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Heidi & Steph

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Steelhead Fishing Time! Very Near River. Wood Stove, Hot Tub, Fire Pit, 3 BR/2BA

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
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Trinity River Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (priced for 6)

Just some of the reasons you'll love Sow's Ear: Great fishing access, hot tub overlooking the Trinity River, end of the road quiet. Fantastic covered porch with nice seating, a bit of river view, room to dry waders and gear and maybe enjoy a glass of wine. Dog-friendly and no minimum stay. Also, this place has a great vibe.

Some cabins are advertised as being on the river, but when you get here, you'll be hard pressed to find it. We're very clear in stating Sow's Ear is one cabin up from the river. You have a better view of it, access to it and sounds from it than some of those cabins advertised as being on it. Our own cabin is one of the closest ones to the river on the entire Trinity and since our guests have full use of our cabin's riverfront patio, hot tub and more, as well as someone to borrow stuff like tape, or a wrench, or a compressor, or flour (not to mention a dead battery jump!), they win all the way around.

Sow's Ear is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin that is priced for up to 6 guests, but it's quite popular for couples, so we have special rates for a party of two using one bed (call 530.778.3444 for those rates). We will consider a few guests over 6, but try to keep numbers down to keep our septic system happy. If approved, additional guests over a total of six are $15.75 each per night.

You can watch cable TV, and a really good selection of books awaits you. Sow's Ear has Wi-Fi. Guests get free introductory lessons on SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). We're on a wide and calm stretch of the river that's perfect for learning this sport. There is excellent hiking right outside your door, and who doesn't enjoy watching the deer that wander through the yard daily?

Sow's Ear has a wood stove (wood provided), central heating and air-conditioning, a full laundry (supplies provided) and a well-stocked kitchen. It is just 5 minutes or so off 299, but end-of-the-road quiet, and very easy to reach on fully-paved roads. It's our only cabin of five that is not directly on the Trinity River, but it's less than a minute's walk down the drive and you have full use of our 600+ feet of riverfront, complete with hammocks, chairs, fire pit, more BBQs, a shaded dining set AND that hot tub overlooking the river.

Each bedroom is unique and tastefully furnished. The master bedroom, Honeysuckle, has a custom queen log bed and a sliding door to the large covered porch. The Rustic has a double size log bed and a slider to the river porch. You can see and hear the river from the living room, porch and the Rustic and Honeysuckle bedrooms. The Cedar Sanctuary room that looks out on the rosemary garden is completely paneled in cedar tongue & groove.

Bringing your own boat(s)? Bucktail put-in is across the river and up a few hundred yards. Sow's Ear has proven to be a very popular cabin for fishers, who can tie their boats off to the trees overnight. Their catarafts are safe on the river bank, or on our lawn. Remember: Our shoreline is your shoreline. You can dine overlooking the river, lounge in the hammocks, or fish from the shore.

KAYAK~SUP~RAFT! Bring tubes or smaller rafts for playing in front of our cabin.

Spring-Fall: We offer sit-on-top kayak lessons, guided trips and rentals; guided raft trips and rentals; and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) demos, lessons, rentals and multiple-day Adventure Packages. We have inflatable SUPs and hard boards, which are both great for the lakes.

Our grand SUP Adventure Package takes you from never-been-on-a-SUP-before, all the way to a river run in three days of carefully designed, individualized coaching on increasingly more challenging paddles. This package is suitable for older kids all the way up to people in their 60s and older, depending on general health and desired level of adventure. We also offer a similar Kayak Adventure Package. All of our packages are tailored to the individual and we are very good at this, never pushing you beyond your comfort zone, yet showing you how to expand it with our help.

Michael Caranci of The Fly Shop in Redding says of our cabins:

'For sheer seclusion, access, and cozy, comfortable accommodations, the cabins at the Trinity River Adventure Inn are certainly among the best.'

If you're looking for comfort, peace and very reasonable rates, you're going to love Sow's Ear.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Heidi & Steph (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Heidi & Steph

Steph Dutton is a world-renowned kayaker who paddled from Canada to Mexico, then paddled the Oregon coast again, in the winter. He also circumnavigated California's Channel Islands, often enduring thirty foot seas.

Heidi Tiura owned and ran several businesses before running away to sea and working on tug boats in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Steph and Heidi are both Coast Guard licensed masters, and creators of Sanctuary Cruises on the Monterey Bay. They have been featured in numerous books and documentaries for their work with whales (including National Geographic's 'Whale Attack,' which was based on their Mother's Day 2004 whale watching cruise).

Now, they live on the upper Trinity River and their kayak adventures are of a tamer sort. When not rafting or kayaking with their guests, they can usually be found on their motorcycles, because Trinity County has the best roads for riding bikes, or skiing Mt. Shasta (they also have a really cool ski haus in Dunsmuir that's minutes from Shasta's Ski Park)..

