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So, why did we attempt a vacation in this crowded, remote park with two toddlers in this year of historic, severe drought? In hindsight I'm not totally sure. All I know is that we had been meaning to go see Yosemite for years and it just seemed to come together this year. T had been wanting to recreate the magic of previous visits with his high …
Bit of a "Paul's in his element" day, ie trees & birds.
Took a shuttle South to the Mariposa Grove to see the wonderful Sequoias. They are perhaps the largest living things on earth, not the tallest or oldest (only lasting 1800 to 2700 years) but their sheer size is amazing. They are also one of the fastest growing trees and, a bit …
... 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 ...
... the forestry commission and sounded like they had a pretty cool job, and also some french girls. It was a good finish to Yosemite, now I am about to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Ive been umming and arring about this one all week because apparently there's quite a lot of snow, but it should be good fun. Well that was rather a long entry wasn't it, sorry Ive been a bit **** updating this, its finding the time which is difficult, I'll try to do better, anyway Bye for now.
... really unsure whether they were brave or crazy, but certainly the climbers need a huge amount of motivation and desire for the task to accomplish it.
During the couple of hours we had in the park we were able to take the free shuttle that travels to various camping and hiking trails, the Visitors Centre and Yosemite Village. We spent most of our time on a hike to the Mirror Lake and then checked out the visitors centre, art gallery, village and Yosemite ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Redwoods in Yosemite Wawona
Cabin 21 was very pleasant and near a delightful swimming hole in the river behind the development. We were able to walk to the Pioneer center and could've walked to the shuttle for the Mariposa grove if we had been more organized. Evening meals on the deck were a highlight of our stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Redwoods in Yosemite Wawona
I fall in love
I'm from Argenitna, I visited Yosemite with my parents. We happend to find this place over the internet in ------- and we booked a one bedroom cabin. It was gorgeous!!!! The staff were so amicable that made us feel like home.
There I met my now husband, and we are sooooooo happy. Now for our 2 year anniversary we will stay at The Redwoods In Yosemite!!!!. Check it out. It's worth it.!!!!!!!!!!
This place is kind of a mixed bag depending on what you're looking for. Yosemite Valley is a beautiful 45 minute drive, Mariposa Grove is close, and Oakhurst is about 30 minutes away. Not bad for a major tourist destination. You can go sightsee then come back to your cabin and enjoy a quiet evening by the fireplace. Modern TV and phone. Pay laundry downstairs in the main office.
Certainly a very enjoyable cabin. Quiet neighborhood type of place. You should call and talk to the folks, though, as there are many styles to choose from. Our cabin suited us - 2 bedroom - nice deck with BBQ - unlimited supply of firewood - central heating - a helpful office staff. Surrounded by very pretty scenery.
We enjoyed the pleasant walks along the main road, up to the falls, and around the area. Bring your groceries from Raley's in Oakhurst.
Overall a nice experience here - would return.
Luxury in Yosemite
We stayed there 5 nights. Cabin was a premium cabin, a little pricey but well worth it. Kitchen had all the amenities needed and more. Fireplace was nice, with pre-cut wood outside. Cabin had TV, VCR, DVD player and movies in the cabin and at the reception. Arrived late, and there was a late check-in envelope waiting. Great location for Badger's Pass and Giant Sequoias. Only thing was the bathroom was not as luxurious as the rest of the cabin, just a basic bath/shower combo.
BEST VACATION EVER!!!
My fiancee and I recently visited cabin #76 and LOVED it! The cabin is within a mile of the Chilnulna Falls so we enjoyed walking there every morning. This beautiful 2 bed 2 bath featured a big fireplace in the living room that made for a romantic setting! We also were able to BBQ almost every night on the built in BBQ on the back deck. The cabin was also close to Oakhurst (I think about 20 miles) so we would make our way into town for a movie or additional shopping. Yosemite is breathless and the cabin we stayed at was beautiful! We will definaltey be back!!!!
Christmas at Yosemite . . . magical!
Our family spent Christmas at The Redwoods in Yosemite a couple of years ago. It was the best Christmas ever. We had a three-bedroom house that was phenomenal. Aside from being beautiful, it was the best-equipped accommodation of its kind we have ever encountered. Everything worked, there was lots of room, and then, of course, there was the national park. We all drove around oohing and ahhing at the gorgeous scenery and the waterfalls in the snow. We built snowmen, went sledding, and fed the deer that came to our back door. The kids went skiing and snow-boarding at Badger Pass, while the grandparents had tea at the Ahwani Hotel. Everyone went on a snowshoe hike in Mariposa Grove. We all loved it and plan to go back again next year!
