The Land Is inviting, Private, And Resides On A Large Developing Retreat Space
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About Adam DeFranco
I have lived in this area of Northern California for over 30 years and run this developing retreat center with others who also live on this expansive land. I worked in the field of psychology for a few years and then developed my own company selling rustic building materials and the building of smaller log cabins.
Adam DeFranco purchased this Cabin in 2008
Why Adam DeFranco chose Nevada City
This property of 200 acres has one main house/lodge and 3 smaller cabins/cottages built and almost fully completed for visitors and workshop guest. This area is exceptionally beautiful and rural with wild life and extensive forest and open meadows.
What makes this Cabin unique
Geronimo Cabin is hand crafted with local logs and hand peeled with love and expertise. The trails here and around the property offer peace and wildlife viewing. We now have by the 3 cabins a shared group picnic area with a large charcoal BBQ, a massive 16 foot slab table, a fire pit and misc. chairs for family gathering and group workshops. We allow one armful of campfire wood but thereafter we charge $10. per load via the honor system.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Sweet little cabin in the trees
This is a great place to get out in the woods and relax. Adam is a kind and thoughtful steward of the land and incredibly generous and welcoming. The cabins are beautifully built and make for a cozy stay. A real gem!
Cabin(s) in the Woods
This is a fantastic place to stay! The cabins are beautifully and artfully designed by the hands of the owner, Adam, who he himself was amazingly hospitable. The only reason I’m giving a rating of 4 is that one of our nights was overbooked but Adam was still generously able to accommodate us in one of his unfinished cabin which was surely adequate for the 2 nights my sister and I were there. I will bring my husband back to stay.
Thanks Terei for your wonderful review and we are appreciative of you accommodating yourselves in our larger albeit unfinished Shamballa Cabin.
I am still new at renting cabins and dealing with various listing agents, with different calendars, sometimes gets to be a bit confusing and daunting.
However, if you ever do come visiting us an dour eco-preserve new retreat center I give you my word there will be no mishaps.
I will personally see to it myself.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I am glad you enjoyed your stay here.
Have a good day
My boyfriend and I went on a surprise getaway to this beautiful cabin
There are theee cabins and it’s clear that the owners have poured their heart and soul into handcrafting them. The setting is beautiful and among lush trees and all of the relaxing sounds, smells and feelings that come with. We visited Nevada City for lunch and celebratory cocktails then dipped our feet into the gorgeous Yuba River just a few minutes away. Our dog Jack came along and was fully welcome and seemed to have a great time as well. The owners are close and very welcoming and give 100% privacy while being open to visitors at the main house as well. I highly recommend this getaway for couples, families with children as we left ours behind this time but discovered many things that they would love and enjoy! The pictures really don’t do justice, these cabins are gorgeous and right out of a tahoe quarterly magazine - quaint, rustic and relaxing!!!! Memories to last a lifetime.
Thank you Kindly for such a wonderful review Jamie. We are glad to have such appreciative visitors as yourself come to rent. We did put some of our hearts and souls into the design and creation of he cabins but felt guided by this beautiful land. We feel it refreshes and heals all who visit. The cabins are simple but reflect the fine use of natural materials with a rustic ambiance. Of course all this extraordinary spring energy and abounding life is a pleasure to be immersed in.
Do come again and I hope your husband had a fine birthday stay with us.
Adam and Lisa
Located 5 miles from nearest food small store, 10 miles from larger store and a couple of food stores and restaurants in North San Juan. best Breakfast and Lunch at Ridge Stop Café in NSJ.
Excellent vegitarian lunch at Ananda 'Masters Market' every weekday. Also good food store there.
Ma Trux is the biggest food store on the Ridge with loads of organics
Directions to Cabins at Wisdom Retreat
Directions located on the San Juan Ridge
20701 Bear Trap Springs Road outside Nevada City, CA, 95959.
( I recommend you print this up as there is only random cell service in this area and GPS and Google maps often is inaccurate)
From Reno, Lake Tahoe travel west on 1-80 to exit Hwy 20 and drive east to Hwy 49 in Nevada City. Turn rt soon as you enter and take Hwy 49 towards North San Juan/Downieville, Malakoff Diggins State Park.
From Sacramento travel east on 1-80 to Auburn and take HWY 49 exit north in the direction of Grass Valley / Nevada City. Turn right on HWY 49 to head towards Grass Valley/Nevada City.
As you near Grass Valley HWY 49 becomes a divided road which continues through Nevada City. At the end of the divided road on the outskirts of Nevada City, turn left to continue on HWY 49. HWY 20 continues straight at this point and eventually joins 1-80 on the way to Donner Summit. (HWY 49 and HWY 20 coincide in Grass Valley and Nevada City.) Make sure you stay on HWY 49.
Travel 7 miles on HWY 49 to reach crossing of South Fork Yuba River. Travel another 3.7 miles on HWY 49 past the river and then turn right on Tyler Foote Rd. A crude sign before this intersection lists Malakoff Diggings State Park.
Traveling on Tyler Foote Rd. and measuring mileage at the turnoff from HWY 49;
At 3.3 miles pass Mother Truckers store on the left.
At 7.9 miles pass North Columbia School House on the left.
At 9.1 miles pass the Country Store.
At 9.4 miles go pass Tyler Foote Crossing Rd. which forks to the left.
Bear right and go up steep grade-to take Cruzon Grade Rd.
The road becomes steeper then levels as it ascends the ridge.
At 11.8 miles turn left on Bear Trap Springs Rd. It is a graveled dirt road marked by a Forest Service sign saying "Bear Trap Springs Rd" sign is approx. 50 feet left off pavement.
At approx. 1.4 miles down our gravel rd., You will see a sign on the right which says, "Foote Crossing Rd.- 4 miles" and our big sign- ''20701 Bear Trap Springs Rd.''
Turn RIGHT onto a dirt driveway
This leads to a Yellow Steel Pole gate 100 feet away.
Note: Gate often is "Dummy Locked" with lock appearing to be locked but is not. Open and enter. See sign on tree; House/Cabins left
make an immediately LEFT and go down 200 yards to large parking lot. Follow ''Cabins'' sign on other side of parking lot, make left go 100 feet to cabins.
Office is at our home for sign in; Knock first and we will come to the door.
If you want a warmed up cabin before hand call us 3-4 hours in advance.
Calling first is very helpful.
Thank you from Adam DeFranco
office Line - 530-362- 4124
email for faster service; firstname.lastname@example.org