Nestled in the foothills of the High Sierra Mountains in Central California on one of three large tributaries flowing through the small community of Three Rivers California is a magical oasis. Lake Elowin Resort is a special place for special people ... where you can relax and open up to the grand healing vibes of nature. Lake Elowin Resort is a highly manicured display of beautiful trees, large green lawn, flower shrubs, water fountain, gold fish pond, clean swimming pond and just a few minutes walk to a totally awesome sandy beach river swimming hole. Each of the ten ultra cleaned air conditioned cabins is complete with a full kitchen inducing cooking pots and pans and dishes. My wife and son and our friends look very forward to our annual summer retreats at Lake Elowin Resort which has been a genuine touch stone to our souls. John McDonald, president of Audience AV, Inc.
This rustic setting was perfect with green grass rolling down to a lake. I enjoyed the view with beautiful trees and fountains. I canoed at the lake, and walked a distance to a nearby river. My small cabin was heated well with a wall unit.
The kitchen was good with stove top, a refrigerator, and a table. I recommend it, but groceries are high priced so bring some of your own food. Bring warmer clothing as temperatures drop quickly in the evening. Very charming location and host.
The style of service is good, you are to ask for what you need.
Sequoia National Park had a snow advisory and I did not visit. There are mountains nearby the Three Rivers area. I did see a deer so drive carefully.
I hope to return many times to this magical valley location.
The rustic "comfort" of the cabins is unfortunately associated with the presence of parasites. During the two nights we stayed there, both my wife and I got bitten by unspecified insects and a few days after our visit to Lake Elowin Resort, my daughter started having head lice... The location is superb and the pond a great place to cool down, but the cabins are simply not clean enough.
While driving through three rivers, we found that the entire town had been booked by the Hell's Angels, as they had a rally that weekend. We saw the rustic looking sign to the resort and took the chance. We were in for the best part of our trip. The place was relaxed, the cabin was simple, and the owner was friendly. When we left, we couldn't help but try to plan the next simple, easy going trip up to Lake Elowin. Recommended for those who are content with less, not luxury.
Positives - The little resort has a pretty setting with cabins overlooking the lake. A river runs past that is a 5 minute walk and an enjoyable place to hang out and swim. Current was strong enough in July to defer the weaker swimmers amongst us, but most of the guys liked it.
Negatives - advertised as only 3 miles to the entrance of Sequoia Park, but it turns out the entrance to the park is still an hours drive or more to most of what one wants to do in the park so it did not end up as convenient as we had hoped. Our round trip driving times into the park averaged close to 3 hours per day.
When we arrived we were told exactly where to park, but the sprinklers were watering that spot so we parked elsewhere. No problem but then we had to climb a fairly steep dirt trail to our cabin and the trail was also being watered so was muddy and we got unexpectedly wet reaching our cabin. Same thing every afternoon for this cabin. Last night there we decided to use the big barbque by the lake - nice settng - but walking down to it the stone steps were being sprinkled and one of us slipped and took a nasty fall on the rocks, injuring leg and back. The owners response at the time -"well, we need to water the place, you know". If it had been the 77 year old woman with us who had fallen the situation could have turned serious, for her and for him. We had to move the sprinkler ourselves in order for the steps to dry out which they didn't since it was close to dusk when this happened.
It seems minor, but the lack of willingness to water early or late at night (he did it by hand instead of installing a system) coupled with the lack or care about the accident gave us a feeling that the owners convenience came before his guests well being.
The other viewer who mentioned the air conditioners inability to cool the double rooms was also our experience, although one couple in a single cabin had the opposite problem - the ac was too powerful and noisy to use except when the room became unbearably hot.
Conclusion - if you want a pleasant, very quiet getaway with basic conveniences, and are willing to deal with the owners carelessness, go for it.
i have been going to lake elowin since my early twenties..somewhat few years ago...my husband and i have been together now 27 years and that was our special place we would go every summer.we stayed for weeks. We only had our daughther at that time. She always look forward going and always enjoyed spending her birthdays there the summers. My son who really has not been able to enjoy the fun there, since the last time we have gone,6 years ago when he was two, the year of my mothers passing. It was a place she enjoyed. Always looked forward to planning the trip and looking forward to going. It is a place that has many memories for us....ones we will never forget..a place you to, can make fond memories. If you love the outdoors this is the place, at night the stars are so close that you can reach out to them and the crickets, well they are always busy playing a tune. it is a place that is very special to me......and i know to you'll enjoy.
The place is lovely. Very quiet but not so much you feel uncomfortable laughing and yelling while swimming in the lake. The place is very well maintained. The air conditioning is wall units that don't exactly cool the entire 2 bedroom cabin but still fine. The owners/staff are extremely friendly.
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