STORY BY: Veronica Hill PHOTOS COURTESY of Chateau du Sureau
Summary: Enjoy gourmet cuisine at this luxurious inn near Yosemite National Park.
Location: Chateau du Sureau is located at 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA. Call (559) 683-6860 or visit them online
Located just outside the gateway to Yosemite,
this lovely 10-room inn draws rave reviews for its exquisite French
Provencal style accommodations, pampering spa, and top-notch restaurant.
of the guest rooms, named for different flowers and herbs, are
available on their own, or as part of an all-inclusive "full board"
While you're here, you can join several guided
excursions, from river rafting along the Merced River, to stretch Hummer
tours of Yosemite.
Spa Sureau specializes in several wonderful treatments, including their signature Blooming Botanicals cherry blossom sugar scrub and Spring Renewal lavender body polish.
The inn's restaurant, Erna's Elderberry House, serves a wonderful Sunday brunch and prix-fixe menu that changes with the seasons. Some of chef
Gunnar Thompson's specialties include asparagus soup with truffle
Sabayon, warm Maine Lobster terrine, or a roasted nature-fed veal loin.
Cooking classes with chef Gunnar are held every Saturday, or you can join one of their 3-day Fantasy Cooking Camps, held during the fall.
Check their site for the latest packages and specials. Rooms are $600-$985 nightly. Villa runs $2,950. Prix-fixe meals $95. Sunday brunch $56. Small pets under 12 pounds are permitted.