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Recent Gold Country & High Sierra reviews

  • All that we hoped for....

    "We stayed at Alpenglow Chalet 08/30/14-09/05/14. The house is beautifully designed and appointed; it met all our expectations. We were pleased that the house was very clean, furniture was comfortable, and linens were good quality. There are several bookcases throughout the house, with a good choice of reading. There are children's books and family board games in the den. The kitchen was well stocked with all needed cook ware. As there were only three of us in our group, we decided to eat breakfast in, pack lunches for daily hikes, and have dinners in Yosemite Village. The house is so lovely and inviting, it was sometimes hard to leave it in the morning to explore the park. Groceries in Yosemite Village are expensive, so if possible, plan your menus and grocery shop before you arrive. Deer are easily seen from the house. We spotted a bear across the carport once (around 6:00 PM). He paused for a few moments then raced away. Another time, a bobcat crossed in front of our car as we were leaving the neighborhood. It's about a 30 min scenic drive into Yosemite Village; speed limits are 20-35 mph. And it was about an hour drive to the Wawona area, which is an area in the southern part of the park. Based on our experience, we highly recommend Alpenglow Chalet."
    Guest: USNA2003 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 13, 2014
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  • Girls Weekend

    "I decided to have a girl's weekend for my birthday this year. We had a great time. There was plenty of room for our group. The furniture was comfy. The house was clean. It was a fairly close distance to Ducey's, etc. I would definetely rent this place again in the future."
    Guest: BFELAN Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: September 24, 2014
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  • Antique and Amazing!

    "The home is absolutely unbelievable. It was like stepping back in time, except with a sleep number bed. The antique decor was incredible; this is a must-stay for any history buff. The homeowner welcomed our group and encouraged us to "live" in the home while we were there ("this is not a museum"). We had 6 people and it was very comfortable for all of us. Easy walking distance from everything, and a lovely park right beside. I would consider another trip to Sacramento JUST to stay in this house. Steep stairs might not be suitable for all."
    Guest: Jaydeen W. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 14, 2014
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  • Great getaway

    "I will say that the pictures actually don't do this house justice. The neighborhood is great, secluded and private. The house is well stocked and makes you feel like you're right at home. Mel was really easy to work with and was more than accommodating. There was snow right in the yard, which made it so much fun for the kids. This is definitely somewhere you want to go when you want to get away from it all :). Its a beautiful area and we hope to go back for hunting season. Thanks Mel for a great family vacation!"
    Guest: Jake & Stephanie D. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 7, 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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