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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom + Large Sleeping Loft, 2 Full Baths--(Sleeps 4-8)

All that Donner Summit has to offer in a cozy, cute, organized and updated cabin.

The Sugar Shack cabin is quaint and complete, on a relatively-private, well-treed corner lot on a quiet street. A block's walk will get you to the lake, and two blocks delivers you to the extensive trail system of the Royal Gorge X-country ski area (also good for summer hiking and mountain biking). Sugar Bowl ski resort is an easy four mile drive down the road. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer ski leases at the Sugar Shack.)

On the first floor of the Sugar Shack, a wood stove warms a living room with vaulted ceilings. Living space opens to newly-remodeled kitchen/dining area with a large table. A sliding glass door accesses the sunny back deck. Two identical queen bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor.

Up the stairs is a large sleeping loft and TV/game area with two twin beds and two fold out sofa chairs. The loft has a bathroom with stall shower (3/4 bath).

The house is accessed through an A-frame vestibule perfect for storing skis, boots, and firewood. The vestibule also makes for easy access to the cabin on those legendary Serene Lakes snow days (a snowplow service will clear right up to the front door the morning of every snowfall, and repeatedly throughout the day if necessary).

In summer, swimming at the beach is a must. We store a canoe at the lake, one block away, for your enjoyment.

The Sugar Shack can sleep up to a tight 8, but 6 is more comfortable. The floor plan is a good set-up for a single family desiring space, three couples, or two families with a couple of kids each.

We (the owners) have 'VRBO'd' all across the country as a family, and have set up the Sugar Shack based on our experiences. We strive to manage the Sugar Shack in a professional manner, and the property is professionally cleaned between guests. We retain a local property manager for emergencies. We invite you to come enjoy Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, and the Sugar Shack...

More Details

Janet Fortner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2018

About Janet Fortner

We have always wanted a 'cabin in the woods,' and part of making it happen has been to design/remodel a place that not only we could enjoy, but one that could be a wonderful retreat for other families too. As a family with two kids, we've rented many a vacation cabin in California, and we've designed the Sugar Shack with the best of those experiences in mind.

Janet Fortner purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Janet Fortner chose Serene Lakes

A cozy and cute cabin on a relatively private lot, in a very friendly and nature/adventure focused community, one block from the lake, with skiing a couple minutes away? Why not?

What makes this cabin unique

Many of the homes at Serene Lakes are either huge (5 bedroom, sleep 12), or if they are smaller, they are quite old. We fully remodeled this cabin in 2013 with an all new kitchen, refinished wood floors, new washer/dryer, new bathrooms, new furniture, new sheets, new light and plumbing fixtures, etc.


Serene Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is the downstairs bath (full).
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This is the upstairs/loft 3/4 bath (stall shower).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , This is a loft with two twin beds and two sofa/chairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews
San Francisco

Great little cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location. Very clean, cute, cozy cabin. Owner great. Super responsive. Will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review - we appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the Sugar Shack.
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Beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

It's everything we hoped for, extremely cosy and well set up for a gang of friends to cook, build fires and enjoy the cold winter weather. What a wonderful home! Thank you for sharing.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We are glad you enjoyed the Sugar Shack and your time in the mountains.
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Perfectly cute, clean, well-equipped cabin

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our two families. There are two downstairs bedrooms each with a queen? bed and the upstairs loft sleeps four on two twin beds and two fold out chairs. There is a full bathroom both upstairs and downstairs. The kitchen had everything we needed and the house was very clean and updated. The best part was the fact we could walk about two blocks down to the lake. It is a 10 minute drive from Boreal Ski Resort. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review! We surely appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed the cabin and it's surroundings. It's a fun spot!
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Cozy and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We love Donner Summit and wanted to share it with our family visiting from Australia. The Sugar Shack looks tiny on the outside as it is an original A-frame nestled amongst the many larger "cabins" in the area. However, the Sugar Shack has been thoughtfully and beautifully updated and felt spacious for our group. We placed the couple with two young kiddos in the loft area and still had two private bedrooms downstairs. All-in-all, this is a reasonably priced accommodation if you are visiting Soda Springs for the first time.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We put a lot of thought into the layout of our square footage and am glad it worked out for your group and that it was appreciated. Thanks for being good stewards of the Sugar Shack!
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The Sugar Shack was perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for a couple of night while our kids ran in an over night relay race out of Royal Gorge Ski Area. It was the perfect place to come back to at night to have a nice comfortable bed to sleep in. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville CA

Great retreat in snow country near superb skiing. Year round retreat as well.

  • 5 of 5

The owners have created a welcoming cabin for snow lovers of all kinds: with access to the best of cross country skiing in North Tahoe, and other skiing/snowshoe experiences in the winter. Even a sled hill just over a block away.

The setting is in the midst of a vital retreat community by the beautiful Serene Lakes, at the Soda Springs exit off Hwy 80. It is just 2 exits west of the stunning Donner Summit, and a 15 minute drive east to downtown Truckee with its appeal for top-rated restaurants and artisan and retail shopping. Close to the Pacific Crest trail for spring/summer and fall hiking too.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this great review of the cabin and surrounding area. It's a great little spot year round!
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Sacramento Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Summit Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Summit Restaurant
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
Serene Lakes
Car: necessary

Cabin is on corner lot with lots of trees (private). Walk one block to lake and canoe put-in, less than a mile around lake to beach for swimming. Two blocks to Royal Gorge X-country ski trails. Popular sledding hill one block away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Extra Cleaning Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 10.0%

Additional fees:

$400 security deposit (refundable after inspection)
$150 cleaning fee (for standard clean - usually 2-4 people; could be up to $200 for excessive clean - 6-8 people)
10% county tax
Absolutely a non-smoking property. $750 cleaning fee for smoking in property.
Rates subject to change without notice.

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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