Even dedicated outdoor lovers often need their morning coffee to get going on a long day of hiking, climbing, or kayaking. To that end, you’ll find some charming independent coffee shops in Lee Vining.
The Latte Da Coffee Café (1 Third St. at Hwy. 395, 760/647-6310) uses organic coffee and local fresh water to create delicious coffee drinks at the El Mono Motel.
Over at the Lakeview Lodge, grab a cup of joe at the Garden House Coffee Shop (5185 Hwy. 395, Lee Vining, 760/647-6543, www.lakeviewlodgeyosemite.com, daily 7–11 a.m.). In addition to your favorite espresso drinks, you can pick up a smoothie or a fresh pastry to get a great start to your day.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition