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Family and Pet friendly! Close to town and the river.

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

The cozy Mama Bear's Cabin up the hill from Papa Bear's Lodge and Baby Bear's Cottage (see listings #46584, and #72370), is available year round.

The cabin has two bedrooms and 1 bath. There is a queen-size bed, a nnn double bed and double pull-out futon (in living room) to accommodate up to 4 people. It is best suited for up to 4 adults or a family of 4 or 5. In the living room is a gas hearth stove. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics. Enjoy the large hot tub which awaits just off the back deck.

Some games and books are provided for your leisure. This is a great place for the honeymoon couple or small family. If you are booking Papa Bear's Lodge for a larger event, this is the perfect place for overflow guests who want a little more privacy.

Hiking and biking trails are right here. Gold Panning, Golf, miniature golf, and go cart rides are close by. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in Grass Valley for use on nearby Scotts Flat Lake or Rollins Lake. We are only 3.5 mies from the beautiful South Yuba River.

Please note that we are next to an 80 acre summer camp. During the months of May-August,camp is in session and you will hear 'happy' camp noises from time to time during the day. Quiet hours start at 9:30 p.m for the campers, 10:00p.m. for our cabin guests.

Swimming, tennis and a children's play ground are in Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are just a 45 minute drive to the nearest ski area for downhill or cross country skiing, and sledding. Downtown Nevada City is two and a half miles away, where you will find fine dining, wine tasting, great theater, musical entertainment, art galleries and a fun shopping experience in this charming historic gold rush town.

Historic Grass Valley is just another three miles away with more of the same, and we are 1 1/2 hours drive from either Sacramento or Tahoe.

Amenities: Down comforters on some beds (in winter). Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, DSL and wifi, gas hearth stove, ample parking. There is a phone for local calls. Cell phones do not work well here but you can text. This is a non-smoking property.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we will gladly make dinner reservations for you, or obtain special items such as Champagne, Chocolates, or a Special Bouquet.

Activities: Theater, fine dining, wine tasting, musical events, shopping, galleries, hiking and biking, boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and other outdoor activities are all located within a short distance.

Come join us for the Fourth of July small town parade. It is wonderful, as is the Constitution Day parade in September. In June on Father's Day weekend come see the famous bike races down the middle of town. In July we have three 'Summer Nights', the last three Wednesdays in the month.The streets are closed to traffic and lined with food and craft vendors.

In July is the return of the Worldfest with 8 stages of music, children's programs, workshops, dance, artisans and international food.

Don't miss the Bluegrass Festival, Music In The Mountains, Halloween, Mardi Gras, Fall colors, etc., etc., etc.

Enjoy Victorian Christmas, the first three Wednesday nights, and the last Sunday before Christmas.You'll find artisans, food venders and all the shops open late. The gas streetlights, Victorian carolers, and friendly merchants make this the place to visit and shop for the holidays.

Area: The Yuba River,, with many deep pools and massive smooth boulders is only minutes from our home. A beautiful trail meanders along its banks for miles.

Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months (late May to mid August) you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire, then off to bed by 9:30, quiet hour.

We want your lodging experience to be most enjoyable. Part of that enjoyment comes from selecting the vacation property that best fits your needs. Mama Bear’s Cabin was built in 1985 and is 650 sq. ft., a good space for 2 to 4 people. The style is simple, clean and unpretentious. The kitchen is equipped with all the basics you need for cooking, but if you are a gourmet chef, this may not be the place for you. Some of the dishes are hand made pottery. Not everything matches. There is no dishwasher. Garbage needs to be disposed of carefully to avoid attracting those wild critters. Collecting compost scraps and recycling is required, and a conservative energy usage strongly encouraged. There is no central heat. There is a hearth stove, a wall furnace. and a window air conditioner. Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have questions or concerns.

Keywords: Log home, log cabin, romantic cabin,

cabin, mountain cabin

More Details

Drue and Rene
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

About Drue and Rene

Drue is an avid runner, and René is a potter. We both share a love for acting and can be seen in local productions from time to time. Obi is our beloved 3 legged, one eyed poodle.

We love Nevada City and the wonderful community here and have lived here over 24 years. We love sharing information about the area with our guests.

Drue and Rene purchased this house in 2000

Why Drue and Rene chose Nevada City

All three of our cabins (Papa Bear's Lodge, Mama Bear's Cabin and Baby Bear's Cottage) are on the same property. The lodge was our family home for a number of years and we loved living here. When we decided to move into town next to Rene's studio, we knew others would really enjoy the lodge and smaller cabins. And we were right!

