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PLEASE NOTE, BRAND NEW ADDITION: We have just added third bathroom and a Study with a convertible full-size futon. More pictures will be posted in the near future. February and March Specials: February: 2 day stay -20% discount or add 3rd night for free; Chocolates, Champagne March: 15% off, entry into drawing for free stays
Our family-friendly home close to the Merced River's South Fork (Actually IN Yosemite) is beautiful in every season. Chilnualna Falls Creek runs a few feet beyond our back yard. Comfortable and welcoming - pets OK - with every amenity: Satellite TV, Game room (foosball), Hot tub, Full laundry and Full kitchen, Wireless Internet (DSL), Generator, Linen service, Central heat and Central air conditioning. Spend evenings on the huge deck (suitable for large groups) BBQing on a gas grill & relaxing under the stars in the hot tub. Let the river lull you to sleep. Enjoy a hike to nearby Chilnualna Falls, the Swinging Bridge, the Meadow Loop Trail, or follow the many trails which lead throughout Yosemite's 1000+ square miles. Snowshoe, snowboard and ski at Badger Pass, see Yosemite Valley & the Giant Redwoods, enjoy fine dining & play golf at the historic Wawona Hotel, go horseback riding, enjoy Ranger walks and talks, and visit the Living History Center or the town's well-stocked library, buy whatever you need at either of the two general stores, and stop and talk with the locals - including Park and Concessionaire personnel and retirees- friendly and seldom in a hurry. Swim in the river or the beautiful, quiet and secluded swimming spots cut out of the rock by Chilnualna Falls Creek. Relax in the simple and welcoming atmosphere of our small and unique town which is a true community, not just a collection of homes for rent.
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To book your reservation, please go to www.FriendsLodgeInYosemite.com and click on 'Contact Us'; links with directions how to book. I would be happy to help with this over the phone if you like or answer any other questions that you might have. Call 866-638-8669 or 920-338-8669
Double sink marble top vanity; separate toilet chamber...moreless
First Floor Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower
River Room leads into 1st floor bathroom, also from hallway...moreless
2 Complete bathrooms with shower / bath, toilet, sink, heat lamp, Master Bedroom Ensuite bathroom has shower, double sink vanity...moreless
Inside Yosemite National Park, Chilnualna Falls Creek in back of home, soothing sound of running river, Two major trailheads to Yosemite high country and points in between, including Lower Chilnualna Falls, about 10 minutes walk from our home, generator, small library, central heat, air conditioning...moreless
100+ paperbacks; hardcover and softcover books about Yosemite in Study...moreless
Our home is in the town of Wawona, in the Southern part of Yosemite National Park, about four miles beyond the entrance at the South Gate. Two major trailheads lead from Wawona to the high country and the entirity of Yosemite (about 1000 square miles). Altitude changes bring dramatic changes in forestation and ecosystems. It is a pristine community offering both wilderness and the amenities of a small town....moreless
White Chief Mountain
Skiing (cross country and downhill) as well as snowboarding available at Badger Pass- about 50 minutes away, also inside Yosemite National Park....moreless
Wawona is a very friendly resort town, populated by retirees, Park Service and Concessionaire personnel. Library, 2 general stores, School K-8, Pioneer History Center. Ask about Fine Dining and Golf....moreless
Our home is on Chilnualna Falls Creek, just beyond the rear property line. Upstream is the Lower Chilnualna Falls waterfall, downstream is the confluence with the South Fork of the Merced Wild & Scenic River with Chilnualna Falls Creek...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Ski Lift Privileges
Ski Privileges Optional
Can accommodate up to ten at table, plus three at bar and two at side table ...moreless
Mid Range / Value Oct 1 - Nov 24, 2015 2 night min stay
$502 Fri, Sat
Peak Nov 25 - Nov 28, 2015 3 night min stay
Mid Range / Value Nov 29 - Dec 19, 2015 2 night min stay
$502 Fri, Sat
Peak Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Pet Fee$50 + tax
Damage Waiver-or deposit$39
Cleaning Fee$75 + tax
Pets (up to 2): $25/pet/night + tax
Please call for an exact pet quote.
(Children under 6 aren't counted towards total number of guests.)
A seven nights for the price of six discount is available. This is figured
at the rate(s) for the first six nights; the seventh night (without regard
to rate class) is free.
A senior discount or AAA discount is available.
A 50% deposit is required at the time the reservation is made. If you need to cancel your reservation, your deposit will be refunded only if you notify us at least 30 days prior to arrival on your reservation. Once you are within the cancellation time frame, date changes (including dropping nights) are not allowed. The remaining 50% is due upon arrival.
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Living History Center, Easy hikes: Waterfall: Chilnualna Falls, Swinging Bridge, Friendly community, Library, ungraded school (K-6), Ranger talks, two general stores
Nearby, in Fish Camp, fine dining, snow play area, additional horseback riding, old logging railroad dinner and rides, campfire songs
Oakhurst, about 35 minutes away, has many restaurants, melodramatic theatre, movie theatre, etc.
Year Purchased: 1987
About: Maybe thirty years ago I felt that I should live in Yosemite National Park. At the time, I didn't know if that was even possible, short of being a ranger. I consulted with a real estate agent and found out about Wawona, which is an inholding - that is, it is completely surrounded by Yosemite National Park.
Since that time, every other aspect of my life has revolved around Wawona in some way. It is like a solid center which remains, while everything else changes.
Apart from buying property and buildling on it there, I have had a pretty normal life, or kind of, anyway. I grew up in Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I went to school there and later continued at the University of Chicago. Along the way, I met and married my wife, we have three children who are grown up. Throughout all the changes, we have returned to our Wawona home time and again and will do so until we live there once more. That is our goal, no matter how long it takes.
It would be a pleasure to share our home with you, along with the attraction of Wawona and the rest of the Park. I would love to hear what you find meaningful in that experience and if it is a place that you might want to explore further.
Why Yosemite National Park: Quite a few rental homes in our community are a bit crowded in- but not ours. Our nearest neighbor is about 50 feet away. They are rarely in house, and we have also installed a privacy fence on our deck. On the other side of the home is a little used Park Service garage, and to the rear, Chilnualna Falls Creek.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Our home offers accommodations for large parties (beds for 16, although county regulations permit only 14); all amenities (full kitchen, full laundry, deck, hot tub, gas barbeque, satellite TV, free national and many international locations telephone service, free unlimited wood for wood burning stove in season, game room with Foosball, etc.) and pets allowed. Downstairs is accessible without steps.