Vacations often require compromise. The kids yearn to hike, Dad hopes to enjoy the scene with a cold beer, and Mom wants a massage. California's Evergreen Lodge is the rare place that may please everyone. Built in 1921, the lodge just west of Yosemite National Park first housed a post office, store, and, it's said, moonshine still. Today, pints are poured in the new beer garden, part of a renovation that includes 24 fresh cabins with king-size beds, spacious living rooms, and private decks. And there's a massage cabana for relaxing after a long day hike—or for enjoying on a day with no hiking at all. From $99. (800) 935-6343, evergreenlodge.com .
Photography by Jan Feinberg
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