Heidi & Steph purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Heidi & Steph chose Trinity River

Trinity County has the unbeatable combination of great natural beauty, incredible recreation opportunities, and it hasn't been overrun by tourists. People who have come here for twenty years remark at how little has changed. It is a spectacular place to explore.

What makes this cabin unique

Being on the river has to be one of the most relaxing things there is up here. Whether you fish, paddle, want to try the rope swing into the swimming hole, or just sit and watch the fish swim by, it is a wonderful escape to have a cabin right on the water (Alpen Glow, Miner's, Carriage House) or darn close to it with full use of our riverfront (Sow's Ear).

Guestbook comments from the owner

We sure enjoyed our time on the river. Thank you for your hospitality!
Aug 2012
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based on 9 traveler reviews

Steelhead Fishing Time! Very Near River. Wood Stove, Hot Tub, Fire Pit, 3 BR/2BA
average rating of 4.888889 based on 33 reviews
SF Bay Area, CA

Cute and Cozy!

  • 5 of 5

What a cute and cozy riverside cabin! Sow's Ear was the perfect place to hang out and enjoy the river. It gave us a safe place to teach the kids how to fish during the day and night, and was a great place to just hang out and roast some marshmallows. The wifi is only good in one spot, and the cell service is spotty at best, so it was really the perfect place to disconnect from our mobile distractions, and really relax and enjoy the surroundings. During the day, there is a large family of deer roaming the neighborhood and there is great river frontage where you can just chill out and watch the water rush by. At night, the stars are bright and the sounds of the river fauna fill the air. We really loved it, and we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a very nice family and we enjoyed hosting them! We loved their appreciation of the river, all the deer (we're at around 16 or so does and fawns this winter in "our" herd), the starry nights and the fire pit for the all-important ritual of making s'mores. We'd love to have them back. Although they were OK with spotty cell service, we are going to put in a dedicated, separate line this spring (rather than bounced up from our place) because more and more people hope to unplug on vacation, but just can't pull it off.
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Great time in the Trinity Alps

  • 5 of 5

We met family from the Bay Area in the Trinity Alps for a long weekend in July. We stayed in the Sow's Ear. It was very comfortable and had plenty of room for all of us. The cabin had all the amenities we could have wanted. We enjoyed the riverfront and had a great time sitting on the porch and watching the wildlife wander by.

The cabin is conveniently located near lots of hiking trails and places to see. We could have spent much longer exploring everything in the area.

One thing to be aware of - the internet only has a decent signal at the kitchen table. I had hoped to do some work while relaxing on the porch. Instead, I just had to be on vacation - so it wasn't a big loss.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, Jack! We are always very happy when guests' stay at Sow's Ear measure up to expectations, and really appreciate hearing their feedback. Sow's Ear is currently getting a brand new gas stove and updated kitchen cabinets, which will sure be nice for future stays. The internet signal is good at the dining table (no kitchen table), which works for most, but I can understand how nice it would be to have been able to use it on the front porch. Guests CAN use their wireless devices on our shady river patio, which they are enthusiastically encouraged to take advantage of, though. Great signal and they are about 30' from the river, with many seating options.
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Sow's Ear

  • 5 of 5

Sow's Ear is rustic, comfortable and just plain fun !! The view is wonderful and Heidi and Steph add so much to your stay. Heidi provides an information packet in advance that answers ALL questions and one or the other of them is there to greet you - along with Scudder, Biscuit and numerous cats.

Heidi and Steph have an adventure company that allows you to rent (quite reasonably) SUPs, kayaks, a large raft and all the necessary equipment - plus their expertise !

The five of us range from 73 to 10 years old and we all had a grand time.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really had a nice time with you guys and thanks for the lovely review, but Scupper insisted I correct his name, since really he is the official greeter ("WHOO-WHOO-WHOO!" he sings as he walks out to welcome guests). Hope to see you again next year!
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A lovely stay in the neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

Our group of eight young adults had a lovely time at the Sow's Ear, it fit us just perfectly and we enjoyed using the hot tub and fire circle right next door at the owner's house - they encouraged us to stay late and enjoy ourselves but it is worth noting they are right next door and we felt bad being a little loud though it was our getaway weekend to do exactly that and have fun together. The lake is right nearby and we made all our food at the house (note, no dishwasher). Nice place!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We knew what we were in for with Taylor's party and encouraged them to let her rip at our place. They were great fun and we really enjoyed introducing them to stand-up paddleboarding on Lewiston Lake. The beauty of being at the end of the road is that we can dictate how rowdy guests can be and as long as they take care of our cabin, we are pretty flexible. Love to see them again.
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Redwood City, CA

