I bring my telescope?
Yes! Since the sky shine
is minimal it is a great place to sharpen your skills. We have a
couple of amateur astronomers who visit the ranch frequently. Be
sure to pick a time with a new moon! And stargazing while soaking
in the hot tub is an absolute must particularly after an exhausting day
in the park.
What kind of activities are available in the area?
To name a few - horseback
riding, rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, golfing, ice skating,
and skiing are all available.
For whitewater rafting visit
For horseback riding visit www.yosemitetrails.com.
For hiking visit www.yosemitehikes.com.
For professionally guided hiking adventures and
naturalist walking tours in Yosemite, visit www.yexplore.com.
For fishing visit www.sierraflyfisher.com.
For golfing visit www.rivercreekgolfcourse.com.
For ziplining visit www.YosemiteZipTours.com.
For wine tasting visit www.castooakswine.com.
Please be advised...if you are planning on hiking Half Dome, you will need a permit. And be aware that there are closer places to stay if you plan on hiking Half Dome. You need to begin the +/-12-hour hike early enough to get off the trail before dark.
How equipped are the
kitchen and bathroom?
The kitchen is well equipped
for most gourmet cooks unless you are Wolfgang Puck. Besides
the typical stove top and oven, there is a small microwave oven, garbage disposal, toaster, dishwasher, lots of pots and pans, dishes and utensils for 8, coffee maker, refrigerator with ice maker, and wine and champagne glasses. We also provide ground coffee, coffee filters, tea, dish soap, salt, pepper, and sugar. There are also a few condiments left by previous guests, but if you need something in particular, it would be best to shop prior to your arrival.
As for the bathroom, there is a hairdryer and bathroom amenities such as bath/hand soap, shampoo/conditioner and lotion. We also provide toilet paper.
Can I go out to dinner
rather than cook?
Yes, there are several great
restaurants in the area. A few of our favorites in the charming town of Mariposa
are Savoury's, 1850 Restaurant and Charles Street Dinner House. If you are looking for a culinary
delight, you will find Erna's Elderberry House in Oakhurst a fabulous spot - visit www.chateausureau.com.
It is an award winning 5-diamond restaurant that has been voted one of
the top two restaurants in all of California. Although it is expensive,
it is an experience that could become an annual event!
Can I pick up groceries
near the ranch?
It is best to pick up groceries
in town before heading for the ranch. Pioneer Market in the town of Mariposa should have most of your needs. There are also two large grocery stores in Oakhurst - Raley's and Von's. However, if you do forget something basic there is a convenience store down the road about 15 minutes from
Is the pool seasonal?
The pool is available year round, although it is unheated so gets more use during the summer months.
What is your cleaning policy prior to departure?
All we ask is that you leave the premises as you found them in a neat and tidy condition, with the dishes clean and put away (or loaded in the dishwasher).
you have air-conditioning?
Yes, we do have air-conditioning. However, since we have very low humidity, we recommend opening up at night in order to benefit from the fresh air and cooler night breezes. This is probably an inappropriate place to stay if you need to run the AC 24/7.
Is the ranch handicap
We are not wheelchair accessible.
There are stairs inside the house as well as outside. The facilites are not recommended for those with mobility issues, nor for those with a fear of heights (after all - it is a mountaintop!) :-)