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Our rental is a charming 1893 cottage in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, 1/4 mile off Hwy 140, 35 to 40 minutes to the El Portal entrance to Yosemite. The house is furnished in a Victorian style. A porch, large deck, and a great cedar tree provide delightful areas to relax & dine. For 1 or 2 couples, or a family, it is a great hideaway to return to after a day of visiting Yosemite, or the local attractions. In addition to seeing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, while visiting Yosemite you make hike, swim, fish, or rent a raft for a lazy float on the river. You can also white-water raft on the Merced River, or take a rock climbing lesson. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country and has a History museum, and the State Mineral Exhibit. Historic downtown Mariposa offers shopping, restaurants, and wine tasting. NOTE: $150 is for 2, $15/person each additional person.
We live on a paved County road 1/4 mile off Highway 140, the all weather entrance into the Park. When you leave our cottage to go to Yosemite, this highway takes you through the Merced River Canyon; where, depending on the season, you will see white water rafters, raging waters, beautiful fields of wild flowers, or lovely fall color. Yosemite's beauty can be seen in the towering granite cliffs, the spectacular waterfalls, the giant Sequoia and Ponderosa, and fields of wild flowers, or it can be a winter wonderland. When you visit the Valley, you may want to use the free shuttle buses to see all of the Valley sights. You can get off to walk to the base of Yosemite or Bridal Veil Falls, or perhaps to hike up to Vernal and Nevada Falls.
The Valley has Park Ranger programs, a museum, book store, and the Ansel Adams Gallery The Village Store is a grocery and variety store. Numerous food services are available from fine-dining at the Ahwahnee Dining Room to cafeterias at the Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. You can go horse-back riding, or rent a raft to float lazily down the Merced River.
Since the Valley is a small part of a Park that is approximately the size of the state of Rhode Island, you may want to visit the Wawona Hotel and the Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoia at the south end of the Park. You may even want to play golf on the Wawona 9-hole golf course. If time allows, you could drive into the High Country. Take a picnic lunch, and drive to Glacier Point for a spectacular view of the Valley, Half Dome, and the towering peaks in the Back Country. Or you may drive up to Crane Flat and take the Tioga Pass Road, stopping at the various turnouts to see the northern part of the Park, and enjoy a picnic. You can stop at Tenaya Lake to enjoy the view while you picnic, sun bath, and swim in the icy cold lake. Tuolumne Meadows has limited food service, wonderful meadows to explore, and you may even want to dine at Tuolumne Lodge before returning to your retreat in the vineyard. Whether you take a drive toward Glacier Point or Tuolumne, you will fine many hiking trails.
Our cottage is on the edge of a wine grape-vineyard. We have 6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and 1 acre of Sangiovese wine grapes. We are not a bonded winery, but sell our grapes to wineries. We keep a small amount of grapes to make our own wine. If you stay with us, we will give you a bottle of that wine for your dinner. Our grapes have been used to make gold-medal-winning wines in the price range of $15 to $35. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may see us pruning, training, or harvesting the grapes. If we are home during your stay (we usually will be), we would love to take you on a 'tour' of our vineyard.
If you chose to spend time locally, we have many interesting sights to visit. Mariposa is the southern end of the Sierra Gold Country. The California State Mineral Exhibit is a great stop to see some truly beautiful minerals. The Mariposa History Museum has a changing exhibit of the interior of 49er stores and houses. There is a gold-stamp mill that was used to crush gold ore, the first step in refining the ore. A tour of the County Courthouse, the oldest in California, is great fun. You can go gold panning, wine tasting, ride a zip line, play golf at three nearby 9-hole golf courses. Historic downtown Mariposa offers fun gift shops, numerous restaurants including California Cusine, Mexican, Chinese, Pizza,a Sports Bar, and more.
Perhaps you will want to spend some time at your cottage, relaxing under the Cedar tree, on the porch, or the deck. You can spend hours watching the Hummingbirds and Orioles feeding at our bird feeder. There are many other birds to watch such as Bluebirds, Barn Swallows, Robins, and Red Tailed Hawks. Be sure to allow plenty of time to view the night sky. On a moonless night the Milky Way is truly unbelievable. You may be lucky and see a meteor shower, or the Moon rise or set. We also have spectacular sunsets.
We live in a house in the vineyard, approximately 300 feet from the cottage. There is also a caretaker living on the property. We will respect your privacy; however we, or the caretaker will be available to answer any questions you may have, and give you suggestions on what to see and do.
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning fee$65 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Maximum # of guest 5
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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About the owner: Mary Lou was born and raised in Yosemite Valley, and knows the Park extremely well. Cliff is a retired aerospace project manager. Mary Lou and Cliff were married in Yosemite in 1966. They retired to the property in 1997.
The property the cottage is on was bought by Mary Lou's parents in 1959. Mary Lou and Cliff took over the property in 1989, and planted the first 5 acres of the vineyard in 1992. They retired to the property in 1997, and built a house in the middle of the vineyard. They have used the cottage as a guest house every since. Now they have decided to share this special place with others.
Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park: We have spent weekends and vacations in this cottage since we were married. Mary Lou's parents built a house on the adjoining property and retired there in 1971. All four of our children first stayed in it when they are 6 to 8 weeks of age. It was a very special place to visit Grandma and Grandpa.
When Mary Lou's parents had the property, they raised a few head of cattle, so the grandchildren got to help with the roundup and branding. Now they help us make our wine, including stomping the grapes! Our Grands think that is great fun.