Breathtaking Yosemite Vacations & Gold Country Getaways
Rife with California Gold Rush history and unparalleled natural beauty, premier downtown shopping spans alongside some of the oldest life in the world. Ancient sequoias tower over iconic mining towns, not 20 miles from the all-suites Yosemite vacation rentals at WorldMark Bass Lake. Local artists in action, half-mile waterfalls and 3,000 year-old trees make this cut of Northern California a fairy tale destination for all types of travelers. Adventurers love the 800 miles of trails in Yosemite National Park, while history buffs and savvy shoppers savor every city for miles.
Lakeside Yosemite Vacations in Historic California Gold Country
Few places ring in American hearts like this iconic National Park. Yosemite vacation rentals at WorldMark Bass Lake offer guests an immersive apartment-style home, miles south of one of the most famous destinations in the United States. Stay local and hit the water on a day of boating, skiing, fishing, or kayaking. For another level of adventure, take a drive north just 16 miles to some of the most striking, postcard-worthy scenery you'll ever see, from El Capitan to Sentinel Rock. If cultural destination shopping is more your thing, take to the streets of nearby Mariposa, Oakhurst and The Pines Village. There you'll find a vast array of local crafts, friendly artists and vibrant festivals all year, highlighting woodcarving, chocolate, wine, antiques, and arts and crafts. Local mineral and mining museums are an absolute must as well, filled to the brim with every kind of ore and extraction method imaginable, from massive gold nuggets and diamonds, to authentic stamp mills.
Crab Cakes Restaurant The name says it all at this seafood-centric restaurant in Oakhurst, right outside the south gate of Yosemite. Their inviting full-service bar features tons of craft beer and California wines with daily happy hour Sunset Specials.
Ducey's On the Lake The Pines Resort is home to this Yosemite mainstay in Bass Lake. With mountain lodge ambience, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Be sure to try the signature fruit-stuffed French toast and roasted prime rib
El Cid Mexican Cuisine This award-winning Mexican restaurant is known not only for Chef Tony Olmeda's fresh and fiery salsa, but the heartfelt preparation of every one of the 95 items on the menu. Not to mention the best margaritas around!
Frenchy's Rockaway Grill Enjoy beachfront dining right on the Gulf where the chef prepares a large selection of fresh seafood, sandwiches and Caribbean-style dishes that delight. Live music and a full bar will entertain you into the night.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel Everything about this landmark restaurant (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Dining Room) is as breathtaking as its Yosemite setting, from the pristine decor to the creative farm-fresh Californian cuisine. The Grand Sunday Brunch is an absolute must, with oysters, prime rib and more.
The Forks Resort at Bass Lake A family owned and operated Yosemite favorite for 3 generations, the 1950s diner aesthetic here complements the home-cooked comfort food kindly, including their famous "Forks Burger' , chicken fried steak and hearty mountain breakfasts.
Coarsegold Historic Village Focused on local artists and their work, many of the crafts on sale here are made on-site. Wander the walkways, chat with the craftsmen and take in the history of this old Gold Country shopping destination
Mariposa Gift Shop Embracing the creative spirit of the region, there's no better place to find inspired local crafts of the highest quality such as recycled silverware, hand-blown glass and heirloom-worthy creations for every occasion.
Old Mill Village Conveniently located in nearby Oakhurst, this scenic shopping center harbors major retailers like VONS grocery store, Big 5 Sporting Goods, CVS, Radio Shack and Payless Shoes, among others.
The Pines Village A quaint shopping area with local vendors, here you'll find everything you need for a day of fun in the sun. In addition to bait and tackle, there's fine art, gift shops and a farmer's market.
Yosemite Village An incredible outpost for everything you could possibly need in the park, this general store is always well stocked with Yosemite souvenirs, local beers, pre-made sandwiches, snacks, t-shirts, trinkets and postcards.