THE SUGAR SHACK: DONNER SUMMIT, SERENE LAKES, SUGAR BOWL

Janet Fortner

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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THE SUGAR SHACK: DONNER SUMMIT, SERENE LAKES, SUGAR BOWL

Soda Springs Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom + Large Sleeping Loft, 2 Full Baths--(Sleeps 6-8)

All that Serene Lakes has to offer in a cozy, cute, recently-remodeled cabin.

If you don't know Serene Lakes and Donner Summit, you should. Just 2.5 hours from San Francisco, this beautiful setting gets more snow (39 feet on average) than it's nearby Lake Tahoe brethren. And because it is just on the west side of the pass, you avoid the worst of the road conditions and traffic both coming and going ... spend more time vacationing and less time on the road.

The Sugar Shack cabin is quaint and complete, on a relatively-private, well-treed corner lot on a quiet street. A block's walk will get you to the lake, and two blocks delivers you to the extensive trail system of the Royal Gorge X-country ski area (also good for summer hiking/biking). Sugar Bowl ski resort is an easy four mile drive down the road.

On the first floor of the Sugar Shack, a wood stove warms a living room with vaulted ceilings. Living space opens to newly-remodeled kitchen/dining area with a large table. A sliding glass door accesses the sunny back deck. Two identical queen bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor.

Up the stairs is a large sleeping loft and TV/game area with two twin beds and two fold out sofa chairs. The loft has a bathroom with stall shower (3/4 bath).

The house is accessed through an A-frame vestibule perfect for storing skis, boots, and firewood. The vestibule also makes for easy access to the cabin on those legendary Serene Lakes snow days (a snowplow service will clear right up to the front door the morning of every snowfall, and repeatedly throughout the day if necessary).

In summer, a canoe and kayak are available at the lake for guest use. And swimming at the beach is a must.

The Sugar Shack sleeps 8 comfortably, and 6 extremely comfortably. The floor plan is a good set-up for a single family desiring space, three couples, or two families with a couple of kids each.

The small Serene Lakes community is very welcoming. If you want to make friends and learn more about the area, simply say hello to your neighbors as you see them during a stroll around the lake. The Serene Lakes Property Owners Association is also very active, having recently raised $3 million towards the $13.5 million purchase of the surrounding 3,000 acre Royal Gorge parcel, permanently preserving this gem of an open space for future generations (and for you).

We (the owners) have 'VRBO'd' all across the country as a family, and with the Sugar Shack, we have tried to create an offering with the features we value in a vacation rental. The Sugar Shack is truly set up for visitors (i.e. you won't find our pictures and stuff strewn about the place). We strive to manage the Sugar Shack in a professional manner, and the property is professionally cleaned between guests. We retain a local property manager for emergencies.

We invite you to come enjoy Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, and the Sugar Shack...

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed

Janet Fortner

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We have always wanted a 'cabin in the woods,' and part of making it happen has been to design/remodel a place that not only we could enjoy, but one that could be a wonderful retreat for other families too. As a family with two small kids, we've rented many a vacation cabin in California, and we've designed the Sugar Shack with the best of those experiences in mind.

Janet Fortner purchased this cabin in 2012

A cozy and cute cabin on a relatively private lot, in a very friendly and nature/adventure focused community, one block from the lake, with skiing a couple minutes away? Why not?

Many of the homes at Serene Lakes are either huge (5 bedroom, sleep 12), or if they are smaller, they are quite old. We fully remodeled this cabin in 2013 with an all new kitchen, refinished wood floors, new washer/dryer, new bathrooms, new furniture, new sheets, new light and plumbing fixtures, etc.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453897vbi
707-738-2370
Soda Springs Gold Country / High Sierra
San Jose
5

PERFECT FAMILY GET-AWAY

  • 5 of 5
This cozy little house was the perfect get-away place for our family of four. Our boys (8 and 11) loved playing in the snow outside, and the sledding hill just a few blocks away was their favorite place. The wood stove kept us warm and the drying rack was perfect for drying off wet gloves. The kitchen had everything we needed for meals. The dishwasher is small, so if you have more people eating, you'll have to run it more than once a day. The boys loved their loft room, and we had fun playing the games provided for us, all in great condition, some of them even brand new still. The kitchen is newly remodeled, and the bathrooms seem updated. Everything is clean and simply but pleasantly decorated. It is a very close drive to Sugar Bowl, where we skied/snowboarded for two days. The neighborhood seemed very friendly and it was nice to walk around and the cars drove by slowly for the most part. We would definitely recommend this place to other families.
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453897vbi
707-738-2370
Soda Springs Gold Country / High Sierra
Apple Valley, CA
5

SWEET SPOT

  • 5 of 5
Clean, comfortable, cozy, freshly redone, nice mix of rustic traditional A-frame cabin and modern decor. Owners great to work with. Well stocked kitchen, games in the loft, a sled and a saucer for us to use on the nearby sledding hill. It was a good size for our close-knit group of 1 family (with 2 young kids) and 1 couple. Could see it being good for a family on their own or possibly 2 couples (though not particularly noise-proof, and the 2 queen bedrooms share 1 downstairs bedroom). The full upstairs bath in the loft is a nice addition. I love this area and would like to come back to check it out in the summer someday. I would definitely rent this place again!
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453897vbi
707-738-2370
Soda Springs Gold Country / High Sierra
San Francisco, CA
5

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at the Sugar Shack. Lovely and very clean home with nice/new West Elm feel (ie good taste!). Great quality bed sheets. Everything worked perfectly. The entire front of the house- except the front door- was covered with snow during our stay, and our kids loved "icicle gazing" from inside the the living room. Great neighborhood for walking with close proximity to a fun sledding hill. Overall, this was a perfect setup for a family with young kids. I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p453897vbi
707-738-2370
Soda Springs Gold Country / High Sierra
Albany
5

CHARMING HOUSE AND AMAZING PROPERTY OWNERS!

  • 5 of 5
we have been coming to serene lakes for the last 3 years and have enjoyed it every time, but this year i am moved to write a review. the sugar shack is newly-updated and charmingly decorated with a mix of cozy alpine cabin and mid-century modern. the layout was perfect for our small family--mom and dad could be downstairs in the kitchen while kids (6 and 3) played in the attached living room or upstairs in the fun loft/tv room. the wood-burning fireplace kept us nice and warm during our stay, the water pressure was perfect, the kitchen was stocked with all we needed, and the wifi worked perfectly! most importantly, the owners were incredibly kind and responsive. we love the tranquility of staying in serene lakes (compared to the constant activity of a place like northstar) but with enough friendly neighbors and ski areas around to not feel at all isolated. it was a perfect trip! :)
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Sacramento Airport
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-80
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
Serene Lakes
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tinker Station
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Summit Restaurant
Car: necessary

Cabin is on corner lot with lots of trees (private). Walk one block to lake and canoe put-in, less than a mile around lake to beach for swimming. Two blocks to Royal Gorge X-country ski trails. Popular sledding hill one block away.

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Availability & Rates

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Soda Springs Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer/Fall
Jul 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$225
Fri,Sat
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 18 2014
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
Winter/Spring
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$275
Fri,Sat
 
 
Late Spring/Early Summer
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$175
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150.00
Refundable damage deposit $400.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Additional fees:

$400 security deposit (refundable after inspection)
$150 cleaning fee
10% county tax
Absolutely a non-smoking property. $750 cleaning fee for smoking in property.
Rates subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Soda Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Stove ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is the downstairs bath (full).
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This is the upstairs/loft 3/4 bath (stall shower).
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , This is a loft with two twin beds and two sofa/chairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • rock climbing
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