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Despite its remote setting, there are some excellent museums and galleries close to Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Château du Sureau.
The nearby town of Oakhurst is home to some of the finest art galleries in the Sierra Nevada foothills, with a stretch of ateliers and exhibition spaces along Highway 41 known as Gallery Row. Featuring four major galleries that specialize in various media, including glass, photography and jewelry, Gallery Row is a great place to pick up a treasured piece of local artwork to take home.
If you visit neighboring Yosemite National Park, don’t pass up the chance to tour the Ansel Adams Gallery, which displays the acclaimed artist’s original photographs as well as archival replicas. It’s fitting that Adams’s memorial gallery is in the park since his iconic nature photography put Yosemite on the map and made it one of America’s most popular natural landmarks. Admirers of Adams’s work can purchase matted mimeos and poster versions of some of his most beloved pieces at the gallery.
If handicrafts and nature photography aren’t your forte, there’s plenty of natural history to tickle your fancy. Given the many famous rock formations and waterfalls that are located throughout Yosemite, a day of touring the park’s most notable sites might do more to feed your inner artist than any gallery ever could.