Made an exchange through RCI and used this as our home base while visiting Yosemite. I will fill you in on all the things we didnt know when we got here:
While this is on bass lake, bear in mind there are no chairs, boats, docks or any amenities at the lake. you must supply your own and you cannot see the lake from most units. There is a Von's supermarket in nearby Oakhurst (10 min away) where you can do your food shopping and a smaller, more expensive market in The pines just up the road. There a few places to eat in Oakhurst. El CID was inexpensive, authentic Mexican food where food is smothered in sauce and cheese. The chips and salsa are homemade and yummy. The ice tea and margaritas were very good. As were the fajitas and shrimp special. There is a small place called Todd's that looks like a hole in the wall but don't be deceived, this was some of the best pulled pork and cole slaw I have ever had. Crab cakes is another place where the food was good, service was friendly and desserts were amazing but I'm not so sure it was worth the price. Maybe it was what we ordered but it was the most expensive meal for this trip.
It took us about 20 minutes to get to the southgate of Yosemite, where we made a right to visit Mariposa grove of giant sequoias. A beautiful 2 hr hike(there are shorter trails) I would suggest going early as it gets fairly crowded. That left us the afternoon to relax on bass lake and enjoy a boat rental from bass lake watersports. Make sure you get a discount coupon from the front desk. Bass lake rentals charge a $500 deposit that takes 3 days to fall off credit cards so if you plan on renting over a few days make sure you tell them so they do not tie up additional credit on your cc (like they did to us.) for additional rentals of jetskis etc. The staff at the watersports weren't very friendly or helpful but since there are no lake amenities at the resort this is the closest place. The boats are nice and have a grill on board so you can bring lunch and rent a tube or wakeboard etc.. There is a fairly good restaurant called Duceys right next to watersports where we had a nice meal with a beautiful view. Back to Yosemite, make a left to head to the valley floor. It is about 1/1.5 hours from south entrance depending on who you get behind on the winding roads. We saw a bear up the mountain, coyote and many deer along the way. Make the time to visit glacier point, you won't be disappointed; the view is amazing. There are a few places to purchase food in the park, but I would suggest packing your own as it is the blah fast food type stuff.
There is a nice trail just outside of Yosemite called Lewis trail which has 2 beautiful water falls and you walk along a creek. I would highly suggest you check it out..
All and all the staff here was very nice, the unit was roomy for 6 people and the beds were pretty comfy, even the Murphy bed in living room. There is no housekeeping but you can exchange linens and towels at the main office whenever you like. There is a washer/ dryer in the unit And the kitchen was well stocked. There are 2 pools with hot tubs but not everyone has access to both. There is a grill and small table on each patio. They rent dvds at the office and they have wifi for $15 per week. Otherwise there really aren't many amenities or organized activities at the resort. I would stay here again but not for a full week.
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