Mariposa Travel Guide

  • A Butterfly Everywhere You Look
    A Butterfly Everywhere You Look
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    Mural on Wall Coming Into Town From the...
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Mariposa Things to Do

  • Board Game Rentals, Wifi, Snack Shack...

    The House That Dabbles in Mariposa (8th and Hwy 140) is a really fun game store. They have board games you can rent and play there or take back to your hotel. They also have Magic The Gathering cards and tournaments, along with computers and a big screen TV (with xbox, etc.) and wifi. It is a really easy going place to hang out and grab snacks...

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  • Mariposa County Courthouse

    The Mariposa County Courthouse was built in 1854 using local lumber and is the oldest continuously used courthouse in the state. It was built using a Greek Revival style of architecture. A number of landmark mining cases were tried here and much of the mining law in the United States is based on decisions handed down from this court. There was a...

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  • Take a Walk Through Downtown

    For the second year in a row we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast away from the maddening crowds. Last year we stayed about 20 miles outside of the more popular area of Asheville, North Carolina in Waynesville, North Carolina and found the town to be quite charming with its unique blend of non chain restaurants and artsy stores to browse and yes buy a...

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  • Explore the Historic down town area!

    This is an old map I still had. Sorry it didn't scan right, but be my guest and to check out the following web site below. It is the best site I think. They're are two others, but I like this one. It gives much more details of the things to see and do and where to find the location much easier. So check it out please! We enjoyed out time there...

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  • California State Mining and Mineral...

    Mariposa is known for whats called the Mother Lode. By 1849 a mass immigaration of fortune seekers arrived in the new frontier and the gold strike changed the coarse of our nations history. The Mining and mineral exhibit features the "Fricot Nugget". A gold nugget that weighs almost 13 pounds. A real mine to venture through, Benotite - The state...

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  • Take a Walk in the Woods

    On our first morning at Poppy Hill Bed and Breakfast outside of Mariposa I woke up as I usually do with the sun. At this time of year it was a little before 7:00 a.m. Since Sue is a later sleeper since she has to get up at 5:00 a.m. when she works, I quietly got out of bed, got dressed and decided to explore a little bit of the area around the Bed...

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  • Visit the California State Mining &...

    Mariposa is also the location of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, recognized as one of the best museums in the state. This museum has a collection of over 13,000 items relating to the California Gold Rush and other historical items relating to the mining and minerals in California. This is where John C. Fremont and Kit Carson...

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  • Mariposa County Courthouse

    The Mariposa courthouse was built by John C. Fremont in 1854 and is not only the oldest courthouse in California, but also the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Rockies.

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  • Old Mariposa County Jail

    Mariposa still has its old county jail, a small, one-room stone strcuture on a bluff above downtown. Built in 1858, it was used as the county jail until 1963, when replaced by a newer building near the courthouse.

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  • Schlageter Hotel

    This old hotel building was built in 1859. It is one of the most prominent historic buildings not only in the town, but the whole county.

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  • Flower Walk up Mariposa Creek

    Another convenient stroll is the Mariposa Creek walkway. It begins at Best Western and ends about halfway through town. You will enjoy a nice stroll up Mariposa Creek and along the way get to browse at the local foliage including the Claifornia Poppy. All of the flowers and bushes are labeled.

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  • Historical 1858 Jail

    Also within walking distance of any hotel. Built on 1858 of 24 inch thick granite block. The granite came from a quarry in the Mormon Bar area. Originally it was built with two full stories and a flat roof but after a fire in 1892 was rebuilt with one story and a loft type second story with a gabled roof. Gallows were built in the rear of the...

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Mariposa Restaurants

  • Yosemite Area Pizza Chain

    After having spent the day at Yosemite National Park and having a good size lunch at the Lodge in the park, Sue and I didn't really need a lot to eat for dinner. On our drive back through the winding, dark roads back to Mariposa, I asked Sue if a pizza for our Thursday night dinner was ok with her. She agreed and so we headed into downtown Mariposa...

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  • You Gotta Have the Mint Tea

    The 4th full day of our 10 full days in California was basically a travel day going from the Wine Country area to the Yosemite area. Although we didn't have anything specific on our schedule for the day, we did manage a few activities and pictures covered in other tips. Anyway, we arrived in Mariposa around 6:00 p.m. and checked in at our home away...

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  • Delicious food, great service, well...

    We just happened on the Butterfly Cafe for breakfast on our way home from Yosemite, right on the main highway through town. What a great find! It's a bit small but cozy and inviting. The adorable back patio is open in the summer only, but looks equally as charming and inviting. If you are either going to or coming back from Yosemite or just taking...

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  • Ok Burger/Diner Place

    Boasting the "largest menu in the Sierra," this is dine has some character and is decent but hardly great even for what it is. The burgers are pretty good but hardly great. One of the weakest points in our experience is the "salad bar," which is very very weak. The salad dressing in particular leaves a lot to be desired, with the choices all being...

