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3 Romantic Weekend Getaways In Madera County & Yosemite National Park

American Cuisine, Horseback Riding, Wineries & Agri-Tourism, Winery/Brewery/Wine Bars

Contrary to popular belief, winter could just as well be the season of love. Valentine’s Day is in February, chilly weather makes us snuggle up by the fire and long nights are the perfect time to enjoy a romantic dinner. For those looking to escape life's hectic daily routine, here's 3 romantic weekend getaways in Madera County and Yosemite National Park.

Dine Like Royalty

As soon as you step into the dining room of the The Ahwahnee Hotel, you’ll feel privileged. The soaring ceiling adorned with large sugar pine trestles & granite pillars illuminated with chandeliers help you understand why this is a stopover for celebrities, presidents and royalty. To go alongside the ambiance, the menu features such Continental classics as French onion soup, duck leg confit & Black Angus filet mignon.

Note: Dinner is a formal affair. Gentlemen are required to wear long pants and a shirt with a collar. Women should don a dress, skirt or long pants with a blouse.

Snuggle Up On A Sleigh Ride

A horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snow-covered winter landscape is the ultimate for a romantic winter adventure. Imagine the jingle of bells, the soft snorting of horses & the gentle whoosh of the runners over snow as you cuddle up next to a loved one. And at the end of the Yosemite Trails Saddle & Sleigh adventure, you’ll be greeted to a warm fire with marshmallows to toast, hot apple cider & the enticing aroma of "cowboy coffee".

Toast To The Future

For those less inclined towards snowscapes, the Madera region is also home to perhaps the wine industry's best kept secret. The county has a long tradition of producing wines. In fact, it is one of the oldest grape growing regions in America. Recognizing this heritage and unique micro-climate, several small, family-owned wineries have created the Madera Wine Trail. Come explore these unique vineyards and toast to the future. And for those looking for something special over Valentine’s Day, check out the 17th annual wine & chocolate weekend. The festivities will feature wine tasting, chocolate sampling, live music, delicious food & gift shopping!

Love is in the winter air. As you can see, with so many getaway ideas to explore, Madera County & Yosemite National Park should be on your bucket list for a romantic escape you won’t forget.

Alex Silgalis

Alex founded® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.


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