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Vintage romantic 'Old Tahoe' cabin with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.

Bedrooms 2
Space 978 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cute & Cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath Old Tahoe Classic with extraordinary lake views.

Location: Wonderful North Tahoe site in Carnelian Bay, 3.5 miles from Tahoe City

2 bedrooms, 1 bath (plus, fold-out couch in living room). Sleeps 4 comfortably, 6 with fold-out couch. 978 sq. ft.

Replete with original character and charm, this beautiful 'Old Tahoe' cabin was built in 1942, with redwood exterior and knotty pine interior. Enjoy many magnificent views of the lake and mountains from inside and outside this beautifully maintained cabin. Warm yourself on a crisp evening with a fire in the large stone fireplace. Dine before the large picture window with gorgeous lake views. Over 150 trees on the property, many of them 80-100 years old. Watch any of the premium movie channels. Relax on the furnished stone patio as small animals and birds feed from their established 'feeding rocks'.

Hike miles of trails on Forest Service land or enjoy a bike ride on the paved bike path. This 'Old Tahoe' style cabin is a couples' delight or perfect setting for a small family. Located just 3.5 miles from Tahoe City's beaches, music festivals, and farmers markets. World class dining is just around the corner, as well as boutique shopping and art galleries. Close to all North Tahoe attractions.


Large living room with beautiful lake view.

Large wood-burning stone fireplace with supplied fir and oak firewood.

Formal dining table expands to seat eight.

Deck with lake view seats eight.

Slate patio with table & umbrella, four chairs, and chaise lounge,

Patio includes pond and 'feeding rocks' for birds, chipmunks, & squirrels (food provided).

Gas barbeque.

Kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, microwave and stove/oven (4 burners).

Dinette off kitchen seats four.

Single bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink.

Master bedroom with king size bed and great view of the lake. (Bed includes down featherbed, electric blanket, and down comforter.)

Upstairs bedroom with full bed and filtered view of the lake. (Bed includes down featherbed and down comforter.)

Couch in living room can sleep one (or, unfolds to sleep two). Wool blankets and an extra down comforter are available for use here.

Lots of floor space in the living room for kids or overflow guests.

Plenty of inflatable sleeping pads (two queen, one full, three twin), linens, blankets and pillows for floor sleeping.

Level parking for 4 cars; 8 parked in tandem; can accommodate boat or RV.


Fully stocked cabin: Bedding, linens, towels, pillows, TP, paper towels, soap, BBQ gas, spices, condiments, etc.

27" TVs in living room and master bedroom; DVD in living room.

Cable with all the premium channels (8 HBO channels, 6 Showtime, 9 Cinemax, 3 Starz, 5 TMC, 6 Encore, EPIX, DISC, TLC, MTV, CNN, Lifetime, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone. . . over 200 in all).

High speed internet Wi-Fi connection (130 mbps).

Kitchen includes coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, rice cooker, toaster, microwave, crock pot, waffle iron, plenty of pots and pans, dishes, glasses, cups, and utensils. Also many spices and a variable collection of condiments.

No washer and dryer, garbage disposer, dishwasher, or bath tub.

Kids, and dogs, welcome! I suppose my limit is two dogs, but if you have more, and they are old, or small, or somehow otherwise reasonable, let's talk. Doggie beds provided: two large, two medium, and two small. Additionally, a supply of sheets you may spread over furniture in order that your doggies may use the furniture without worry.

Smoking is OK on the patio or the deck, but not in the house.

Check-in time, 5 pm. Check-out time, 10 am. This gives me seven hours between guests to insure that everything is in readiness for your visit. NOTE: In those cases where there is no other guest leaving the day you arrive, or arriving the day you leave, I am able to be more flexible, and TYPICALLY you can arrive, and depart, at whatever time of day is optimal for you. Of course, if other guests make a reservation after you have made yours, the 5 pm and 10 am times would apply.

I live in a small "mother-in-law" cottage on the same property. I am retired, and busy myself taking care of our 150 trees, raking trails, moving firewood, and other tasks away from the main cabin. I make an effort to be entirely invisible during your visit, although I am always available to you in person, or by phone, text, or email. Sometimes, I visit friends out of town; on those occasions I am still available by phone, text, or email, although not in person, of course.

For reservations, or questions, call (916-813-8553) or text (916-813-8553) Brian, or use the systems in place here on VRBO.

Thank you!

