|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This charming cabin in the high-desert shade of the eastern sierras features jaw-dropping views and access to the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sleeping accommodations include one large bedroom with queen-sized bed and small connected office, one bunk-bed room ideal for two children, and an extra twin bed in the living room. A full bathroom includes combined tub and shower. The living area is contiguous with dining and kitchen areas to create a spacious great-room under exposed-timber rafters and clerestory windows. It is from this living area that outstanding views of the highest peaks are had. Sit at the dining table with your morning coffee, gaze out the picture window, and scout your ascent of Mt. Whitney and the adjacent summits!
The fully equipped kitchen (four-burner propane stove with oven and broiler, large stainless-steel sink, full sized refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, utensils, tableware) includes stacked washer and dryer for in-home laundry.
A stone-constructed, wood-burning fireplace stands in the center of the great-room separating the living and kitchen areas (firewood provided). Central heat keeps the cabin warm on chilly nights, and an evaporative ('swamp') cooler keeps the house comfortably cool on even the hottest summer days.
The one-acre parcel is adjacent to an unimproved parcel on the south, noiseless or non-resident neighbors on the north and east, and national forest and other public lands land on the west, creating perfect calm, especially at night. A picnic table outside, with benches to seat six, makes a great spot for 'al fresco' dining.
A native of San Francisco, I was raised a city boy, but by the age of seven I was hiking, backpacking and climbing mountains. More than fifty years on I still love it. At age 8, I made my first trip to this area, and hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney in one day (uh, with adult supervision and on the main trail!). We visited Death Valley then too, and it was on that trip--to the highest and lowest points in the lower 48 states--that I fell in love with this other-worldly corner of the earth. Sierra Club trips were a big part of my youth, too. I also sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus until my voice changed. Our music director was an avid Sierra Club member and outdoors-woman. She introduced me to Norman Clyde, a famous mountaineer who made more first ascents of the Sierras than anyone. She also introduced me to Ansel Adams, the noted photographer, and by age 14 I felt plugged into the Sierra Nevada ethos. I continued to frequent the mountains as an undergraduate at Berkeley, and when graduate school and career moves took me to L.A., Paris, New York, and back to San Francisco, the mountains of California always called. Backpacking trips were on the agenda every year, to the Sierras or other high-altitude spots where we could rock climb, bag peaks, and fish, usually among close college friends. After moving to Pasadena (near Los Angeles) for work more than twenty years ago I eventually found this hideaway in the Eastern Sierras.
Ted Bosley purchased this cabin in 2006
Thanks to a college friend and a modest legacy from my mother, I was able to purchase this cabin near Lone Pine, perfectly situated an easy 3 1/4 hour-drive north of Los Angeles. My two kids--a son and daughter, now both in college--also like to bring their friends to experience the great outdoors here. With it's stupendous view it felt like an opportunity that comes around only once. For years I have told anyone who will listen that I'd sooner sell my main residence in the L.A. area than my little cabin in Lone Pine's Alabama Hills! (And this actually came to pass when I recently down-sized in town, in part so I could keep the cabin.)
There is nothing pretentious, precious, or grand about this 850 square-foot cabin--though it was sensitively designed as a Modernist retreat by a schooled designer--and one only needs to look outside to see what makes this place truly special. Because the view to the west is across public lands that cannot be developed, and because the weather cooperates much of the time, the pristine vistas of the mountains come as a humbling and reliable gift to those wise and adventurous enough to seek it out.
We have only good things to say about our stay. It was a very pleasant experience all around. The cabin's rural location was exactly what we're looking for, and although on the smaller size it worked perfectly for us (family of 5) and kept us together for the best family quality time. It's warm and cozy and well equipped with the atmost amazing views one can ask for. Also the owner was always very pleasant to work with, always patient, quick to respond to emails and on top of things. We had the most perfect vacation and can't wait to come again. Thank you Ted Bosley!
My family (2+3 kids) spent 4 days in the cabin. The house is absolutely perfect, very clean and well equipped.
We hiked everyday, following Edward's suggestions, Alabama hills, Mt Whitney, and Onion Valley. In addition, we went to Death Valley, which is about 2 hr drive from the house. Our kids played outside while my husband and I were preparing food for Thanksgiving dinner, and they couldn't get enough. Backyard has a decent size, small bushes which create some sort of a maze/ hiding spots.
What I love the most about this place is the silence amplified with stunning mountain view. I highly recommend this place. I hope we will be back there during spring.
It's rough around the edges but do you care when you can sit and gaze at The high peaks of the Eastern Sierra so close. The rosy glow of the sunrise on the peaks, and easy acsess to the fascinating Alabama Hills make for a great backdrop to any stay, History of hollywood golden movies filmed all around, coupled with short drives to great high level hiking trails, makes this a 5 star location.
Great helpful info from Ted. A great stay.
