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  • Mammouth Lakes

    "This place was great. We stayed here to do day trips to Yosemite. Close enough to the park to travel to and from. All the necessities needed right in town. The unit was excellent. The owner was really great. Thanks Zach! Will highly recommend to family and friends."
    Guest: Leebert Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 2014
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  • Fantastic View, Very private

    "We stayed at Casa Rio for 4 days and it was wonderful. Comfortable bedding, hot tub was already running when we got there. Very private and cozy. We would stay here again. 10 minutes to Bass Lake where we went swimming, very close to Yosemite."
    Guest: Tim Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 25, 2014
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  • Our Log Home Vacation

    "July 19, 2014 Dear Diane, I promised I would write about our stay in your log home, for I truly believe it is a home, not a house. I felt that as soon as I walked through the door on July 2. As I sit by our pool today and listen to the water I remember sitting in your backyard and listening to the creek…. It really began a year ago when I contacted you about renting your home for my family. I was excited about the upcoming wedding of my son that was to take place on July 5, 2014 at Squirrel Tree Ranch. Little did I know when you and I made arrangements via email and phone, that my family’s stay at your log home would be so incredible. That first night, Wednesday, July 2, it was just my husband and me. As soon as I opened the door I felt embraced….the fragrant smell….the soothing earth tones….the high ceilings and wooden floors….the comfy chairs….the long wooden dining table that would accommodate all 10 of us….the bedrooms complete with bathrobes and fluffy pillows….the bathrooms with a step stool for my grandchildren and hair dryers for my daughter and me….the games…movies…ping pong table….the deck and barbecue…and the back yard where you could sit and relax into the silence….for the adventurous….you could open the gate and rock hop across the creek…catch tadpoles….walk the wooden plank to the other side and daringly swing on the rope and drop into the creek. While my husband and I enjoyed the quiet of that first night, when our children and grandchildren arrived on Thursday, new adventures began and treasured memories were made. The patter of little feet and the voices of our grandchildren calling for Nahni and Papa to come fix breakfast…..their excitement upon discovering the hammocks and the creek and rope swing…celebrating Kayden’s 8th birthday on the 4th of July, complete with streamers draped on those high ceilings and cake and ice cream at the kitchen table. On Saturday, one of the photographers came to take pictures of our son getting ready for his wedding….so many beautiful pictures and candid shots of Matthew with his nieces and nephews…it was so much fun to see and again the log home provided the perfect setting for so many wonderful and playful pictures! On Sunday some of my immediate family moved out and my sister and brother and their spouses moved in. Again your home welcomed this “adult” gang …. The last night I stayed by myself and immersed myself into the quiet...a magnificent way to end an incredible 7 days!"
    Guest: Elaine D. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 25, 2014
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  • Just perfect

    "We spent 3 wonderful days at this lovely vacation home. Laura(owner), was very helpful and very sweet. she left a welcome basket for us which also included treats for our two dogs; very thoughtful. Beautiful deck overlooking the river. Spent countless hours in the backyard enjoying nature and watching our kids play in the river. It was nice to watch them play like I did when I was a child. Peaceful mornings, sipping my coffee on the deck as I listened to the river. The house was very clean and had great ameneties. Plenty to do inside as well as outside. Lots of board games to have fun with. Thank you Laura for such a wonderful experience."
    Guest: Nature lovers Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 13, 2014
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Gold Country & High Sierra Travel Tips

Like a Time Machine – California Gold Country Vacation Rentals

California’s Gold Country is a swath of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothill country, approximately 50 miles wide, and includes vacation rentals near Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and King's Canyon, cabins in Arnold and more.

The Gold Country is not just a great place for family vacations because of the spectacular geography. Gold country vacation rentals will take you back to the Gold Rush days as you visit places of living history. You can even stay in Gold Country cabins right out of the 19th century, where you can stoke your own fire for breakfast and get a dose of the "pioneer spirit."

In addition to the historic surroundings and old-style accommodations, there are all types of lodging available that are loaded with the modern amenities – many have comfy beds, full kitchens and bathrooms, living rooms, dining areas, wet bars, big screen TVs and more. Some of the rentals even include ski equipment for the winter and swimming gear for the summer.

Although there are hotels in the area to choose from, they don’t offer the vast choices of style and setting that vacation rentals do. One of the best advantages of vacation rentals is the privacy and space that they offer, and some are far from the commercial centers of towns, too, so you can really feel get "back to the land" in them.

The Sierras Offer a World of Activities

Step outside of your Gold Country lodging to discover a virtual playground with a backdrop of giant redwood trees and Mother Nature's finest surroundings. Gold Country lodging offer families a variety of options for extracurricular activities.

Take a trip below the Earth's surface at Mercer Moaning Caverns, just north of Murphys, where you can view giant crystalline stalactites, stalagmites and other amazing rock formations. Or visit the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, which houses one of the last authentic (and fully functional) railroad roundhouses in America. It's called “The Movie Railroad” as its cars and locomotives have starred in literally hundreds of film and TV productions.

The Gold Country is all about the sporting life, too. Golfers can take to the links at Mountain Springs Golf Club, Greenhorn Creek, Pine Mt. Lake, Forest Meadows and Saddlecreek Golf Resort, spanning the entire region. Tuolomne is great for fishing, while waters sports offer splashing good fun at such local lakes as New Melones, Pinecrest and Lake Don Pedro.

Don't forget the world-class skiing in the winter at Gold Country ski destinations Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge, and plenty of others just around the corner toward Lake Tahoe.

Gold Country Seasons of Fun, in the Snow and the Sun

Any time of the year is a great time to visit the Gold Country. However, the best times of year to visit for touring, exploring and enjoying the great outdoors are spring, summer and fall. Springtime in Gold Country is very agreeable for visitors, and can be quite colorful with the wildflowers in bloom. Summer temperatures can reach well into the high 90s.

Warm summers are great for water fun and paddling down the American River, but if cooler times are more appealing you might want to delay your trip until the fall, which offers breezy days but ever-colder nights as the season progresses.

Winters here are chilly and snowy, with some dark, stormy days. During the winter you will not see may visitors at the Highway 49 attractions, but if you are a fan of skiing, snowboarding or any other snow- or ice-related sport or entertainment, you can travel up to Calaveras and Alpine counties where the snow is perfect for all the winter sports.

Finding Your Way to Historic Gold Country California

From most parts of California you'll end up traveling west-to-east – on Interstate 80 from Sacramento, or Highways 50, 88, 4, 108 or 140 as you move south from San Francisco to Merced – to get to State Highway 49.

Highway 49 will lead you along what were once wagon roads that connected the mining towns along the foot of the Sierra Nevadas. The highway winds its way through the Sierra foothills, grasslands, rocky canyons, pine forests and scrub oaks, offering picturesque views. It leads you through such towns as Dry Diggins, Volcano, Hangtown (Placerville), Sonora, Columbia and Jamestown.

If you are flying into the Gold Country, then the Sacramento International Airport is ready to accommodate you. You can easily rent a vehicle from the airport and travel a short distance to historic Gold Country.

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