Q. What time is check in and check out?
A. Check in is 4PM or later and check out is 11AM or earlier.
Q. Can I bring pets?
A. Pets are allowed with prior approval. There is an extra fee of $20/night per pet.
Q. Is there a maximum number of people?
A. Rates are based on a 4 person occupancy. There is an additional charge of $20/person in excess of four people. There is a maximum number that both houses can accommodate. Please inquire with questions.
Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A. More than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival: $50 cancellation fee.
15-30 days prior to scheduled arrival: 50% refund
Less than 15 days prior to scheduled arrival: no refund
Q. How close are these houses to Yosemite?
A. These houses are conveniently located between two main entrances of the park. They are a very scenic 35 miledrive from the southwestern Arch Rock entrance of Yosemite and 45 miles from the southern entrance. It’s a very easy day trip to make a loop through the park in one gate, out the other gate and back home again in time for dinner.
Q. Do cell phones work at the house(s)?
A. Cell phone signals are not the greatest in the area, especially with AT&T. Verizon customers have the best signal here. There is a pretty good signal in Mariposa, which is 5 miles away. To get the best signal here, it is recommended when you get to Merced or Oakhurst to dial *228 from your cell phone to update your roaming capabilities and to synchronize your phone with the cell towers in the area. Unfortunately, dialing *228 will not work in Mariposa because the primary cell phone provider here is Golden State Cellular, a small independent company. We do, however, have a Magic Jack phone in the house for you to use to make free long distance calls.
Q. Do cell phones work in Mariposa? Yosemite?
A. There is a pretty good signal in Mariposa and in Yosemite.
Q. Just how “child friendly” are your homes?
A. Both homes have pack&play cribs.
Q. Is Yosemite open year-round?
A. Yes, it is! Yosemite is open all year-long and we?re located closest to Hwy 140, the only all-weather highway into the park.
Q. When is the best time of year to visit Yosemite?
A. Anytime is great, but the waterfalls are flowing at peak in the springtime. If you’re a skier, Badger Pass Ski Area is about 50 miles away.
Q. Can we drive into Yosemite?
A. Yes. We are located close to the all-weather highway and it is a scenic 35 mile drive to the park along the Merced River Valley. This route will take you through the Arch Rock Entrance, along the route to Bridalveil Falls, and then into Yosemite Village. The alternate route through Oakhurst is approximately 45 miles to the park?s southern entrance, where you can see the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias or go skiing at Badger Pass Ski Area.
Q. If I’d rather not drive, is there bus service into the park?
A. Yes. Public transit into the park (YARTS) is both convenient and available from Mariposa. For more information, see www.yarts.com
Q. What sort of TV is available?
A. There are TV’s that get most of the local channels. The TV’s in both houses are hooked up to a BluRay DVD, where you can access Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and other entertainment.
Q. Do your houses have wireless Internet?
A. Yes, free wireless internet access is available in both homes. The passwords and access instructions are written in the welcome books.
Q. Are there any good restaurants in Mariposa?
A. Definitely! There are various types of restaurants in Mariposa that cater to various budgets.
Q. Where is the nearest market?
A. The Pioneer Market is about 5 miles away, in Mariposa. It is a full service grocery store that carries premium meats, fresh seafood, fresh sushi, produce, wines and spirits, and everything you’ll need to prepare that gourmet meal at home. For more information, see their website at www.pioneersupermarket.com
Q. What is there to do at or nearby the homes?
A. Plenty! Please see the page entitled Local Info for things to do. Mariposa is a wonderful host town that offers activities and attractions that are sure to delight the whole family.
Q. What sort of wildlife are we likely to see during our stay?
A. There is an abundance of deer and wild turkeys. You might also spot coyotes, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, lizards, frogs, mountain lions, bobcats, and even an occasional bear. There is a huge variety of birds that include bald eagles, hawks, owls, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and several others.
Q. How well-equipped are your kitchens?
A. They are very well equipped with everything you?ll need to prepare meals at home. Both homes are equipped with dinnerware for eight, pots and pans, dishwashers, coffee makers, teapots, microwaves, electric stoves and ovens, full sized refrigerators and freezers, cutlery, and even spices.
Q. Are there laundry facilities available at each home?
A. The Overlook House has laundry facilities, but the Stagecoach House does not.
Q. Are there barbeque grills?
A. No, we regret that due to the fire hazard, the barbeque grills had to be removed.
Q. Do you reside on any of the rental properties?
A. No, we do not. Our caretakers live close by. Their phone numbers, as well as our phone numbers are prominently posted inside and outside the houses.
Q. Is smoking allowed?
A. Smoking is allowed outside on the deck only. Smoking is not allowed in the houses. Smoking in the house will result in automatic forfeiture of the $250 security deposit.
Q. Are your rentals handicap accessible?
A. The Overlook House is handicap accessible with a handicap ramp, but the Stagecoach House is not handicap equipped.
Q. Can we go whitewater river rafting nearby?
A. Yes! Rafting on the Merced River is very popular, and close by. For more information you can visit Zephyr Whitewater Expedition’s website at http://www.zrafting.com/rivers/merced.htm.