About the property
- Cabin1400 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (priced for 6)
We have special rates for 3 or more nights and stays close to the current date. Contact us, Heidi & Steph, by either clicking on the right for our phone number or sending us an email (that link's on the right as well). We also offer a dandy extended stay rate for traveling medical professionals and others who need a home away from home, and we have a couple's rate when only one bedroom is used. Please note the "Average nightly rate" you see is set by VRBO and it is not accurate. Our posted rates are.
Just some of the reasons you'll love Sow's Ear: Great fishing access, hot tub overlooking the Trinity River, end of the road quiet. Fantastic covered porch with nice seating, a bit of river view, room to dry waders and gear and maybe enjoy a glass of wine. Dog-friendly and no minimum stay. Also, this place has a great vibe.
Some cabins are advertised as being on the river, but when you get here, you'll be hard pressed to find it. We're very clear in stating Sow's Ear is one cabin up from the river. You have a better view of it, access to it and sounds from it than some of those cabins advertised as being on it. Our own cabin is one of the closest ones to the river on the entire Trinity and since our guests have full use of our cabin's riverfront patio, hot tub and more, as well as someone to borrow stuff like tape, or a wrench, or a compressor, or flour (not to mention a dead battery jump!), they win all the way around.
Sow's Ear is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin that is priced for up to 6 guests, but it's quite popular for couples, so we have special rates for a party of two using one bed (call 530.778.3444 for those rates). We will consider a few guests over 6, but try to keep numbers down to keep our septic system happy. If approved, additional guests over a total of six are $15.75 each per night.
You can watch Netflix and Amazon Prime on the SMART TV, and a really good selection of books awaits you. Sow's Ear has Wi-Fi. Guests get free introductory lessons on SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). We're on a wide and calm stretch of the river that's perfect for learning this sport. There is excellent hiking right outside your door, and who doesn't enjoy watching the deer that wander through the yard daily?
Sow's Ear has a wood stove (wood provided), central heating and air-conditioning, a full laundry (supplies provided) and a well-stocked kitchen. It is just 5 minutes or so off 299, but end-of-the-road quiet, and very easy to reach on fully paved roads. It's our only cabin of five that is not directly on the Trinity River, but it's less than a minute's walk down the drive and you have full use of our 600+ feet of riverfront, complete with hammock, chairs, fire pit, more BBQs, a shaded dining set AND that hot tub overlooking the river.
Each bedroom is unique and tastefully furnished. The master bedroom, Honeysuckle, has a custom queen log bed and a sliding door to the large covered porch. The Rustic has a double size log bed and a slider to the river porch. You can see and hear the river from the living room, porch and the Rustic and Honeysuckle bedrooms. The Cedar Sanctuary room that looks out on the rosemary garden is completely paneled in cedar tongue & groove.
Bringing your own boat(s)? Bucktail put-in is across the river and up a few hundred yards. Sow's Ear has proven to be a very popular cabin for fishers, who can tie their boats off to the trees overnight. Their catarafts are safe on the river bank, or on our lawn. Remember: Our shoreline is your shoreline. You can dine overlooking the river, lounge in the hammocks, or fish from the shore.
KAYAK~SUP~RAFT! Bring tubes or smaller rafts for playing in front of our cabin.
Spring-Fall: We offer top notch sit-on-top kayak lessons, guided trips and rentals; guided raft trips and rentals; and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) demos, lessons and rentals. Our kayak lessons and guided river trips are exceptional. Check out our bio to see why. We are very good at teaching and guiding, never pushing you beyond your comfort zone, yet showing you how to expand it with our help.
Fly fishers love our cabins. Michael Caranci of The Fly Shop in Redding says of thems:
'For sheer seclusion, access, and cozy, comfortable accommodations, the cabins at the Trinity River Adventure Inn are certainly among the best.'
If you're looking for comfort, peace and very reasonable rates, you're going to love Sow's Ear.
