Friday, February 15, 2008

A Day Of Sun and Snow

Doogs gets all tuckered out being the little traveler. This is
him all cozy on my pink chair. I kind of gave up on policing him out of the chair. It is his favorite spot to curl up in. Forget keeping that lovely needlepoint pillow all pristine.

To escape the valley fog, my hubby drove us to Yosemite last Saturday, which is a short drive from our valley home in California. This is the backside of The Ahwahnee (prounounced A-Wah- Knee) Hotel. The sun was shining and it was spectacular there! For more information on Yosemite and The Ahwahnee Hotel, you can click here.
Yosemite National Park is a great vacation destination and The Ahwahnee has been a host to many well known and famous people - even Queen Elizabeth stayed here. It is no wonder that it is so popular - the scenery alone is breathtaking!
Gorgeous Craftsman style details. I love these lanterns.
The wood beams are made out of cement and painted to look like rough hewn timbers. The architect did this to fortify the hotel in case of a forest fire.

Inside was a huge roaring fire, gorgeous fresh flowers and soft candlelight.
I love the Craftsman decor throughout that is mixed with American Indian pieces. The Ahwahnee has an interesting history and to read more about it, you can go here.
Check out those iron chandeliers!
Banks of snow that were bright white.
This was Duhgall's first trip to the snow and he loved it. The above picture was his first snow exposure.
The gate going to the pool at the hotel. There was a family swimming in the heated pool. Of course, Doogs heard the children playing and wanted to go and check it out. Afterall, he is a kid himself.

If you have never experienced Yosemite National Park, it is a destination that is worth your time. The links will give you more information for reservations and activities. Just watch out for the "tour-ons" (as we call them) who do things like stop smack dab in the middle of the road to get out of their car for a photo opportunity. Yes indeedy, a car did this and backed traffic up for 10 minutes. No kidding! Ha!


Liz said...

Oh wow. I remember going there, but I was in my early teen years and too busy listening to my portable cd player to pay attention. Ack. These pictures are gorgeous, I would love to go back.

Doogs is such a little baby! I'm glad my dog isnt the only one allowed up in the 'good chairs.'

Anonymous said...

Wow such beautiful pics. Thanks for allowing me to see this. I probably will never see it in person.

Nancy said...

First of all, you could never make that cute little dog get out of the pink chair. He looks so good there.
What a lucky person to be so close to that wonderful location. It sure looks like a place to visit.

Linda said...

I loved seeing all your wondeful Yosemite pictures. I have not visited there in years the photos brought back happy memories.
Doogs looks so comfy cozy in this chair, I wouldn't have the heart to make him move either. Linda

Cowboys & Custard said...

I have started saving my £££££'s seeing your stunning photos of Yosemite and that glorious hotel!!! California here we come.... well maybe next year ... fingers crossed!
Doogs obviously needed to sleep off the excitment of his first encounter with snow..


Esther Sunday said...

Hey! I know that place! I've been there several times when I lived in Cali. I sent my parents to this hotel for a couple of days as a present on their 25th wedding anniversary. Years later I found out that my mother was really sick on that particular weekend, and had to lay on the backseat of the car when driving to Yosemite. She didn't want to disappoint me by not going that weekend, the cherub that she is! Doogs is such a well travelled little guy! He needs to come to Idaho - hint, hint!

Miss Jean said...

Thanks for the pictures of my favorite spot! For those who don't know, that's where my son was married last September, in the wedding garden at the Awahanee Hotel in Yosemite. Check out my Valentine blog and the beautiful couple are my son and his new wife.

the homely year said...

I'm impressed with your snow...we've had so little yet. We're really looking forward to spring now though. Lovely photos...looks a wonderfu place to visit.
Margaret and Noreen

Abbie said...

Oh, It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for the trip, I am on the otherside of the country!
Happy valentine's!

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a fabulous trip you took on on through your photos! Gorgeous!!

kari & kijsa

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love your pics...very pretty! I have never been to Yosemite...I'll have to put it on my list of places to visit! I also loved your Valentines post and the purse that you made is ADORABLE!! I'm sure someone snatched that right up!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

How beautiful it looks! The hotel reminds me of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.... Thanks for the lovely tour! And Doogs is adorable..

Anonymous said...

Living in Southern California, Yosemite was always our annual vacation spot. I have some really cool pictures and movie film from the late 50's and 60's.

I went to UCFresno for three years and my husband and I would go to Yosemite for day trips. It was so much fun.


Whimsy Pink said...

I love the snow~~

Cottage Contessa said...

What a beautiful place, and that snow looks gorgeous to me as I sit here sweltering! Doogs looks like he had quite a wonderful day out and about! Hope you're having a terrific weekend sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Our Back Porch said...

