Oakhurst, California’s Chateau du Sureau Welcomes Yosemite-Bound Travelers

A fairytale-like, Five Diamond Relais & Châteaux escape near the south gateway of the beloved national park

From nature-covered campgrounds to historic lodges in tiny towns, various styles of accommodation populate the wondrous wooded areas in and around Yosemite National Park. None are quite like Oakhurst, California’s Chateau du Sureau, an elegant retreat etched into nine hillside acres with views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Though the Relais & Châteaux property—which also houses a peaceful outdoor pool, spa and fine-dining restaurant—is still roughly …

How to Book National Park Tickets Through Their New Reservation System

In the midst of the pandemic, several National Parks across the US saw a record number of visitors. To comply with safety measures then (and now) some of the most popular—including Acadia, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Yosemite—developed a ticketed system for day-use visitors. Reservations are either free or nominal ($2 to $6), but these passes are likely to disappear quickly. To navigate each park’s systems, …

North Drinkware’s California Half Dome Pint Glass

Molding an iconic mountain into the base of a hand-blown vessel

A little over a year since their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for a Mt Hood Pint Glass captured 5,620 backers’ attention, Oregon-based glassware company North Drinkware returns with a brand new product: the California Half Dome Pint Glass. Once again, they’ve utilized real 3D data of their mountain inspiration, in conjunction with hand-blown glass molding. This crux of traditional techniques and technological advancement is only …