Yosemite Mariposa County is a perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas are filled with majestic views that will help you create unforgettable memories. Here are some romantic ideas for lodging, things to do and dining options to make your getaway extra special.
Yosemite has a wide variety of places to stay – each with special features. Choose the perfect setting for your special person, whether you are looking for something quaint or a room with spectacular views. Most of the Bed and Breakfast Inns are located in the areas surrounding Yosemite National Park. The park itself is also hosts a couple of hotels if you prefer more traditional lodging. There are outdoor pools and penthouse suites as well as smaller lodges. If rustic lodging is what you are looking for, check out some of the cabin rentals available. Many are even pet-friendly!
There are many dining options in Yosemite Mariposa County. While what makes a restaurant romantic often involves the person you are with, having the right ambiance doesn’t hurt, either. Local favorite Savoury’s Restaurant offers a comfortable, elegant atmosphere with a limestone fireplace in the center of the restaurant. For a more grandiose experience, try The Ahwahnee Dining Room in Yosemite Valley. It has 34-foot high ceilings, chandeliers and beautiful views. The food is a spin on traditional American cuisine and there is a spectacular wine list. Try these or explore more options from our list of top 10 romantic dinner restaurants in the Yosemite area.
No trip to Yosemite would be complete without a visit to the park’s waterfalls. Yosemite Falls is the tallest in North America and it’s even better in February. The snowmelt can also make for a natural phenomenon known as “Frazil Ice,” giving nearby creeks a beautiful “slushy” look during winter months. It’s quite dramatic to witness in person.
This time of year, you can also see the Yosemite Firefall at Horsetail Fall. When you visit at sunset, the sun’s setting rays light up the water so that it looks like flowing lava. The phenomenon is only a possibility for three weeks and lasts up to 10 minutes per day. It is a majestic sight to see and a beautiful thing to share with someone you love.
Or go for a romantic stroll around the valley then take the shuttle bus to Curry Village and go ice skating under the stars. Hard to imagine something more romantic than that!
Yosemite Mariposa County has much more to offer than the great outdoors and a romantic dinner. For instance, Yosemite Mariposa County has a thriving arts and culture scene. Downtown Mariposa features art galleries, a symphony orchestra, museums and a community of performing artists. Wander through a gallery hand-in-hand or take in a show, and you’ll know why so many people consider Yosemite Mariposa County a romantic place to build lifelong memories.
Bring the whole family to Yosemite for a winter visit. There is something for every generation – incomparable scenic beauty and plenty to do for everyone.
Nestled in the heart of Yosemite Valley is a place much younger than its neighboring cliffs and trees, but with no shortage of history of its own. The Ahwahnee hotel is one of Yosemite’s many gems. Today its known for its astounding amenities, amazing architecture and fabulous holiday festivities.
The Ahwahnee hotel is magnificent in any season. However consider these top 7 reasons to prefer the quieter months of fall and winter for your stay.