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September 7, 2003
It is located about 40 miles east of Fresno, California, and about 10 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. The lodge and rooms are rustic and show a little wear, but are clean and adequate. My room contained a twin bed and a very comfortable queen-size bed.
The bathroom had a shower, but no tub. No fancy lotions here, or shampoos either--only small bars of Pure & Natural Complexion Soap--and no glass tumblers, only small Dixie cups.
There are no TV's or telephones in the rooms, which was not a problem for me. There is a huge TV in the lobby and many chairs and sofas of all kinds. The lobby also has a piano for the guests to use, and a gorgeous fireplace. Some of the rooms have fireplaces, but mine didn't.
The lodge has a large dining area, but I was informed upon checkin that it wasn't opened at all this season. There is a small bar, which is advertised as "The most peaceful bar in the mountains." It has 8 bar stools, 2 of which have actual horse saddles upon which to "straddle". Pool and ping pong tables and dart boards are in the area between the bar and the lobby. The resort also advertises that horseshoes, volleyball, and basketball are available for play. The bar (saloon) currently has ladies night Friday and Saturday - $3.00 margaritas and well drinks - and was almost full both times I was there. One couple in the bar said they lived "up the hill" and just came down because they liked the place. Maybe it was the "ambience" or maybe they were there for the ladies night prices. There was no ice bucket in the room, but the bartender gave me a large bucket of crushed ice to take back to the room.
There is a pool on the premises and people were swimming, but I didn't check to see if it was heated or not. Several swings are on the grounds, including bench swings and a tire swing. There are also several benches throughout the property where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. The weather was very warm when I was there (Labor Day weekend) until the sun went down, then cooled off nicely for sleeping. There was no air conditioner in my room.
The price of the room includes a continental breakfast in the lobby the following morning, which consisted of coffee, regular and decaf, and huge muffins of all sorts, which were Yummy!
From journal Beautiful Bass Lake and Yosemite
Grand Prairie, Texas
July 9, 2001
There are 25 rooms individually and uniquely decorated, each with private bath and French doors that open onto the wide veranda with wicker furniture for enjoying the mountains, trees and the fresh air. Being one of the first cattle ranches and located on the Castor Grade (now Hwy 41) just 10 miles from the Southern Yosemite National Park entrance.
Through the years many dignitaries stayed at the ranch such as President Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and of course John Wayne. The Sierra Sky Ranch has also 14 acres of pines, cedars, oaks and the planted trout stream flowing through our serene meadow.
The rooms come in three ways: king bed, 2 queens or a queen and a twin. There is no a/c, but the rooms do have ceiling fans.
From journal Weekend to Yosemite