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Dean Way Chalet - Spacious & Family-Friendly in Blue Lake Springs

Arnold, CA, USA
  • Cabin2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Dean Way Chalet - Spacious & Family-Friendly in Blue Lake Springs

The Dean Way Chalet is a large and inviting cabin with three spacious levels in which you can spread out and enjoy. The chalet is set smack in the middle of the Sierras, and is surrounded by beautiful big trees all year round! The cabin is located in Blue Lake Springs in Arnold, California, and is waiting for you and your friends and family!

The chalet has 4 bedrooms, PLUS a loft, PLUS a full lower level with rec room, sleeper sofa, and ping pong room! You can comfortably sleep 12-13 bodies in beds!

Bear Valley ski resort is only 25 minutes away from the cabin! In both winter and summer, it's a fabulous, family-friendly alternative to busy Tahoe resorts, and a MUCH easier drive! Outside this special cabin, in summer you are steps away from two lakes with beaches, as well as access to all the fabulous recreation that Blue Lake Springs has to offer. Tennis, basketball, swimming pools, shuffleboard, organized kids' activities, bingo nights, outdoor movies, playground, volleyball, Snowflake Lodge Restaurant, and more! Not to mention nearby Calaveras Big Trees State Park and numerous golf courses. In winter there is snow all around the cabin and numerous sno-parks, cross country skiing trails, and of course, Bear Valley!

Of course, you don't have to leave the chalet at all to have a wonderful vacation in the mountains. The possibilities are endless -- you can enjoy a barbeque on the spacious deck and admire the tall trees surrounding the cabin, you can play in the snow all around the cabin during winter (sleds are provided), you can make a fire and play games inside (puzzles, games, and firewood are provided too), or you can swing on the authentic chair lift swing hanging from the deck. Our guests tell us that simply hanging out at the cabin is always a highlight of their vacations!



Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Sandy

We are two families from the Bay Area who own this vacation rental together. We have owned the cabin since 2007, and we have spent every year making improvements and updating things so that our guests have great experiences. We also enjoy the cabin with our (5 total) children when it is not rented out. There is so much to do in Arnold, and our cabin makes for an easy, special getaway. The kids love the ping pong and in winter, the sledding right outside. In summer, we spend a lot of time floating on the lakes!

Sandy purchased this Cabin in 2007


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 4
        2 bunk bed
      • Loft + Den
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • There are mattress pads, blankets and pillows on the beds. Guests bring their own sheets and towels. A pack and play is also available at the cabin.


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • 2

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            The Dean Way Chalet is located in the Sierras, right in the midst of the trees.


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Parking
                    Off-street parking for 3+ cars.
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                    Wi-Fi Internet throughout the cabin.
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Living Room
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Telephone
                    Free nationwide long distance
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace
                  • Wood Stove


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


                          • Child's Highchair
                          • Dining
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 8 people


                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Foosball
                              • Game Room
                              • Games
                              • Ping Pong Table
                              • CD Player
                              • Stereo
                              • Television
                              • Toys
                              • VCR
                              • Video Games
                                Old-school Pac-man and race car joystick games
                              • Video Library


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                  • Outdoor Grill

                                    Pool / Spa

                                      • Communal Pool


                                          • playground
                                          • recreation center
                                          • restaurants
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • bird watching
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • scenic drives
                                              • shuffleboard
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • sledding
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • laundromat
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • mountaineering
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • ice skating
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • mountain climbing
                                                      • cross country skiing
                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • rafting
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • snowboarding
                                                      • snowmobiling
                                                      • spelunking
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • water skiing
                                                      • water tubing


                                                          • Guests bring their own sheets and bath/beach towels. Cabin has one queen, one king, 8 twins, and a queen-size sofabed.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            31 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            It was a wonderful four days in a serene atmosphere.

                                                            There was plenty of room for the 12 of us. The perfect place for our entire family to gather for a few days.

                                                            We loved being able to spend a day at the lake and pool, enjoying a picnic lunch and playing basketball in the courts there. It was convenient that we were close enough to the cabin if we needed to run back for whatever reason, which is handy with toddlers.

                                                            Overall, we had a really fun, relaxing time and would love to return again barring our family doesn't grow any between now and then.

                                                            Dean Way Chalet ROCKS!!!!

