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Family friendly cabin near ski hill & backing green belt in Tahoe Donner

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April thru December 15 non-holidays only $80 per night!  There is still tons of snow around the cabin and Squaw ski resort has extended its seasons thru the end of May!

Our small cabin is the perfect location for a family getaway or adult retreat.  We are not one of the units in a large complex, but a small single dwelling in a cul-de-sac of 3 homes.  Our cabin backs to a green belt with access to Tahoe Donner hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing trails.  It is a short walk to the bus that takes you to the Tahoe Donner ski hill, the perfect spot for families with children learning to ski.


Worldclass mountain biking and skiing is just a short 20-30 minute drive to Northstar at Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Sugar Bowl resorts.


Home includes a bedroom with a double bed with a twin bunk downstairs, and living area with a double bed futon and cubby with twin bed upstairs. Sheets and towels are provided and the kitchen is well stocked.  Homeowner has small children, so the stairs are gated at the top and there are toys for up to about age 8, push toys, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sand toys for the beach, jogging stroller, baby backpack carrier, and more.  

We are now set up with WiFi and unlimited local and long distance calling.  Our cabin does have a TV with built in DVD/CD player, but we do not have cable- don't worry, there is so much to do you won't want to be inside watching a lot of television!


For hotel prices you get the seclusion of a single dwelling home backing a green belt and a short drive to access many great amenities.  Please note that we encourage self-cleaning which makes the cabin even more affordable!

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cabin rental amenities

Guest passes give you access to Tahoe Donner amenities including the Rec Center with workout facility, classes, hot tubs and pool, Clubhouse with pool, Tennis Facility, 18-hole golf course and private beach at Donner Lake for a fee of approximately $8 per day per person (children 6 and under are free).  


Tahoe Donner is geared to families.  I recommend that you check out the Tahoe Donner website for details on all amenities and the calendar of events as there are often memorable activities provided, many are free!

activities and attractions in Tahoe Donner Lake Tahoe Area

There is so much to do in Tahoe Donner, Truckee, and around Lake Tahoe.

  • Tahoe Donner Marina- owner rents tandem kayak (seats 2, or 3 if one is a child) stored at Tahoe Donner Marina on Donner Lake for $20 per day.
  • Cross-country skiing – you can actually ski off our porch to access many trails within the community (trail maps located at Tahoe Donner website).  You must ski to the Cross Country Ski Resort to get a day pass.  There are also cross-country trails at Northstar.
  • Sledding – there are plenty of small hills behind our house and a sled in the garage that you may use.  The Tahoe Donner driving range sponsors sledding, usually only on the weekends and holidays for a very reasonable rate with our guest cards (more info at the Tahoe Donner website). Don’t bring a sled to the hill as they require you to use the ones they provide- last year they even added tubing!  It is well organized and a lot of fun!
  • Trout Creek Recreation Center – Trout Creek Recreation Center has a state of the art weight room, cardio room, fitness classroom, recreation pool, an adult lap pool, massage treatment, steam room, sauna, and hot tubs. Facility may be used with our guest cards (more info at the Tahoe Donner website) for a fee.
  • Free Family Movie Night – Friday nights at Northwoods Clubhouse, check the Tahoe Donner website calendar to see what will be showing.
  • Tubing – Tubing at Northstar paid by the hour.
  • Ice skating – there are rinks in downtown Truckee, Northstar and Squaw Valley.  We usually go to Northstar- it is free if you have skates and only $5 to rent skates.

  • KidZone Museum – Children’s Museum, fun indoor play for small children.  Conveniently located at the bottom of the Tahoe Donner hill behind the fire department.  Child admission is $7, adults $5 or purchase a weekly pass for up to family of 8 for just $25.  If you have a reciprocal pass to another children’s museum it is also valid at KidZone.

  • Hike to ski lift swing – if you follow the path to the left of the outside door, then across the neighbors back yard and back to the meadow, you may find a swing made from an old ski lift.

