My husband and I recently stayed here for the second time, and our love for this old-fashioned place is now cemented. The location (10 miles south of Yosemite's Mariposa Grove entrance) is fantastic for exploring the park, but the super-friendly staff, the rustic atmosphere, the forest view and the sleepy resident cats are what make the experience. The food at the steakhouse restaurant is SO good--not cheap, but you really do get what you pay for here (the portions are huge), and come on, it's Yosemite National Park: if you've come for a truly budget break and you're *not* camping, you need to adjust your expectations. (On that note, I think this is where some of these other reviewers are experiencing issues to be honest...)
The one thing I would say is that for the best experience, I'd *strongly* recommend booking one of the rooms in the front building, that open out onto either the front or back veranda (with the latter being our personal choice for the greater privacy). These rooms are by far the best furbished, and sitting out on the porch with a glass of wine after hiking your legs off in the park is just the nicest thing.
This is only place we'd consider staying near Yosemite :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sierra Sky Ranch is just 10 miles from Yosemite's southern entrance. Established in 1875, it was the first working cattle ranch in the area; in 1946 it was converted to a guest facility. Visitors come from all over the world for its simple, laid back atmosphere, and to taste the savory delights of the on-site steakhouse & saloon – The Branding Iron. Rustic yet comfortable, this 100-year-old converted mountain ranch house is the perfect family getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sierra Sky Ranch Hotel Oakhurst