More Details

Brian Harris
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Brian Harris

My grandfather bought this cabin in 1957, when I was three years old. He paid for it with a check for $14,000. He never bought a house any other way. "If we can't pay for it today, we can't afford it" was, I suppose, his motto. He hated to pay interest--in fact, he simply wouldn't. Our family has reaped the benefits of his discipline, and his emphatic refusal to spend money he did not have.

My little brothers and I had many happy summers at Tahoe. We played with other children in the neighborhood, who are still here today, over half a century later. This is a nice neighborhood, full of nice people--even those newbies who've only been here for forty years.

We three boys used to go on walks in the woods with my dad and my grandpa. We would gather the knots out of fallen and rotting trees, using an old rock hammer, and collecting the knots in burlap bags we still have. The reason for gathering the knots was that they were very dense, and burned hot for hours (and were free). However, as little boys, the excitement for us was found in the license to tear apart the rotting tree, especially if it was full of ants. (Note 1: "knot" here refers not to nautical speed nor rope configuration, but instead to the location in a tree where a branch emerges from the trunk.) (Note 2: In the intervening years, I have, under the long-distance tutelage of E. O. Wilson, developed great respect and admiration for ants, and today do nothing I can avoid, to harm their colonies or their individuals, if "individual ant" is not an oxymoron.)

While the knot hunts were great fun, I enjoyed most feeding the squirrels by hand, and attempting to catch the blue-belly lizards around the house and crayfish down at the lake. I have a picture my dad took when I was maybe five, with a squirrel stretching himself to his limit to take food from my extended hand. I still enjoy feeding their descendants today, placing food on the "feeding rocks" to which they have become acclimated.

Brian Harris purchased this cabin in 1957

Why Brian Harris chose Lake Tahoe North Shore CA

1957 was a big year in our family--my grandpa retired, my mom & dad bought their second house, and I retired from only-child status with the birth of my brother Mark, who was, and is, not nearly as good-looking as me. Regarding the cabin, the critical development was my grandfather's retirement. He and my grandma used to spend every summer in Tahoe, and he would spend most of his time puttering around the cabin, keeping everything in top shape. In those days, we used to stain the redwood that makes up the outside of the house. (It's not practical to do this any more--the stains allowed in California have become so weak that they won't keep water out of wood. So now we paint.) My grandfather, ever thrifty, refused to buy commercially prepared stains--"they're ridiculously overpriced". He would instead mix his own, from linseed oil, kerosene, burnt umber, and two other ingredients that I've lost in the mists of time. By the mid-1970's, my grandpa, approaching 80, decided that his best ladder-days were behind him, and sold the cabin to my dad. My dad--a teenaged electrician on his submarine during WWII--updated and expanded much of the wiring in the house, among many other improvements. Our cabin was built in 1942, reflecting the beauty and craftsmanship of that era. But there were many components of our modern everyday life that weren't even on the horizon in a mountain cabin in 1942. Under my dad's direction, we converted from septic tank to sewer (as kids, we weren't allowed to flush unless we 'did #2'), from propane to natural gas, and from wood roof to steel roof, among other things. By the 1990's, Dad had reached his own "get me off this ladder" stage, and I took the lead on cabin maintenance. I was joined in this by my son Evan, and especially by my daughter Amelia, who has a special affection for our "home-across-the-generations". If either of them can ever find ANYONE to marry them, I hope to live to see the 5th generation enjoy our family home.

What makes this cabin unique

As you can see from the pictures on this site, our home was constructed with the "Old Tahoe" look typical of the era (1942). This underlying structure has been augmented by my grandma, my mom, my wife, and my daughter.

My grandma was an artist by nature. The curtains in the living room were harvested from a dumpster at UC Davis (my own undergraduate Alma mater) by Grandma. She added to the motif of trees and leaves by hand-painting hundreds and hundreds of pink leaves, matching the shape of those found on the original curtains, but matching the color to the original purple-and-pink-paisley rug in the living room of the cabin. Both the rug and the curtain can be found in this living room today.

The main look of the inside of our house was produced by my mom. She grew up in Kansas in the 1920's and 1930's, and many of the decorations to be found on the flat surfaces and the walls reflect her fondness for this era. Since I have been renting out our cabin beginning in 2014, I have found that our guests really warm up to my mom's homey style of displaying nostalgic items. I am gratified to see how many people enjoy the careful effort she has made for so many years.

My wife and my daughter have contributed to the look of our place, unexpectedly perhaps, by their work with rocks. My wife and I collected rocks from across the western and southwestern United States; these can be found in various locales around our cabin. My daughter arranged many of the rock configurations that form borders to the paths and plants around the cabin, among other things. When she was younger, we went into the forest together and found some baby manzanita bushes that we transplanted to an appropriate spot near the cabin.