  • Circus Circus – Just 30 minutes away in Reno, great area for kids to play games and see free circus acts.

Truckee is a beautiful mountain town full of outdoor activities and downtown character.  Check out worldclass ski resorts like Northstar at Tahoe, Squaw Valley or Alpine meadows, only 20-30 minutes away.  Then head downtown and enjoy a gourmet dinner.


And if that isn't enough, you are a short drive to all that Lake Tahoe and Reno have to offer.  

vacation rental rates

Rates April 1 thru December 15

$80 per night (2 night minimum), $475 per week non-holiday

3-night holiday weekends $275 (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day)

3-night Thanksgiving holiday $275 or Thanksgiving week $525 

Ski Season Rates (December 15 thru March 31)***

Sunday through Thursday $100 per night

Friday and Saturday $130 per night 

Weekly rate $675

3-night holiday weekends (President's Day and MLK Day) $425

Weekly rate during winter Holiday Break (12/21/13 - 1/5/14) $1,100

***All rates- add additional 10% Truckee Occupancy Tax and a $300 refundable deposit.  If you choose to not follow our cleaning instructions  (about 2 hours work) there is an additional $50 cleaning fee.

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Top things to do in Tahoe Donner
  • Skiing at Northstar at Tahoe- our favorite resort
  • Cross Country Skiing at Tahoe Donner- lots of trails!
  • Blue Coyote Bar & Grill- our favorite restaurant w/ or w/o kids
  • Anusara Yoga class taught by Nancy at the Rec Center
  • Breakfast at Donner Lake Kitchen
Top things to do on a budget
  • Ice Skating at Northstar at Tahoe (free skating, skates only $5)
  • Wednesday free concerts at the Regional Park (seasonal)
  • Free Family Movie night at Tahoe Donner Clubhouse
  • Free Family Wii night at Tahoe Donner Clubhouse
  • Free Bingo night at Tahoe Donner Clubhouse (seasonal)
Top things to do with a family
  • Tahoe Donner Ski Hill- great place for kids to learn to ski!
  • Tahoe Donner Sledding Hill- tubing too!
  • Hike to the chair lift swing in the meadow behind the cabin.
  • Build your own sledding hill behind the cabin.
  • Ice skating at Northstar at Tahoe

Melissa Hodous , owner

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traveler reviews for this tahoe donner cabin rental

Cozy, Affordable & family-friendly

Review submitted: January 2, 2014   Date of arrival: December 22, 2013

This place is amazing. We were 4 adults and 2 kids. There was plenty of room so no one had to sleep on the floor. Even there was a special bed for our infant. There was free Wi-Fi, a whole bunch of games for kids and adults. There were many expandable furniture so people can use whenever they want and compact them to avoid taking too much space. The fact that no pets were allowed, made it excellent for our infant. My older son enjoyed his movie and games when we were playing cards. The location is very close to a ski resort which makes the stay even more enjoyable.

In simple words it is the bang for the buck.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Wonderful cabin

Review submitted: April 4, 2013   Date of arrival: April 1, 2013

This was a perfect, cozy cabin for our family of four. We had everything we needed and Melissa was so helpful. The cabin is clean and has all of the household items you would need for your stay. Our daughters commented on how comfortable the mattresses were and we had to agree.

The only negative is that there was little snow left. But that just gives us another reason to return. We can't wait to stay here during the middle of winter!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 4 / 6


Wonderful Weekend

Review submitted: November 6, 2011   Date of arrival: November 4, 2011

We found this cabin by chance on the internet and thought it would meet our needs this weekend. It turns out it exceeded all expectations - right down to the heard of deer resting in the snow right out the back window. The place is well set up for a family with tots but works well with our older family too.

For a price you will never be able to beat, Pat and Melissa have provided up and beyond what you'd expect. And if you're into skiing Donner, you can't get any closer. Personally, we enjoyed hiking all the paths (in the snow)and a few of the many Geocaches that are all around (even 800 feet away).

Thank you! We'll be back.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 8 / 10


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