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The Awhanee Prowl

The Ahwahnee Prowl
By Rudy Maxa

Listen with RealAudio: Ahwahnee Hotel

Kitchens large and small across the country are cooling down from holiday feasts. And the kitchen at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park certainly needs a break. They've just finished the Bracebridge Dinner, an elaborate affair that's been held almost every Christmas for the last 70 years. The famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams was one of the founders of the lavish event -- complete with carolers, costumed characters and several courses. I wanted to find out how they prepare feasts in the forest.

For More Information:

Because of the Bracebridge Dinner's popularity, seats at the dinner are allocated by lottery. Applications for the lottery may be obtained by writing to the following address:

Yosemite Concession Services Corporation
5410 E. Home Avenue
Fresno, California 93727
(559) 252-4848

Applications are accepted from December 1 through January 15 for the following year's dinner. You can request up to 8 seats. They receive around 4000 applications a year. There are 332 seats available per seating and there are 5 total seatings, which take place on the 22nd, 24th and 25th.

Each dinner seat costs about $215 including tax and gratuity, but excluding wine.

Learn more about the Yosemite Valley, where the hotel is located:

Interested in staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel? Visit the hotel's website:

To find out all about Yosemite, visit these two aptly titled sites:

If you can't get lodging in the Ahwahnee, try some other B&B's:

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