Blackberry Inn at Yosemite
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... speed on the route. We started the approach just as the sun was rising and made the descent back to our packs and out as the last embers of light filtered through the gully’s giant trees. I guess we should have read Mountain Project’s comments on the route before attempting it to get a better sense of what to expect. Consensus gives the 5.9 route a 5.9+ (often an indication ...
... yes, I was thinking of Kraiby a lot!). From there, you could see down into the valley and get another view of the famed Half Dome formation. We stopped at Tenaya Lake for lunch. It was the most spectacular lunch spot we found, and it had a lot of competition. We sat on the edge of the turquoise lake’s edge, looking up to mountain peaks on the other side. The rocks were nice and warm from the sun and I did not want to move from that spot. I would argue ...
... of food ever.
We started off with the cooked selection, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes and 3 different types scrambled egg! Very yummy, we also ate pancakes and syrup with various toppings, pastries and fruit and yoghurt and were all very full, me and Chris to the point of feeling a bit ill, but we were planning to eat a lot so we could skip lunch anyway, after this we went to look in the gift shop and headed to the car to drive into the valley.
Chris drove ...
... trees including giant sequoias, edged by humungous granite rock faces, and sprinkled with huge gushing waterfalls and great boulders at every turn in the road.
Entering the park from the Western edge actually left us a bit shell shocked. Last autumn a great fire swept through a large section of the valley leaving it bare and lifeless. All that's left in some places are a few blackened spindles ...
... On the way back to San Francisco we stopped for dinner at Modesto. We sat with a couple from Perth, Max and Avis, so had an enjoyable conversation about our respective travels. After dinner we boarded the bus once more for the journey back into San Francisco. Our bus driver treated us to an impromptu night tour of the city as the evening was clear and the cityscape was beautiful. We finally arrived back at our hotel at around 10pm after a long but amazing day of sightseeing.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsBlackberry Inn at Yosemite Groveland
This place was Awesome.....loved the location, the room & the service. Large spa in the room, Fire (fake....but still gave the feel of a fire) and large arm chairs, rocking chairs on the porch....and you looked out to paddocks with horses and mountains in the background.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blackberry Inn at Yosemite Groveland
Our Best B n B stay ever.
What a beautiful place. The Blackberry Inn is not technically in Groveland, but is rather about 15 miles east of there on Hwy 120 going into Yosemite. The owners' website descibes the place as casual elegance and it is indeed that. My wife was stunned at the hand stitched quilting and we both enjoyed the homemade cookies awaiting us in our room. But we also felt right at home there. The inn features a wonderful library available to guests upstairs and every room is filled with guidebooks to the Yosemite area.
Breakfast is the real highlight of a stay at the Blackberry Inn. Ann Marie cooks a fabulous two course meal and both my wife and I found that after that we had little need to pack a heavy lunch as we went hiking. The blackberry cobbler, made from berries picked on site, was simply to die for.
My wife was actually leary of going to a bed and breakfast place near Yosemite. She had had bad experiences in the San Diego area. But she loved the place and we will both be back. As a weekend getaway and as a base to explore Yosemite from, this place cannot be beat.
Great Place, Wonderful Hostess
My wife and I spent 2 wonderful nights at the Blackberry Inn. This was our first experience at a Bed and Breakfast and certainly wont be our last. Ann Marie took great care of us and prepared the most fantastic breakfasts. The Inn is very clean and well-maintained, with a great deal of attention paid to detail. This is a great place to stay if planning a trip to Yosemite. We will definately be back! Just one suggestion to future guests, contact the Blackberry in directly to make reservations as opposed to going through hotels, as it is less expensive and the Inn keepers do not have to pay hotels.com. Enjoy!
Will never stay anywhere else for Yosemite!
What a wonderful Bed & Breakfast! Ann Marie is the perfect hostess and author of many books on hiking including Yosemite. The inn is stunning both inside and out. There are three lovely spacious clean rooms and a gorgeous sitting area stocked with books and there is even a fridge for guest use. We stayed in the Bramble Rose room and the bed was sooooo comfortable. The breakfast and the chocolate chip cookies were great. We have been to Yosemite a few times before but have only just discovered this gem of an Inn. Now we simply wouldn't stay anywhere else for Yosemite!
A Wonderful Place to Stay
What a fabulous Bed and Breakfast! We have stayed at many B & Bs, but rarely have we come across an inn with such a great combination of attributes. The Blackberry Inn is close (about a 20 minute drive) to Yosemite National Park, on beautiful grounds, with the opportunity to go for peaceful walks literally just outside the door. The inn itself is adorable, with a huge wrap-around porch and plenty of seating outside to view the multitude of hummingbirds (we counted at least eight at once) and goldfinches visiting the feeders outside. Our room was huge, with a sitting area, private bath, fireplace and a comfy feather bed. The room was thoughtfully stocked with extras you might have forgotten to bring--not to mention the delicious chocolate chip cookies and ice water that were restocked daily. And the hostess Ann Marie is such a delight--so thoughtful, kind, and generous. She has authored several books regarding the California outdoors, including a book on Yosemite, as well as numerous other books on hiking, cycling, waterfalls, and others. Needless to say, she is a wealth of information. AND the breakfasts she serves are enormous and delicious (and Ann Marie made sure to accommodate for dietary restricitons)...AND her golden retreiver "CJ" is adorable...
