Explore Yosemite For Some Old-Fashioned Family Fun

May 9, 2012 1:58 AM

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Just 3 1/2 hours from San Francisco is beautiful Mariposa County– home to the town of Mariposa as well as the scenic Yosemite Valley. You can experience 2 seasons at the same time. Warm weather in downtown Mariposa, and a winter wonderland in nearby Yosemite.
5th Street Inn
4994 5th Street
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-6048
http://fifthstreetinn.com/You’ll find 7 suites at the 5th Street Inn, all comfortable and reasonably priced. They have names. One is named the “Bridal Veil” suite after one of the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park.
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Casto Oaks Fine Art and Fine Wine
5022 Highway 140
Mariposa CA 95338

Casto Oaks Fine Wine & Art, located in historic Mariposa, offers Mount Bullion Vineyard’s hearty Zinfandel and Casto Oaks’ smooth Cabernet along with fine art created by local artists. You’ll find art in a variety of mediums — oils, acrylics, watercolors, hand blown glass, photography, pottery, and hand blown glass.

Windows on the World Bookstore and Gary Colliver
5009 5th Street
PO Box 787
Mariposa, CA 95338
209-742-READ (7323)

Windows on the World Bookstore is a full-service, independent bookstore. The owners are avid climbers so they stock books with strong emphasis on the natural and cultural history of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, the Mother Lode, the Sierra Nevada, California, and the West.

Badger Pass Ski Area
Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park is the oldest ski area in California. It boasts some 750 miles of trails. Family friendly, and easy on the budget, you’ll find cross-country and downhill skiing, snow shoeing, and even tubing.

Ahwahnee Hotel
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive
Yosemite National Park
(801) 559-5000
The Ahwahnee was architecturally designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. There are some 123 guest rooms, including 99 hotel rooms, parlors and suites and 24 cottages.

Yosemite’s Skating Rink Under Half Dome
The whole family will enjoy ice-skating at this outdoor ice rink, surrounded by trees — with a breathtaking view of Half Dome.

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Tenaya Lodge
1122 Highway 41
PO Box 159
Fish Camp, CA 93623
Tenaya offers lodging in Yosemite Park, great dining, along with year-round recreation — hiking, biking, swimming, skating and skiing. The whole family will enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides at Tenaya Lodge. Also, be sure and check out the Ascent Spa.

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