                                                            Jennifer O.

                                                            We had an EXCELLENT time at Dean Way Chalet. The open floor plan is so inviting and comfortable for the family to relax or play games. There was 10 adults and 2 toddlers. No problems setting up sleeping quarters, lots of room. The ping pong table was a huge hit. I like getting away, but I'm so glad there was cable to watch hockey and basketball finals! Loved hiking around at Big Trees which was only 4 miles from the cabin!! The whole rental process was a piece of cake. The owner and manager were friendly, responsive and provided excellent customer service. I would definitely recommend Dean Way Chalet to all people. I can't wait to go back!!

                                                            Great Place for the guys

                                                            Tim J.

                                                            We had need for an enjoyable place for boys and this place was great. Plenty of sleeping space with bunk beds a plenty. The decking and facilities were good too. Having access to the club house with the pool, lake and activities was a plus when everyone wanted to cool off in the water. Close to the Big Trees and lots of fun in the mountains. The only complaint from the boys was the TV and video equipment needed updating. I forgot how to use a VHS player...

                                                            Very comfortable and conveinent location

                                                            Sue H.Alton, Maine

                                                            We had a wonderful time. The cabin is very comfortable. There was plenty of room to accommodate all of us and provide privacy if we wanted. We had 7 adults. The cabin is a short ride to Bear Valley Ski area were we skied everyday. Some of us spent the day at nearby wineries for a day of wine tasting. The town of Arnold was just minutes away from the cabin. The grocery store was well stocked and had reasonable prices. There are also a variety of restraunts to choose from.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            We are so happy to hear that the cabin and its awesome location provided everything you needed for a great vacation. Please come back to visit us again! Don't forget that we provide discounts to repeat renters!

                                                            Fun, big house which is family friendly

                                                            Steve W.

                                                            Our family of 7 stayed here for a ski week and really enjoyed the house. Lots of different rooms for kids/people the split up and play foosball, ping pong, or watch a Movie. Everything was functional and has lots of windows in the main living space.

                                                            Only downside is needing to bring towels/sheets. It wound up taking a LOT of space for 7 people in our car. :-)

                                                            We would definitely recommend the place.

                                                            Love it !!!!!

                                                            Meri A.

                                                            Thank you a lot for letting my family staying at your Dan Way Chalet. We enjoyed every moment there. Very comfortable cabin. The view was very beautiful.


                                                            Arnold, CA, USA

                                                            The Dean Way Chalet in Arnold is an easy 165-mile drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, and a 30-minute drive from both Lake Alpine and Bear Valley's Summer Music Festival, winter skiing and snowboarding playgrounds. Golf can be found at nearby Forest Meadows or the local Sequoia Woods Country Club. The Blue Lake Springs Recreation facilities, easily walkable from the Dean Way Chalet, feature a restaurant, club house, swimming pool, snack bar, tennis courts, ping pong, shuffle board, basketball, volleyball, playground, free kids' camps, inexpensive tennis and swimming lessons, outdoor movies, inner-tube water polo for the kids, and two private fresh-water lakes. At the Dean Way Chalet, you will have full guest privileges at all these facilities. In town, White Pines Lake offers freshwater lake swimming and fishing, and there is also a logging museum located at the entrance to a hiking trail. Ironstone Winery in Murphys (about a 15-minute drive from the Dean Way Chalet) has a summer concert series and wonderful other events. Numerous other wineries, cute shops, day spas, and tasty restaurants make for a wonderful day or evening in Murphys. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is approximately two miles uphill from the Dean Way Chalet on Route 4 from the Blue Lake Springs turnoff. Columbia State Park, a restored western gold-rush town the entire family can enjoy, and Jamestown's Railroad Museum are convenient drives from Arnold as well. There is boating and fishing on New Melones Reservoir in Angels Camp; and plenty of other places for lake and stream fishing, swimming, bicycling, hiking, cavern exploring (spelunking), painting, photography, horseback riding, ziplining, panning for gold, wine tasting and motor touring. The Dean Way Chalet has off-street parking for 3+ cars, and plenty of room for your bikes, rafts, skis and other items for a great vacation in the mountains!


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Rates during some time periods, such as holidays, may be higher. Please contact us for a quote for your specific dates.

                                                            31 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.8/5
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