During summer in Yosemite National Park, Curry Village -- a family-oriented complex of cabins and tents dating from 1899 -- is a buzzing hive of activity. But did you know that you can stay there more cheaply during winter? Depending on how cold it is, your stay might be free. And if the temperature dips below zero, they'll actually pay you to sleep there. No kidding!
Just check out the Temp-RATE-ure deal being offered this winter at Curry Village. If you stay in an unheated tent cabin midweek between January 22 and March 27, 2010, the rate you'll be charged will be equal to the previous night's low temperature in degrees Fahrenheit inside the park. Their promise: you'll never pay more than $39, based on double occupancy, not including taxes. If the overnight low reaches zero, your stay will be free. For every degree the overnight low drops below zero, you'll actually get paid to stay there.
Does an unheated canvas-covered tent cabin sound too chilly? Curry Village's All U Can Heat special offer lets you stay in a heated tent cabin for just $10 more per night. Using the same rules as the Temp-RATE-ure deal, the nightly rate maxes out at $49 per double occupancy, excluding taxes. Of course, there are far fewer heated than unheated tent cabins in Curry Village, so book early. Cold sleepers will want to bring their own sleeping bags, no matter which type of cabin they end up staying in.
To book either of these winter packages at Yosemite's Curry Village, call (801) 559-4884 or go online for Temp-RATE-ure reservations or All U Can Heat reservations. These special rates are not available on weekends, holidays or from February 12 to 14, 2010.
Photo: Yosemite Valley (Michael Connolly, Jr.)