For those whose idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service, this may be a perfect vacation option. To experience life on the range like the pioneers in the Old West did in covered wagons, but not really, Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging in Groveland, California has begun offering luxury Conestoga covered wagons for high-maintenance travelers.
Equipped with king size accommodations that include air conditioning, heat, a refrigerator and microwave, these covered wagons are a taste of Little House on the Prarie without the hardship. The larger wagons sleep up to six people, while the smaller ones can accommodate up to four. All wagons come with a fire pit and picnic table for meals and mingling with fellow ‘pioneers.’
Unfortunately, the wagons have no bathroom, but you just need to take a few steps to use one nearby. Usually priced at $179, Yosemite Pines is offering a buy-one-night, get-one-night free special for guests with the code WAGONINTRO until September 30, 2018.
The resort offers guests recreation amenities such as a swimming pool, a petting zoo, bocce ball, and volleyball courts, as well as fitness trails, hayrides, and outdoor movies. The site also features a deli for quick meals, or you can travel to nearby Groveland, which has a grocery store and specialty shops, as well as great restaurants, museums, and other local attractions.
The Conestoga wagon was popular for migration southward through the Great Appalachian Valley along the Great Wagon Road during colonial times. After the American Revolution, it was used for trade between Pittsburgh and Ohio. The wagon was usually pulled by a team of eight horses or a dozen oxen.
In Canada, the Conestoga wagons were used by Pennsylvania German migrants who left the United States for Southern Ontario, settling communities in the Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, and York regions.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is located 22 miles from the western gate of Yosemite National Park. While there, guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including river rafting trip down the Stanislaus River with Sunshine Rafting Adventures, which is 45 minutes west of Yosemite Pines.
Yosemite also offers family tours through Yosemite Family Adventures (YFA). A local guide will take you on a private tour of Yosemite National Park. YFA also offers hiking tours, sightseeing tours, fly fishing guides and other fun guided outdoor adventures.
For more information on booking a covered wagon, visit the Yosemite Pines website.