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4 Bdrm/2 Bath Cabin 'in the Woods'-- Hikers/Bikers/Skiiers Paradise

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gated 1st floor deck & 2nd story balcony


Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

1447 square feet --available year round--but NO LAST MINUTE RESERVATIONS

Located 3 miles west of historic Donner Summit and the heart of Serene Lakes, this cozy two story cabin offers all the amenities of home. Four comfortable bedrooms sleep up to 12. There is a full bathroom on each of the two floors. A fully equipped kitchen w/ microwave, stove, dishwasher, blender, coffee maker and refrigerator make vacationing fun and easy. There is more than adequate storage in the basement. There is AT&T cable TV, wifi, Blueray streaming and many playable CDs and VCR tapes. The cabin is located near the Serene Lakes, which offer kayaking, canoeing, and fishing (for stocked trout). For winter, the cabin contains floor board heating and an efficient wood burning stove (w/ plenty of wood available). You will be within a mile of the Royal Gorge ski area and minutes away from Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Squaw, Alpine Meadows and Northstar. The SLPOA schedules many activities for children and adults during the summer months. There is much opportunity for day hikes in the area. Also, you can play horseshoes in our horseshoe pit, or bacchi ball with our friendly neighbors. And we have a webcam to capture the latest weather conditions, which we would be happy to email you. Also, we are installing a new forced air heating system with completion expected in December, 2016. NOTE: NO LAST MINUTE RESERVATIONS and NO LEASES!--we need at least 3 days to process your credit card.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1440 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible adult (person signing agreement) must be 21 years...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    There's lots of activities for young children at the family beach area (located at lot 1). There are many activities especially around 4 July. Also, snow tubing and sledding nearby(during winter). Also, is the children snow play area at Acorn and Cascade Rd (which you can walk to)....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed


  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4: 2 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Master bedroom contains 1 king log bed (and closet) on main floor. Bedroom 2 also on main floor and contains laundry machines and bunk beds. Bedroom 3 on 2nd floor in rear of cabin. Bedroom 4 contains 2 queens, a twin and is on the 2nd floor. Webcam on second floor shows snow fall at any time (see owner for details). New shower heads have recently been added. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Two full baths--bath tub/shower on 1st level and stand up shower on 2nd level....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The historic city of Truckee has many fine restaurants. One of my favorites is 'Burger Me' which serves awesome onion rings and Lagunitas beer on tap. Another favorite is Fifty-Fifty Brewing which has great brews and food. And of course, there is the Summit Restaurant located near fwy Exit 174....moreless


  • Books:

    Paperbacks are located under the living room coffee table (my wife and I love to read!). My wife and I love to read--we have a large selection of books. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Netflix video downstreaming and BluRay DVD player (on main floor). VCR and DVD player on TV on second floor. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Lots of board games (Scrabble, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Rummikub, Boggle, chess, playing cards etc)...moreless

  • Music Library:

    There are a few music DVDs available on 2nd floor. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Suddenlink cable TV. Wi/Fi w/ internet access. Wide selection of over 100 DVDs available in second drawer of cabinet under main floor TV....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Boom box upstairs w/ cassette tape play capability. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Wide assortment of DVDs and VCR tapes (2 TVs) w/ a TV in both the main floor and upper floor. There are many children's videos (ie Snow White, The Jungle Book, Fantasia, Peter Pan, etc...moreless

  • Toys:

    There are some snow toys (including sleds and 'dish pans') for playing in the snow....moreless

  • Video Library:

    wide assortment of DVDs and VCR tapes (2 TVs, w/ one on main floor being a flatscreen )...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    You are only minutes from the historic town of Truckee, which has many fine restaurants along with the history of the Donner Party. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Excellent hiking prevails nearby, w/ hiking through Beacon Meadows to the Forest 'ridge' where both Serene Lakes. Castle Peak, and Donner Pass are visible....moreless

  • Resort:

    We are members of the Serene Lakes Property Owners Association. This gives you access to our canoe stored over on Bales Rd. In addition, you have access and use of the Lot 1 Beach....moreless

  • Ski-In:

    New for 2017!! We now have a brand new 80000 BTU heating system, with registers in every room. ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    There's lots of snow shoeing (Royal Gorge) and XC skiing right out the front door!--at the cul-de-sac of Cascade Road! You can even cross-country ski over to Royal Gorge. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Cabin is located at around 6500ft elevation so air conditioning is not really needed....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full electric dryer for your use....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    There's no fitness room per se, however, there are miles and miles of walking, snow shoe, biking, and XC trails nearby. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Baseboard in each bedroom...moreless

  • Internet:

    AT&T Uverse (& free WiFi). Also BluRay/DVD and Netflix video streaming capability and flatscreen TV w/ AT&T cable (ie Suddenlink)....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Optionally, guests can bring their own...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cozy LR with efficient wood burning stove...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway can accomodate 3 cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    AT&T Uverse...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Optionally, guests can bring their own ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A full washer and dryer are located in a bedroom downstairs (next to bunk beds) ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    The very efficient wood stove heats up the cabin rapidly & there's lots of wood in the basement. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup Mr Coffee...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    contains all dishes and utensils necessary to serve 12 persons. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Who wants to fool around with dishes when you are on vacation?...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped all electric kitchen--w/blender, crockpot, waffle iron, microwave, ice cream maker and dishwasher--and we have recently added a fondue pot and crepe maker, and rice cooker (2/28/2015)....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Deck / Patio:

