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Best Log Cabin in Nevada City, Family and Pet Friendly, Large or Small Groups

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Large Loft + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps up 14), Huge Great Room


Description: Located 65 miles east of Sacramento, and 75 miles west of Tahoe, in the Northern Sierra Foothills, our spacious and comfortable Timber Lodge is now available for rental year round. We are situated on five treed acres just minutes from historic downtown Nevada City, and the spectacular Yuba River.

(Please note that the base price is for up to 8 arriving guests. Additional guests, up to 14, will be charged $20/nt ea. + tax.)

The main lodge has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. (For added space be sure to check out the other two cabins). The large loft has a double futon, single futon,and one twin bed as well as sitting area. The large master suite has full bath with double sinks, a king bed, twin day bed and regular twin bed. The second bedroom has a double bed and single bed, and the third bedroom has a queen size bed. These latter two rooms share a bath. There is also a trundle bed in the den, as well as a wood stove.

The large country kitchen has everything you need and plenty of room to fix a gourmet meal for a big crowd, or for several families to cook together. The large dining table, made from the mahogany lining of an old box car, can accommodate ten, with additional seating for three at the kitchen counter.

The large great room has a woodburning stove, ample couches and chairs. There are plenty of books to read and games to play. There are numerous eclectic art pieces throughout the lodge, and a baby grand piano in the great room. Guitar available for the experienced player.

The hot tub awaits off the wraparound covered back porch. There you can pass the time playing pingpong, or just ralax reading a book, or watching the occasional deer or turkey family, wander onto the property. You may even see one of the bear family wander by to discover who's been sleeping in their bed! The Timber Lodge is available year round.

Keywords: Log lodge Vacation Rental

More Details

Rene and Drue
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Rene and Drue

We have lived in this wonderful community of Nevada City for over 20 years now, and find that our guests love the area as much as we do. Papa Bear's Lodge was our family home until our son went away to college. We now live in town, right next to Rene's studio, just a short distance from the lodge and cabins. We personally attend to the upkeep and management of the property. Our cabins reflect our love for the arts, and you'll find Rene's handmade pottery there too. If you hit it just right, you may be able to catch one of us in a local play.

Rene and Drue purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Rene and Drue chose Nevada City

We stumbled upon the jewel of Nevada city in 1989 and, impressed with the local theater scene and the wholesome, friendly atmosphere, decided this was the place to live and raise our young son. Now, having raised along with him, goats, horses and veggie gardens, we decided to move several years ago from Papa Bear's Lodge to our home in town, which is conveniently located next to Rene's pottery studio. We love the friendly people, history, culture and ambiance of Nevada City, as well as the beauty of the surrounding foothills. We consider it a gift to be able to share our lodge and cabins with visitors to this area.

What makes this cabin unique

Though you feel like you are out in the woods, you are only 2.5 miles from the energy of downtown, with it's many shops, live theater, fine dining, city park and pool, and night life. Go the other direction, and you are just 3.5 miles from our magical Yuba River with its huge boulders and big swimming holes as well as fine hiking paths. If you want to just stay cozy in one of the log cabins, you will not be disappointed. The feeling there is so serene, even we feel like we are on vacation when we are there. In the summer time, the children's camps are in session all around Lake Vera. We are located next to Camp Augusta.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tis was such a great place to host a family reunion. We loved the space, great kitchen (although I suggested adding a garlic press) and nature setting. Thank you for opening up hour home and making it available to rent! Our family enjoyed it so much! We had a Marry Merry Christmas!
Dec 2013
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Nevada City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Each full bath has a shower/tub combination.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1) : Master has king and two twins, a very large room., Queen size Beds (1),: 2nd bedroom has queen Full size beds (2): 3rd bedroom has double and one twin. Den has day bed with trundle that can serve as two twins or one large queen., Loft has 2 twins, 1 double air core mattress bed, 1 double futon. Maximum guests allowed is 14.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Best Log Cabin in Nevada City, Family and Pet Friendly, Large or Small Groups
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 33 reviews
United States

Fantastic log cabin for a magical Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Lots of room for kids and grandkids. Beautiful, peaceful, quiet location, only a few minutes from down town Nevada City. Will return again. Friendly and helpful owners. Thank you Rene and Drue!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super Cozy, great place for friends and family.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is outfitted with all sorts of quirky essentials that makes it a unique experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located to some great little hiking trails and the good ole Yuba River is 4 miles down the road! Wonderful layout, and plenty of space!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation - even keeps the kids of their phones!

