Here’s a bit of information about the area and some of the awesome things happening throughout the year :
The Big Oak Flat/Groveland area has been very fortunate to retain its quaint Gold Rush Era look and feel. Main Street features three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
From the days of quick western justice at the Hangin’ Tree in Big Oak Flat, to the current celebration of our history, gold, music and art heritage, The Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum provides an outstanding representation of the local history from the 1800s, depicting the heritage of our pioneers, work, education and social life in the area. Admission is FREE.
Don’t miss the Walking Tour of Town.
The Highway 120 Corridor through Groveland and into Yosemite, provides an amazing opportunity to satisfy all your senses!
The Freshness of the Foothills – As you leave the asphalt of the city behind, you suddenly realize there’s the fragrance of the pine trees, and all the other flora and fauna of the area.
The beauty of the Sierra Foothills, with the rolling hills becoming more mountainous and – yes- the introduction of curvy mountain roads! While these roads may initially be a distraction, they become an interesting part of the foothill experience – requiring you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings.
As evening approaches, you realize, there REALLY are stars up there, twinkling away in that inky dark sky! And you don’t even need a telescope to see them…
And, then there are the sounds of the birds – singing away and inviting you to enjoy their world and make it yours. The rustling of the wind in the trees makes a pleasant sound and can even make for a great nap, in a soon to be, favorite hammock.
Summer abounds with music from many venues! The Groveland Hotel Courtyard concert series begins on Memorial Day weekend and concludes Labor Day with five cover bands – such as The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Beatles, etc. Great music under the stars with a full service restaurant and bar!
Mountain Sage Outdoor Stage has six concerts beginning about Memorial Day and concluding in late August. A fun, bring your own seating venue is held in late afternoon at 5 PM. Featuring blues & bluegrass, some of the groups include The Brothers Comatose, Tracorum, Jelly Bread and Front Country.
The Grill at Pine Mountain Lake has music for dining and dancing most Saturday nights. And Evergreen Lodge has a diverse music lineup all year.
But then, if food is your thing, you’ll want to check out the many festivals & special event food
Items, such as the 49er Festival and Chili Cook-Off on the 3d Saturday of September. The local Rotary has its annual Sausage and Shrimp Fest and the Kiwanis Taco & Salsa Bar is quite the savory taste!
Other exciting events include the ‘Where the Hell is Groveland’ Car Show, the bi-annual Quilt Show all about town, the John Muir Festival and the Community Airport Days at Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45).
For real adventure, there’s the incredible opportunities for hiking – from easy walks to a climb on Yosemite’s Half Dome! Or check out the Class V Rapids on the Tuolumne River – one of the top whitewater rivers in the U.S. Professional guides are available to insure a fabulous, safe experience on our mountains and river.
And we do love to celebrate our Holidays!! Summer holidays will always find a big BBQ at the Pine Mountain Lake Stables, being sponsored by one of the local organizations, usually as a fund raiser.
Then there’s Halloweeen and we usually see 600-700 kids of all ages in their absolutely amazing costumes! The Community Services Unit (CSU) provides spook safety patrol for the hundreds of folks – from strollers to stilts – moving from Mary Laveroni Park into town for Trick or Treating. Hot Chocolate in the park, a haunted house and a great time is had by all! The Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce sponsors the park events.
A Thanksgiving Feast is served at the Community Hall for the price of a donation. Other Thanksgiving Dinners are served by The Grill at Pine Mountain Lake and The Cellar Door Restaurant at The Groveland Hotel.
Black Friday is a prime shopping day in Groveland! You can’t beat the Christmas Craft Faire at The Community Hall on Friday and Saturday. All local businesses have their Black Friday specials out!
Groveland wears its finest dress during the Christmas Holidays – It just SCREAMS Christmas – with its silver wrapped verticals, adorned with Red Ribbon and the horizontals of green boughs with Christmas lights. (Don’t stand still too long, or you might get ‘wrapped’!)
And New Year’s Eve is always an exciting time – many celebration sites are available in the area.
The Highway 120 Corridor through Groveland to Yosemite is a wonderful destination with many attractions that are open all year. Highway 120 winds through rolling hills dappled with heritage oaks, past picturesque small towns where Gold Rush history was made, and on into the dramatic high country with commanding views of the majestic Sierra Nevada.
Open into Yosemite Valley all year, Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite from most of California.
You MUST taste the Foothills Wines! Many varietals are produced very successfully, but my favorite has to be the Old Vine Zinfandels, many of which are produces on vines well over a hundred years old.