Evergreen Lodge was established in 1921 and has been thriving ever since. Of course, there have been updates and additions to the lodge and the property, but the quality service and beauty of the surrounding area has not changed. They are located on the most direct route to Yosemite from San Francisco. One of the best California vacation ideas for families, Evergreen Lodge can be found one mile to the entrance of Hetch Hetchy as well as Yosemite’s western border.

The Stanislaus National Forest surrounds the Lodge and offers the outdoors lover an array of exciting outdoor adventures. The property features a variety of cabin sizes as well as a camping area to accommodate travelers of all types from individuals, to couples only to families. The amenities found on the 20 acre property are perfect for those who wish to come, stay and enjoy without the worry of traveling into town or to grocery stores for forgotten items. There are play areas for the children to enjoy, as well as a seasonal salt water pool and year round hot tub, newly added in 2012.

1. Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations
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The cabins at Evergreen Lodge are the perfect mix of rustic charm and private, elegant comfort. There are five cabin categories to choose from at Evergreen and they include Deluxe Cabins, One bedroom Cottages, Family Cabins, Vintage Cabins and the John Muir House. All cabins feature Sirius satellite radio, Keurig coffee makers, a safe for valuables and bath amenities.

Deluxe Cabins feature 400 square feet of space and are ideal for individuals or couples. There is a King size bed, a sitting area with a queen size sofa bed and a cozy, private deck which has great views of the natural surroundings. The bathroom is a three piece bath and has a shower only. Many, but not all, boast cast iron fireplaces. The occupancy is two to three guests. There is no cooking permitted in or around these cabins.

One bedroom cottages are about 450 square feet in size and come with a separate bedroom area with a King size bed. There is a sitting area which has a queen size sofa sleeper, perfect for the kids. There is a full bathroom, including a shower/tub combination. The private deck boasts peaceful views of the wooded area surrounding the cabins. These cottages will accommodate up to four guests and are popular with small families since parents can enjoy the privacy of their own room away from the kids and yet these are more affordable than the Family Cabins. There is no cooking permitted in and around the cottages.

2. More Guest Accommodations

More Guest Accommodations
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Family Cabins are obviously named for their suitability towards families. There are one room and two bedroom Family Cabins available depending upon the size of family travelling together. One room Family Cabins are smaller and more economical, featuring 400 square feet of space with a queen size bed and a bunk bed in the main area along with a small sitting space and a covered porch made of timber. The bathroom comes with shower only. The pine panel walls add to the rustic, camping feeling and have been around since the 1930’s. These cabins will house up to four guests. The two bedroom Family Cabins offer more space and more privacy with 600 square feet of space. There are two separate bedrooms at either end of the cabin. One bedroom has two twin beds, while the other comes with either a King or Queen Size bed. There is a common living room area between the two bedrooms which has additional sleeping quarters on the queen sleeper sofa. The bathroom is complete with full tub and shower. There is a private deck which is accessed through the living room area. These two bedroom Family Cabins accommodate up to six guests comfortably and are a perfect choice for families wishing to travel together yet have their own privacy and space. There are no cooking facilities in either style of cabin since cooking inside and outside cabins at Evergreen Lodge is not permitted.

Vintage Cabins are the most economical choice at Evergreen Lodge, with 250 square feet of cozy, charming space. Most of these cabins were updated completely in 2010 therefore have newer style. There is a queen size bed, a small sitting area and a covered timber porch for guests to enjoy quiet moments outdoors. The private bathroom comes with shower only. There are two cabins joined together per structure, each with their own side of the porch and outdoor chairs.

