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Stream-Side Mountain Cabin on Five Acres

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft/ Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5) Great for 2 couples/family

Do reviews tell it all? We think so, especially since so many of our guests have stayed at many vacation rentals, and say that ours is THE best! Check them out under 'Reviews'...

Looking for the perfect weekend retreat less than an hour from Denver, but surrounded by the great outdoors? Our stream-side home at St. Mary's Glacier has it all.

Romance? The sound of the creek just yards away fills the home from almost every window; the great room with a vaulted paneled ceiling and windows filling the entire southern wall with a view of the stream below and Mt. Evans in the distance; a fireplace nestled in a stone hearth; and warm touches everywhere - knit throws to wrap up in, soft lighting, natural hickory floors, paneled ceilings in every room, and windows that open up your view to the great outdoors.

Nature? Stroll through our five acres with our guidebooks and identify the flora and fauna, or gather your own kindling for that evening's fire. Our property goes north to the road that borders Lake Quivera - a perfect early morning stroll to catch the sunrise while waiting for your coffee to brew. From our deck (and sometimes, ON our deck) I've seen moose, deer, coyote, fox, bear, beaver, muskrat as well as 48 different species of birds. We keep food in stock for the feeders so you'll have a chance to view them too.

Outdoor adventure? We'll show you the nearby hiking trails and we'll show you where you can find the scree and timber brought down by an avalanche; where flocks of bluebirds return every March just as the pasque flowers begin to bloom. And challenge you to find the small unmarked gravesite up on Yankee Hill.

A retreat for the mind and heart? We have unusual books on almost every subject - find an old favorite or make a new discovery.

And finally, we've tried to think of the things that will make your visit perfect...there's a large propane grill on the upper level deck; the TV is in it's own room on the entry level so the sports fanatics don't intrude on those upstairs contemplating nature. Lots of room for privacy, with the TV room, bedroom and bath on entry level; the great room, 2nd bedroom, 2nd bath, kitchen and dining area on the middle level, and the loft above it all (perfect place for the kids to camp in the evening). We've stocked the kitchen with all the usual things and then some, and our medicine cabinet has the usual first aid items.

We'll have lots of brochures on hand - to help you find the perfect place to go antiquing or dining or where to explore the unique recreation that the local towns provide, as well as a large map of the St. Mary's area. And lots of firewood stockpiled for the evenings. Remember - St. Mary's - it's more than just the glacier!

^Just 15 minutes from Idaho Springs (restaurants, Safeway & liquor store, white water rafting, gold mine tours, antiquing)

^Quick access to skiing Loveland, A Basin & Echo Mountain - no tunnel!!!

^45 minutes from Metro Denver

^20 miles to Georgetown - ride the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad or visit the HoteldeParis Museum. Or visit the many shops on 6th Street.

^Just 23 miles to Central City - world famous for the performances at its Opera House and Victorian Home Tours long before it became a Front Range gambling mecca

VIEW MORE PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE - Scroll down for web address listed just below the calendar tab.

Keywords: Front Range Colorado cabin, retreat, chalet, lake and stream, fishing, hiking in National Forest, nearby skiing, mountain views.

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Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About The Owner

My husband John and I retired in 2009, leaving us more time to spend training our dogs (German Shorthaired Pointers), more time for gardening, and more time to kick back at our home up at St. Mary's. Add three wonderful young grandkids to the mix, and we are busy folks indeed! In our book collection at the mountain house, you'll see what eclectic interests we have...Zen, nature, all things political (well, that's John's interest anyway), writing, memoirs and biographies, interior design and decorating, and cooking (again, that's John's baliwick). John is a sports fanatic and my counterpoint to his TV watching is to gaze for hours out the windows, tuning in to the magical life of the forest and the creatures that inhabit it. And it is now my personal passion to enable you to reconnect with whatever is important to you - a budding photography or writing career, the beauty of nature, the challenge of being physically fit, or reconnecting/connecting with that special person in your life. Join us at Saudade for a renewal of the spirit...

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1998

Why The Owner chose Idaho Springs

Our busy lives in Boulder cried out for a retreat that we could access within an hour's drive, yet a place where we could truly feel 'away from it all'. Having spent summers with my grandparents on a lake in south Jersey, being close to water was a must. For with water, comes wildlife, and that sense of peace that lets the soul be nurtured by Wallace Stegner's 'all the little live things'...

