cozy charm = 4 1/2 stars
Submitted: August 22, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
This is a darling cabin: rustic and comfortable with lots of old-school charm (e.g., all-wood window frames (no aluminum) - yay!). The setting in a dogwood and pine forest is very leafy, shady, and pretty. This cabin is great for a large family or multi-family vacation, with the bedrooms away from the action (upstairs and in a separate little cabin), and 4 large common areas: the living room, the kitchen, the deck out back, and the covered front porch (with a ping-pong table - yay again!). And the cabin has a singing deer! (You have to see it to appreciate it.) The cabin is well-supplied with sheets, blankets, pillows, paper products, and kitchen gear - very convenient. And the owner is great: very nice, accommodating, and helpful. If you have a problem, just call him - he'll get it resolved.
Twain Harte is a darling town just a mile or so down the road from the cabin, with cute shops, restaurants ... oh, and a lake! I highly recommend the supermarket in town: lots of organic meat, fish, and produce, plus many cool specialty items at very reasonable prices.
Also worth a visit is Pinecrest Lake - gorgeous! It's about 18 miles further up the mountain in a pristine alpine setting. The topography changes dramatically as you drive up Highway 108, and the route is home to several small (sometimes tiny) towns, each offering unique enticements.
One more recommendation: we ate dinner at the Jamestown Hotel (@ 12 miles down the hill in Jamestown, just outside of Sonora). Lovely old period hotel offering an upscale menu and good food at reasonable prices.
Minor issues: The cabin is a bit close by Twain Harte Drive - the main road into town - so there is some car noise. Also, while the cabin is very welcoming and is not dirty, the inside (especially the kitchen) needs a good scrubbing top to bottom - just to make it lovely.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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