By Natalie Zensius
The following article is the first of many to come, written by a local expert who can provide an authentic and unique perspective of the Yosemite Mariposa County destination.
Copperlodge Vacation Rental
When guests choose our vacation rental home in Mariposa, California, most do so because of its close proximity to Yosemite National Park. Yet they often tell me upon departure that they wished they’d had more time to enjoy our house, property and the surrounding area. They’ve come to realize that in addition to Mariposa County being home to Yosemite–one of the most desired tourist locations in the world–it’s also a worthwhile destination unto itself.
The holidays commemorate a coming together with friends and family to appreciate life’s gifts and enjoy quality time. It also happens to be a magical time to be in the Sierra Nevada foothills. So, why not combine the two? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider a “staycation” at a vacation rental in Mariposa County for your upcoming celebration.
Tip: Ask your host to provide you with an inventory of serving dishes, utensils, kitchen supplies and tools. They should also be able to tell you what cooking basics are on hand, such as herbs, spices, and condiments. This tip is especially helpful for the food-focused Thanksgiving celebration!
Tip: Check your host’s listing to make sure they are able to accommodate your group. Also, review photos to see sleeping configurations and how the house balances togetherness and privacy.
Tip: Ask your host to provide you with Mariposa’s grocery stores and holiday hours, as well as a list of restaurants in the area with their hours. You can also see a schedule of Mariposa County and Yosemite events here.
Tip: Check with your host to see if they welcome pets and if they require an additional deposit for doing so. Consider bringing extra towels and blankets for wiping off muddy paws.
Tip: Check out each listing to see pictures and descriptions of what the property offers. Use the search filters on Airbnb or VRBO to find the kind of home and experience you’re looking for.
Tip: Visit the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce website to see a directory of local businesses. Also check out Made in Mariposa, for a list of locally produced artisanal gift ideas.
Tip: Do an outdoor activity you like in the morning, then visit the The Ahwahnee Hotel and relax in front of the massive stone fireplaces with a book and a warm beverage.
Tip: This lodging link gives a good overview of available vacation rentals in each part of the county.
Stockton Creek Preserve / Photo Credit: David Hunter
Tip: Mariposa Hiking Adventures: Day Hikes in the Foothills near Yosemite National Park can help you find wonderful trails in Mariposa County. Each hike described includes the location, difficulty, length, elevations and approximate time it takes to walk round-trip.
Tip: Most of Mariposa County is low enough in elevation that it often has mild weather in the fall, enabling you to be outside with ease during the day. Bring a variety of clothing you can layer, plus waterproof boots, to offset cool or wet weather so you can be comfortable.
The Bottom Line
Mariposa County has a wide variety of vacation rentals that are not only the ideal base camp for a visit to Yosemite National Park, but there are great places for you to make memories with your family and friends this fall and winter holiday season in a beautiful Sierra foothill setting.
Natalie Zensius, and her husband Jon, own Copperlodge vacation rental. When not renting it out, they spend as much time with family and friends there as possible. Copperlodge is located in Mariposa, CA.
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