What makes this cabin unique

Whether you are in the mood for the adventurous two hour hike around the back bowl of St. Mary's Glacier, or a stroll on the acres around the house taking nature photographs, there is something here for every mood. Fish for trout in 2 private lakes or the stream that runs through the property. A year round underground spring bubbles to the surface on the hillside below the house; explore where the beaver dam has eroded and now native grasses are re-established along the stream bed. And on a windy night, the outdoor lights illuminate the Engleman Spruce swaying just beyond the deck, creating the illusion of a ship plowing through ocean waves. Lie in bed at night listening to the sound of rushing water, heard year round until the banks of snow completely cover the stream bed...and then the sound is replaced by the winter winds high in the treetops. Recent wildlife on our property include moose, beaver and pine marten, plus, of course, the foxes. Open up your senses and feel your spirit soar...

Guestbook comments from the owner

As we begin booking for the 2014 Summer season, wanted to post this review from one of this summer's honeymoon couples, taken from our guest book up at the cabin: "We cannot thank you enough for an amazing honeymoon. The cabin felt like the perfect sanctuary, we felt like were were completely secluded from everyone and thoroughly enjoyed all the beautiful surroundings. We loved just sitting outside on the deck and reading books together - it was so peaceful with the sound of the creek. Birdwatchng had to be one of our favorite things, especially watching the hummingbirds. And it was also nice to be so close to Idaho Springs. There were many great restauants we ate at this week. Thank you for extending your home to us! We would love to come back again!"
Jun 2013
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Central City Opera House
Beau Jo's
Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub
Georgetown Loop Railroad
AVA Idaho Springs Rafting
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Dinosaur Ridge
Wild Grape
Nearest Point of Interest
Cabin Ruins
Nearest Point of Interest
Access to Yankee Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Avalanche Scree
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Mary's Glacier

Nearby private lakes stocked with trout - 4 fishing passes included in your rental; private fishing in our creek and trout pond. Snowshoeing, birding, many off road ATV trails, Jeep trails. Ski/board 12 months a year on St. Mary's Glacier, only a 30 minute hike from our home. Shouting distance from National Forest Service land and trails. A photographer's paradise! Climb nearby Fourteeners - Mt. Evans, Mt. Bierstadt, Gray's & Torrey Peaks. White Water Rafting on Clear Creek, Ice Fishing, nearby ski resorts include Loveland, and A-Basin, snowboard at nearby Echo Park. Backpack provided.


Idaho Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No outside fires at any time.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Jetted tub and shower for Bathroom #1; 2nd bathroom right off second bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Double bed is about an inch smaller than queen.
    Loft + Den - 1 queen , Queen sleeper sofa in TV room
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen sleigh bed in Master Bedroom, Double Beds (1) Just slightly smaller than a queen, queen sleeper sofa in TV room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Wood for fireplace; eclectic library including bird ID books, nature books and field guides; upper deck off of living room is fully enclosed with gate - so your pet can enjoy the outdoors safely enclosed; hiking gear including backpack, water bottles and thermos; kitchen also has coffee grinder, coffee maker, Bullet blender for smoothies, Toaster-Oven, crock pot; glass top range and oven with microwave overhead; two pairs of field glasses; generator in case of power outage. Hammock and picnic table creekside.


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Stream-Side Mountain Cabin on Five Acres
average rating of 4.972973 based on 78 reviews

Peaceful and Energizing

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here! It was so relaxing and enjoyable to be immersed in nature, yet close to Idaho Springs and Central City. We especially enjoyed the hiking, bird-watching and the squirrels, chipmunks and racoons. We truly got "away from it all" and felt re-energized and de-stressed. Really loved sitting by the fire and relaxing on the deck. We were so happy and grateful that our bernese mountanin dog was welcome at this property! Abby LOVED her mountain adventures, the snow, being able to explore and "her" observation deck.

