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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 6-8)

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

* The Sugar Shack is an 1100 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin with a sleeping/TV/game loft. There are two identical queen bedrooms on the lower floor that share one full bath; there are 2 twin beds and 2 twin sleeper chairs plus a 3/4 bath in the loft (which serves as the 3rd bedroom). There is a layout of the cabin in the photos.

* The Sugar Shack is located 1 block up from the Bales boat storage/put-in, 2 blocks from the extensive Royal Gorge trail system (for use in winter and summer), approximately 4 miles to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, and 1 mile to Soda Springs Ski hill/snow play area. The neighborhood sledding hill is 1 block up from the cabin.

* In the winter, we have a snowplow service to clear the driveway. The county snow plow maintains the streets.

* Our main source of heat is an efficient wood burning stove, supplemented by electric wall heaters. We provide all the kindling and wood, but the wood stove needs to continually be stoked and burning to ensure adequate heat.

*The Sugar Shack does not offer ski leases.

* We provide all towels, linens, paper goods (tp, kleenex, paper towels, napkins) as well as a fully stocked kitchen. The coffee maker does not require paper filters. We have plenty of beach towels for lake use during the summer. There are a few spices provided otherwise guests provide all food.

* We have very little storage so we do not provide high chairs, baby gates, pack and plays, etc.

*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 personally manage the cabin so when you have questions or issues, you will be getting our personalized service. 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 and cabin maintenance. We invite you to come enjoy Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, and the Sugar Shack...

More Details

Janet & Kent Fortner
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Janet & Kent 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 & Kent Fortner purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Janet & Kent 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, updated bathrooms, new furniture, new linens, 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
  • Additional charge of $50/hour for excessive cleaning.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • 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 ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • 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
4 Miles
Old 40 Bar and Grill
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Old 40 Bar and Grill
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

Refundable damage deposit $400
Extra Cleaning Fee $0
Cleaning Fee $150

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.