Exploring Yosemite National Park

The Chattel team took advantage of a sunny October weekend, embarking on a visit to Yosemite National Park. While taking in the park’s fresh air, breathtaking vistas, and unique architectural history, a variety of sites were toured.
The team had a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s crown jewel: the Awahnee Hotel. The tour was lead by Gabrielle Harlan, a former Chattel employee. Currently working as a historical architect at Yosemite, Ms. Harlan has been intimately involved with recent rehabilitation work on the Awahnee. She took us on a fascinating journey through the hotel.

Built in 1927 and designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the Awahnee was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. 

Kathryn, Jenna, Gabrielle, Sylvia and Shane on a tour of the Awahnee interior.

Gabrielle leads the Awahnee tour, providing interesting hotel history.

Awahnee dining room celing detail.

Fun Fact: The distinctive décor of the Awahnee interior inspired design of spaces in the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining.
The Chattel team also visited and dined at Yosemite’s charming Victorian-style Wawona Hotel. 
The Wawona was constructed c. 1879; the hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
In addition to enjoying Yosemite's architectural heritage, the Chattel team took in the iconic views of Yosemite Valley.
Shane, Sylvia, Kathryn, Jenna and Robert pause to enjoy the scenery.
Kathryn, Shane and Jenna have a close encounter with nature.

On the road to Yosemite, a stop was made at a unique roadside trading post.  In some ways rivaling the excitement of the park itself, the trading post featured a petting zoo, funhouse and—yes!—cheese tastings.  Knowing the cheese would come in handy on the journey ahead, the Chattel travelers stocked up on a variety of these dairy delights.  A spicy pepper jack blend was the party favorite.
A view of the petting zoo chickens at the roadside trading post.