Yosemite is glorious at this time of year - hardly any traffic and the Ahwanee Hotel is a pleasure in the middle of it all. We booked for the Saturday night Bracebridge dinner almost a year ago - its a tradition since 1927 and a seven course dinner is served with a huge musical program, some sentimental, some hokey but the overall effect was very Christmasy.
The seven course dinner was a strange menu, trying to include the traditional (ie 100 years ago) menu of relishes, fish course, poultry course and meat course.
Relishes were marinated vegetables to pick at awaiting the beginning of the program. Then the soup, Cauliflour vichysoise - small portions but rich and while not tasting much of Cauliflour was quite pleasing. A fish course - some trout mousse followed - I ate one bite and left the rest, was not a lot of trout but plenty of mousse, then the poultry course was an open face turkey pot pie. Again, a bite of food. The meat course was superb filet roast slices with vegetables, then salad and lastly plum pudding with hard sauce (inedible) and a cup of 'hot' wassail, to toast the company. We had champage flowing and a pretty good cab for the meat course.
Great experience but could have been a lot shorter - five hours is a long time to sit. The Christmas music and carols were the best - and cross country ski ing in Badger Pass and the almost total absence of people. Magic when you think that the Park has over 4 million visitors each summer.
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