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Glamping Adventure with Little Kids: Fun at Wildhaven Yosemite

Do you dream of enjoying the great outdoors with your little adventurers, but the thought of tents, bugs, and campfires makes you a tad nervous? Well, fear not, because I've got the scoop on our first Yosemite glamping experience at Wildhaven Yosemite, and let me tell you, it was an absolute blast!





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Wildhaven Yosemite is such a family friendly glamping spot!


WHERE WE STAYED


Wildhaven Yosemite is a magical place nestled in Mariposa, CA, just a stone's throw away from the breathtaking Yosemite National Park. They've got cozy glamping tents and cabins that are perfect for families with young kids. And oh my, the views! As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the sight of rolling green hills and fresh air—talk about setting the scene for adventure!







The Cabins:

We stayed in a classic cabin that had 1 queen bed and 2 twin beds (located in a loft area). It was perfect for 2 adults and 1-3 children. Their tiny-home-style cabins are designed to be comfortable but still have the feeling of the outdoors, with tall ceilings, 3 large windows, and lighter colors to capture the natural light. The cabins are an upgraded experience over the  glamping tents. Each cabin has an outdoor area with chairs, swing, and fire pit. I recommend the Valley view cabins because they face out towards the sweeping views of over 2,000 acres of rolling hills. This is also where you’ll have the best views of the sunrise and sunset.


Prices start at about $329/ night and up





The Tents:

The tents are perfect for those that want a more traditional camping experience.The safari-style tents are very spacious and located near communal bathrooms, cooking area and communal firepit.


The property is dog friendly. There is free Wi-Fi and many other amenities that you can read more about here


Prices start at about $250/night and up.





PACKING TIPS

  1. Bring flashlights and headlamps. It gets very dark on the property, although there are small lights to illuminate paths.

  2. Pack your own papertowels

  3. Bring or buy gallons of water

  4. There are no closets or drawers to put away clothing so be prepared to live out of your suitcase.

  5. Bring your own outdoor cookware




WHAT WE DID


Our days were filled with so much fun at Wildhaven Yosemite. We started with a hike on the short but scenic loop trail right on the property. The kids loved spotting ladybugs and butterflies along the way.



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scenic view on the property


We explored Yosemite. It's just 45 minutes away, but make sure to book those mandatory entrance reservations during busy season. We've done the Yosemite Valley area many times before so opted to check out Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne Grove for the first time. Walking among the giant sequoia trees was magnificent. The kids were especially excited about the Tunnel Tree and earning Junior Ranger badges.







When the sun started to set, we headed back to Wildhaven and gathered around the fire pit to roast marshmallows under the starry sky. It was pure magic, I tell you!



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roasting marshmallows


And guess what? If you're worried about being stranded in the wilderness, don't be! The town of Mariposa is just a two-minute drive away. There, you'll find everything you need, from dining options to grocery stores.



WHERE TO EAT


Now, let's talk about food! If you're like me and love to indulge in local flavors, you're in for a treat. We dined at some amazing spots during our stay:


1. 1850 Restaurant: A must-visit for delicious comfort food and a nice beer tasting menu.

2. Happy Goat Farm to Table: Fresh, organic dishes that'll make your taste buds dance.

3. Little Shop of Ramen: Perfect for a quick and tasty meal between adventures.


And you can also cook up a storm on the property! Whether you're grilling over the fire pit or whipping up something on the 2-burner electric cooktop in your cabin, you'll be able to eat well.



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Mariposa, CA


OTHER THINGS TO DO NEARBY


But wait, there's more! If you're itching for even more excitement, here are some nearby attractions:


1. Briceburg (Merced River Swimming Area): Just 20 minutes away, it's the perfect spot for a refreshing dip.

2. Lake McClure (Bagby Rec. Area): Only 25 minutes from Wildhaven, it's ideal for a day of boating and picnicking.

3. Bass Lake: A 40-minute drive will take you to this gem, where you can swim, fish, and soak up the sun.

4. Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad: All aboard for a scenic train ride just 45 minutes away!



So there you have it, our first glamping adventure at Wildhaven Yosemite was nothing short of amazing! If you're looking for a family-friendly way to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort, this is it. Pack your bags, grab your kiddos, and get ready for a wild and wonderful time!



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view from the valley cabin

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