Tell Me: Your Favorite Hotel

What's the best vacation you've ever had? And why?

This is the Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley. I love lodges, and the Ahwahnee was one of my "Redwoodian" inspirations, along with four other famous, woodsy, nature-close hotels. (I'll talk about them down the road; oh, and one actually isn't very near nature at all.)

The morning we checked out I saw climbers on the granite rockface behind the lodge. Kind of made my feet tingle, actually. There were also bear signs in the driveway. Bears! The signs were not for the bears, I should clarify, but for the humans, and how we should act should we see a bear.

What would a sign  intended solely for the bears look like? Now I'm wondering.


bess said...

I haven't stayed at too many memorable hotels. When I was a kid my parents saw hotels as just a place to sleep during trips so we usually stayed at no-frills places. But a few years ago I went to a wedding in St.Louis and stayed at the Cheshire Lodge. I had found it while searching for budget-friendly options. It was the same price as a Best Western but had more character and by "character", I mean an decaying olde English theme. It's got a Tudor-style exterior and kind of a mish-mosh of old "British" decorating on the inside, lots of suits of armor and taxidermy and Ye Olde Board Room for meetings. I would compare it to a set from a 60's or 70's American movie that takes place at an English manor. I loved it's dark little pub called The Fox and Hound that had seen better days but was a fun spot for a beer. Probably the best part were a number of novelty rooms (for honeymooners - I guess), which I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to see in person. Sadly, I read that it closed shortly after we stayed there but some internet searching proves that it's been refurbished and opened again! It looks like the owners have classed up the joint a bit, the "Tiajuauna Bordello" and "Aladdin's Lamp" novelty rooms have been changed to themes like "Brideshead Revisited" and "Romeo and Juliet".

bess said...

Here it is:
It just goes by The Cheshire now.

Wilfair Book said...

You had my heart at "decaying olde English theme." I can't wait to pore over every inch of The Cheshire. This is so up my alley.

I love the novelty names, too. A great tip. Thank you, Bess!

Carly said...

I've never stayed in a cool hotel, but my most memorable vacation was a cruise my family took when I was twelve. The cruise ship was kind of like a big sea-faring hotel, right? I loved it. I especially loved the fact that there were certain crew-members I would see a lot and they were really nice, especially the guy who greeted us when we went in to dinner.

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