About this listing
ENJOY one bedroom, shared bath, great room, dining room, kitchen, plus an enclosed porch in our relaxing Colfax Cabin.
THERE'S 3+ acres of forested property, complete with wild grapes and blackberries.
SKIING and water sports are nearby!
KINDLY take a moment to read the House Rules before contacting us (especially about Vaping and Smoking).
This is a warm and relaxed three bedroom, two bath home, on 3.74 oak covered acres! This is our primary residence, (we are gone quite a lot).
WE are about 7 minutes from highway 80, low enough in elevation, where chains are almost never required, but close to serious snow when it's available. We do get a few dustings of snow in the winter, at the ranch, which we call "postcard snow".
OUR cabin is surround by gardens with an extraordinarily long growing season. We have a moderately open floor plan and a definite country feel. One of the "bedrooms" opens into the great room, which we use as a library/movie room. A bison rug* adds to the cabin's atmosphere.
WOOD is the primary heat source from our wood burning stove. Located in the great room, it provides cozy and romantic winter warmth. There is furnace heat as well, if preferred.
DINE in the separate dining room or large kitchen nook. We have seating for up to ten.
BARBECUE on our charcoal grill, rather than gas, - it creates juicier, more flavorful food than the gas grill we have at our other home. It only takes a very few minutes to fire it up with our coal tower, (with no chemicals) and we have plenty of mesquite charcoal available for your use, and paper to start it with.
COOK in the large full kitchen with a gas range including oven, if you prefer. Basic spices and kitchen supplies are available to you. If we are present, (Jerry is a fab cook!!!) and you wish, we will include you in whatever meals we have, but do plan to provide and prepare your own food, just in case. We have two small fridges.
HOT TUB, if you like. It is located off the library.
BEDROOMS include the secondary bedroom only. The porch is able to be used as a bedroom, but generally only when renting the whole house.
BATHROOMS are shared only.
GENTLE slopes allow for walking, the yard. With a chicken coop, enclosed vegetable garden and green house, none of which is currently in use, over time we will get our home back to its original glory.
(If we get chickens, you might get to feed them, but then you can also cook the eggs!)
*the bison was humanely put down by a family member and all of the meat consumed, by the Edson clan.
WE offer access to our entire property except the Master bath and closet, the "Cabinette" and the Tuff shed in the back yard.
GAMES: There are games and cards and surround sound for your rented movies and TV series. We are building our library to share, and we have about 30 movies. You can not stream movies very effectively.
WALK: Our oak covered hills take a while to walk featuring deer and turkey cutting through the property.
RELAX as you sip your coffee in the early morning or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck in the evening. You can barely see the nearest neighbor in any direction! Keep an eye out for those deer and other wildlife, including fox and coyote. We have on rare occassions seen skunk and racoon, but they are there. Stay clear of both.
BIRDWATCH: SierraFoothillsAudubon lists dozens of birds that you can watch from our deck, or while hiking. We have posted videos of 6 known types on our "page"...
BLACKBERRY PICKING: Blackberries abound in the summer and you can pick them to your hearts content. Same with the cherries if you can beat the birds to them! There are wild grapes, if you are ambitious!
We do have wifi.
WE DO NOT HAVE A PRINTER AT THIS TIME. If you need to print, the library offers printing for 15 cents a page.
Interaction with Guests
IF we are not present, you would want to make sure you have both our cell phone numbers stored in your phone before you leave your home.
IF we are on site, in the Cabinette instead of the main house, you may see us on or about the property.
IF you want us to provide you breakfast, we have to be present of course. If we are staying in the main house, we tend to watch a lot of movies, but we will defer to our guests preferences whenever possible. We want you to feel welcome.
COLFAX is a town of great significance, in the very important Californian "Gold Country" of the Sierra Foothills. Colfax is roughly equidistant between Sacramento and Truckee (40 minutes). We are about 20 minutes from Grass Valley and Nevada City via 174 and the same time/distance above Auburn, to Rollins Lake or the American River. Each of the towns mentioned has a great deal of their own history.
