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Cozy Cabin in the Woods, Pine-Scented Days, Starry Nights

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom+Loft / 2 Bath Cabin Close to Nature Trail

OUR COZY CABIN IN THE WOODS is easy to access on a level parcel in Tahoe Donner just above the town of Truckee. The two-story house was one of the first cabins built in Tahoe Donner in the mid-1970s. The lot, which has young and mature Lodgepole and Jeffrey pines, cedar and aspen trees, is adjacent to a corner greenbelt for added woodland privacy. It is located on a loop street, perfect for morning walks and safe bike rides for children. A nature trail begins directly across the street, which in one direction leads to Trout Creek Recreation Center—with swimming pools, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, gym, driving range, playground and a nearby deli—and the other direction to the right follows the creek, past beaver ponds through the forest to Northwoods Center—with a swimming pool, tennis courts, pizza restaurant, playground and activities.

It is an easy drive from the Bay Area about 180 miles from Berkeley on I-80. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of urban life with plenty of time for family games, outdoor fun, reading or just relaxing.

The cabin is enjoyable in all seasons. Winter is a wonderland with world-class cross-country and downhill ski resorts just minutes away: Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar and more. Tahoe Donner’s own cross-country course is the second largest in the Sierras and the downhill course is an affordable family ski area. Spring and fall are quieter times with fewer people vacationing. Summer is an ideal time to visit with warm, sunny days, deep blue skies, cool pine-scented nights with a canopy of stars. There are hiking and biking trails, a championship golf course and tennis courts. A variety of restaurants, cafes and shops are available in Truckee. Lake Tahoe is just a beautiful drive away with an array of mountain activities in between.

The cabin, decorated in a mini-lodge flavor, comfortably sleeps up to six people with two bedrooms plus a loft bedroom. The main floor bedroom has two twin beds; the second floor bedroom has one queen; the loft area has one queen. The two bathrooms (one tub with overhead shower and one walk-in shower) have been recently remodeled with new vanities and counters, low-flow toilets and cork flooring. The kitchen has been expanded and remodeled with beautiful new knotty Alder wood cabinetry, countertops, appliances and cork flooring. It has a well-stocked kitchen with cooking paraphernalia, Fiesta dinnerware and a cupboard of staples. Use what you need; replace what you use. The dining area has comfortable seating for six. The living room area has a wood burning stove and a view of the forest. Firewood is available and stacked in the garage.

There are lots of board games for children and adults, a variety of books on the shelf, a small eclectic CD collection, classical and otherwise. We have a 32" Samsung TV to play movies on our BluRay DVD/CD player. There is also an easy plug-in for any mp3 player as well as a Western Digital USB device for playing movies from your USB memory stick.

The two-car garage is detached (we share part of the garage with our neighbor who cares for the cabin and keeps the driveway clear in the winter). The native Sierra landscape surrounds the house with plenty of places to make tree forts, snow caves, play hide and seek, have picnics and BBQs.

Internet: We now have wifi. Although our original intention when we purchased the cabin was to have a restful haven away from our busy, urban lives, we recently decided to offer internet to our guests. Our modem uses capped bandwidth and is not intended for unlimited streaming, but it should be able to handle emails and typical web browsing with no problem. Trout Creek Recreation Center has wifi available also.

This is a non-smoking cabin. We love animals and pets, but unfortunately some family members have allergies, so pets are NOT allowed. You might be fortunate to watch deer walk through the back yard, see a bunny or two, Stellar Jays and other forest birds, chipmunks and squirrels, or witness beavers building their dam just down the nature trail in the meadow pond.

Tahoe Donner passes are available to our guests. Each pass allows four people access (with guest fees) to: Trout Creek Recreation Center pools, spa, gym, classes and playground; Northwoods Clubhouse pool and playground; Tahoe Donner's private beach at the east end of Donner Lake where kayaks, paddle boards, canoes can be rented or picnic area, sandy beach play and swimming area can be enjoyed.

Top activities include hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, stargazing, relaxing. Visit Tahoe Donner's website for upcoming seasonal events.

More Details

Judy July and Norm Mayell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Judy July and Norm Mayell

Our family has had many memorable seasons at the cabin: skiing and sledding with our kids and their classmates, reading stories on dark winter nights in front of the wood stove, biking and hiking lots of trails on the north shore, watching Fourth of July fireworks at Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake, kayaking on Donner Lake, star gazing, outdoor concerts and theater productions, playing golf in the mountains where your ball travels farther, visiting nearby mining town Virginia City, or driving north to Graeagle on Highway 89. It's a sweet life.

Mostly we have fun.

Judy July and Norm Mayell purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Judy July and Norm Mayell chose Lake Tahoe North Shore CA

Living in the dense urban Bay Area, we longed to have a place where our children (and now grandchildren) could play outdoors in all seasons, make forts and snow caves, watch wildlife, breathe pine-scented mountain air and observe the starry sky away from city glare. We chose this property because it is adjacent to a green-belt common area, which gives added privacy and space. It is a level lot – a plus when driving on snowy roads.

