John Muir, noted naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, once proclaimed, "Yosemite is a place of rest... Its natural beauty cleanses and warms like fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place." Muir's sentiment is especially evident at The Ahwahnee, a National Historic Landmark with a massive granite facade structure constructed to harmonize with the majestic natural beauty of its surroundings. Since opening in 1927, The Ahwahnee has offered a perfect balance of refinement, grandness and hospitality, making it the destination of queens, presidents, dignitaries and celebrities.
The Ahwahnee's name is derived from the Southern Sierra Miwok Indians who called themselves the Ahwahneechee, which translates loosely to "Place of a Gaping Mouth." In honor of these first Yosemite Valley residents, strong Native American influences are prominent throughout the hotel; Native American motifs are etched in the stone floor leading into the Dining Room and elaborate stained-glass windows rise some 23 feet above the floor in the Great Lounge, cast from Native American figures that refract early morning and late afternoon sunlight. Deeply carved wood panels and Colonial furniture are gathered around a massive eight-foot fireplace. Its enormous mantel serves to connect and integrate the ceiling and the Oriental rug covered floor. The Native American influences, together with the furniture, fabrics, textures, colors and flower arrangements, blend together to give The Ahwahnee its character and color. From any of its rooms, Muir's affectionate musings seem, if anything, a droll understatement.
The Ahwahnee's name is derived from the Southern Sierra Miwok Indians who called themselves the Ahwahneechee.
Original Property Opened: 1927
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, CA 95389
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The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928
John Muir, noted naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, once proclaimed, "Yosemite is a place of rest... Its natural beauty cleanses and warms like fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place.
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