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Fantastic luxury mountain home - sleeps 10, 4 baths! 5 mins to Yosemite gate

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Fish Camp House Rental Photos and Description

A perfect base camp for your mountain adventures

Features of The Laughing Bear:

• 5 minutes from the south gate of Yosemite

• 3 Queen size beds; two twin beds; one double futon

• 4 full baths

• Dining table accommodates 8; kitchen island seats 3

• Four-season sun porch

• Free domestic satellite TV

• An open well-equipped kitchen – room for two cooks!

• Spacious outdoor decks with plenty of seating and a hammock to relax in

• Gas BBQ grill on large deck with forest views

• The fire pit is great! Enjoy an evening campfire under the stars

• Off-street, paved, lighted parking area

• Central heat & ceiling fans

• Sturdy furniture is family friendly

• Electric warming stoves are an extra cozy feature

Restful Woodland Retreat:

Nestled in the woods of the charming mountain community of Fish Camp, The Laughing Bear is perfect for a family vacation, couples getaway, or men/women’s retreat. Enjoy 'downtime' away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take advantage of the many activities the area has to offer. A short walk takes you to Tenaya Lodge Resort which offers spa services, bike rentals, wagon rides, and dining.

Take a Break from the Daily Grind:

As you round the corner of the forested road, you’ll find our home is on a wooded lot surrounded by native trees on all sides. Curl up with a book on the sun porch. Enjoy watching a movie and playing games in the living room outfitted with a comfy couch & chairs. Savor your first cup of coffee out on the deck and watch the morning sun light up the trees.

Make Yourself at Home in the Kitchen:

The large kitchen has everything you need and plenty of room to cook a family meal or for friends and families to cook together. Barstools are set at the kitchen island, inviting conversations with the cook.

Star Gazing:

Gather around the campfire under the stars! A warm fire, family & friends, and you have the makings of the perfect vacation retreat.

Yosemite Park – a National Treasure:

Since we are located just off of Hwy. 41, 5 minutes from the south gate of Yosemite, you can be at the historic stage coach stop of Wawona in no time at all. A short trip up the road brings you to the Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. Continue on the majestic scenic drive into Yosemite Valley, home to thundering waterfalls, tranquil meadows, and the sparkling Merced River. **Tip: enter the park early in the morning or after lunch to avoid long lines at the gate.

Fun in the Sun:

Hiking, biking, nature walks, ranger programs, swimming, old fashioned train rides, and horseback riding are just some of the things to do during your stay. You can also visit museums, spas, shops, historic areas of interest, and there are plenty of options for dining.

Fun in the Snow:

Horse drawn sleigh rides and a snow play area are right here in Fish Camp. Ice skate and drink hot cocoa with a view of Half Dome in Half Dome Village; Yosemite Ski and Snow Board offers downhill and x-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and guided snow shoe adventures. Be sure to always bring tire chains...road conditions vary with the weather.

We hope you enjoy this home away from home in the beautiful Sierra Mountains!

We are a non-smoking home; however, considerate smokers may smoke outside on the decks. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly and do not leave them on the grounds.

For guest's convenience, our home is managed locally by Century 21 Property Management - they are fully staffed and are always available to answer any questions you may have, with that local 'home-town' touch. 559-683-7368, 559-642-2288, toll free 1-866-914-3888

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Kathy Thomas, Property Manager, Century 21 Ditton Realty
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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About Kathy Thomas, Property Manager, Century 21 Ditton Realty

Married for 20 years, we have two grown children. Over the years our family and friends have enjoyed everything from holidays to retreats, large celebrations to small quiet getaways in this lovely home. We have busy lives and always enjoy escaping to The Laughing Bear for time away from day to day pressures.

Kathy Thomas, Property Manager, Century 21 Ditton Realty purchased this house in 2003

Why Kathy Thomas, Property Manager, Century 21 Ditton Realty chose Yosemite Area

We love the crisp, fresh air of the mountains and sitting out under the trees with morning coffee. Swimming in a crystal clear river on a hot day can't be beat - our favorite swimming hole is about 20 minutes from Fish Camp. Hiking throughout Yosemite is simply fantastic...meadows, wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, sunshine - there's nothing like it!