We can't say enough the Blackberry Inn. It is sure to be a memorable stay for anyone lucky enough to happen upon it.
Luxury after a day's hiking
We spent a wonderful 3 nights at the Blackberry Inn. Superb welcome and expert advice on the best places within the Park. The decor of the house and rooms is splendid with great attention to detail as well as plenty of space and luxury. Anne Marie's breakfasts were to die for and were the perfect start to a days hiking. The diner across the street was good and wholesome with further variety to be found in nearby Groveland. If planning a trip to Yosemite combine the beauty of the park with the ultmate relaxation at the Blackberry Inn.
Our New favorite B&B!
What a wonderful time we had at the Blackberry Inn! When we drove up the driveway there were butterflies, American goldfinches and hummingbirds to greet us. The Inn had the ambiance of a country farmhouse, combined with the convenience of air conditioning and a private bath. Eating well can be a problem at Yosemite but with our tasty breakfast we faced the hiking trails well nourished and happy. The breakfasts were excellent and prepared with individual preferences in mind. Some of us liked a lot of protein, others liked continental breakfasts. Our hosts, Carol and Dawn, were filling in for Ann Marie & John and provided eveyone with wonderful, warm service. We met people from Italy and Germany and enjoyed pleasant conversation at the beginning and end of the day. In summary, my husband and I think that this was our best experience of the many B&B's we've stayed at!
My new husband and I recently stayed at the Blackberry Inn on our honeymoon. We were able to get reservations relatively close the time we wanted to travel (when most of the lodging in the park was already reserved). As soon as we arrived, we were amazed at how beautiful the property was and how the pictures on their website did not do the inn justice. Just looking at everything from the car inspired us to joke about skipping Yosemite altogether and spending the next few days on the porch swing.
We were greeted by Ann Marie (the Inn Keeper) and her gorgeous and charming golden retriever, CJ when we finally made it inside. As soon as we opened the door to our room, we were shocked to find it twice as large as it looked online, with a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a pitcher of ice water waiting for us on a dresser. The bathroom was lovely and fully stocked, the bed huge and inviting, and the chairs and fireplace so alluring we never wanted to leave.
Inside the room was a stack of guide books, one of them a very intersesting and well organized one on Yosemite. Casually flipping through them looking to plan our next day, we were stunned to find that Ann Marie had literally written the book on Yosemite! She also served as an invaluable source of tips, suggestions, and generous help throughout our stay.
The breakfasts we enjoyed every morning were so delicious and so abundant, we found we couldn't finish everything in spite of our efforts to. She asked about our dietary restrictions/preferences and accommodated us every day. And the cookies, oh yes, the cookies were so nice to come home to every day.
The food was incredible, the service even more so, and the luxury unbeatable. I couldn't recommend the Blackberry Inn more highly!
Excellent B & B close to Yosemite- Blackberry Inn
My mom and I recently visited Yosemite Nat'l Park and stayed at the Blackberry Inn located in Groveland, CA. The Blackberry Inn was the perfect place to stay. The breakfast was outstanding and the hospitality was wonderful. We relaxed in our room with our fireplace and were greeted with warm chocolate chip cookies daily. We also enjoyed the quiet serenity of the Inn and the sound of the humming birds in the evening. I highly recommend this B & B to any traveler looking for a relaxing weekend retreat or extended stay. Be sure to talk with the owners about where to go in the park. They are both incredibly knowledgeable regarding Yosemite. One of the owners is an author of 9 + books on hiking, waterfalls, and trails in N. CA. I purchased 3 for my family. This was definitely a trip to remember!
An absolutely perfect Yosemite B&B!
I've traveled to Yosemite dozens of times and always stayed inside the park. But on my last tip, the park accommodations were full so I booked a stay at the Blackberry Inn (12 miles from the Yosemite entrance). This is by far the nicest B&B I have ever stayed in, and I've stayed at inns all over the world. The Blackberry Inn is quiet and peaceful, the rooms are very large and beautifully decorated, and the owner is kind, funny, and a great cook! I ate so much at breakfast each day that I never had to buy lunch. Plus, the owners gave my wife and I lots of great tips on visiting Yosemite... things we never knew even though we had been going there for years. Great place! You can't go wrong here.
Highly recommended Blackberry Inn
The Blackberry Berry Inn is an excellent spot to stay when visiting Yosemite. The Inn is located about 10 miles west of the main park entrance on rte 120. The Inn has 3 VERY nice spacious and extremely CLEAN rooms all with private baths and king beds. The location although outside the park gives you options for dinner and easy access to the town of Groveland which is only about 10 minutes away. The breakfast served each morning were unbelievable and creative. Ann Marie, the owner is an expert hiker and has written several books on the subject including one on Yosemite, can give you exccellent advice on seeing the park and suggests an intinerary depending on your needs/ability. I highly recommend staying here.