Everything I read says to go to Silver City for the beautiful mountain views and general peace and remoteness from the world, and while that's all well and true, I think you should go to Silver City equally for the people who work there. There is a sign hanging in the restaurant that says "Hands to work, Hearts to God" and it couldn't be more befitting for the staff at Silver City.
I wasn't too happy when I awoke to see 4" of unpredicted snow and realized all my impromptu plans for the memorial day weekend were spoiled as we were now stranded (little car, no chains) and a pair of sandals and porous fabric tennis shoes were all I had to wear. I really wanted out... But my humbug attitude didn't phase the staff more than to sincerely offer me a pair of boots off their own feet. (Praise God - one gal wore the same size and had an extra pair!) After a brief, impromptu but well sung worship service lead by Michael, the resorts general manager, I decided to take her up on the offer. I also had a major deadline at work to meet after returning so being snowed in also caused me concern there. The staff assured me they'd get my friend and I out on our planned checkout day, even if they had to put chains on the car and drive it down on our behalf or pull it out with a 4 wheel drive truck - all so I could relax and enjoy the stay. (Thankfully, the weather cleared and we were able to get out...but the offer did put me at ease)
I can honestly say, I haven't enjoyed hanging out in the snow as much as I did this weekend since I was very young...maybe ever. (I never was a fan of the snow...that's why I love and moved to Southern CA!)
The people - the staff - at Silver City have a peaceful joy and controlled zeal for what they do and no matter how cold it is outside, their presence warms you up. Thank you for a most memorable memorial weekend, my new friends!
If you like windy mountain roads with beautiful views, you will enjoy the 21 mile drive to the resort. But a word of caution to those, like me, who don't stomach switchbacks well - prepare yourself. It takes a good 60-90 minutes and you may wish to take some breaks to just stop and enjoy the view along the way. Eat some crisp apples, too, as they help calm the stomach.
My friend and I stayed in the Cozy Pines cabin and found it to be just that - cozy. It seemed a little small at first, but in the chilly weather it was a huge blessing because it meant much warmer quarters. The cabin had a full gas stove, kitchen sink, pots & pans, plates, cups, bowls, silverware, knives, and mid-sized refrigerator & freezer (separate doors). The cabin is heated with a small wood stove (they supply wood (pine), newspaper, and matches - if you want other amenities like a torch, lighter fluid or those special easy-to-light logs or something slower burning like oak, pack it in). The cabin has 3 gas-lamps in it that provide adequate light and are easy to light.
Pack your own sheets, towels (for kitchen & bath), and toiletries. The resort is very sustainability oriented and thus doesn't pick up the overhead of laundry services.
The bathrooms are located just across the drive way from cozy pines and have 2 showers, a bath tub, and 2 flushable toilets per unit (1 unit male, 1 female). They were clean and lit, but a little chilly in the cold weather.
Although there is electricity and wifi internet (satellite connection) at the store/restaurant, not all cabins have this amenity in them and since the resort is off the grid, electricity usage is limited. At least while I was there, they don't turn electricity (or thus internet) on until noon and the restaurant/store closes down at 8pm. So print your maps and plans for your trip in advance.
If you want to go remote, where nature, God, and personal relationships are the priority focus, Silver City is the place to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silver City Resort is a small boutique resort nestled deep in Sequoia National Park just minutes away from the breathtaking high altitude Mineral King Valley. What makes this destination so unique is that it shares its history with two of the oldest alpine settlements in the western United States. Within the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, Silver City Resort and the neighboring seasonal communities of Silver City and Mineral King, contain more chapters of shared human history than any other community in the High Sierras for over 130 years. Silver City Resort offers a truly unique mountain experience. Located 21 miles up Mineral King Road Silver City offers lodging away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourism. Silver City offers guests an authentic mountain experience perfect for families, avid hikers, adventure seekers, and people who love nature. We provide private cabins each with a fully stocked kitchen, including pots and pans, dishes, cooking utensils, baking bowls, cutlery, silverware, etc… We have beautiful spacious chalets with open beam ceilings, bathrooms and showers. If luxury is not your cup of tea we also have smaller family cabins and last but not least our rugged historic cabins. Whether you are an adventurer looking for lodging in Sequoia, or a family looking for a great getaway Silver City Mountain Resort offers lodging during the summer months in Sequoia National Park. Opening up Memorial Day weekend in May and closing in mid to late October depending on snow fall. Silver City also includes a small store and restaurant. The resort is located 21 miles up Mineral King Road in the little cabin communities of Silver City and near the beautiful Mineral King Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silver City Mountain Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park