All told, there have been four generations of love and attention put into the look and the function of our cabin. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do!


Carnelian Bay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 978 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink
  • Extra toiletries available in case you forgot something. Two hair dryers. Lots of medicine in the cupboard, but you are on your own regarding expiration dates.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This downstairs bedroom includes an excellent lake view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This bedroom is upstairs, and has a tree-filtered lake view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Couch in the LIVING ROOM unfolds to double or full-size bed.
  • Downstairs bed ("bedroom 1") has a down featherbed, electric blanket, and down comforter. Upstairs bed ("bedroom 2") has a down featherbed and down comforter. Fold out bed in the couch may make use of available wool blankets or back-up down comforter(s).
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Vintage romantic 'Old Tahoe' cabin with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.
average rating of 4.78125 based on 32 reviews
Mount Pleasant, SC

Cozy cabin with most impressive view

  • 5 of 5

Amazing view, much better than pictured. This cozy cabin has everything one could wish for and then some. The owner (Brian) has thought of everything to ensure a wonderful visit. From the comfortable bed to a generous supply of bird seed, ready to use fire......the list goes on and on. The cabin in located in a very quiet area five minutes or so from three grocery stores, several nice restaurants, and even a few shops.

I think the real difference about this place is the heart that Brian shows in wanting his guests to enjoy their stay. He is very easy to work with and just a quick phone call away. He even took care of a small issue for us while he was on an emergency room visit. That certainly exceeded any normal expectations.

I would most certainly stay again when in the area.

Robert Clark

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Nice cozy cabin with a great view of the lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Brian's cabin for two nights in August. The cabin was very cozy with everything you need to help your Tahoe experiences.

Also view from the living room and patio (of the lake) was spectacular! I think we spend hours enjoying just the view from the patio.

Location was very nice as well. Only few minutes away from Tahoe City, making it easy for a quick trip to fill up needed stuff and check out Common Beach as well.

Also, the place was very appreciated by our crew's cat (found nice cat's corner in the living room) and dog (spell of trees got him very excited).

Brian was very helpful to get us acquainted with all aspect of the cabin to make full use out of it.

Recommend to anyone visiting Tahoe.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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jUst as advertised

  • 4 of 5

Incredible view. Very nostalgic cabin. Very clean and exceptionally organized. The owner is adorable and very friendly and helpful. Will come back. Areal find.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome views

  • 4 of 5

Clean, quiet comfortable atmospheric cabin with great views!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pasadena, CA

Amazing views from cozy cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this awesome property with its amazing views and antique furnishings. From the moment you enter the home you can feel the love and warmth of the family that owns it. This is a property that has a long history of fun and happiness combined with pride of ownership and craftsmanship. Brian is a highly attentive and accommodating host.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Chicago< IL

Good stay

  • 4 of 5

House is Dog friendly and a beautiful view. The owner welcome us and showed us around. He went out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed and help us to get a vet for our dog thumbs up on this cabin

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Tahoe-Truckee Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Pete & Peters
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Tahoe City Golf
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Truckee Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Hiway 28
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Jake's on the Lake
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Squaw Valley
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Commons Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $250

1-night offer: In those cases where there is only 1 night available between other bookings, you may stay for 1 night.


Cleaning fee: I charge a cleaning fee of $125.00. I have surveyed (on VRBO) all the other 2-bedroom locations available in Carnelian Bay, and have found that all charge a cleaning fee; the average is $143.20. Only 26.5 % of these locations allow pets; of those that do, the average additional fee for a pet is $47.50, for a total of $190.70. So I am hopeful that you will find my fee of $125 to be reasonable and competitive.

Winter Fee (Nov 1-April 30--Same dates Caltrans says "carry chains") ($125): During the winter, to prepare for guests I must move much more (free) firewood and also remove a great deal of snow and ice. It takes me more than twice as much time to prepare for our guests in the winter; therefore I charge this fee. VRBO isn't able to apply this fee only Nov 1-April 30, but I waive it when there is no snow on the ground.

Pet fee: I allow up to two dogs, with no additional fee or deposit.

Damage deposit: $250. So far (as of March 13, 2017), all of our guests have had 100% of their damage deposit returned.

1-week stay: As you note on the rate card, I offer discounts for those who stay one week or more. However, during the busy times of the year, this excludes Saturday to Saturday visits (which consume 2 weekends). For Saturday to Saturday stays, the weekly discount rate would not apply; instead you would be charged the daily rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund