My girlfriend and I did a weekend Yosemite trip from San Francisco. We left from SFO around 7:30pm and didn't want to drive all the way to Yosemite Friday night, but most B&B's have a 2 night minimum. The Apple Blossom Inn didn't require that and was very competitively priced, so we gave it a shot. So we stayed in Oakdale Friday night, hiked in Yosemite on Saturday, got engaged :-) , and then drove through Oakhurst and to Candy's B&B Saturday night.
I was a little skeptical of staying at a B&B -- we're in our mid 20's and the last time we stayed at a highly rated B&B on San Juan Island (Washington), it seemed over-produced and we felt out of place. Maybe we just got lucky, but our stay at the Apple Blossom was nothing like that -- we happened to have the place to ourselves due to a rare lull in reservations and a last-minute cancellation. We figured out our way into the hot tub Saturday night and enjoyed a post-hike soak. We stayed in the Red Delicious room which was large and comfortable with a private bathroom. Do note that the other two rooms in the main house don't have their bathrooms attached.
The best part though, by far, was the next morning -- Candy is a retired network engineer from San Francisco who got out after the dot com bust. She's super friendly, talkative, and down to earth. Her homemade apple sauce and blossom-shaped pancakes were amazing -- really really delicious. She's got a million stories and clearly loves what she does. Her 18-month old dog/puppy named Beewa (sp?) is adorable and we had a lot of fun playing with her after breakfast. On our way out, she gave us a bottle of homemade honey from their honey bees. We haven't tried it yet, but it was a really nice memento.
If you're looking for a smaller B&B with reasonable prices, good privacy, awesome food, and a cool down-to-earth host, don't pass up the Apple Blossom Inn. We'll definitely be back for anniversaries to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An award winning romantic Bed and Breakfast Inn situated on 5.5 acres near Yosemite National Park. The inn sits in the midst of an organic apple orchard, spa and gardens. Special care is given to guest privacy as rooms are situated in a way that it may seem that you have the whole house to yourselves. Gourmet Apple Blossom breakfasts utilizing apples grown in the orchard are served each morning in the "Deliciously" decorated dining room or out on the sunny spa deck. ... more less
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