PANNING FOR GOLD: Bear River is right down the road from our home, just a few miles outside of Colfax. Bear River is famous as a still productive location for the hand panning of gold! All you need is a gold pan, something to sit on, and a container in which to store your collected gold! When you get tired or hot you can just swim or tube in the icy waters to cool off!
RAFTING: The American River is across Highway 80 to the east and has great water activities. "The Colfax-Iowa Hill Bridge to Ponderosa Way Bridge run is the most popular section to run and has been a favorite for California rafters and kayakers since the mid seventies. This 9.5 mile run contains many steep drops and boulder slaloms, providing some of the best whitewater rafting of the 3 forks of the American river." Excerpt from the "North Fork" tab of the American River rafting website.
KAYAKING: Either river, or lake, will provide hours of sun and fun.
SKIING: is world class. Closest is Sugar Bowl, with Boreal nearby. Northstar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Incline, are all within about an hour. Boreal and Incline are best for less experienced skiers. Northstar is great for the average to well above average skier (free lessons for level 6+). Serious double black skiers will skip them and go to Squaw, Alpine or Sugar Bowl.
FISHING: Rollins Lake is the Bear River's premier rainbow and brown fishery, according to the AppealDemocrat, and fishing can vary dramatically according to the season. Stampede/Bocca Reservoir (farther up the highway, just past Truckee) is one of the leading kokanee salmon fishing lakes in the West. Anglers will also find plenty of brown, mackinaw, and rainbow trout. Fly fishing is popular at the lake, according to CaliforniaGreatLakes.
CELEBRATING: Downtown Colfax offers old town celebrations and a family feeling you don't get in larger communities. We are home to the Fire and Iron Festival, (with a little burner feel) and a fabulous July 3rd Celebration among many others!
ARTS: The Colfax Theater is re-opening soon. It will be state of the art both in projection and sound. They will be hosting movies, live theater as well as musicians, plus they boast the largest dance floor in northern California.
EATERIES: The food is great at most every spot we have tried. Sandwiches from the grocery store are FANTASTIC. The pizza by the market in town is among the best we have ever had in the traditional style. Pizzaiolo is fantastic for a lighter oven fired style. The Greek restaurant has awesome gyros. You will love Dine and Dash, but you will stay to relax!
SHOPPING: Quaint stores dot the main street in town, with locally produced gifts and art. Grass Valley and Nevada City have awesome shopping as well, if you like to spend your days poking around historic towns (we do!) Auburn is about 20 minutes away, with a greater variety of businesses, and services along with a historical downtown area.
HIKING: According to MVTrails, "The Stevens Trail is one of the most scenic and accessible trails in our area. Originally built as a toll road for pack mules between Colfax and the gold fields of Iowa Hill, it slopes gently downhill for about 3.6 miles to the confluence of Secret Ravine and the North Fork of the American River. It offers breathtaking views of this designated "Wild and Scenic" section of the river canyon."
TRAIN: There are trains in and out of Colfax, but we have not taken any trips yet! You can go either towards Sacramento to Reno.
WE would not recommend planning on all guests arriving by train. There is no public transportation from the train station except taxicab. One should have at least one person arriving by car!
Other Things to Note
IF YOU SMOKE ANY SUBSTANCE AT ANY TIME, PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO STAY WITH US. If we see ANY evidence of smoking, we will charge you a minimum of $150 of you deposit. This can include cigarette or cigar wrappers, ashes or odor on guests or guest's belongings.
If you are here while you conduct a house hunt, Jamie is a REALTOR® RE/Max Gold.
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A $100-250 security deposit will be held per room, and unless there is damage or SMOKING, is fully refundable. We want to give it ALL back!
We have a toy poodle service dog, Blizzard. He is extremely well behaved. He will ignore you (unless you are friendly to him) and is HYPOALLERGENIC and flea free.
!!!!!DO NOT Try to to pet him!!!!! Give him time to warm up to you!!!!!
IF WE HAVE TO MAKE ALTERATIONS TO THE HOUSE, OR YOU HAVE UNUSUAL NEEDS, IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE YOU, WE MAY CREATE AN ADDITIONAL CONTRACT ABOVE AND BEYOND AirBnB's TOS.