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Took my kids and my mom up here last summer and it was wonderful. My dad came up for a few days, he and the kids went on a kayaking trip with Steph, Heidi and their doggies. They stopped along the way and picked tons of blackberries and had a wonderful time. Kids played in the river and they would've been happy just hanging out there all day, doing nothing else. Saw plenty of deer around the property on a daily basis. Steph and Heidi were great, very welcoming and even had a little surprise for my son's birthday. If we needed something that the property didn't have, they were happy to let us borrow while we were up there. I was up there for peace and quiet and this is definitely the place to be. Loved sitting out on the porch in the morning and evenings, just listening to the river and chatting with everyone. Hope to make it up there again sometime soon.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a gift to receive this today! It's been a while, so we didn't expect it, and on a day cluttered with accounting and trying to find my desk under the massive pile of papers that need attention, this review was like a breath of sweet, fresh spring air. Thank you! Sow's Ear just got a new paint job inside and is getting a completely remodeled kitchen with a standalone, new gas stove, soon as we can shoehorn it into the schedule, which will make it even better. Oh yes, and the wonderful porch now has 100 tiny solar lights that come on automatically at night, but can be switched off for a darker view into the night sky.
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Morgan Hill, CA

Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family’s first trip to Sow’s Ear, and it certainly won’t be our last. We visited the Sow’s Ear for a week to canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board on the Trinity River and Lewiston Lake. The cabin is in an excellent location. It offers peace and quiet, easy access to the river, and convenient put-ins and take-outs. The cabin is clean, spacious and very well-appointed. The owners, Heidi and Steph, are very welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. Heidi was there to meet us when we arrived, and they were both there during the week if we needed anything. We enjoyed paddling the Trinity River, from the cabin down to Steel Bridge, with them, stopping to pick blackberries along the way. The trip was made more fun since their dogs, Scupper & Bisco, joined us. The river in front of Heidi and Steph’s cabin is perfect for paddle boarding, and we spent time relaxing on their patio while our daughters mastered the art of paddle boarding. On our last evening, Heidi and Steph invited us over for dinner. We had a wonderful evening which was a perfect ending to a great vacation. Thank you Heidi and Steph!

For a day away from the river, One Maple Winery, Weaverville, Alpen Cellars, and Trailhead Pizza are well worth a visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What these guests didn't mention was they are the people who introduced us to stand up paddleboarding. We liked it so much, we got them for our business to add to the adventures! We liked these guests so much that we were sorry they'd tried to stay with us before, but too late and couldn't get a reservation. 2014 was finally our year to meet and we're hoping for many more. Lovely people; funny and interesting. They're 5 stars all the way.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Weaverville, Trinity Center or Redding
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Limited catering available at Sow's Ear
Car: recommended

Incredible fishing for salmon, steelhead, trout & more; fantastic winter steelhead runs. Year-round Ocean Kayak sit-on-top kayak lessons, demos, sales, rentals and guided river or lake trips; raft rentals, or guided river or lake trips. Great for fishing, birding and parties with smaller kids and big dogs. We cater to chickens.


Rates & Availability

Lewiston Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Quiet Season
Feb 15 2016 - May 26 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Cleaning Fee $85
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 5.0%

RATES ARE NOT ACCURATE FOR 3 OR MORE NIGHTS. Send a request for dates to get an accurate quote.
Discounts are as follows:
$160 per night for 3-4 nights.
$150 per night 5 or more nights.
Quiet Season Rates:
$150 1-2 nights.
$135 for 3-4 nights
$120 or 5 more nights
Unless you use Book It Now, you pay upon arrival.
Guided River or Lake Kayak Trips incl. full lesson, all gear, shuttles.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Trinity River Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Honeysuckle (Master) Bath - toilet , shower , Remodeled 2013; nice oak vanity
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , In central hall; next to laundry area
  • The Honeysuckle bath was remodeled in 2013 and has oak fixtures and a tile floor. The Central Bath was remodeled in 2010 and also has a tile floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Honeysuckle-master bedroom - 1 queen , Log bed; private porch
    Rustic - 1 double , Log bed, barnwood paneling, slider to river porch
    Cedar Sanctuary - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , Queen bed is a gorgeous mahogany sleigh bed!
  • Queen size Beds (2) Hand-made custom log bed and a mahogany sleigh bed; Double Beds (1) Hand-made custom log bed; Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-sized, also very comfortable for one person to sleep on couch without folding out. Stacked bunk Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Very quiet and peaceful. If you love deer, you'll enjoy the daily visits by the does and their fawns. Osprey, kingfishers, owls, gray foxes, squirrels and a couple of very large jackrabbits all live in the 'hood

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