Owl Lodge borders on a wonderful hiking trail that follows along a man-made stream. Walk just 100 feet from your back door to access the informal trail which dons beautiful wildflowers in the Spring.
In addition, there are many other wonderful activities to partake in all year round and seasonally including the following:skiing, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, etc.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is just 45 minutes away, an amazing mountain-bike trail entrance that goes for 120 miles is just half a mile away. Five vineyards are less than 30 minutes from Owl Lodge and the “magical,” “sun-hugged,” “granite-lined” Yuba River is just seven miles away.
The South Fork of the Yuba offers trout fishing, Class V kayaking, and summer lounging as it flows through a granite gorge in the Sierra foothills. But there’s culture, too “Nevada City has all the outdoorsy stuff but also some seriously rooted heart and soul.” The Nevada Theater, where Mark Twain read in the 1860s, still features monthly plays. In July, the 150-year-old town closes two blocks to cars and lets artisans take over with booths selling wine, craft cheeses, and local veggies.
Star-gazing -- Enjoy our telescope and view the stars from our large deck. Owl Lodge offers one of the best views of the night time sky in the area.
Fireplace and Wood Burning Stove
There is nothing like a huge fire to get the chill out and provide a cozy atmosphere. Owl Lodge has a large wrap around fireplace in the living room and a wood wood stove in the large master bedroom/family room.
Family Fun and Games
We have an assortment of games and puzzles for the whole family at Owl Lodge. So when you return after an active day of skiing, hiking, rafting, or fishing, you can enjoy a game of chess, monopoly.
The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento). Rivers, snow capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round.
Possibilities for You & Owl Lodge. . ..
A Family GetAway
Owl Lodge is excellent for families seeking a getaway that offers them a happy, fun and welcoming place to be together and an excellent 'base camp' for outdoor adventures like skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing and sightseeing.
A Writers Retreat
Because of the serenity and peace that the house offers -- as well as the inspiring view -- Owl Lodge is an excellent place for writers that are seeking a quite and inspirational place to do their writing. Owl Lodge offers writers desks for this very purpose. Too focused on writing to want to stop and make a meal -- you can pop out and be downtown in less than 2 minutes to enjoy one of Nevada City's excellent restaurants.
Nature Outdoor Enthusiast
Come enjoy all that this beautiful outdoors has to offer by way of hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, skiing - you name it - with your family or friends.
Nevada City is usually below the snow line but it’s close enough to be atop a world-class mountain in less than an hour. The closest ski resorts are 45 minutes east on Donner Summit. Here you’ll find Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Boreal Mountain Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort.
Another 15 minutes will take you to Northstar, Tahoe-Donner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop 18 miles east of Nevada City.
Granite Chief Wilderness straddles the Sierra Nevada crest and is especially scenic with rugged granite cliffs, alpine meadows, and dense pockets of fir. It includes the headwaters of the North Fork American Wild River. Snow is often found year round with elevations ranging from 6,000 to 9,000 ft. The Pacific Crest Trails bisects the Wilderness.
North Fork American Wild River was Congressionally designated in 1978 as a Wild river. Many non-motorized trails extend into the steep canyon from both the north and south rims. Often the western most trails are accessible during late fall or spring when much of the Forest is snow covered. This is a beautiful river to explore.
Placer Big Trees grove is the most northerly stand of naturally occurring Giant Sequoias, Sequoiadendron giganteum, and is found 22 miles east of Foresthill overlooking the Middle Fork American River. This area has been designated as a Botanical Special Interest Area by the Forest Service. The trees have been a popular tourist attraction since the 1800's and each bears the name of a prominent American.
Kayaking and Rafting
Nevada City is considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types. Known as a world-class white water destination with an abundance of class-1 through class-5 offerings, downtown Nevada City is a short drive from the South Yuba, American, Bear and the south and middle sections of the North Fork of the Yuba river. Nevada City is in close proximity to the Sierra Nevada range which also offers an unlimited supply of pristine mountain lakes for recreational calm-water kayaking and canoeing
Some of the most accessible gold panning locations are on the South Yuba River at Bridgeport, Edwards Crossing and Washington, and on the Middle Yuba River at Oregon Creek. These are public stretches of river so you don’t have to worry about claimjumping.
Golfers enjoy two public courses and three semiprivate golf courses in the general Grass Valley-Nevada City area. Local courses are open year-around.
Bullards Bar was rated by Water Ski Magazine as one of the best recreational lakes in the United States. Emerald Cove Marina offers state of the art rental ski boats, patio cruisers, and fishing boats. While on land, Bullards Bar Recreation area provides for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and camping.
For mountain bike riders, Nevada County is a year-round playground. Lush forests, rivers and lakes provide the backdrop for a pleasant cruise or a healthy cycling workout.
Reno and Gambling
If gambling is your thing -- Reno is just one hour and fifteen minutes away.
RATES - Rates for Owl Lodge are $189 per weeknight and $199 for weekend for a two night minimum. We do ask for a cleaning fee of $90 and a refundable security fee of $150 along with renters insurance. The county also requires a tax of 10% on our rental.
For more than 4 people - an additional $19 per person per night is added to the rates.
We are pet friendly and ask for a pet deposit of $149.
NOTE: the Lodge was built in the 1960s and many of the furnishings (except the beds which are newer) are “classic” and the condition of the Lodge will reflect that it’s a charming, older building. Most people love it (like we do). If you tend to like luxury and everything brand new - There are much more expensive lodges that will meet your expectations.
Driveway and Parking
The Lodge is at the top of the long drive – (which is one reason it has
such a great view) - the gravel drive gets steep near the top - 4 WD vehicles are recommended and many front wheel drive cars driven by drivers with experience on gravel roads do just fine. We do NOT allow rear wheel drive cars at the top - but there is plenty of parking at the midpoint and bottom of the drive. In snow conditions only 4WDs are recommended.