Groveland Hotel and the Iron Door Saloon
Speeding along State Road 120 from Sacramento, with Yosemite National Park just a handful of miles down the road, it’s quite easy to zip right past an oasis of history dating back to when gold was the currency and justice was swift.
Ripe with an abundance of other pre-park activities including hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, gold panning and so on, Groveland, a town of about 3,300 year-round residents, is ideally located for folks headed to explore Yosemite’s grandeur. For those who want simply to relax in the midst of history, the Groveland Hotel awaits. It’s a small, two-story hotel with just 17 rooms and a friendly, resident cat. And it has its rewards. One of them is genuine Southern hospitality (and Southern drawls), transplanted from Tennessee and nurtured daily by co-owners and hosts Peggy and Grover Mosley.