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Lake Tahoe plus Serene Lakes & Donner Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Only 2.5 hours from the Bay Area and sleeps 12-14 on Donner Summit

After returning from nearby Sugarbowl or Serene Lakes, take a step back into history at the 4,000 sq ft former Norden Hotel. Cozy up in the spacious sitting room or gather round the pool table to create lifelong memories with family and friends. With four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, everyone has their own private space, and the 2000 sq ft. living space means lots of activities and fun! Located minutes away from Sugar Bowl or Serene Lakes and a short drive from Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe, your winter or summer adventures await.

The Lodge is also available for ski lease November to April. Rate is $4800 month plus utilities. Please inquire for more details.

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Colleen Thomas
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
December 18, 2016

About Colleen Thomas

After several years of renting places for our two families plus grandparents for both skiing and summer fun, we decided to invest in a place to create our own memories. We invite you to stay in our house with its nearly 100 years of history on Donner Summit. Please, join us!

Colleen Thomas purchased this house in 2015

Why Colleen Thomas chose Gold Country & High Sierra

Walking into the Norden Lodge, there is an aura, a charm, a history which envelopes the visitor. After passing an extra large "mud room" - used for both winter and summer fun - you enter the Billiard Room which used to house the Norden General Store. This room, its two seating areas, pool tables and multiple musical instruments embody the history of the lodge. After looking at multiple houses, we knew THIS was the one; the one for our kids to enjoy - and hopefully for their kids as well. There are so many nooks and crannies - and SPACE. It is simply unique and amazing!

What makes this house unique

Run for years as a bed and breakfast, there are several bedrooms with full baths "en suite." Located on the property is an old cabin like building that housed some of the men that built the first railroad tracks over Donner Summit. There is history, character and charm from room to room.


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(5 traveler reviews)

Lake Tahoe plus Serene Lakes & Donner Lake
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Great Guys-Escape!

  • 5 of 5

Our church rented out this place for our annual men's retreat and we really digged it. It has a "Basspro" outdoors feel to it. It was close to home, gun ranges, and fishing. Thanks Collen and Alison.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, secluded old-style cabin with large game room and patio

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our long July weekend in this large cabin. The surrounding area is beautiful! We especially enjoyed the game room, with pool table, small foosball table, multiple couches, musical instruments, sound system and large beer fridge. The patio was also great to enjoy the good weather at this time of year. There is a charcoal bbq out back for grilling and the patio is big enough for a large group to enjoy. The property has an old cabin coziness to it that everyone enjoyed and there is ample sleeping space and common areas for large groups.

Although not mentioned until two days prior to our arrival, there is a caretaker, Travis, who lives on the property. Travis was very nice and didn't bother us at all, but it was a surprise to have someone else there as one of the reasons we had booked this property is that it is secluded and away from other homes; we didn't want to have to be concerned about bothering neighbors if we were loud or up late.

It is also great only need to drive 10-15 minutes to Donner Lake. There are also several trail heads nearby (the closest, including the PCT, are only 5 minutes to drive or 10-15 minutes to run), including the PCT. We did all our cooking in the large kitchen and bbq, which was perfect for our group. If you're looking for restaurants, there's a bit of a drive required.

We really enjoyed our stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed our house for your large gathering! I think you mentioned you were celebrating a wedding! I apologize that the information on Travis was not transparent; I will update VRBO to reflect his presence. As you mentioned, he has a completely separate entrance and does not have access to the main house unless in case of emergency. Travis is a long time engineer at Sugar Bowl, so he is very handy "just in case" he is needed!
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Wonderful venue for large party gatherings

  • 5 of 5

Group of 12 loved this amazing site a few minutes away from access to the Pacific Crest Trail and Sugar Bowl. 15 minute drive from Donner Lake. Ample sleeping, cooking, and indoor/outdoor dining space, as well as a game room.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like Living in a Forest!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place! Perfect for a large family gathering, including small children.

The rec room on the first floor had a pool table and foos ball, which keep the big kids happy, and the living room with the large deer head served as a great board game room. The place came fully stocked with board games. There was also a full pantry in the kitchen for us replace whatever we use, as well as an assortment of cooking spices above the stove. You may need to bring your own cooking oil.

The area is peaceful. On the front porch, there was swinging bench that the kids really enjoyed. "I just like taking in the air," said a 7-year old while pumping legs back and forth on the bench. And grandma loved it, too. It was a perfect retreat after her early morning walk.

While this house seemed rather remote, we found a great 30-minute hiking trail starting at Clair Tappaan Lodge (a five minute walk up the road). There, we also discovered a geocache hidden near the lodge's entrance. The kids got a real kick out of geocaching and there's plenty in the surrounding area. Some were within walking distance and others were a 5 to 10 minute drive away. We found 3 during our stay here and this was one of the many highlights of our vacation!

Overall Donner Pass Lodge was a very comfortable and exciting place to stay. I highly recommend it to any large group looking to have an all-inclusive experience--be it indoor lounging and games or outdoor adventures and reflections. When I asked one of our kids why she liked staying here, she said: "Because it's like living in a forest!" And that pretty much sums it up.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We find that our guests discover things about the surrounding area that we ourselves weren't even aware of - geocaching is a great example. Please come back and stay again some time!
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Perfect multi family location

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky to be able to stay at the AMAZING Norden House the first weekend after Alison and Colleen had purchased it. There is so much space! Many of the bedrooms have private baths and there are two living areas! The parlor is cozy, warm and inviting - and the billiard room is HUGE with two different seating areas, a pool table, a beer fridge and an array of games and musical instruments. (guitars, trumpet, violin, piano, accordion, banjo....and more!)

The kitchen and dining room are equally inviting and spacious. We were lucky to have a late snow fall at the end of April - and woke up to a foot of snow and such amazing winter mountain views! Luckily, the local snow plower stores his equipment and the property, so we were the first to be cleared out!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Tahoe Donner
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 80
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
The Summit Restaurant
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Royal Gorge and SS
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Serene Lakes
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Soda Springs House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $229 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check in time is 4pm; check out is 10am. Please be respectful of our neighbors and observe "quiet hours" from 12 midnight to 8am.

Ski Lease is $4200 a month for a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house. Each bedroom has plenty of beds! Perfect for two families! One mile from Sugar Bowl and Donner Ski Ranch. Two miles from Soda Springs and Royal Gorge. Utilities are additional.

There is an onsite caretaker, there for emergencies but completely separate space and entrance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Soda Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main - toilet , tub , shower , Upstairs hall - for kids room and back corner bedroom
    Downstairs - toilet , Shared half bath downstairs
    Master - toilet , shower , "en suite" in Master Bedroom
    Front bedroom bath - toilet , shower , "en suite" in front bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Kids Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 4 as bunk is full on bottom and twin on top
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 double , 2 twin/ single , There is a twin trundle bed in the room.
    Front Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 double
    Back Corner bedroom - 1 double , 1 child bed , Full size bed and pack n play
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Check in time is 4pm, on the day of arrival. Check out time is 10am on the day of departure.

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