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Family and Pet Friendly! Close to Town and the River.

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A charming cabin in a peaceful setting.


Last updated: 01/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Nevada City house description

The cozy Mama Bear's Cabin up the hill from Papa Bear's Lodge and Baby Bear's Cottage (see listings #46584, and #72370), is now available year round.

The cabin has two bedrooms and 1 bath. There is a queen-size bed, A double bed and double pull-out futon (in liviing room) to accommodate up to 4 people. It is best suited for up to 4 adults or a family of 4 or 5. In the living room is a gas hearth stove. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics, but may not be for the gourmet cook. Enjoy the large hot tub which awaits just off the back deck. (Please ask about hot tub availability during this drought year, 2014.)

Some games and books are provided for your leisure. This is a great place for the honeymoon couple or small family. If you are booking Papa Bear's Lodge for a larger event, this is the perfect place for overflow guests who want a little more privacy.

Hiking and biking trails are right here. Gold Panning, Golf, miniature golf, and go cart rides are close by. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in Grass Valley for use on nearby Scotts Flat Lake or Rollins Lake. We are only 3.5 mies from the beautiful South Yuba River.

Please note that we are next to an 80 acre summer camp. During the months of May-August,camp is in session and you will hear 'happy' camp noises from time to time during the day. Quiet hours start at 9:30 p.m for the campers, 10:00p.m. for our cabin guests.

Swimming, tennis and a children's play ground are in Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are just a 45 minute drive to the nearest ski area for downhill or cross country skiing, and sledding. Downtown Nevada City is two and a half miles away, where you will find fine dining, wine tasting, great theater, musical entertainment, art galleries and a fun shopping experience in this charming historic gold rush town.

Historic Grass Valley is just another three miles away with more of the same, and we are 1 1/2 hours drive from either Sacramento or Tahoe.

Amenities: Down comforters on some beds (in winter). Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, DSL an wifi, gas hearth stove, ample parking. There is a phone for local calls, bring a calling card for long distance calls. Cell phones do not work well here. (This is a non-smoking property.)

If you are celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we will gladly make dinner reservations for you, or obtain special items such as Champagne, Chocolates, or a Special Bouquet.

Activities: Theater, fine dining, wine tasting, musical events, shopping, galleries, hiking and biking, boating, fishing, swimming, ping pong, tennis and other outdoor activities are all located within a short distance.

Come join us for the Fourth of July small town parade. It is wonderful, as is the Constitution Day parade in September. In June on Father's Day weekend come see the famous bike races down the middle of town. In July we have three 'Summer Nights', the last three Wednesdays in the month.The streets are closed to traffic and lined with food and craft vendors.
Also, July 11-14, 2013 is the return of the Worldfest with 8 stages of music, children's programs, workshops, dance, artisans and international food.

Don't miss the Bluegrass Festival, Music In The Mountains, Halloween, Mardi Gras, Fall colors, etc., etc., etc.Ypu can check out the different events at

Enjoy Victorian Christmas, the first three Wednesday nights, and the last Sunday before Christmas.You'll find artisans, food venders and all the shops open late. The gas streetlights, Victorian carolers, and friendly merchants make this the place to visit and shop for the holidays.

Area: The Yuba River,, with many deep pools and massive smooth boulders is only minutes from our home. A beautiful trail meanders along its banks for miles.
Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months (late May to mid August) you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire, then off to bed by 9:30, quiet hour.

We want your lodging experience to be most enjoyable. Part of that enjoyment comes from selecting the vacation property that best fits your needs. Mama Bear’s Cabin was built in 1985 and is 650 sq. ft., a good space for 2 to 4 people. The style is simple, clean and unpretentious. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics you need for cooking, but if you are a gourmet chef, this may not be the place for you. Some of the dishes are hand made pottery. Not everything matches. There is no dishwasher. Garbage needs to be disposed of carefully to avoid attracting those wild critters. Collecting compost scraps and recycling is required, and a conservative energy usage strongly encouraged. There is no central heat. There is a hearth stove, a wall furnace. and a window air conditioner. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or concerns.

