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On my recent vacation to Yosemite National Park, I was amazed by its size and beauty. The park covers 761,268 acres, which makes it roughly the size of Rhode Island. The views are amazing, and pictures don’t do Yosemite Falls or Half Dome true justice. When I was planning my trip, I really had my heart set on finding cabins in Yosemite as my preferred accommodations. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Yosemite and her surrounding communities presented me with a nice variety of options in this regard. What works best depends on individual taste or the dynamic of a group of travelers.
I’ll start with two locations inside the park that provide cabin accommodations. There’s certainly plenty to do staying in the park. It offers breathtaking views and quick access to popular park activities. However families with very young children might find it to be a bit too far away from the ‘distractions’ that kids love such as movie theaters and pizza joints.
The first Yosemite cabin option that I looked at was The Redwoods in Yosemite. These are comfortable Yosemite cabins that range in size from one bedroom all the way up to six bedrooms. They are perfect for a romantic get-a-away or a family trip. The kitchens are fully equipped with linens, soap and paper products. Many of the Redwoods in Yosemite cabins also have decks, gas grills, wood burning stoves, WIFI and satellite television. Pets are welcome at 27 of the cabins with a small extra charge. This location also offers wedding packages complete with an event planner. The wedding pictures really will be special; so don’t delay booking a Yosemite cabin here.
Another group of Yosemite cabins I found inside the park was at the famous Curry Village. “Camp Curry” as it is sometimes called, is located at the foot of Glacier Point and Half Dome. It was opened in 1899 by David and Jeannie Curry as a tent camp where visitors could stay for a modest price. Today, there are canvas tent cabins available, which are wooden structures with canvas roofs and sides. These accommodations are very basic, so there aren’t any electrical outlets or plumbing. Camp Curry also has Yosemite lodging cabins with their own bathrooms. These structures are slightly less rustic than the tent cabins and come with electric wall heaters, lights and wall outlets. The final choice for Curry Village reservations is Stoneman Standard rooms. These are more hotel-like rooms offering daily maid service.
It’s important to note that the cabins at Curry Village are rustic. There aren’t any phones or televisions in any of the rooms. There’s no cooking in the camp, and any food guests bring needs to be stored in the provided bear-proof lockers. At night guests will need a flashlight or head lantern to walk safely around the camp area. Quiet Time is enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
If staying outside the park to be closer to other activities in the area is a better option for you, I recommend the Evergreen Lodge. It’s located in the woods that border Yosemite National Park and offers a variety of cabins and camping options. There are quaint one-room cabins, cottages and even the John Muir House, which is perfect for large family gatherings with its 2,500 square feet of living space and 1,000 square foot deck. Amenities of this location include satellite radio, beds with feather pillows, coffee makers, mini fridges, hair dryers, irons and in-room safes.
The cabins don’t have kitchens, but there’s a dining room in the Main Lodge that serves three meals a day. In the summertime barbecues are hosted several times a week. The Tavern is a casual, family friendly dining area that is open for lunch and dinner. It’s also a great place to catch live music or watch a ball game on the big screen television since there aren’t any televisions in the cabins or cottages. There is also a swimming pool area with a hot tub that has beautiful sunset views. A neat feature of the swimming pool is the pool bar which serves drinks and food.
Another off-site option is Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort. “The Bug” is located about 25 miles from the park and offers private rooms, tent cabins, dorm-style rooms and guesthouses. This is a pet-friendly location that only requires a modest deposit. It should be noted, however, that pets are not allowed in the dorms. The Café at the Bug serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is popular with locals. It has a wood-burning stove, games, couches and a deck. Don’t miss the Bug Spa. It features a hot tub, a hot rock sauna and cold plunge. Massage therapy is also available.
I found there are a great variety of places to stay in and around Yosemite National Park. They can be basic or luxurious. It’s important to note that this is a popular recreational area, so accommodations fill quickly, especially in the park, so make plans early and make a reservation for a vacation of a lifetime.
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