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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: 07/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Soda Springs cabin 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.

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, a canoe and kayak are available at the lake for guest use. And swimming at the beach is a must.

The Sugar Shack sleeps 8 comfortably, and 6 extremely comfortably. 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...

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

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

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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              • 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

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining
              • Microwave
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 8 people

              Amenities

              • 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

              • Heating:

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

              • Wood Stove:

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

              • Clothes Dryer:

                New as of 2013...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Living Room seats 8

              Entertainment

              • 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

              • Games:

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

              • Books:

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

              • Game Room:

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

              • DVD Player:

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

              Communications

              • Telephone:

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

              • Internet:

                Internet/WiFi connection provided....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                We have a two (or three if one is small) person canoe just a block away at the boat put in on the lake. We also have a one person sea kayak....moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                Paddles for canoe & kayak. Assorted life vests (including kid size)....moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

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

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Charcoal grill (bring charcoal)....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Deck on sunny side of cabin....moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic

              Activities

              • Restaurants
              • Hiking
              • Snowmobiling
              • Snowboarding
              • Skiing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Kayaking
              • Rafting
              • Water Tubing
              • Mountaineering
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Medical Services
              • Groceries
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Sledding
              • Boating
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Scenic Drives
              • Paddle Boating
              • Bird Watching
              • Beachcombing
              • Fishing
              • Rock Climbing
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Summer/Fall
              Jul 1 - Oct 31, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $200 $225
              Fri, Sat
              Winter
              Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $250 $275
              Fri, Sat
              Christmas/New Years
              Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $275
              Winter/Spring
              Jan 5 - Apr 30, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $250 $275
              Fri, Sat
              Late Spring/Early Summer
              May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $175

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

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

              Notes:

              Additional fees:

              $400 security deposit (refundable after inspection)

              $150 cleaning fee

              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: 07/07/2014
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              Location

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

              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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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

              $175 - $275 per night (USD)
              4

              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

              View calendar: Updated 07/07/14
              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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