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Our remarkable Mi-Wuk Village "cabin" (as it's called, though it has 1600 square feet) is 15 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108 in the heart of the Western Sierra Nevada at 4400 foot elevation. Two large bedrooms, plus sprawling downstairs. Visitors complain they have trouble leaving the deck, since the cabin directly borders and dramatically overlooks the Stanislaus National Forest--our 'backyard'.
We've had hundreds of visitors over the past ten years and five guest books full of their joys and discoveries. Please see the Comments Section of this VRBO site. The house is very warm, friendly, well-equipped, quirkily aesthetic and clean, but please know that our family and guests use it extensively, so don't expect a pristine showplace home.
The cabin is equipped with outdoors hot tub,wireless broadband, fireplace, washer and dryer, DVD/VCR (no TV reception!), full kitchen, piano, pingpong table, dartboard, foosball table, a jillion books, guidebooks galore, and lots of kids' and nature art. The house is technically on 2/3 acre but is actually on many thousands of acres since it is perched on a hill bordering and overlooking the national forest. There are unobtrusive neighbors on adjoining side lots but the backyard vista is completely natural... and accessible. There is a wonderful feeling of privacy and solitude. Deer, birds and even, once, a bear have been spotted in our yard!
A 90 minute hike (of some steepness) takes you to a gorgeous nook of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Many other mountain treats are available within short car ride. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (and cross-country trails) and Leland Snowplay (sledding) are 13 and 16 miles respectively up the road, with other sledding closer still. The Sierra in summertime offers wonderful fishing, hiking, lake (or pool) swimming, river rafting, bicycling etc. Yosemite is a scenic 90 minute drive from the cabin. There are local tennis and golf facilities easily available too.
I am a nonprofit administrator (TechSoup Global) and my wife is a filmmaker, artist and writer. We live in SF and enjoy the cabin as often as we can. Our favorite activity is hiking the many trails and watching the dogs run free.
In my younger days I backpacked extensively throughout the Sierra and, once married and with spawn, we started renting cabins. We did it so often, we decided it made more sense to try to own one, with the idea of creating our idea of a comfortable, homey and a little quirky place to escape to. We started renting to friends, asking them to take care of it as if it were their own. They did, and made it better, and the idea of creating a high value, share-able retreat where guests were trusted to be responsible, gathered steam.