About this listing
Looking for a cabin with character? Welcome to Pine Cone! Ours is an awesome A-frame with a wood-burning fireplace, and original retro décor – cozy and funky, with all the modern comforts of home. Close to HOA beach, Firesign, and Sunnyside resort.
In the heart of Sunnyside, Pine Cone is 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. Dogs 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, DVD player, dozens of DVDs, cookbook collection for your Saturday supper planning, beach books, a 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 and drive like we do.
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, Alpine Meadows, 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 a 1-week minimum is required for Christmas and New Year's.
If you'd like to visit, please ensure you have a profile with picture and tell us a bit about the group that's coming and what you're hoping for in your stay.
It's a family neighborhood, so we ask for no noise on the deck after 10pm please. And of course: no smoking!
...blends both retro and modern styles to offer a cabin like no other! (Colleen's Whoppers not included.)
Pine Cone the Awesome was indeed awesome - our family of 11 (8 adults and 3 kids) was comfortable and had a really enjoyable time there. It was an easy walk to the private beach, and actually enjoyable to just walk around the neighborhood. Even the drive to our favorite beach, Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, was not bad at all. The house was just as described, with helpful and thoughtful touches that really made it stand out from other places we've stayed - nice big towels, shampoo and toothpaste provided, lots of movies to watch, etc. It was also very clean. Janet was quick with communication and very helpful - I highly recommend staying here and hope we can come back!
Brought my family up to enjoy a Lake Tahoe summer. The Pine Cone cabin was the perfect launching pad located in a great family friendly neighborhood.
The private HOA beach was amazing!
Our host - Janet provided tons of information about the area and things to do and good restaurants nearby. She was also super prompt with replying to the few questions I had before we arrived.
My whole family had a wonderful time at Pine Cone cabin.
We had a great experience at the Pine Cone house!! It was really the ideal setup for our vacation in Tahoe. The house is spacious yet cozy, and was perfect for our group of 14. We all had beds and no one felt crowded. The living room, kitchen, and dining area were all spacious so we could hang out as one big group there, and the deck made for an awesome breakfast outside.
The private beach and proximity to so many water activities was the best part, though. The beach is clean, well-maintained, and you can rent picnic tables for free! The house is also close to a ton of places that allow you to rent everything from jetskis, to boats and paddleboards (all of which we enjoyed).
Janet was amazing with her responses and gave us endless recommendations for a great time. Really quick to respond, SO much information, and just all around a very easy host to interact with.
The phone signal in Tahoe isn't that great but the house has a landline, which was particularly useful when we made boat and picnic table reservations.
Janet, Colleen & Bob made our stay wonderful. The house is so comfortable and is full of all the necessities. We had a large group of adults, and still were about to fit comfortably (we had five people staying in one room, but there are so many beds, that everyone reported a very comfortable nights sleep).
Communication was fast and easy. Janet gave very detailed instructions of how to navigate the ins and outs of the house that made move in and clean up very easy.
I would definitely recommend this home for a fun and wonderful stay in Lake Tahoe.
We loved the stay at Pine Cone. The hosts are very gracious and easy to get a hold of. The home is stocked with everything one might need for a comfortable stay. Clean towels and beds and the kitchen was stocked with all the utensils, etc. I would definitely recommend and stay here again.
Pine Cone was a fantastic stay! Janet sent a very detailed note regarding coming and coming out and all of the amenities of the home. The home itself was exactly as described and was perfectly located to beach and dining which was within walking distance.
Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay, and we will definitely be back.
The only thing to note about this cabin is that the pictures don't do it justice! I got inside and was blown away with how nice and cozy everything seemed. The cabin is nice and warm inside and has plenty of beds for a large party. Everything was as advertised and my entire group had an excellent time bumming around the cabin. Take lake is just a 10 minute walk from the cabin and there are plenty of ski resorts in driving distance like Squaw Valley or Homewood. I really recommend this place for large party bonding.
About the Host, Janet, Colleen & Bob
We're a Bay Area-based family that's been in Tahoe for 28 years. Pine Cone was originally purchased as Colleen's college tuition... but we liked it too much and decided to sell other things to pay for college instead :) We rent Pine Cone to others when we're not using it in the summer and for ski leases, so that you can enjoy it too!
(The profile photo is siblings Kevin & Claire in the lake. We can tell you where to rent a boat so you can freeze your butt off too.)