My 6 year old son and I stayed for 2 nights in the Larkspur cabin at Sunset Inn in mid-April 2014. Lauren, Bill and Lupin the dog was great host. I decided to visit Yosemite about month and a half prior, knowing it was a last minute decision for our spring break. After reviewing other places inside Yosemite Valley, I've noticed how expensive they were and how shabby most places looked. I much rather wanted to stay somewhere comfortable, with good beds but still wanted that feel of being in a cabin in the woods. With Sunset Inn, we got best of both worlds!
The kitchen is small but very well stocked and functional. The refrigerator is fairly small (bigger than typical hotel mini fridge but definitely not a full size fridge) but sufficient. It also comes with a small microwave and a toaster oven. There's no actual oven, so do not plan on making a casserole or do any type of baking. There's no cooking oil provided so make sure to bring some. They had plastic wraps and aluminum foils.
Kitchen also includes a coffee maker although I didn't get to use it.
There's also a charcoal grill outside on a beautiful patio for BBQ. I didn't know how to start a charcoal grill but Bill was kind enough to start it up for us so we can make S'mores and also found some metal skewers for us.
The bathroom is small but functional. Larkspur cabin only has a shower. The water pressure isn't too strong but it was fine for me and I have very thick, long hair. My only request for the owners is to perhaps add a hook or a two so we can hang our toiletry bags. There were small shelfs but after you put your tooth brushes, cup, and a tooth paste, there's pretty much no space to put anything else. There is a nice hair dryer so you will not need to pack one. Nice, soft towels are also provided and soap is also provided. Our cabin also came with shampoo with conditioner but if you have difficult, long hair like mine, I would bring your own.
We were so busy exploring Yosemite during the day that we mostly came back to the cabin to eat dinner and sleep since my young son goes to bed fairly early. I wish we had more time to spend and relax at the cabin. Next time, for sure!
For anyone with small children, the property has a swing, a small sandbox and a nice chicken coop. Lauren gave us some eggs and they were the best eggs I've ever had in my life! Much better than Whole Foods eggs. My son LOVED the swing. Each morning, he was out there swinging away. The property was nice and secluded that I felt totally safe letting him play in the swing by himself while I cleaned up after dinner. Lovely dog Lupin kept him company. My son is also scared of dogs but Lupin was so friendly that by the second day, he was completely comfortable with Lupin hanging around him. :)
I would highly recommend this property for your next Yosemite visit. Even though it is about a 45 minute drive to Yosemite Valley, it's so much quieter and you will truly experience being in the woods. Be aware that due to last summer's Rim Fire, the western part of Yosemite, including Sunset Inn's surrounding has lots of burnt trees and brown trees. Obviously this isn't Sunset Inn's fault but that still doesn't take away the magical feeling of being in Yosemite.
Obviously, there's no TV and you will not have any internet connection. The whole point of visiting Yosemite is so you can disconnect from all that once in a while and enjoy nature. So if you want Ritz Carlton turn down service, WiFi and TV, Sunset Inn or even visiting Yosemite will not be for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Inn is a small, family owned and operated lodging. Three beautiful, cozy cabins offer king or queen beds, equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, wood burning stoves and sun porches. Located just 2 miles from Yosemite National Park, in a peaceful mountain setting, surrounded by huge aromatic pines, on the edge of a lovely private meadow. A stay at Sunset Inn is a true mountain getaway. We also offer a fabulous vacation home nearby, privately situated on the banks of the Tuolumne River, able to accommodate up to 6 people. We invite you to visit and enjoy this unique experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunset Hotel Groveland