Sunday, December 18, 2011

Just in Time for the Holidays, Clock & Stay Package

Clocks! Every where I look there is a clock. Several years ago Victor took up collecting antique clocks. I have taken up trying to sell them. Obviously, Victor is much more successful at his hobby than I am. So, when you do come to the Hotel Charlotte, I hope you will buy an antique clock.

Victor has scoured EBay, Craigslist and has gone to estate sales too. No clock seems to be too far away. One day he even got in the truck and drove to LA. He drove down, saw the clock and was back 12 hours later. With the clock I might add. Another we purchased while visiting family in St. Louis—it's still there, we can't figure our how to get it home!Almost all of the clocks arrive here needing some degree of attention, which is why he gets a good price and I don't fuss too much. Then they go to our friend, neighbor and clock master for fixing and cleaning. Then I start to fuss! Now that the clocks work, the cost basis goes up quite a bit. But all of them are very beautiful, some hundreds of years old. Most from places very far away.

The addition of these clocks along with our consignment clocks has made such a wonderful impact on the aura of the hotel, providing a whole new set of stories to tell. This clock came from Argentina, but was made in Japan. That one is a one-of-a-kind master piece owned by a little old lady who only used it once a week to see if it was time to go to church... Another is a two weight. And isn't this a nice one? A Seth Thomas. I think I will have to learn a little something more about clocks now.

We have taken our previously bare hallway walls on the second floor where the guest rooms are and have added a collection of historic building photographs by Terri Metz sprinkled with a clock here, and one there—all chimeless of course! The dining room has one grandfather clock and 7 wall clocks and with the new fire place and a handful of mantle clocks we found in New Zealand on this year's recipe research trip in a little town on Charlotte Sound, imagine that! I will take oodles of photos and get them on the internet so you can see how cool some of these are. Consider our Clock and Sleep Special. Buy a Clock or a couple of clocks, spending $600 or more and enjoy a complimentary night in the hotel valid November-March. Make buying an antique clock a getaway adventure. Call for details, some restrictions apply. 209-962-6455

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Free Rooms and Boldly Discounted Wine!

Dear Friends and Guests,

Here we are, right up against the holidays with the very last days of the year coming and oodles of rooms available. So, we offer you, your friends or relatives any room in the hotel, a Second night Free! for stays completed by December 30. Please book quickly for the best selection. (Makes a great getaway for you too!)

December Wine BlowOut: For the price of two glasses of wine, take home a bottle. Want a real blowout? Buy a case (Okay to mix wines) for another 10-25% discount. To-go orders only. This special is not valid for wines enjoyed with dinner. Call ahead to reserve your case or just walk in on a Whim! Use as gifts for those of your friends and family who are hard to shop for.

Restaurant News December: For the remainder of December, the restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday evenings serving dinner from 5:30 to 8pm. (note a private party on Friday, 12/16, we will not be open to the public that night.) Lunch is available Thursday through Monday from 11:30 as is Wine Tasting. As always, our dining rooms are available for your special events or club meetings.

Restaurant News Winter 2012 Following the new year, the restaurant will remain closed while we are on our recipe research trip. (Hotel remains open) We look forward to welcoming everyone on Tuesday, February 14th for Valentines day.

Oops! I Need a Gift Faire: Join us all afternoon, December 23, at the Hotel Charlotte for this second annual and wildly popular gift faire highlighting Yosemite Chamber members who don't have a storefront in town and other local artisans, craft persons and people who simply sell unique items. You will find gifts of all sorts, from photography to jewelry, books, spices, parasols, t-shirts, wine and crafts. Enjoy the one of a kind experience of sipping a glass of wine while you shop. Come for your entire Christmas list or for that last forgotten gift--Or just come for the party! You are guaranteed a good time!

