Monday, December 14, 2009

Hotel Dog Named Goose works for Groveland

Our Hotel Dog, Goose is a local celebrity and Mayor of Groveland, okay, Honorary Mayor. Between his duties of meeting and greeting Hotel and Restaurant guests he also has a very busy mayoral calendar filled with photo shoots, interviews and meetings. One of Goose's key causes right now is building a community Dog Park and working with our local politicians on getting everything passed and funds raised. Goose's website highlights his activities for this year. The dog park info is on

If you would like to ask the mayor some direct questions, his email is

While originally the Honorary Mayor program was a fundraiser all in good fun coordinated by the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce,, Goose has raised the bar and is an actual working Honorary Mayor, marketing Groveland and the surrounds and supporting important causes. Goose's sponsor is Camp Tuololumne Trails, a special place for kids and adults with special needs. Goose's campaigns have raised nearly $5000 for scholarships and other programs for the camp.

Please contact: Mother Goose at: for stock publicity photos, victory walk in the annual parade and one of his advertising posters for the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce. We hope his little story makes the cut for any media story on pets in the news!

Lynn Upthagrove
"Mother Goose"
Hotel Charlotte
Groveland, on the way to Yosemite

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chains Required Winter Cancellation Policy

Winter Cancellation Policy: If you are coming for a Yosemite Visit and the weather is such that Chains are required ON YOUR TIRES (R1, R2, or R3) on the day of your visit, our cancellation fees will be waived. We can't guarantee when the weather will be good or bad, but we can adjust our policies such that you can book with confidence. If you want to cancel because you don't want to put chains on...we're okay with that. We don't like to put them on either.

(Most of the time this isn't even an issue, and, now you don't have to worry about it!)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sommelier Hosted Wine Dinners

2010 WINE DINNERS at Hotel & Café Charlotte
We just love wine-dinners and this series is titled: Quaffing the Coast. In this series we pair owner-chef, Victor's great menus with our favorite Sommelier, Nicole Darracq's, top selections from each of five Coastal Counties: Mendocino, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Monterey and San Louis Obispo! Wines are available for post event purchase and favorites end up on our wine list and on rotation in our tasting room
Quaffing the Coast 3-dates remain, all The 3rd Sunday of the month
       Santa Cruz: February 21st
       Monterey: March 21st
       San Louis Obispo: April 18th
Because we are still early in the process of selecting wineries and wines for 2010 we do not have our menus prepared yet, but you can get an idea of what we did in with earlier menus:

Appetizer Skewers with Andouille Sausage, Grilled Assiago Cheese & Pear
      Paired with Pedroncelli Vineyards, Field Blend, Friends.Red
Harvest Soup: A pureed blend of home grown squash, pumpkins & spices with dollop of fresh cream
       Paired with Dry Creek Vineyards Fume Blanc
Spinach Salad with Hot Pancetta Dressing & Fried Goat Cheese
       Paired with Lake Sonoma Zinfandel
Lamb Loin sliced and topped with a port & black cherry reduction
       Paired with Geyser Peak Merlot
Dessert of a rich black chocolate brownie-cake, slivered almonds and whipped cream
       Paired with Valley of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon

Priced at $64 inclusive to tax and tip, you will find these wine events rival the best of the best offered in SF or any of our California wine regions. Nicole is an entertaining and very knowledgable hostess. Add a room to any of these dinners for $89, including breakfast.  Purchase season tickets for all shows and receive a 12% discount.

Doors open at 6:00 and we start with a happy hour wine and appetizer followed by a sit down dinner hosted by Nicole Darracq.  Individual dinners are priced at $64 per person, inclusive of dinner, wines, tax and tip. Purchase Quaffing the Coast season tickets and receive a 12% discount when purchased together. Guests who also spend the evening with us receive our stay and play room pricing, $89 for a traditional room or 20% off larger rooms. 

We hope to see you here. You can call us to make reservations, 209-962-6455 or you can book online be sure to let us know in the comments section that you are joining us for the wine dinner package. See you soon!

3-day Writers Workshop

Writer’s Workshop March 23, 24 & 25 2010 at Hotel Charlotte.
The team at Hotel Charlotte in the Gold Rush era town of Groveland near Yosemite is absolutely thrilled to have Bill Manville on board to lead our 3-day Writers Workshop “Writing to get Published” on March 23, 24 & 25, 2010.

This is a three-day course, with a new lesson and writing assignment each night. The only prerequisite is a love of reading, a desire to write and get yourself published.

Bill is a former Village Voice columnist, editor for Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmo, author of six books, columnist for the New York Daily News, and now teaches writing for Temple University, Philadelphia. Program price includes 3 day workshop with a new lesson & writing assignment each night, Bill's guide “Writing to Get Published Student's Hand-book”, lunch daily, and a Welcome dinner Monday..

Pricing & Details:
$129 if you book by 12/31/2009 (includes welcome dinner)
$159 if you book 1/1/2010 or later (includes welcome dinner)
$49 per individual workshop day
$29 Welcome dinner only, per person with tax and tip included

Hotel Charlotte offers several room packages for participants.
$259 b&b 3 nights double occupancy
$199 b&b 3 nights single occupancy
$99 b&b per night 1 or 2 nights double occupancy
$79 b&b per night1 or 2 nights single occupancy
Extend your stay night before/after workshop $90 double, $70 single, includes breakfast

We hope to welcome writers of all levels.

Dinner with a Ghost Hunter

Dinner with a Ghost Hunter....The team at Hotel Charlotte is thrilled to have Jeff Dwyer on board to tell us about Ghosts of the Motherlode where he will share his research experiences from his newest book: Ghost Hunter's Guide to California's Gold Rush Country where the Hotel Charlotte is featured on page 172 with our "Tuck You in Ghost."

Doors will open at 6 pm on Sunday, March 7th, with a no host happy hour when guests will get to meet Jeff and enjoy an array of appetizers. We will sit at 6:30 for dinner and Jeff will make his presentations between courses with his final segment a question and answer period. The price for the 4-Course dinner is $34 pp inclusive of tax and tip.

This event qualifies for our Stay & Play Pricing, $89 additional for a traditional room or $114 for a large room. Stay with us both Sunday and Monday and we will include your Yosemite Pass also.

Hotel & Café Charlotte
18736 Main Street (Highway 120)
PO Box 787
Groveland, California  95321
Reservations: (209) 962-6455