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“Clouds Rest Cabin” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yosemite Vacation Homes

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Yosemite Vacation Homes
Monterey, California
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“Clouds Rest Cabin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2009

I have stayed everywhere that Yosemite has to offer since the early 60's, and as much as I would like to keep this gem to a few people... well... you know. Clouds Rest is an amazing place that allows you to come to touch those places inside of each of us that seem so far away in your everyday life. The environment is surpassed only by the owners, Noreen and Mark . I am sure there are similar experiences out there, but to have the owners living in the same area as the cabin, and then stroll by on their evening walk, and even better, turn out to be two of the coolest people in the world with all the knowledge of living in the Park... what could be better?

In short, nothing. The cabin is marvelously appointed, with great care given to the placement of windows for the amazing view you have from almost every angle. Their insight and stories are a blast if you get the chance to meet with them... and believe me that it would be tough to find a better morning view on the deck with your coffee anywhere in the valley.

All in all, an amazing little cabin perfect for two, with a modern kitchen, great master bath with soaking tub, and a master bedroom that has exquisite views and a super-comfy bed... oh and a deck where the stars always seem to cooperate.... If you are looking for a relaxing, noise-free way to enjoy the subtleties of Yosemite, then Clouds Rest is for you.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2009

Cloud's Rest is absolutely the best rental we've ever had (and we travel a lot). The pictures on their website (use google) makes it look nice, but it's even nicer than the pictures. Located, within Yosemite about 15 minutes from Yosemite Valley, there are distant views of Half Dome and El Capitan from the porch, dining room, and bedroom. The surroundings are magical. It's located on a gravel and dirt road off from the main park road, so an SUV is recommended especially if the weather is bad (we drove out in a snowstorm and were glad for 4 wheel drive).
The "cabin" is really much better described as a small house. Generous size, very well equipped and stocked kitchen with ample dining space. Also on the first floor is a good sized living room with a gas fireplace. There's a tv with satellite and a well stocked supply of DVD's and videos on the park. Upstairs is a lovely bedroom and nice bathroom and soaker tub. The entire house has wonderful light with big picture windows and lovely views.
Foresta itself is more a remnant of a town than an actual town because a forest fire went through over 20 years ago and most of the trees are new or skeletal.
The booking was made through VRBO, but with lots of personal attention from the owner Noreen. She was generous in providing advice in advance and when we were there and seemed to really care that we had a good time. I will definitely stay there again on my return to Yosemite.

  • Liked — Wonderful surroundings and well equipped accommidations
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  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2004

Yosemite Vacation Homes are a number of privately owned cabins approximately 7 miles from the valley. We stayed in CLOUD'S REST in March 2004. Noreen and Mark, the owners could not have been more helpful. The cabin consisted of a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, luxury bathroom and huge bedroom. It took about ten minutes to drive into the valley and the views from the cabin were spectacular. You can see across the valley with a distant view of El Capitan. Very quiet and peaceful, highly recommended!

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Additional Information about Yosemite Vacation Homes

Property: Yosemite Vacation Homes
Address: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering unique vacation homes and cabins that are located inside the entrance gates of Yosemite National Park.With long lines common now almost every day from April to October at the entrance gates you can beat the crowds by staying inside Yosemite Park! ... more   less 
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Yosemite Vacation Homes Hotel Yosemite National Park

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