Yosemite National Park Journals

President's Day Weekend in Yosemite National Park

A February 2007 trip to Yosemite National Park by virgoleanne

Curry Village Tent Cabins Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: A winter weekend in Yosemite.

Curry Village Tent Cabins

Hotel | "Curry Village Cabins "

Curry Village Tent Cabins Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
We made our reservations on the Friday before we left and, luckily we found a cabin available online. Yosemite lodging is very difficult to get when most visitors make reservations far in advance. We wanted our own bathroom and this cabin was the only one meeting this criterion in the entire park. The per night charge was $130.Check-in was a difficult process. We didn't realize that registration does not begin until 5pm. Fortunately, we were able to check-in at 4pm but it wasn't what we expected. The registration clerk had arranged at the desk for us to have two beds and we arrived to find only one. We went back to the check-in desk and found out there were no more cabins available with two be...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 25, 2007

Curry Village Tent Cabins
Yosemite Valley, Curry Village
Yosemite National Park, California

Mariposa Lodge Photo,
The Mariposa Lodge was a very nice surprise at $65 for a Saturday night. Our room appeared to be newly remodeled and very clean. The rooms are spacious and minimally decorated. The beds were comfy and well spaced from each other. They still use keys to the rooms instead of slide cards. My only complaint would be the low water pressure in the shower.The grounds are well kept and parking was available right in front of our bottom floor room. All of the local restaurants and bars were walking distance from the motel. Amenities include a pool and spa, brewed coffee in your room, air conditioning, HBO and VCRs, telephone and refrigerator. Rooms are wheelchair accessible and small pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2007

Mariposa Lodge
5052 Highway 140
Mariposa, California 95338
(800) 966-8819

Yosemite Lodge Food Court Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
The food court opens for breakfast at 6:30am. You can order pancakes, French toast, or waffles. You name it and they have it for breakfast. At 10:30am, the grill flips it sign over and begins to offer made to order lunch and dinners until approximately 8:30pm. The food court operates cafeteria-style and the line for the grill is usually the longest. There are various stations serving hot breakfast, Italian pastas and pizza, grilled items, pre-made salads, fruits, vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrées, desserts. Close to the entrance is a coffee bar to order espresso drinks and other java offerings.Many of Yosemite’s eateries close in the winter so choices are limited. The Curry Village...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2007

Yosemite Lodge Food Court
Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-1265

Mirror Lake Day Hike Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
For visitors looking for an easy hike in Yosemite, the walk to Mirror Lake is the one for you. The paved portion of this one mile hike is leads to the main pool of Mirror Lake. A dirt path takes you to the larger pool. The paved portion begins to incline near the lake but is still labeled handicap accessible. The walk will take approximately two hours round trip.The journey to the lake takes you along the waters of Tenaya Creek, offering exceptional views of Half Dome and the woodlands in the eastern edge of Yosemite Valley.To get there:Take the free park shuttle to stop 17 and follow the signs. Ride your bicycle or rent one during the summer at Yosemite Lodge. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2007

Mirror Lake Day Hike
Mirror Lake
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200