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Beautiful Apartment Inside the Park Gates — A/C and WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Space 840 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 bath with sleeping alcove off living room and complete kitchen.

Need a relaxing refuge to retreat to after a day of adventuring among the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? Our warm and inviting home is located inside the park gates equidistant from the celebrated features of Yosemite: the namesake Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and 800 miles of hiking trails. Over and over guests tell us that when they come back at the end of the day, they feel like they are coming home.

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!

More Details

Tom Lambert and Theresa Ho
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, Tom has published numerous books in French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Tom Lambert and Theresa Ho

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).

Tom Lambert and Theresa Ho purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Tom Lambert and Theresa Ho chose Yosemite Area

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


Yosemite National Park Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • One standard American bathroom: tub/shower, toilet and sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a TWIN bed set up as a daybed, with a twin trundle underneath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
The nearest restaurant is 25 minutes away. Guests are strongly encouraged to buy groceries en-route to cook here (we have a nice kitchen) or eat dinner before arrival.


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Beautiful Apartment Inside the Park Gates — A/C and WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 92 reviews

Great location. Great accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Tom's place was perfect for exploring Yosemite. His tips re hikes and groceries were very helpful. We had three wonderful days hiking. We enjoyed coming "home" every evening to rest up for our next adventure. Loved our stay!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable place, knowledgable host

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Yosemite and felt that we chose the perfect place to use as a base for our adventures. Cooking together in this gorgeous kitchen (with good knives!) was a real highlight for me and my husband. We appreciated Tom taking the time to go over the different hikes with us on our first evening in, but also felt like we had much more privacy than we would have if we'd stayed at a hotel. Bonus: fireplace!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome inside & out

  • 5 of 5

We are seasoned VRBO renters but this is the 1st time we had a property with the owners on site. We were apprehensive about privacy. This was never an issue. Tom & Theresa are wonderful hosts & we actually wished we would have seen them more frequently. Even though this was our 3rd visit to the park they had great suggestions for us, including going up to the fire tower where we truly got to see the Yosemite fires. The fires did have an impact on our visit so we spent more time at the rental than we may have otherwise. The rental is spotlessly clean and more than adequately stocked. We were comfy inside both relaxing & sleeping but our favorite was sitting outside on the patio. We spent many hours outside relaxing. If we return to Yosemite we will look no further than Alpine Escape. I compare all rentals to Cloudy Dreams in Gatlinburg which is my favorite & Alpine Escape is right there. You won't go wrong with this rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful home with kind, knowledgable hosts

  • 5 of 5

Tom & Theresa have created a delightful home for your Yosemite adventure. Not only is it clean and conveniently located, they were also kind enough to share the best way to navigate our plans for the park. We felt fortunate to have found this place and these amazing people.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The property was even better than expected. Totally update home. Tom, the owner, was on sight. He made us feel at home and gave us so much information about Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warrenton, VA

Terrific Yosemite Rental

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Alpine Escape! The apartment was very clean and comfortable and perfect for our family of four. It was the optimal "home away from home" to return to every evening after our hikes in Yosemite. The location is excellent for traveling throughout the park. Tom was a wonderful host and provided us with superb information and suggestions. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area and all that it encompasses. We highly recommend Alpine Escape!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Fresno (FAT)
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy 41
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.