Just before the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, in Fish Camp California, is the quaint motel Narrow Gauge Inn. The name of the motel comes from the historic Sugar Pine Railroad and depot located next door.
The Narrow Gauge Inn is a quiet step back in time. Built in the 1950’s, the only updates are the ones that have been absolutely necessary, like wi-fi. Otherwise, you feel like Lucy and Desi might be in the room next door. Antiques, old tiles, and pine paneling in each room, old homemade curtains at the windows, and original dutch entry doors complete the retro feel.
All the rooms overlook a pine-filled valley, and one suite has a deck right on the babbling brook going down the side of the property. The main building has two levels, and there is another row of rooms a few steps down the hill.
Tastes like travel stayed at the Narrow Gauge Inn in early February 2012. The on-site restaurant and saloon were closed for the season, unfortunately, as was the train. The host was amicable, and handed us our breakfast basket when we checked in. The main lobby also included a small gift shop area where you could purchase a bottle of wine or a memento. The lobby was guarded by a six-toed cat who easily made friends.
There were a few other travelers there as well. However, all of us were placed next to or above each other, and with the old thin walls we felt like we heard every move made.
Our breakfast basket was disappointing. The best part was the two fresh apples, but the grape pouch drinks were not a good adult breakfast drink choice.
The room amenities were basic. The lighting in the bathroom could have been improved with a small lamp on the built-in vanity. With tile flooring in the bathroom, slippers would be a nice touch. And spa robes would be a cozy comfort, especially during the chilly winter months.
Although we enjoyed the peace and quiet, a couple of well-thought touches would make the Narrow Gauge Inn the perfect retreat after a long day in the park.