Beautiful Apartment Inside the Park Gates — a/C and Wifi(77 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
1 Bedroom, 1 bath with sleeping alcove off living room and complete kitchen.
Finished in 2010, Alpine Escape is an 840 square foot (78 square meter), one-bedroom apartment. You will enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size, quality appliances, granite countertops and a full complement of cooking equipment (pots, pans, coffee maker, blender, and so on). Knotty alder cabinets in the kitchen, bath and bedroom and knotty alder doors and trim throughout give a warm feel to the home. We live upstairs in our own apartment while you have the ground floor with a completely separate entrance.
For your comfort, we have central heat (propane) and a gas fireplace to keep you warm in winter and air conditioning (Fujitsu mini-splits) to keep you cool on the rare very hot days we have.
The living/dining area has a table for four, a large sofa and a 47" flat-screen television for watching movies from our DVD collection (news junkies beware: we do not receive a broadcast signal). The bedroom features a queen bed with a built-in knotty alder closet. An alcove off the living room provides bedding for up to two additional guests on a daybed and pullout trundle with comfortable memory foam mattresses (no miserable pullout sofa beds!). The trundle is at floor level, so it is great for younger kids, but perhaps not so great for older adults! Alpine Escape is the perfect size for a couple or a family with one or two children. We have even (rarely) hosted a group of 4 adults.
Outside you have a small, covered patio by the entrance that is just enough sit under while grilling on the gas grill, reading a book or breathing in Yosemite.
We are near the end of a quiet street, the perfect starting point for an evening stroll. Some winter mornings, we've woken to the laughter of young kids happily sledding down the road in front of our house (and observant parents keeping their eyes open for the occasional vehicle). There are places nearby to go for walks with excellent birding and wildflowers, including what may be the best display of Evening Primroses in the entire park right in our front yard (in the early 1900s the Evening Primroses were a major attraction in Yosemite Valley and the subject of some of the first hand-tinted color photos ever taken, but there are now only a handful scattered around the Valley). A network of running and hiking trails surrounds the neighborhood.
But of course, you are coming to Yosemite for the soaring granite cliffs, massive sequoia trees and tremendous views. Yosemite West is located inside the park entrance, and sits near an intersection of the roads leading to the park's most famous features: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These popular park destinations are all within 15-18 miles (30-35 minutes) from Yosemite West in three different directions. The Badger Pass ski area is only seven miles away providing access to Yosemite's winter wonders, including XC ski and snowshoe trails, as well as lift-served skiing and snowboarding. If you're looking to eat out, the famous restaurants of Yosemite Valley are about 30 minutes away, while the Wawona Hotel, which welcomed Theodore Roosevelt on his 1903 trip to Yosemite, is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction.
We also pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge of the park and our willingness to share that knowledge. Since 1985, we have been coming to the park for the world-class rock climbing and have been living here full time since April 2003. We're hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers and wildflower enthusiasts and general naturalists. We have worked as Assistant Manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School running the hiking program (Theresa), a park ranger (Tom), ski instructors (both). Through those experiences, and through helping our guests over the years, we have wealth of information that we are willing to share to help you make the most of your time in Yosemite whether it's a couple of days or a couple of weeks!
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Member since: 2009
- On floor 0
- 840 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 4
We have a day bed and a trundle in the livingroom alcove. Both are standard twin beds and, as far as we have heard from kids, pretty comfortable (Costco memory foam mattresses). Keep in mind, we do have "extra guest" charges for groups of more than two guests, and that is regardless of age. ...moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- One standard American bathroom: tub/shower, toilet and sink.
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio:
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- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 25 - Jun 27, 2017
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 11%
*Free night for stays longer than 6 nights in peak season, longer than 5 nights in off-peak. The VRBO booking tool will not calculate this. You need to ask us for it and have us refund you one night.
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Inside the park gates, and centrally located between three of the most popular park destinations, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, our rental is the perfect basecamp for exploring the park.
Access hiking and running trails right from the neighborhood. Just ask for directions on some of our favorites! Plus, Badger Pass Ski Area, and all the skiing, snowshoeing and other snow play activities are only ~7 miles away in the winter.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: After rock climbing in Yosemite in the 1980s and 1990s we came to Yosemite on three-month climbing trip in 2003 and never left. We live here, work here, play here and would love to share the park with you. We are avid hikers, climbers, skiers, wildflower enthusiasts and photographers. We have worked for the ski area, the cross-country ski center, the mountaineering school, volunteered at the visitor center (Theresa), and worked as ranger (Tom).
Why the Owner Chose Yosemite Valley, CA, USA:
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful adventure spots in the world. From the tallest waterfalls and granite cliffs in America to meadows of wildflowers and wildlife, there's no place else like it. Yosemite West, our neighborhood, is at a crossroads where in one direction on finds the incomparable Yosemite Valley, in another the sweeping vistas of Glacier Point and in the third the majestic giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. We love being so close to such amazing scenery. In the winter, we are only seven miles from downhill skiing at Badger Pass and cross-country skiing on Glacier Point Road, close enough to nip out for a short ski before work.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We don't think there is any rental or hotel in Yosemite that offers guests the planning assistance and personal attention that we do. Yosemite is the size of Rhode Island and ranges from 2,000 feet to over 13,000 feet in elevation. Figuring out what to do can be daunting. Unless we're off traveling ourselves, we greet most of our guests and help plan their stay in the park. Many guests, especially those here during crowded periods, tell us our guidance was integral to the success of their trip. Whether we're here or not, we also offer our guests unparalleled trip planning help. If we won't be available during your stay, we are always happy to assist by phone and email and make sure that not only will you enjoy your evenings and mornings at our house, but you will have a plan of action to make the most of your visit to this huge park.
- Primary: (209) 379-5242 (California, USA)
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Cozy and romantic living room with 47-inch flatscreen and gas fireplace.
Curl up by the fire and watch a movie on a cold winter's night!
Custom built-in cabinetry in the bedroom
Comfy daybed in the alcove for reading and relaxing or for bringing the kids
Breakfast bar and kitchen. Deluxe, counter-depth fridge and custom cabinetry
Breakfast bar from the kitchen
Yes, we have a bathroom!
Dining area and breakfast bar. You can pull the table out and seat four.
Overview of the living/dining area
Sitting area and grill. The rental is the downstairs only. Upstairs is our house
Like to cook? Plenty of pantry space for you to use during your stay!
Quiet cul-de-sac. We are quite close to neighbors, but there is little traffic
Modern appliances and granite countertops for your cooking pleasure
Queen bed in the bedroom
View of living room showing location of the sleeping alcove to the right.
Trundle under the daybed. Memory foam: way more comfortable than a foldout sofa!
Blender, toaster, coffee maker, teapot. It's all there!
Fall Exterior showing dogwoods in their autumn color.
Romantic dining for two
Access to your rental is completely separate from our home.
Eco-friendly and clothing friendly frontloading washer.
Looking forward to seeing you at Alpine Escape!
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017
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