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... first to see the natural soda springs, historical cabins and lakes. Next was the vernal and Yosemite falls in the heart of Yosemite floor. Both were impressive but the vernal hike to the top was much more rewarding for the uphill slog. Last day we explored Mariposa Grove area of Giant Sequoia trees in the south of the park, some were over 1800 years old. It was very pretty walking under the tree canopy. We could have stayed longer but it was time to get on the road again ...
... the thumbs up and kept going.
The climb talks about passing the knot due to the rappel being about 250m (more than one rope length). We tied a 30m half rope to the end of our thinnest 60m rope and rappelled on a single strand (everyone raps this on one strand). To my surprise, I didn’t have to pass the knot until I was standing comfortably on some wobbly blocks in ...
... giant pine cones and a red flower thing that we must look up to see what it is. The walk was a good one to do in preparation for proper hiking tomorrow. It took us uphill a little which I admit was a slight struggle, it was totally worth it though. I absolutely love walking through the trees and soaking up the sound of nature. By the end of the walk the sun had decided to shine and we ended on a high.
I shall now pass you over to Chris who will tell you about ...
... alpine meadows that moved down the river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet (1,200 m) during the early glacial episode. The down slope movement of the ice masses cut and sculpted the U-shaped valley.
The largest granite monolith in the world, El Capitan is located across from Bridal veil Falls in Yosemite National Park. It juts up about 3,000 feet from the ground, and is a favourite ...
... caught the shuttle again and completed our circuit of the valley. We then returned to the car and drove to Yosemite Lodge where our tour was going to start. Had some dinner then hopped on our open tram for our moonlight tour. Unfortunately we underestimated the weather and although we all had long pants and jackets we all still froze! Despite the cold air, the view was magnificent. The valley bathed in moonlight was an amazing ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn El Portal
Loved the hosts
The hosts Liz and Ron have been great! The rooms were nice and new.. We actually booked a 3 nights' stay there but decided to shorten it to 1 night. They were able to do it for us without charging us any penalty. Really nice of them.
Breakfast was delicious, with a wide variety of fruits.
However, it would have been better if they had TV in the room.
Remember to bring your own soap and shampoo.
One of the best vacations ever!
We were there over this Christmas and this was the best place we have stayed in a long long time. We had stayed in "The Lotus" and we stayed for 3 nights. Not only is the room gorgeous, but it also has a breathtaking view of the Merced river. I know there is no other place in Yosemite, that has that kind of a view. Definitely not where the owners are as warm, caring and friendly as Liz and Ron. They are both great folks and Ron's mother is absolutely a charming lady. It was our anniversary on the 25th and they invited us for dinner with them. It was such a heart warming gesture. We felt like family when we were there and we are missing them already and its been only 4 days that we got back. We will definitely go back very soon to visit them again.
Ahhh, The Breakfast... Delicious... Liz prepares a full breakfast in the morning and serves everyone on a silver platter (literally)... It's a wonderful experience to have her breakfast, not only because she is a great cook, but also for the ambiance and the beauty of it.
Having lived in El Portal for years, they both have excellent knowledge of things to do and see in the park and were utmost helpful in planning our days at the park. We got to see and do much more activities then usual first time visitors can do only due to their help.
I cannot emphasize this enough, but this was truly one of the most wonderful trips we have taken so far and we have traveled through more then half of the world. So, you get the idea! Great place, go visit them!
Very Close to Yosemite Valley
My girlfriend and I stayed here during Christmas and loved it. The owners are are welcoming and not to mention, knowledgable about all the great things to see and do in the park. Very warm and confortable place to stay when visting one night or for the week.
Perfect Up-Scale Lodging for Yosemite Get Away!!
Friends came back from their stay here and told me I HAD TO GO!! Their dazzling descriptions of the Lotus Room and the Merced River just outside the door made me pick up the phone and plan a trip 2 weeks later even thought I wasn't planning to go anywhere....much less to Yosemite, nearly 4 hours away from my home. I decided to take a quick 2 day "vacation" and see the park, which was breathtaking and nearly empty--great! What made the trip perfect, however, was the Yosemite Blue Butterfly B&B. I knocked on the gorgeous stained glass front door and was greeted by smiles and offers for tea. There had been a big wedding reception the night before and the owners were still recovering from the crowd, but there was no shortage of hospitality and my room was waiting, clean, and beautifully appointed. I toured each room but loved the Lotus for its space and fabulous river view (a 20 feet away from the water view). Bed was heaven, roaring river put me to sleep and I was served a perfect breakfast exactly to my order. What are you waiting for??!! I will return again and again. And, it is 10 minutes outside the park entrance-easy to come and go sightseeing.
The Best People and Service you Could Ever Have
My husband and I stayed at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn. It was the best place and the best service we have had in our travels. The owners are wonderful and we got to meet thier doughter and the mother in law. We acutually enjoyed staying with them more than going to Yosemite Park. We consider them family now :) .
