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Heidi & Steph

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Hike, fish, climb! Walk to great food/shops. Nicely-appointed kitchen. Fire pit!

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house

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House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Great Kitchen, Patio Fire Pit

Pet-friendly Alpine Fish and Ski Haus in Dunsmuir is a great place for families to meet up from the north and south. This comfortable and super-clean place has attractive and unique furnishings, four separate sleeping areas (it helps to watch our video to see the layout) and two baths. Go to our website to see it: and please feel free to call if you have questions: 530.778.3444.

PLEASE NOTE: We set a maximum of 6 guests but will consider 8 (additional fee required), ONLY if guests have stayed with us previously. All bodies of any age count as a person. We also have a special rate for small parties of 1-2, using only one bed; please call for them.

The Haus is right in town and within easy walking distance to the upper Sacramento River, many superb restaurants, the brewery and shops. You can be fishing after a 5-minute stroll, or skiing Shasta less than a half hour from the Haus.

Read farther down for special rates for smaller parties, as well as 'Just Passing Through' rates for overnighters. Guests are always impressed with the Haus. One party wrote: 'We felt spoiled to be staying in such a cozy, comfortable and spacious place.' They developed a fondness for the Keurig coffee maker as well as Dunsmuir Brewery Works!

You'll find our kitchen has all of the basics, plus the Keurig coffee system, juicer, Cuisinart and extensive bakeware. There is a fine china dining set as well as a casual set. Casual glassware and crystal. We have high-speed Wi-Fi (but please limit streaming to only one device as it depletes this expensive service, which is already set at the largest download amount we can get) and a docking station you can attach your phone to for music.

We don't have water filtration because we don't need it. Dunsmuir really does have the best water on earth. It receives no chemicals because it doesn't need them.

There is a mud room for outdoor footwear, skiing and fishing gear. The kitchen opens onto the delightful, private patio which has a Weber BBQ and a fire pit with some firewood. Kids love the glider and adults love the privacy.

Antiques such as the Victorian iron & brass bed and fine handcrafted furnishings are everywhere. Whimsical touches include trout lights around the top of the stunning four poster queen bed in the master bedroom. The beds have sumptuous sheets guests rave about (microfiber in summer & fleece in winter).

The living room looks out on the lovely mountains and is filled with morning sun. It has a leather couch and loveseat; a nice futon that becomes a double bed and a library of excellent books. An oak electric fireplace with really pretty LED flames provides additional heat and wonderful ambience.

Downstairs one of the bedrooms has a faux Franklin wood stove with attractive flames and can be operated with or without the heater. Both beds can see the firebox since there are side viewing panes on the stove.

There is a full laundry complete with detergent and dryer towels. One of the baths has an antique ball & claw foot tub, while the other has a modern tub and shower.

Although it can sleep 8+, we usually hold it to 6, unless we have rented to a party before and know they are very good about taking care of our place. Do not consider asking for parties that exceed 8; it just won't happen.

We offer several lodging options: Least expensive is the one night rental for 1-2 guests and only 1 bed. This is great for travelers passing through, and it still includes use of the laundry.

We own & run Trinity River Adventure Inn River Cabins in Trinity County. We created Alpine Ski & Fish Haus as a vacation rental as well as our own ski getaway, so it is especially well-appointed and situated. Although located just 2 minutes from Interstate 5, our place avoids the constant hum of freeway traffic. This was a big deal to us, and it ruled out several places in our search.

You can be fishing after a 5-minute walk to the Upper Sacramento River, plus there are many more beloved fishing areas within minutes from Dunsmuir. Hedge Creek Falls at the north end of town is not to be missed.

We love the sound of the train going through town, but are also far enough from the tracks that it doesn't sound as though the train's running through the house.

Best of all, in this steep little mountain town, all of the great, close-by attractions are within an easy, mostly-level 10-minute walk. Read farther down to learn about them.

Dunsmuir has entranced us with its fabulous attractions so close to our place. All of these places are in walking distance from the Haus:

~Dunsmuir Tire: a super asset for us and our guests. If you're having car trouble, they offer many services (they saved us when a thermostat went out on our vehicle!), plus they sell and service tires and install chains. The manager is Tony and he's a peach.

~Cafe' Maddalena is a tiny jewel of a restaurant, and it has exquisite food. Eat outside under the grape arbor in summer!

~Dogwood Diner may have the best homemade corned beef hash ever, and dog people can dine outside at sidewalk tables with their dogs.

~Cornerstone Bakery's baked goods, breakfasts and lunches are hearty and sumptuous.

~Dunsmuir Brewery Works has really fine brews and creative food. Their patio is super popular and good dogs are allowed.

New restaurants and shops just opened, so there is more to explore.

And because we cater to fishers at both of our locations, we are thrilled to have Ted Fay Fly Shop nearby. It is a legendary shop and has been in Dunsmuir for over 50 years.

