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Dramatic waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, and stunning mountain views are just some of the reasons why Yosemite National Park was granted UNESCO World Heritage privilege in 1984. This incredible national park spans a huge 1,169 square miles and is home to world-famous spots like Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Bridalveil Fall. The best part? It’s one of the few National parks with Airbnb lodgings inside, which means plenty of wonderful places to stay while you’re exploring this Californian wilderness. No matter the season, you’ll find any number of beautiful, rustic Airbnbs providing a picture-perfect escape to make endless memories with your family and friends. Read on for all of our favorite Airbnbs around Yosemite National Park.
This rustic cabin is the perfect escape for couples looking for a home base while exploring the towering redwoods, visiting Wawona’s swinging bridge, dining in Mariposa or hiking through Yosemite National Park. While there are three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 10 people in total, the master bedroom is the real highlight, featuring a jetted whirlpool tub, a large, inviting bed and his & her vanities. The wood-burning fireplace and outdoor jacuzzi with views of the California Coastal Redwoods make Buss Stop Cabin an ideal spot to enjoy a light snowfall in winter or relax in the shade on hot summer days. The knotted pine ceiling and warm wood furnishings throughout the bedrooms and living space create a feeling of cozy ease that’ll keep you coming back to this beautiful home again and again.
As soon as you walk inside the recently constructed River Rock Retreat, you’ll be greeted by tall picture windows displaying the surrounding pine and redwood trees to their best advantage. Ideal for one large family or two smaller families, this lodge-style cabin features three bedrooms as well as a 350 square foot loft that’s a dream place for children to play. It also includes four murphy-style twin beds that drop down out of the sides of the walls, just adding to its rustic feel. Featuring high ceilings, sumptuous leather sofas, stainless steel appliances, a 65-inch 4k TV and an oversized living area, this accommodation is vacation living at its finest and a great home base for exploring Yosemite National Park with your friends or family. For those who need to stay connected to the internet, there’s also satellite WIFI throughout the home.
Nested in the old pioneer village of Wawona, Bear Foot Pines offers the best kind of quintessential cabin-in-the-woods experience for couples or small groups looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and fully immerse themselves in nature. Previous guests love the cabin’s cozy two-bedroom interior, including blonde pine trimmings, a river rock fireplace that makes the whole house toasty, tasteful bear decorations and soft beds perfect for snuggling on a chill night. Located near Badger Pass and the Yosemite Valley, the location provides easy access to ski slopes in the winter and hiking trails in the summer, including a trailhead leading to a hidden waterfall grove that’s only ten minutes walking from the house. Those traveling with pets can even bring their furry friends to the cabin but need to pay a small deposit.
Located in Yosemite West, Red Fox Retreat is about 20 minutes away from both Tunnel View and the Yosemite Valley View, presenting incredible vistas of El Capitan and its reflection across the Merced River. This A-frame mountain chalet is located at a higher elevation than other accommodations in Yosemite, giving you the chance to admire the stars without light pollution and enjoy the snowfall in the winters. Named after the Sierra Nevada Red Fox, this airy mountain retreat features burnt-red paint trimmings reminiscent of the red fox’s coloring, high ceilings that let in the warm morning light, a spacious deck wrapping around the front of the home and views of the surrounding ponderosa pines. This cozy accommodation offers two bedrooms with space for up to four guests, but the lofted master suite is the true gem of the home and guests love the uncluttered yet rustic aesthetic.
Imagine returning from a day of hiking to soak in a steaming jacuzzi just as the sun sets behind the distant mountains and silhouettes the towering pines with a brilliant pink light. At Zen Yosemite, you can walk through the open-plan living room, out of the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, onto the deck, and experience expansive views of the surrounding areas and starry night skies. The lush landscape provides a tranquil setting with opportunities for hiking or simply enjoying a quiet moment alone. This spacious three-bedroom mountaintop retreat can accommodate up to six guests in total and features a regulation-size billiards table, WIFI, a washing machine, indoor fireplace and air conditioning. Yosemite Valley is an hour from the property and guests can also enjoy hikes along the Merced River, which is only 30 minutes away.
Tucked into the canyons along the winding Merced River, the Moonstone is more than just a house: it’s a sanctuary of relaxation and peace for those seeking a luxurious experience among nature. Designed to nurture a connection with the land and instill tranquility in everyone who calls this spot their temporary home, this retreat features an 800 square foot yoga studio with a living roof, heated reclaimed teak floors, four well-appointed bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen with soapstone counters, a copper soaking tub and abundant natural light. After hiking the trails or simply listening to the sounds of the river from the expansive deck, up to eight guests can sink into buttery leather chairs, wrap up in warm cashmere blankets or enjoy a chef-prepared meal. Although the location is remote and private, it’s only 10 minutes from one of the Yosemite entrances.
