Hotel Charlotte, Groveland California, Yosemite - Groveland, California, CA 95321, United States

Hotel Charlotte September 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends & Family,

As many of you are aware, Groveland and the surrounding area has been in the midst of a devastating wildfire for the past two and a half weeks. The fire started on August 17th and has continued to rage until now. Thankfully the firefighters have gotten it under control and it is mainly contained at this point. Unfortunately the fire caused highway 120 to Yosemite to closed, but as of today,

Highway 120 to Yosemite is OPEN!

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Some facts about the fire:

  • Total acres burned to date: 235,841 or more than 370 square miles
  • Largest fire in US of 2013 and 4th largest fire in California history
  • More than 4,000 personnel working on the fire at any given time
  • Thankfully only 11 residences, 3 commercial buildings and 97 outbuildings were destroyed, while over 4,500 have been threatened.

Unfortunately the fire has brought a quicker end to summer than we had all hoped as well as making many of you have to change your plans at the last minute. We want to let you all know that while the fire came close to Groveland, we were left unharmed from the flames. We welcome you back for either a memorable meal at the Charlotte Bistro & Bar or to stay for a relaxing evening in the hotel.

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As someone being fairly new to the Sierra Foothills and never having been around a fire of this magnitude before, I'm learning so much from fire prevention, to the power of nature to the aftermath. The aftermath of the fire can be devastating, but it can also be intriguing and beautiful. We invite you all to take the time to visit us this fall and winter to see the "moonscape" created by the fire and then come again in the spring to see an explosion of wild flowers fostered by the ashes of the fire.

Gift Certificates

The holidays are just around the corner and it is the perfect time to get some of your gifts out of the way. What better gift than treating a loved one to a relaxing and romantic night at the Hotel Charlotte or dinner and drinks at the Charlotte Bistro & Bar. We running a few gift certificate specials, $50 gift certificate for $40, $125 gift certificate for $100 or a $200 gift certificate for $150. Mention "Rim Fire Special" for these exclusive savings.

Upcoming Events at the Hotel Charlotte

I can't believe that fall is here, but with that, we have an array of fall and winter events just around the corner and we'd love for you to join us for any of the following events. As we get closer, I'll include more details for each event, as well as, a few new events as they are finalized.

Charlotte Bistro & Bar Hours - With fall here and a very slow start due to the fire, we have changed to our fall hours and will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 6pm - 9pm.

Every Wednesday Night (starting in mid September): Trivia Night at the Charlotte Bistro & Bar. Come test out your knowledge of anything and everything from geography to pop culture at our new Trivia Night. While you are at it, you can enjoy a wonderful specialty cocktail or local wine paired with any of our mouth watering dishes on the menu.

Yosemite is turning 150 and we're celebrating at the Charlotte with the following themed events (visit for more information on the Anniversary).

November 2nd: Wine makers dinner with a local winery that has vines that are 150 years old, some of the oldest in California.

December 7th: "Death by Chocolate" murder mystery dinner featuring figures from Yosemite's history

January 18th: A night of Americana style music accompanied by dinner to celebrate Yosemite and it's history

February 15th: An inventive menu focused on cuisine of the Gold Rush Era as a tribute to Yosemite and Valentine's Day

Upcoming Events in Groveland

Shop Local: With the abrupt end to summer due to the Rim Fire, our business community of Groveland needs your support! We have come together and many of us have "Rim Fire Specials" running, ours at the Charlotte Bistro & Bar is a free glass of house wine or draft beer with the purchase of dinner with the mention of the Rim Fire Special.

September 21st: 49er Festival - Groveland's Biggest Event of the Year! Join that town at the Mary Laveroni Community Park, featuring a Chili Cook Off, live music, silent and live auction. There are lots of activities for children, and vendor booths with merchandise, food and beverages galore. We'll be serving mimosas and Bloody Marys at the Charlotte Bistro & Bar all day!

September 28th: Free entrance day into Yosemite for National Lands Day

September 28th: Coyote Fest in Coulterville 11am Saturday features a parade, vendor booths, children's games and activities, food and beverages, a Wild West Shoot Out, car show, music by Copper Holdings Company, and much more for the whole family

October 31st: Grovelands Ghosts & Goblins October 31st Halloween Parade & Children's Activities/Games.

Iron Door Saloon - The oldest continually operating saloon in California is located just across the street from the Hotel Charlotte. They have live music every Friday and Saturday and karaoke every Thursday night - always an entertaining evening!

Groveland Flea Market - 1st Saturday of each month through September 7th.

For more local events visit the Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce calendar of events

Thank you for reading and we look forward to many years of happiness at the Hotel Charlotte with you all!

Jenn & Doug
Hotel Charlotte


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