|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Owl Lodge is the perfect retreat/get-away for those seeking a peaceful and beautiful spot. Enjoy inspiring views of forest lands from the deck. At night observe thousands of stars in the sky,to the sound of chirping frogs. In the spring enjoy our natural style pond and many flowers.
The Lodge sits on top of a hillside on four acres (largely wooded), just 1.5 miles from downtown Nevada City, overlooking Tahoe National Forest Lands.
It provides a cozy space for a romantic get away but also is large enough for two couples, in-laws or a small group of friends outing.
Owl Lodge offers peace and outdoor beauty for guests seeking time in nature, while just 2 minutes drive (10 minute bike ride and 20 minute walk) from historic Nevada City's theater, local shops, and gourmet restaurants.
In addition, there are many other wonderful activities to partake in all year round and seasonally including the following:snow skiing, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, etc.
Guest Space: There are three bedrooms, at the Lodge (1 with a full bed, 1 with a queen bed and 1 with two twins). There is also a sleeping loft with annexed bathroom with one twin. There are two bathrooms (1 with a shower and 1 with a bathtub). There is a maximum of three parking spaces available for our guests cars (Max 3). (Please not our special driveway instructions below). The maximum people allowed at the Lodge are 7 (Seven).
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is just 45 minutes away, an amazing mountain-bike trail entrance that goes for 120 miles is just half a mile away. Five vineyards are less than 30 minutes from Owl Lodge and the “magical,” “sun-hugged,” “granite-lined” Yuba River is just seven miles away. The Nevada Theater, where Mark Twain read in the 1860s, just 3 miles away still features monthly plays..
The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento). Rivers, snow capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round.
Possibilities for You & Owl Lodge. . ..
A Family GetAway
Owl Lodge is excellent for families seeking a getaway that offers them a happy, fun and welcoming place to be together and an excellent 'base camp' for outdoor adventures like skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing, golfing and sightseeing.
A Writers Retreat
Because of the serenity and peace that the house offers -- as well as the inspiring view -- Owl Lodge is an excellent place for writers that are seeking a quite and inspirational place to do their writing. Owl Lodge offers writers desks for this very purpose. Too focused on writing to want to stop and make a meal -- you can pop out and be downtown in less than 2 minutes to enjoy one of Nevada City's excellent restaurants.
Nature Outdoor Enthusiast
Come enjoy all that this beautiful outdoors has to offer by way of hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, skiing - you name it - with your family or friends. The Lodge is on the edge of the forest so some wild animals, birds and of course insects may be found on the property.
Nevada City is usually below the snow line but it’s close enough to be atop a world-class mountain in less than an hour. The closest ski resorts are 45 minutes east on Donner Summit. Here you’ll find Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Boreal Mountain Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort.
Another 15 minutes will take you to Northstar, Tahoe-Donner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop 18 miles east of Nevada City.
Kayaking and Rafting
Nevada City is considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types-, downtown Nevada City is a short drive from the South Yuba, American, Bear and the south and middle sections of the North Fork of the Yuba river.
Bullards Bar was rated by Water Ski Magazine as one of the best recreational lakes in the United States. Emerald Cove Marina offers state of the art rental ski boats, patio cruisers, and fishing boats. While on land, Bullards Bar Recreation area provides for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and camping.
For mountain bike riders, Nevada County is a year-round playground. Lush forests, rivers and lakes provide the backdrop for a pleasant cruise or a healthy cycling workout.
Reno is just one hour and fifteen minutes away.
We are pet friendly as long as you your pet is fully house trained and ask for a pet fee of $69 to pay for shampooing the rugs.
Lodge Pricing - Note that in order to accommodate different numbers of guests per reservation. The Lodge pricing shown is for 4 guests. For each guest after 4 we charge an additional fee to cover additional cleaning, supplies and utility expenses. This helps to keep the Lodge affordable for small groups - but allows a fair use price for larger numbers.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR POTENTIAL GUESTS: The Lodge was built in the 1960s and many of the furnishings (except the beds which are less than 2 years old) are “classic”. The condition of the Lodge will reflect that it’s a charming, older building, think 'Grandmother's house'. Most people love it (like we do). If you are a perfectionist and tend to like luxury and everything brand new - There are much more expensive lodges that will meet your expectations.
