Cooling down this Autumn in the Sierras


After this Labor Day’s excessive heat and smoke we are happy to see the temperature has cooled dramatically and the three surprise fires that have plagued our area this last week are dying away.  The heavy weekend traffic of the summer is gone.

We look forward to the nearest storm and the cold nights autumn will bring.  We are thankful the most beautiful valley is just upstream and the cool air it sends in the evening.  Our tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are ripening in cycles in color in our gardens.  The Buckeyes have already turned yellow to burnt orange, and they will be followed by the Valley Oaks,  the Black Oaks, and the Sedge Grass along the creek.  We are ready, too, to change, and acknowledge every year may bring something rather new.

Property Wide
Holiday Weekend October 6th through 9th 2017

We are very excited to see Gail Dreifus and Adam Burns returning with the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat again this year.  Grammy winner Eliza Gilkyson and Joe Craven are among the may instructors who have created an excellent round of courses, including mentor courses, you should sign up for.  This is an event for both newish to experienced songwriters.  Always great creative esprit de corps and jamming sessions abound during this challenging but fun long weekend.  Register via EventBrite and call us to book as a group reservation at 866.826.7108 x1.



Yosemite Health Spa and Bodie Room
Saturday November 11th 2017 All Day

Balanced Rock has been coming here for over a decade with the exciting Yoga Jambalaya. They offer many classes where you can choose a range of styles and the best teachers in our large Bodie Room and the Yosemite Health Spa yoga room.  Always popular, this event includes a health and wellness fair access to the Spa’s facilities, and look for special vegan and vegetarian lunch specials.  A community event, the Yoga Jambalaya provides a lively sharing and positive experience.  Book at the Balanced Rock website and at the Yosemite Bug website.  Book any of the essential oil specialty baths, massages, or the herbal rub at least a few days in advance by calling 866.826.7108 x3


June Bug Cafe
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 5pm-8:30pm

Every year since we have opened we have celebrated Holidays with mouth-watering specialty menus.  The menu this year includes Citrus Brined and Herb Roast Turkey, Merlot Braised Lamb Shanks, Mustard Crusted Barramundi with Clam Chowder Sauce, Venison Pot Pie and more.  This Thanksgiving looks to be as popular as usual and we do not take reservations.  We prompt you to show at 5pm if you have a small group and late for couples.  Sharing tables is part of the experience, and we do get everyone served. See you there!

Thanksgiving 2017

Bodie Room
Wilderness First Responder Course    November 28th – December 7th 2017
Wilderness First Responder Recertification  December 9-11th

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.  You’ll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!  Call us at 209.966.6666 x2 to book at tuition only or for the whole package including room and board.  Our food alone is worth it!



We have bands playing through the winter on select weekends!  That includes Grammy Award winner Eliza Gilkyson and Joe Craven on Friday October 6th at 7:30pm at the Bodie Room so buy your tickets here.


The rest are free local bands all at the June Bug Cafe on Saturdays at 7pm like Soul Galaxy on November 18th, Good Medicine on December 2nd and Bagby Station on December 9th.



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