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Cozy and romantic living room with 47-inch flatscreen and gas fireplace.

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Last updated: 09/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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!

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 0
  • 840 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    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

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a TWIN bed set up as a daybed, with a twin trundle underneath. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • One standard American bathroom: tub/shower, toilet and sink.

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Various hiking guidebooks and books about Yosemite are available for use in the house....moreless

  • Television:

    42' flat screen with NO TV RECEPTION - DVD use only....moreless

  • Video Library

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

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Fujitsu mini-splits...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Gas dryer, full-size...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace for ambiance and emergency heating....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air propane for the main heat with the propane stove and the Fujitsu mini-splits as backups...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have a dedicated T1 line with no bandwidth quota. Almost all the other rentals in our area have satellite internet with very limited daily allowances...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We provide linens and towels, but not daily maid service. If you're going to want linen changes during your stay, let us know before booking...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable space with fireplace, 42" television, DVD player...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for one normal-sized vehicle. If you will have multiple vehicles or a large RV, please make sure to mention that before booking....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for one normal-sized vehicle. If you will have multiple vehicles or a large RV, please make sure to mention that before booking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Includes $5 in free long distance calling, at less than 4 cents/min. domestic....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Front-loading, high-efficiency washer...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fairly complete basics, but nothing exotic like oyster spoons or what have you...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We try to maintain enough for a group of four to have two of everything....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with full-size, modern appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Standard gas oven....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full-size fridge....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas range, pretty standard or perhaps on the nicer end. Many of our customers describe our appliances as "high end" but I would say "mid-range"' to be honest. Nice though....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster over...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    We have a small covered outdoor sitting area by the door and a patio with an umbrella and a table for four....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Major damage due to a flood in 2015, but our front yard features evening primrose, blue flax, yarrow, lupines, poppies and other wildflowers depending on the season....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Building Type

  • House
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Shoulder Season
Aug 20 - Oct 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$259

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Autumn
Oct 31 - Nov 22, 2016
2 night min stay
$189

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
$259

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Inter Holiday
Nov 28 - Dec 23, 2016
2 night min stay
$179

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Jan 2 - Jan 13, 2017
2 night min stay
$189

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

MLK
Jan 14 - Jan 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$259

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Winter 2
Jan 17 - Feb 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$189

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$279

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

*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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Fresno (FAT)
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Wawona Hotel
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Wawona
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 41
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Wawona Hotel
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.

 

Owner info

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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, Tom has published numerous books in French

 

Photos

  • Cozy and romantic living room with 47-inch flatscreen and gas fireplace.

    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!

    Curl up by the fire and watch a movie on a cold winter's night!

  • Custom built-in cabinetry in the bedroom

    Custom built-in cabinetry in the bedroom

  • Comfy daybed in the alcove for reading and relaxing or for bringing the kids

    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 and kitchen. Deluxe, counter-depth fridge and custom cabinetry

  • Breakfast bar from the kitchen

    Breakfast bar from the kitchen

  • Yes, we have a bathroom!

    Yes, we have a bathroom!

  • Dining area and breakfast bar. You can pull the table out and seat four.

    Dining area and breakfast bar. You can pull the table out and seat four.

  • Overview of the living/dining area

    Overview of the living/dining area

  • Sitting area and grill. The rental is the downstairs only. Upstairs is our house

    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!

    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

    Quiet cul-de-sac. We are quite close to neighbors, but there is little traffic

  • Modern appliances and granite countertops for your cooking pleasure

    Modern appliances and granite countertops for your cooking pleasure

  • Queen bed in the bedroom

    Queen bed in the bedroom

  • View of living room showing location of the sleeping alcove to the right.

    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!

    Trundle under the daybed. Memory foam: way more comfortable than a foldout sofa!

  • Blender, toaster, coffee maker, teapot. It's all there!

    Blender, toaster, coffee maker, teapot. It's all there!

  • Fall Exterior showing dogwoods in their autumn color.

    Fall Exterior showing dogwoods in their autumn color.

  • Romantic dining for two

    Romantic dining for two

  • Access to your rental is completely separate from our home.

    Access to your rental is completely separate from our home.

  • Eco-friendly and clothing friendly frontloading washer.

    Eco-friendly and clothing friendly frontloading washer.

  • Looking forward to seeing you at Alpine Escape!

    Looking forward to seeing you at Alpine Escape!

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Speaks: english, french, Tom has published numerous books in French
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