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Family Friendly Cabin Near Ski Hill & XC Trails and Hiking

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

1 1/2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cabin, Sleeps 6, Self-Clean Option Available

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, 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 a twin bed upstairs. Sheets and towels are provided and the kitchen is well stocked. The stairs can be gated for small children 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.

The cabin has WiFi and good cell coverage. 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! If you prefer to not follow our cleaning instructions there will be a $75 fee deducted from the security deposit.

More Details

Melissa Hodous
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2018

About Melissa Hodous

Our family of 4 has spent many weekends and summers enjoying the cabin!

Melissa Hodous purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Melissa Hodous chose Truckee

This is a unique place in Tahoe Donner as it is the perfect size for a couple or family to spend a vacation, especially in a place so beautiful as Tahoe where you spend your days outside. The location is key. The property backs to a green belt and is very quiet, but it is a short drive to all that North Tahoe has to offer.

What makes this cabin unique

It is hard to find a small, single family dwelling with a garage. You never know when snow will come down by the foot in Truckee, so a garage can be a great convenience. Most places require you pay a cleaning fee, our self-clean option is unique.

Most Tahoe rental properties charge a cleaning fee, usually over $100. We encourage our guests to self-clean at no charge. Instructions are provided and can typically be done in less than 2 hours for one person. If you prefer, you can pay $75 and the owner will provide cleaning.


Truckee Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Washer and dryer
  • Towels, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Living Area - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon pulls out to full size bed.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double bed with a twin bunk.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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 $12 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!


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Family Friendly Cabin Near Ski Hill & XC Trails and Hiking
average rating of 4.75 based on 72 reviews

Great find for a small group of friends

  • 5 of 5

Directions were clear and easy to follow. Cozy cabin in the perfect location! Definitely a find.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Small, but adequate.

  • 3 of 5

Maybe intended more for a winter stay. Would be nice to have outdoor seating, possibly a bbq. The kitchen is not very well stocked. Misleading info regarding facilities -where is the pool? Not within walking distance...and it’s more like a public pool. But it’s good enough for the price. Cute & comfortable enough for a short


  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy "little" get-away

  • 5 of 5

Nice cozy cabin for a couple for all seasons. Host was accommodating & available to answer questions & concerns. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay Area, CA

Great stay for a father/daughter boarding trip

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful space and great location for Donner Tahoe. Communicating with Melissa was fast and easy and self-clean option was a welcome amenity. Single bedroom heater does heat up the top bunk quite warm but leaves the bottom bunk not quite as warm, so getting a comfortable balancing for sleep temp was a challenge. Overall a welcome and fantastic stay at the end of the season. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belmont, California

Awesome and affordable stay for a small family

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely place nestled up in the Sierra Nevada mountains but quite close to the quaint town of Truckee. The hill behind the cabin is a hidden gem and is a great place for small kids to sled. Staying at the cabin also gives access to Tahoe Donner Facilities, so a quick dip in a heated pool after playing in the snow in ones backyard is not fantasy. Melissa is a great host, approachable and loves to help especially with advice related to the weather. The option to do self cleaning of the cabin makes enjoyment affordable and that’s great!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Small 1 BR

  • 5 of 5

Overall this cabin is a very good value. Kitchen is pretty well stocked and hanging out is comfortable. To eat or play games you pull out this table and set it up -- and put it away when done. So certainly not a luxury place, but the price is great. The owners are very, very responsive. It is great they let you clean it, though we had to leave early, early, so paid the $75. Downside? Upper twin bunk bed mattress was too firm for my daughter, the lower one was fine for my wife and I. Both our daughters ended up sleeping upstairs, once on the little bed built into a cozy side of the room, the other on the futon. Super close to the ski hill and cross country center. For $12 each we used the rec center with awesome hot tubs and swimming.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Reno, NV
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Tahoe Donner Lodge
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
California Zephyr
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Tahoe Donner Lodge
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Tahoe Donner Ski Hill and Nordic Center
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Donner Lake
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* 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 Thing to do in 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 Thing to do in 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.

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

* Tahoe Donner Marina on Donner Lake

* Tahoe Donner Ski Hill - just a short walk to catch the shuttle up to the ticket office and skiing. This is a small ski hill, but known for excellent child lessons. Why pay hundreds of dollars on a lesson at a resort that is bigger than a new skier can utilize when you can pay much less and get a great start to skiing.

*Cross-country skiing – you can actually ski off our patio 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, Auburn Ski Club (by Boreal), Royal Gorge (near Sugar Bowl) and Squaw.

* Snowshoeing - you can use the trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country center for a fee or just head up to the Glacier Way trailhead and take off on your own.

* 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- 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, Boreal or Soda Springs.

* 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 $10 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.

* Hike out your door – there are many hiking trails right behind the cabin.

* Fly fishing on the Truckee River

* Floating down the Truckee River - best to reserve in advance and to check on water levels, sometimes closed when too high or too low.

* Circus Circus – Just 40 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, Squaw Valley, Alpine meadows and Sugar Bowl, 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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $300

$50 fee is charged for all checks returned for NSF. Cancellation must be in writing more than 30 days prior to your check in date for a full refund. Cancellations between 7 and 30 days prior to your check in date, tenant will forfeit 25% of total rent quoted plus tax. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to your check in date, tenant will forfeit all sums paid less the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.