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This family friendly vacation home is in a great location and is a fun get-away in all seasons. Call if you have questions (408-828-5019, owner 7am-9pm PST). The cabin used to be rented through Barry Ward Realty, but we are now renting directly via VRBO.
This is a nice family vacation cabin/home that we share with renters on dates when we are not using it. In 2009 we upgraded to granite kitchen counters, and new: sink, faucet, refrigerator, floors, and dishwasher. (Jenn-Air oven/stove is original) The Cabin is at 4,300 foot elevation in the Blue Lake Springs neighborhood in the town of Arnold, about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from San Francisco or San Jose. The cabin is across the street from the pool/pond at Snow Flake Lodge! And ~30 minutes to Bear Valley Ski Resort. This cabin is on one of the first roads plowed and has easy Hwy 4 access to Bear Ski Resort.
“The Dancing Bear at the Lodge” is decorated with many bears. One family counted and reported finding 101 bears! The Cabin backs up to Calaveras Big Trees State Park where kids enjoy playing on the hillside looking for treasures (the perfect pinecone!), hiking and sledding in the winter. This comfortable, clean and spacious house is family-friendly with many games, movies, books for all ages, and for the little ones, a baby gate (for the stairs), playpen, a highchair, booster seat, stepstool and a baby monitor all available for your use. In addition, you will find free wireless (no extra charge), television, DVD/CD player, VCR, and telephone for calls in the USA.
On the main level there are 2 bedrooms with queen beds, 1 full bathroom, and a great room - with foosball - open to the remodeled kitchen. The upstairs loft has 2 double beds, a fold-out sofa (if needed) and a 2nd bathroom with a shower. The laundry room is downstairs where you will also find the tire swing to clip on the big tree out front.
In the winter you might get to enjoy building snowmen, snowball fights and sometimes – if you’re lucky - just watching the snow drift down to blanket the deck and trees in pure white. There are snow-parks nearby for sledding, and Bear Valley is a family-friendly resort for downhill and cross-country skiing.
There are endless options for outdoor recreation, such as hiking at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, golf at Sequoia Woods Golf Course, as well as swimming, fishing and kayaking or boating at Lake Alpine, Spicer, Utica and New Melones reservoirs.
With an entrance fee, the Snowflake Lodge (across the street) offers fantastic recreation, including a pond, pool, snack bar, play yard, basketball courts, horse shoes and tennis courts. As a parent, my favorite aspect of the cabin’s location is that we can walk to the lodge in just a few minutes, or watch the older kids walk to the lodge themselves as we relax on our sunny deck and smell the sweet forest.
Proximity to the lodge is very convenient for carrying rafts and pool toys for the kids or going up to the house to get snacks and cocktails to enjoy by the pond. The Lodge also offers children’s entertainment, such as “cubby bear time” with arts, crafts, and stories, bingo, swimming lessons and tennis lessons. In the summer months, you can walk down to the Blue Lake Springs outdoor amphitheater to watch movies with the whole family.
Enjoy the comforts of home while watching your children play in the great room. There are portable speakers for the deck where you can enjoy your meals or gaze at the stars. The house accommodates up to 8 people most comfortably (10 if you use the fold-out sofa bed) and we prefer to rent to families (no youth groups or ski clubs).
There are several nice restaurants in the area, including the private restaurant at the Snowflake Lodge, Sarafina's Italian Kitchen in Arnold (you’ll need reservations for both), and lots of quaint, yummy places in Murphys, a gold-rush era, upscale town where you’ll enjoy shopping and wine-tasting (about 15 minutes away).
There are numerous wineries nearby, including Ironstone Vineyards, which also offers a series of summer concerts in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Columbia State Historic Park is not too far away and is a restored old West town right out of the 1800s with gold panning and a unique blend of museums, town tours, live theater plays, shops, restaurants and attractions.
Most of all, we wish you a wonderful stay in the mountains - enjoy!
Winter Holiday Dec 23 - Jan 3, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer 2015 Jun 12 - Jul 2, 2015 3 night min stay
Fourth of July Jul 3 - Jul 5, 2015 3 night min stay
July/Aug 2015 Jul 6 - Aug 27, 2015 3 night min stay
Labor Day 2015 Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$250
If interested, please call owner:
Roxanne 408-828-5019 (CA PST time)
Doug 408-761-1518 (CA PST time)
Cleaning Fee is $100
Weekly rate = $187/night
Higher rate for <7 nights
No "processing fees."
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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For a daily or weekly fee, you can enjoy membership to the Snowflake Lodge Recreation Center within Blue Lake Springs and its private Restaurant and Lodge, children's play ground, heated pool, tennis courts, pond, snack bar and basketball courts. The Lodge offers children's activities such as 'cubby bear time' (arts, crafts and story time), tennis lessons, swimming lessons and bingo. In the summer there are also movies in the outdoor amphitheater for the whole family to enjoy!
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: We are a family of four from the south bay who share our time at the Dancing Bear with friends and family as often as possible.
If you have questions, call between 7am-9pm: 408-828-5019 or 408-761-1518
Why the Owner Chose Arnold: We chose Arnold for a variety of reasons. Top among these is Arnold's convenient proximity to the Bay Area (3 hour drive). Arnold is a wonderful Sierra playground that is much easier to access than Tahoe.
Additionally, the Arnold area has golf, wineries, hiking, skiing and a small town feel where passerbys wave and treat you like an old friend when you walk into the hardware store or bakery.
The Blue Lake Springs recreation area seems frozen in time (in a good way). It reminds me of a scene from a by-gone era of a simpler time where people hunted frogs at the pond and played bingo poolside.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: mountain air, mixed with as much (or as little) activity as desired.
Secondary:+1 4087611518Owner, CA Bay Area, Pacific Std Time
Tertiary:+1 4088668665Home phone 7am to 9pm California (PST)