Submitted: June 8, 2011
Stayed: May 2011
When we stopped by the nearby ranger station to ask for directions and suggestions, the employees seemed shocked that we were staying in the Bass Lake area. It isn't off the main drag or super close to Yosemite. However, it is beautiful as it is remote. Located off a series of rural roads (not nearly as complicated as Google Maps makes it seem) and cut off from cell phone service (we had AT&T and T-Mobile, and I'm glad we printed out the directions) you are truly out in the woods. If you're connected to your iPhone or BlackBerry--or are just on a deadline where you need to check voicemail or email--you might want to stay elsewhere. But once we got used to the idea of being off the grid, we really enjoyed our time tucked away in the forest within earshot of a roaring creek. The cabin is spacious and well-equipped--not modern but not lacking in any way. There is not only a ton of beds packed into each of the rooms but also a pack-and-play and children's bed. The kitchen has all the pots, pans, and staples you cold ask for. And there's also plenty of wood for the pot-belly stove, which we loved. We also loved the huge windows in the living room, providing plenty of light, making the public space feel extra airy, and framing an incredible view when we woke up to a dusting of snow. I could imagine nice outdoor meals and hanging out time on the plentiful outdoor furniture, but we spent most of our visit in Yosemite (a not-short-but-easy 30-minute drive to the South Entrance). If you don't mind driving, the cabin is an ideal spot and a great value for sharing lovely breakfasts, preparing nice packed lunches, and coming home for nice family dinners before crashing out and doing it all over again.
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 6/6
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