We are muslims from Saudi Arabia. So we told them we can not eat pork or drink alcohol. They were very understanding and extremely respectful. The food Mrs. Liz made for us was really good. We also got to try a peach cobbler that her mother in law made and it was the best "if you are lucky to meet her ask her to make some for u."
The Inn is so clean and beautiful and the river view is great and so romantic.
Fabulous B&B and close to Yosemite Park entrance
October 24, 2007 - The BEST Bed and Breakfast Inn closest to the entrance to Yosemite Park!!! The Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn is, by far, the best place to stay when you are planning a trip to Yosemite. The home is newly constructed and boasts fabulous details throughout, such as tile floors on the main floor, hardwood floors in the bedrooms, stained glass window, classy antique furniture and lighting fixtures, plus much, much more! The entire home is clean and comfortable!
We stayed in the Lotus room for two nights. This room was very spacious with a beautiful antique queen sized bed, hardwood flooring with a beautiful throw rug, a sofa for sitting, large picture windows, and a comfortable size bathroom with a powerful showerhead! In addition, there is a private balcony that looks out to the Merced River (just below the balcony). The views are spectacular. I saw many hummingbirds, Fred the fish, and butterflies too! We appreciated that there are no t.v.'s in the rooms, but I believe the owners may plan to add them in the future. I am of the opinion, why watch T.V.? Enjoy the solitude and beautiful views without distractions.
The icing on the cake for us was spending some time and getting to learn more about the FABULOUS owners of this B&B. Liz and Ron are truly a delight and they made our stay very memorable! Liz prepared tasty gourmet breakfasts that would please anyone. I can't wait to go back and see Liz and Ron and stay in their home again. I miss them already! You can't go wrong booking a few nights stay at the Blue Butterfly Bed and Breakfast Inn! ENJOY!!
Beautiful inn, lovely setting!
We spent one night here, wish we planned to stay longer! This was one of the best bed and breakfast experiences we have ever had. The newly-built inn sits on the Merced River, and our room on the second floor had a lovely balcony with amazing river and mountain views. We had a great night's sleep with the soothing sound of the river. The location is very convenient and breakfast was yummy. The innkeepers have very tastefully decorated in the arts and crafts style. As longtime residents of the area they are very knowledgeable, accommodating, and helpful with suggestions for your trip. Reasonably priced compared to other lodging in the area. Unfortunately, we were prepaid for Tenaya Lodge for our next two nights visiting the park othwerwise we would have stayed longer at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly. Would definitely return. Recommend it highly.
A great place to stay
This is a great place to stay! First, the location is great, it's just a few hundred yards from the park boundary, so it's quick and easy to get to the attractions, and the setting itself is pretty, right next to the river, with views over the wooded canyon and up into the park.
Second, the room we stayed in was spacious and had some beautiful and interesting decoration. The breakfast was served in a very nice room, and was tasty and satisfying.
Thirdly, the owners are really helpfu and friendly. They have lots of information and anecdotes about the area and seemed to know all the best places for hiking, sightseeing etc.
I'm definitely planning to go back!
Highly Recommended. Wonderful Bed and Breakfast
On a recent trip to Yosemite we were unable to get into the park hotels. We then looked at bed and breakfasts in the area. We found the Blue Butterfly Inn right outside the park. What a terriffic place! The building is new and beautifully decorated. It is right on the Merced River. We woke up every morning seeing the mountains from our bed and every evening we sat on the deck looking up at the stars while listening to the river. A very beautiful, peaceful place. Ron and Liz Skelton are wonderful, friendly hosts. They shared their lifelong experience in Yosemite by helping us find the best hikes and quiet spots. We were on our 25th anniversary trip. This made for a truely memorable experince. The Blue Butterfly Inn is a gem.
Loved the quiet serenity of staying ON the river, near the Park
My wife and I recently stayed at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly INN twice in the last few months and we have REALLY enjoyed this place and the people that run it !! Its not just relaxing and the views are TERRIFIC, but the hosts are WONDERFULLY kind and loving. This place still had that NEW smell to it (since it was recently built) and all the facilities are new and "state of the art". The house structure was built with a great design and thoughtfull layout. The best aspect of this place was that its really close to the entrance to YOSEMITE Park and the price is the same as you would pay next door at the two large "Lodge's"(hotels). The price is the same as the hotels next door, but at this place, you get personal attention to your every need for a comfy visit, you get a free FILLING and TASTY breakfast and you are closer to the water ( the back deck is OVER the water's edge), compared to the LODGE's (hotels) next door, (which seemed like all their rooms are all cramped next to each other). Since it was so quiet at night (lots of good "stargazing" out on the deck) and all the beds were new and fluffy, we slept SO well that night and woke up refreshed and relaxed. We hope to spend each trip at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn, when we go back to Yosemite every 4-6 months. - Zac and Joanne ( Rocklin, CA)