We are not at the property every day. While this is our primary residence, business and travel keep us from being on premise as much as would like.
Consider the 5 questions below and perhaps use it as a template for your first contact. We appreciate it if you answer ALL the questions. This will save you time in the long run, and make me feel more inclined to accept your reservation. If two inquiries come in at the same time, we will honor the one where we feel the rules have been read.
Rules follow the questions...
1) Are you looking exclusively at our property or contacting multiple hosts?
2) What are your plans during your stay time wise and when will you want to arrive and check out?
3) What are you hopeful to experience in terms of food preparation? Any special dietary needs?
4) Tell us about each of the people in your party, if not already included in your profile.
5) Is this a trip you are certain you are taking (should I start preparing for you this minute?) or are you still in the early stages of organizing? This is a very important question to me, so please answer this is particular.
I will almost always try to respond to you within a matter of minutes,to let you know I am in receipt of your contact. If I am at our other property, this can be very difficult, so I may be very brief, but I will do my best to answer questions on the double.
Now onto the actual rules:
Photo ID is required for those not who are not your spouse, parent or child, prior to your arrival for insurance purposes.
Our main concern is that our guests are NON SMOKERS. We are serious about this and super ultra sensitive. By smoking on the property or DURING YOUR STAY of ****any**** substance, YOU AGREE TO FORFEIT YOUR ENTIRE SECURITY DEPOSIT. IF YOU LEAVE SMOKING REFUSE, (ashes, butts, packaging.) WE WILL ASSUME YOU SMOKED ON OUR PROPERTY. IF YOU SMELL OF SMOKING, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO FIND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS WITHOUT REFUND.
NOTE: The listing says deposit is $500, but it doesn't allow for variable length stays. It will be $250 additional per week between 2-8 weeks.
Our main request is that if you need something, that you tell us, and if we can, we will provide it. If there is a problem, please tell us in the moment and perhaps we can fix it. We will certainly do our best!
You may cook in the kitchen. If you are going to be around on a night when Jerry is cooking anyway, he or you might suggest incorporating your meal into ours and letting him cook for all of us.
If you prefer to cook yourself without combining meals, that is fine, too.
Please clean up after yourself immediately after your meal, please don't wait until the morning.
Please eat and drink in the kitchen nook or dining room only. (Except water.) We discourage tiny cattle (ants) to come inside. Food in your room, is your personal invitation to them, so expect ants to want to share your leftovers and maybe your bed. So are crumbs on the counter, but at least you won't be sleeping there!
We prefer you wear socks in the house, no shoes. If you need socks, just let us know.
If you shower, please use your bath towel to dry down the shower for the next person, and to prevent biogrowth.
EMPTY THE HAIR TRAP. We charge to clean up your DNA. Not kidding. The only part of hosting that doesn't work for us.
Dirty laundry goes in the basket in the on the laundry room. Please don't leave wet towels in your room or in the bathroom.
Towels are in the hall closet. We have tons of towels.
Laundry is available, but please ask before using so I can give you instructions.
The bathroom is supplied with skin care, and lots of other fun goodies for girls and metro guys. Feel free to try stuff. There should be cotton balls, pads and q tips for application. You may also use the house body and hair shampoos, lotions etc which are in the shower. If I don't want it used, I won't leave it where you can access it. The exception is my husband's hair brush if he forgets to put it away, as well as razors.
You can watch our movies on your computer if you like. We have a very small library at this moment.
If we are present, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DOG ANYTHING! He is on a special diet and his food is timed to establish his role in our family, and because he was just recently ill from eating the wrong foods. His name is Blizzard. He is a service dog for Jamie, but he is Jerry's dog in his heart. He is not always the friendliest dog in the world, but he is extremely well behaved.
On a rather gross note, the dog seeks protein, so don't leave protein in the garbage cans on the floor. Either lift the garbage off the floor OR deposit feminine and um, uh, latex products in the trash cabinet in the kitchen pantry.
Hopefully you will have a great stay and give us a great review when your done. We will do the same for you!
The house has been great! Very clean and nicely decorated. It feels like a horse in the city but outside is full of nature and wildlife which is very pretty and relaxing. Jamie's garden is very nice and she definitely put alot of work into it. Overall a great stay and she's very understanding and willing to accommodate my needs and is a person of integrity. Will recommend!
