A Wine-Tasting Trip to Yosemite?!?

     One of America’s great natural treasures is Yosemite National Park, some 310 miles from Los Angeles and 214 miles from San Francisco.

     If you’ve never been, you have to go. >From its shear granite cliffs to its glacier-carved valleys, and from its majestic waterfalls to ancient sequoia groves, the Yosemite Valley is a place of beautiful inspiration.

     Yosemite sits within Mariposa County, and here’s a tasty tidbit you may not have known: Mariposa is home to five wineries that craft some very good wines.

     One of the five – Chappell Vineyard & Winery – keeps regular hours for tasting. It’s located in downtown Mariposa, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.

     The others are available for tasting by appointment, and you could easily plan a weekend around Mariposa winery visits.

     Mariposa offers numerous lodging options, including eight bed-and-breakfast inns:

     * The Ashworth House – 209-966-5504

     * Highland House Bed & Breakfast – 209-966-3737

     * Inn The Country – 209-966-5581

     * Little Valley Inn on the Creek – 209-742-6204

     * Mariposa Hotel Inn – 209-966-7500

     * Meadow Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast – 800-853-2037

     * Poppy Hill Bed & Breakfast – 209-742-6273

     * The Inn at Mariposa – 866-888-5496

     As we mentioned, there’s no need for an appointment to taste wines at Chappell Vineyard & Winery. However, you may want to keep its phone number handy to verify operating hours before traveling: 209-742-4500.

     Here are contact numbers for the other Mariposa wineries, which do require appointments:

     * Butterfly Creek Winery – 209-966-2097

     * Mount Bullion Vineyard – 209-377-8450

     * Silver Fox Vineyard – 209-966-4800

     * Villa Spalla Vineyard & Winery – 209-966-8414

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