by Jennifer Ahearn, Online Media Director
Turns out there’s a word for one of my great loves. I just learned of this neologism recently: parkitecture.
Yep, I love the grand and rugged architecture of our National Parks almost as much as I love the National Parks themselves—and I am plenty smitten with our country’s rich natural beauty. So—parkitecture!
The venerable old lodges of the National Park system are some of the most romantic hotels I know of. They’re also usually both a bit of a splurge and a bit of a trek—not somewhere you might just zip off to on the spur of the moment for a romantic getaway weekend (I have plenty of ideas for those weekends!) No, these are really the kinds of places that you’d reserve for a honeymoon or special anniversary.
There’s something glamorous about getting all dressed up to dine alongside the massive fireplaces of one of these lodges. It’s a delicious counterpoint after an exhausting and exhilarating day of hiking in a magnificent park.
Plus, for me, no matter how fantastic the hotel room is (and the reason for being there…), I just gotta get outside and do something else. Ahem.
With a getaway at the Ahwahnee you can get both: outstanding hotel accommodations and the glories of the outdoors. Imagine how fabulous it would be to stay in this stately, rustic lodge after traipsing around the natural splendor of Yosemite all day. Each of the rooms are finely appointed, but it would be an extra kick to stay in the luxurious Mary Curry Tresidder Suite where Queen Elizabeth II once stayed or in one of the cozy private cottages.