The host was very accommodating. The room was nice and very clean, as well as the bath. The house was lovely, and nestled in a very lush area, lots of trees and wildlife.Their little dog, Buzz, was very sweet and friendly. Milk Ranch Road is very remote, so be prepared for that, especially finding your way at night.
This was a nice slice of heaven for us. We pulled up to a cabin in the woods, beautifully placed amongst tons of trees, a river close by, perfect amount of quiet for us city dwellers, and the smiling, helpful faces of Jamie and Jerry. The home was cozy and well thought out for a "retreat in the wood" type of experience. Jamie and Jerry gave us great tips on how to maximize our stay. The bedroom was bright and comfortable. Our favorite part of the stay was the large deck outside the house-- we had tea and cookies on the deck daily and felt so grateful to hear the bird songs, rustling of the leaves, and feel the beautiful sunshine! This home was comfortable, clean and just rustic enough for a fully woodsy experience. We saw a fox and a skunk and heard many other animals when we walked outside at night--we enjoyed the laughter and adrenaline of respectfully coming face to face with the wildlife. We did feel safe and content at all times. This was a charming, cozy and inviting experience and would recommend this place to stay to anyone looking for a retreat in the woods.
I had a pleasant stay in this mountain home. Surrounded by woods and flowers, the house had charming art and lovely quilts. Jamie was very accommodating.
Jamie is a delightful hostess. She keeps an immaculate home. The bed was comfortable and she had even started a fire in the wood burning stove. The cabin is secluded (thank goodness for GPS) but close to Colfax. It rained while I was there and the sound of the rain provided a wonderful white noise. Starbuck is close and it is easy to get on Hwy 80.
Diane We hope you will give Buzz through Joe's a try next time you are in town! It's right next door to Starbucks, and it contributes more to the local economy!
Also, if you ever want a leisurely (haha) breakfast, Dine and Dash is AWESOME!
Looking forward to seeing you again!
Jamie was a very accommodating host, who strived to make our stay as comfortable as possible. She knew that we were desperate to have a place to stay in the area, and allowed us into her home even though they were still in the process of renovating. Her home was tidy, neat, and full of potential! It was overall, a great experience for an affordable price, and I would definitely stay there again! If you are looking for a quaint, comfortable home in the middle of the scenic woods, this is it.
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About the Host, Jamie, He'S Jerry
Yes, we DO eat a lot of waffles around here!
We are a modern, married couple in a fun, stable relationship. We both work hard but enjoy skiing, dancing and travel as well. We host parties and dinners regularly. Jerry likes to cook and you might be able to coax him into a delicious dinner to enhance your stay with us. Don't ask Jamie though, or you are likely to have soggy cornflakes!
Jamie comes with a small service dog, named Blizzard. He is randomly friendly (probably not at all random to him!) but don't be offended if he is stand offish. His job is to attend to Jamie.
We prefer to stay in extremely clean homes, as dust doesn't like Jamie, so we keep a very clean house. If you think something needs to be cleaner, tell Jamie, she loves learning new ways to be OCD!
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the room that interests you, and perhaps the house rules BEFORE you contact us, They are not ALL rules: Think of the Pirate's Parley: they're more like guidelines, lol. We REALLY don't want you to be surprised by anything.
Just a little description of the photos!
1: In line at the set of Dancing with the Stars!
2: The Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield!
3: The Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park!
4: Sailing on the Carquinez Straights at night!
5: In Cinderella's Pumpkin at Children's Wonderland with our oldest grandson peaking over!
6: Blizzard saying it's time for a walk!
7: Our grandson in the Teacup at Children's Wonderland!
8: Jamie on the slide at Children's Wonderland!
9: Our tenth wedding anniversary!
10: Yacht Club, 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Party!
11: Peju Winery!
12: San Diego Zoo with our granddaughter!
13: Last New Year's at a fellow Airbnb host's party!
14: Our wedding!
15: Our honeymoon in Kawaii
16: Jerry thinking big in Las Vegas!
17: Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
Jamie and Jerry