I was so happy to find that Tenaya Lodge has aquired the next door location of Cottages (formerly the Apple Tree Inn). We have stayed at both - a room at the Lodge, and at one of the upstairs units in the cottages next door. We have made this a must-do winter vacation spot for the last couple of years and look forward to it every year. Now that Tenaya has aquired the former Apple Tree Inn - we now can have the Best of both worlds. We can stay in a cottage but still be able to acces all that the Lodge has to offer - large indoor heated swimming pool w/jacuzzi, (and outdoor pool in the summer), a work out center/gym and spa, a nice, large, covered ice skating rink, snow-sledding hills and 3 dining options - deli, bar & grill, and the Sierra restaurant (although a little pricey - but you would have to travel a distance to go somewhere else). While the rooms at the Lodge are nice, we prefer the roomier, cozy cottage style rooms even though you have to walk a very short distance to access the Lodge. Some of the cottages are split into three seperate accomodations: two downstairs units and one larger upstairs unit that has a seperate bedroom. We opt for the larger, more quiet, upstairs unit and it costs us about the same as a large room at the lodge - but it offers a seperate bedroom, an electric fireplace, a balcony, and a microwave and sm.refrigerator. There are also other smaller, intimate cottages with just one room and I believe some with two rooms. I know the spring/summer time is more popular, and the Lodge has so many activities as well during those times, for us we prefer the quieter winter season and all that the Lodge has to offer. It does take about a one hour drive on a two lane road to Yosemite Valley, but we plan our trip and see Yosemite on the way to Tenaya Lodge and on our return from the Lodge, because there is so much to do at the Lodge, as well as a really nice, free sno-park about 2 miles away. It has become such a nice family tradition for us, and Yosemite in the snow is such an Awesome site.