Over two years ago I read in Sunset Magazine about custom camping at Evergreen Lodge right outside Yosemite. You arrive with the tent all set up with sleeping bags and all the supplies you need right on site with a restaurant, general store, showers and lots of on-site activities. Since Sunset Magazine usually inspires me to do things, eat things and drink things, I called them up and booked a weekend. Unfortunately we ran into some pretty bad financial problems that summer and could not afford to go. I rescheduled for the following year. June 2012 came along and I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, no way was I going camping, so we rescheduled again and this time we made it!
Evergreen Lodge is one of our new favorite spots. It is right outside of Yosemite and has tons of hiking right near the lodge. The property itself is beautiful and has a huge swimming pool, 2 relaxing rec centers and a pretty fantastic restaurant and tavern. The cost can get a little high, but there are ways to be frugal. I advise packing dry food goods. We didn’t really and that stuff adds up. You cannot cook there, but you can bring food and are supplied a bear locker to keep your supplies in. If camping in a tent is not your thing they also have really cute cabins that are fully decked out with full baths, a fridge, etc.
It was great getting my city girls out into the country. It took nearly 2 days till they were willing to even hike a little. They loved the pool and the area around the lodge so much they didn’t want to leave!
If you are interested in the Evergreen Lodge click here. The pictures they have on their site do not even do it justice. It is really nice and the staff are very friendly, welcoming and warm.
I hope you get a chance to head out to Evergreen Lodge. It was really worth the two year wait for us!