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FISH CAMP, Calif.— September 6, 2018 — Mother nature may have canceled summer plans in Yosemite, but the park is back open and Tenaya Lodge, recent winner of SunsetMagazine’s 2018 Travel Awards for Best Park Classic hotel, has all the makings for a BIG fall getaway. Just minutes from the newly renovated Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Tenaya’s fall season includes everything from tours of Yosemite that make a stop at the giant trees, to off-roading through fall colors in the back country and painting a Yosemite landscape. Plus, first responders enjoy a special discount as a thank you for their efforts, especially during the Ferguson fire.
“Fall is a magical time in the High Sierra with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and a golden hue that blankets the region,” said Paul Ratchford, general manager. “We encourage visitors who had to postpone their visits to Yosemite due to the recent fire to consider rescheduling for fall since they can still enjoy many great warm weather activities plus take advantage of one of the most scenic and romantic times of the year.”
As a thank you to first responders for keeping the park and community safe during the Ferguson Fire, Tenaya is offering 20 percent off room rates through December 20, 2018. In addition, Tenaya’s Ascent Spa is offering first responders some much needed relaxation with a 60-minute Deep Tissue Massage during their stay for just $95 – asavings of $50! The offer is based on availability and some blackout dates may apply. First responders should use promo code THANKSHERO when booking and must present a valid work ID at time of check-in. 
Just two miles from Tenaya Lodge, at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, is the newly re-opened Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, which features more than 500 “gentle giants” of the forest. Tenaya’s daily Yosemite Tour via luxury Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bus with retractable roof is the perfect stress-free way to rediscover this inspiring Yosemite attraction that was closed for more than three years. The tour allows guests to stop and explore the renovated grove, which boasts new educational exhibits and a raised boardwalks to protect the tree roots, while avoiding the hassles of parking and park entry, before continuing on into Yosemite Valley.Another way to enjoy the grove is with Tenaya’s Sequoia Seedling and Free Park Pass Package. With a two night minimum stay, visitors receive a free seven-day park pass and a giant sequoia sapling to take home and plant as a reminder of their time spent wandering among the thousand year-old trees. The package is available through December 20, 2018 and can be booked using promo code FALLDEAL. 
Backroads exploration, beautiful scenery and changing fall landscape are all part of the fun on Sierra Nevada Motorsportsoff-road adventures. Guests can explore the magnificent Sierra National Forest just outside Tenaya Lodge by Jeep or on new dune-buggy style Polaris RZRs or Ranger UTVs. With both guided and self-guided options available, visitors discover the forest from a thrilling, fresh new perspective complete with stops at points of interest such as Cheppo Granite Dome, Bass Lake Vista, Granite Creek, Fresno Dome, Devil’s Peak and Iron Lake. Tours can be booked through the Tenaya concierge or directly through Sierra Nevada Motorsports.
Beginning late November, guests can unleash their creativity during a relaxing paint and wine session. A perfect end to a day spent exploring, the sessions are led by artist and naturalist Shirley Spencer who leads guests through traditional and experimental watercolor techniques and application. Easy-to-follow instruction and artist assistance ensures guests end the session with their own keepsake artistic masterpiece of the Yosemite landscape. Wine is included for adults 21 years and older. Days and times vary based throughout the year.
Fall is the perfect time for couples to enjoy the beauty of Tenaya and surrounding Sierra National Forest. Rounding out their cozy fall getaway is an endless list of on-going activity options from seasonal rejuvenation at Ascent Spa and exploration under a canopy of stars during a flashlight hike to mountain biking and s’mores for two at the outdoor fire pit. For more about Tenaya’s fall fun and reservations, visit