After the year we have had it is time to reunite with your best friends for a girls weekend in Tuolumne County! Hike to a waterfall in Yosemite National Park, go horseback riding in the High Sierra back country, or relax on a wine tasting adventure in the Gold Country foothills. Room with a view? We got those! Tuolumne County is a mecca for rejuvenating adventures, offering stress-free accommodation prices you will love. Get ready to cross a few items off your travel bucket list, while spending priceless quality time with friends in Tuolumne County.
Bring your girl gang to the High Sierra, and take a ride on the wild side with Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station or Aspen Meadow Pack Station. Travel via horseback into the Emigrant Wilderness with experienced guides. You can also hit the trails in the Emigrant Wilderness by foot! Hike to Relief Reservoir in the warmer months! Make a fun a game of it and submit the trails you have completed in Tuolumne County to earn virtual badges!
Important note about visiting Yosemite:
A reservation will be required to drive into Yosemite National Park from May 20 through September 30, 2022, for those driving into the park between 6:00am and 4:00pm. Reservations are not required to go to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
The temporary reservation system will help manage congestion and provide a quality visitor experience while numerous key visitor attractions are closed for critical infrastructure repairs.
Those entering Yosemite on regional transit, staying in Yosemite National Park, or with a tour group do not need an additional park reservation.
Make a reservation at recreation.gov.
There's nothing like a hike in Yosemite to make you forget about the world's problems. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is a lesser-known, yet awe-inspiring, destination in Yosemite National Park. The fairly flat trail to Wapama Falls is a remarkable one. Begin your journey at the O'Shaughnessy Dam, and bask in the views of the vast reservoir. Walk along the water’s edge for this 5-mile out and back trail to Wapama Falls. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is another hidden gem in Yosemite! Walk among and through giant sequoias!
Get a taste of the local flavor in Tuolumne County's historic Gold Country. Jamestown is home to Gianelli Vineyards that has a tasting room overlooking the rolling foothills of the Sierra. Gather with the girls and taste the afternoon away. Nearby, in Sonora, Indigeny Reserve offers tastings of their legendary local cider and spirits. Have an afternoon picnic and wander through the organic orchards, on site. If your friends are beer people, check out Groveland's newest brewery, Around the Horn, play a round of corn hole and enjoy their unique, consistently changing beers!
Grab your girls and book a group appointment at Amala Detox & Tea Lounge, a small-town spa in Downtown Sonora. Treat yourself to treatments your city friends won’t believe. Sip on one of their specialty teas and browse their menu of unique services. A local favorite is their Ionic Foot Soak that will pull toxins out of your body straight through your feet. Sit back, relax, and watch the water transform before your eyes.
Rush Creek Lodge has a new luxury spa! Reserve the whole spa for yourselves to make the most of your girls weekend! Or, take part in a "Yosemite Health and Wellness Program" crafted specially for each of you, combining key elements for your choice of healing, wellness, or relaxation.
Amala Detox and Rush Creek Spa
Vacation takes on a new meaning with a memorable trip to Tuolumne County’s Yosemite. Embrace the extremity of the Sierra Nevada and take a Tuolumne River rafting trip with your BFFs. Embrace your inner adventurer as you face the wild whitewater with your friends. This unconventional vacation is sure to be an unforgettable one. Make it a two or three day adventure with an overnight group package.
Photo courtesy of OARS Rafting
Looking for a good time? Your odds are good at Tuolumne County's two casinos. Black Oak Casino Resort, in the town of Tuolumne, offers free entertainment every weekend, at their Willow Creek Lounge. Dine fine with 5-star level cuisine, at Seven Sisters restaurant, or mix it up with a retro night at their in-house bowling alley (reservations currently required) and arcade.
Photo courtesy of Black Oak Casino Resort
Twain Harte's the perfect little mountain town for fun girl-time. Find the ultimate new outfit at The Walk-In Closet or a cool cooking gadget at The Harte of the Kitchen. Play a competitive game of mini golf at the vintage, 18-hole Twain Harte Miniature Golf Course, which is over 65 years old. After shopping and playing, stop at the The Haps Boba Tea & Bites for trendy boba and other tasty treats.
Twain Harte Miniature Golf and The Harte of the Kitchen
Catch the winter wave and hit the slopes in Tuolumne County's High Sierra. Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort is welcoming winter destination for all skill levels. Choose your lift buddy and explore the diverse runs of this 70 year old ski resort. Experience a sledding snow day, like never before, at Leland High Sierra Snowplay. Tube down the steep slopes, have a snowball fight, and warm up fireside in the lodge.
Photo courtesy of Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort