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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl

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The Sugar Shack boasts an updated interior throughout.

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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

All that Serene Lakes has to offer in a cozy, cute, recently-remodeled cabin.

If you don't know Serene Lakes and Donner Summit, you should. Just 2.5 hours from San Francisco, this beautiful setting gets more snow (39 feet on average) than it's nearby Lake Tahoe brethren. And because it is just on the west side of the pass, you avoid the worst of the road conditions and traffic both coming and going ... spend more time vacationing and less time on the road.

The Sugar Shack cabin is quaint and complete, on a relatively-private, well-treed corner lot on a quiet street. A block's walk will get you to the lake, and two blocks delivers you to the extensive trail system of the Royal Gorge X-country ski area (also good for summer hiking/biking). Sugar Bowl ski resort is an easy four mile drive down the road. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer ski leases at the Sugar Shack.)

On the first floor of the Sugar Shack, a wood stove warms a living room with vaulted ceilings. Living space opens to newly-remodeled kitchen/dining area with a large table. A sliding glass door accesses the sunny back deck. Two identical queen bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor.

Up the stairs is a large sleeping loft and TV/game area with two twin beds and two fold out sofa chairs. The loft has a bathroom with stall shower (3/4 bath).

The house is accessed through an A-frame vestibule perfect for storing skis, boots, and firewood. The vestibule also makes for easy access to the cabin on those legendary Serene Lakes snow days (a snowplow service will clear right up to the front door the morning of every snowfall, and repeatedly throughout the day if necessary).

In summer, swimming at the beach is a must. Or bring along your canoe, kayak or SUP (stand up paddle board) and enjoy a paddle around the lake.

The Sugar Shack can sleep up to a tight 8, but 6 is more comfortable. The floor plan is a good set-up for a single family desiring space, three couples, or two families with a couple of kids each.

The small Serene Lakes community is very welcoming. If you want to make friends and learn more about the area, simply say hello to your neighbors as you see them during a stroll around the lake. The Serene Lakes Property Owners Association is also very active, having recently raised $3 million towards the $13.5 million purchase of the surrounding 3,000 acre Royal Gorge parcel, permanently preserving this gem of an open space for future generations (and for you).

We (the owners) have 'VRBO'd' all across the country as a family, and with the Sugar Shack, we have tried to create an offering with the features we value in a vacation rental. The Sugar Shack is truly set up for visitors (i.e. you won't find our pictures and stuff strewn about the place). We strive to manage the Sugar Shack in a professional manner, and the property is professionally cleaned between guests. We retain a local property manager for emergencies.

We invite you to come enjoy Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, and the Sugar Shack...

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    This is a loft with two twin beds and two sofa/chairs....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This is the downstairs bath (full)....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    This is the upstairs/loft 3/4 bath (stall shower)....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A few books about the history of the area....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD player is built into the TV....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Loft has area dedicated to games/DVD's....moreless

  • Games:

    Chinese checkers, battleship, bananagram, chess, checkers puzzles......moreless

  • Television:

    Note: there is no broadcast reception nor cable (but with an HDMI connection you can stream from your laptop--via provided WIFI--to the HD TV)....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New as of 2013...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    OK, no, there's no fitness room, but for Pete's sake, the mountains are just outside the front door and are calling your name....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Wall heaters in rooms. One large wall heater in living area....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet/WiFi connection provided....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    New as of 2013...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Telephone:

    Land line available for use with free long distance. Note: cell coverage can be spotty at Serene Lakes....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    New as of 2013...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New as of 2013...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Quaint and effective wood stove is primary source of heat....moreless

Kitchen

  • Kitchen:

    Newly remodeled...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Some spices on hand, but otherwise bring your own food!...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck on sunny side of cabin....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill (bring charcoal)....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    A few snow sleds/discs available with prior notice....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Fall
Jul 1 - Oct 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$260 $285
Fri, Sat
Winter
Nov 1 - Dec 17, 2015
2 night min stay
$260 $285
Fri, Sat
Christmas/New Years
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
2 night min stay
$300

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Extra Cleaning Fee $0
  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Additional fees:

$400 security deposit (refundable after inspection)

$150 cleaning fee (for standard clean - usually 2-4 people; could be up to $200 for excessive clean - 6-8 people)

10% county tax

Absolutely a non-smoking property. $750 cleaning fee for smoking in property.

Rates subject to change without notice.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 07/01/2015
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Location

95 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sacramento Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Tinker Station
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-80
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Summit Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Bowl
75 Metres
Nearest Beach
Serene Lakes

Car: Necessary

Cabin is on corner lot with lots of trees (private). Walk one block to lake and canoe put-in, less than a mile around lake to beach for swimming. Two blocks to Royal Gorge X-country ski trails. Popular sledding hill one block away.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We have always wanted a 'cabin in the woods,' and part of making it happen has been to design/remodel a place that not only we could enjoy, but one that could be a wonderful retreat for other families too. As a family with two small kids, we've rented many a vacation cabin in California, and we've designed the Sugar Shack with the best of those experiences in mind.

Why the Owner Chose Soda Springs:
A cozy and cute cabin on a relatively private lot, in a very friendly and nature/adventure focused community, one block from the lake, with skiing a couple minutes away? Why not?

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Many of the homes at Serene Lakes are either huge (5 bedroom, sleep 12), or if they are smaller, they are quite old. We fully remodeled this cabin in 2013 with an all new kitchen, refinished wood floors, new washer/dryer, new bathrooms, new furniture, new sheets, new light and plumbing fixtures, etc.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • The Sugar Shack boasts an updated interior throughout.

    The Sugar Shack boasts an updated interior throughout.

  • A wood burning stove provides ample heat to the 3 bedroom/2 bath cabin.

    A wood burning stove provides ample heat to the 3 bedroom/2 bath cabin.

  • Two identical queen size bedrooms are located downstairs and share a full bath.

    Two identical queen size bedrooms are located downstairs and share a full bath.

  • Downstairs full bathroom.

    Downstairs full bathroom.

  • Another view of the sleeping loft. The loft also has a 3/4 bath (not pictured).

    Another view of the sleeping loft. The loft also has a 3/4 bath (not pictured).

  • Serene Lakes legendary snowfall..the snowplow service clears to the door!

    Serene Lakes legendary snowfall..the snowplow service clears to the door!

  • The u-shaped driveway provides ample parking.

    The u-shaped driveway provides ample parking.

  • Privacy amongst the trees on a quiet street.

    Privacy amongst the trees on a quiet street.

  • Swimming in the lake or playing on the beach are great ways to spend a day.

    Swimming in the lake or playing on the beach are great ways to spend a day.

  • The living area viewed from the semi-private sleeping loft.

    The living area viewed from the semi-private sleeping loft.

  • The updated and efficient kitchen provides everything you need for your meals.

    The updated and efficient kitchen provides everything you need for your meals.

  • Another view of the downstairs queen room.

    Another view of the downstairs queen room.

  • The upstairs sleeping loft - semi private, it looks over the living room below.

    The upstairs sleeping loft - semi private, it looks over the living room below.

  • TV/Game area in loft. The sofa chairs convert to twin beds.

    TV/Game area in loft. The sofa chairs convert to twin beds.

  • The Sugar Shack in summer.

    The Sugar Shack in summer.

  • Enjoy a drink or a meal on the back deck.

    Enjoy a drink or a meal on the back deck.

  • There is nothing like a paddle around the lake with access one block away.

    There is nothing like a paddle around the lake with access one block away.

  • The beauty of Serene Lakes.

    The beauty of Serene Lakes.

VRBO #453897

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within an hour
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 07/01/2015
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Soda Springs #453897

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