Make Tenaya Lodge Your Base Camp for Yosemite’s Entrance Fee-Free National Park Week, April 21-29, 2012
FISH CAMP, Calif., April 10, 2012Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite will honor Earth Day the weekend of April 20-22 with eco-values and activities to entertain guests and exemplify Tenaya Lodge’s signature brand of environmental sustainability that it shares with parent company, Delaware North Companies. Adding to the value, entrance to Yosemite National Park is free for “National Park Week,” April 21-29, 2012. Tenaya Lodge is also donating 10% of room rate booked with the resort’s “Yosemite Give Green” package during April to the Yosemite Conservancy, the philanthropic organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Yosemite National Park.   

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012. Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness.
In keeping with the Earth Day spirit of elevating the importance of environmental issues around the world, Tenaya Lodge will host a program of events and activities to celebrate Earth Day in style. They include:
·      Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge will offer a complimentary Green Tea Scalp & Hair Conditioning treatment with the purchase of any 60- or 90-minute spa treatment, and will take 20% off all eco-friendly retail items April 20-22;
·      On Earth Day Eve, Saturday April 21, Tenaya Lodge guests can taste complimentary organic wine and cheese pairings in the Lobby from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and later, gather on Tenaya Lodge’s Grand Terrace for stargazing and complimentary hot chocolate (it’s a new moon so the stars should be super-galactic);
·      Tenaya Lodge will hold a special complimentary edition of its daily Nature Walk on Sat., April 22; join the resort’s guest recreation team as they lead a trail clean-up nature walk from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;
·      Also on April 22, special Earth Day menus will be served at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill (11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sierra Restaurant (5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) with a focus on local, organic and sustainable ingredients;
·      The Tenaya Lodge Gift Shop will offer a 20% savings off the purchase of any “green” products April 20-22.
Tenaya Lodge’s Yosemite Give Green package is available exclusively during April 2012.  Prices start from $215/night for deluxe or cottage room accommodations and include two guided Tenaya Lodge nature hikes for the price of one ($15) and a seven-day pass for Yosemite National Park (note: Yosemite National Park admission is free April 21-29).  As for the “give” part, Tenaya Lodge will donate 10% of room rate to the non-profit Yosemite Conservancy organization. For more information and to book, call toll-free (888) 514-2167 or view online at http://www.tenayalodge.com/Couples-Packages.aspx/. More information on the Yosemite Conservancy is available at http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/.
Tenaya Lodge’s Earth Day commitment is only natural, as its parent company, Delaware North Companies, is an industry leader in environmental stewardship. GreenPath® is Delaware North’s ISO 14001-registered environmental management system to protect the special places it operates in.  Delaware North was a leader in eco-friendly travel long before it was a household phrase. To learn more about Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite’s GreenPath® environmental stewardship program visit www.TenayaLodge.com/GreenPath.

Tenaya Lodge is also a newly-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver property, the official U.S. Green Building Council standard that recognizes the resort’s sustainable building and operating principles and practices.

For more information or to make reservations, call Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite at (888) 514-2167 or visit online at www.TenayaLodge.com.
About Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is an all-season resort framed by noble evergreen forest and a rich range of Sierra recreation. The lodge, set adjacent to Yosemite National Park’s South Gate at an elevation of 5,288 feet, offers 297 rooms, suites and mountain cottage accommodations. Tenaya Lodge offers easy access to Yosemite’s iconic attractions and many guests savor the alpine serenity of the new Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge.  Resort dining options run the table from casual to candlelit at Sierra, Jackalope’s, Timberloft and Embers restaurants. For more information, visit www.TenayaLodge.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.


Rebecca Gardon
Account Executive
Email: rgardon@wrightoncomm.com
Phone: (858) 755-5411
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