My boys hope to go rock climbing at Yosemite someday. Wow! So beautiful! Glad Doogs had a good time in his first snow. Maggie loves the snow. She's only seen it about three times where we live.
Have a great weekend!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Spectacular location. Glad you got some fun time away in the sun and snow :-) Rosie

A Thing for Roses said...

Oh Becky,

I forgot all about "tour-ons." The summer I worked in Yellowstone I saw and heard about a lot of them. They would try to get their pictures taken with a moose or something. Thanks for bring back some fun memories. I have been to Yosemite and it is beautiful.



Andi said...

Doogs looks so cute all snuggled up in your pretty pink chair!

Love your pictures of Yosemite and the beautiful Hotel. I've never been there but it's on my "to do" list.

Have a great weekend!

Priscilla said...

Hi, What a beautiful place, I live in the uk and snow and log style cabins are just in my dreams! Thank you for sharing these photos of this hotel and park.... It is really beautiful

Priscilla x

Susie Q said...

Such a gorgeous place...oh what splendor! And sweet Doogs must have had a sweet time! I love taking our Kipper on trips but he is not always the best behaved boy...: ) I have stories but I promised him I would never tell. *smile*

Thank you for sharing this!


Susie said...

Hi Becky,
Seems like ages since I've had a chance to visit and each one of your posts is just delightful. Aren't we fortunate to live surrounded by such beauty here in CA? It's been a while since I've been to Yosemite, and I think a trip there is in order. The falls should be beautiful in the spring with all the snow we've had.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Great pictures..I am putting this on my must visit list. That little Doogs just cracks me up. Susan

Meggie said...

What a fabulous trip and destination. Great photos...thanks for sharing. Doogs is such a the pics of him in the pink chair. If he loves the snow, you could come to PA.

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Becky!! Oh my goodness from the beach to the snow Doogs is sure the man-about-town! No wonder he needs some rest, he so deserves his fave spot! Our two have theirs, and the discipline does not work! LOL We love how you take him everywhere! Now this place is magical, we will add Yosemewite to our itinerary.....we have always wanted to visit Yosemeite, I was half expecting Yogi Bear and Boo Boo to pop out and pinch your picnic basket! lol
Love your photos, the candelabras are very medieval looking! What a gorgeous place Becky, thank you for sharing :) Jenn and Jacqui

Mary Isabella said...

I bet that was one fun filled day. Have a great weekend...Smiles

Lallee said...

That's a beautiful bed Mr. Doogs has!

I loved the one day I had in Yosemite when I was out here--would love to have stayed in the lodge. I lost a pair of prescription glasses playing the tourist and jumping out of the car for a sunset pic. We did pull off the road though ;-) Doogs looks right at home in the snow.

Hugs to you--hope you're having a grand weekend!

Flea Market Queen said... of my favorite places!
We have stayed there a few times & it is so very beautiful this time of year!
Thanks for sharing & have a blissful day...

Nan said...

Doogs looks so comfortable in that chair. Bailey isn't allowed on the furniture anymore but he is allowed on our bed which is his favorite snuggle spot.
Great pictures of the park. Never been there but I'd love to go sometime.

Lori said...

Great photos! Hope to one day visit there! Lori

Kathleen Grace said...

That looks like such a beautiful place to visit!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Becky! What a beautiful place! I would love to visit it!

Oh, Doogs, he is just too cute. Have him take a little gander over to my blog today to get up close and personal with Winston's furry face!


Mary said...

Hi Becky,
Love your pink chair and the needlepoint pillow -- no wonder it's Doog's fave, pink goes so well with black!

Thanks for sharing the Yosemite photos -- it looks gorgeous!

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

What a beautiful place, the scenery is stunning. Glad that Doogs enjoyed himself and is taking a well earned rest!!!!
Sandi x

SweetAnnee said...

WHat a great's just wonderful
I think I'll beg Rich to go there sometime

Looks like the Doogs had a gREAT time
hug him for me.
smiles to you

Denise said...

I have been there and it is wonderful...... Will go again one of these days.............

great pictures

If you have not been to the Sewtheword blog go over there and vote for the tee shirt ...... it will be fun.......

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful place. I would love to visit there one day.


Sinta said...

I just wanted to say hi and ...Welcome to my neighborhood! I live just outside of YNP. My usual get-a-way place is Pacific Grove. I enjoy your sweet blog & read it daily.


How sweet little Doogs looks snuggling up on your best chair! Thanks for the pics of Yosemite, I would love to visit one day. x

DogLady ( said...

Glad you liked the snow, Doogs. But then it figures you would. Real Scotties like snow even when they're California bred and raised in a fine cottage.

jamestownboys said...

What a fun get-a-way!!
I love Yosemite :)

It was fun to catch up on your blog - it always makes me smile :)