Merrynook was built in the 1930s as a restaurant (serving chicken!) when logging was a way of life in Pinehurst, California, in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills. Today Merrynook is an art-filled garden cabin just a short drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest. Bachrun and Mahalia LoMele own and manage the cabin, and its sister cabin next door, fivespot. They have been vacation hosts in Pinehurst since 2008.
Pinehurst was a flourishing logging community for decades. The Pinehurst Lodge, a short walk from Merrynook, is a locally-owned and operated restaurant in a 100-year-old former sawmill. It continues to be a hub of activity for locals and visitors alike.
Cedarbrook, an early-20th century cabin community built by Mennonite families from nearby Reedley around a lovely year round stream, is a 10 minute walk away. Other nearby historical logging sites are Neff's Camp and Millwood.
Today, small cabins used as summer homes, rentals, and by full-time residents, are scattered throughout the forest. Pinehurst's year-round population is around 350.