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'90 Minutes of Separation': Ten great reasons to visit Tenaya Lodge

#1 - A Water-lover's Paradise
#1 - A Water-lover's Paradise
Tenaya Lodge

Welcome to the latest edition of 90 Minutes of Separation. This is the series where we share what great adventures lie ahead for you, just an hour and a half or less distance from Vallejo - traveling by bike, train, plane, ferry, walking, or bus.

Ten great reasons to visit Tenaya Lodge

It's always a treat to find a destination that packs so much value into its location, accommodations and amenities. There are only a handful of properties that cut the muster and one of them is Tenaya Lodge. So kick back and join our slide show where we highlight why this property, located at an elevation of 5,288 ft in central California's high Sierra Nevada mountain range, has become the go-to place for so many tourists from around the globe.

Tenaya Lodge, 1122 Highway 41 * PO Box 159 * Fish Camp, CA 93623, 800-635-5807

#1 - A Water-lover's Paradise
#1 - A Water-lover's Paradise Tenaya Lodge

#1 - A Water-lover's Paradise

With air temperatures June through September hovering in the eighties, Lodge guests can take advantage of two heated outdoor pools (one 18-meter with underground music and one kid pool) as well as an indoor heated 18-meter pool. Outdoor cabanas, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms offer lots of opportunities for an all-day pampering experience. Weather permitting, guests can also dine al fresco near the pools.

#2 - In the Shadow of Yosemite National Park
#2 - In the Shadow of Yosemite National Park Wikipedia Commons: Mike Murphy

#2 - In the Shadow of Yosemite National Park

The Lodge is located in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, two miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park along Highway 41. Tenaya Lodge has a full-service concierge department with representatives on duty from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Their representatives have the full skivvy on booking all types of guided excursions that include rock-climbing, fly-fishing, Yosemite Valley tours, Bass Lake fishing,white-water rafting and horseback riding.

#3 - Tenaya Lodge Dining Al Fresco
#3 - Tenaya Lodge Dining Al Fresco Tenaya Lodge

#3 - Tenaya Lodge Dining Al Fresco

Weather-permitting, Tenaya guests can dine outside or in. Either way, the ambiance is memorable. The Lodge's five restaurants range from casual to fine-dining. Under the auspices of Executive Chef Frederick Clabaugh, CCC, the Sierra Restaurant features locally grown, sustainable and organic menu items. The Lodge's Parkside Deli carries all the fixings for box lunches or midnight snacks. And should you just want to dine in your room after a full day of activities, there's room service too.

#4 - On-site Rock-wall Climbing
#4 - On-site Rock-wall Climbing Tenaya Lodge

#4 - On-site Rock-wall Climbing

Tenaya guests can prep for those iconic Yosemite climbing trips on the Lodge's 25-foot climbing wall. Their concierge staff also help guests find the best full or half-day guided rock-climbing trips that are customized for all skill levels.

To get a sense of what kind of rock climbing Yosemite offers, take a moment and watch Joby Ogwyn do "big wall climbing' on Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite.

#5 - Dog-friendly Accommodations
#5 - Dog-friendly Accommodations Tenaya Lodge

#5 - Dog-friendly Accommodations

Tenaya Lodge has dedicated pet-friendly rooms with easy access to the outdoors when your dog needs some fresh air. Their Deluxe Pampered Pet Package includes a comfy dog bed, toys, gourmet treats and essentials such as soap-on-a-rope for pet cleansing. 2-hour pet-sitting is another feature of the package, giving dog owners a nice break during their stay.

#6 Ascent Spa Immersion
#6 Ascent Spa Immersion Tenaya Lodge

#6 Ascent Spa Immersion

USA Today has praised the Tenaya Lodge Ascent Spa as one of the best 'Wellness Resorts' in the world. This adults-only spa is handsomely decorated and very spacious and offers 10,000 square feet with 12 treatment rooms, dry saunas, steam rooms and a wellness center that features cardio stations and strength training equipment.

The Spa boutique carries an extensive array of skin care products, including the Kimberly Parry Organics line, that combines natural, local sustainable herbal blends from the Yosemite region. Spa packages as well as spa specials are popular and guests are encouraged to use their online services, booking an appointment in advance of their stay.

#7 - Mountain Biking to the Max
#7 - Mountain Biking to the Max Tenaya Lodge

#7 - Mountain Biking to the Max

With Tenaya Lodge as their starting point, mountain bikers can rent their bikes at the Lodge and explore over 60 miles of marked trails. Along the way an interesting variety of flora and fauna await them. The surrounding forests are full of such cone-bearing trees as Douglas Fir, Sugar Pine, Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar, to name just a few. Wildflowers have a long growing season. Bikers may find Baby Blue Eyes from March to May, Indian Paintbrush from May to September and Mariposa Lily from June to August.

#8 - Guided Mountain Hikes
#8 - Guided Mountain Hikes Tenaya Lodge

#8 - Guided Mountain Hikes

Guided mountain hikes offer a window into the world of at least 23 species of birds that inhabit the Sierra Nevadas. Hikers may catch a glimpse of the Clark's Nutcracker, Steller's Jay and the Western Tanager. The area is also home to Mountain Quail, Belted Kingfishers and Peregrine Falcons, to name just a few.

Two guided hikes that have become synonymous with the Lodge are the guided waterfall hike (yep, Tenaya has its own waterfall!) and a flashlight night hike.

#9  Special Events-Worthy
#9 Special Events-Worthy Tenaya Lodge

#9 Special Events-Worthy

Think conferences, retreats, weddings, reunions. The Lodge has 10 ten banquet rooms including a Grand Ballroom to accommodate multiple indoor and outdoor events. An extensive array of audio-visual equipment is also available as well as the services provided in the Business Center.

#10 A Lodge for All Seasons
#10 A Lodge for All Seasons Tenaya Lodge

#10 A Lodge for All Seasons

Winter ushers in a totally different set of wonderful experiences in the Sierra Nevada region. The Lodge has its own ice-skating rink and horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoe nature and flashlight hikes are some of its signature amenities that attract return visitors from around the globe. Tenaya's thirty-foot tall Christmas tree welcomes them in the festively decorated lobby.