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Alpine Escape — Inside Park Gates — A/C and WiFi

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
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Need a relaxing refuge to retreat to after a day of adventuring among the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? Our warm and inviting home is located inside the park gates equidistant from the celebrated features of Yosemite: the namesake Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and 800 miles of hiking trails. Over and over guests tell us that when they come back at the end of the day, they feel like they are coming home. Finished in 2010, Alpine Escape is an 840 square foot (78 square meter), one-bedroom apartment. You will enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size, quality appliances, granite countertops and a full complement of cooking equipment (pots, pans, coffee maker, blender, and so on). Knotty alder cabinets in the kitchen, bath and bedroom an...Need a relaxing refuge to retreat to after a day of adventuring among the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? Our warm and inviting home is located inside the park gates equidistant from the celebrated features of Yosemite: the namesake Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and 800 miles of hiking trails. Over and over guests tell us that when they come back at the end of the day, they feel like they are coming home. Finished in 2010, Alpine Escape is an 840 square foot (78 square meter), one-bedroom apartment. You will enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size, quality appliances, granite countertops and a full complement of cooking equipment (pots, pans, coffee maker, blender, and so on). Knotty alder cabinets in the kitchen, bath and bedroom and knotty alder doors and trim throughout give a warm feel to the home. We live upstairs in our own apartment while you have the ground floor with a completely separate entrance. For your comfort, we have central heat (propane) and a gas fireplace to keep you warm in winter and air conditioning (Fujitsu mini-splits) to keep you cool on the rare very hot days we have. The living/dining area has a table for four, a large sofa and a 47' flat-screen television for watching movies from our DVD collection (news junkies beware: we do not receive a broadcast signal). The bedroom features a queen bed with a built-in knotty alder closet. An alcove off the living room provides bedding for up to two additional guests on a daybed and pullout trundle with comfortable memory foam mattresses (no miserable pullout sofa beds!). The trundle is at floor level, so it is great for younger kids, but perhaps not so great for older adults! Alpine Escape is the perfect size for a couple or a family with one or two children. We have even (rarely) hosted a group of 4 adults. Outside you have a small, covered patio by the entrance that is just enough sit under while grilling on the gas grill, reading a book or breathing in Yosemite. We are near the end of a quiet street, the perfect starting point for an evening stroll. Some winter mornings, we've woken to the laughter of young kids happily sledding down the road in front of our house (and observant parents keeping their eyes open for the occasional vehicle). There are places nearby to go for walks with excellent birding and wildflowers, including what may be the best display of Evening Primroses in the entire park right in our front yard (in the early 1900s the Evening Primroses were a major attraction in Yosemite Valley and the subject of some of the first hand-tinted color photos ever taken, but there are now only a handful scattered around the Valley). A network of running and hiking trails surrounds the neighborhood. But of course, you are coming to Yosemite for the soaring granite cliffs, massive sequoia trees and tremendous views. Yosemite West is located inside the park entrance, and sits near an intersection of the roads leading to the park's most famous features: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These popular park destinations are all within 15-18 miles (30-35 minutes) from Yosemite West in three different directions. The Badger Pass ski area is only seven miles away providing access to Yosemite's winter wonders, including XC ski and snowshoe trails, as well as lift-served skiing and snowboarding. If you're looking to eat out, the famous restaurants of Yosemite Valley are about 30 minutes away, while the Wawona Hotel, which welcomed Theodore Roosevelt on his 1903 trip to Yosemite, is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction. We also pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge of the park and our willingness to share that knowledge. Since 1985, we have been coming to the park for the world-class rock climbing and have been living here full time since April 2003. We're hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers and wildflower enthusiasts and general naturalists. We have worked as Assistant Manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School running the hiking program (Theresa), a park ranger (Tom), ski instructors (both). Through those experiences, and through helping our guests over the years, we have wealth of information that we are willing to share to help you make the most of your time in Yosemite whether it's a couple of days or a couple of weeks!More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Suitable For Children Under 5
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

This was the perfect vacation rental for our family of four to explore Yosemite. Great location inside the park gates and convenient to Yosemite's many attractions. We visited Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Grove and Tenaya Lake areas. We are so glad we decided to...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank TrailBlazer761746
Reviewed 30 May 2018

The Alpine Escape was a perfect, comfortable home to stay in, especially after full days of exploring Yosemite National Park. This home was clean and easy to relax in. The bed was comfortable - the kitchen was easy to work in and around - the...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We chose this place since it was so close to the Yosemite valley and since the pictures looked really nice; we were not disappointed. After driving by some of the other places we considered, it was night and day for how close this place is...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank davidocook
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Fantastic location essentially in the park. All the amenities of home and a great set up for getting an early start to hiking the many park trails and getting home easily at the end of the day. Cozy, comfortable, easy.

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank james m
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We stayed at Alpine Escape with our two sons -- who are in their early twenties -- and the accommodations were perfect for the four of us. It was wonderful to come home to this cozy retreat (there's even a beautiful gas fireplace!) after hiking...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank nanrossiter
About the Owner
Thomas L
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2010
Interaction with guests
We are here during most guests visits and are happy to provide tips and advice for seeing the park. That said, we try to give you your privacy if you can navigate the park on your own (we originally were 'hands off' but found most guests do want help deciding where to go and what to do). That said, sometimes we take our own vacations. So while we do meet most guests in person during their stay, we sometimes are away ourselves. In such cases, we are happy to help you plan in advance and we have a caretaker and cleaning service that can meet your basic needs while we're away.
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About the neighbourhood
Yosemite West is located inside the park entrance, and sits near and intersection that takes you in three other directions to several of the park's most amazing features: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Wawona, including the Wawona golf course are all within 15 miles (30 minutes) from Yosemite West in three different directions. The Badger Pass ski area is only seven miles away. Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass on the eastern border of the park will be a two-hour drive or more. Our home is near the end of a cul-de-sac and normally a quiet, relaxing place to spend a vacation.
Getting around
You need a car to stay here. There is a shuttle system in Yosemite, but it serves only a few miles of road at the east end of Yosemite Valley. To get most places in the park, including our house, you need a car. In winter, we recommend renting an All-Wheel Drive vehicle. You are still required to carry chains in chain control areas, but if you have AWD, you will rarely need to actually apply chains, which can make your trip significantly more comfortable.
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