Ahwahnee Hotel has deep roots and a rich history. The hotel site was originally home to the Miwok Indian Tribe and chosen for its breathtaking views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point. Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, materials chosen for the hotel were concrete, granite and steel to withstand the elements and possibility of fire. Construction began in 1925 and the hotel opened a few years later in 1927. I cannot imagine the painstaking process of trucking in the materials used to build the hotel back in 1925. On our trip, we were stuck on the summit road in thick clouds and almost freezing temperatures leaving us to drive no faster than 10 mph (thank goodness for modern day marvels like seat warmers, heaters, headlights, abs brakes, 4WD, and GPS).
Dr. Arthur Pope and his wife, Dr. Phyllis Ackerman.
Jeannette Dyer Spencer.
dining room in the Awhahnee was spectacular! Dramatic floor to ceiling windows overlooked a snowy landscape giving the room had a dream-like quality. I would love to design an event there!