Newly Opened Evergreen Haus: Comfy Mountain Lodging And Affordable Rates
OAKHURST – If fabled heroine Goldilocks had found herself at Evergreen Haus before she met the three bears, the fairy tale would have ended right there.
According to owner Edward Rainwater, Goldilocks would have pronounced Evergreen Haus “just right.”The local lodging establishment, located between Oakhurst and Yosemite’s southern entrance, is the brainchild of former southern California residents Rainwater and his wife, Stephanie.
At least six adults and four children can stay in their spacious mountain retreat, which can be rented as one large cabin or individual rooms.
“We’re actually a unique hybrid mix of several different types of accommodations,” explains Rainwater, a long-time video game artist. “We offer en suite rooms with private bathrooms, and shared common areas like the great room, kitchen, laundry room and large covered wrap-around deck.”
Rainwater says of the greatest advantages for guests is the full access to these common areas.
“We have the kitchen stocked with lots of breakfast items that our guests are welcome to help themselves to,” Rainwater says. “Guests are welcome to use our full kitchen for all meals if they’d like to save money, exactly like a cabin rental.”
The idea of running a mountain lodge came from Rainwater’s experience in the city.
“I averaged 12-16 hour days,” remembers Rainwater. “My vacations were sacred to me. I’d only get my 1 or 2 weeks off per year to recharge my energy levels, to unplug and escape the daily grind and stress.”
The avid outdoorsman preferred rustic lodges to busy hotels. Eventually, Rainwater family vacations turned into location scouting expeditions. Three years ago, the couple bought the Evergreen property and went to work fixing up the charming old cabin, itself a vestige of the lumber mill days.
“Our guests not only get the historical rustic elegant cabin experience with big rooms, but also the great room centered around a large stone granite fireplace,” says Rainwater. The space is also equipped with “flat screen TV and all the amenities, plus an outdoor five-burner grill and plenty of space to comfortably spread out,” the owner recounts. “We want our guests to enjoy that majestic view of the Sierra National Forest.”
Rainwater really likes helping guests fine-tune their stay, offering helpful tips on Yosemite day trips and more. He and Stephanie especially want people to know that theirs is a kid-friendly location. Rainwater has two children who attend Oakhurst Elementary School, and he knows how families look for savings.
“Guests are getting a lot of value for their money,” Rainwater promises, “especially since for the same price or less than other places, we’re closer location to Yosemite and at about 1000 ft. above Oakhurst, away from the hustle and bustle of town.”
The public is invited to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. Reservations are requested as refreshments will be served, along with a raffle. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
The newly re-opened Bed of Roses B&B right next door, will also be open for tours during the open house.
Evergreen Haus Yosemite/Sierra Mountain Cabin Lodging is located at 43552 Whispering Pines Drive just north of Oakhurst.