Brief History

Originally an adobe trading post built in 1849, the Groveland Hotel has had many incarnations over it’s 163 years – Gambling House, Saloon, Hotel, Ranger Station, business offices, and even a Greyhound Bus Stop. It was known as “the best house on the hill” during the Gold Rush, and the hotel may be the only Sierra Nevada Mountain building constructed in the Monterey Colonial architectural style popular during the late 1840’s and 1850’s.

The building, it’s interior stripped, sat dormant for many years, gathering dust, rainwater then only hosting feral cats in one of the original adobe walls. Under foreclosure and possible complete disintegration, it was rescued and revitalized by Peggy and Grover Mosley in 1990. They spent 2 years completing a million dollar restoration of the property with the adjacent 1914 Queen Anne Victorian building. Now the only cat is Lola, the sweet cat who will follow you until you pay him a well deserved petting of acknowledgement.

This landmark Yosemite hotel, restaurant and saloon are fully restored to retain the 19th-century character with modern upgrades including WiFi access throughout the property.

- Christine Touhy

Explore Sonora magazine, Fall/Winter 2010