From the monthly archives:

November 2010

The Bracebridge Dinner

by Ted on November 22, 2010

Yosemite National Park, CA – November 2010 – Celebrating its 84th anniversary this holiday season, The Bracebridge Dinner is an American theatrical and culinary tradition that transforms the historic Ahwahnee Hotel into a 17th century English manor for an elaborate feast of food, song and mirth. The Ahwahnee is a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in the winter wonderland of Yosemite National Park. The evening celebration transports guests to Old England, where more than 60 professional singers, court characters and other performers tell the story of a Christmas feast with Lord Merrick of Bracebridge and his entertaining household. During each of eight performances, up to 300 guests enjoy a lavish, seven-course dinner inspired by elaborate Old English Christmas cuisine by The Ahwahnee’s Executive Chef Percy Whatley, with service meticulously choreographed as part of the show. The Ahwahnee Dining Room, with its 50-foot ceiling topped by massive sugar pine beams, serves as the Great Hall at Squire Bracebridge’s manor. The entire room is a stage, crowned by a Squire’s table at the far end of the room and decked with elaborate holiday decorations, many of which are restored originals from the first productions in the late 1920s.
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The Ahwahnee Celebrates the 84th Season of The Bracebridge Dinner, December 13-25, 2010Enhancing The Bracebridge Dinner experience at The Ahwahnee are five special concert presentations in the hotel’s Great Lounge by the show’s producer, Bay Area-based Andrea Fulton, and her Chorale and soloists. The concerts feature musical performances of holiday favorites, as well as pieces from the opera and Broadway repertoire.

Where:
The Ahwahnee
1 Ahwahnee Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

When:
The Bracebridge Dinner performances: December 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25, at 6 p.m.
The concerts, for which admission is free of charge, are: December 15, 17, 19, 21 at 8 p.m., and on December 23 at 3 p.m.

Tickets:
One- and two-night lodging packages for two are available at The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and the Wawona Hotel. The regularly-priced 2010 package rates start at $1,150 plus tax, and include lodging for two, two tickets to The Bracebridge Dinner, gratuity, a portrait sitting and shuttle service for non-Ahwahnee guests. Dinner-only tickets are available for $425 (adults) and $265.50 (12 and under), including tax and gratuity. Single tickets are not available online. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.yosemitepark.com/bracebridge or call 801-559-4903.

Limited Half Price Offer:
A limited number of Bracebridge Dinner one-night packages are available at a 50% discount for the performances on December 13, 14 and 16 at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and December 14 at The Ahwahnee. Package includes lodging for two, two tickets to The Bracebridge Dinner, gratuity, a portrait sitting and shuttle service for non-Ahwahnee guests. First come, first served. Limited availability. Package starts at $508 at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls ($1,307 value) and $640 at The Ahwahnee ($1,299 value). For information and reservations, please call 801-559-4989 and mention promotional code “REDUCED” or visit www.yosemitepark.com/bracebridge-rate-bogo-2010.aspx.

*Package prices include gratuity, but exclude tax. Rates based on double occupancy. Additional costs associated with additional persons. Package may not be combined with other discounts, packages or special offers. No refunds for early check out or unused portions of package. Offer subject to change with NPS approval. Advance reservations are required. Package is for specific days, and The Bracebridge Dinner celebration will be on the second night of a two-night package. Additional person rates are available. Additional dinner tickets are available. Penalties will apply for cancellations made within 30 days of arrival date. Package rates do not apply to groups or suites.

About The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee is a full-service, AAA Four-Diamond hotel located in scenic Yosemite National Park, which is home to stunning natural beauty, bountiful activities and historic charm. The Ahwahnee is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been accepted as a member of Historic Hotels of America, a program that recognizes hotel properties for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

About DNC Parks & Resorts At Yosemite, Inc.
The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls are operated by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNC), an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation activities and transportation services in Yosemite.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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