Try Alpine Ski & Fish Haus once and you'll be hooked. You'll also receive a very nice discount for a future stay at our Trinity River cabins, adding to your exploration possibilities. Once you see our website, you can see how much we have to offer.

"The place is wonderful for us; having a great time. Skiing is awesome. Love Dunsmuir and the [100% pure] water, the brew pub and your nicely stocked kitchen. We love to cook, and travel with our knives, pepper grinder, good salt, etc. Not needed here! Nice iPod docking station and comfy beds. The whole trip has been great. Enjoying your homey place so much, too. We have stayed in so many different places and you never know quite what to expect, but you guys have put so much into making the place comfortable, clean, organized, and sweet.

Sometimes go to Tahoe but much prefer the less crowded and peaceful vibe of places like this! Will definitely hope to return sometime. I had a great walk around town, everyone is so friendly. Having fantasies of moving up here. Maybe someday... sigh. Much thanks." Becca Durkee/Oakland, CA

"We very much enjoyed our stay at your house! It was cozy, warm and had everything that we needed. We spent the day snowboarding on Mt. Shasta and taking walks around Dunsmuir.

It was perfect for us and the kids. Plenty of space for everyone. We have no suggestions, but THANK YOU for this opportunity!!" Maura Traylor/Danville, CA

Keywords: Dunsmuir, Siskiyou County, entire house, close to Interstate 5, nightly rental, fishing lodging, ski house, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Sacramento River, McCloud, garden, patio, BBQ,fire pit

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Heidi & Steph (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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 operated several businesses before running away to sea and working on tugboats in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Steph and Heidi are both Coast Guard licensed masters (captains), 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 dogs and guests, they can usually be found on their motorcycles, because Trinity County has some of the best roads in the world for riding bikes.

And if not riding their bikes, they're up at their Dunsmuir place, Alpine Fish & Ski Haus. For them, Dunsmuir is the Big City.

Heidi & Steph purchased this house in 2011

Why Heidi & Steph chose Shasta Cascade

We love skiing Shasta and although the drive from Trinity County was doable in a day, it made for a very long day. Things snowballed from there.

What makes this house unique

Where we live on the Trinity River, we have a 10-20 minute drive to any stores or restaurants. We'd never live somewhere else, but love having the attractions of Dunsmuir just a few minutes' walk or bike ride away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time!
Apr 2012
  • 1 of 5


based on 8 traveler reviews

Hike, fish, climb! Walk to great food/shops. Nicely-appointed kitchen. Fire pit!
average rating of 4.375 based on 13 reviews
Redding, ca

Haus, Dunsmuir,Ca

  • 2 of 5

When first entering there is a musty odor.To many rules! Backyard chairs and table were dirty with bird dropping on them. Bed on landing area, was made with a sleeping bag and no sheets.

Why is it that a guest has to be an IT expert to use the TV? Enjoyed Dunsmuir, the Haus, not so much.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's too bad this party did not enjoy the Haus, but there are a few questionable comments. When the reservation was made months ago, I contacted this party several times in a friendly manner and got no reply ever. We feel it's better to lay out expectations (rules) so guests know what they are. I sent this guest our welcome book with those rules as well as a lot of cool info on the area, but I doubt it was ever looked at. Had it been, he could have chosen another place if he didn't like our approach. On day 2 of their 2-night stay, we got a call telling us their ETA. We called back to make sure they knew there was a problem. They did not pay attention to their reserved dates and lost one night. It sure wasn't our fault, but we told them we'd have given them a 2nd night on the day they were to leave, but it was already booked. Our housekeeper is excellent and she did clean the table and chairs outside the day before these guests were to arrive, meaning they arrived a day and a half afterward. The dining set is under a great shade tree, a large oak with birds in it. Not much we can do about that. She also thoughtfully dropped by and turned on the A/C a few hours before they were to arrive. I guess it ran straight for 24+ hours. Considering the thorough cleaning job our housekeeper does, I don't know why the guests felt the Haus smelled musty. It never has when we have stayed there and there are so many flowers in bloom in the garden that simply opening the windows should have been enough to freshen the place. We do not have any beds without full linens, blankets and bed spreads. We have NO sleeping bags on any bed, so what can I say about that comment? I wonder if he has the right property. Many of our guests have told us they didn't care much for regular TV, but they wanted fast internet and many parties use several devices at once, so we opted for increasing the not-inexpensive internet package and cut the cable TV. The Smart TV in the Haus has Netflix and Amazon Prime as well as PBS, 24-hour news channels and more. One turns on the TV, selects which program to watch and follows the prompts. As we say in our welcome book and on the guest check-in sheet, if the guests find anything amiss, or if they have questions, all they have to do is call and we will handle it. But they do have to contact us. Nobody did.
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Great place!

