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... and get on the road to Monterey. Where we found an apartment for twelve nights. Kirsty can't wait to unpack properly and 'sort' everything out. It was impossible to just drive past Hollister so we took the turning off and had lunch there. Not exactly what we expected but we didn't need a torch. It was here we realised that we had now traveled for 5 weeks which was almost a 1/3 of our trip done already. We have seen so many amazing things. What will the rest ...
... the draw of the big granite cliffs and waterfalls pulled us to make a few stops. The last time we were at this area was last week it was foggy, cool and by the end drizzling. Now it was sunny and in the high 70s with a nice breeze.
I made Terry stop at the Tunnel overview again to look into the valley. We realized that all you see are trees and you don't realize that under those trees are roadways, people walking and riding bikes, buses, cars and motor ...
... before too long we were back at that pretty bridge, where we – gratifyingly – came out in front of those guys who told us to turn back all those hours previous. So that showed them. We made our way back to the car, which by that point was the only car in the car park, and an easy target for a bear who fancied a bit of Mountaindew. But luckily they were too busy eating hikers, so that worked out well for us.
By the time we arrived at the Wawona, one of ...
... while we drove the next 9 miles to the turn off but it did not make a difference with the traffic. When you turn into the Valley road you go thru a granite tunnel (when they built this tunnel they didn't line with tiles but left the rock showing). There is a lookout right after the tunnel so we zipped in and found a spot (lucky us). What a sight of the valley, El Capitan and the Bridalveil Falls other Granite formations even with the gray sky it was quite ...
... and if you want giant trees try Jedediah Smith State Park.
That being said, this is a lovely drive. As we approached the end what we were allowed to drive through we approached the entrance to the Yosemite Valley which is closed. They did however allow ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHounds Tooth Inn Oakhurst
I highly recommend this place. Nice conversation with the owners. Very nice rooms. Very clean and reasonable price. Close to south entrance to Yosemite.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hounds Tooth Inn Oakhurst
We stayed here for four nights at the beginning of June as a base for exploring Yosemite. Hounds Tooth Inn is a beautiful place with really friendly owners who are always happy to help. The room we had was a standard but it was huge and everything was very clean and well looked after.
Complimentary wine each evening was a lovely idea and i would definitely recommend this Inn.
Enjoyable stay at the Hounds Tooth Inn
We stayed at the Hounds Tooth Inn two nights (3/27-3/29) in the Willow Corner room. The room was a nice size with a great two-person spa tub. The room was defintely worth the special price of $104 per night. Our stay at the Inn was exactly what we expected.
Just a quick tire chain recommendation: Since we visited Yosemite in March, we had to have tire chains in the car in order to enter the park. We purchased a set in Oakhurst for $40 from an auto parts store near Hounds Tooth Inn that we could not return. We were not happy when we found out on the way to Yosemite that we could have rented tire chains in Mariposa, a city near Oakhurst. We ended up leaving our tire chains with Bill at the Inn since it would have been a huge hassel to fly them back to Chicago where they would not be needed!
We'll be back
One of the nicest and cleanest B&B's anywhere. Innkeepers are helpful, courteous, and friendly. Enjoy the breakfast, afternoon wine, the peace and quiet. Need two days at the Houndstooth for every day in Yosemite - the waterfalls are great, but relaxing in one of the spa rooms afterward is even better. Dinner at Duceys in Bass Lake completes a romantic and memorable getaway. Have been to the Houndstooth 5 or 6 times.....and we'll definitely be back.
Nickle and Dimed
We booked the "Summer Cottage" for a romantic getaway to Yosemite. While the inside of the cottage was beautiful with a top-notch spa tub, comfortable bed, dual head shower and nice sitting area, I just didn't feel like we got the service there that we have had at other bed and breakfasts. I don't want the innkeepers to act cheap when I am paying $200+ for a room. First you have to sign a waiver stating that you won't use rose petals or candles in the room or you pay a $200 cleaning fee. Then we wanted to watch one of the videos in their library, for which they wanted an extra $1 rental fee. Then I noticed that you are not allowed to take red wine back into the rooms, and if you do spill it, they will charge you $100. Breakfast is very average "continental" self-serve fare, more like what you get at a chain hotel than most bed and breakfasts. Finally, when you pay your bill, there is a $5 per day energy surcharge tacked on TOP of the normal room rate and taxes. I don't know what the other accommodations in the area are like, but I would say that the Hound's Tooth offers excellent accommodations with only mediocre service.
