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Charming, Rustic Homey Blackberry Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Blackberry Inn Bed & Breakfast was a delightful place to stay during our recent trip to Yosemite National Park. The innkeeper was very hospitable and friendly. As an author of guide books to Yosemite National Park, the innkeeper was very knowledgeable about the park and surrounding area, but quite modest about her expertise. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Breakfasts were very tasy! Bring your appetite since portions are generous! Every morning and evening we enjoyed a flurry of activity from the humming birds feeding at the feeders near the house. Upon return from a day of hiking at Yosemite, it was delightful to find homemade cookies and a caraff of cold water in our rooms. The setting is rustic and quiet but still proximal to Yosemite National Park or Groveland. It was a relief to get away from the hordes of people at the park at the end of the day. It took about 30 minutes to reach the entrance to Yosemite National Park but it's a very scenic drive. This was our 1st trip to Yosemite and 1st stay at Blackberry Inn Bed & Breakfast but I'm sure it won't be our last.
Fantastic Blackberry Inn
We recently spent 4 nights at the Blackberry Inn as part of a trip to California/Las Vegas for my 50th birthday. We cant praise the hotel enough - really comfortable rooms with fabulous feather beds (just what you need after trekking round Yosemite all day), breakfasts were fantastic with really fresh food (no need for lunch) and to sit on the porch with humming birds feeding was just amazing. The owners were really friendly and a font of all knowledge on the area (directed us to where the bears were, which was a really memorable part of the holiday). If you are visiting Yosemite, then this is the place to stay.
We've recently come back from a four week tour of the western states - Blackberry Inn stood out as the best place to stay in the USA, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone. If you book your stay at Yosemite here, you can guarantee that the only regret you'll have is that you can't stay longer.
Fabulous food and accommodations
My wife and I just returned from a couple of weeks in California. We stayed for 3 nights at the Blackberry Inn, and just loved it. To be honest, I'm always a bit skeptical of any over the top reviews and 5* ratings, but I'm convinced. This place was fabulous, not a single complaint. The reviews from the other travelers were bang on.
The Innkeeper (Ann Marie) was so friendly and welcoming, you felt right at home. She's also very knowledgeable about Yosemite and California parks in general, and has in fact written several books about hiking in Yosemite and other California parks, so you won't find a better person to talk to about the park.
We stayed in the Berry Patch room and it was beautiful. From what I can gather, all the rooms are very large. The breakfasts were incredible, Ann Marie is a fantastic cook. (The continental breakfast at the next hotel just didn't make it!) Each day there were fresh cookies in your room, which were delicious.
Initially I was disappointed to be staying outside the park, but in retrospect, it was nice to get away from the crowds after a long day of hiking and driving around. Groveland is a short drive away for dinner, and there are a couple of diners within walking distance. So you have a good choice for dinners nearby.
In the evening, it was wonderful to sit on the huge front porch, sip some wine, and watch the hummingbirds. We got a chance to meet some nice people from California and England while we were there. The front porch made socializing with the other guests very easy and casual.
Anyone who has traveled before knows the stresses, inconveniences and disappointing stopovers you encounter. When you find a good place, you keep going back. I would recommend the Blackberry to anyone who wants to visit Yosemite, without hesitation. My only regret was that we didn't stay long enough. Getting in and out of Yosemite takes time, so do yourself a favour and stay a minimum of 4 or 5 nights, otherwise you're short changing yourself and the park.
We stayed here for two nights in August. The accommodation is wonderful - better than the website suggests. We enjoyed plentiful breakfasts, good company and were very thankful for the good advice shared with us about where to visit during our short stay.
After a busy day in Yosemite we enjoyed a night on the porch where we watched humming birds and deer. Another night we shared a glass of wine with other guests and sat talking until late.
There is a local diner within a few minutes walk, that serves ample and very reasonably priced evening meals.
Would recommend this place to anyone visiting Yosemite. It is absolutely beautiful.
