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In the Shadow of Yosemite

by Ariel Godard

A whisper away from the rugged Yosemite National Park, The Château du Sureau presents a delightfully refined counterpoint. By day, guests can immerse in nature and explore the spectacular peaks and waterfalls nearby—the Château’s Yosemite Excursion offers hiking and a picnic in the Park; Best of Both Worlds is an overnight backpacking trip with a private naturalist guide. Upon return, an enchanting bastion of luxury awaits.

The exclusive 10-acre country estate, just 16 miles from the Park, is reminiscent of an elegant European chateau. Ten beautifully appointed rooms are tastefully decorated with tapestries and original artwork, and they are all different. Each is inspired by an herb or flower that grows in the South of France. The Thyme Room features elegant arched windows and exposed wood beams, while The Rosehip Room boasts a cozy reading nook and a deep marble soaking tub. Several rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces and expansive views; the pièce de résistance is the spacious Villa du Sureau, a 2,000-square-foot private villa. Nestled in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Villa guests will be reminded of visiting a private estate in Provence.

The Elderberry House Restaurant, an exclusive sanctuary, features sophisticated California cuisine. The chef works with local farmers and producers to source local, seasonal and organic ingredients from farms nearby. Dishes are expertly paired with wines from a vibrant wine list that highlights vintages from France and California. Guests can enjoy a relaxing dinner al fresco on the patio, and, for those curious about how it is done, cooking classes are also on offer. After an active day, guests can relax and restore themselves at the European- style Spa du Sureau, with a Lavender Blossom Body Polish or the Hikers Repose Massage and get ready to head back to Yosemite the next morning. chateausureau.com

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