- Reviews: 83
Dow Villa Motel: Dow Villa Motel
Very small motel, We stay in a room that had a community bath where we had to walk down stairs to get to, I am not complaining because it was our choice to choose that room since it was only about $30 for the night. Also, the history in this hotel is really neat and I could have just stood in the lobby all evening looking at all of the photos on the walls of the famous people that have stayed in that exact part of the motel. VERY neat motel and I would recommend it to anyone with a open mind BUT it is not a room for a high maintenance person.
There is a hotel part of the motel which is newer and updated! It does have a pool and a hot tub. this Motel/Hotel is in the central point of Lone Pine.
The Dow Hotel was built in the early 1920s. Even then Hollywood was looking for movie locations where there was a variety of scenery. Where better than the Owens Valley, with its snow-capped Sierra, its ancient Alabama Hills, its deserts and mountain lakes and streams. And when they came on location, they needed lodging. Mr. Walter Dow, a Lone Pine resident, could see ahead and knew what it could mean to the valley to have the big movie business, so he built the Dow Hotel.
Originally the Hotel had 55 rooms and one apartment for the manager. The front porch gave a magnificent view of the Sierra with Mt. Whitney the central attraction. The Dow Hotel hosted countless producers, directors and stars. To name a few of the stars, John Wayne, William Boyd, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Pat Buttrum, Stewart Granger, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum and Clayton Moore.
When the golden days of movies began to die down, television and tourism came in. Here again, film companies found housing at the Dow Hotel. In 1957 Mr. Walter Dow sold the Hotel to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Bonham and Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Turner. The Bonhams and the Turners built the first Motel section adjacent to the Hotel where Santa Rosa Catholic Church used to be located, naming the new addition "The Dow Villa Motel." In 1959 a second section to the Motel was added, and a third in 1963. All three of the original Motel sections have had a major reconstruction and beautification.
- Reviews: 4914
Budget Inn & Hotel: Small, but quaint
Quaint little Inn located right of Main Street. It looks small, but renovated. It looks very comfortable. The rooms include refrigerators, microwaves and HBO. They too offer a fishermen and senior discount. Fishermen are welcome to use their freezer facilities. Just across the street from a church too. What is nice about all these hotels, motels, or Inns is that they are so close to shopping, sight seeing and restaurants.
- Reviews: 4914
Dow Villa Motel & Hotel: Charming and Rustic
Seems Lone Pine has lots of wonderful AAA establishments. This place looks really charming and rustic. I think it is family owned. They welcome pets and operate as a luxury hotel and motel. All rooms include in-room coffee, refrigerators, free local calls and video players. Also, a conference room and have heated pool or spa. Smoke-free rooms are available.
- Reviews: 4914
The Trails Inn: Triple AAA
Whether passing through town or staying a while, you can tell see that they have spacious rooms and all the amenities. It has a solar heated pool and a beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators complimentary in-room coffee, and free HBO. They offer freezer facilities for fishermen. It is very retro and reminds me of those Route 66 days when these types of Inns, hotel, or motels were is their heyday. This Inn is located right next door to the movie museum.
- Reviews: 2750
Upper Botscout Lake: Lakeside retreat
We made camp at Upper Boyscout Lake for 2 nights. There are no established campgrounds on this side of the mountain. Its find a spot and pitch a tent. Upper Boyscout was a good choice of lodging as we had a nice view of the lake, private restroom facilities (see photo 2) and resident noctural mice to keep us entertained, or, at least, on our toes.
I haven't stayed in too many places with mice, with the exception of the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park.
- Reviews: 128
The Dow Villa Motel: A great place to stay in Lone Pine
Don't let the 1950's motor lodge exterior scare you off - our room looked as if it had just been renovated and was clean and decorated as nicely as an upscale chain hotel. The rooms inculded a microwave oven, small refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair drier, clock radio and cable tv with HBO and a VHS with movies available in the lobby. The rooms are quiet and comfortable
The Dow Villa was originally built in the early 1920s when the Hollywood film industry was filming many movies in the nearby Alabama Hills. Some noted past guests include: John Wayne, William Boyd, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Pat Buttrum, Stewart Granger, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum and Clayton Moore.
- Reviews: 107
Whitney Portal Campground: 3/4 miles Campground from the trailhead
Clean, spacious, close to trailheads. Water spigots are available. Restrooms are available (chemical not flush) $16/night. Some sites can be reserved (must be made at least 5 days prior to arrival) and some are for first come first serve. I was there for labor day weekend with no reservation and was able to find a site no problem.
- Reviews: 186
Diaz Lake Campground: Beautiful location
The campground had all the facilities you would need, and was situated on Diaz Lake. One of the greatest features was its location, nestled between the Inyo Mountains to the East, and the Alabama Hills to the West.
I took this picture of the Inyo Mountains one evening as the sun was setting. After 3 nights, I moved on to Devil's Postpile, but enjoyed Diaz so much, I stayed again on my last night in California.
- Reviews: 186
Diaz Lake Campground
I was very lucky to find this campsite. I arrived in Lone Pine late in the day, and after picking up an ice chest, some food and a 6 pack of Coors Light, I asked about a campsite. I was directed to Diaz Lake Campground, located 1 mile south of town.
Before I arrived in Lone Pine, I was looking at my map, and assumed there would be camping at Owens Lake close by. But because this was before the days of the Internet, I had no way of knowing that Owens Lake has been dry since 1926, as all the water had been diverted to LA.
- Reviews: 3592
Trail Camp 12039 feet high: Best campsites on Whitney Trail?
For my money, this is the best campsite of three en route to the top of Mt Whitney via the Whitney Portal trail. Besides the peak itself, it is also the highest. It also is not an easy task to obtain an overnight permit for camping on the trail either - hard enough to get a dayhike permit for the 22 mile roundtrip trail.
Super views with the Whitney Crest from Whitney to Mt Muir to Trail Crest seen towering above the tarns lying at the feet of Wotan's Throne. Up here you need to protect your food and gear from marmots, which can cause grief as well as bears. This camp also allows for backcountry exploration over Arc Pass to the Sky-Blue Lakes on the other side (see Blaird's VT pages for a great view over Consultation Lake and up this boot pass); it is the first point on the Whitney Portal trail that you can see the peak itself - 6 miles in and it is the start of the 99 - or so - switchbacks that go to the Trail Crest, at 13480 feet.
- Reviews: 3592
Smithsonian Institute Hut: Top of Mt Whitney
This is the highest building in 49 states - maybe even Alaska? It was established by the Smithsonian Institute in 1909 for their astronomers. It has been used as an emergency hut during thunderstorms, but several people were killed and injured a few years ago after a lightning strike. The highest WC can be seen to the right, an open-air affair with a great view.
One of the best views anywhere. It is awfully high though - probably better appreciated by someone who is well acclimatised to the altitude, perhaps at the end of a backpack trip to the wilds to the peak's west side.
- Reviews: 271
Bureau of Land Management: BLM grounds
There are some BLM grounds here, so you can stay on them for free. There is no running water that I saw and no real toilets. You pretty much get a piece of land to park your car on and pitch your tent.
Back to nature...for sure
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