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Tenaya Lodge's new line of luxury Mercedes Benz tour buses feature unique retractable glass tops which allow for 360 degree views (photo courtesy of Tenaya Lodge)

Tenaya Lodge Invites Locals to Enjoy Holiday Activities

FISH CAMP – The fresh perspective of a new general manager and marketing manager — and a host of new amenities — are behind the Tenaya Lodge’s new campaign to encourage local residents to enjoy the holidays at the popular mountain resort.

From ice skating or mountain biking to spa days and holiday-themed events, Tenaya is opening its doors — and world-famous hospitality –to locals over the holidays, with activities available in every price range.

Last week, property owner Delaware North announced that Dan Lyle had been named Tenaya’s new general manager.

And at the most recent Fall Fetival in Oakhurst, new Marketing Manager Nia Huerta recently showcased the resort’s new line of luxury Mercedes Benz tour buses. Available for local residents to reserve for private tours or as individual seats on pre-planned routes, the buses feature unique retractable glass tops which enable a 360 degree perspective to take in the spectacular view.

Huerta has some holiday hosting ideas for local families: “Private tours are great for family outings, like holidays in Oakhurst. Book a private tour for the whole family, bring a picnic and you ride while we drive. What’s better than that?”

Mariposa Grove tours in these specialty buses are offered to local residents, Huerta says. Sunset tours and half-day excursions are also available. “We want local residents to think of us as a great place to come relax and enjoy these beautiful mountains.”

Huerta points out their full-service day spa offers a perfect place for unwinding.

“Get a spa treatment and lunch with your friends while the kids are in school,” she says, pointing out the convenience of location and offerings like the sauna, full service treatments and restaurants on-site.

“Come on up and play with us,” is the mantra Assistant General Manager Bret Archer likes to repeat.

Ice skating at Tenaya starts next week (Nov. 15) and cost just $8 for locals. Huerta says in order to enjoy the locals’-only price break, “bring your valid ID card with a Madera or Mariposa County zip code and ask about local discounts.”

The resort also has an abundance of upcoming holiday-themed events for kids planned, including a dinner and crafts event with Santa Claus, Thanksgiving crafts and a gingerbread house workshop.

Santa Claus will also be making an appearance at the free annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, to be held on Nov. 30. Festivities kick off at 6:45 p.m. featuring cookies, cocoa and the lighting of the biggest Christmas tree in Central California.

For information about more events, services and details, visit https://www.tenayalodge.com/things-to-do.

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  1. What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!

    Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It’s dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don’t have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else — ON FOOT! Why isn’t that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking….

    A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it’s not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

    Mountain bikers also love to build new trails – legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat – not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals’ full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

    Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it’s NOT!). What’s good about THAT?

    To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

    In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

    For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

    The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users — hikers and equestrians — who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

    The parks aren’t gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

    Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won’t understand what I am talking about — an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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