I planned on visiting Yosemite National Park, but did not want to pay the prices to stay in the park. I looked on line for a nearby city that had hotels, and found Mariposa, which is about 30 miles from Yosemite, renting rooms at over $100.00 a night. I travel on a tight budget, so keep looking. I found Bear Creek Cabins in Midpines, CA, only 19 miles from Yosemite, that was less expensive than anything in Mariposa. I got a AAA discount, and booked on line. When I arrived and followed the signs for Bear Creek Cabins, I thought I was in the wrong place, as you have to dive through a section of "housing" that is old and run down; however, I followed the signs and found Bear Creek a bit further on. I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean and large room waiting for me. The manager, Lou Ann came right out, knew me by name, and had my paperwork ready. She and her husband are extremely friendly, and knowledgeable about the area, giving helpful hints for sightseeing and travel destinations in the area. The room had a small kitchen with a small dorm size refrigerator. The bathroom was clean and well stocked with soap and towels. The down side was that there was only a swamp cooler for air conditioning, and no central heating system, only a space heater to use. It gets cold in the mountains at night, and the first night was a bit chilly, but I managed. Midpines, while only 19 miles from Yosemite, takes about 45 minutes to drive, as the road is winding, and you need to drive either up or down from Yosemite to go anywhere. There are restaurants in Mariposa, another 10 miles up the road, but if you bring your own food, there are barbeques that are provided to cook on. Please be advised that there are bears and mountain lions in the area, as in Yosemite, so do not leave any food in your cars, and be careful taking a solitary walk after dark. The bed was firm and comfortable, with sheets that you would have on your bed at home, not commercially laundered ones that are stiff and scratchy. There is limited cell service, and the service is provided by Golden State Cellular. There is only one very fuzzy television channel, and if you need to get on the internet, you can take your laptop and sit near the office. There are only four rooms, two of them have double beds, the other two are suites with an upstairs.
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- Bear Creek Cabins Hotel Mariposa