For those of you rafting on the beautiful Tuolumne River, you’ll be staying near the nice town of Groveland. This is a small town in the Sierra Foothills with shops, a grocery store, several nice places for lodging, and some interesting restaurant choices.
Most people associate a trip down the Tuolumne with a visit to the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously open bar in California. At “The Door” you’ll be able to throw dollars at the ceiling, dance with a member of the opposite (or same) sex missing teeth, play pool, and/or try a “woo-woo.”
There are several very diverse places to stay in Groveland. They are all within walking distance of the Iron Door and restaurants.
Hotel Charlotte – This place is a great value with clean rooms and breakfast included. There are several types of rooms available in this charming place and most people will opt for the special double that includes breakfast and tax.
Condo Charlotte – The condo sleeps up to 6 people. Rates include a pancake buffet breakfast at the Hotel Charlotte. Requires 2 night minimum. This flexibility allows folks to do their pre-trip stay here, take a night off on the river and then return to the condo for their outbound night, or stay a few more nights to take in Yosemite and Gold Country
Groveland Hotel – This historic place has beautiful rooms and is full of history. It is the most expensive place in town, but is worth it if you like 1800’s charm, a historic experience, and teddy bears on your beds. The owners are also directly involved in the day to day operation which makes for a pleasurable experience.
Groveland Motel – You should stay here if you are looking for a bargain. You can rent a semi-clean room, a mobile home, or a teepee.
Sunset Inn – Only two miles from the Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park, the three Sunset Inn Yosemite Cabins are also convenient to Groveland and rafting on the Tuolumne River. They are secluded, beautifully decorated, and sit on gorgeous property.
Yosemite Log Cabin – If you are looking to stay in a vacation home, then you’ve hit the jackpot. This stunning 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom log cabin is fully furnished, complete with an entertainment center, large deck, outdoor dining area with a bbq, and laundry facilities. Close to Yosemite as well as Groveland, this splurge is worth every penny.
Yosemite Westgate Motel – This place is about eight miles from Groveland towards Yosemite and almost always has rooms available. It’s a nice place if you are looking to get away from it all and would like hiking trails close by.
Cocina Micohacana – This is the choice for 9 out of 10 river guides and is well worth the wait for great authentic Mexican food. You’ll find this place in downtown Groveland.
Iron Door Saloon The Iron Door Saloon has an attached restaurant that has great food at a reasonable price.
Groveland Hotel If you are looking for fine dining in Groveland, look no further. The Groveland Hotel has great food and great service in a nice atmosphere.
The Cafe Charlotte is a hit with the locals with a reputation for good food, fairly priced served in a comforatable and friendly atmosphere.
Pine Mountain Lake Campground This is an interesting place not very far from civilization. There is room for RV’s here as well as bathrooms and fire pits.
Forest Service Campgrounds There are tons of developed campgrounds in the area. Go to the Forest Service web site to learn more about the sites and their amenities.