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Janet Fortner

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Serene Lakes Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom + Large Sleeping Loft, 2 Full Baths--(Sleeps 4-8)

All that Donner Summit has to offer in a cozy, cute, organized and updated cabin.

The Sugar Shack cabin is quaint and complete, on a relatively-private, well-treed corner lot on a quiet street. A block's walk will get you to the lake, and two blocks delivers you to the extensive trail system of the Royal Gorge X-country ski area (also good for summer hiking and mountain biking). Sugar Bowl ski resort is an easy four mile drive down the road. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer ski leases at the Sugar Shack.)

On the first floor of the Sugar Shack, a wood stove warms a living room with vaulted ceilings. Living space opens to newly-remodeled kitchen/dining area with a large table. A sliding glass door accesses the sunny back deck. Two identical queen bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor.

Up the stairs is a large sleeping loft and TV/game area with two twin beds and two fold out sofa chairs. The loft has a bathroom with stall shower (3/4 bath).

The house is accessed through an A-frame vestibule perfect for storing skis, boots, and firewood. The vestibule also makes for easy access to the cabin on those legendary Serene Lakes snow days (a snowplow service will clear right up to the front door the morning of every snowfall, and repeatedly throughout the day if necessary).

In summer, swimming at the beach is a must. We store a canoe at the lake, one block away, for your enjoyment.

The Sugar Shack can sleep up to a tight 8, but 6 is more comfortable. The floor plan is a good set-up for a single family desiring space, three couples, or two families with a couple of kids each.

We (the owners) have 'VRBO'd' all across the country as a family, and have set up the Sugar Shack based on our experiences. We strive to manage the Sugar Shack in a professional manner, and the property is professionally cleaned between guests. We retain a local property manager for emergencies. We invite you to come enjoy Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, and the Sugar Shack...

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Janet Fortner (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Janet Fortner

We have always wanted a 'cabin in the woods,' and part of making it happen has been to design/remodel a place that not only we could enjoy, but one that could be a wonderful retreat for other families too. As a family with two kids, we've rented many a vacation cabin in California, and we've designed the Sugar Shack with the best of those experiences in mind.

Janet Fortner purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Janet Fortner chose Soda Springs

A cozy and cute cabin on a relatively private lot, in a very friendly and nature/adventure focused community, one block from the lake, with skiing a couple minutes away? Why not?

What makes this cabin unique

Many of the homes at Serene Lakes are either huge (5 bedroom, sleep 12), or if they are smaller, they are quite old. We fully remodeled this cabin in 2013 with an all new kitchen, refinished wood floors, new washer/dryer, new bathrooms, new furniture, new sheets, new light and plumbing fixtures, etc.


based on 12 traveler reviews

The Sugar Shack: Donner Summit, Serene Lakes, Sugar Bowl
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful cabin with close proximity to the lake

  • 5 of 5

Great little property! We were looking for a last minute getaway with the in-laws and the owners were very responsive and helpful. They've done a great job taking care of the place. The location is only a short 5 minute walk from the lake. It's about a 15 walk to the beach side. Would definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy cabin with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

we loved our stay in this property. janet was friendly and responsive in making plans, the kitchen well-appointed and the cabin open and peaceful. we hope to return soon. thanks to the hosts. _mr

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Sugar Shack. The space was great for two families, with a loft that fit four kids perfectly. The beds were super comfortable, the kitchen well stocked, and there was plenty of firewood to keep the wood burning stove pumping out heat. On top of everything, the owners were extremely gracious and let us stay longer than anticipated when a local road closure prevented us from making it home. We're looking forward to going back sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time at the Sugar Shack cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is in a good location for x-country skiing, beginners slopes at Soda Springs as well as more advanced at Sugar Bowl.

It has all the amenities that were described in the listing. It is clean and well maintained and simply but nicely decorated. The owner was immediately available and helpful when we had a failure of the dryer and helped us find the causative circuit breaker. The kitchen is generally well equipped, although not designed for a lot of cooking (we are French so have a bias!). The wood stove works very well. The high ceiling gives a nice impression of space and the upstairs den is very cosy.

It's a good fit cabin for 1-2 couples and 2-4 kids. No thrills.

It was just right for our family and we will be happy to have the opportunity to repeat the experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cabin and location

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed the cabin and the area. Very relaxing stay. Clean and nicely furnished place.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for two small families

  • 5 of 5

Our group included two couples, 2 5 year-olds, and a 3 year-old. The kids loved the loft. They made it their place, which meant the parents "had to" stay downstairs. The older kids managed the stairs fine, and the 3 year-old just let us know when he wanted come down. The open loft was a blessing and a curse. We could hear what was going on up there, but come bed-time the kids complained about being able to hear everything downstairs, but wasn't really a big deal. Overall, a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Sacramento Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Summit Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Summit Restaurant
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
Serene Lakes
Car: necessary

Cabin is on corner lot with lots of trees (private). Walk one block to lake and canoe put-in, less than a mile around lake to beach for swimming. Two blocks to Royal Gorge X-country ski trails. Popular sledding hill one block away.


Rates & Availability

Serene Lakes Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring/Early Summer
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Extra Cleaning Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 10.0%

Additional fees:

$400 security deposit (refundable after inspection)
$150 cleaning fee (for standard clean - usually 2-4 people; could be up to $200 for excessive clean - 6-8 people)
10% county tax
Absolutely a non-smoking property. $750 cleaning fee for smoking in property.
Rates subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is the downstairs bath (full).
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This is the upstairs/loft 3/4 bath (stall shower).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , This is a loft with two twin beds and two sofa/chairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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