Keywords: Log home, log cabin, romantic cabin,
cabin, mountain cabin


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Property Type

  • House
  • 650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


          • Books:

            There is a small number of books....moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Television
          • Video Library:

            There is a small video library. ...moreless


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Sports & Activities


          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Theme Parks
          • Winery Tours

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Bird Watching
          • Paddle Boating
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Sledding
          • Walking

          Location Type

              • Mountain View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Skiing
              • Snowboarding
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 2 people


              • Air Conditioning
              • Broadband Access
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine


              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Payment Type

              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub:

                    Please note that due to this years drought, we may have to shut down the hot tubs because we won't be able to keep replenishing with fresh water. We will determine this at some later point....moreless



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                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Pet Fee $25
                  • Cleaning fee $60
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
                  • Tax Rate 10%


                  Major holidays the rate increases to $175/nt, including the two weeks during and after Christmas, through New Year's Day.

                  Additional guests (up to 5 total): $20/nt. ea. + tax

                  Large groups renting all three cabins add $500 event fee.

                  Cancellation policy:

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

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                  Last updated: 01/16/2015
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                  65 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Sacramento International
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Friar Tucks
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Grass Valley
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  HWY 49
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Lefty's, New Moon, Sopa Thai, Ike's Quarter Cafe
                  50 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Boreal Ski Resort
                  3.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Yuba River

                  Car: Necessary

                  Nevada City is a charming historical gold mining town at 2500' altitude, situated between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The people are friendly, and the landscape awesome. If you like the outdoors this is the place to mountain bike, hike, kayak or just take a stroll in the beautiful surroundings.

                  If you like history, there is plenty here. Originally built in the 1850's, Nevada City and it's neighboring town, Grass Valley, are historically preserved, with the streets looking very much as they did back in the days of the gold rush era. You will find beautiful old Victorian homes, gold mining museums, fine restaurants and live theater. You can even try your hand at gold panning, For a great day trip you can explore Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.

                  Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: Drue is an avid runner, and René is a potter. We both share a love for acting and can be seen in local productions from time to time. Obi is our beloved 3 legged, one eyed poodle. We love Nevada City and the wonderful community here and have lived here over 24 years. We love sharing information about the area with our guests.

                  Why the Owner Chose Nevada City:
                  All three of our cabins (Papa Bear's Lodge, Mama Bear's Cabin and Baby Bear's Cottage) are on the same property. The lodge was our family home for a number of years and we loved living here. When we decided to move into town next to Rene's studio, we knew others would really enjoy the lodge and smaller cabins. And we were right!

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Privacy, nature, and a short drive to the beautiful South Fork of the Yuba River. It is a magical place. Wild turkeys, deer, foxes, coyotes, racoons, squirrels and the rare bear siting can all happen right here.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

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                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • A charming cabin in a peaceful setting.

                    A charming cabin in a peaceful setting.

                  • Main room as seen from loft.

                    Main room as seen from loft.

                  • The kitchen is fully equipped.

                    The kitchen is fully equipped.

                  • Cozy Bdrm #2

                    Cozy Bdrm #2

                  • Bathroom has tub/shower combo

                    Bathroom has tub/shower combo

                  • A comfortable, inviting livingroom with a hearth stove.

                    A comfortable, inviting livingroom with a hearth stove.

                  • A view of the hearth stove and entrance to hallway.

                    A view of the hearth stove and entrance to hallway.

                  • Kitchen with small loft above.

                    Kitchen with small loft above.

                  • The main bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and queen size cedar log bed.

                    The main bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and queen size cedar log bed.

                  • Relax on the large deck under the trees.

                    Relax on the large deck under the trees.

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                  Date last modified - Saturday, January 24, 2015

                  $159 per night (USD)
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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