If you travel to Yosemite from the Bay Area via Hwy 120, you will arrive at Groveland in just a couple hours. The settlement dates back to 1848 when it was called “Savage’s Diggin’” after James Savage. He had a few trading posts in the foothills and was a key player in the Mariposa Indian War of 1851. In 1850, there was a hanging there and the place became known as “Garrotte” after the Spanish word for strangulation. To gain a more respectable moniker, it was changed in 1875 to Groveland – after a town in Massachusetts.
The Hotel Charlotteon the Main Street opened in 1921 and was named for Charlotte DeFerrari. They got a lot of business from the workers supporting Hetch Hetchy. The recent longtime owner, Lynn Upthagrove, sold the place to Jen & Doug Edwards this past spring.
I met them and they a have plowed in doing some re-arranging and spiffing up. It’s a nice place to stay before hitting Yosemite – maybe 40 mins to the gate. Or stop by for a nice dinner on the way home. Rooms are clean, historic and comfy. Wifi included. Ratings are high on the services. Say hi for me. stay@HotelCharlotte.com
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.” – George Elliot
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