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The HideOut Lodge Near Kirkwood - ~When You Want the Very Best

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


California Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, 7 Bedrooms + Loft, 6.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16-20)

OPEN HOUSE- JUNE 11-12, 2016 (10am-3pm)


Everywhere you look will wow you.

WEDDINGs are special at the HideOut, see links below for Weekend and Weekday wedding packages. Wedding

Wedding season runs from mid June to mid October

No vacation reservations taken during that time period.

KIRKWOOD SKIERS--- Make your weekends special, make it an adventure everyone in your party will remember.Just minutes from Kirkwood Ski Resort.

From the Award Winning Lodge and Saloon to all the beauty nature has to offer. This $4 million Lodge/home, called the HideOut, is the most private rental in the Sierras.

With its own private lake and surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest, you will think you rented your own Private Park. Perfect for family vacations, reunions, and special events.

Open year around, you won't be able to decide which of the four seasons is the best.

Just driving up to the property will make you stop and take your breath away. The 5,000 sq ft. Lodge/home has 5 bedroom suites with two kitchens and decks that sit right on the water.

The Saloon is the entertainment center with its old west bar/saloon on the main floor. Upstairs are two more bedrooms.

Located close to both the old western towns of the MotherLode and Lake Tahoe.

WINTER is special at the HideOut. Snowmobilers will find everything they can ride/climb and some hills they can't. The Hot Tub is not available during winter- sorry, just too cold.

Winter access by snocat is provided as part of the rental. Fun,fun,fun!!

Keywords: Vacation Lodge / Wedding Site

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why The Owner chose California

Our family built this small vacation resort with our own hands. The logs for the Lodge came right from the property and were hand peeled by our two sons.

What makes this lodge unique

The uniqueness of this property is that it's so private, so beautiful, and yet so close to all the great things the High Sierras has to offer. Everyone is always amazed that this place is even here, but more amazed that it is open to the public to use.


based on 36 traveler reviews

The HideOut Lodge Near Kirkwood - ~When You Want the Very Best
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews
Kings Beach (North Lake Tahoe), CA

Magical Place with Incredible People

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I got married at the HideOut on a beautiful Tuesday in July. We had been out to Open Houses on the property twice before our stay, but nothing compared to the few days "of our own" that we got to spend there with family, friends, and the Hoovers. Tom, BJ, Dusty, and the kiddos (I think Josh was "off") were so incredibly welcoming, helpful, and down to earth, and always professional. I agree with fellow reviewer and Tahoe local, Christina, who said all the right things. This place is close enough to still consider it "Tahoe", but gets you far enough away from the craziness so you can feel at peace. It has something for everyone, from camping to "glamping" or a luxurious lodge feel. The HideOut is amazing because the Hoovers are amazing!! They put their hearts into every detail-- the newly built barn, the beautiful campground bathrooms, the amazing gargantuan hot tub, handling the recycling/trash, monitoring the fire pits, details in all the bedrooms/bathrooms, kitchens stocked with utensils/pots/pans, helping us hire local folks for shuttles and other help-- all while keeping such a friendly and mellow attitude. We were able to "unplug" from our cell phones and laptops for a few days and just enjoy each other. We had friends and family tell us they haven't been that relaxed in *years*, and now, even a month later, we still have people talking about how amazing the HideOut is. We could not agree more.

A few notes for those planning your own wedding out there-- The HideOut is an amazing "blank slate" for the wedding of your dreams. You aren't bogged down with the same restrictions as other wedding venues-- the place is yours to explore and make your own! Tom and BJ have a LOT of experience and can make good recommendations. Take advantage of the Open House to meet some vendors and ask questions. I have NO COMPLAINTS about my experience, because I think I realized early on that this place is not a banquet hall, ski resort, or country club that has "their way" or "required vendors" or stuff like that. But that means YOU have to put in the work up front to make it what you want when you get there! If you don't want to be hassled by the details and decisions, hire a great event/wedding planner, but DO NOT pass this place up! There's nowhere else like it. And don't forget to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a flashlight/headlamp!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Benessa ! You guys did all the hard work. Thank you tho for all your kind words.
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Had my Dream Wedding at the Hideout!

  • 5 of 5

Had my dream wedding at The Hideout. Rehearsal dinner in the western saloon followed by and old west poker tournament, perfect ceremony in their beautifully kept site, and the reception went all night long from the dance floor to a bluegrass bonfire. BJ and Tom, were so helpful and supportive, I felt like they were a part of the family be the end of the stay. Having everything in one place really brought everyone together and facilitated life long memories instead of one whirlwind wedding day. Every aspect of this place is well thought out. Copper tub in the bridal sweet, huge hot tub under the stars, tons of room for games and activities... could go on forever. Being a Tahoe local, it was fun to get away from the bustle and go somewhere new, and it was of course fun for the out of town guests alike. Has accommodations fit for the outdoorsy type, as well as city slickers looking for a comfortable getaway. Already want to save for a 10 or 20 year marriage celebration back at The Hideout. Truly a treasure and gift to get to stay at this wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Bay, CA

