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Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed here for five nights and enjoyed our stay very much. Evergreen Lodge is an extremely well appointed and comfortable property that features both cabins and tent camping. We chose Evergreen Lodge as a compromise because my husband wanted to do "real" (ie. tent) camping and I wanted a hotel or more substantial accommodations. As he was enjoying himself in the hot tub one night, my husband told me that I had won the argument. Any place that wins me an argument gets five stars in my book.

We took a guided tour on our first day there and our guide Bethany was fantastic. She knew everything about all the plants and wildlife that we were seeing, and always seemed to have an answer to even our most esoteric questions. She was patient and pleasant and was a joy to have as part of our group. We did the High Country Naturalist Tour, which is appropriate for all ages and abilities. My five and seven year old kids were fine.

And speaking of kids, Evergreen is perfect for them. Think pool, hot tub, zip line, playscape, sand box, tee pees, game room, movie nights, s'mores. The kids loved it there. In fact, they voted the zip line as the all time favorite part of the entire vacation. We did a craft beer tasting and it was perfect because the kids played in the sandbox/tee pee area and we could keep an eye on them, but they didn't come to bother or talk to us once! They didn't even care about the lack of TV. In fact, they decided that the windows in the main room of the cabin would serve quite nicely as a TV and acted out pretend "channels" in the window for each other to watch. We actually carved out some time just to stay at the lodge and let the kids play because it was so relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.

So here are some things you need to know in order to get the most out of Evergreen:

1. It is NOT a five-star hotel. I have seen some reviews of this property that complain about things like lack of television and air conditioning and say that it is priced too high. This is a lodge that features cabins and camping. If you are expecting five-diamond facilities, you will be disappointed. If you think it is priced too high, shop around. The rates are competitive for other park accommodations, and the property is beautiful. When we visited Yosemite Lodge, I was glad we were staying at the Evergreen (although the restaurant at Yosemite Lodge was quite good and had a fantastic view).
2. You don't really need the AC. It cools down a lot at night. Keep your windows open and you will be fine. I actually woke up a couple of times to pull a blanket on me because I was cold, and this was in late July/early August.
3. The food is good. The poolside menu is too pricey, but prices in the restaurant are competitive with what you will get in other properties in the park. We ate at Yosemite Lodge one night and the prices were very similar.
4. There is no such thing as "centrally located" in Yosemite if you plan to see more than just the Valley. If you are going to be there for a one night stay and don't plan to do more than just see Yosemite Valley, you might want to consider a Valley lodge or hotel to minimize your travel time. However, Evergreen is very well located if you plan to stay several days and want to see parts of the park that are outside of the Valley, such as Toulumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy. Just understand that you will be driving 45-90 minutes on a one way trip. But this is true of anywhere you stay, just because the park itself is so big. Evergreen is also a good choice for you if crowds bother you and you want somewhere you can go at the end of the day to decompress.
5. You will almost certainly not have internet access and probably won't get phone service. Just accept that before you go and prepare to be off the grid during your stay.

About the Rim Fire - yes, you will see a lot of burned trees on your way onto the property. The El Portal fire was burning while were there, and we learned a lot about wildfires. They are a way of life in the forest and are necessary for growth and survival of the forest as a whole. Treat it as part of the experience and your education about the area. The property itself is beautiful. You really only get the burn damage views on the drive from Evergreen Road to 120 and you can see it from certain parts of the property.

I would highly recommend this lodge. We had a lot of fun and I feel like staying here really enhanced our vacation in Yosemite.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank travelingjulietx
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This would be an ideal retreat for the family with lots of things to keep the children occupied. As a retired couple, we were looking for a quiet retreat and we were not disappointed. Although there was a wedding party on the first evening we were there, the cabins were spread out away from the main centre and it not to disturb us. It was much quieter the following day!
The restaurant was good, which was just as well as there is nothing else close by, but be aware that the Lodge is an hour's drive from Curry Village at the centre of the National Park.
One reservation we had relates to the cleanliness of the cabins. Whilst overall the cabins were clean, the veranda area looked as though it had not been swept for quite a while and the overflow drainage holes in the sink were dirty black - a little more attention to detail would help.
Final point about internet WiFi - this is only available in the recreation area and is very unreliable.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank exmoor-traveller
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My wife and I came here on our honeymoon in 2012 we only stayed for 2 nights but wish we had stayed longer. The place was amazing and had everything you need. Restaurant was also amazing quality and the staff were really friendly. They booked us on white water rafting which was the second last session for the season. If there was one place we would go back it would be here
Thanks

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Cameron H
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Having spent 4 days in San Francisco this was a welcome change for the next part of our holiday. What a find! It lived up to all website expectations from the UK and was such a peaceful, Eco friendly retreat ideal for anyone to visit also due to it's location of being 5 mins drive away to the park entrance.
We had 2 days here which was too short, but allowed us to experience the very helpful and friendly staff, the great food in the restaurant both indoor and outdoor, the great breakfasts and the take out lunches from the general store.
Our cabin was brilliant in amongst the woods and secluded. Everything was no more than a 2 minute walk.
Only tiny issue was as someone else has mentioned which is that the Tavern bar has an odd smell, not conducive to staying in it for any length of time, but then outside was so lovely there was no need to.
Thank you to all the staff whose made the visit wonderful and for the values that Evergreen has in being Eco friendly.
Somewhere we would hope to return to in future years.

Stayed: August 2014
1  Thank JJJG2013
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed here with our two children last week and had a wonderful time. The cabins are very comfortable (despite no AC, fans are all you need) and the entire facility feels like a relaxing upscale summer camp for families. Fun things all over the property to keep the kids busy (ping pong table, pool, giant chess set, bean bag toss, hammocks to relax in). Food at the restaurant was very good. Beautiful views of the sunset from a seating area on the property. Great location to explore yosemite.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
Thank njmum
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