Writing to Get Published with Bill Manville: Join us this year for our third annual intensive with Bill. Folks who joined us in prior sessions loved the intimate setting and found it condusive to successful penning! Add a few extra days and enjoy Yosemite! This year's program is scheduled for March 15-18th. Purchase by 12/31 and receive a 25% discount on the course fees. This program makes for a great personal endevor, or a holiday gift for the gifted want-to-be writer in your life.
Hot Happenings! While summer has wound down, we still have some GREAT events on the horizon! Plan a trip around activities that most intrigue you, here's a snapshot of upcoming happenings. (

12/17 Farewell performance: Spell Bound: It saddens me to note that the long loved and what I consider "Groveland's House Band" Spell Bound will celebrate their many years together with a final performance at the Iron Door Saloon. I hope to see many there singing and dancing right along with us.

12/23 "Oops! I Need a Gift" Faire Hotel Charlotte. Join us for the 2nd of this wildly popular faire, just before the holidays. Featuring unique gifts from around Groveland

12/24 & 25 Christmas Dinners: We will be serving a special 3-course Holiday menu both Christmas Eve and Christmas day from 5:00pm with a choice of soup or a holiday salad and Crème brûlée for dessert. Dinner selections include a traditional turkey dinner, a 16z porterhouse steak and some of your favorite menu items (lobster ravioli, filet mignon, rack of lamb and more!) No lunch service Christmas Day. a grand Year End Celebration Dinner with a special menu from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Lots of great stuff packed into the end of the year, we hope you will join us for some or all of our coming events.

A stay at the Hotel Charlotte is fun for all, whether traveling alone, as a pair, a family or group. Guests enjoy our charming hotel rooms and modern vacation rental houses, either choice always includes breakfast! We invite you to come, "Sleep with the Mayor!"

Again, it is our pleasure to thank you for your visits this year. It is our dynamic and interesting guests from far and near that make this all so worth while. Having ourselves traveled many of the freeways, byways and out-of-the-ways in and beyond Groveland, we are well prepared to help plan your trip to our little town and points beyond. Feel free to browse our handy Itineraries to get you started.

We look forward to welcoming you (Again!)

Lynn & Victor

Hotel Charlotte


PS: Have you seen our vets stay free program? 45 nights, two rooms, 90 vets free! Some nights still open!

Contact Info:

Hotel Charlotte

18736 Main Street, PO Box 787

Groveland, CA 95321 (209) 962-6455

Reservations: 209-962-6455

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Lots going on this season, check out our menu and events over the next two weeks:

You won't want to miss our Oops! I Need a Gift faire on 12/23. We have 11 unique Oopsologists, free gift wrapping, lunch, wine tasting, wine sales and oodles more!

After New Year's Eve, we will be closing the restaurant through Valentine's Day. Given that, we have a big inventory of wine and would like to see you share it in your homes over the holidays with your friends, family and neighbors. Stop in and get one of dozens of bottles of wine, many for far less than you can get from the tasting room! (huge savings for purchasing a case!)

We look forward to welcoming you over the next few weeks. If you are around next week Thursday, visit us at the Chamber Holiday mixer. All are welcome.
Lynn, Victor and Goose

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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    PO BOX 787
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    Groveland Dresses for the holidays!Our highway to Yosemite is glistening like silver and red candy canes all the way from Priest Station through Groveland.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who decorated the town in record time!  

    Holiday Reflections by the Pine Cone Singers
    Hotel Charlotte has long been a fan of the Pine Cone Singers and this year we made their Life Time Donor list with Goose's contribution from his Mayoral race this fall. Won't you join us at one of the three performances this weekend? Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, and Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are available for $8 in advance (available here), or $10 at the door. 

    Hotel Charlotte participates in the Holiday Decorating Contest:
    In addition to the traditional candy cane theme of our town, the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a merchant decorating contest, with judging taking place on December 12 and 13.  Come check out our glitter!  Which of our trees do you prefer - the green or the white? (See our de-parasolled dining room too!  

    The Oops, I Need a Gift! Faire 
    (won't you download, print and display the flyer for us?

