evergreen Plan upgrade to any room reservation at a special 90th anniversary rate of $90 per person. The upgrade includes a gourmet three-course dinner and a choice of one of Evergreen's historically themed recreation trips. The Evergreen Plan provides a savings of up to 30 percent over reserving dinner and recreation separately.

The lodge's restaurant and historic tavern provide culinary choices that range from hearty to gourmet, suitable for those returning from a hard day of adventures or those enjoying a relaxing getaway. Executive Chef Kate Chadwick, who joined the lodge this year, has put her stamp on the menu. To honor the lodge's 1921 establishment, she has created a special set of $19.21 entrees, each of which is an updated version of a classic 1920's dish, including Kobe beef meatloaf, chicken pot pie, turkey Tetrazzini and braised pork loin. The lodge's classic all-wood tavern serves light fare and drinks in a convivial atmosphere. This year, it will serve commemorative cocktails harkening back to the 1920s, including "The Bootlegger" and "The Roaring Twenties Old Fashioned." Throughout the summer, Evergreen Lodge offers a 90th anniversary old-time outdoor barbecue several nights a week, with options ranging from A&W pulled pork sandwiches and barbecued free-range chicken to homemade vegetarian chili and grilled eggplant burgers.

Evergreen Lodge is ideally situated as a base camp for Yosemite adventures, including trips to the park's less visited Hetch Hetchy and Tuolumne Meadows High Country areas. The lodge has the most comprehensive guided recreation program in the Yosemite area, giving guests a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite's famous attractions as well as its hidden gems with a knowledgeable guide. Half-day and full-day trips are designed for all ability levels. Many offerings are seasonal to take advantage of the best timing for viewing waterfalls, wildflowers or fall foliage. Throughout 2011, the lodge has added a new series of historically themed guided recreation trips and activities to honor the history of Yosemite.

  • The "Yosemite Valley Explorer" Stagecoach Road Hike & Tour includes a hike along an abandoned stagecoach route to one of Yosemite's most spectacular hidden vistas, a tour of springtime waterfalls, and other famous attractions in the park.
  • The Hetch Hetchy Wapama Falls Historic Naturalist Hike explores Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite's crowd-free jewel and a smaller sister to Yosemite Valley. The trip focuses on Hetch Hetchy's long and storied history during a picturesque hike to the dramatic 1,000-foot Wapama Falls.
  • The Historic Rainbow Pools Bike, Hike and Swim is a trip back in time that begins with a gentle, downhill bike ride followed by an easy hike to the river canyon where two forks of the Tuolumne River converge. After a box lunch, it's time to relax and swim below the waterfalls near the historic pools.

Guests can learn more about the history of the Evergreen Lodge through 90th anniversary historic property tours and slideshows offered each week. The lodge has a colorful past, from brewing moonshine and offering illegal slot machines to operating a brothel (so the legend goes). These sites and other aspects of the area's rich history are pointed out on the tour. Historic slideshows feature original images of the lodge as well as fun historical facts about the area. For guests wanting to take home mementos of the 90th anniversary, historical memorabilia will be available in the general store or as a special in-cabin goodie pack, with options ranging from old-time candies and postcards to logoed t-shirts to free magnetic bumper stickers.

To wrap up the anniversary year, the lodge's New Year's celebration will offer a full weekend of "Roaring '20s" historically themed activities and recreation, including casino gaming, live jazz music and dance performances, decadent feasts, and a speakeasy countdown party. The secluded location creates an intimate guest experience for couples and families, who can relax in their cabins or join the festivities. Guests may reserve weekend packages or a la carte rooms, meals and events.

Evergreen Lodge offers accommodations in 90 cabins (including some built in the 1930s and modernized in 2006), 15 custom campsites and the private vacation rental John Muir House. All cabins are warmly furnished and heated with private bathrooms and spacious decks, and all campsites are kitted out with air mattresses, sleeping bags with liners, pillows, camp chairs and lanterns. The Muir house has three bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Guest lodge facilities include the restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, historic tavern, general store, recreation hall with board games, lounging areas and indoor/outdoor fireplace, massage cabana, game room and theater, kids play areas, sun deck and outdoor central plaza.

For more information and reservations, call (800) 93-LODGE, email or visit the Evergreen Lodge Facebook page.

About Evergreen Lodge
Located near the Hetch Hetchy Valley on the western border of Yosemite off Highway 120, Evergreen Lodge celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2011. The lodge is a serene Yosemite destination that blends the modern comforts of a resort, the relaxed approach and activities of a dude ranch and the timeless warmth of a historic 1920s lodge. Evergreen features 90 fully furnished cabins, 15 custom campsites and the John Muir House, an exclusive vacation rental. The lodge is popular with couples, families, groups, weddings and corporate retreats.

First Light Destinations, based in San Francisco and founded by Brian Anderluh, Dan Braun and Lee Zimmerman, purchased the property in 2002 and began to restore, upgrade and expand this historic lodge. The Lodge is a socially minded business that finances and operates an innovative, behind-the-scenes on-site Youth Employment Program in which a group of high-potential young adults from urban backgrounds work as paid interns, gaining work experience while receiving career and life counseling.

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