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Family and Pet friendly! Close to town and the river.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

The cozy Mama Bear's Cabin up the hill from Papa Bear's Lodge and Baby Bear's Cottage (see listings #46584, and #72370), is available year round.

The cabin has two bedrooms and 1 bath. There is a queen-size bed, A double bed and double pull-out futon (in living room) to accommodate up to 4 people. It is best suited for up to 4 adults or a family of 4 or 5. In the living room is a gas hearth stove. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics. Enjoy the large hot tub which awaits just off the back deck.

Some games and books are provided for your leisure. This is a great place for the honeymoon couple or small family. If you are booking Papa Bear's Lodge for a larger event, this is the perfect place for overflow guests who want a little more privacy.

Hiking and biking trails are right here. Gold Panning, Golf, miniature golf, and go cart rides are close by. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in Grass Valley for use on nearby Scotts Flat Lake or Rollins Lake. We are only 3.5 mies from the beautiful South Yuba River.

Please note that we are next to an 80 acre summer camp. During the months of May-August,camp is in session and you will hear 'happy' camp noises from time to time during the day. Quiet hours start at 9:30 p.m for the campers, 10:00p.m. for our cabin guests.

Swimming, tennis and a children's play ground are in Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are just a 45 minute drive to the nearest ski area for downhill or cross country skiing, and sledding. Downtown Nevada City is two and a half miles away, where you will find fine dining, wine tasting, great theater, musical entertainment, art galleries and a fun shopping experience in this charming historic gold rush town.

Historic Grass Valley is just another three miles away with more of the same, and we are 1 1/2 hours drive from either Sacramento or Tahoe.

Amenities: Down comforters on some beds (in winter). Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, DSL and wifi, gas hearth stove, ample parking. There is a phone for local calls. Cell phones do not work well here but you can text. This is a non-smoking property.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we will gladly make dinner reservations for you, or obtain special items such as Champagne, Chocolates, or a Special Bouquet.

Activities: Theater, fine dining, wine tasting, musical events, shopping, galleries, hiking and biking, boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and other outdoor activities are all located within a short distance.

Come join us for the Fourth of July small town parade. It is wonderful, as is the Constitution Day parade in September. In June on Father's Day weekend come see the famous bike races down the middle of town. In July we have three 'Summer Nights', the last three Wednesdays in the month.The streets are closed to traffic and lined with food and craft vendors.

In July is the return of the Worldfest with 8 stages of music, children's programs, workshops, dance, artisans and international food.

Don't miss the Bluegrass Festival, Music In The Mountains, Halloween, Mardi Gras, Fall colors, etc., etc., etc.

Enjoy Victorian Christmas, the first three Wednesday nights, and the last Sunday before Christmas.You'll find artisans, food venders and all the shops open late. The gas streetlights, Victorian carolers, and friendly merchants make this the place to visit and shop for the holidays.

Area: The Yuba River,, with many deep pools and massive smooth boulders is only minutes from our home. A beautiful trail meanders along its banks for miles.

Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months (late May to mid August) you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire, then off to bed by 9:30, quiet hour.

We want your lodging experience to be most enjoyable. Part of that enjoyment comes from selecting the vacation property that best fits your needs. Mama Bear’s Cabin was built in 1985 and is 650 sq. ft., a good space for 2 to 4 people. The style is simple, clean and unpretentious. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics you need for cooking, but if you are a gourmet chef, this may not be the place for you. Some of the dishes are hand made pottery. Not everything matches. There is no dishwasher. Garbage needs to be disposed of carefully to avoid attracting those wild critters. Collecting compost scraps and recycling is required, and a conservative energy usage strongly encouraged. There is no central heat. There is a hearth stove, a wall furnace. and a window air conditioner. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or concerns.

Keywords: Log home, log cabin, romantic cabin,

cabin, mountain cabin

More Details

Drue and Rene
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Drue and Rene

Drue is an avid runner, and René is a potter. We both share a love for acting and can be seen in local productions from time to time. Obi is our beloved 3 legged, one eyed poodle.

We love Nevada City and the wonderful community here and have lived here over 24 years. We love sharing information about the area with our guests.

Drue and Rene purchased this house in 2000

Why Drue and Rene chose Gold Country & High Sierra

All three of our cabins (Papa Bear's Lodge, Mama Bear's Cabin and Baby Bear's Cottage) are on the same property. The lodge was our family home for a number of years and we loved living here. When we decided to move into town next to Rene's studio, we knew others would really enjoy the lodge and smaller cabins. And we were right!

