My boyfriend and I needed a getaway after a grueling semester of grad school, and we decided (with a little help from Groupon) that a secluded cabin in the woods was the perfect way to relax. We stayed for three nights in a studio cabin at Long Barn Lodge, and it was a wonderful vacation!
We hit the timing on the nose to avoid the crowds, as we were there mid-week immediately before Memorial Day, so I can't speak to when things get busy, but we pretty much had the place to ourselves and it was very relaxing, indeed! The staff hit the perfect balance of helpful but not intrusive, and had a lot of good recommendations for hikes and attractions.
After reading some reviews on here, I came optimistic but prepared -- we brought our own french press and dish soap, for instance. However, we found the cabin to be clean, comfortable, and well appointed. The kitchen had everything we needed and nothing was dirty or damaged, and the staff was even accommodating enough to find us a bbq grill so we could cook out in the patio garden out front of our cabin. There was a nice, big dining table to spread board games out on. The bed linens and towels were in good shape and comfortable, and the bathroom and shower were a nice size and not dingy at all. Some of the features were a little outdated, I guess, (there was a VCR!) but we came for the rustic scenery, not the latest in tech.
The cabins were not as "secluded" as we had originally hoped -- I thought we'd be out in the woods with only the trees for company, and instead we were in a cute little neighborhood of what seemed to be mostly other vacation and summer cabins -- but there were a couple of nice woods walks just outside our door, and hiking around Pinecrest Lake or into the National Forest was only a 10-15 minute drive away. We also had dinner in a cute little place in Strawberry one night, and there seemed to be markets in either direction if we had needed to pick anything up.
I would definitely recommend Long Barn Lodge's cabins to someone wanting a comfortable home-base for a vacation in Stanislaus National Forest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Arena & Event Center is conveniently located off of Highway 108, Sonora Pass Highway in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our unique resort provides a wonderful family atmosphere for your family vacation, special occasion, group celebration or romantic getaway. Onsite, our boutique Ice Skating Arena is open to the public mid November until April, and also offers school skate field trips, fun fundraisers, birthday parties and private ice skating parties. Our one-of-a-kind facility includes 20 spacious motel rooms, 8 cozy cabins with kitchens, volleyball, horseshoes and a patio (with grill) overlooking the swimming pool. ... more less
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