Vacation Close To Home:
Six Yosemite Area Hotels With Fuel Incentives
As fuel prices continue to rise, hotels and motels throughout Madera County —
California’s Gateway to Yosemite National Park — are offering discounts to take
the sting out of filling up.
1 — You’ll find discounts at the popular Madera Valley Inn, 559-664-0100, www.maderavalleyinn.com, one block off Hwy 99 in Madera. This is the perfect spot for
day tripping to Kings Canyon and Sequoia
national parks; both are less than an
hour’s drive away. The inn is offering
a $25 gift card redeemable at numerous
businesses incl gas stations, with
any 3-night stay. Rates at the modern
93-room inn start at $55/night and incl
cont’l bkfst, free parking, high speed
Internet access. Rooms have refrigerators
and coffee makers — some have
microwaves; there’s an exercise room and
2 — Even smaller properties are offering discounts.
The 3-room Yosemite Sierra View
B& B, 559-683-7659, www.yosemitesierraview.com, in Oakhurst is giving a
$10 travel incentivefor any 2 night stay. Incl full hot or cont’l
bkfst. Rooms have private bathrooms and
patios. Located 14 miles from Yosemite, the
Tuscan style B&B is on 10 beautiful mountain
acres. Rates from $129-$200/night.
John Muir (1838-1914), the Scottish born American naturalist, author and inventor, petitioned the U.S. Congress for a bill to protect the natural beauty of Yosemite.
Passed in 1890, federal legislation established Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Muir was co-founder and, until his death, president of the Sierra Club.
3 — Stay 3 nights or more at the Sierra
Mountain Lodge B&B, 800-811-7029, www.sierramountainlodge.com, in
Ahwahnee and get 10% off. Each of the
4 two-story suites has vaulted ceilings, a
private entry with covered porch, downstairs
living room, bathroom and kitchenette.
There’s also a log cabin, perfect for
families. The lodge, at 3,000 ft elevation,
is one block off Hwy 49 and 22 mi from
Yosemite’s southern entrance. Free Internet
access, DVDs and reading library.
4 — The new 63-room Holiday Inn Express, 559-665-3300, www.hiyosemitepark.com, in Chowchilla, just off of Hwy 99
and 14 mi from Merced Regional Airport,
has a “Yosemite Package” that incl
$10 for gas and a dining credit plus free
Internet access, hot bkfst buffet, USA
Today. There’s a swimming pool, spa, fitness
center and nearby tennis, golf and
hiking/biking trails. Spacious rooms have
refrigerators and microwaves and there’s
an on-site laundry and convenience store.
Chowchilla, an Old West town, is home to
the famous Stampede & Cattle Drive and
the Country Fair.
5 — The 78-room Hampton Inn, 559-
on Airport Drive in Madera is giving $10
off room rates. It’s 1 mile to the Madera
Fairgrounds and less than an hour to Bass
Lake, a favorite with anglers. Nearby Valley
Pistachio has free almond, dried fruit
and pistachio tastings.
6 — And, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 888-287-9400, 559-664-9800,
www.marriott.com, on East Almond
Ave in Madera is going all out with its
“Cars Eat Free” package. Stay any day June
thru Aug and get a $25 gas card redeemableredeemable
at any station
is priced at
$25 gift card
is earned for
you book. All 88
suites have a minirefrig,
microwave and coffee
maker. Rates incl cont’l bkfst. There’s
a fitness center, heated pool, and an onsite
Beyond The National Parks
Yosemite Fast Stats
• Take the 4 mile train ride aboard the
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, 559-683-7273, www.ymsprr.com,
which starts/ends at Yosemite’s South Gate.
You’ll ride into history where locomotives
once hauled massive log trains through the
Sierra Mountains. These Shay locomotives
are not reproductions — Engine #10, for
example is 80+ years old. After your ride,
visit the Thornberry Museum, devoted to
the history of logging and mining.
Yosemite National Park, about the size of Rhode Island, is known for its granite cliffs, dramatic waterfalls and giant Sequoias. And its only a 4-hour drive from San Francisco.
• 160 Rare plants
• 350 Miles of roads
• 800 Miles of hiking trails
• 1,600 Miles of streams
• 761,260 Acres
a map and follow the beautiful Madera
Wine Trail, 800-613-0709, www.maderawinetrail.com.
• Explore the Fossil Discovery
Center, 559-665-7107, www.maderamammoths.org, in Chowchilla and
learn about the area’s prehistory while
examining mammoths. Kids love the Center’s
“dig area.” This amazing collection
is near the largest deposit of fossils on
the West Coast.
• See a play or musical
at the 40+ year old Golden Chain Theatre, 559-683-7112, www.goldenchaintheatre.org.
• On a rainy day, head for
the Madera Public Library, 121 North G St, 559-675-7871.
For Further Information
• Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, 41969
Highway 41, Oakhurst,, CA,, 559-683-
• Madera County Visitors Bureau: www.visitmaderacounty.com. Click on “Special
• Yosemite National Park Official Web Site: www.nps.gov/yose.