We stayed here 3 years ago for 3 nights. 2 days in Yosemite wasn't enough and we had to return. We did return; this time to spend 4 days in the park. We stayed at Highland House again; this time for 5 nights.
On both occasions the experience has been exactly the same, a magical house in the middle of nowhere that is like a home from home. The same people - Michael, Lizzie and Nora - have been looking after the place for some years now and you really, really couldn't wish for a nicer bunch to be looking after you.
The B&B is only three rooms and whoever is staying have a communal breakfast in the morning - it's a great time to share Yosemite stories and get to know the people you are sharing the house with - assuming they are staying for more than 1 night!
Michael knows a lot about Yosemite and can offer lots of really useful tips for visiting Yosemite and finding really good hikes.
The B&B is about an hour outside the main Yosemite valley, which is maybe too much for some people, but it was fine for us, even tho we did a couple of really long hikes whilst we were there.
Mariposa is an amply equipped local town with restaurants and a supermarket. We cooked at the B&B in the evenings.
The house is beautiful and you will be greeted at breakfast by humming birds and, if you are lucky, maybe a few deer at the window. One evening we even saw a wild turkey outside!
The rooms are big and the bathrooms and very nice. There is a laundry room if you need to wash clothes, a games room with a big TV and an American pool table. There are more than enough books and maps of Yosemite to keep you busy.
Ultimately it is the way Michael, Lizzie and Nora treat the guests and make you feel at home that makes this place unique and makes it a hard place to leave.
Maybe it's time to start planning a third visit...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover beauty and seclusion in the High Sierra of Mariposa County just minutes from Yosemite National Park and other local highlights. Select one of three luxurious guest rooms for a good night's rest. Enjoy a game of pool or watch a movie from our video collection. When you awake you'll enjoy a bountiful and unforgettable breakfast before setting off for your day of relaxation or adventure. ... more less
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