Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort On Hwy. 140, 26 mi. west of Yosemite Valley, (866) 826-7108, (209) 966-6666. 22 rooms. Some shared baths. No TVs or phones. Restaurant. Hot tub; sauna (fee); health spa. Operating on the site of a former church camp and youth hostel, this lodging is spread out over a hilly site and offers group dorms, private rooms, cabins, and tent cabins. My duplex cabin was comfortable and warm and attractively decorated, but unfortunately the mattress was a memory foam that was way past its prime and had forgotten its job.
Plan to arrive in daylight, as the property is quite spread out. It offers trails and a swimming hole, plus a comfortable communal area with a fireplace and also an outside sitting area—all this as well as board games, ping pong, and darts, too! A counter-service cafe prepares simple meals, and live music is presented every weekend. Amtrak and YARTS buses stop here. Consult the website for how to visit this area without driving, using only public transportation.
YARTS (877) 989-2787; www.yarts.com. Ride the comfortable YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) bus into Yosemite park. It stops in town at various spots in Mariposa and in Midpines at KOA and Yosemite Bug Resort.
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images c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; bottom image depicts Italian traveler Andrea, from Milan