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  • Perfect place for a Yosemite Stay

    "We chose this home for our family Yosemite vacation. There were five of us, two couples plus one. The house is located close to all of the great spots in Yosemite and you can reach just about any of the attractions in 30 minutes or less. It was great staying in the park at this location, which is a higher elevation. It gives an added perspective and experience to the overall visit. It was very peaceful and serene. The house has high ceilings and custom woodwork and is very nice and exceeded our expectations. The beds are very comfortable and rooms are spacious. The entire place oozes elegance and good taste. It is exceedingly cozy, comfortable and welcoming. Everything you need to prepare meals can be found in the house. We stayed four nights and grilled out three of those nights which was nice after a day of hiking and sightseeing. Holly was able to assist us with all of our questions and had great suggestions for some of the must see sites in Yosemite. She was helpful in directing us to places where we could buy warm clothing on the drive over from San Francisco due to the unexpected cold spell that came to the Park. Holly and Jeff are great owners, very helpful and informative. They are not overbearing and do not make you afraid to dirty a dish. Should we decide to visit Yosemite again Royal Retreat would be at the top of our list."
    Guest: Dennis G. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 17, 2015
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  • Great, spacious cabin, wonderful amenities in a serene atmospherr

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days at this awesome cabin. Beds were all comfortable, kitchen was large and allowed all 4 adults to be in there while prepping food. Hot tub was by far the most enjoyable. Loved going in each morning and evening. It's backdrop is the lovely big trees/woods. It's private enough. The kids loved the location, and had a blast. They road scooters on the huge driveway area and played is the yard. We had two families and it was spacious for all of us. I highly recommend this cabin, it was wonderful and affordable. Though there wasn't snow, we only drove about an hour (toward Tahoe) and played in the snow on Carson Pass. Iron Mountain typically would have snow, but didn't this visit. We also enjoyed an hour ride to Old Columbia and had fun there during the day. Pioneer is a great place, we look forward to another trip."
    Guest: Lindsey B. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 25, 2015
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  • Simply Delightful!!!!!

    "Myself and my group of dear friends, have chosen one weekend every year to simply GO AWAY and rest -- we've been doing this now for 38 years. We were so blessed to have found this little slice of heaven for this past weekend. We arrived, the directions provided were excellent, the access to exactly as described. The interior of the house is perfect -- too often we've had rentals that employed recycled furniture -- this was top drawer -- we all felt very well taken care of. The kitchen was exactly right, the kitchenette was so comfortable, we did not even use the formal dining room once. It provided a perfect location for some of us to go and seek out things to do, and allowed the remainder of us to lie back and gently doze. We will definitely be back -- this is a keeper!!!!!"
    Guest: Mike Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 18, 2014
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  • Great Place - Super Owner!

    "At the last minute we decided to go for a winter ski trip to Mammoth. I have to say that we were so very lucky to secure this property. The condo is beautifully decorated and has great amenities. And the view overlooking the meadow is second to none! The grandkids loved going out onto the frozen ponds (I knew it was safe since I went out first, and besides, from my summer trips up there I know they're only about 2 feet deep). My whole family loved being there and Penny, the owner was more than helpful in so many ways! The location is really convenient and even if you don't have a car, the shuttle stop is one half a block away. I could go on and on but I'll just say I can't recommend enough!"
    Guest: Vincent S. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 5, 2015
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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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