  • 4 of 5

The house was great. We loved the fire pit and sitting on the back patio. Super clean and well stocked. It was a great location for walking downtown for a meal or just a nice stroll.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great man retreat location - awesome value

  • 5 of 5

My wife surprised me with a weekend here with the guys to celebrate my birthday - this place was PERFECT! We hung out, went fishing, hiking & had an overall amazing time! The house has plenty of room. There are tons of beds, the kitchen and living areas are very nice, and the back patio has a fire pit that we enjoyed. It is centrally located in dunsmuir(walking distance to shops and the brewery)and a quick drive to some of the nicest outdoor spots in CA. Overall I had the best birthday yet & found a place that was perfect for the occasion - I am sure we will use again.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a complete kick in the pants to learn how well this surprise getaway proved to be! We are thrilled the guys enjoyed it, and tickled for his wife who made the decision. Wonderful!
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Rocklin, CA

Lucas family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Dunsmuir and found the house very comfortable, extremely clean and very well stocked. It is a large place, so we had plenty of room to spread out without feeling cramped. The kitchen is huge and very well stocked, which made it easy to cook our meals right at home. It is a great location in the heart of Dunsmuir. Definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our housekeeper shares our passion for delivering a very clean place, so we all are tickled by Tara's appreciation of it. We also are very glad she enjoyed the kitchen. We have put every item in there that we might need, figuring we'll have most guests' requirements filled as well. Very happy they enjoyed themselves, and kudos to them for leaving it in such good shape!
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Heidi and Steph were the perfect hosts and the home suited or family of four plus out two dogs perfectly? Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guys were such a kick! They told US about things we had missed around Dunsmuir. They even sent pix of meals they enjoyed to illustrate their affection for Yaks and Dunsmuir Brewery Works. Our only disappointment was not being able to meet them in person. Maybe next time!
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Good location, comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

My fishing pals and I have stayed at the Dunsmuir house for the past 3 years starting back in 2011. We are fly fishermen and the location in Dunsmuir is good for us to fish the upper Sacramento River or the McCloud River. The Ted Fay fly shop is just up the street and the owner and staff provide good local information on river conditions. There is a decent grocery store just up the street a decent restaurants close by as well. The house can sleep several more people than what we use. A master bedroom is upstairs and a private downstairs has a king bed and a couple of single beds. All are comfortable and clean. The kitchen is big and well equipped. The backyard has a charcoal Weber BBQ that we use all the time. The owners have made improvements every year and now have a small flat screen TV and good heaters to keep you warm. The owners have always been good hosts. I recommend the Dunsmuir house to anyone looking for a good spot to hang out and fish for a few days.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! Fishermen are very specific in their needs, and we've heeded their requests. TV was definitely on the list, although it is surprising how many guests never turn it on at all. Really happy to know we're covering the bases, and it's appreciated!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Several downtown
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Lake Shastina
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Cafe' Maddalena, Sengthong's, McGuire's, Brewery
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mount Shasta Ski Park
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Upper Sacramento River
Car: recommended

Walking distance to Dunsmuir Brewery Works, Cafe' Maddalena, Dogwood Diner and many more superb restaurants.

Wonderful antique, clothing, art and other stores nearby


Rates & Availability

Dunsmuir House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Refundable damage deposit $75
Cleaning Fee $95
Tax Rate 12.0%

Pet Fees are per dog ($15 each) with number of dogs by approval only. Friendly dogs ONLY.
Our SNOW POLICY is covered at booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Dunsmuir House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Trout - toilet , combination tub/shower , Off Master Trout bedroom
    Victorian Bathroom - toilet , tub , Antique ball & claw foot tub
  • Upper (main floor) bath has bath with bubble bath & shower. Downstairs bath has antique ball & claw foot tub with bubble bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Master Trout Bedroom - 1 queen , Whimsical trout lights surround the four poster queen bed
    Sleigh Bedroom - 1 queen , Beautiful pine sleigh bed
    Victorian Brass/Iron Double + Trundle - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Antique bed with Memory Foam Topper + 2 Twins
    Tiny But Private - Captain's bed with large drawers below.
  • The Master Trout Bedroom has a bathroom off it that opens to the other side as well and Tiny Bedroom. Tiny Bedroom is really the landing at top of stairs from 1st level. 2nd bedroom downstairs has pine sleigh bed. 3rd bedroom is beyond 2nd and has a Victorian double plus a twin day bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cell phones work throughout Dunsmuir/I-5 Corridor; best outside haus or at front of living room. Shops to delight everyone. Walking distance to truly exceptional restaurants and the brew pub. Close to Dunsmuir Tire which is great for putting on chains and repairs. Close enough to train depot you can walk to it, but far enough from tracks it won't sound as though the train is going through the haus. Just a couple of minutes off I-5, but you hear very little freeway noise, even from the patio

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