Chef and proud co-owner Steve makes great breakfasts here - not huge, but gourmet! This big-hearted Southerner will accomodate any reasonable requests, to make your stay happier. The Inn is off a paved loop road from the main highway, ensuring quiet sleeping at night under a big starry sky. Most guests will, we suspect, head off to Yosemite National Park for the day, but a little-known secret that Steve will reveal is that Evergreen Lodge, about 20 miles away on the road to Hetch Hetchy, offers gourmet dinners, with an outside patio too.
We stayed in a ground-level room in the new Ahwanee wing. As promised, it was shaded and cool in temperature, even during the heatwave. The air-conditioning, when needed, was modern, easy to adjust, relatively quiet, and highly effective. The bed was just firm enough, as we like them, not mushy. The bathroom has a dark-sensitive night-light, something that all hotels and B-and-B's should have. Water was hot (when required) and plentiful. The sunflower-shaped shower head does a good job. Children are allowed, and we did hear them overhead, but only momentarily.
The open deck outisde our room served well for eating alfresco breakfasts with a sense of privacy, delivered to us PROMPTLY (the staff knock on your door) at 8 am. (If you stay in the main house, you will probably dine with other such guests at breakfast; if you stay in the Ahwanee wing, you will probably be served breakfast to your room.) Presumably, the early time is to allow people a good head start on the drive to Yosemite, a park that cannot provide overnight accomodation for all of its visitors. If you don't want to dine outside, then you can always dine inside at the large table with two chairs, (There was also a fridge.)The friendly staff at Blackberry can clean your room a little later if you're not the first out on the road. WiFi should prove adequate for most needs (it's a satellite connection). The two resident cats may gently demand your attention outdoors for grooming purposes. Parking is on-site and paved and sufficient. Birdwatching from your rocking-chair should be good (we saw quail, woodpeckers, even a black-headed grosbeak). A local three-meals family restaurant is just a half-mile away. Further food is available roughly 10 miles west in Groveland, which has a surprisingly good English tea room, among other things (but check their hours).
This is the best B-and-B that we have found in 5 years of staying at B-and-B's, not all of which we reviewed. Given time and money, we will return to this peaceful and comfortable property in the mountains. Yosemite is within an hour's drive, making the location overall a very good one.
We have only one suggestion to improve the experience, which Steve might think unnecessary considering the large bathtubs. That is, we would like to see a big California-style outdoor hot tub for night-time bathing under the stars after a long day of hiking in Yosemite. Children excluded, of course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to simple pleasures and total comfort in your home away from home. The Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast is a romantic country farmhouse surrounded by National Forest, with a wraparound porch and hundreds of hummingbirds that visit daily. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blackberry Inn At Yosemite Hotel Groveland