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The Tahoe Donner Memory Maker Cabin

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

This three bedroom, den, two and a half bath home is ideally located at the end of a cul de sac on a greenbelt just off of the Tahoe Donner hiking trail. There is an upstairs deck and a back patio to enjoy the Tahoe National Forest. In the summertime, play a friendly game of cornhole or roast marshmallows in the fire pit right in your backyard. If you prefer, you can jump on the Tahoe Donner hiking trail and walk down to the Beaver Dams. In the winter, make your sled run right off of the back porch with a hill sure to bring excitement to children old and young.

The property is part of the Tahoe-Donner Homeowners Association. Up to 8 guests (for a nominal fee) will have access to the private community pools and spas, tennis courts and clubhouse amenities as well as the private beach and boating marina at Donner Lake. As part of your rental you will have a discount at Tahoe Donner's horseback riding stables, golf course and ski areas. Enjoy our two kayaks and beach chairs down at Donner lake or take a short drive to beautiful Lake Tahoe. Additionally, Tahoe Donner is home to many other community activities including cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, rafting and hiking. It is also convenient to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Boreal, and Northstar ski resorts and quaint downtown Truckee with it's many restaurants and shops.

Built in 1997, this home is fully furnished and comfortably sleeps twelve guests - The master bedroom has access to the back deck and has beautiful views of the greenbelt. The other two bedrooms and a den are privately located downstairs and also have great views. The Fish room has a queen sized bed and one bunk bed. The Bear room has a full sized bed and one bunk bed. The den area is a perfect get away for the kids to escape. It has a pull out queen sized sofa bed (not recommended for adults to sleep on) and a TV/DVD/Nintendo .

Features of this home include a fully equipped kitchen, a great room with a glass faced wood burning stove, a dining room/bar area with seating for 10, a full sized washer and dryer, multiple large flat screen HD televisions throughout home, dart board, Stereo, Wi Fi, DVD and VCR players.

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Karen House
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About Karen House

John and I got married in 1989 and have enjoyed the blessings of so much happiness. Our family was completed when our son was born in 1993 and our daughter was born in 1996. As a family we enjoy spending quality time together playing and relaxing in the Tahoe Area. We are open to swap our vacation home for your vacation home!

Karen House purchased this house in 2009

Why Karen House chose Truckee

Our family was looking to slow down the fast paced life of a family of 4 with two teenagers. We found Tahoe Donner had something for all of us. We love the winter with skiing, playing in the snow and relaxing by the fire. The summer is also great with so many activities to choose from. We love to boat, hike, play tennis, golf and relax by the lake. Tahoe Donner has multiple amenities that can be enjoyed year round, thus we chose this as our second home. We plan to spend years making memories that will last a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

Located off Highway I-80, the property is approximately 35 miles from the Tahoe-Reno International Airport; 100 miles East of Sacramento Airport off Highway 80 and 200 miles East of San Francisco.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi John and Karen,

We enjoyed our stay in Tahoe. Thank you so much for everything. We loved your place and would highly recommend it to our other friends. The house was spacious and very well equipped. The kitchen had everything we needed. The kids had plenty of fun. Overall, a very memorable stay! It was very nice of you to make us feel welcome.

Thanks again.

Feb 2010
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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , A separate toilet/shower area from the two sinks.
    Half bathroom - toilet , Upstairs half bathroom located off of the main living space.
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs for easy access to the Den and Bear/Fish rooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Den - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This room can be used as bedroom or an extra living space.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , The Bear room has views of the back patio and forest.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , The fish room is a large guest bedroom with forest views.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The Master bedroom has access to the deck and forest views.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Bunk beds (2 sets), Sofa bed in private den area(1), Port a crib (1),
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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The Tahoe Donner Memory Maker Cabin
average rating of 4.962264 based on 107 reviews
San Anselmo, CA

Convenience and Comfort

  • 5 of 5

The house is conveniently located about 5 mins. off 80. Comfortable for 2 families, do-able for 3 (if you don't mind feeling cozy!). Karen, the owner, is super responsive and accommodating. Kitchen is well stocked . Great sledding hill right behind the house! It was perfect for us.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about this home, its energy and specifically the location. We were a little disappointed that there was not much snow, we drove out there for the snow and had there been more, this home would have been a dream come true!! But the living room was cozy, kitchen had all the essentials and the rooms were cozy and clean. downstairs was great for our boys to have there own living quarters and privacy and we enjoyed the ping pong and darts in the garage as well. Super close to Sugar Bowl and Boreal Ski resorts and close to Northstar as well, all were minutes away. We did get to snow board and this neighborhood of Truckee was awesome!!

This home lived up to its name and even in spite of not much snow was indeed a memory maker!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elk Grove, Ca

A perfect snow getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family shared a few days at the Memory Maker for the second year in a row. The house is beautiful and there was plenty of room for the 12 of us. This year we had 3 inches of fresh snow in the morning and the backyard is perfect for sledding. We also enjoyed the walking path through the woods right across the street. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quiet beautiful setting with panoramic view of the forest

  • 5 of 5

The Tahoe memory Maker worked out so very well! A beautiful setting in the amazing woods. The great room/ kitchen dining /deck areas on the main floor were perfect for us 12 to be all together, but also have different conversation groups. Also, we enjoyed the fire pit area complete with horse shoes and bag toss games outside and the downstairs den was a favorite with the kids.

The house was very well equipped! Loved the 2 kayaks, which we used at Donner and Tahoe Lakes. There were plenty of sheets and towels and games and kitchen items and parking. We went to the association pool with hot tub one of the days. The back yard is a dream forest to sit and read a book by or just let being in the environment of nature sink in. Thank you Karen House for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Above and Beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a blast at the memory maker cabin. The cabin was very clean, and comfortable! We enjoyed coffee on the deck, beautiful meals, in a very well equipped kitchen. And some of the best sleep ever! The views are great. And the emanates were amazing! We kayaked, hiked, fished, enjoyed multiple pools and spas, did yoga, golfed, and our kids got a kick out of taking archery lessons. I highly recommend this cabin! Some of our favorite family memories were made here!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our little family rented this home for a week long get away. It is quite impressive upon arrival. Clean and welcoming. The house had plenty of clean towels, blankets and kitchen supplies for our stay. Our daughter and her friend (11 year olds) had a blast exploring the house and the surrounding woods and playing ping pong in the garage. We tried to make the most of our stay in the area, we played Bingo at the clubhouse, rented a speed/tubing boat on Donner Lake, drove to Reno for a day, went to the driving range, rented kayaks and paddle boards on the reserved beach, and ate dinner and enjoyed the craft fair in downtown Truckee. We all had a blast and are hopeful to return again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $400

Refundable $400.00 damage deposit required

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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