Looking for a cabin with character? Welcome to Pine Cone! Ours is an awesome A-frame with old-school wood paneling, a wood-burning fireplace, and original retro décor – cozy and funky, with all the modern comforts of home. In the heart of Sunnyside, it’s just five blocks to brunch and our private beach.
Leave your city-slicker granite counter tops at home – we have what’s important: our Saturday Supper dessert cabinet contains an ice cream maker, sundae bar, fondue, and of course s’mores. (And s’meeces, the Pine Cone S’mores 3.0) Plus of course everything else you need to make yourself at home: fully equipped kitchen, laundry, etc. etc.
The basics & bonuses: 3 bedrooms sleep 15 people. Pets welcome. Wifi, printer, and standard office supplies included for you workerbees. Shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer basics provided (though ironing board and such fancy big-city accoutrements are not – this is Tahoe!). Deck, BBQ, beach blankets, board games, Xbox, DVDs from Kubrick to Kevin Smith, cookbook collection for your Saturday supper planning, beach books, guitar and more.
The beach: we'll give you a key to the private homeowners association beach, featuring volleyball, basketball, and horseshoe courts; green grass and shady benches; clean bathrooms (very important); weddings to crash all weekend long; and Tahoe’s finest skipping stones. (Forget how to skip rocks? You ARE in need of a getaway!)
The neighborhood: Sunnyside is hot for good reason! A few blocks from the docks, we’re the one spot on this side of the lake that’s walking distance from not one but two rockin’ brunch places. While removed from the mean streets (ha!) of Tahoe City, when you forget something at the grocery store we’re only 10 minutes down the road. South Lake has curling and all (message Colleen if you want to try), but it's Vegas compared to this: North Tahoe is casino-free pockets of quiet cabins from another era, with more dogs and kids littering the middle of the street than cars. Oh and it’s an easy 3.5hrs from SF, assuming you miss traffic.
The activities: you really plan more than brunch, beach & wine? Ambitious. Okay, fine: we’ve got the hook-up for that too. We’ll tell you where to rent a boat, find the good hikes, and hop the local watering holes. Look us up on the map and you’ll see: we’re close to biking, river rafting, sledding, skiing and snowboarding (Squaw, Northstar, Homewood, et al.), the Tahoe Rim Trail, and all that outdoorsy goodness. Plus when you get here, you’ll find our binder of local tips that could only be amassed by a family that’s been here 28 years.
Please note holidays require a 7-day minimum stay.
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Colleen grew up in San Francisco and Vancouver, and hopscotched from Manhattan to Mississippi before finding my way back to SF. 5 continents and just made State #50. I'm a nonprofit consultant and corporate analyst, at home with activists, artists, entrepreneurs, queers, nerds, goofballs and/or anyone else who’s cool. Expanding Bay Area Curling (yep, in California) and running an Oakland youth program that uses curling physics to teach math and science to local kids. Live in the Mission in SF, and visit the family's Tahoe cabin during my favourite 'shoulder seasons.' Consummate road-tripper, occasional veg cook and recreational dahlia gardener. The tubers are hibernating for the winter (such as it is here), but I'll be all about the occasional backyard cocktail party when everything's back in bloom.
Austin has kind of lived all over... Most recently, he was living in Panama conducting research for his Master's program. Having grown up in a Mexican American family and the Deaf Community, Austin is very involved with both communities / cultures. Currently, he is working at a non profit law firm that does disability rights advocacy. He's an avid traveler and has spent past summers in and around Central America, the Middle East/North Africa, Europe and Eurasia. When he's not out saving the world promoting social justice and advocacy, you can find him watching some of his favorite Roseanne episodes / stuffing his face with hummus.
Elrich will also write something about himself, someday.