Long range planning. Consider your engagement as the beginning of your lifelong commitment; it’s the perfect time to create a healthy foundation for your marriage. As you plan your wedding, focus on your financial future by sharing dreams, savings, and … Continue reading

Things to do in Yosemite


For more information about booking a vacation, retreat, reunion or special event at Paradise Springs visit  Discover the Night Sky Attend the “Starry Skies Over Yosemite Valley” for a wild ride through the universe to learn about stars, constellations, … Continue reading



1. What should I register for? Obviously your needs and wants as a couple will influence your decision. . Before you begin the registry process have a heart to heart with your fiancé. Discuss you tastes, style, priorities, and your … Continue reading

The Incomparable Yosemite Valley


Yosemite Valley An unlimited array of possibilities await you in Yosemite Valley. Most involve sightseeing and learning about the scenery. Ranger Programs Rangers give walks and talks every day about Yosemite’s natural and cultural history. Walking and Hiking From easy … Continue reading

Yosemite Art Center Workshops


Yosemite Art Center Workshops (YAC) The Yosemite Art Center is open daily 9am-4:30pm (closed for lunch from 12-1PM). Workshops are offered from 10am to 2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Register for classes in advance: 209/372- 1442. Suggested Donation of $10, supplies … Continue reading



Wrap them in luxury. A really plush gift idea for your bridal party – have monogrammed robes made. Quote your parents. Your parents will most likely invest some of their life-savings in your big day.  Acknowledge their generosity with a … Continue reading

Videography Planner


Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Videography Planner Nothing quite captures the real essence of your wedding day – the sights, sounds and energy – better than a well-done, high quality video. You’ll be able to revisit this important … Continue reading

Wedding Music Advice & Planning


Written by: Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Setting The Tone If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding it’s the music. The music played during your wedding should do more than just … Continue reading

Cake Planning Check List

Sweet Dreams Cakery:

Cakes Planner Your wedding cake is the edible centerpiece of your wedding reception. When meeting with your cake designer, bring photographs of cakes you love or fabric swatches of your color scheme to help them design the perfect cake for … Continue reading

Getting Married Again…


Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or third time there are also the common worries about tradition … Continue reading

The Advantage of Friday/Sunday Weddings


By Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll … Continue reading

Jelly Shots for the Reception? Yes, please!

Cucumber-Lime Margarita Jelly Shot from the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs One of the best trends that I’ve noticed taking place at weddings is the “Signature Wedding Drink.” Some couples decide to stick with one drink (hence the word signature!) but others might feature … Continue reading

Paradise Springs Featured Weddings – Jennette & Richard


Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Jennette & Richard’s palette of dreamy, sheer, pale blue and yellow seem to float against the naturally lush backdrop of our Gazebo wedding site. After the ceremony, guests made their way to the … Continue reading

Paradise Springs Featured Wedding – Angela & Jose

Chris Geiger Photography

Paradise Springs Featured Wedding – Angela & Jose Angela & Jose’s early autumn wedding featured vivid turquoise accents and incorporated both modern and traditional elements into their wedding. We are pleased to share their beautiful day with you for inspiration! … Continue reading

International Wedding Festival on February 26th


The International Wedding Festival has been successfully producing shows since 2007 and their shows speak to a diverse multitude of brides, grooms, and party hostesses. The International Wedding Festival is a bridal show where “all things wedding” are displayed and honored … Continue reading

Oakhurst Dining Options

Crab Cakes Restaurant
Roman L. Zabicki – Owner
40278 Stagecoach #7 , Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: 559-641-7667 • Fax: 559-641-7862
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Di Cicco’s Italian
Carlo DiCicco
40282 Highway 41, Suite 9
Oakhurst, CA 93644 Phone: 559-641-5588

Sugar Pine Take & Bake Pizza
Robby Fleener
40359 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: 559-642-4642

Time For Tea
Laurie Flanagan
40282 Hwy 41 #11
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-4535

El Cid
Tony Olmeda
41939 Hwy 41 , Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-6668 • Fax: 559-683-0280
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Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant
Erna Kubin-Clanin
48688 Victoria Lane , Oakhurst, CA 93644
PO Box 2413 , Oakhurst , CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-6800 • Fax: 559-683-0800
web site:

