(Closed) Unique Question About a Room Block for a Destination Wedding in Yosemite!

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you are on the right track with getting the word out early and booking lots of camp spots!  I don’t think it is too far out to do a hotel block in Fish Camp and prices there may be more reasonable than in the actual park itself.  We went at Christmas a few years back and stayed at that Apple Tree Inn which was nice and had a heated pool and the price included breakfast-it’s right next door to Tenaya Lodge which is fairly new and may have taken over the Apple Tree Inn, as well.  We also stayed at the Narrow Gauge Inn and it was pleasant and kitschy (sp?)- the rooms were done up like you were staying at your grandma’s house without being too stuffy and they leave a continental breakfast basket at your door in the morning.  

Post # 4
8669 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Definately get the word out early- we went to Yosemite last September as part of our honeymoon and it was tough to get accommodation even then with a lot of the hotels & B&B’s booked out and only the super expensive rooms left. We ended up camping at Camp Curry and got the last heated tent (would have frozen in the non heated!). The good accommodation books fast!

Also the standards are not that great which is why we ended up camping because from what we saw aside from the four actual walls the accommodations weren’t much different (unless you wanted to spend $300 a night) and for the money we went tents and spent what we saved in other areas during our honeymoon trip.

there are hotels outside of the park however that are a close enough drive but I guess it depends on whether your guests want the feeling of waking up in the park or not!


Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d get a small block if you can secure it without a contract— while in most cases I’d not recommend a hotel that I myself wouldn’t want to stay in, it sounds like there is just not a lot of choice in the area. It’s either that hotel, or stay 20 miles away, or go camping. As a guest, i’d prefer the maybe-overpriced-too-thin-walls hotel to driving 20 miles after the reception and no way I’d go camping.  Also as a guest I might not take any warnings to book a hotel early very seriously.  I think with such a unique setting you pretty much have to have an option for the non-campers in the group.

Post # 8
1543 posts
Bumble bee

I say let your guests choose for themselves. Let them know that there are several options to choose from, ranging in budget and taste, give them the location and price info, and allow them to pick their own.

Post # 9
8669 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@bridgetsierra:  We also looked at renting houses (most had a two day minimum) but that was too expensive for just us as most had 3 or 4 bedrooms. There were some really great ones on VRBO and endless vacation rentals etc. The national parks website also had listings which I tought was really helpful. It might be an idea to include that for guests as well as they were much cheaper and a better standard than a lot of the hotels. Your relatives could book a house between them!

Another thing to note food was super expensive and not very good! You also have to keep all food and tolietries/anything with fragrance locked up in bear lockers (when camping) and not in cars so makes it hard to bring food in if camping. A german couple had their rental car literally cracked into by a bear in the campground parking lot due to leaving a few chocolate bars in their car overnight.

But that aside it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and waking up to the birds at 6am and coming out of the tents to see deers and their babies strolling around was so worh it.

Post # 12
12 posts

There are a lot of lodging options in addition to Wawona Hotel. The closest are The Redwoods, which are vacation rental cabins within a 1/4 mile of the Wawona Hotel. Many families or groups of freinds split one and make a week’s vacation of their wedding visit. Tenaya Lodge and the Cottages (the Cottages used to be Apple Tree Inn) are also a great option and since they are run by the same company as Wawona and the other Yosemite resorts. I think you can book those rooms and even transportation if needed with the Wawona/Yosemite wedding office. The wedding food at Wawona is top-notch and the atmosphere there for weddings is wonderful!

There are also some affordable hotel options in Oakhurst about 1/2 hour south of Wawona.

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