Mariposa is the gateway town to Yosemite National Park, home to old-fashioned restaurants, vineyards and historical Californian museums. Need somewhere to rest your head? Stay at one of these top hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
The charming Wild-West town of Mariposa, first settled in 1849, is known as one of California’s Gold Rush towns. The shutter-heavy main street with its shops, restaurants and bars looks like a film set from a Western. Beyond, the town is on the fringes of Yosemite, making it the perfect base for hiking, fly fishing, kayaking and other outdoor adventures. Here are the best hotels in town.
Mini-suites make the Miners Inn a perfect option for family reunions and hiking trips with friends, featuring deep soaking tubs and a cozy open fireplace. Get set up for a day of outdoor adventures with a free continental breakfast. Upon your return, soak in the outdoor pool and jacuzzi, followed by a hearty dinner at Miners Roadhouse 140, serving oozing cheeseburgers and bowls of fiery chili. Yosemite National Park is 30mi (48km) away.
This single-story, budget-friendly hotel is surrounded by leafy landscaped gardens, in the heart of downtown Mariposa. Inside, rooms are traditional in style with king or double queen beds; some are pet-friendly. While there is no restaurant on site, you’re within easy walking distance of key dining spots including Western-style Charles Street Dinner House (which serves up excellent steak) as well as Sugar Pine Cafe for bacon, eggs and coffee. Yosemite National Park is only a 45-minute drive away.
Owners Clay and Joy will make you feel at home from the moment your bags hit the wooden floors. Nestled among tall oak trees, this tranquil mountain retreat is lively with the noise of frogs, crickets and hummingbirds. Accommodation comes in clean and comfortable rooms or separate cottages; breakfast is included, served on the terrace overlooking the pretty garden and outdoor pool. Yosemite National Park is only an hour’s drive away.