Pizza Factory, Inc.
Dan Wheeler
40120 Highway 41 , Oakhurst, CA 93644
PO Box 989 , Oakhurst , CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-2700 • Fax: 559-683-6879
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Jamba Juice
Dane Goddard 40208 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 Phone: 559-658-8555

Denny’s Restaurant
40650 California 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: (559) 683-2000


River Creek Golf Course & Restaurant
Scott Michel
41709 Road 600 , Ahwahnee, CA 93601
Phone: 559-683-5600 • Fax: 559-683-5678
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Woody’s New Orlean West
Woody & Cilina Rust
40291 Junction Drive Ste 103
Oakhurst, CA 93644 Phone: 559-683-4414

Family Activities in Yosemite

Creating Family Traditions

yosemite-114Many families have, over the years, created their own special Yosemite traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next.

For some it is accompanying their children on their first ranger walk; for others it is setting-up their campsite in the same area their grandparents did for many summers before them.

You can set the foundation for the next generation of caretakers who will go on to protect this unique place for future families to enjoy.

Junior Ranger Program Expanded

Building on the success of the Junior Ranger Programs.

Yosemite Theater LIVE!

Yosemite’s heroes, historical figures, and modern day adventurers perform 7 nights a week April through early November.

Reunion Planning Checklist

Family reunions can be uplifting, rewarding and worthwhile. They can span generations and strengthen kinship. With a little organization and help from some of your relatives, holding a successful family reunion doesn’t have to be a lot of work.


Keep Everything on track with a Timeline & Checklist. Use our suggestions below or use the space provided to write in tasks unique to your gathering.

1 year before the event:
Confirm interest from family members.
Form committees.
Create a timeline and checklist.
Decide what type of reunion you want.
Pick a date.
Pick a location and reserve the site (if necessary).
Establish a mailing list.
Send out “save-the-date” cards.
6 to 9 months before:
Establish a budget and decide how the gathering will be financed.
Plan a theme.
Delegate responsibilities to committees.
Plan food. Reserve caterer (if required).
Start defining games and activities for the gathering.
Begin compiling family history or family directory for distribution at the event, if desired.
3 to 6 months before:
Send out the first invitation or family reunion newsletter including details on date, location, lodging, transportation, cost and any other relevant information for your gathering. Also be sure to include RSVP information.
Determine and reserve needed equipment (tents, barbecue cookers, tables, etc.).
Determine supplies to be purchased (food, paper plates, first aid supplies, etc.).
Begin design and production of T-shirt, hat or other apparel for the gathering, if desired.
1 to 3 months before:
Send out reminder invitations or follow-up newsletter.
Identify and invite family members who may have been overlooked before.
Determine the decorations that will reinforce the theme at the event.
Reserve lodging for out-of-towners who request it.
Month of event:
Send out reminder invitations or follow-up newsletter.
Purchase required nonperishables. Arrange for their storage and delivery to the site.
Coordinate the bringing of potluck dishes/foods (if applicable).
Finalize list of expected attendees.
Adjust food quantities and supplies accordingly.
Arrange transportation for out-of-towners (if applicable).
Check in with committees to finalize plans.
Final week before:
Make final contacts with family members to ensure attendance.
Prepare reminder list for last-minute details.
Buy perishable foods and begin preparation.
Make sure equipment is delivered and set up.
Pick up arriving out-of-towners (if applicable).
Set up decorations.
During the event:
Keep your camera close by and take lots of photographs and video.
Take care of any last-minute concerns that can be handled, and ignore the rest.
Most important of all: enjoy!
After the event:
Coordinate cleanup and return of equipment.
Make copies of photos, videos and family trees and distribute as requested.
Congratulate yourself for a job well done.
Vow never to do it again. Then immediately start planning your next family gathering!
Pick a committee chair and determine date and timing of next reunion.


Things to do in Yosemite!


Yosemite Rafting & Water Sports Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs We are so lucky to live and work near one of America’s most beautiful national parks. Here we share some warm weather activities to look forward to during … Continue reading