What makes this house unique

Privacy, nature, and a short drive to the beautiful South Fork of the Yuba River. It is a magical place. Wild turkeys, deer, foxes, coyotes, racoons, squirrels and the rare bear siting can all happen right here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beyond words.

Beyond expectations...a "piece of heaven" surrounded by chaos

A place to just be yourself.

Thank you so much.

You always come back home. Till then, great expectations with "heaven".
Sep 2007
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Family and Pet friendly! Close to town and the river.
average rating of 4.878788 based on 45 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved your cabin! Perfect location and very comfortable. Hope to return next year! Thank you Rene!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was exactly what we wanted for a relaxing weekend getaway. We loved the cozy log cabin feel and thought it was even better than pictured. It's nice to find a place that is pet friendly so we don't have to be separated from our dogs and worry about finding someone to care for them while we're away. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mendocino CA

Cozy cabin in the woods, but close to Nevada City

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I visited this cabin along with a family friend during the weekend of October 21st. The cabin is cozy, cute and comfortable. We prepared a nice meal here on one night, and went out to dinner in Nevada City the other. There's a large covered porch and hot tub outside as well as outdoor seating. It's located in a quiet rural neighborhood surrounded by trees. There's a remote controlled gas "wood" style stove, which was quick to take off the chill of the evening. The cabin was clean and seems well maintained.

It's clear from the guest book that many people stay at this cabin on more than one occasion and it seems ( along with the neighboring cabins owned by the same couple) that it would be a great location for a family reunion, or vacation with extended family and friends for a week or month at a time. My one critique of the stay is that based on charging a cleaning fee, asking weekend guests to strip the beds and start a load of laundry as well as empty trash at a location down the road was a bit much, especially for our friend who is a travel agent and for whom this was a first experience with a VRBO rental.These instructions seem appropriate for an extended stay of one week or more, but for only a short weekend visit, it seemed like too much work before checkout on a Sunday morning.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that our guests enjoyed their stay, but sorry to hear they were displeased with our check-out policy. (We have encountered similar policies at other vacation rentals.) Getting the laundry started early is a big boost to our housekeeper, who often has to do two or three loads and get the cabin turned over in a short amount of time. Thanks to the help of our guests in this matter, extra time can be spent assuring a clean environment for all our guests, and holding our cleaning fee to a reasonable level. We do understand, however that guests may not want to spend their vacation time on these tasks, and apologize for any inconvenience. We have our policies posted in the rental agreement that can be viewed before booking. The garbage is in a shed at the end of the drive that leads up to the cabin, so it is easy to deposit there on the way out. We are happy to negotiate these things with incoming guests ahead of time.
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Amazing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The property and cabin space were perfect! We spent two comfortable nights there with 4 adults and one child. I could sit out on the deck all day-so peaceful. I highly recommend this cabin to anyone staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

Best cabin ever. Perfect size for 2-4 people. Had everything you need. The hot tub was a great addition and the secluded location was exactly what we were looking for. Just be aware that if you click the MAP location, the address may be wrong. Read the driving instructions because the satellite reception is not good out there and you might miss the driveway. The cabin was cozy and perfect. The hosts were very nice also. Check out the great pottery in the cabinets! Very talented. Will stay here as often as possible. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend in Nevada City. The cabin was perfect: clean, well-stocked, and private. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Eve. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back again! Rene and Drue
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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, New Moon, Sopa Thai, Ike's Quarter Cafe
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Boreal Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Yuba River
Car: necessary

Nevada City is a charming historical gold mining town at 2500' altitude, situated between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The people are friendly, and the landscape awesome. If you like the outdoors this is the place to mountain bike, hike, kayak or just take a stroll in the beautiful surroundings.

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. You can even try your hand at gold panning, For a great day trip you can explore Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.

Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire.


Rates & Availability

Nevada City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day weekend May 20-23
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Independence day week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving week
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $25
Additional pet ( 2 max) $15
Tax Rate 10.0%

Major holidays the rate increases to $175/nt, including the two weeks during and after Christmas, through New Year's Day.
Additional guests (up to 5 total): $10/nt. ea. + tax
We accept up to 2 dogs (sorry, no cats). One dog is $25, second dog is 15 per stay/per week. Please check the appropriate pet fee boxes when booking on-line.
Large groups renting all three cabins add $500 event fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nevada City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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