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MARIPOSA HOTEL INN
Historic Town Hotel on the Way to Yosemite
Mariposa is quaint holdover from the California Gold Rush of the 1850s.
A classic nearly one street town of shops and historic buildings along
the old “49er Highway”, one of the towns which grew from
the southern mines, flourishing after the first strikes farther north.
Mariposa’s past is rife with legends from the notorious California
bandito Joaquin Murrieta to the John C. Fremont. Today, Mariposa is mostly
known as a stop along the Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National
Park. There a few hotels and motels in Mariposa for a stopover to the
park, or to explore the pleasures of the nearby Merced River, but a new
historic town inn hotel has opened in Mariposa offering a bit of the
color of the old west.
Mariposa Hotel Inn is only six rooms on the upper floor of the historic
store-hotel building built in 1901 in the center of Mariposa’s
main street. The rooms are beautifully furnished in the style fitting
of a historic town hotel of the turn of the century with all the contemporary
amenities one expects of a mountain bed & breakfast style lodging.
The tea garden deck veranda out the back looks over the pine covered
hills along Mariposa Creek, catching the rising sun in the morning and
the setting sun in the evenings. The hotel is not a B&B, but morning
spiced cider and biscotti are served on the deck. The shops of Mariposa
from antiques to hand crafts are steps out the door, with restaurants
a bit further. The hotel, up the stairway from the street entrance above
the shops below has limited common areas other than the back deck, but
a homey feeling. With only six rooms, reservations
are a good idea, especially weekends, though you could get lucky passing
through town. Rates are $95 to $135 during the peak season from May to
September. Off-Season rates vary.
140 is the most scenic of the roads into Yosemite National Park, following
the canyon the Merced River into Yosemite Valley. The park
gate is about 30 minutes from the Mariposa intersection of Highway 140
from Merced and Highway 49 from Oakhurst and Fresno (see Driving
Scenic 49er Highway). In Mariposa, stop at the unique little
country history museum in town and
gold nugget from the gold rush at the country fairgrounds (see Calfornia
State Mining Museum). I don't know if the Mariposa Hotel
Inn is haunted, but there's card from the local ghost society in the
lobby - just
in case you want to report anything. © Bargain
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