What makes this house unique

Our home is nestled among tall sequoia trees and whispering pines. In the heat of summer, Fish Camp stays about 10 degrees cooler than the lower elevations - such a relief! The porches and decks expand right out into the yard, There are forest views from every window in the house. Welcome to our extended family - make yourselves at home in our home!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Fantastic luxury mountain home - sleeps 10, 4 baths! 5 mins to Yosemite gate
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Spring, TX

Great cabin, but noisy location

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice stay at the Laughing Bear. The cabin was very comfortable and accommodated 2 families of 4. It was very clean and the kitchen was well stocked for everything we needed to make all of our meals. The decor is adorable and we enjoyed the books and local information that was available. However, we rented this cabin because of its location in reference to the NP and because we were looking for a private and quiet experience away from the crowds. The cabin isn't exactly "nestled in the woods" as described on VRBO. What the description and pictures don't reflect is that it's approx 30-50 feet from the main highway leading to the south Yosemite entrance. Behind the tree line in the picture is the highway! We were looking forward to afternoons/evening being outside and the sound of the traffic was constant, therefore making it a disappointing experience. Sleeping in the upstairs bedroom with the window open was noisy as well. I live in the suburbs of Houston and my own backyard provides more quiet then this cabin. If the proximity of the NP is your priority, then this is a great cabin, but if you are looking for tranquility this cabin isn't really a good choice. Other than the location, we had no other issues.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate guests taking the time to provide input, and we are glad you (mostly) enjoyed the house! As the map shows, we do enjoy a close proximity to the park which is a great convenience in both peak and snowy seasons. Our guests will also experience many times during the year that Hwy. 41 is quiet with little traffic. The comfort of our guests is truly important to us. Our home does have dual-paned windows and excellent insulation which helps tremendously against outdoor sounds. We are always looking ahead for ways to improve the property and are currently considering the addition of central air conditioning so windows can stay closed during those few times the temperatures stay above average into the evenings. Another consideration is to add barrier fencing strategically along the property line for more protection on the decks. Thanks again, Katherine & Roger
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San Francisco

As Yosemite as it gets.

  • 5 of 5

Had the great pleasure of staying at this residence with a handful of friends this past weekend. In all the trips we have made to the valley, this trip was the best yet! It doesn't get more Yosemite than cooking burgers on the deck while your closest friends cheers and visit around the fire. We took full advantage of the kitchen and all of the utensils it had to offer by cooking dinner every night. The rooms were spacious and cozy_ each with it's own uniqueness. Bits of Yosemite history are peppered throughout the house by way of books, pictures, paintings, and décor to give whoever stays there the full Yosemite experience. Luxury almost does not cut it, this house offers so much to the casual hiker, the avid hiker, or the first timer! The location was perfect. It was only 15 minutes away from Mariposa Grove, and 20 minutes from Oakhurst. With a snow park down the street, and wilderness on all side, there were ample activities for our young group. The parking lot has ample room for 4-5 cars along with additional parking in front of the house. Staying at this beautiful mountain home nestled amongst the pines, with some of my closest friends was one of the more memorable experiences yet. I highly recommend giving this house a stay... it will change the way you look at Yosemite.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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clean, comfortable, and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with a party of 9 for 5 nights and we were very comfortable in this beautiful home. The kitchen had every cooking and serving implement that we needed, and we cooked most of our meals on the grill out on the deck. The dining room table was large enough for our entire group to eat together. We enjoyed beautiful evenings on the deck each night after hiking.

This property provided an excellent home base for exploring Yosemite. There is no avoiding the fact that driving in national parks takes time, so we appreciated the fact that we were close to an entrance. We enjoyed the proximity to the Mariposa Grove and its incredible giant redwoods.

As far as the property managers, they were top notch! We noticed that the propane for the grill was low and with a single phone call the propane was replaced the same day. In addition, we appreciated having a brief list of clean-up tasks instead of the usual list of 100 things that are easily overlooked. Finally, our request that the reservation be shortened by a day to allow a side trip in another part of the state was accommodated cheerfully. Thank you so much!

There were plenty of towels, bed linens, soaps and shampoo for everyone. There are even small backpacks and hip packs available for guests, which was very thoughtful.

The only small negatives about this place: 1) there are no bathrooms that aren't accessed via a bedroom. 2) there is a bit of road noise if the windows are open

This property exceeded my expectations and in addition, was an incredible bargain compared to the hotels and other accommodations in the area, especially those in the Yosemite Valley. I would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yosemite without the hassle! Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have rented Laughing Bear with a group of friends on two occasions, once in late summer, another time in early fall. Both times, we had a great experience at the house and also with all of the fun adventures we were able to do from such a comfortable "home base!" Hiking from Glacier Point was incredible...just a short drive away and no traffic jams to contend with...even in August! Fish Camp is a cute town with several places to eat, and there are vintage and antique shops to browse in nearby towns.

