In August we took a family trip to Yosemite. Its about a three hour drive to get there from the Bay Area so there really is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the natural beauty there!

There are several entrances to the 1,200 square miles of Yosemite National Park, but the main gateway is along Highway 140 which brings you through the little historic town of Mariposa. Mariposa feels like you’ve stepped straight into the Wild Wild West as you stroll up the historic main street.

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How adorable are these historic store fronts? There are even a few tasting rooms where you can pick up local bottles of wine, olive oil, and vinegar. After extensive samples of course!
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While downtown don’t miss the little downtown museum!The Mariposa Museum & History Center is a small museum that presents a picture of people and life in Mariposa, concentrating on the Gold Rush and late 19th century. Exhibits include artifacts of the mining days and rooms -recreating old dwellings and stores from the era. My favorites parts were the mini town & the saloon! Its a great way to get the history of the area before diving into the park. You can also stop at the grocery store to load up on necessities for the weekend.

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Mariposa Museum & History Center

Open 10am-4pm

5119 Jessie Street, Mariposa, CA 95338, United States Mariposa, the Gateway to Yosemite, CA | www.sweetteasweetie.com Mariposa, the Gateway to Yosemite, CA | www.sweetteasweetie.com
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After exploring Mariposa, we checked into our VRBO vacation house for an extended weekend stay. It was nestled up against the mountains and allowed us quick access to the park & the option to bring the dogs with us. Six people and four dogs made for a lively household, but it was really fun to have the family kitchen & backyard grill area. The home even came with an herb garden that we could use!

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Check back next week to see some gorgeous photos of hikes through Yosemite!

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