News you need to be in the holiday know: Free shuttle, where to eat, umbrella alert

The venerable Pat O’Connell (1927-2019) passed away this past year but his memory and iconic Santa’s tow truck keep his memory alive.

Merry Christmas

The Internet platforms are driving more visitors to Three Rivers, winter and summer, so in addition to the traditional family and friends holiday gatherings this time of year, travelers are flocking to Three Rivers for a peaceful holiday and a white mountain Christmas.
These winter travelers are taking advantage of the Christmas holiday week to explore a national park. What better place to find Peace on Earth than in Three Rivers and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks?
Remember way back in the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s when business in Three Rivers came to. dead stop in the winter? This was because of the elimination of winter lodging and winter recreational opportunities in Sequoia; people quit coming altogether. But, these days, there’s no business like snow business, and the winter enthusiasts have returned after a quarter century of finding something else to do besides snowplay among giant sequoias.
Christmas-New Year’s shuttle
For those going to nearby Sequoia National Park, the Sequoia Shuttle operates a winter holiday schedule to help visitors get around to the main attractions much easier. To reach the shuttle in Giant Forest, drivers will still have to carry chains, and probably install them, to get to Giant Forest to jump on the free park shuttle (don’t worry, Three Rivers has you covered on the chain rentals).
Shuttles are free and run daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm looping continuously from Wuksachi Village to Giant Forest Museum with stops at Lodgepole Village, Wolverton Snow Play Area (parking area), and the General Sherman Tree. 
Sequoia information
Both The Peaks Restaurant at Wuksachi (559-565-4070) in Sequoia National Park and the Grant Grove Restaurant (866-807-3598) in Kings Canyon National Park feature special Christmas dinner menu items starting at 11:30 am. Call ahead for more information and to make a reservation.
Tire chains may be required to be installed at any time and motorists must carry them even if they don’t encounter conditions where they actually have to use them. For the latest road conditions call (559) 565-3341.
The designated snowplay area in Sequoia is at Wolverton. And stop in at Lodgepole Market to rent snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore the snowy woods.
Eating out in Three Rivers
Here’s what’s open and what’s not:
Open Christmas
Gateway Restaurant—  December 24 – 8 am to 4 pm; December 25 – 4-7 pm (limited menu).
Sequoia Cider Mill—  December 24 – 8 am to 1 pm; December 25 – 8 am to 9 pm.
Subway—  December 24 – 8 am to 7 pm; December 25 – 8 am to 7 pm.
Village Market—  December 24 – 8 am to 8 pm; December 25 – 8 am to 3 pm.
Open Christmas Eve/Closed Christmas
Main Squeeze (Lemon Cove)—  December 24 – 10 am to 4 pm; December 25 – closed.
Pizza Factory— December 24 – 11 am to 9 pm; December 25 – closed.
River View—  December 24 – 11 am to 4 pm; December 25 – closed.
Sierra Subs—  December 24 – 10:30 am to 3 pm; December 25 – closed.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Buckaroo Diner—  December 24-25 closed.
Casa Mendoza—  December 24-25 closed.
Three Rivers Brewing Co.— December 24-25 closed.

Happy New Year! Weather in a word: Brrrrrr!

Happy Winter Solstice. The daylight hours for the next six months will be increasing, meaning it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
The rain and snow in the forecast will be ending on Christmas Eve. For the next seven days, temperatures will range from the 50s in the daytime to the 30s at night.
In the nearby mountains, that translates to highs around 40; lows in the teens and some icy roadways. We will be reporting later in the week on the snow totals received in Sequoia during this recent storm system.
The New Year will begin with more moderate temperatures in the 60s and no rain for the period (January 1-4). Interestingly, the current year-to-date rainfall season in Three Rivers as of December 23 was tracking within .25 of last year’s Christmas week total. This bodes well for another year above the 30-year norm of 20 inches. So…
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles will be out of sight

And Happy New Year!

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