Cozy Kingvale Cabin - Built in 1939


Entire cabin hosted by Jennifer

  1. 6 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A common area with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the keypad.
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It's a glorious summer in the mountains! We have poured our hearts into this cabin and are excited to share our little mountain getaway with guests like you. Everyone deserves to enjoy the all season fun the Donner Summit area has to offer.

Expect tons of charm (and lots of knotty pine!) in this rustic, "old Kingvale" cabin. Accommodates 4-6 comfortably (though it can sleep up to 9 people). Situated conveniently near the freeway but feels like the backcountry. It's the best of both worlds!

The space
It's sunny and glorious in the Donner Summit area. The rivers are swimmable, and air temperatures are cool but summery. Break out of the heat and enjoy some fun in the mountains, rivers, and lush forests. Spring and summer on the Summit means hours of endless outdoor fun. Donner Lake is only 10 min away for swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking or waterskiing and there is ample hiking and mountain biking trails, climbing routes and bouldering sites all throughout the area. The Yuba River (running right behind the cabins across from us) and the Pacific Coast Trail runs right through this area also for some scenic hiking and refreshing cold plunge swimming.

If you're already thinking ahead to next winter, this cozy cabin has everything you need for an enjoyable family getaway in the snow covered mountains. We are lucky to have several amazing ski resorts right next door - Sugar Bowl (the resort with the most snow), Boreal (perfect for snowboarders), and Royal Gorge (for cross-country skiing), as well as several smaller outposts for snowshoeing and sledding for endless winter fun. If you're willing to drive about 20 more min, you can also enjoy the world-class slopes of Squaw/Alpine and Northstar. Truckee is only 15 min away for a dinner out or any supplies you may need during your stay.

No matter the season, please check out our local guidebook for more tips on fun things to do during your stay.


Welcome! This cabin was originally built in 1938 and has been expanded and updated in the many decades since, while still maintaining its rugged mountain cabin charm. It has one bedroom downstairs, a sleeping loft upstairs, newly renovated kitchen and bathroom, laundry room, deck and outdoor seating. It’s charmingly small, and we have made use of every square inch to ensure it has everything you need for a fun and comfortable stay.

MAIN SPACE: The main space includes entryway storage for shoes, jackets and bags, as well as a dining table for six. The ottoman in the entry has handy seasonal supplies - towels and beach toys in the summer and extra hats, gloves and scarves in the winter. There are hooks for hanging boots and gloves under the stair landing where they can be warmed by the heater.

KITCHEN: There’s a fully stocked, recently renovated kitchen with custom cabinetry and concrete counter tops. The kitchen is well appointed with a Smeg fridge, gas stove, oven, microwave, toaster, and hot water kettle for tea, the French press coffee maker or drip coffee maker. There’s also handmade ceramic dishes, silverware, Great Jones pots and pans, knives and cooking utensils, as well as Oaktown spices and condiments for you to use. The pantry drawer has a rotating collection of canned foods, oatmeals and cereals - take or leave whatever non-perishables you’d like. (Check our photos for a comprehensive look at every kitchen drawer.)

LIVING ROOM: The living room includes a futon and fireplace, as well as a collection of family board games in pull-out drawers beneath the futon. Bedding for the futon is under the bed in the main bedroom. The chest by the fireplace contains toys and games for toddler-aged kiddos. The felt tipped bow and arrow set, Lincoln Logs and the fake snowballs are real crowd pleasers!

MAIN BEDROOM: The downstairs bedroom has a full size bed with 100% linen sheets, closet with extra towels and bedding, and plenty of hooks for hanging clothes and bags, as well as a luggage rack. It connects to the one shared bathroom for the cabin, which is small but newly renovated and fully equipped with everything you need to refresh after a day of hiking or hitting the slopes. The bathroom is stocked with bath and hand towels, and biodegradable soap, shampoo, conditioner as well as a first aid kit and lotion in the medicine cabinet.

LOFT: The wooden log staircase leading upstairs to the loft is original to the cabin. It gives the cabin tons of unique character, but it's also steep and the railings are very open, so don't let young children climb the stairs, hang on the railings or play in the loft unattended. It's also a bit of a head knocker for taller folks, so be cautious heading up and down. But once you've safely made it upstairs, the loft has plenty of sleeping options to offer, with a full size bed with linen sheets and two twin beds with flannel sheets, with a trundle that pops out between them. There's also a door that opens directly outside (don't open it, there's no balcony!) It may seem out of place most of the time, but for the years when snow levels are extremely high, this has been the only way to access the cabin. Twenty to thirty feet of snow is not unheard of in this area!

OUTDOORS: In the spring, summer and fall, the outdoors includes a deck with outdoor seating and a small dining table if you prefer your meals al fresco. (We remove and store the outdoor furniture in the late fall before it gets buried in the snow, and bring them back out in the spring.) There's also a hammock in the trees to the side of the house. There are remnants of a fire pit in the front yard, but unfortunately, due to fire risks, there are NO fires or charcoal BBQs allowed in the area between May and November while conditions are dry. Bugs may be an issue for a few weeks in the spring - the bug zapper and bug spray in the corner unit in the dining room can be a lifesaver!

The front and back porches are glassed in during the winter to provide protected access to the front and back doors. The front porch is also where we store firewood, snow shovels, and skiing/snowboarding gear on the custom ski rack.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Soda Springs, California, United States

Kingvale is a true gem of a neighborhood - a charming, quiet community of cabins built during the heyday of Sugar Bowl's development in the late 1930's and 1940's. Most of these cabins have been owned for generations so it's a rare find to see one for sale, and even rarer to see one available for rent. This is not a community of cookie cutter condos - many cabins (including ours) were hand built and the community takes immense pride in keeping the place nice for everyone to enjoy.

Hosted by Jennifer

  1. Joined in June 2015
  • 86 Reviews
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Heights without rails or protection
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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