A Fall to Remember
As you may have seen on the TV news or Internet or in your newspaper, there have been some unfortunate events up this way lately. First, in August, the Rim Fire that started just a few miles away from Groveland consumed more than 400 square miles, closing Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park. Then, less than a month later, just as we were starting to recover from this first big tourism hit... the government shutdown closed Yosemite entirely. Yosemite tourism accounts for about 90% of Groveland's business, so you can guess what this did to the end of our…
The Great Movie Shoot!
Holy cow, what a weekend! On August 10, part of "The Road Within," an indie film starring Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, and Zoe Kravitz, was shot here at The Groveland Hotel and around Groveland.
The first scenes shot, in the morning, were in and around The Iron Door and Firefall Coffee Roasting Company, next door to the hotel. Yours truly (Willow Polson) got to be a featured extra and get cussed at by the main character, "Vincent," played by Robert Sheehan. The next bit was filmed in the creek next to our parking lot and had Vincent looking…
Tales and Tunes from 1864
On a sultry summer night that would have made Mark Twain feel right at home, “Way Out West in 1864” delighted and entertained an audience of all ages with stories, insights and authentic music of the day.
Pat Kaunert perfectly portrayed the legendary storyteller Mark Twain in word and presence. In his trademark white Southern gentleman suit and fluff of white hair and bushy mustache, Mr. Twain spun yarns of his journey west, from his attempts at being a riverboat captain back east, through his stagecoach ride across the plains and silver fields of Nevada, until finally arriving…
A Slice of the Art Deco Era at The Groveland Hotel
It was a perfect June day, the skies clear and the temperatures nice and warm, maybe even a little too hot during the mid-day dance lessons. But I’m getting ahead of myself—the first annual Vintage Day was a big success!
It actually started off earlier than originally planned when the onsite photographer, Laura Cottril, held a photographer’s reception on Friday evening in the Lillie Langtry Suite. Laura was the perfect match for Vintage Day, due to the storybook and vintage look of her photography. Serendipity brought us together after our original photographer didn’t work out, leaving the…
Vintage Day is Cover News!
Look what's on the cover of the Union Democrat Weekender! The editor interviewed our star, Ginger Pauley, and the resulting article on page 10 is a fascinating read about this native Tuolumne County girl gone Hollywood. She returns to us on Saturday for her only Northern California appearence with her band, The Hoosier Daddys, at Vintage Day! Don't miss this all-day gala event, which celebrates all things Art Deco during the 1920s and 1930s. Visit our Events page for more information and a video of Ginger singing an early Helen Kane song!. Call now for tickets, they're going fast…
Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret on Big Blend Magazine Podcast!
Big Blend Magazine's podcast featured Vintage Day and Way Out West in 1864 on their show Sunday! Bruce Tepper, of the Tuolumne County Visitor's Bureau, was a guest. Our segment begins at 42:55, have a listen!
Winter Magic Season Finale with John Gardenier
The 2012-13 inaugural season of our new Winter Magic entertainment series concluded on February 22 with the dapper and funny John Gardenier. This wildly entertaining show was marked with lots of audience participation and a very special secret guest, if you were fast enough to spot him.
John asked a young lady at the birthday table in the corner to write her name on a little pink handkerchief, which somehow showed up inside the box for a deck of cards on the other side of the room. Astonishing! How did it get there? John graciously offered…
Laughs and Trickery with Larry Wilson
True to his word, Larry Wilson “blew a few minds” with his amazing brand of magic that blended stand-up comedy with impressive feats of mentalism and sleight-of-hand. One of the fun things about his show is that he isn’t afraid to give away a few secrets, while keeping quite a few to himself so that he could continue to dazzle and mesmerize.
As with all our Winter Magic shows, the evening began at 7:00 as Larry roamed between tables, demonstrating his exceptional prestidigitation up close and personal to the delight of our dinner guests.
Naathan Phan’s Magical Menagerie Mania
Guests were thrilled by our “best magician yet” who pulled out all the stops to perform a show that was varied, hilarious, and touching. He never stopped moving, so it was difficult to get good photos in the low-light environment, but we did capture a few snapshots of this mercurial magician.Naathan started the evening with an incredibly simple routine that was also incredibly funny, involving a fake squirrel brought to life with clever finger work. He described how to use the trick squirrel to mess with waiters in restaurants, but I won’t give away the punch line, which had…
The Mesmerizing Lawrence Lemon
Each of the Winter Magic magicians is different from the others, and of course mentalist Lawrence Lemon is no exception. Rather than the old-school vaudeville showman style of Robert Baxt, Lawrence stunned the audience with seemingly impossible feats of mind-reading.
Put a large six-sided die in a wooden box and he will tell which side you’ve picked. Choose any number, write it on his little paper crystal ball, and he’ll guess it. Any name at random? Yep, he’ll get it right.
“I had a dream last night,” began the horse race trick. He had written down the…
Peggy Inducted into the CH&LA “Hall of Fame”
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) inducted Peggy Mosley, owner of the Groveland Hotel in Groveland, CA into the CH&LA Hall of Fame Tuesday at the W San Francisco. The Hall of Fame award is CH&LA’s most prestigious honor, presented to California hoteliers or industry executives recognized for outstanding contributions of leadership, service, and professionalism to the California lodging industry and the community at large.
Peggy Mosley was the 24th recipient of the CH&LA Hall of Fame award. Ms. Mosley was a founding member of the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) in 1991. She…
A Magical Experience with Robert Baxt!
Saturday, October 13 was one of the most magical nights yet at The Groveland Hotel and Cellar Door Restaurant! Comedy magician Robert Baxt, 15-year veteran of The Magic Castle in Hollywood, entertained a SOLD OUT room with silliness and mystical slight-of-hand. He combined a number of tricks and gags, both classic and new.
Beginning at 7:00 PM, Robert entertained those who were just sitting down or who had ordered and were waiting for their appetizers to arrive by roaming to the various tables and doing amazing close-up tricks that people are still talking about. The usual “pick a…
“Life in the Fast Lane” Rocks the Hotel California
The audience spilled out onto the dance floor and into the street when the Eagles tribute band, “Life in the Fast Lane” took the stage and literally left the crowd shouting for more. This dynamic five-piece had just as much fun as the audience did! They even left us thank-you notes:
“What a great place to perform! Thank you.”
“This place is awesome! We really enjoyed the gig and your hospitality in welcoming us.”
“Thank you Peggy & crew. Had a wonderful stay & play.”
When the talent is thanking you, rather than the other…
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence!
We are thrilled to announce that, for the second year running, The Cellar Door Restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence! We are one of only 878 restaurants in the world with this honor.
According to Wine Spectator, The Best of Award of Excellence is: ”Our second-tier award, created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across…