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Heidi & Steph
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- Apr 22, 2018
About Heidi & Steph
Steph Dutton is a world-renowned kayaker who paddled from Canada to Mexico, then paddled the Oregon coast again, in the winter. He also circumnavigated California's Channel Islands, often enduring thirty foot seas. Heidi Tiura owned and ran several businesses before running away to sea and working on tug boats in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Steph and Heidi are both Coast Guard licensed masters, and creators of Sanctuary Cruises on the Monterey Bay. They have been featured in numerous books and documentaries for their work with whales (including National Geographic's 'Whale Attack,' which was based on their Mother's Day 2004 whale watching cruise). Now, they live on the upper Trinity River and their kayak adventures are of a tamer sort. When not rafting or kayaking with their guests, they can usually be found on their motorcycles, because Trinity County has the best roads for riding bikes, or skiing Mt. Shasta (they also have a really cool ski haus in Dunsmuir that's minutes from Shasta's Ski Park)..
Heidi & Steph purchased this Cabin in 2005
Why Heidi & Steph chose Lewiston
Trinity County has the unbeatable combination of great natural beauty, incredible recreation opportunities, and it hasn't been overrun by tourists. People who have come here for twenty years remark at how little has changed. It is a spectacular place to explore.
What makes this Cabin unique
Being on the river has to be one of the most relaxing things there is up here. Whether you fish, paddle, want to try the rope swing into the swimming hole, or just sit and watch the fish swim by, it is a wonderful escape to have a cabin right on the water (Alpen Glow, Miner's, Carriage House) or darn close to it with full use of our riverfront (Sow's Ear).
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Very cozy and rustic , perfect for our needs. The setting was very peaceful.
Had a great time close enough to trails for mountain biking, hot tub setting was very relaxing on the river in quiet rural neighborhood. Sitting on the front porch with a beer after riding was just what the doctor ordered. The owners were very helpful/informative about the area.
Dave S. Novato, CA
Beautiful spot. Secluded. You can see and hear the river. Heidi and steph were great!
We really enjoyed our stay it was a first for our family to do something like that. We would have used the river front more except for the mosquitos. I felt bad about knocking on the door when we had a question instead of being able to call because the phones are connected and our cell phones didn't call out. However they were very gracious about it. Thank you Heidi and steph for a memorable vacation!!
There is a rule book with staying at this property! Not to mention the thermostat is locked! Locked! Use the wood fireplace instead, don't worry if your kids get cold at night. The hot tub and river access is actually on their property, not the one you are staying on, and not private if you want to be alone on your vacation. The beds and furniture needs to be replaced unless you enjoy sitting on the support structure and collapsed springs. Let's not start on the numerous spider webs all over the house...or the dust and dirt if you bump furniture or look in the corners. Word of caution, bring towels unless you are OK with material you typically use to dry your car. I felt like the "towel" was a squeegee.
I would recommend to look elsewhere if you really want to stay in the area.
It is too bad Ed was not happy with Sow's Ear, but we live next door and tell every guest to let us know if they need anything. In fact, on their guest check-in sheet it says at the top: "Please check your cabin upon arrival. If anything is amiss, we will fix it." They said nothing.
Our property description clearly states where the hot tub is and the river; it would not serve anyone well to mislead guests on this.
Yes, we do have a welcome book with a lot of info about the cabin and area, and it does have rules, just as people have rules for their kids and how their home is treated.
We locked the thermostat after one party alone racked up a $300+ propane bill for less than a one week stay. We actually lost money on 3 separate guests this year who did things such as turn the gas heat on high in the winter (ignoring the wood stove that is great and has free wood and the Monitor heater that is far more efficient than the forced air heat) and then they opened windows and left them open with temps outside in the 30s. Get hit with several astronomically high propane bills and you have to find a solution; this was ours.
These guests arrived just after 100 degree + temperatures, We would have gladly turned up the thermostat which is set at 73 degrees, but nobody said a word, even when I walked up to say good-bye as they were packing up. Had they asked us to turn up the heat and we refused, then I feel they would have a valid complaint. I had a several minute conversation with this reviewer's wife, who didn't complain about anything and was quite pleasant, but when I introduced myself to Ed, I don't even think he responded.
