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Rifugio di Montagna ~ 3 King Beds + 1 Queen ~ Now with Air Conditioning & WiFi!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-11)

RIFUGIO DI MONTAGNA IS ITALIAN FOR 'MOUNTAIN REFUGE' ~ Our refuge in the Dodge Ridge/Pinecrest area at 5,300 ft elevation is the perfect place for you and your family and friends to spend together in a unique combination of brand new construction infused with traditional memorabilia.

THE PINECREST TRADITION BEGAN WITH GRANDPA AND GRANDMA ~ This 2,200 square foot mountain home was lovingly constructed in 2007 as a place to recharge and relax, and is located on a quiet street in Cold Springs. Having grown up with grandparents who owned a cabin in the area for many years, this home was built after thoughtful planning and much creativity to use and enjoy some of the furnishings that were located in the old cabin. Rifugio di Montagna was actually designed 'around' the grand old dining room table which can seat up to 12 and is the focal point of the home.

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF RIFUGIO ~ The slate floors and granite countertops of the interior are combined with the natural colors of the outdoors making for a warm and cozy refuge for your mind and spirit. The living areas were specifically made to be the largest rooms in the cabin and to flow together. The spacious kitchen has an island and a breakfast bar which opens to the dining room, which in turn is connected to the 24' high ceilinged Great Room. The Master Suite is also located on this floor and has it's own entry AND A KING SIZE BED. You will feel as though you are showering outside under a waterfall in the oversized, full slate shower in the ensuite Master Bathroom.

The loft upstairs with the double futon overlooks the Great Room and is flanked by two bedrooms, BOTH OF WHICH HAVE KING-SIZE MATTRESSES. (No more arguing over who has to take the 'little' bed!!!) There is also a full bathroom on this floor with a tub/shower combo. All of the beds are fitted with 500 and 400 thread count sheets, beautiful hand-crafted quilts, and 100% goose down comforters. The two raised twin-sized Deluxe AeroBeds can be automatically inflated in three minutes and can be used in any room where there is carpeting allowing families great flexibility for sleeping. We also have a Queen size Aerobed giving you more sleeping options.

The 560 square foot front deck wraps around three sides of the house, bringing the outdoors right to your feet. And who wants to eat indoors when the perfect Summer weather calls you outside to dine on our custom-made, bar height picnic table? As an alternative, sit out on the back deck which offers a view of the landscaped area and the undeveloped forest beyond. In the Winter you will be glad you've chosen to rent a newly-constructed, well-insulated cabin with double-paned windows plus two sources of warmth - the fireplace and central heat.

THE PINECREST/DODGE RIDGE AREA CAN BE YOUR TRADITION, TOO! ~ Or, maybe it already is and you want to make wonderful new memories at Rifugio! There are many fabulous things to do in the area - great family skiing/snowboarding at Dodge Ridge and sledding at High Sierra Snowplay in the Winter, and in the Summer, the great fishing, hiking, and boating choices are endless. We've prepared a book at the cabin - just for you - which lists all of the wonderful things to do/places to see, with Rifugio as your home base. Come ~ relax, refresh and recharge ~ experience Rifugio di Montagna for yourself!

Like what you see but your dates don't appear to be available? Check out this cabin's "twin" at, just a few short blocks from this location! Or - send us an inquiry anyway. We often reserve the cabin for ourselves and may be willing to give up our dates for you!

Check In 4:00 P.M.; Check Out 11:00 A.M.

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Paul Picchi
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Paul Picchi

Paul is an avid fly fisherman and duck hunter. He spent most of his Summers in the Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge area as a kid because his grandparents had a cabin in the Cow Creek Subdivision just a few miles from Rifugio. It was always Paul's dream to own a place of his own in the same area, and that dream came true in 2007. He built two 'Rifugio's' in Cold Springs and retained one for himself. While not spending time in the mountains, he is involved in the construction industry in the Stockton area.

Pam enjoys the outdoors almost as much as Paul. The scenery in the Pinecrest area never ceases to amaze her, and days spent on Pinecrest Lake and at Kennedy Meadows are treasured. She works for a large local accounting firm in Stockton.

Paul and Pam used to date back in the '70's when Paul played football for UOP. After a 30-year break, they came back together and found in each other great compatibility and friendship. They were married in 2005 - just in time to take on the great adventure of building two cabins!

Paul Picchi purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Paul Picchi chose Cold Springs

In addition to it being Paul's playground when he was young, the Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge area is a hidden treasure. It is the closest Sierra experience for Bay Area and Valley residents, yet is still quite untouched by the swarms of people who flock to other mountain locations. Additionally, the elevation of 5,300 feet is perfect; while we don't get inundated with snow in the Winter, we certainly get our fair share to enjoy the magic. And in the Summer, the higher elevation definitely makes for a cooler experience than those areas that sit at 4,000 feet or less. Skiing at Dodge Ridge is only 15 minutes away, and did we mention the lack of crowds and the cheapest lift ticket around? Pinecrest Lake in the Summer is great for fishing, and we have yet to explore all the hiking trails in the area. Rifugio is centrally located to so many beautiful spots, and there are many day trips that are very do-able.