Perfect Wedding Site for the Outdoors Type

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I held our wedding here in July 2012 and we were more than extremely pleased with the location and Tom and BJs professionalism. They helped out with many of the small chores that we didn't foresee before we even thought to ask about them. The property and surroundings are simply majestic. There's a LOT to love about this place and its humble story. Do be a bit careful about the date selection for your event. One reviewer noted muddy roads but that was after the epic snowfall during the winter of 2010-11. We toured the Hideout in mid-June 2011 (2 weeks before her visit) and there was still about 10 feet of snow on the ground.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place is perfect. We booked the Hideout for our wedding site unseen. We did not view the property until a month before the wedding. And everything was perfect. Tom and BJ are great, they are there to help in any way possible and let you have the time of your life. The day after the wedding Tom was gracious enough to take time out of his day and walk a group of us through the woods and show us the way to a nice little lake a short hike away. Their main rule don't burn the place down. The landscape is perfect with the grass ceremony area, small meadow, grass reception area, old wooden wagon and dinner surrounded by trees. Your guests can mingle and walk the grounds and soak up the scenery while you do photos. After a night of dancing, relax the night away in the giant hot tub and take a midnight swim in the lake. The grounds are flat except for the drive in and the small walk up a hill to the lodge and saloon. Everything is accessible for the elderly and handicap.Word of advice if you plan on bringing a trailer with a good amount of stuff ie beer wine all your rentals bring a truck with a big engine or pucker butt hill might take some additional man power to get your loaded down suv over the hill. Words can not describe this place enough, it is not a matter of if but when we will go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roseville, CA

Dream Wedding Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I got married at The HideOut on July 6, 2013. It has only been two weeks and we already wish we could go back! We spent 3 full days with friends and family soaking in the beauty of this magical place in the woods. Our entire wedding party stayed in the lodge and the saloon and some of our immediate family rented the "Lookout," a separate property within walking distance (right across the lake). The main lodge of The HideOut is absolutely stunning. It is a perfectly luxurious rustic mountain home. The fact that the owner and his sons built it with their own hands makes it even more amazing! The saloon is AWESOME. It is straight out of an old western movie. We hosted our rehearsal dinner with 75 guests in the saloon and it was a total blast!

Throughout the weekend, our friends and family enjoyed lounging on the large deck, swimming and fishing in the lake, hiking, playing pool in the saloon, and stargazing in the amazing granite hot tub. We even did yoga on the deck over the water in the mornings-amazing! It was nice to see everyone "unplug" for the weekend and really tune into their surroundings. Everyone, from the city folk to the nature loving crowd, really appreciated their time away from the real world.

We couldn't be happier that we chose to begin our marriage at The HideOut. Our friends and family still cannot get over how "fun, unique, and BEAUTIFUL" our wedding was. Tom & BJ were always there when we needed something and were such a great help making sure everything went smoothly the day of the wedding. Like many others have said, they really are great people and the HideOut wouldn't be as special of a place without them! If you are considering the HideOut as your wedding venue, I would recommend it without a doubt! Just remember, don't underestimate the crazy amount of work and planning that goes into having a 3 day celebration in the woods. Our wedding was a labor of love but I know that everyone would say it was completely worth it!

Thank you Tom & BJ for creating this incredible place and for sharing it with us. The HideOut is a dream and will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

You can't go wrong with the HideOut! Awesome Cabin, a saloon, endless forest to play in, a lake for swimming, a hot tub for relaxing...oh yeah, and one hell of a fun wedding. Tom & BJ worked with us to make our a wedding just how we wanted it, and they were even concerned that they weren't doing enough!

The reasons we chose this place for our wedding over any other were..

1) All-inclusive. Included in the rental, we got sleeping arrangements for most of the wedding party, camping for all our outdoors-minded friends, the rehearsal dinner place, the ceremony spot, the reception site, and all the outdoors recreation we could handle.

2) Completely scalable. You can have a wedding from a small group that is completely DIY (like ours) to large group completely prepared with full catering, wedding coordinator, etc. You might think it would be hard to find vendors that would work in a somewhat remote place like this, but they really know people that have experience, and even love working with the site (especially photographers!).

3) Few restrictions. I think what finalized our decision to have our wedding at the HideOut was that it didn't have all of the restrictions that many wedding sites have. There was no "you must use our approved caterers" or "hire our bartender (or any bartender)" or "you must be out by 10pm" or "quiet hours after a certain time". We didn't feel rushed at all since we had several days to set up and do what we wanted, instead of the 4-5 hours for which many reception sites let you occupy the place.

4) Now having had the wedding, Tom & BJ were the icing on the cake (so to speak!). They really do a great job making this an awesome wedding venue, and we can't thank them enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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California Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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