After surviving the scorching heat of August in Death Valley, with its heart-stopping mountain curves, we so longed for a nearby stop but everything in Lone Pine was booked. Lucky for us! I called Mt. Williamson Motel and left a message on voicemail, and Doug called me back immediately. I told him where we were and where we had been, and he estimated what time we would arrive but suggested we might stop in Lone Pine for dinner (I had told him I had kids with me so he suggested a pizza place).
The pristine vintage motel is from the era of Model-T's-- a few very small cottages -- but with contemporary California updates. Each cottage has a private outdoor seating area, which you will want to use because of the glorious vista of sky and Sierra Nevada mountains. My kids disappeared in to the desert to look at the stars. The morning was comfortable and friendly with a personally-cooked breakfast and pleasant conversation, with news that the co-owner had left early to re-supply some hikers on the rim!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rustic, clean, comfortable, historic cabins in a base camp setting at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mt Williamson Motel
- Mt Williamson Hotel