Winter Magic Series at The Groveland Hotel Returns

Fall is in the air and it almost seems like magic is in the air around here. Well, it’s partly true as we prepare for our Winter Magic Series for the 2015-2016 season! As you experience Yosemite in winter be sure to add this series to your calendar.

We’re bringing world-class magicians to Groveland where you can enjoy dinner and quite a spectacular show filled with illusions, comedy, and feats of magic. The season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 24 and runs through mid-March in 2016. The cost is only $10 with the purchase of a dinner entrée…

Sounds of the Beatles

It’s not just a band, it’s an experience seeing Britain’s Finest, the finest tribute band to The Beatles, this side of the Atlantic.

Not only will the authentic sounds of the band make you feel like you’re hearing the real Beatles but the realistic impersonation of the members and costumes will take you on a trip back in time.

This tribute band ensures the sounds are as accurate as possible by recreating as many details as possible when recording the music as well as performing it live. Though you probably won’t notice all the small details that go into the production, you be assured this band takes authenticity seriously.

Sing along with your favorite covers as John, Paul, George, and Ringo bring enthusiasm and fun to the stage as they play your favorites. You’ll also enjoy the playful banter and entertainment they bring between songs...

Win a wine discovery for two!

Wine tasting

We’re as enthusiastic about our wine around here as we are about our Facebook followers! We host Wine Discovery nights here at the Groveland Hotel and want to give one lucky winner a complimentary Wine Discovery package for two this spring!

Entering is easy, just visit our Facebook page and post your comment in the thread where we announce the contest. Look for this photo to know you’re in the right spot:

Simply tell us how you got introduced to your favorite bottle or varietal, get your friends to ‘Like’…

Winter Magic Season Finale with John Gardenier

John Gardenier magician performance

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

Larry Wilson on the cover of the Union Democrat Weekender

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

Naathan Phan makes it snow inside The Groveland Hotel

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

Lawrence Lemon and some giant playing cards

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…

A Magical Experience with Robert Baxt!

Robert Baxt and Jim from the audience

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…

Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence!

The wine cellar of The Groveland Hotel

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…