3. More Guest Accommodations

More Guest Accommodations
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The John Muir House is a magnificent rental house on the Evergreen Lodge property, which is ideal for large families or large groups travelling together. There is a two night minimum stay in the John Muir House. It boasts 2500 square feet of space with three bedrooms plus a sizeable loft area. The master bedroom features a king size bed and a walkout to the private deck. The other two bedrooms each have queen beds and in the loft there are two full size futons, perfect for a little teen hideout or retreat. The floor to ceiling windows in the Great Room allow gorgeous views of the surrounding forestry. Guests have a full kitchen and dining room to prepare and enjoy meals as a group. There are three bathrooms in total, one that is shared between the two queen bedrooms, a two-piece in the loft area and one just beside the master bedroom which also boasts a large corner walk-in shower. For guest’s convenience, there is also a laundry room in the house. The back deck is a retreat in itself with an attached screened in porch area for those rainy days, but a very sizeable square footage outside. There is a hot tub on the deck, just steps from the master bedroom and patio seating plus barbeque. The John Muir House will accommodate from six to ten guests.

Guests looking for a more outdoorsy experience, there is the Custom Camping Area. The added bonus about this is that guests will not need to bring their own tent. They will arrive to a ready-to-go campsite, with tent set up, fully furnished and ready. There are different size tents to choose from to accommodate differing needs. Family tents will come with a queen foam mattress as well as two twins. The single tents are perfect for two guests at a time, with one queen foam mattress. There is a common camp fire area for all guests staying in the camping area. Amenities which are included with each campsite are camp chairs, lanterns, sleeping bags and pillows, towels and toiletries. There is a bath house for all guests staying in the camping area with flush toilets and showers facilities plus laundry.

4. Dining

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In the Main Lodge, guests will find breakfast, lunch and dinner served in a choice of atmospheres. The cozy dining room, the front porch done in an old-west style, the fresh open air patio which is both covered and heated or the classic tavern are all great choices and guests can expect delicious meals no matter which area they choose to dine. Breakfast is served every day from 7 to 10:30 a.m. This full service breakfast includes classic items like hotcakes and there is always fresh coffee brewing. There is also a Bed & Breakfast package available for booking which means guests’ breakfast is included with their stay. Breakfast is served in the main dining room area.

For lunch and happy hour, guests will find a great selection from 12 to 3 p.m. both on the covered patio, the tavern and at the Poolside Bar. The menu ranges from lighter selections such as salads or soups to more hearty dishes such as the lodges signature Elk Chili. The poolside menu consists of wraps, pizzas and warm salads to enjoy poolside as guests enjoy the weather.

Dinner is served year round at all locations mentioned, except the front porch which is only seasonal. It is available from 5 to 9 p.m. in the winter and 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the summer. Reservations are only available for groups of eight or more, so it is first-come, first-served basis. The dinner menu features simple favorites like burgers and pasta and meatloaf plus additional fine choices such as ribeye steaks, salmon and other seasonal chef selections. Some options will change to reflect availability of sustainable food sources and locally grown produce. There is also a kids menu available to cater to youngsters tastes. It features classics like mac and cheese, hot dogs and even peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

In the summer season, the Poolside Bar features nightly barbecues, serving up fresh, made to order burgers, salmon, flat iron steak and even Jamaican Jerk chicken. The menu changes nightly so guests won’t bore of the choices over the course of their stay.

The General Store is a great stop for those on the go. Here guests will find quick breakfast items such as coffee, latte, pastries and small breakfast foods. They also offer simple lunch choices such as sandwiches and salads ready to pack up and take on a hike or a bike ride.

5. Bars and Lounges

Bars and Lounges
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Guests can enjoy drinks at a few locations on the property, including the Main Dining area, The Tavern and The Poolside Bar.

At the Poolside Bar, guests will find a great selection of drinks including beers and ales, wines, cocktail mixtures as well as blended choices. Kids will have fun with the “mocktail” selections created just for them as well. There are big screen televisions for watching the big game on the terrace which is on an upper level, overlooking the pool area. The drink menu includes signature drinks such as Blue Lemonade, Nutella Mudslide and non-alcoholic Fruit Loop.

The main dining room serves a fine selection of wines and beers, as well as cocktails but is more of a dining experience with bar selections to compliment a meal. The kids menu features its own list of Kids Drinks as well. The wine menu consists of many local California wines and a few from around the world.

