It was our first-ever visit to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon just before the 4th of July and we wanted it to be special … and we wanted to be as close as possible to the South Entrance (on California 198) because we planned to leave by the North Entrance to travel on to Yosemite. We had no idea what accommodations were available in the small town of Three Rivers, though there were several properties on TripAdvisor. None sounded very exciting. With a recommendation from another inn that was already booked in early March, we decided on the Rio Sierra Riverhouse and we’re certainly glad that we were able to spend two nights in this lovely old “cottage” on the banks of the Kawaeah River that flows out of Sequoia. With our windows open each night, the sound of the river was a pleasant way to fall asleep. River Sierra is not a B&B, but there was a great diner/bakery just up the road (We Three Bakery) that served a marvelous fresh breakfast each morning on our way into the park. As my wife said afterward, staying at the Sierra Riverhouse was like staying in a friend’s cottage Up North in Michigan. Mars Roberts, the owner who is lovingly restoring this three-story house perched on the hillside overlooking the river, was charming and couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome in her home. She has fire pits, tables, chairs, awnings and more dotted in various places so guests can lounge in the evening, sip a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the beautiful mountains. If you want “modern,” there’s a chain motel just south of town. But if you want comfort and a warm welcome, we can highly recommend the Rio Sierra Riverhouse.