  • 4 of 5

First and foremost we had a GREAT time. The owners were super nice and helpful when we couldn't get the tv to work (in our family you have to have football on Thanksgiving.) There were really only 2 negatives - 1 there is no cell service at this location - but there is wifi - so does that even really count as a negative? The second negative is that there were a few cockroaches found (and killed) during our stay - but we are in the woods - bugs are going to happen.

Now that the negatives are out of the way let me leave you with the positives of this place - first of all it is massive - open floor plan PLENTY of beds and rooms to go around and a GREAT kitchen stocked with almost everything we needed! Great back yard where we played catch in preparation for softball tryouts and let the dos run back and fourth. Close to town so if you happen to forget a toothbrush or in our case vanilla it is easy to get the essentials needed. We had quality family time here - cooking - eating - laughing - playing games - cuddled with fur children - and had some get adventures and memories to last a lifetime. We could not be happier with how easy this was and left the Papa Bear Cabin feeling very blessed. We would recommend this to anyone.

PS - this location has 3 cabins - Papa Bear (attached to the garage of Papa bear) and Mama bear cabin up the hill of the driveway... so it would be PERFECT for a large family were older parents want to go to bed early (Baby bear) and a younger family (Mama Bear) needed a quiet place to put children down for naps while the majority of the family gathering is in Papa Bear.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous three bears property!

  • 5 of 5

We rented all three cabins on this property for our family to stay over a long weekend when my son got married nearby. The houses are comfortable, well stocked, plenty of dishes, games, furniture, etc., for a large group.

We all found the web site/app a little difficult to navigate. I would recommend putting all of the check out instructions in one spot under check out. The check out instructions seem to be scattered throughout the information & I hope we didn't forget anything!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great spot for a large group to gather comfortably.

  • 5 of 5

The houses are log cabin style. Cozy, comfortable, mismatched, lived-in, well-equipped. The best feature is a huge great room, with several different seating areas, including a large dining room table. Our group gathered comfortably there, and on the comfy front and back porches, over a long weekend. The location feels "in the woods." There is a children's camp next door, which is occupied during the summer, but otherwise quiet and peaceful. The owners are responsive and friendly. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, quiet, convenient

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious, and well equipped! Room for our family to spread out. House cool in the hot weather!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Sacramento International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Friar Tucks
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Grass Valley
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy 49
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lefty's, Sopa Thai, NewMoon, Friar Tucks
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Boreal Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
South Yuba River
Car: necessary

If you like history, there is plenty here. Originally built in the 1850's, Nevada City and it's neighboring town, Grass Valley, are historically preserved, with the streets looking very much as they did back in the days of the gold rush era. You will find beautiful old victorian homes, gold mining museums, fine restaurants and live theater. Pioneer Park is a great place for the family with younger children wanting a playground, ball parks tennis courts, and a swimming pool.

You can try your hand at gold panning along the Yuba River or Deer Creek. For a great day trip Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area beckons.

Our three cabins are located on 5 acres, next to Camp Augusta, and 80 acre children's summer camp. In the summer months you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $350
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Please note that our standard rate of $410/nt is for up to 8 arriving guests. Children under 2 free.
Additional guests: $20 + tax/nt.
Holiday rates: $450/nt up to 8 guests, including the two weeks during and after Christmas, through New Year's Day.
Cleaning fee: $175
Large groups renting all three cabins add $350 event fee. Sorry, no exceptions.
Only paying guests allowed on property unless cleared by owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.