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There is only really one way to truly appreciate a National Park and that's to get out and walk it which is precisely what I did this morning, well part of it anyway.
The NPS builds and maintains an extensive network of trails throughout Yosemite and although this particular walk is rated as a wilderness walk there were a lot of people …
A leisurely morning breakfast on the Deck at the Blue Butterfly Inn watching the Merced River go by, watching the hummingbirds incessantly attack the honey feeder. We also chatted with an older couple from Florida originally from New York.
These over the breakfast chats are one of the reason we enjoy stayong at Bed & Breakfasts both …
We left Tahoe after a final breakfast at the Red Hut our first destination was Lee Vinning, Mono Lake and the mysterious tufa. We then turned south and crossed the Rockies at Tioga pass before arriving at El Portal our base camp for Yosemite National Park.
The drive from Tahoe was nothing remarkable but the first view of Mono Lake from …
... out and explore we stopped at Tuolumne Meadows for a hike to Lembert Dome. It climbed up through woodland before we emerged on one of the giant rocks and scrambled to the top. The view here was incredible. Making our way back down we climbed one more smaller peak before going back to the car.
We decided to head to Yosemite Valley to camp, so continued driving through the park. I am astonished at just how scenic it is! We stopped at ...
... couldn't cancel the flight without incurring fees and not turning up for the flight would void the rest of our flights! So our plans thwarted, we prepared to head back to SF in the morning. Unfortunately we found this news out late in the day, so we didn't end up seeing the south of the park which included the giant sequoias at Mariposa Grove and we didn't have time in the morning! Oh we'll, next time! Packed up the bags when we got back to lodge so we could make an early ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)