What makes this cabin unique

We love the deep night's sleep we get at the cabin. Not only are the linens soft and luxurious, but the beds are super comfortable. And because the cabin sits high, the windows can be safely left open at night letting in that wonderful fresh mountain air. Our street is very, very quiet. We love cooking in the kitchen, but we also enjoy going to Mia's for a fabulous eating out experience. We always come away from Rifugio feeling refreshed and recharged, and we know our guests will have the very same result.


Cold Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Ensuite with rain shower
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Situated off the loft
    Main Floor Half Bath - toilet , Located just off the dining area
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Main floor, with ensuite bathroom
    Deer Bedroom - 1 king , Second floor, with TV
    Bear Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sectional converts to Queen sleeper + room for Aerobed(s)
  • King size beds (3) Brand new mattresses! All three bedrooms have King-Size Mattresses!!, Queen size Beds (1) There is a Queen size Aerobed wtih 500 thread count sheets that can be used anywhere that there is carpeting., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are two Deluxe raised AeroBeds complete with bedding for your use. These can be used in any bedroom or in the loft to allow for sleeping flexibility with families., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A futon in the loft converts to a double size mattress. There are also curtains to separate the loft from the Great Room for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
There are five ceiling fans in the cabin. The two in the Great Room operate by remote control. The other three are located upstairs; one in each of the bedrooms and the third in the loft. Blow dryer is provided. Aveeno soaps and body washes are also provided. No need to bring toilet paper or paper towels - we provide. DO Bring you i-Pod - we have a dock stereo system!


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Rifugio di Montagna ~ 3 King Beds + 1 Queen ~ Now with Air Conditioning & WiFi!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 81 reviews

very comfy

  • 5 of 5

great vacation,plenty of snow, Paul was very helpful. Cabin was roomy and had everything we needed. thanks again for great memories

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Merced, Ca

Clean, comfortable, well-equiped

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely property. My family of 7 fit perfectly. Rooms were large, bed comfy and everything was CLEAN and well-taken care of. Lots of attention to details that made the trip so nice. Felt immediately comfortable and at-ease. You can tell that the Hosts care about their gracious home and making sure guests feel welcome. All the furniture and carpets were clean. No leftover crummy furniture that just got shoved "up in the cabin" and forgotten about. Nicely decorated- House smelled clean and fresh. Very, very nice experience. Hosts were very responsive and communication was excellent.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Fantastic stay, fantastic owners

  • 5 of 5

Rifugio was the perfect getaway for our and a friend's families - 4 adults and 4 kids total. Plenty of space, great kitchen with everything you could ask for, spacious beds and add'l sleeping amenities inc. aerobeds and pull-outs. Our kids loved running around on the enormous deck, and lounging upstairs in the loft. Paul + Pam were great from the outset, following up multiple times to make sure we had everything we could need. So very apprciated.

We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dos Palos

Family fun

  • 5 of 5

Our family had lots of fun in this beautiful cabin.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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San Jose, CA

Perfect Mountain Home!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented the Picchi's beautiful home many times and we absolutely love it! It's beautifully decorated, very clean and modern, roomy enough for family & friends, and only 10 minutes to Pinecrest Lake. We've been coming to Pinecrest for 25 years and have rented many cabins. Once we found this amazing home, we've never wanted to rent any other. Pam and Paul are awesome and so wonderful to work with, too! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA

Very comfortable cabin for a large group

  • 4 of 5

This is a well stocked, spacious, comfortable cabin. We enjoyed our stay. The beds are comfy, and all the extra Aerobeds allow for flexibility. Two and a half baths is great with a big group. We loved using the big walk in shower in the downstairs master bath. Having MBR downstairs was also great, since hubby has recently had knee surgery, and he didn't have to do the stairs except once a day, in and out (see below). The great room is awesome, big dining table, and the kitchen is easy to work in. The wrap around deck allows for so much extra space to spread out, with two deck cots of you want to star gaze or sleep outside.

We read previous review about fans, so we did bring a couple of our own. But the owners have recently provided more fans in the house, which really helped. We were there in the heat of the summer and you can never get enough cool air. Their tip about closing up the house during the day really helps.

Driveway can accommodate four small or three SUV size cars. Parking the extra at the overflow area worked fine.

The only downside is the steep driveway (after one ascent, it's much easier) and many stairs to get into the house. Just be prepared, if you have many coolers or bags to carry in with you. I loved this house, but can't give five starts due to that point.

Thanks Pam and Paul for sharing your lovely home!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
140 Miles
Either Oakland or Sacramento
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Steamed Donkey at Pinecrest Lake Resort
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Twain Harte Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 108
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Pinecrest Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Mia's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Pinecrest Lake & Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Leland Snowplay
Nearest Point of Interest
Kennedy Meadows
Nearest Point of Interest
Aspen Meadows Horse Back Riding
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Sec. Deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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