Majestic Forest Lodge is situated in Yosemite West and provides easy access to Yosemite Valley and many famous trails, such as Lower Yosemite Falls Trail and Cook’s Meadow Loop. This custom-built cedar lodge can house up to 10 guests across three bedrooms and includes amenities like a stone fireplace, comfy beds, WIFI, a large bathtub, an outdoor dining area and a spacious kitchen. During the winter months, soft blankets of snow compliment the red cedarwood and the warm tones of the furniture, giving the property a homey yet refined feel. Walls of windows peeking into the pine trees and soaring ceilings give guests the chance to see Yosemite’s natural beauty from the comfort of a sofa warmed by a fire on the hearth. It’s absolutely one of the finest Airbnbs in the area.
Situated in a secluded forested area near Mariposa, Shank’s Lodge provides the romance of a fairytale log cabin with the luxury and spaciousness of a modern retreat. Capable of comfortably fitting 14 guests throughout its three bedrooms, this property is best for groups of friends looking for a mountain retreat and a chance to spend time together in nature. In the oversized living room, you can relax on a wrap-around sofa while. After a long day of hiking, warm yourself in front of the beautifully constructed stone fireplace. During the summer months, enjoy a dip in the private pool, cook up a feast on the BBQ on the deck or a stroll among the old-growth oak trees and ponderosa pines. The main bedrooms feature handmade log beds and thick quilts, which add to the rustic feel of the lodge and its wooded surroundings.
For those traveling with teenagers or older children, look no further! This lavish multi-level unit brings the cool elegance of a mountain ski lodge with modern amenities that make a stay with teenagers more comfortable, including a game room, three fireplaces, a poker table, a sauna and a jacuzzi. The game room features air hockey, a pool table and a variety of board games to chase away the boredom. Located within easy traveling distance of many popular hiking trails and close to Badger Pass Ski Area, this accommodation makes planning a visit to Yosemite easy. Guests traveling with multiple families or older kids love the property’s spacious interiors, plush couches with enough room for everyone to relax in the evenings and well-equipped kitchen.
The best way to start each day at this renovated A-frame? By making your coffee before greeting the soft morning light from the comfort of the spacious deck with its magical views of the wooded scenery and the songs of finches or thrushes. This dream becomes a reality for those who stay at this A-frame cabin settled among the pines of Yosemite West. Featuring a fully-renovated kitchen and living room, this retreat invites you to experience the natural beauty of the Yosemite region, while enjoying the comforts and ease of home. Up to nine guests housed in three bedrooms can watch their favorite movies on the 4K TV, relax in a freestanding tub after a long hike, play pool in the game room or cook their favorite meals using the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.
Deer, rabbits, wild turkeys and a myriad of songbirds are just a few of the animals you can spot in the serene backyard of Pines Retreat. This charming three-bedroom property can host up to eight guests in total and combines the laidback living of a ranch-style dwelling with the rustic appeal of a log cabin. The property offers an eclectic mix of activities unlike any other in the area, including a climbing wall and a petting zoo home to four miniature ponies that have served as therapy animals in children’s hospitals. Conveniently located near the town of Mariposa, you can enjoy activities like white-water rafting, swimming or fishing in Bass Lake, mountain biking or attending concerts in the town’s local art park. This beautiful property is a true gem for families with young children looking for something different and memorable.
For couples who crave the relaxation and vineyard-filled vistas usually found in the Napa Valley, but also want to experience the world-class hiking and mountain views of the Yosemite region, the Vineyard Loft at Papillion Cellars is an ideal choice. The best way to spend an evening here? By opening a bottle of wine while watching the sunset and the fog creep in behind 32 acres of grapevines. Or, if you’re an early riser, by enjoying an early morning picnic. This open layout one-bedroom suite can sleep two people comfortably and is tastefully decorated, offering calming blue tones and metal-on-wood furnishings. Its close proximity to Mariposa and Yosemite National Park allows guests to explore the area’s famous sites or simply enjoy the vineyard’s calm environment. Some nearby restaurants guaranteed to satisfy your hunger include 1850 Restaurant and Brewery or the Charles Street Dinner House.
At the Homestead Guest Ranch, step back in time and experience the best parts of frontier life, including collecting farm-fresh chicken eggs, walking the country lanes and spending time with the resident horses. This stunning 13-acre property has space for up to seven guests throughout its three bedrooms, offering the chance to stay in a vintage ranch house all together and to unwind in a peaceful location. The interior features polished pine paneling that compliments the antique-style furniture and whitewashed exterior walls. During the summer, guests can enjoy activities such as a hike to Chilnualna Falls, horseback riding, ranger-guided walks and a chance to visit the Living History Center. Some popular winter activities include snowshoeing, snowboarding, skiing or simply watching the snow blanket the old oak trees around the corral.