Yosemite National Park
The hubs and I just returned from an amazing birthday getaway weekend in Yosemite National Park! I was really struggling with how I wanted to spend my 30th birthday, especially since my typical birthday celebrations involve lots of wine and good cheese. Collin thought of heading up to Yosemite National Park, since neither of us had ever been there, and I love hiking and being outdoors. It couldn’t have been any better!
We made a last minute reservation at the Apple Blossom Inn Bed & Breakfast, which we spotted on Trip Advisor with great reviews. It wasn’t too far outside of the park’s South Entrance, in Ahwahnee, California. The house is absolutely adorable, and the owner is one of the sweetest & most welcoming ladies! We stayed in the Granny Smith room, which was upstairs in the main house, with it’s own private bathroom across the hall. Candy, the owner, makes the most delicious breakfasts! On my birthday we had my favorite – french toast – and it was just how I like it…with a little crunch on the outside. The second morning we were there she made her signature Apple Blossom Pancakes with apples from her orchard which is right there on the property.
We primarily entered Yosemite National Park via Hwy 41 through Oakhurst, but if you are in the area for a couple of days it’s worth the drive through Mariposa as well. They have the cutest downtown area with lots of little “old-fashioned” shops and restaurants. We found some great things at the Anahata Fair Trade Store – elephant paper garland for hanging in the baby’s room, a headband for me, and a new hat made by a local artist for Collin. We happened to be there for the Mariposa Butterfly Festival on Sunday which added a little extra adventure to our trip!
Let’s get back to our trip to Yosemite – like I mentioned the drive through Mariposa on Hwy 140 is absolutely beautiful (less winding roads) and takes you right along the river with some nice rapids to the Yosemite Arch Rock Entrance – from there it’s a pretty easy drive to Tunnel View and Yosemite Village.
What we did:
- Day 1: Sunset at Glacier Point
- Day 2: Hike through Mariposa Grove, picnic lunch at Bridalveil Falls, dinner at Ducey’s on the Lake Restaurant in Bass Lake
- Day 3: Drive through Mariposa, CA, stop for pictures at Tunnel View, short hike to Yosemite Falls, and lunch at Degnan’s Deli in Yosemite Village
Highlights for me were definitely the hike through Mariposa Grove – it was amazing just being amongst all the giant sequoia trees. Make sure to keep going past the Giant Grizzly tree to the upper grove – it’s a beautiful hike to the Fallen Tunnel Tree and you can loop back around. Another highlight was our picnic lunch at Bridalveil Falls – we found the perfect spot on a rock just below the walkway to the falls, out of the way, and we could just sit and enjoy the view.
I honestly loved every second of our little getaway & was so sad to leave. I think you could easily spend a week exploring Yosemite. We had such a great time that on our drive home we decided that we would try to reserve a campsite for next year & bring our little babe with us!