Cozy get-a-way vs. tourist trap
We stayed 2 nights here, wonderful. We cannot say enough about it. I will recommend this B&B to anyone and everyone that I know is going to Yosemite. It was very cozy, the hosts were so very nice and breakfast was great. The very best part of our stay was the bed! After a long day of driving, in and out of the car for pictures, hiking, etc. it was nice to know that second night we were going back to that comfy bed for a good nights sleep.
True, its 12 miles from the south entrance of the park but it is a nice tree lined drive. Enough time to build up anticipation of your exciting day and on the return, time to wind down for a lovely dinner at El Cid the local Mexican eatery about 1/2 mile from the B&B (very casual). Which we highly recommend.
Hound's Tooth Inn, a great experience
We went into Yosemite from route 120 and spent two nights in Groveland. We were leaving on the south end on route 41 so we chose the"Hound's Tooth Inn", about closest B&B outside the park. What a pleasure! From the smell of all the flowers in bloom as we drove in to the complimentary chilled wine waiting in the lobby to a superb breakfast of homemade quiche and fresh fruit, everything was outstanding. We had the Quilt room, which I believe was the cheapest, but it was spacious and exceptionally clean. Everything was first rate
A Cut Above
We stayed here for one night on our way to Yosemite. Built in the late 90s, it seems brand new. We were in one of the more basic rooms. It was light, well decorated, and very clean with absolutely no flaws. There is a nice meeting/breakfast room with complimentary wine in the afternoon and breakfast in the morning. It's hard to beat. Oakhurst, itself, was more active than we expected with several restaurants, supermarkets, stores, motels, etc. If you are going to Yosemite, and you want something a cut above the average motel, I suggest you look into this inn.
Loved the Hounds Tooth Inn
For our weekend trip to Yosemite Natl. Park in June '05, we stayed at the Hounds Tooth Inn in Oakhurst, which is a small community about 12 miles south of the Wawona/southern entrance to Yosemite. This is a wonderful B&B, although it was so quiet, that I did not feel I was in a B&B in that sense. We stayed in the "Firelight" (king) room on the second floor in the back of the inn, and it was simply perfect. Extremely clean all around including the carpet and bathroom, and tastefully decorated. This room also has a gas fireplace, although it was too warm to use it and a small fridge which we really liked having to keep drinks cold. The view from the window is of the garden and creek behind the inn with many rose bushes in full bloom. Although located off of Hwy 41, it is down a hill away from the noise and was very quiet at night during our stay. I can't say enough about the wonderful staff as well, as they were very accommodating and quick to answer email with reservation request. The value is also very good and the location in proximity to the Park is great... just keep in mind that to get to the actual valley of Yosemite is about 45 miles from the inn.... which is fine as long as you don't mind the driving.... which we did not.
Also, Oakhurst offers good dining as well as fast food, and grocery/drug
stores. A great little gem of an inn and a place we plan to return
on our next Yosemite visit!
Reccomend the Hounds Tooth Inn
Spent a night in Oakhurst before travelling on to Yosemite Valley the next day...hadn't been to Oakhurst for many years and it used to be a 1-2 hotel town, so I was daunted by choices!
I'm so glad I went on a hunch and chose the Hounds Tooth Inn. It was beautiful on the inside and out, comfortable and clean, the staff were very welcoming (including the big grey cat!). They have a very helpful hand-done restaurant guide which helped us pick just the right dinner for that night (reccomend Crab Cakes!!).
After a great nights sleep we got breakfast which was included in the price - homemade quiche, spiced peaches, toast and bagels and cereal, all the juice and milk we wanted, and really good coffee. After breakfast we each took a last cup of joe and strolled around the very expansive gardens (so many roses going to bloom in the spring!) and down to the creek.
If you are like me and a little too spoiled to do a Travellodge or other chain hotel, you should check this one out - its reasonable and lovely!
Wonderful stay at the Hounds Tooth Inn
Stayed one nite at the Hounds Tooth Inn (May 2004) which is located at the southern gateway to Yosemite National Park. The Hounds Tooth Inn looks and feels brand new. The rooms are nicely decorated in a country motif, with free wine and a nice continental breakfast available in the cute front room. Videos and books are available also.
I don't think that there is a better value ($90/ nite) in all of Oakhurst.