Thanks to Zika virus being basically everywhere in Mexico, we had to postpone our Tulum trip for another time and pick an alternate destination for our babymoon. We had considered staying at the Ace in Palm Springs (too much time in the car for me), Maui (not exotic enough for him) and we even considered a cruise (all the fun places were still in Mexico) but nothing was feeling right and I was starting to think we'd never get to take one last trip as a twosome. Enter: Yosemite RVC Resort. It's close enough to home and once you're there, the world-famous national park is only a short drive away. Coincidentally enough, Joel's birthday happens to be on the 4th of July so we decided to pack our bags and head to the Sierra's to celebrate all three occasions.
From check-in to check-out, the entire experience of staying at RVC Yosemite was extremely enjoyable. The staff were all SUPER nice and offered plenty of solicited advice regarding best day hikes and things to do in the area. There is free wi-fi but beware--the signal isn't that strong (at least from where our campsite was) so don't come here expecting to livestream any important work meetings or download large files. You'll be too busy enjoying the great outdoors that you'll barely notice anyway! There is a general store adjacent to the registration area in the main building with some camp essentials like snacks, ice, towels, firewood and most importantly--s'mores materials. The whole resort is extremely family-friendly. There is a playground area for kiddos and a shallow (5 & 1/2') pool which is a welcome juxtaposition to the otherwise simple nature vibe of the resort. There's even a dog park so even your beloved pet can come along! (sidenote: there are also several feral "camp cats" on the premises--we saw a bunch of kittens which were pretty cute.)
Accommodations include tent campsites, RV hookups, cabins and yurts. Staying in a yurt has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time and I'm so glad I was finally able to experience it and check it off my list! Our yurt at RVC Yosemite was clean and surprisingly more spacious than I thought. It sleeps up to 4 and features a queen size bed and bunk bed. There's also a small table, storage cubbies, sofa and mini fridge. There is an overhead ceiling fan and wall AC/heating unit. Since temps were in the 90's we kept that baby blasting cold air all day and it kept us completely comfortable. No TV or cooking range in the yurt but there is a firepit w/ grilling grate right outside and who needs screens when mother nature provides the best views right outside your door? Although there isn't a private bathroom inside the yurt, the resort has multiple bath houses complete with bathroom stalls and showers, which are all kept immaculate.
It is worth noting that there is not an eatery/restaurant on the resort grounds BUT there are several places to eat in Coarsegold about 10 mins away. There's also Von's supermarket in town as well. There's a casino nearby with a fancy buffet we were excited to try (ha) but sadly it was over by the time we arrived so we didn't get to eat there but the casino seems entertaining enough if gambling is your sorta thing.
When I asked Joel how he wanted to spend his birthday his response was, "hiking and napping" so that's exactly what we did. We filled our pack with plenty of water + snacks and headed to Yosemite National Park which is about 45mins away from the resort. I'm not sure if it was extra crowded because of the holiday weekend or if the number of people is just the usual tourists but we did experience a lot of stop-and-go traffic as we got closer to the park entrance. Likewise, many of the trails and vista points had a fair amount of hikers (and selfie sticks). That day, we made it to Glacier Point, Tunnel View and Bridal Veil Falls--all of which are so insanely gorgeous that it doesn't even look real! I really wanted to hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls to witness the record water flow but sadly we ran out of time (it's about a 3 hour hike round trip). Plus, I'll admit that at 7 months pregnant, the elevation and steepness of that trail was a bit daunting.
We wrapped up the fun-filled day with a quick refreshing dip in the pool followed by s'mores by the fire. We were so pooped from all the hiking around that we were in bed by 10pm. Talk about old! ;) We woke up early the next morning and headed home feeling totally happy, refreshed and full of fun memories to last us until we're able to come back and visit RVC Yosemite Resort with Walker.
All thoughts & opinions are my own.