What's left to say that hasn't already been said about this lovely, enchanting place ? We stayed 2 nights in the Briar Rose room in September 2007. My first thought upon our arrival was : "What a pity we're only staying for 2 nights". Ann Marie is an absolute gem and she was a great source of information about Yosemite. Since we had only 1 day there, this was of great value to us. We took her advice (and her guide book) with us to the park and had a marvelous time. The drive upto or back from the park could prove to be too long if you're staying for more than a few nights but that is the only slight negative we could find. Also, bear in mind that it is very hard (impossible?) to find a meal close to the inn after 21.00 hrs (but there are ample possibilities not far way before that time). Adorable place with a perfect hostess ! Would recommend it to everyone!! We felt so much at home that we had to remind ourselves to settle the bill before leaving :-). PS : Our thanks to all the reviews on TripAdvisor which proved very helpful and truthful.
Excellent chioce just outside Yosemite
A lovely B&B, a lovely host, nice settings, big, comfortable room, close to Yosemite west entrance. It isn't inexpensive, but contrary to inside the park this is excellent value for money, so we were glad we were too late to get anything inside the park.
In short, an excellent choice you won't regret, and we will return next time we're at Yosemite.
Blown away by this B&B...
This was our first visit to Yosemite, and everything in the park was booked save for the faux-tents (no thank you!!). We luckily were able to book two nights at the Blackberry Inn, in the beautiful "Berry Patch" room. This was also another first for us--our first bed and breakfast--and I already know that no other B&B will ever compare.
The location is a bit difficult to find in the late evenings, as it was dark and there are no streetlights. It is also a few miles out of the main street of Groveland. I called Ann Marie a few times to get directions, and she somehow got us to the inn. She even suggested we eat in the town before coming, as to avoid backtracking since there are more restaurants directly in Groveland. We pulled up in the evening, received our key, and promptly left for dinner at the 49ers diner.
Upon arrival, we noticed that there were only three parking spots...because there are only three rooms! We felt a little weird at first, as it is pretty much like rooming in a stranger's home, but Ann Marie immediately made us feel at home. Our room is the only guest room located on the ground floor, with an entry hidden down a small hall (for privacy). As other guests have noted, we were quite blown away. I thought $160/night was steep, but our stay was well worth it (heck, the mister paid, not me).
This is what made the Blackberry Inn our first and best B&B experience, even better than any hotel we have ever stayed in:
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everything is fabulous
I booked the Blackberry based on the consistently good reviews on trip advisor. It was everything I expected and more. It is in a beautiful quiet location en-route to the park. The rooms are spotless, beautifully furnished and have every amenity you need. The lounge on the top floor is cosy and packed full of guide books.
Probably one of the best assets the Blackberry has is Anne Marie herself. She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and gave us excellent advice on how to plan our day. When it snowed (yes, in September!) she phoned the park guides a couple of times to find out whether the pass was open.
Breakfast is delicious and imaginative (and you will certainly not need to eat lunch!). It is eaten facing the veranda and watching the hummingbirds.
There is really nothing negative I could write about the Blackberry....it fully deserves it's ratings. The only thing that disappointed us was that we saw it was up for sale...given that Ann Marie is a key to the charm of the place I hope the next owners take such care.
Fantastic place to stay
We loved the Blackberry:
Off the beaten track so very peaceful but not far to Yosemite Park entrance and there are nice walks nearby in the forest.
The accommodation is immaculate, the comfiest bed I've ever slept in.
The choc chip cookies and Ann-Marie's breakfasts are yummy
The hummingbirds on the porch!
We had a wonderful time there
Ann-Marie was also very helpful and gave us good advice on what to do/see in the Park and also the best driving route from the B&B to Las Vegas (across the Tioga Pass,head east then south, long clear roads, interesting scenery, less stressful than the freeways and about the same distance &time)
I would highly recommend this as a place to stay if you're visiting Yosemite or just if you want to get away from it all....
Christine & Harry, Edinburgh, Scotland