A Holiday Groveland
Special Photography by Terri Metz
Groveland was originally a gold rush town and then became a sleepy farming community until the San Francisco Hetch Hetchy water project made it their headquarters and built a railroad yard and hospital for the work crews (both now gone). From 1915 till 1935 Groveland was a boom town supporting seven hotels, 10,000 residents and much activity. When the work crews left the town again became a minor stop on the way to Yosemite until the Boise Cascade company built the Pine Mountain Lake community with a first class golf course, an airport and lake and staked out 5000 lots. This development has since grown from a summer home area to a retirement community to a thriving neighborhood with year round families, boosting the once sleepy Groveland to a travel and vacation destination in its own right
In town we have many fun little specialty shops, restaurants
, a museum , library and more. For the best in hanging out, take along a good book and try out the hammock garden found at Mountain Sage
, the town nursery with a wonderful hammock garden and gourmet coffees. Additional places to meander (and shop!) include Designing Woman, Seasons, Perfectly Posh, Homemade, Groveland Mercantile and Whitewolf Gallery. The Iron Door Saloon is a locals favorite and has live bands on weekend nights and Karaoke on Thursdays.
Groveland is a great home base for many activities including Yosemite National Park, white water river rafting on the Tuolmne River, boating on Lake Don Pedro and a whole lot more.
Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://www.HotelCharlotte.com/groveland.html