Pick the right cabin- great time!
We visited the Redwoods in Yosemite in March 2004, end of Winter. The cabins really vary. They are all family/individual owned, the Redwoods group is the rental mgt firm, but the furniture, decore, etc, are all up to individual owners. I spent time on the phone before hand (very nice folks) reviewing different options: no pets, secluded as we have 3 loud little ones, two baths if possible, nice fireplace etc. They found the perfect cabin for us (Standard, 2 BD, 2 BA # 17), up a hill, nice flat yard, not right next door to another cabin (as many of them are close to each other). Not fancy, but clean, good space, 2 bedrooms and a nice fireplace. The kids loved it. We had deer in the back yard every AM and a nice view of the granet mtn and nice sunsets. Good/easy trek to nearby falls on the back side of the neighborhood, friendly folks at the front desk (came up with a huge load of wood when asked), great skiing for little ones at Badger. We'd go back, but every cabin is different, spend a lot of time with the pictures on the site and ask a lot of questions (and call back and ask them again of a 2nd res person). The gal I spoke with knew each cabin and she directed us to a great fit. Plan on going back in January, 45 mins to the valley sure, but the seclusion is nice, and the Redwoods on the Wawona side are great.
Given that the two reviews posted here were so radically different, my boyfriend and I were a bit nervous upon arriving at the Redwoods. Thankfully, we were delighted with cabin #77! We chose the Redwoods, and the cabin, specifically because we have two dogs and it is almost impossible to find anywhere in the Valley that will take pets.
The Redwoods are vacation homes which the owners rent out and are managed on-site by a property management company. The people running the office were very very nice and willing to help us with anything we needed. We experienced a blackout while there (not at all uncommon in the Valley, though more common in winter), and we got more oil from them for the oil lamps provided in all cabins. Our cabin was big, clean, and equipped with absolutely everything we needed--firewood for the lovely fireplace, cooking supplies, coffeemaker, extra linens, VCR, CD player, books, you name it. We had a huge deck with a BBQ grill and the cabin was set back from the road and our neighbors, while near, were quiet and barely noticeable.
There are trails that run in and near the Redwoods (it is actually located within the boundaries of the southern part of the park) and the main part of the Valley is about a 45 minute drive. We took our inflatable boat to Bass Lake, which is very close and located in Sierra National Forest. You can take motorized boats and jet skis there too. It was very beautiful. Lots of restaurants and stores are located in nearby Oakhurst, about 22 miles away.
There are three tiers of houses at the Redwoods: Economy, Standard, and Premium. Perhaps the person who had a terrible experience was in an economy cabin, or perhaps they just had a bad house. We had a great house--we liked #77, a Standard house. Even though it wasn't "modern" in decor, it had everything we could desire in a vacation home. Beautiful setting, big, clean and well stocked, comfortable, fireplace and deck to while away the hours, and a place where our puppies were welcome. Check out their web site, and look at the houses. Maybe you'll have the good experience we did!
The worst place I have ever stayed
Sure, Yosemite lodging is overpriced, but I have stayed in hostels for $20 a night that are nicer than the cabin my husband and I spent our first anniversary in. The carpet was filthy, there was dried food on the couches- we had to put sheets on them to sit down- absolutely none of the furnishings had been updated since the early '80's, there were DIRTY dishes in the cupboards, and the musty smell was rank. When I brought these concerns to the staff at the front desk, she said "I'll let housekeeping know." I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone. The price they charge for this HOLE is criminal, especially considering we splurged for a very special time, that was great nonetheless, no thanks to The Redwoods..
We stayed here for 4 nights in June, following 4 nights in Sequioa Kings Canyon.
The cabins all vary, ours (#84) was very nice in a kind of retro 70's chalet kind of way.
All the facilites in the chalet are just what you need, full kitchen bathroom and living space. Ours had a great veranda with bar-b-q.
Be warned though, there are no supplies provided in the cabin, so buy before you arrive as the local store is quite pricey. Also, the main Yosemite valley is a good 45 minute drive away.
Overall we had a great time there.