I checked Sow's Ear out before these guests came and even though it had been cleaned the day before, there were cobwebs where they couldn't possibly have been the day before. It happens. Spiders are a constant in the country especially and although I am sorry they had some webs, it wasn't from not cobwebbing, which we do frequently. The spiders just come back and go to work again. Even so, we'd have cobwebbed while they were out exploring had anyone said anything to us.
Sow's Ear is booked every year by the same guests, who stay anywhere from 2 nights to 31 nights each time, and they love it, the furnishings and the vibe. Most guests love the microfiber bath towels, too. Fluffy, soft, super absorbent & great colors.
This guest could have met us halfway by communicating his displeasure while here so we could have addressed it.
Best Weekend Ever!
From the moment my friends and I arrived for our fishing weekend, the Sow's Ear was paradise. We showed up early and was met with a welcome smile. We were toured through the place and given some history of the area. There were 7 of us and we all slept comfortably. The owners were so nice and even had some ketchup for us when we forgot to bring it for our hot dogs. Deer came right up to the house even when we were outside. The sound of the river flowing by at night was so calming. I just hope we were not too loud at night for anyone in the area. We had so much fun and are already planning on making this a yearly thing for ourselves. Thank You so much!
Cute and Cozy!
What a cute and cozy riverside cabin! Sow's Ear was the perfect place to hang out and enjoy the river. It gave us a safe place to teach the kids how to fish during the day and night, and was a great place to just hang out and roast some marshmallows. The wifi is only good in one spot, and the cell service is spotty at best, so it was really the perfect place to disconnect from our mobile distractions, and really relax and enjoy the surroundings. During the day, there is a large family of deer roaming the neighborhood and there is great river frontage where you can just chill out and watch the water rush by. At night, the stars are bright and the sounds of the river fauna fill the air. We really loved it, and we can't wait to come back!
This was a very nice family and we enjoyed hosting them! We loved their appreciation of the river, all the deer (we're at around 16 or so does and fawns this winter in "our" herd), the starry nights and the fire pit for the all-important ritual of making s'mores. We'd love to have them back.
Although they were OK with spotty cell service, we are going to put in a dedicated, separate line this spring (rather than bounced up from our place) because more and more people hope to unplug on vacation, but just can't pull it off.
Sow's Ear is rustic, comfortable and just plain fun !! The view is wonderful and Heidi and Steph add so much to your stay. Heidi provides an information packet in advance that answers ALL questions and one or the other of them is there to greet you - along with Scudder, Biscuit and numerous cats.
Heidi and Steph have an adventure company that allows you to rent (quite reasonably) SUPs, kayaks, a large raft and all the necessary equipment - plus their expertise !
The five of us range from 73 to 10 years old and we all had a grand time.
We really had a nice time with you guys and thanks for the lovely review, but Scupper insisted I correct his name, since really he is the official greeter ("WHOO-WHOO-WHOO!" he sings as he walks out to welcome guests).
Hope to see you again next year!
Incredible fishing for salmon, steelhead, trout & more; fantastic winter steelhead runs. Year-round Ocean Kayak sit-on-top kayak lessons, demos, sales, rentals and guided river or lake trips; raft rentals, or guided river or lake trips. Great for fishing, birding and parties with smaller kids and big dogs. We cater to chickens.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Please contact us for discounts on stays over 2 nights. We offer exceptionally generous discounts on longer stays, especially for medical travelers coming to work in the area. If approved, additional guests might be increased with additional fees. Pet Fees are per dog ($15 each). Friendly dogs ONLY. We will consider more than 1 dog and may even waive the fee for a 2nd dog, but we absolutely need an accurate count. Guests who book directly with us do not pay until they arrive. Guided Kayak Trips include full lesson, all gear, shuttles. Guided raft trips include all gear necessary and shuttles. Free paddleboard mini-lessons are available.