This past weekend we packed up the car and headed to Oakhurst, California area for the weekend. We had been wanting to explore Bass Lake and the south gate entrance to Yosemite National Park for awhile. One night we decided to just book the trip and I’m so happy we did!
We rented the most perfect cabin and had the best weekend getaway taking in the mountains, exploring some unique areas, indulged in some great food, and of course, spent some time lounging around the cabin enjoying the river view from the hot tub.
I have been wanting to check out the Oakhurst area since I stumbled upon a fellow bloggers article about a year ago. Oakhurst is a beautiful area with some very friendly locals and some hidden gems I didn’t expect! We stayed in a beautiful cabin located right along the creek that was perfect for our family getaway. The kids loved that they got their own floor that was filled with games, puzzles, and more. Check out the Airbnb here.
On Saturday we started the day off with some delicious donuts from Judy’s Donuts in Oakhurst. This place is a must stop at while in the area. The prices are great and the donuts were ever better! After our bellies were full and we were on a sugar high, we headed off to explore Bass Lake.
The kids loved walking along the shore line. It was such a beautiful day! Since it’s still winter, the water is lower. We didn’t mind though! Bass Lake offers a ton of hiking trails that are great for every level of hiker. There are also some waterfall trails close too. After some time spent at the lake, we made a quick detour trip to a special location just out of North Fork. Check out my recent blog about here, trust me you will want to put this on your California bucket list!
After some walking, we decided to try out Reimer’s Candy & Ice Cream. This is another must stop spot while in the Oakhurst area. The ice cream is homemade and absolutely delicious. We also got some truffles to go. The honey lavender was by far the best truffle I’ve ever tasted! They also have a variety of fun gifts and souvenirs available to buy. Enjoy ice cream in the patio area before heading out to explore more! We did head up to Yosemite afterwards to try to see the Mariposa Groves, but we had no idea just how icey the 2 mile trail would be. We didn’t have snow shoes or the proper gear. We decided to leave and come back to Yosemite National Park the next day.
We continued the day exploring more of the area! There is so much to do in the Oakhurst and Bass Lake area. There is even a steam train that begins running in April! We are fortunate to live next to the forest, but we haven’t explored other forests of California as much as I would like. Being able to get away and explore a bit of the Sierra National Forest was such a blessing! We look forward to visiting again in the summer.