Published on January 10, 2021

What a year. Can we agree it’s high time for your Yosemite winter getaway? The winter months in Yosemite make it a winter wonderland of granite and ice, towering trees frame the deep azure sky, made all the more magic by an overnight snowfall, Yosemite is really the perfect place to gather and celebrate the season.  Here are just a few of our favorite places to stay in Yosemite Mariposa during this time of year, where national park outdoor activities like cross country skiing and snowboarding, meet small-town charm and “chill. Skip the long lines at a crowded ski resort, or the muggy warm weather in a tropical destination, and breathe in the crisp air of Mariposa County on a Yosemite winter vacation. 

Yosemite Winter Escapes: #RVLife (Lite)

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Get a taste of #RVLife with a stay in a private and stylish AutoCamp trailer.

Do you Double-take when passing an Airstream on the highway and wonder what it would be like to take a road trip through the picturesque Yosemite Mariposa County?  Then include AutoCamp Yosemite on your short list for Yosemite winter vacation lodging.  A collection of stylish accommodations in aluminum Airstream suites and luxurious tents, AutoCamp Yosemite is located in foresty Midpines, just minutes from Yosemite National Park’s Arch Rock Gate on all-season Highway 140. Be sure to check requirements for tire chains before you depart!

AutoCamp’s caravan-in-place accommodations feature spa-inspired bathrooms with luxury amenities, chic interiors, and modern kitchens.  Private patios have grills and fire pits for nightcap conversations and s’mores. The mid-century modern Clubhouse serves as a social hub where guests can finish the evening on the  Stargazing deck (keep an eye out for Rudolph and the team) before turning in for a cozy night. Check here for special AutoCamp Special Offers.

California Dreamin’ on a Rustic Winter Vacation

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Enjoy plenty of fresh air at the spa at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort.

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort delivers a singular holiday lodging experience with a passionate Golden State vibe. The Bug’s range of accommodations is mind expanding, ranging from private sugar pine cabins with forest-view decks to timber-framed tent cabins built for glamping, not to mention a few vacation rentals: the hippie “Starlite House,” the “Hummingbird Cabin” (cozy, with a bird’s-eye view) and cowboy classic “Buckskin Ranch House.”  Adding to the Midpines property’s retro allure are the June Bug Café with city-bistro fare, and the Yosemite Health Spa with cedar rock sauna, spring water hot tubs, yoga  and massage treatments. The Bug is tucked into the Wild & Scenic Merced River canyon just off Highway 140 outside Yosemite National Park.

Bring The Whole Family On A Winter Vacation To Yosemite Mariposa

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Make Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite the winter basecamp for the whole family.

One of top family freindly resorts in the entire California Sierra, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the holidays. Everything is bigger and brighter, from the fresh 35-foot tannenbaum in the Grand Lobby to twinkling lights everywhere.  Carry the celebration outdoors with on-site sledding, ice skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the surrounding Sierra National Forest where guests can experience guided snowshoe walks or evening flashlight hikes. Tenaya Lodge’s new two-bedroom Explorer Cabins create the perfect winter base camp for families and traveling couples. Tenaya Lodge’s values hub offers seasonal packages and hot deals.

Wild & Scenic Winter Vacations

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If the riverside view from Yosemite View Lodge isn’t enough, enjoy the water at the outdoor pool and hot tub

Yosemite View Lodge is located less than one mile from Yosemite National Park, tucked between the Wild & Scenic Merced River and all-weather Highway 140 in El Portal. Most rooms feature Instagram-worthy whitewater views.  Riverside amenities include two restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, laundry facilities and a gift & convenience store.  If that weren’t enough, Yosemite’s iconic wonder beckons right down the road!  Trip-plan from your private balcony, with the mighty Merced rushing by below.  Check out Yosemite View’s multi-day booking deals here.

Be a Time Traveler on Your Winter Escape

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Enjoy the open air patio at River Rock Inn.

The River Rock Inn is Mariposa’s oldest hotel, with one structure dating back to 1891.  Offering nine rooms including four suites, the charming and chic, newly-renovated property offers contemporary value and style.  Guests enjoy the lush outdoor patio and an on-site coffee shop, Sticks Coffee, Mariposa’s newest roaster.  Owners Stephanie and Keith Erikson both worked in Yosemite National Park and love to share their recommendations.  Steps from local shops, museums and restaurants lining the history-gilt streets of this Gold Rush town, guests should not miss The Alley, a wine and beer pub with craft beer on tap and artisanal pizza. Looking to work out? Passes to Mountain Fitness Mariposa are included with rooms. Pet friendly, too!

Cherish this Season with a Yosemite Winter Vacation

Well, it’s been quite a year. Taking the opportunity to “pivot” to a wellness-inspired destination is good for body & mind.  Now more than ever, your “holistic” holiday is well-deserved! Yosemite Mariposa offers an abundance of inviting accommodations to get you there. (Pro tip: book early for best selection and rates.)  So, take a cleansing breath or two and finish strong with a relaxing and rejuvenating Yosemite winter vacation.

Categories: Lodging, When To Visit, Winter