    Friday, 12/23 from Noon to 4pm at Hotel Charlotte

    This faire is designed for the last minute shopper and those who woke up realizing they forgot "Aunt Bea" and need something wonderful, local and unique. Free gift wrapping for your Oops Faire purchases, provided by the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce.

    Hotel Charlotte will also be offering wines by the glass for purchase while you shop and lunch so you can take a break and easily return to the shopping tables for more great stuff! Take a few bottles of well discounted wine home with you to share with friends over the holidays!

    Make Hotel Charlotte Your Home for the Holidays
    We want you to consider the Hotel Charlotte your Home for the Holidays, whether it's just stopping in for dinner or booking rooms for your out of town guests.  Our friends and neighbors always get an additional 10% discount on room rates and we promise to take really good care of your visitors.  For a real treat, have them stay in your house and you come take a room at the Charlotte!

    Have a big event scheduled for 2012?
    December is when we run our best specials for 2012 bookings. This month, book one of our vacation rentals for a stay in 2012, and get 35% discount for visits completed by 3/29/2012 and 15% discount for any other dates. No black out periods, no minimum stays. Best bet you will get for 2012! Must book by 12/31. Book online or by phone, 209-962-6455. 

    Restaurant News:
    The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, from 5:30 to close.  Lunch and Wine Tasting are available Thursday through Monday from 11:30.. As always, our dining rooms are available for your special events or club meetings. Mi Casa, Su Casa! 

    Holiday Menus:
    Holiday Menu: Friday, Saturday & Sunday,12/23, 24 & 25  (Friday night will also have our regular menu as an option.)

           Holiday Blend Soup or Caesar Salad
           Entrée Choice
             ~  Traditional Turkey Dinner $19.95
             ~  Vegetarian Pasta of the day $19.95
             ~  Lobster Ravioli (no sides) $25.95
             ~  16 oz Porterhouse Steak $29.95
             ~  Rack of Lamb $29.95
             ~  Filet Mignon $29.95
           Crème Bruleé dessert
    Kids Menu: Pasta Marinara with Meatball or Chicken fingers and with ice-cream dessert $9.95.  Tax and Tip not included.

    See the full details on the flyer:
    Seats are filling up fast! Please call with your preferred dates, 209-962-6455

    See you soon! 
    Lynn, Victor & Goose!

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    Sunday, December 04, 2011

    The Oops, I Need a Gift! Faire

    Sponsored by the Hotel Charlotte on Thursday, 12/23 from 1-5pm

    This faire is designed for the last minute shopper and those who woke up realizing they forgot
    "Aunt Bea" and need something wonderful, local and unique.

    “Oops”ologists include:
    • Claudia Day with her sassy Shady Lady parasols (Chamber member)
    • Jackie Sample with her original jewelry (Chamber member) 
    • Connie Scott with her neckties for dogs and designer pottery
    • Shirley Brasesco with her Holiday and every day CD’s and straight from Nature crafts
    • Joan Scheffied with her custom designer T-Shirts (Chamber member)
    • Holly Foiles with her custom stained glass bits & baubles
    • Sabre Design with their neat saying and wall hangings (Chamber member)
    • Barbara J with her special seasonings (Chamber member)
    • Hotel Charlotte with discount wines, perfect for the Holidays! (Chamber member)
    \Hotel Charlotte will also be offering wines by the glass for purchase while you shop and lunch so you can take a break and easily return to the shopping tables for more great stuff!

    This Oops, I Forgot a Gift! faire is designed to help you stay near home and on the hill in the last
    hectic days before the Holiday rush. (Even if you don't need anything, stop by to share a bit of
    Holiday Cheer with us.)

    Really big Oops? The Hotel Charlotte is open on Christmas Eve until 10 pm and again at 7:30 am on Christmas morning if you have still forgotten something. The selection becomes fairly limited...but, heck we are here for you!