The bedrooms at Laughing Bear are very cozy with comfortable beds and linens. It seems as if a lot of attention was paid to every detail considering the in-room stove heaters, private bathrooms, etc. The outdoor decks made for some great "after" parties, with everyone relaxing and sharing their day's adventures. I also was able to gather many beautiful Sugar Pinecones to take home and enjoy during the holiday season; they are just everywhere in the fall.

I would definitely recommend this house for a great get-away and easy access to the majesty of Yosemite! It was a stress-free drive from the central coast of California, through beautiful scenery, and then when the delicious scent of the trees is almost too much to take while trapped in your car, there you are! Laughing Bear is nestled among some of the most beautiful forests the Sierras have to offer. We would love to rent this home again.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vandenberg AFB, CA

Great House

  • 5 of 5

This house was an excellent place to enjoy the whole Yosemite experience. We loved sitting out on the decks in the evening under the trees. It was great to be able to borrow a backpack for our little Yosemite walkabout and listening to the "Rat Pack" while cooking dinner was fantastic. Thanks for such a wonderful getaway - we'll certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cental Coast, California, USA

Hard to come home!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most comfortable "away from home" lodging experience I have ever had. It is elegant without being ostentatious, and truly has a mountain feel. They have everything you could possibly need except for food and personal items (though they provided quite a few of those as well!). We were fortunate to draw straws and get the room with the log bed... though all of the rooms are gorgeous. For this price, I cannot imagine getting anything even close to this level of luxury.

I loved the decks and hanging out in the evening; citronella candles were on hand, so there was no problem with bugs, which in the mountains is saying a lot. And the inside porch is a cozy place to sit and watch the birds and squirrels as well; the evenings can get cool.

The kitchen is open and user-friendly, there are plenty of dishes and pots, glasses, cookware, etc. No need to bring ice, as the fridge has an ice maker.

It is close enough to the Valley floor and Glacier Point that we were able to do hikes at both places (in our two days there) and still come "home" and make a nice dinner... I swear this house is a find!

I will definitely be returning to this mountain paradise; it was very hard to leave!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Yosemite Airport, Fresno
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tenaya Lodge
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Wawona - historic course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy. 41
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tenaya Lodge - bar & grill, pizza, fine dining
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Badger Pass, Yosemite
Car: necessary

The south gate of Yosemite National Park is 5 minutes from the front door of our home - this fabulous park is a must see and probably why you are here in the first place. On your way to Yosemite Valley, you should stop in at Wawona. Wawona was a stage coach stop for travelers 'back in the day' and is just 15 minutes from our home - visit the pioneer village and covered bridge! The Mariposa Grove of Big Trees is also about 15 minutes away - these giant trees are some of the oldest living things on our planet.

But that's not all that awaits you here. Fish Camp is also close to the Bass Lake recreation area, Chuckchansi Casino, historic old west towns on Hwy. 49, horseback riding, Sugar Pine Railroad, offroad vehicle trails, antique stores, and museums.


Rates & Availability

Fish Camp House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Additional charges $75.00 processing fee. Cleaning and linens fees are subject to vary depending number of guests.

Property Manager:; 559-683-7368
Payments are accepted per Property Management Policy. We do our best to keep the VRBO calendar current. Please contact the Property Manager with all inquiries - they will have up-to-the-minute information on open dates.

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Fish Camp House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , curved shower rod, hotel style shower curtain
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks, curved shower rod
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Curved shower rod; hotel style shower curtain
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Curved shower rod; hotel style shower curtain
  • Hand soap, hair dryers, and towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • the Granite Room - 1 queen , Rustic log queen bed, electric warming stove
    the Forest Room - 1 queen , Wood pencil post queen bed
    the Falls Sleeping Area - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, Dish TV/DVD/VCR, private deck, warming stove
  • Rooms are equipped with pillows, linens, luggage racks, dressers, mirrors, seating, wall fans and alarm clocks (some MP3 players).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
For your convenience, housekeeping is provided - a cleaning fee will be quoted to you - please make all inquiries to the Property Manager for complete final quote.

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