YOSEMITE — The long-time general manager of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, Paul Ratchford, will retire at year’s end after serving in the resort’s leadership role twice for a total of 16 of the past 27 years.
For the last eight years, Ratchford has overseen the full renovation of all 302 lodge and cottage rooms plus its Jackalopes restaurant, as well as the addition of several new recreational amenities, including the Kids Adventure Center and, most recently, 50 two-bedroom cabins on the north side of the resort.
“It has been a wonderful journey here with the associates, local neighbors and our customers all of these years,” said Ratchford. “Our children were raised in Oakhurst, and Tenaya Lodge provided me with the perfect balance of professional growth and family. I am also proud of how Tenaya has contributed to our local communities as an employer and a primary benefactor for charities and nonprofits in the mountain area. Hopefully, we have made a positive difference.”
Ratchford’s career has spanned over 50 years with Hilton and Hyatt Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Half Moon Bay and Laguna Niguel, Pebble Beach Resorts, and the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
“I have been blessed to work in some of the most beautiful, unique resort locations in the country,” Ratchford said. “However, Tenaya Lodge has a special place in my heart as one of the best experiences in my long career. It has been a lot of fun to see this resort continue to grow and evolve with technology, the industry and the changing expectations of our customers and guests.”
In addition to his role with Tenaya Lodge, Ratchford serves on two boards in Mariposa County, the the Fish Camp Advisory Council and the Yosemite Mariposa Tourism Bureau.
He and his wife, Kristie, will continue to live in the area and look forward to having more time to enjoy this next stage of life.
“I am looking forward to playing more golf, traveling to see our grown children, and eventually becoming a grandfather,” adds Ratchford.