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Making a Cabin Your Yosemite Mariposa County Base Camp

Yosemite National Park – American treasure, national park icon, dream destination for millions of travelers.  Typically, visiting the Yosemite Mariposa region requires planning well in advance, specifically when it comes to lodging. With international and interstate travel currently paused, the planning window has now swung wide open and there may never again be a better opportunity to book a Yosemite vacation rental weeks, even days in advance.

Plus, securing a vacation rental in the park, means you won’t have to secure a day use pass for entry. Your reservation is your park entry.

Even if you can’t stay in the park, there are hundreds of vacation rental properties available in Mariposa County. Value, extra space, safety, and an authentic, more personalized experience are some of the advantages.

Staying outdoors is important when visiting Yosemite Mariposa County, but with a place as nice as Boot’s Haven, spending time indoors isn’t half bad either.

Vacation Value

Vacation rentals offer high value. The price per square foot of space in a vacation rental almost always trumps multiple-unit lodging, and with functional kitchens, multiple private bedrooms and upgraded bathrooms there’s more room to spread out.  Home-cooked, gourmet meals and “BYO” drinks and libations add to the value.  Big families can “stay in their own bubble” under the same roof rather than having to book multiple hotel accommodations.

A place like Hansen Cabin could make for an unforgettable – and affordable – holiday.

Livin’ La Vida Local 

A vacation rental is a place of your own, offering authenticity and the feeling that you’re more closely tied into the local scene.  Often, vacation rentals are backed by the local expertise of an owner who can offer host-curated tips and recommendations on hiking trails, restaurants and markets.  Visit the weekly Mariposa Farmers’ Market for local, organic and fresh fruit and veggies, pop open a bottle of local wine, and craft your own version of Sierra cuisine in the comfort of your well-appointed kitchen.

Homes like Valerian Retreat near towns like Mariposa will have you feeling like you’re a local through your stay.

Travel’s New Rules

Today and for the foreseeable future, preserving a safe and comfortable distance between guests is one of travel’s key priorities.  With this new normal, vacation rentals are far more adaptable to social distancing considerations. Major rental platforms including Airbnb and VRBO are working on enhanced host cleaning initiatives similar to the hotel and lodging industry.  Properties aligned with these new protocols earn the right to display badges of compliance. Inquire about the safeguards your host is implementing.

Yosemite Refuge Vacation Rental Mariposa Lodging

Social distancing is made easy when you stay in your own rental home on vacation.

 This Weekend? No Worries!

A spontaneous, peak-season Yosemite getaway was pure fantasy until now.  With today’s extra availability and relaxed cancellation policies, vacation rentals have become a buyer’s market with fabulous properties available in the months, weeks… and even days ahead!

Top Tips to Find Your Perfect Stay

  • Pick a specific place for your base camp. Yosemite gateways like Mariposa, Coulterville, El Portal, Greely Hill and Fish Camp will put you minutes away from Yosemite National Park. Foresta is another excellent option that is actually within the national park boundary.
  • Do your homework. Guest reviews and ratings are valuable for making informed lodging choices and assuring vacation rental success.
  • Confirm cleaning and sanitization measures with your host. Are they part of a larger organization like Airbnb that have official programs, or if not, what are they doing to keep the property clean and safe for guests?
  • Leverage local knowledge – if possible, open up a dialogue with your host about tours and experiences to book before you arrive. After all, they are in the hospitality business! They may have specific recommendations that could save you time and money.

Ready to start your vacation planning?   The first step to setting up your Yosemite Mariposa base camp is going to Yosemite.com and checking out the hundreds of available vacation rental properties, many with detailed photo galleries.  Filter your search by region, budget, and type of vacation rental – cabin, condo, house, ranch homes – to discover your go-to vacation dream home.

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