The home is fully stocked, and we appreciated the nice touches that the owners added---games, puzzles, wood for the fireplace, bird seed, spices/condiments, etc! CJ stayed on top of everything (road closures, power outage, weather conditions) and communicated very well with us. It was a stress-free, very enjoyable and beautiful home stay. Those trees, the stream, the views, wow. Thanks for a wonderful getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cabin, with wonderful wildlife

  • 5 of 5

We saw racoons, a stoat, squirrels, chipmunks, an otter, and countless beautiful birds during our stay. The cabin was very comfortable and well furnished, with lots of things to do all ready to go. The altitude affected my wife, so she couldn't hike to the glacier, but there was no need to leave the property to have a great time.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hiking trip - a guys trip

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this property are wonderful to work with and they stepped in and provided information, such as directions, when I didn't receive anything from VRBO.

Really pleased with the location and the cabin. This cabin is well built as it snowed and was very cold (17 degree F) for three Texans yet the cabin temperature was comfortable. Great layout for 3 independent buddies in which we all had our own room.

Can't wait to go back and can't thank the owners enough for their availability to answer questions.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I chose this cabin to celebrate our 24 year wedding anniversary. This was our first experience with VRBO. We were hoping for a quite vacation and that's exactly what we got and much much more! Loved the chipmunks and birds! Got a few hikes in. St Mary's Glacier is a must see! The kitchen was wonderful and fully stocked with pots and pans. Sounds of the stream rolling through was so relaxing. The Hosts were great! We loved it so much we are thinking of moving there! Maybe someday.... At the very least we will be back next year to spend some time at this cabin!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very secluded but within reach of so many great things

  • 5 of 5

We loved this roomy and well thought out cabin tucked away in a pine forest complete with soothing stream and wildlife galore.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting, relaxing getaway

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four, including two teens, just returned from a week in this beautiful cabin. The owners were very responsive to questions and concerns. Our favorite part of the cabin was its deck, which overlooks a creek and at a snow-capped mountain top. Simply gorgeous. As we sat on the deck, we enjoyed watching the hummingbirds, squirrels and various birds (we had a blue Stellar's jay visit us each day). We also enjoyed feeding the trout in the creek (the owners left trout food). The cabin was clean and well-equipped with all we needed for the week; nearly all we had to bring was our food to make (we stopped at Safeway on Day 1 and stocked up). We had a bit of trouble finding the cabin. We drove past it once as there was equipment (fencing, snowblower, etc.) in front of the house which made it challenging to match the photo we'd received from the owner. We had an issue with the outdoor gas grill not starting so we broiled steaks in the kitchen oven and fried hamburgers on the kitchen stove top (stinky) but, after giving the grate a good cleaning, it worked and we were able to cook chicken on the grill. The owners were helpful as we worked through this and even offered to reimburse us if we'd needed to go to town to buy a charcoal grill. After a hike, my husband laid down on the bed and it broke. I texted the owner and she had someone out to fix it that same afternoon. The handyman was unobtrusive and friendly. We appreciated all of the nature and trail maps and books in the cabin, as well as the board game and CD selections. The TV, which seemed small for the room and had a broken remote, is located in the lower level. The lower level was significantly cooler than the rest of the house (our teenage son didn't mind and just bundled up). We had challenges getting the temperature regulated throughout the house (warm loft, cold lower level). Our favorite part of the area was the (literally) breathtaking St. Mary's Glacier hike. It was great to not have to drive far to begin the hike. We are grateful for our week away in this beautiful setting!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yikes! A less than 5 star review always speaks loud and clear to us. And in this case I certainly understand. On reading this, I immediately contacted my cleaning crew and told them that checking/cleaning the grill was a 'must add' to their chores. Regarding the remote, previous guest had 4 teens; apparently they broke the remote, tried to fix it with tape, and then tossed it in a drawer. My cleaners didn't notice it was missing until we got a call from these guests saying it didn't work. Again, we will be on top of this kind of thing in the future - I have *the* best caretaker in the world and she totally prides herself on a job well done. Re the 'broken bed'...fixed within 2 hours but so happy this didn't happen in the middle of the night! And yes, if you build a fire, the loft above it will get warm, but the lower level/TV room has its own freestanding propane fireplace that has a thermostat remote, so I wish the guests had let me know and I would have encouraged them to use it. My husband was quite a fan of TV sports and when we used the home every weekend, making that level comfy was a big priority. So....bit of bad luck here re the collapsing bed, and some details we are happy to attend to. These guests really took it all in stride and we are most thankful for their feedback!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

2nd pet (if allowed) $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 5.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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