Also - Owl Lodge is on a largely wooded lot in the midst of a forested natural area. Like all of Northern California - there is Poison Oak, Ticks, and other wildlife, bugs and plants on the property (that could cause an allergic reaction or other harm) -and the surrounding areas throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. If you do not feel comfortable with a chance encounter with wildlife, bugs or plants indigenous to the region - a B&B in town might suit you better.
However - if you are an outdoor or nature enthusiast you will likely love it - and know if its needed to take precautions when out of doors.
IMPORTANT Driveway and Parking
The Lodge is at the top of the long drive – (which is one reason it has
such a great view) - the gravel drive gets steep near the top - 4 WD or All Wheel drive vehicles are recommended (and required in snow)- front wheel drive cars driven by drivers with experience on gravel roads usually do just fine. We do NOT allow rear wheel drive cars at the top - but there is plenty of parking at the midpoint and bottom of the drive. In snow conditions only 4WDs are recommended.
NOTE _ Owners are occasionally on site at the Lodge. If so - there is a separate cottage on the property where the owners will stay.
We met in Philadelphia. We moved to California over twelve years ago and love it here.
Catriona purchased this lodge in 2012
One thing I love about the Lodge - is that the view is so inspiring and its so peaceful - its a great place to write:) I love the living room with floor to ceiling windows, large fireplace and awesome views.
We appreciate that its close to hiking, swimming, skiing and all sorts of outdoor adventures. We also like the fact that it is just minutes from downtown Nevada City and near so many great stores and restaurants.
We loved the setting of this home, nestled on a hill top with epic views of a valley and rolling pine covered hills. You would never know that you were a mile drive to the charming town of Nevada City. The outdoor space is what we came for, and were completely satisfied, a huge deck wraps the home and offers great views in every direction, as well as excellent start gazing. The interior was clean and cabin-y, so a touch dated or you could just consider it charm. It was a comfortable size with more than enough room with even 7 people staying there. The master bedroom was a great size with a cool stone and fossil platform to house the wood stove heater. We loved the location and its proximity to the Yuba river. Our stay was calm, quiet, private, comfortable and clean. I would recommend it.
My girl friends and I rented it for a birthday weekend and had a great experience. It was cozy and clean. I would stay there again.
Unfortunately we were only there for two nights. The space was very clean and welcoming, and the view is stunning.
View of the mountains and pines stays is soothing and majestic! House is spacious with many places to sleep. Decks are solid and expansive with places to sit to enjoy meals outdoors. Helpful to have all or 4 wheel drive to get up the hill to the lodge, but the owner offered to help us out with her car to haul our luggage. Eventually we got the hang of driving up even in our 2 wheel drive. Kitchen has good stove and oven, fridge, coffee maker, toaster, but no microwave. House is close to town, a 5 minute drive or so. Property was very clean and also well-maintained.
It's rustic. The mattresses need upgrading, so do the pillows but bring your own pillow for nighttime and enjoy the view from this cabin. I went with three other ladies to write and relax. This was ideal for us as long as you realize it's old, it's in the woods with nothing but pine trees and a beautiful sky. You'll bang your head on the ceiling upstairs and bathroom if you're not careful but we spent the majority of our time on the deck and relaxing in the living room with beautiful views. We did yoga on the deck. One bathroom downstairs. very small. Upstairs even smaller but we didn't much time in the bathrooms.
A decent house in a very good location. A short drive to downtown Nevada City. The view and the setting are nice, but not spectacular. The driveway is challenging, but once you get the hang of it, not a problem (steep, gravel driveway, you have to take a running start and don't slow down - very bumpy ride). Would have liked to have a microwave. The owner is very nice and very accommodating. Helped us a lot with our arrival. This house is an all around solid choice.
