Yosemite Wildflowers in Bloom on Hite Cove Trail

I’m forever looking for weekend getaways that combine my favorites: beautiful images to photograph, outdoor exercise and of course, food.  Along came an article about local spots where you can view the Spring blooms and voila!  We were on our way to El Portal to hike the Hite Cove Trail near Yosemite.

Turns out the timing was perfect as the crowds were minimal, hotel rates reasonable and the hills truly were alive with a painter’s palette of color.  There’s still time to plan a trip as the flowers will continue to spring alive until sometime in May.   Here are a few notes from our trip:

The highlight

Hiking the Hite Cove Trail! It’s about 4 miles one-way so take plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes (that seems obvious but figured I’d say it anyway). The trail winds alongside the river for views of blooms and the pleasant sound of water in the background.

Hite cove trail and wildflowers
Gorgeous blooms elevated this hiking trail for me!

Where we stayed

Yosemite View Lodge. Comfortable and reasonably priced. The best part? The back door opened to a view of the Merced River creating the perfect ambiance for our evening wine/cheese-fest.

Flowing river under our balcony in Yosemite
Yosemite View Lodge – a view from the balcony

Places we dined

Savoury’s in Mariposa. About 45 minutes from the hotel and worth the drive.  I ordered off the menu and a) they were not annoyed and b) it was delicious (shrimp linguine – perfectly cooked.)

Ahwahnee Hotel for brunch. A little pricier than your standard buffet ($45) but this isn’t really your standard buffet.  What you get is an amazing array of delectable items served up in a grand setting creating an experience well worth the price of entry.

Great meal at our hotel in Yosemite, assorted fruits with croissant and sweets.
Ahwahnee Hotel brunch, my third – and last – plate!

Yosemite View Lodge
El Portal (off Highway 140)
209.379.2681
www.yosemiteresorts.net

Savoury’s
5034 Hwy 140
Mariposa CA 95338

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Lisa

I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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