What makes this house unique

Privacy, nature, and a short drive to the beautiful South Fork of the Yuba River. It is a magical place. Wild turkeys, deer, foxes, coyotes, racoons, squirrels and the rare bear siting can all happen right here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beyond words.

Beyond expectations...a "piece of heaven" surrounded by chaos

A place to just be yourself.

Thank you so much.

You always come back home. Till then, great expectations with "heaven".
Sep 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nevada City in Nevada County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Family and Pet friendly! Close to town and the river.
average rating of 4.90566 based on 65 reviews

Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for a calm, relaxing, creative retreat. The cabin is set back with plenty of privacy (probably a few hundred feet) from the other two that share the driveway, and the hot tub is on the other side of the cabin so it's completely private. It's cozy, quiet and clean, the bed I slept in was very comfortable, the windows allow a nice breeze on comfortable days, and the A/C kept the place cool on a couple of warmer days. The kitchen is a decent size and is well-stocked with pots, pans, dishes and utensils. I was writing most of the time so I didn't get out and explore the area much, but it's close to a very cute downtown area with small shops and restaurants (which reminded me of some New England towns) and there are a few supermarkets and shopping centers within 15-20 mintues.

I was by myself, but it felt like a family of four would be comfortable here, if the kids shared a bed, or if one of them was big enough to climb the ladder to the loft.

I can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your vomplimentary comments. We really love creating a special space for our guests to relax, create, explore or just breath in the fresh air. We're so glad you had such a good expierence!
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Amazing weekend getaway cabin

  • 5 of 5

We chose Mama Bear's Cabin based off the amazing reviews. After our experience, we have to agree with everyone that this cabin is simply wonderful. It is secluded, yet close to the adorable town of Nevada City. It was extremely cozy, inviting and had everything we needed to make us feel like we were at home. Papa Bear's cabin is visible from Mama Bear's, but it is far enough away to feel private. We loved the gas stove in the living room, and the kitchen was well stocked with utensils, cooking pots, etc. This place has become an instant favorite and we will 100% be back!!! Highly, highly, highly recommended if you enjoy nature, peace and quiet, and a cozy place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay and recharge! We love it and plan to go back again. Mama Bears cabin is tucked away and it's perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Spot

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I found this gem on a weekend visit to nearby Nevada City. Only about 10 minutes out of town, this cabin was the perfect retreat for our relaxing weekend! Before heading to the cabin, we stopped in town (at Three Forks) to pick up some breakfast goodies. We had a relaxing morning, and went on a fantastic hike through the nearby camps.

Cozy and fun! Thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very warm and friendly atmosphere, everything was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, quiet, cozy, well kept, nice people. Came as visitors left as feeling like a part of the place. Will come back for many years to come. Thanks agin for letting us experience your home. Good memories.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very charming.

  • 5 of 5

We live pretty close in Sacramento and were itching for a little getaway. We made reservations just a couple days before we showed up and it was so lovely. We were only there a couple days, and didn't cook, but it was everything we wanted and more. Opening the door and having the gas fire going was extremely welcoming. Nevada City is super close with lots of restaurants and little stores. We also took a drive to the Yuba River, which is gorgeous. Staying in such a cute, cozy cabin while enjoying the area made for a perfect weekend. I highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Sacramento International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Friar Tucks
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Grass Valley
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
HWY 49
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lefty's, New Moon, Sopa Thai, Ike's Quarter Cafe
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Boreal Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Yuba River
Car: necessary

Nevada City is a charming historical gold mining town at 2500' altitude, situated between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The people are friendly, and the landscape awesome. If you like the outdoors this is the place to mountain bike, hike, kayak or just take a stroll in the beautiful surroundings.

If you like history, there is plenty here. Originally built in the 1850's, Nevada City and it's neighboring town, Grass Valley, are historically preserved, with the streets looking very much as they did back in the days of the gold rush era. You will find beautiful old Victorian homes, gold mining museums, fine restaurants and live theater. You can even try your hand at gold panning, For a great day trip you can explore Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.

Lake Vera is a small lake surrounded by summer camps. Our cabins are located on 5 acres next to Camp Augusta. In the summer months you can hear 'happy camp sounds' as children enjoy swimming, zip lining and singing around the camp fire.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Nevada City, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £43.33
Pet Fee £18.05
Refundable Damage Deposit £72.21
Tax Rate 10.0%

Major holidays the rate increases to $175/nt, including the two weeks during and after Christmas, through New Year's Day.
Additional guests beyond 2 (up to 5 total): $10/nt. ea. + tax
We accept up to 2 dogs (sorry, no cats). One dog is $25, second dog is 15 per stay/per week. Please check the appropriate pet fee boxes when booking on-line.
Large groups renting all three cabins ask about event fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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