    This is a wonderful deck for lounging, entertaining, relaxing....moreless

  • Golf:

    Golf nearby in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have recently added a kayak and inflatable boat. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a propane powered BBQ for your convenience. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Dishpans and plastic sleds (for children's use)...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$225 $255
Fri, Sat
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Linens $35 + tax
  • Security Deposit $300 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Tax Rate 10%


Summer weekend/weeknights: $215/$250 (2 night minimum)

Christmas, New Years: $320 /night (3 night minimum)

Easter & Holiday Weeks: $300 /night (3 night minimum)

(Lease is available for more than 10 nights. Please email owner for rates)

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
1.8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Summit Restaurant
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Coyote Moon Golf Course
1.8 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak (including Calif Zephr)
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 80 (Fwy)
1.8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Nearest Ski
Royal Gorge Cross Country
1 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Whether snow shoeing or cross country skiing or downhill skiing the area offers a wide variety of terrains for all abilities of winter sports. Don't miss out on winter fun, reserve now!

New for 2017: We now have a brand new 80000 BTU forced air heating system (runs on propane)!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: I have always loved hiking, backpacking and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. My wife and I have enjoyed hiking, fly-fishing, and cross country skiing in the Soda Springs area. My sons were active in boy scouts and also have an appreciation for these mountains. In particular, there are many planned activities here during the 4 July holiday. We are also supporters of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is nearby just off of Fwy 80, near Boreal ski area. The area has fabulous outdoor activities, not to the mention the railroad and Donner Party history.

Why the Owner Chose Serene Lakes, Soda Springs, CA, USA:
The property is soooo peaceful and surrounded by towering lodgepole pines. Its great sitting out on the deck in late afternoon enjoying a cocktail and listening to the birds. My family, including our three grown sons, also enjoy the outdoors here, and soon so will our grandchildren (Cooper and Nadine). This year (2016) we have fabulous snow, ideal for skiing and winter activities.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
fresh air, enjoying nature, physical aerobic activity (cross country skiing, swimming, hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, & mountain biking) and other SLPOA events. I love the basement in this cabin!! As of 18 Aug, 2013, we now have a 2 person kayak and horseshoes for your enjoyment. As of July, 2016 we also have a brand new canoe!! And why get a hotel room when for a few dollars more you can cook, have more room, and invite all your friends??

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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  • gated 1st floor deck & 2nd story balcony

    gated 1st floor deck & 2nd story balcony

  • New 'Krone' sign (courtesy of Andy)

    New 'Krone' sign (courtesy of Andy)

  • street view showing driveway & bearbox (summertime)

    street view showing driveway & bearbox (summertime)

  • Living Room (& TV trays) & TV cabinet & efficient woodstove

    Living Room (& TV trays) & TV cabinet & efficient woodstove

  • Fully Equipped kitchen--w/dishwasher, blender, waffle maker, toaster, etc.

    Fully Equipped kitchen--w/dishwasher, blender, waffle maker, toaster, etc.

  • New computer & charging desk!

    New computer & charging desk!

  • 1st floor Full Bathroom

    1st floor Full Bathroom

  • Washer & Dryer in back bedroom of 1st floor

    Washer & Dryer in back bedroom of 1st floor

  • Twin Bed (2nd floor) & showing floorboard heater

    Twin Bed (2nd floor) & showing floorboard heater

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • New (as of Jan, 2017) forced air heating system.

    New (as of Jan, 2017) forced air heating system.

  • New canoe! (Summer 2016)

    New canoe! (Summer 2016)

  • Winter 2015-2016--lots of snow!!  (photo 12/28/15)

    Winter 2015-2016--lots of snow!! (photo 12/28/15)

  • Code lockbox (inside under deck crawl space)

    Code lockbox (inside under deck crawl space)

  • January, 2017--tons of snow!!

    January, 2017--tons of snow!!

  • Very efficient wood burning stove & propane heating (added 2017)

    Very efficient wood burning stove & propane heating (added 2017)

  • Dining/game playing area

    Dining/game playing area

  • New log bed (w/ new Sealy Posturepedic), night stands, and cover!

    New log bed (w/ new Sealy Posturepedic), night stands, and cover!

  • Bunk beds and laundry

    Bunk beds and laundry

  • Bedroom w/ 2 queens and twin bed (2nd floor) & TV

    Bedroom w/ 2 queens and twin bed (2nd floor) & TV

  • Upstairs TV (& VCR tapes)

    Upstairs TV (& VCR tapes)

  • Basement w/ stairs leading to main floor (note water htr)

    Basement w/ stairs leading to main floor (note water htr)

  • Canoes/kayaks stored at the Bales launch area.

    Canoes/kayaks stored at the Bales launch area.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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