We loved our stay at Owl Lodge. It was cozy and peaceful and just as described. The owner responded quickly to all emails and we'd be happy to come back and stay again. It was clean and close to town, but with a beautiful view of the forest.
Downhill Skiing and Cross Country Skiing
Sugar Bowl (45 minutes away)!
Owl Lodge is close enough to be atop a world-class mountain in less than an hour. The closest ski resorts are 45 minutes east on Donner Summit. Here you'll find Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Boreal Mountain Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. Another 15 minutes will take you to Northstar, Tahoe-Donner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Steep Hollow.
If you enjoy cross country skiing - a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop just 18 miles east of Owl Lodge.
Kayaking and Rafting
Nevada City is considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types. Known as a world-class white water destination with an abundance of class-1 through class-5 offerings, downtown Owl Lodge is a short drive from the South Yuba, American, Bear and the south and middle sections of the North Fork of the Yuba river. Nevada City is in close proximity to the Sierra Nevada range which also offers an unlimited supply of pristine mountain lakes for recreational calm-water kayaking and canoeing
Panning for Gold
If you know where to look, it's not hard to find gold in Nevada County rivers. Some of the most accessible gold panning locations are on the South Yuba River at Bridgeport, Edwards Crossing and Washington, and on the Middle Yuba River at Oregon Creek. These are public stretches of river so you don't have to worry about claimjumping.
Vineyards and Wine Tasting
Enjoy the areas local wine and easily visit half a dozen vineyards less than 30 minutes from Owl Lodge and Nevada City.
Swimming, Fishing and Rafting the Yuba River
The Yuba is a 'magical,' 'sun-hugged,' 'granite-lined' River just 10 minutes from Owl Lodge north of town. The South Fork of the Yuba offers trout fishing, Class V kayaking, and summer lounging as it flows through a granite gorge in the Sierra foothills. The river also offers excellent swimming options in season.
BEST SWIMMING HOLE: 'Cliff jumps, nudist beaches, family-friendly sandbars--there are oodles of options' on the South Fork of the Yuba. But if you want to combine a hike with a swim, we recommend the two-mile Independence Trail from Highway 49 to Rush Creek, where you can dive off granite cliffs. Just 10 minutes from Owl Lodge is one of the very best swimming spots.
Guests can enjoy the hiking trail that runs along a manmade stream right from the backdoor. In addition, one of the largest park trails Pioneer trail is easily accessible just .6 miles from the Lodge. There is also parking available for cars and the first leg of the hike through a beautiful stately forest goes for 22 miles to a pristine and private lake. This trail is also excellent for mountain bikers and horse back riding.
In addition to the trail mentioned above -- for mountain-bike enthusiasts -- there is 120 miles of singletrack within a 20-minute drive into Tahoe National Forest. For mountain bike riders, Nevada County is a year-round playground. Lush forests, rivers and lakes provide the backdrop for a pleasant cruise or a healthy cycling workout.
Horseback riding is also available on the Pioneer trail (mentioned above) which is extensive and offers plenty of room to roam and explore.
Golfers enjoy two public courses and three semiprivate golf courses in the general Grass Valley-Nevada City area. Local courses are open year-around.
Bullards Bar (30 minutes away) was rated by Water Ski Magazine as one of the best recreational lakes in the United States. Emerald Cove Marina offers state of the art rental ski boats, patio cruisers, and fishing boats. While on land, Bullards Bar Recreation area provides for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and camping.
Scotts Flat Lake Reservoir is just 15 minutes away where you can spend the day fishing or enjoy the water sports which include swimming, boating and water skiing. Fishing for the fighting rainbow trout is excellent and Small and Large Mouth Black Bass, Brown Trout and Kokonee are abundant.
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Pet Fee||$79 + Tax|
Owl Lodge is a Non-Smoking Lodge.
Drive is steep and gravel - 4 wheel drive cars recommended - most front wheel cars are fine with confident driver - no rear wheel drive cars allowed at top but parking available at midway point.
Owners will remove two cans of garbage - any additional garbage needs to be removed by guests