In the Tavern, guests will find a pub-style atmosphere with many large televisions to catch up on several sporting events at once, and a comfortable, laid back setting. It has been up and running for 80 years and is done in all wood, which adds to the rustic charm. Guests can play a game of pool while enjoying their drinks or sit back and mingle with friends. The drink menu here consists of 10 different beers on tap, signature drinks such as the Mexicali Margarita, the Hetch Hetchy Mule and Mountain Manhattan, plus a great wine selection. On weekends, there is often live musical entertainment at the Tavern for guests to enjoy and dance the night away. The Tavern is open daily from noon to 2 a.m. Kids are welcome to hang out until the food is done being served for the evening and then it is guests aged 21 and over only.

6. Spa

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Guests at Evergreen Lodge will love the quiet, serenity of the Massage Cabana found in the secluded woods area on the property. There is a menu of various massage therapies available, including Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage and Sports massage. If guests truly want to experience pampering they can book the Evergreen Signature massage, beginning with a back scrub of sea salt and sugar, then a Swedish inspired massage complete with essential oils and finished off with a hot or cold body wrap depending upon the season and custom blended essential oils to take home. Reservations for any of the massages is strongly recommended, especially in peak season.

About 45 minutes from Evergreen Lodge, guests can enjoy a round of 18 hole championship golf at Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course. It is a public course, open every day year round. It boasts spectacular views, challenging yet fun holes and an on-site pro-shop for all players’ needs. The peaks of the Yosemite Mountains are visible throughout the course, allowing guests to stay within that natural setting they sought out by staying at the Evergreen Lodge. There is both a grill and a lounge on-site to enjoy either a refreshing beverage or a bite to eat before or after tee time.

7. Family Services and Kids Club

Family Services and Kids Club
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There is certainly no shortage of activities for children and families to take part in at Evergreen Lodge. There are two playgrounds on the property for children to explore and play and enjoy complete with a two storey tree house. Kids will also love the Kids Zipline, the giant, life size chess game and various other games scattered around the acreage.

If families enjoy geocaching, Evergreen Lodge would be the perfect destination with their geocaching programs and tours. There are both guided tours and self-guided maps to follow. There are GPS units for rent at the Lodge to use for geocaching throughout the 22 acre property. There are organized family hikes to explore Yosemite and the natural surroundings, as well as S’mores making nights and a great swimming pool that the whole family will enjoy.

8. Weddings

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Weddings at Evergreen Lodge are complete with a natural, scenic atmosphere with unmatched beauty and privacy. Since each wedding is unique and each couple will have differing wishes and needs, Evergreen staff will work one on one to meet those expectations. Weddings of up to 200 guests can be held at Evergreen and always include a Wedding Day of Planner, service staff, silver cake service, all set up and take down of equipment including tables and chairs and so much more. They also provide each couple with a preferred vendors list which features wedding vendors whom have provided exceptional service to past brides and grooms. The Coyote Hill Event area is perfect for an outdoor wedding occasion, but couples can select whichever venue suits their preferences.

Not only are wedding encouraged and welcome at Evergreen Lodge, but so are other events and meetings or conferences. The events planning staff would be happy to put together a package for any needs or criteria in order to host successful meetings, retreats or conferences.

9. Plan this Vacation

Plan this Vacation
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Evergreen Lodge prides themselves on being stewards of the Yosemite area and has put into place important environmental practices to take care of their surroundings and the planet in general. They strive to conserve energy by using low flow toilets, recycling their grey water, having high efficiency lighting throughout the property and even utilizing solar heating whenever possible.

They strive to reduce waste by having extensive recycling standards and practices, using composting cups and plates whenever possible and using eco-friendly cleaning products. At Evergreen Lodge, they source much of their products and services from local organic vendors, keeping their business local and growing the business market in their area. An added commitment the Lodge has to the environment is to educate guests about the Yosemite area and its environmental needs and potential issues. They really do work to take care of the earth and their surroundings.

33160 Evergreen Rd, Groveland, CA 95321, Phone: 209-379-2606, (website link)

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