Terry and Marilyn Lewis here. Had a great time 10th through 17th. Did a lot of huffing and puffing above 10,000 ft. which made me realize my back packing days are over, as are car camping on the ground. Oy vey. Sorry it took so long to respond, but we got home to find the water heater had popped and our phone/internet pooped out. TV still worked, but after a week of no video I realize how bad it really is, never mind politics. Ugggg! Only trip of note was to Cerro Gordo. Been trying to get there for 35 yrs. Road had just been graded, so the trip up was okie-dokie, but what goes up must come down. 4500ft vertical in 7.5 mi. I prayed I wouldn't melt the brakes on Marilyn's Hyundi Tucson. A real white knuckle nail biter. Now on to the house noteables. We know the area well (been coming up since the late 50's) so it was fallin' off a log easy to find the place. Key was there, place was very clean, swamp cooler was a godsend, everything was as good as could be expected, but there were a few things such as: one night I was out bar-b-que-ing when the drip irrigation came on. One bubbler over by the wood pile was sputtering and hissing like some extraterrestrial hell cat. It was about 10sec. of hair raising what in God's name is that! until the water started to flow. Adrenaline is the new meth. Also, one trash can was full. We got it out and put the rest out on Sat as per instructions. There was a bag of recyclables at the back door. Did not know what to do so I put them in the other can and added to it as where we live co-mingling trash and recycle is punishable by punishment. I don't wanna know. As to telling others about the place, yeah, I might if I really liked'em, it's just that I'm leery about telling people where the gold is. One last. We're foodies, rarely eat out. The Teflon skillets are shot. If we do this again, (high probability event) we have a lot of fine cookware the kids didn't want that's either going to charity or you. We'll see. Thank you Mr. Ted Bosley and VRBO! Happy trails.
Cute house walking distance to the boulders of Alabama Hills. Swamp cooler worked fine in July and cooled the house quickly. The owner Ted has virtually everything a guest could need - fully stocked refrigerator and spices and a handy washer and dryer. Ted was great about communication. Highly recommend!
Very comfortable (thank goodness for the swamp cooler), well appointed. Great views and easy access to day hiking -if don't mind driving half and hour or somewhat more and don't mind high elevation hiking. Excellent communication from the owner.
A hiker's, mountaineer's, and rock climber's paradise, the Sierra Nevada are seen at their most breathtaking from Lone Pine, where a 10,000 ft. granite escarpment rises abruptly from the Owens Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney (highest in the lower 48 states). The jagged Sierra crest presents classic alpine vistas, and its heights can be accessed from Whitney Portal (8,200 ft. elev.), a 20-minute drive from the property. A host of high-country hikes and climbs are within 20-40 min. driving distance of the property. Rock climbing (bouldering and sport climbing) can be found a short drive from the property, while trad climbing and all-season mountaineering are accessed from Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadow (10,000 ft. el.) or from winter road closures.
The nearby town of Lone Pine (6 minute-drive), has a full range of services and attractions on its Western-themed main street. The population of about 2,000 includes ranchers, artists, retirees, movie stars, and a diverse palette of interesting folks from all walks of life. The adjacent Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation contributes to the rich culture of the area.
In lively exhibits, the recently-opened Lone Pine Film History Museum (Main Street, south end of town) documents the love affair between Hollywood and the unique rock formations of the nearby Alabama Hills. Countless films have been made here since the 1920s (Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne), and continue to be made today (Django Unchained, Iron Man, Tremors, etc.). The Lone Pine Film Festival (three days in mid-October) is a 'must' for Western film buffs. A drive along well-graded (though unpaved) Movie Road takes you to the dusty wagon trails where the good guys shot it out with the bad guys.
Among the restaurants in town my personal favorite is Seasons (Main Street, at the traffic light), which features unexpectedly sophisticated and delicious seared ahi, Cervena elk medallions, and thick, juicy lamb chops. And the wine list is better than it needs to be. Reservations are recommended in peak season. For more casual dining (and fresh-baked bread) the Alabama Hills Cafe is a great stop, just west of Main Street on Post. The Merry-Go-Round serves delicious Chinese food.
For sheer entertainment value, Gardner's True-Value Hardware (a block north of Seasons on Main Street) is an old-fashioned ironmonger that's well worth a detour. I never leave disappointed. Lloyd's Western Wear (look for Frosty, the horse) is where you'll get your cowboy hats and pearl-snap shirts. Elevation, the climbing-gear store, stocks what you'll need for sending routes in the boulders or mounting expeditions among the peaks.
Less than a two-hour drive southeast of Lone Pine brings you through scenic desert mountains to historic Death Valley, where extremes of heat and aridity have challenged human visitation for centuries. In summer, temperatures routinely reach 120F, but relief for today's traveler is close by at the landmark Furnace Creek Inn's air-conditioned bar. Historic home to 20-Mule Team Borax, Death Valley offers jaw-dropping desert beauty: brilliantly-colored, mineral-rich cliffs, shifting sand dunes (some as high as 700 ft.), and highly-adapted wildlife--amazing survivors that can be spotted occasionally by the observant trekker. The lowest point in North America is here, too, at Badwater, 282 ft. below sea level. Abandoned mining towns dot the area in mute testimony to the boom and (mostly) bust of the past 160 years, but the real history here is geologic. Look for dry falls, volcanic cones, craters, and alluvial fans miles wide. Bring water.
Clear, dry air in the Eastern Sierras creates ideal conditions for star-gazing, particularly on moonless nights. The Milky Way is easily seen, with all the major constellations and planets (among the 'billions and billions' of other celestial bodies). If you're under a full moon, spooky rock formations and easily-seen trails will call out to your night-walker self.
For architecture buffs, a classic modernist house designed by the Austrian-born Richard Neutra is just around the corner from the subject property. The Arts & Crafts-style Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery--a delightful picnic spot--is also worth a visit (about 20 minutes north of Lone Pine on US Highway 395).
For devotees of history and culture, the Japanese-American War Relocation Camp at Manzanar, now a National Park Service interpretive site, is not to be missed (ten minutes north of Lone Pine on 395). This outstanding site interprets the humbling story of the internment of more than 10,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Surviving alumni of the Manazar internment camp make a pilgrimage to the site each April.
The high desert and alpine reaches of the Sierras are not for the meek or sedentary, but those who appreciate the sublime scenery that drew naturalist John Muir, photographer Ansel Adams, and writer Mary Austin will find paradise in this spectacular corner of the West.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
A cleaning fee of $90 is required. Additional housecleaning visits may be required for longer stays.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.