Alpine Escape — Inside Park Gates — A/C and WiFi – Home 2290071 Apartment
- 1 bedroom
- 4 sleeps
- 10 nights min stay
Alpine Escape — Inside Park Gates — A/C and WiFi – Home 2290071
- 1 bedroom
- sleeps 4
- 10 nights min stay
Apartment / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4
- Child Friendly
- Car essential
- Air conditioning
- No pets allowed
Description from owner
Need a relaxing refuge to retreat to after a day of adventuring among the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? Our warm and inviting home is located inside the park gates equidistant from the celebrated features of Yosemite: the namesake Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and 800 miles of hiking trails. Over and over guests tell us that when they come back at the end of the day, they feel like they are coming home.
Finished in 2010, Alpine Escape is an 840 square foot (78 square meter), one-bedroom apartment. You will enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size, quality appliances, granite countertops and a full complement of cooking equipment (pots, pans, coffee maker, blender, and so on). Knotty alder cabinets in the kitchen, bath and bedroom and knotty alder doors and trim throughout give a warm feel to the home. We live upstairs in our own apartment while you have the ground floor with a completely separate entrance.
For your comfort, we have central heat (propane) and a gas fireplace to keep you warm in winter and air conditioning (Fujitsu mini-splits) to keep you cool on the rare very hot days we have.
The living/dining area has a table for four, a large sofa and a 47" flat-screen television for watching movies from our DVD collection (news junkies beware: we do not receive a broadcast signal). The bedroom features a queen bed with a built-in knotty alder closet. An alcove off the living room provides bedding for up to two additional guests on a daybed and pullout trundle with comfortable memory foam mattresses (no miserable pullout sofa beds!). The trundle is at floor level, so it is great for younger kids, but perhaps not so great for older adults! Alpine Escape is the perfect size for a couple or a family with one or two children. We have even (rarely) hosted a group of 4 adults.
Outside you have a small, covered patio by the entrance that is just enough sit under while grilling on the gas grill, reading a book or breathing in Yosemite.
We are near the end of a quiet street, the perfect starting point for an evening stroll. Some winter mornings, we've woken to the laughter of young kids happily sledding down the road in front of our house (and observant parents keeping their eyes open for the occasional vehicle). There are places nearby to go for walks with excellent birding and wildflowers, including what may be the best display of Evening Primroses in the entire park right in our front yard (in the early 1900s the Evening Primroses were a major attraction in Yosemite Valley and the subject of some of the first hand-tinted color photos ever taken, but there are now only a handful scattered around the Valley). A network of running and hiking trails surrounds the neighborhood.
But of course, you are coming to Yosemite for the soaring granite cliffs, massive sequoia trees and tremendous views. Yosemite West is located inside the park entrance, and sits near an intersection of the roads leading to the park's most famous features: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These popular park destinations are all within 15-18 miles (30-35 minutes) from Yosemite West in three different directions. The Badger Pass ski area is only seven miles away providing access to Yosemite's winter wonders, including XC ski and snowshoe trails, as well as lift-served skiing and snowboarding. If you're looking to eat out, the famous restaurants of Yosemite Valley are about 30 minutes away, while the Wawona Hotel, which welcomed Theodore Roosevelt on his 1903 trip to Yosemite, is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction.
We also pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge of the park and our willingness to share that knowledge. Since 1985, we have been coming to the park for the world-class rock climbing and have been living here full time since April 2003. We're hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers and wildflower enthusiasts and general naturalists. We have worked as Assistant Manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School running the hiking program (Theresa), a park ranger (Tom), ski instructors (both). Through those experiences, and through helping our guests over the years, we have wealth of information that we are willing to share to help you make the most of your time in Yosemite whether it's a couple of days or a couple of weeks!
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
Bed & bathroom
- Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
Beds in other rooms: 2 Twin beds
- 1 Full bath
- Wireless Internet
- Air conditioning
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- DVD player
- Stereo system
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
Interaction with guest
- Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
- This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
24 hours after booking
100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.
2 weeks before
No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.
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About the owner
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- 1 hour 54 minutes
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- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Dec 2018
- Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English
– based on 49 reviews
- Very Good
“Oasis of comfort in Yosemite West”
The hosts were great. The location was great. The apartment was clean, well equipped and spacious. We had an amazing time, just wish we could have stayed longer. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
“It is as wonderful as it looks”
This property is as spacious, comfortable, and clean as it looks in the pictures. It was a perfect place to come back to each day after incredible hikes and sight seeing.
“A perfect Yosemite home away from home”
Tom and Theresa's place is sparkling clean, modern, comfortable, and thoughtfully designed and stocked (spices, coffee, Dvd's, games, and a little welcome gift). My husband and two young children stayed at alpine Escape for just a weekend, but were very impressed with the space and everything provided. It is about half an hour away from Yosemite valley which was perfect for us to be away from the crowds and come home to what felt like our own private and peaceful sanctuary. Tom and Theresa were very easy to communicate with prior to our arrival, provided some tips for hikes with our young children, and were a great pleasure to meet as well! We are definitely coming back to Yosemite and would love to stay here again!
We had a great time in Yosemite and it was the highlight of our trip around California. Staying at Tom and Theresa's helped to make it great - they are so hospitable and friendly and the apartment is lovely - it really does have everything you need. Toms advice on where to go and what to do was brilliant - we loved staying there, a little bit outside Yosemite Village, but really good in terms of location. It was warm (important in apri with snow on the ground!!) and really comfortable. I would highly recommend to anyone going to Yosemite to stay in Tom and Theresas.
Not only are you located within a national treasure, you'll have great accommodations and very friendly, knowledgeable hosts. The apartment is very nice and is bigger than it looks. All incidentals are provided and there's plenty of room to cook if you choose. Tom & Theresa are excellent hosts and are an abundance of knowledge on the park and what it offers. Location is central to all that Yosemite has to offer.
“Fantastic Yosemite Getaway”
My family and I stayed at this property over President's weekend and we couldn't have been more pleased. The house is incredibly clean and nice, with hardwood laminate floors, granite counter tops, new appliances, a lovely bath area, and a washer/dryer. The home's owners live upstairs and couldn't have been more welcoming. During our first evening we got snowed in, but Tom and Theresa made us forget that we had even wanted to go skiing by helping us find the perfect location to sled with our kids and also introducing us to some families so the kids could all play together in the snow. I've stayed at other Yosemite West locations, but never one as clean and nice as this one or with such gracious hosts. We will definitely come again soon!
“A+ for Hospitality”
Can't say enough about Tom and Theresa and their beautiful accomodations in the heart of Yosemite National Park. I had several questions from soup to nuts and Tom was available to answer them every step of the way. Traveling into the mountains in the dead of winter with a two year old is no small feat, and Tom was able to guide me in the preparation process. Their home had everything you needed for an extended stay, brand new appliances, washer/dryer, 47 inch flat screen, besides being gorgeous and sparking clean. The beds were amazingly comfortable. We got a good nights sleep after a long day of fun in the snow, ready for more the next day. We can't wait to book with Tom and Theresa again for some spring time Yosemite fun.
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