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  • Largest Menu in Town

    Fun environment! Smiley faces everywhere! This is the best place to get a burger in Mariposa by far! They offer everything from Breakfast to dinner! All the food is cooked to order so I would not consider this a fast food restauraunt even though you order at the counter. They have every kind of hot sandwhich you can imagine and you can even make...

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  • Wonderrful Steaks and Seafood

    Best Dinner In Mariposa by far! The owner Ed Uebner is the Chef during the week and Clarence is the Chef on the weekends! Both wonderful cooks. They buy only the best cuts os meat and seafoods and cut it up in house. Everything is delicous. The environment is very friendly and has a western Theme. Family owned for many years. Salmon when they are...

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  • Red Fox, excellent food, good value

    Here in the middle of "tourist land" at the western entrance to Yosemite, we did not expect to find a good restaurant in Mariposa on the main highway. But we did.....The Red Fox has an a small, but very good selection of dishes and we all enjoyed our meal, our teenage daughter included (and that is a big compliment ;O)))

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  • Gourmet Sandwiches

    More than just sandwich store, River Rock cafe has something for everyone. My fussy son even likes the sandwhiches here! The choices of bread are diverse, include everyone's favorite chibata. This little gourmet store 'n more is a gem! They have a list of 10 standards or make your own!

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  • Best Burgers In CA

    This is no drive thru fast food place. The burgers are generous and the food is awesome. The highlight of this little tourist town - Happy Burger receives raves and accolades from all who venture in with a rumbly tummy!The walls are covered with LP album covers of every category and genre. Happy Burger does a great breakfast - but the variety of...

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Mariposa Nightlife

  • by mariposite Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Most tourists stay in the town of Mariposa in the evenings and explore Yosemite National Park by day. So if you are in Mariposa at night and want to do dinner and a movie, you are in luck, there is a real cinema in Mariposa. The Sixth Street Cinema, you guessed it, on 6th St. in the heart of downtown, shows the latest offerings of independent films. They often show films you can't get outside of San Francisco and LA. Free films are offered on Thursdays most weeks. Admissiion is a mere $7.

    Dress Code: Dress Code? Yes, Mariposa businesses usually require clothing of some kind.

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    • Arts and Culture

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Mariposa Shopping

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    by riorich55 Written Dec 24, 2010

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    Now, I will be the first to admit that I'm not much of a shopper. To me a great shopping experience is going into a store, getting what I came for, pay for the item and be out of the front door in less then 5 minutes. Sue, on the other hand, well let's just say that she is a consummate shopper.

    However, on vacation going into small towns like Mariposa I kind of find shopping (or in my case looking and trying to find a bargain or photo op) kind of interesting. For one, the shops are all unique. This goes right along with my mantra of trying not to eat at many franchise restaurants.

    On the 2nd day full day in the area we headed into downtown Mariposa for a few hours before heading back to Yosemite and dinner with VT member Kathymof and her husband. As always we ended up buying a few things (a book or 2, some postcards, a picture that we could frame later and usually a few other knick knacks).

    The people were all very laid back and friendly. Oh, and since it is a little bit of an artsy town you can buy a number of different art pieces and even stop off for a wine tasting.

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    At the South End of Town Some of the Locals to Greet You All Decked Out for Autumn Outside One of the Stores
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Mariposa Local Customs

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    by jstark Written Apr 11, 2007

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    Held on Labor Day weekend every year! This is so much fun if you are able to vacation around this time of year! All of the locals and and animals and just a plain "Good Ol' Time". There is a destruction derby ,which we compete in, a horse show and of coarse a rodeo! Many exihibits with local veggie growers and photographers! Jr. Livestock Auction! and much much more.

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    • Farm Stay
    • Festivals
    • Historical Travel

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Mariposa Warnings and Dangers

  • Do You Like Winding, Curvy Roads?

    When we started out the day traveling from Fairfield, California over to Mariposa, I laid in the coordinants on the iPad GPS. The first part of the trip took us through Lodi, California where we had lunch. After lunch the GPS had us get on a very boring strech of highway which swung around to the south of Mariposa and then back north again into the...

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  • Ticket Time and Speed Traps!

    Traveling up from Merced (Hwy 140) , you will find a disproportionate amount of CHP's and sheriffs for the road and town. They are all looking for a ticket to write - do not let it be you!! The state makes a windfall on the residents and tourists.......beware!!

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Mariposa Tourist Traps

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    by jstark Written Apr 11, 2007

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    When you first arrive to Mariposa the first two restauraunts you see are China Station and Pizza Plus. Both are great places to eat however during the tourist season there are tons of buses here which causes much chaos! Stay clear and eat at other places.

    Unique Suggestions: Look for buses and if there are more then one try to avoid this place.

    Fun Alternatives: Up the road a few blocks are other convenient stores and restuarants

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