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INDOOR POOL HEATED MARCH THRU SEPTEMBER ONLY: Nestled near the end of a cul-de-sac on a quiet, private drive is our inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story home which beckons you to come inside. Finally, you have arrived at MORNING STAR RANCH, where you cannot help but feel relaxed & rejuvenated the minute you step through the front door. Now, where to start and what to do...
SUMMER: Of course you've come to see Yosemite Valley, but after a busy day in the valley come home & spend time swimming or napping by your own PRIVATE INDOOR POOL (heated to 78 degrees maximum March through September only). Hot summers in the Sierras average mid to high 90's or more, so stay with us and be COOL! Or, come home after a long day of hiking in Yosemite Valley, for a relaxing soak in your Jacuzzi hot tub.
SPRING/FALL/WINTER: Come see the beautiful spring flowers, changing fall foliage in & around Yosemite, winters' snow in Yosemite for skiing at Badger Pass 45 minutes away, sledding at Goat Meadow Recreation Area, or sleigh rides & ice skating at Tenaya Lodge 10 miles away. Then come home to relax. Occasionally Oakhurst will get a dusting of snow in winter which will not stay on the ground for long as we are at 2400 foot elevation. During the winter you are required to carry tire chains or cables when you visit Yosemite Valley.
TWO BEDROOMS + TWO BATHROOMS: Morning Star Ranch is comfortably furnished for family fun or a romantic couples get-away. King-sized memory foam mattress in the ground floor bedroom & a Queen-sized pillow-top mattress in the small, cozy, isolated upstairs bedroom. The upstairs game room also has a full-sized sofa bed.
ENTERTAINMENT: Besides the 42" HD surround sound TV in the living room, there are TV's in each bedroom & game room. All the electronics you might miss while being away from home are provided: DVD player with surround sound and wireless WiFi internet access. There is a phone for all local calls.
KITCHEN: You will have access to every necessary appliance needed to prepare your meals & snacks.
DECKS: There is a large Weber propane BBQ located on the back deck (hot tub deck) and a combination propane & charcoal BBQ on the front deck off the living room. Enjoy your summertime meals al fresco on the comfy outdoor furniture on the living room deck overlooking the Sierra mountains or the large back deck (off the pool room) with picnic table & hot tub, Adirondack & chaise lounge chairs.
NEWLY ADDED: 3 Person Jacuzzi Hot Tub on back deck off pool room.
RESTAURANTS: When you're not in the mood to cook, dine out at any number of excellent area restaurants. Choose from American, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, BBQ, or 5 star European-style dining (world famous Erna's Elderberry Restaurant) & more all located less than 5 minutes from home.
YARD: There is a horseshoe pit, bean bag toss & croquet set for you to use. Also two picnic benches are conveniently located on the property.
GAME ROOM=YEAR-ROUND FUN: Upstairs in the loft you will find a full-sized POOL TABLE/PING PONG TABLE. Listen to music while you enjoy a game of pool, ping pong, chess, darts or backgammon. Of course, you could just sit & relax and enjoy a DVD, CD, book, puzzle or board game & unwind from your days' adventures. Some of our previous guests have even canceled additional day-trips back to Yosemite just so they could spend their extra time enjoying all the fun-time activities available at our property!
GROUNDS: Take leisurely walks around our 2-acre property at 2400 foot elevation, which is scattered about with large granite boulder outcroppings, listen to the babbling seasonal creek in winter & spring or whispering cedar, pine & oak trees. Be on the alert for grazing deer, covey of quail or sprinting foxes. Spend sun-kissed days & star-lit nights in a quiet locale that is destined to become your home-away-from home.
YOSEMITE~YOSEMITE~YOSEMITE!!! Begin your Yosemite adventure at the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods located at the south entrance to Yosemite 20 minutes away on HWY 41, with another 45 minutes drive down into the valley (drive may take longer depending on the season). Or take the 60 mile drive up HWY 49 to the all-weather Scenic HWY 140 which winds along the beautiful Merced River & into the western Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite.
On your way to Yosemite on Highway 41, visit the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railway (spring & summer) with its' old-fashioned narrow-gauge steam engines. Take a ride on 'The Logger', pan for gold, stay for lunch or dinner & enjoy their entertainment. Horseback riding stables are also close by.
BASS LAKE!!! Bring your fishing pole or boat (or rent one at the local marina) & spend a glorious spring or summer day on pristine Bass Lake 5 miles away--picnicking, swimming, fishing & enjoying water sports--or venture out to any number of nearby lakes.
CHUKCHANSI CASINO is 20 miles south of Oakhurst off Highway 41 for great gaming, entertainment and buffets.
MORE FUN!!! Take a day-trip up Highway 49 to explore dozens of old gold rush-era towns. Visit the charming & historic town of Mariposa 40 minutes northwest: visit a working stamp mill with old mining equipment, historic museums, buildings, carriages & wagons.
SHOPPING/DINING (all less than 5 minutes from the house): Shop Raley's Supermarket in Oakhurst--the best stocked food store, deli & bakery in town. You will also find other nearby conveniences such as Vons Grocery Store, Grocery Outlet Bargain Center, CVS & Rite-Aid Drug Stores, various fine-dining & fast food restaurants including South Gate Brewery & Cafe, pizza parlors, 5-screen movie theater, Starbucks, distillery, gas stations & more.
WHAT'S BEST: Remember, EVERY season of the year offers something new & exciting to see or do in and around Yosemite. Make your vacation dollars count--welcome home to Morning Star Ranch & enjoy your stay.
Fresno 45 minutes~Merced 1.25 hr~Modesto 2 hr~Monterey 3 hr~Oakland/San Jose/Sacramento 3 hr~San Luis Obispo 3 hr~San Francisco 3.5 hr~Napa Valley 4 hr~LA/Orange County 4.5 hr~San Diego-6 hr