The Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark built in the 1870’s, is the hub of the southern Yosemite area. It’s across the road from Yosemite’s only golf course and around the corner from a gas station, a gift/grocery shop, a post office, and a mishmash of historical buildings.
Hubness is a relative quality, however. The Wawona opens onto a meadow, and with its verandas, large lawn, and rooms without phones or televisions, has the most laid-back vibe of Yosemite’s hotels.
Lodging: The Wawona contains 104 hotel rooms in six different buildings. 50 of the rooms have private bathrooms, and 54 share community bathrooms. Nearly all the rooms open onto one of the Wawona’s famous verandas.
The hotel has its own dining room, plus a lounge where Tom Bopp, a fixture since 1983, plays piano and sings. You can buy assorted snacks and souvenirs at the Pioneer Gift & Grocery Shop, just around the corner from the hotel.
The Wagon is 7 miles from Fishcamp where you can locate other restaurants and souvenirs.