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'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Please click on "Travelers' Reviews" button at the top of this page to see my guests' unedited comments on their stay.

Our remarkable Mi-Wuk Village "cabin" (as it's called, though it has 1600 square feet) is 15 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108 in the heart of the Western Sierra Nevada at 4400 foot elevation. Two large bedrooms, plus sprawling downstairs. Visitors complain they have trouble leaving the deck, since the cabin directly borders and dramatically overlooks the Stanislaus National Forest--our 'backyard'.

We've had hundreds of visitors over the past twenty years and six guest books full of their joys and discoveries. The house is very warm, friendly, well-equipped, quirkily aesthetic and clean, but please know that our family and guests use it extensively, so don't expect a pristine showplace home.

The cabin is equipped with outdoors hot tub,wireless broadband, fireplace, washer and dryer, DVD/VCR (basic TV reception!), full kitchen, piano, pingpong table, dartboard, foosball table, a jillion books, guidebooks galore, and lots of kids' and nature art. The house is technically on 2/3 acre but is actually on many thousands of acres since it is perched on a hill bordering and overlooking the national forest. There are unobtrusive neighbors on adjoining side lots but the backyard vista is completely natural... and accessible. There is a wonderful feeling of privacy and solitude. Deer, birds and even, once, a bear have been spotted in our yard!

A 90 minute hike (of some steepness) takes you to a gorgeous nook of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Many other mountain treats are available within short car ride. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (and cross-country trails) and Leland Snowplay (sledding) are 13 and 16 miles respectively up the road, with other sledding closer still. The Sierra in summertime offers wonderful fishing, hiking, lake (or pool) swimming, river rafting, bicycling etc. Yosemite is a scenic 90 minute drive from the cabin. There are local tennis and golf facilities easily available too.

Keywords: Cabin

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About The Owner

I am help lead a nonprofit called TechSoup that I started in 1987. Global). My wife is a filmmaker, artist and writer. After 41 years on Potrero Hill, I moved to Lagunitas in 2016. We enjoy the cabin as often as we can. Our favorite activity is hiking the many trails and watching the dogs run free.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1995

Why The Owner chose Dodge Ridge

In my younger days I backpacked extensively throughout the Sierra. After marriage and spawning, we started renting cabins. We did it so often, we decided it made more sense to try to own one, with the idea of creating our idea of a comfortable, homey and a little quirky place to escape to. We started renting to friends, asking them to take care of it as if it were their own. They did, and made it better, and the idea of creating a high value, share-able retreat where guests were trusted to be responsible, gathered steam.

Amenities

Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
spinet piano

Reviews

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'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard
average rating of 4.9593496 based on 123 reviews
5

My wife had I had a very comfortable stay at the cabin

  • 5 of 5

We very much appreciated the fact that the cabin had all the staples you could want and some extra treats, left over by previous renters. We loved the hot tub under the stars, and the deck was great. We took a hike to Lyon's Dam, which was perfect for us and our dog. Loved the Sugar Shack; it really is a great place to get treats. All in all, a very nice weekend stay

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA
5

Lovely Get-away

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was exactly as promised. Wonderful view, relatively secluded and all the amenities necessary for a perfect weekend. Our host contacted us after our arrival just to make sure that we got in ok. The instructions were so thorough that making a mistake would have required a serious effort. We had everything we needed, in fact more than needed. There were two types of BBQ grills (we chose charcoal over the propane) in addition to a full kitchen. The hot tub was loads of fun and we could not get enough of the ping pong and fuss ball table. We spent our main outing at Pinecrest Lake and hiked the lake trail. There were so many additional options that we will just have to return to partake. Many thanks for a wonderful weekend. - Doug Smith & family

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay Area, CA
5

Traditional cabin style, amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Daniel's cabin was really great. It had just what we needed to prepare meals and relax. Plus, the fooseball table was a hit with the boys (and by boys I mean 30+ year old men). It was also great to find a cabin that was dog friendly so we could spend time with our aging German shepherd.

The view from the back deck of the cabin is what made it so great. It was my favorite part. There was a hummingbird feeder and so many cute little hummingbirds constantly circling the area. The neighbors aren't super close and there's no one behind the cabin, making it truly feel secluded. I spent every early morning on the deck enjoying coffee and the nature.

While the cabin was a bit off the beaten path, it was so worth it. It had everything we needed and I really hope to come back some day. Thank you so much Daniel and family for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house in the woods is like living in a slice of heaven. Surrounded by gorgeous trees and an incredible view, it comfortably fit the needs of 4 adults and 6 children. Daniel was extremely kind and present in the transaction and in making sure we were set. An outdoor hot tub under the stars at night was pretty incredible to enjoy after a wonderful day exploring. This house is close to many attractions and we chose to explore Mercer Caves and Yosemite Park. I highly recommend staying here and working with Daniel.

Sincerely, Rachel Galloway

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Beautiful property! We just wish it had been cooler cuz the house got very warm.

  • 4 of 5

We would rent this property again. Owners very nice and called to see how we were doing. Very well equipped for adults as well as children. Our grandkids had a ball! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was indeed a hecka warm summer. As a result, I have now installed A/C in Master Bedroom. Sorry I didn't have it in time for your stay...
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5

Awesome cabin with an awesome view

  • 5 of 5

Very cute cabin with everything you would would ever need, and a lot more. Had a truly magical night in the hot tub watching a lightning storm pass by in the distance while we got gently sprinkled on. Would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
National Forest

Photos

Rates & Availability

Available
Unavailable
Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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