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Blackberry Inn at Yosemite
Ranked #1 of 6 Groveland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 10, 2010

We spent 3 nights in the Bramble Rose room after spending 3 nights in a very noisy hotel in San Francisco so we truly appreciated the peace, quiet, and sounds of nature. Our room was very large and the bed SO comfortable. We had two recliners in a sitting area in our room where we played cards and read books in the evening. The sitting room has a great selection of books on the area, menus for restaurants, and games & cards. We also used the wine glasses and sat on the front porch to watch the hummingbirds at sunset. Steve is one of those people who loves what he does and it shows. He goes above and beyond to make sure all his guests have everything they need without being obtrusive. He gave us great tips on hikes and dining and served an amazing breakfast. On our last morning we were the only guests left so the two of us were served on his lovely deck overlooking the property. You are given a book with everything you'd need for Yosemite to take with you and leave in the room when you go, so helpful! He filled our water bottles for the park each morning and provides a computer for checking email, making reservations, etc. Free wifi in the rooms too! He also showed us the 2 new rooms which were amazing...both with giant soaking tubs! The house is immaculate and the quality of bedding and bath linens were so much nicer than you'd find in any hotel. The one thing I will note is that it is quite a distance to get to the Yosemite Valley. We planned ahead and brought a chance of clothes with us so we could hike during the day and then enjoy the restaurants in the park for dinner without having to make the 45-min each way return to the Inn. Also if you get a chance to go over to Hetch Hetchy it is a more rustic but lovely part of the park. Eat dinner at the Evergreen Lodge over there....awesome!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2010

Stayed for 2 nights on a trip to Yosemite. The location of the Inn is great, the room was tastefully decorated , extra clean, good bed with firm mattress. The breakfast(s) were delicious, freshly prepared every morning. Owners ( Steve & Alexandra ) are great hosts, Steve is very knowledgeable about the area, willing to help with ideas on how to spend your day in and around Yosemite. The bottom line: I traveled extensively internationally all 5 continents, this is a GEM and would ( hopefully will ) return anytime.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2010

We just returned from our two night stay at The Blackberry Inn and have already booked our next stay! The accomodations are lovely, the food was excellent, the conversations with other guests wonderful and Steve and Alex go above and beyond to meet any needs you may have. Genuine hospitality at it's best!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

We searched for ages to find reasonably priced accommodation around Yosemite National Park, and were more than delighted with the Blackberry Inn. Steve is a wonderful host, a real 'people person' who is genuinely interested in his guests and in ensuring they get the most out of their stay. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Breakfasts were amazing, served round one table so you could meet the other guests. There is a lovely porch with feeders for the hummingbirds.

An electric kettle and tea / mugs / biscuits were always available - you just helped yourself. There is a lovely spacious guest lounge upstairs, with a fridge where you can keep wine, and also glasses and a corkscrew. Lots of books, maps and info about the park too. Fresh baked cookies and water are place in your room. We stayed in the Briar Rose room upstairs (there were only 3 rooms in the main house when we stayed, but Steve is extending) and it was wonderfully spacious and comfortable. This was the best value accomm in our whole 14-day trip to California! Plenty of towels and wardrobes with lots of hanging space.

Although I cannot fault the Inn, and it was in fact one of the nearest places to stay for Yosemite, I would just caution visitors to the park about the driving distances and times involved. On paper, the distances don't look much but the twisting roads and speed limits mean that it always takes longer to get park attractions than you think, so allow plenty of time to get to there and then allow enough time to enjoy it when you do! My best advice would be to add 1 or 2 days on to the time you were originally intending on going for - we stayed 2 nights and it was not long enough.

Factor in your eating options too - there are not too many of them, and although a 20 mile trip to Groveland for dinner doesn't sound too far, after a hard day's hiking sometimes you are looking for something close by. We did eat at the Buck Meadows Restaurant (just a 2 min drive from the Inn) but the food was shocking - so bad in fact that we didn't pay for one of the main courses. The beer was good though.

All in all, the Blackberry Inn and Steve were a real find and we can't recommend them highly enough.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

My wife and I needed to get out of Sacramento, and decided Yosemite was the place to go. I found the blackberry inn online, was told by a friend that they had heard good things about it, so we took our chances. I'm glad we did!
We've been to B&B's before, throughout Napa, NorCal and close to other state parks, etc. Most are larger with 10+ rooms, offer the kindof service that myself and every other bus-full of guests get, and are average $250-$300/night. This place was WAY more affordable, it's got only a handful of rooms which are very cozy, clean and welcoming, and the personal touch is there that you just can't find at a conveyor-belt-style B&B. Steve and Alex were very friendly, the kind of folks who can carry a great conversation with anyone. The breakfast was great! The surroundings are secluded... just a great feel-at-home place!
Negatives: the room we were in had a great shower, but smaller tub. No big deal. The two newer rooms (which we will be back this year to try out!) have nice soaking tubs, so no worries there. The only other thing is that the fireplace is electric due to liability reasons (understandably!)... but that's it.
I would recommend this place to anyone looking for the personal touch of a very clean and comfy, like-home (or what you wish your home was like) stay!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

My wife and I stayed her in June. The in keeper was friendly and made us feel like we just walked into our own home. He showed us around the property and then asked us if we would like to hold hummingbirds. Of course we said yes and so he took us outside onto the porch were there were about 15 hummingbird feeders and at least 100 birds. He showed us a secret way to have them land on your hand and drink. It was an incredible experience!

The only downside is that you are about 40 minutes from the valley. But at least the drive in and out was beautiful.

Thank you for giving us a memory that we will never forget!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2009

Cannot think of one bad thing to say about the Blackberry Inn. The property is about as close as you can get to the park entrance. It sits on a beautiful property and is even prettier on the inside than on the outside.
We stayed in the downstairs room, though it's the smallest of the three, it was more than big enough for the two of us. The bed may be the most comfortable I've ever slept in. The bathroom was spotless with plenty of hot water. And fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the room daily are such a welcome treat!
But by far the most striking point of the Blackberry Inn is the service. On a scale of 1 to 10, Steve gets an 11 as a host. He went above and beyond in everyway to make sure we were comfortable and to help us with anything we were looking for. His breakfasts were amazing and beautfilly presented. The first morning was zuchinni quiche, low-fat turkey sausuage and a fresh biscuit. Fantastic! The second day we had a delicous southwest style omellette, with spiced tomoatoes on the side and a freshly made corn muffin. Both meals are followed with a serving a garnished fresh fruit. Steve even had snowshoe equipment for us, free of charge so we didn't have to rent them inside the park.
I could go on and on but you get the picture.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 7567 Hamilton Station Loop, Groveland, CA 95321-9766
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Location: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Groveland
Price Range: $150 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to simple pleasures and total comfort in your home away from home. The Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast is a romantic country farmhouse surrounded by National Forest, with a wraparound porch and hundreds of hummingbirds that visit daily. ... more   less 
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