We stayed 2 nights in cottage 703 (the cabins behind the Ahwahnee). You walk out the door of your cottage and are less than 100 yards from the Merced River. There is a family of deer that hang out in the morning and evening as well. We had breakfast and dinner at the restaurant there. The food was great and the staff was very helpful and friendly. While it's not cheap to stay at the Ahwahnee, you can't get a much better location!