Last week the hubs and I met up with his parents to explore Yosemite National Park. It was a peaceful weekend filled with beautiful views, good conversation and great food. One of the highlights of our trip was our accommodation–little did we know when we booked our room we had stumbled upon a little haven.
The Sierra Mountain Lodge is a family-run bed & breakfast nestled in the small town of Ahwahnee, CA, which is about a 40-minute scenic drive from the southern park entrance. I’ve found that staying in a B&B can be very cost effective, and very charming–as long as you pick a good one!
Pulling into the driveway was like entering a secret mountain retreat; we were welcomed with the smell of fresh pine, and the buzzing of bees and rustling of leaves. Our suite accommodated all four of us, and was very cozy and very clean. I always love a linen closet filled with fresh white towels!
As you can see from the photos, we were not in a hurry to leave and could easily have stayed the whole day (that always seems to be a problem when we stay somewhere nice), but it was great going out for a drive, knowing we had a cozy room and hot chocolate awaiting our return!
The morning breakfast was delicious: hot pancakes, sausages, yogurt and fresh fruit. It was lovely to meet the owners and mingle with the other guests before heading out to a full day of adventure.
Basically, I just loved this place. The owners were great and really created an inviting, well kept environment. We felt right at home, and will definitely return for our next Yosemite trip… and of course, I’m now dreaming of running my own bed & breakfast….
PS. Did you know the National Park Service has free days? The next one is on June 21st. See more details HERE.