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  Penon Blanco Lookout is named for the fire lookout of the same name which was built on the highest peak in the area projecting a majestic brown quartz outcrop marveled by John Muir. It is located about 3 miles (as the crow flies) west of the old gold mining town of Coulterville, which is just 31 miles from Yosemite. The inn is built on a 200 acre working cattle ranch - right on top of a rise of Penon Blanco Road where John Muir made a sketch of Horseshoe Bend and the Merced River back in June of 1869.

Today there are still two cattle drives per year. One in May driving the cattle to the high country for the summer, and one in October when they return to the valley. Often times we have guests on those days and it is quite a treat for them to see a truly western event just as it was done many years ago.
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In the morning when the guests smell the coffee and tea brewing, their appetites grow, and they are ready to sit down to a gourmet, multi-course candlelight breakfast (more like brunch). For those who prefer herb tea, we grow some of our own herbs.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, your four night stay includes a holiday feast in addition to the usual great amenities. Adults only.
deck chaiirs
Cribs and high chair are available.

Complimentary Breakfast:
Penon Blanco Lookout, a unique and romantic bed and breakfast offers it's guests a multi course gourmet breakfast. Be prepared to be hungry!

We offer a portfolio of breakfast entrées/main courses that consist of Eggs Benedict; various kinds of omelettes with cheese and/or veggies; steak & eggs; crépes; chicken picante; and variations of strata.

As an "appetizer" a plate of freshly prepared fruit is served with the breakfast.

We also accommodate vegetarians and pescetarians and serve vegan food upon request.

Free Parking:
Parking is always free at Penon Blanco Lookout, we have a large parking lot with room for boats, trucks and RVs, no hookups.

Other Services:
Restaurant reservations. Road conditions. Directions and maps. Weather reports. Itineraries.

Translation Service:
We offer German translation services.

Wi-Fi Connectability


Lakes Mc Clure and Don Pedro offer day camping, sandy beaches and lagoon swimming.

Bicycling / Jogging Trails:
PENON BLANCO LOOKOUT, a unique and romantic bed and breakfast is located directly on the historic JOHN MUIR CORRIDOR, the original and still the best route to Yosemite Valley. Today one can experience this bit of history by bicycling from La Grange up Penon Blanco Road all the way to Yosemite Valley the same way John Muir walked with a flock of sheep in 1869 and discovered Yosemite Valley and the Hetch Hetchy. The whole area is great for bicycling and jogging. There are miles and miles of country roads.

Any type of boating is available on both Lakes McClure and Don Pedro. Boat and jet ski rentals are available on both lakes.

There are two American Indian Casinos nearby, Jamestown & Tuolumne

Coulterville offers home style cooking, sandwiches and burgers at the Coulter Cafe. The Lumberyard Cafe & Brew offering gargantuos burgers, rib eye steaks, prime rib, BBQ tri-tip, Mexican entrees and more. Bozsik's Pizzeria eat in or take out. In nearby towns, there are a variety restaurants, bars and grills.

Both Lakes McClure and Don Pedro sponsor live black bass fishing tournaments. Fly fishing is also a favorite. Feel like trout for breakfast today? Bring it back to the inn and we'll cook it up for you!

Fitness Center / Gym:
One can be found in nearby Sonora.

Health Spa / Massage:
We offer professional Swedish, sports & deep tissue massage in the privacy of own room. You can book these online. Two people minimum, performed consecutively.

Penon Blanco Lookout, a unique and romantic bed and breakfast is situated on 200 hilly acres with panoramic views from it's ridges. One can hike to the original Penon Blanco Lookout atop the highest peak in the area. Walk another 50 feet and an adventurous one can visit a hideout cave once frequented by the famed bandit, Joaquin Murrietta. It requires a little rapelling. So try this one at your own risk. Penon Blanco Lookout is located on the historic JOHN MUIR TRAIL, the original and still the best route to Yosemite Valley. There are numerous other day hikes nearby, i.e., Yosemite National Park, and the Hetch Hetchy.

Horseback Riding:
If you have a horse, bring it with you. We have a pasture and 200 acres for grazing. Water included. Horseback riding lessons are available at a ranch in Don Pedro. They supply the horses.

Museums / Galleries:
Coulterville, at the intersection of Highways 132 and the California Golden Chain Highway, the Gold Country Mother Lode, Highway 49, offers an interesting and informative museum featuring the history of an old gold mining town. A pancake breakfast is sponsored by the History Center each 2nd Sunday of the month, 8-11am.

Nature Preserves / Trails:
PENON BLANCO LOOKOUT, a unique and romantic bed and breakfast is located directly on the historical JOHN MUIR TRAIL, the original route, and still the best route, to Yosemite Valley. Other nature preserves and trails include: The Red Hills, Yosemite National Park, The Hetch Hetchy, and many more - all nearby!

Moaning Cavern is nearby. It is a 185 foot drop. They also offer a zip line. Mercer cavern is also nearby.

Coulterville and nearby towns also offer antique stores.

Snow Skiing:
Snow skiing areas nearby are Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park, Dodge Ridge outside of Sonora on Hwy. 108 and Bear Valley Ski Area above Arnold on Hwy. 4.

Swimming Pool - Outdoor:
An outdoor swimming pool is located in the Coulterville Community Park.

There are two double tennis courts located in the Coulterville Community Park

Nearby Sonora recently opened it's Cinema 10 movie theater. There are three live performing arts theaters in Sonora.

Water Activities:
Water activities include WHITE WATER RAFTING, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing. Lakes include McClure and Don Pedro. Rivers include the Tuolumne and the Merced. All are within 1/2 hour or less from Penon Blanco Lookout, a unique and romantic bed and breakfast.

Wine Tasting:
Each room has a fridge of it's own stocked with the wine or beer of your choice. All complimentary on your first night's stay. One can also visit the Ironstone Winery in Murphys whose Museum harbors the largest crystalline gold nugget in the world found right here in nearby Jamestown. It is 44 lbs., and priceless. There are 24 wine tasting rooms in Murphy's and one in Jamestown.
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4705 Penon Blanco, Coulterville, CA

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