This is a perfect get-away cabin with easy access to many amenities within Tahoe Donner as well those within driving distance, for example, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Emerald Bay, Shakespeare at Sand Harbor, historic downtown Truckee, Reno, Graeagle, Sierraville hot springs, rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, skiing, hiking, biking, wildlife, and endless discovery!

What makes this cabin unique

Among many things, our lot is adjacent to a double green belt, which means there is a small pine forest next to our cabin on one side and an additional stand of trees behind our cabin ending near a dry-creek bed. Directly across the street is a nature trailhead leading in one direction to Trout Creek Recreation Center (10 minute forest walk to the fitness center, spa, pools, playground, classes) and in the other direction along Trout Creek through meadows, beaver ponds, forest trails to Northwoods Country Club (tennis, pool, playground, activities, pizza pub).

In winter, downhill and cross-country skiing is minutes away. In summer, we hike, swim and play golf. Tahoe Donner has an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course located on 200-acres of pristine Sierra landscape with towering pines featuring sustainable landscape practices and recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region.” Excellent driving range, too.


Truckee Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 Upstairs - toilet , shower
  • All new vanities, faucets, low-flow toilets and cork floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Downstairs - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 Upstairs - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Cozy Cabin in the Woods, Pine-Scented Days, Starry Nights
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful cozy cabin, amazing hosts

  • 5 of 5

Judy was an amazing host, very responsive and helpful during one of those enormous storms this winter. The cabin is in a lovely location with plenty of room for exploring and sledding nearby. The kitchen was well-equipped, and it was nice that it had staple foods we could use/contribute to, rather than starting from scratch. We were cozy with the wall heaters and fireplace. The set up - one main room downstairs - is very nice for socializing. There are so many games in the game cabinet - that was a big nice surprise, especially since we stayed put for a day and a half during a storm. I wish I had noticed that there is not a washer/dryer, but we were fine without, using a handy drying rack for our snow-soaked clothes. We want to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Could not ask for better

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot. Although you are in a small development, you would not know it while in the cabin. The views to snow-capped trees outside were wonderful. We appreciated how the cabin was tastefully appointed--just enough to feel snug and cozy, but not in the least bit over-bearing. Judy was wonderful to deal with. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our cabin. You are welcome to come back anytime.
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Awesome place to stay! Wish the weather had cooperated

  • 5 of 5

Our family took this cabin for a snowy escape with the kids. We had hoped to go skiing.

Our hosts were friendly and helpful. They even called to make sure we were aware of the severe storm coming in. We were well prepared and hopeful that we'd see lots of new snow. Instead we got freezing rain, which meant no skiing, and lots of time in the cabin.

The location near Donner Tahoe in Truckee was close to perfect. We were close to ski resorts and Truckee, and easy to get to. The cabin was clean, inviting, with enough rooms to separate the kids at bedtime. There was enough room around the house for the kids to sled outside. The wood burning stove had the place well heated when we arrived. We cooked in a beautiful renovated kitchen and stayed in during the storm to watch movies. We would definitely come here again and hope Mother Nature favors powder over rain!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute cabin

  • 4 of 5

Very cute! We had a great time. Everything was very neat. I loved that there were books, movies and fun games. It did get cold but the wall heaters helped a lot! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our cabin. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. I wondered if you built a fire in the wood stove? That helps to keep it warm too. There is dry firewood in the garage.
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Cozy and Clean Cabin Nicely Appointed

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very clean and nicely outfitted. The location is right across from a trail which leads to the community center and pizza on the hill, which was nice. Would definitely come back and recommend to others. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing to stay at our cabin. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Clean and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Everything was very clean and organized. Loft bed was comfortable. Nice bathroom towels. Would have been very nice to have WiFi access as cell phone service is spotty and DVD player has ability to stream Netflix.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Truckee Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Lodge Restaurant, Pizza on the Hill, and Truckee
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course and Coyote Moon
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Downtown Truckee
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
HWY 80
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Lodge Restaurant, Pizza on the Hill, and Truckee
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Donner Lake
Car: necessary

The cabin is 180 miles by car from the SF Bay Area -- off the Donner Pass Road exit on Interstate 80 (I-80). It is a High Sierra scenic 16 miles from Lake Tahoe via CA-89S and 36 miles from Reno on I-80. If you’re coming from an area outside of Northern California, Tahoe Donner is accessible by any of four major airports, train and bus routes.

AMENITES: Downhill Ski & Cross Country. Golfing. Snowplay. Recreation. Bikeworks. Campground. Equestrian.

PRIVATE: Renters can use guest passes - Trails, Fitness, Massage, Kids Club, Aquatics, Tennis, Day Camps, and Beach Club at Donner Lake.


Rates & Availability

Truckee Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 17 2017 - Jun 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Winter holiday
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2018 - Jan 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
MLK Jr Weekend
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Jan 16 2018 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
President's Week
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $160 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Check in: 4:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out: 11:00 am on the day of departure. Please put the keys back in the lock box and leave guest passes in counter-top basket A $50 fee will be charged for lost keys or guest passes and deducted from the security deposit. Additional cleaning fee may be charged for larger parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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