Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO)

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The south entrance to Yosemite National Park just 12 miles away, the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO) is the home base for Road Scholars with a thirst for learning and a love of nature’s grandeur. ECCO sits on 160 lovely acres forested with oaks, manzanita, incense cedar and ponderosa pine. It's a perfect place to set out on field trips for perhaps a first glimpse of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from historic Tunnel View. Or to learn about the geological saga of the park, as well as the interwoven natural and human history. Upon returning to the lodge for an early evening stroll, a Road Scholar may even find a friendly mule deer at their side.

Lodging

Set amid 160 lovely acres of forested oaks, incense cedar and ponderosa pine, the two ECCO lodges used by Road Scholar participants — Sanford Lodge and Beardsley Lodge — are split-level with ground-floor parking and an entrance at each level. The dining room features a full wraparound deck overlooking a pond populated by mallards, egrets, herons and one mute swan. There are several casual relaxation rooms for socializing, with plenty of novels to borrow.

Activities

The expansive and picturesque grounds of ECCO offer ample recreational possibilities. A self-interpretive nature trail is a mostly level, half-mile single-track trail passing 11 informative posts that explain edible plants, foggy meadows, ancient oaks and more. You are likely to see a number of resident creatures and wildlife before the path ends at the “Frog Pond". Other recreational options include a basketball court, grass volleyball court, soccer field and horseshoes. Indoors, there’s ping-pong, pool, puzzles and games. 

Good to Know
  • No TVs in rooms but one in common area.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout.
  • Housekeeping  once a week.
  • ECCO does not sell alcohol; guests must bring it with them.

 


The Retreat Difference  |  The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for light morning exercise, meeting a community member for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for under $200 more for most programs. 

  

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