Multi-generational travel Zucker style brings smiles to everyone’s faces. Photo credit Dana Zucker, Triathlon Traveling Mom.


Multigenerational travel can be the hardest to plan, with having to meet so many different needs, wants, and schedules. Picking the perfect location is a priority, where the family is comfortable and children and adults alike can enjoy. This year, we are planning a multigenerational winter vacation to Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite In California. The place is magical and I can’t wait to see it covered in white!  Here’s why it works so well.


Although on the west coast, Yosemite is relatively easy to access through many airports. We like to use the Fresno airport, as it’s small, easy to navigate, and a TMOM disclosure graphicbeautiful drive to Yosemite. We are able to coordinate flights to carpool and caravan out to Yosemite. There is also a Target right on the way to stop and load up on goodies for your stay. And remember the sunscreen. Just because it’s winter, the sun is still very strong reflecting off the snow.

The Resort


Tenaya Lodge in summer. Photo credit Tenaya Lodge.

Tenaya Lodge has everything a family could need without leaving the resort, if you choose. As a four diamond resort, the amenities are endless.The rooms are designed for gathering and multi-generational families can choose a combination of rooms to allow the group to have private gathering spaces. Right on the property, you step out into the Sierra National Forest, allowing for endless opportunities for fun.


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Winter activities abound, like ice skating, at the Tenaya Lodge. Photo credit Tenaya Lodge.

The region is suited to a variety of activities year round, but it is loaded with winter activities, from skiing and hiking to wine tours and historical and regional touring.

Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, game room, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, and more. Although we love being active year around, it sure will be fun hanging by the outdoor fire pit with my family and a great local brew, just saying…If you choose, adults can have time to be big kids while the kids enjoy kids’ camp or a babysitter that the resort can arrange.


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The spa pool at Tenaya Lodge. Photo credit Tenaya Lodge.

Ascent is the on-site spa and the minute you step off the elevator, you feel you have arrived. Tenaya Lodge has taken special care to assure the entire experience is special. When I am spending time at a spa, I love a great lounge where I can sit, read, do nothing, have a cup of tea, or enjoy who I am with.  They have done a good job with this and have three rooms for male, female, and coed, allowing you to enjoy your choice.  The offerings for service are endless.I enjoyed a deep tissue massage and let’s just say, IT ROCKED! I only wish my schedule allowed me to enjoy additional services.


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Entertaining us at dinner at Embers at Tenaya Lodge. Photo credit Dana Zucker, Triathlon Traveling Mom.

So many choices! I had the pleasure of eating at Embers and Sierra Restaurant. Chef Frederick oversees all of the Tenaya Lodge dining options and under his eye, I must say I was very satisfied. If traveling with a multi-generational group, I would recommend taking advantage of all the options.

For the whole group and breakfasts, I recommend dining at the Sierra Restaurant or Jackalope’s Bar and Grill.  The menu options are varied to meet everyone’s needs. Chef and his team are also experts at meeting special dietary needs, like gluten-free and allergies. As always, I suggest strongly that you call ahead with these needs, so that the team is prepared.

For an adults-only evening, make reservations at Embers and arrange either a sitter and room service or kids’ camp for the kids. They, too, will enjoy time alone to hang in their own world, so don’t feel guilty.

Recommendations for Planning

  • Rooms:  Book a combination of rooms based on the family types. Make sure you have at least one room that is a suite where the family can gather and hang out together. If there are members of your group traveling without kids, book those room in the new adults-only floor, so they have space. As an empty nester now, I can tell you when we travel with the family when our kids are at college, I love being with our nieces and nephews. But, I do enjoy time alone with my husband. Request that the family groups with kids are in connecting or near by rooms.You might consider booking the cabins, which will allow you all to be together in a cabin space.

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    Room to sleep, dine, and gather as a family. Photo credit Dana Zucker, Triathlon Traveling Mom.

  • Meals:  If traveling with a large group, pre-book dining with at the resort with a combination of the options above.  Leave lunch open in case you go off site. You can always order a pizza and salad or boxed lunch for adventures. Be sure to address any special dietary needs at this time.
  • Contact:  Identify one family member as your “planner” or point of contact. This will make if easier for the group and resort.
  • Activities:  Call ahead and arrange a few activities and spa treatments. Work with the Tenaya Lodge activities desk to pre-book popular activities and off-site tours. I strongly suggest that even though you may have your own vehicles, that you book a tour of Yosemite with a driver, so everyone can enjoy. Look into private guides with the activities’ desk, so you can plan the day to meet everyone’s needs.
  • And finally – very important…leave time for down time!  Don’t overbook.  Sometimes the best memories are made just hanging out playing board games by the fire…

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    What a way to do nothing, but make memories…Photo credit Tenaya Lodge.

Have fun!