This is a truly unique mountain home, for travelers who want to experience the spirit of a bygone age.
Located at 7,000 feet at the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, our carefully restored and updated Gold Rush Cabin overlooks a forest of old-growth trees, and a meadow which once held a Shoshone village every Summer.
The Cabin was built in 1870 to house a family during the days of a local Gold Rush, which featured such legendary characters as "Lucky Baldwin."
After the paydirt ran out, the Gold Rush Cabin became the homestead of a Swiss woman, who paid $25 for it and called it home from 1915 until 1988.
Based on the listings at the Old Houses website, this is the oldest wooden building in Southern California.
Now it's ready for guests.
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You'd never know by looking at it, but the Cabin has been updated with such "modern luxuries" as electric lighting, a gas heating system, a wood-burning Earth Stove, a vintage propane cookstove, an antique claw-foot tub, a unique and eco-friendly composting toilet, and (yes) running water.
Even with these amenities, this cabin is the most authentic Western experience that you're going to find without a Time Machine. If you want a relaxing vacation in the woods with a surplus of vintage charm, this is the place.
The living room is unusually spacious for its era, and features a hand-built stone hearth with wood-burning stove. The kitchen's vintage cookstove still works as well as it did in 1930 -- though of course that is not the same as a modern appliance, so we also have a microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, 3q crockpot and a small fridge.
The Cabin features one main bedroom, which holds a cozy bed for two topped by a patchwork quilt. There's also a big upstairs loft, accessed by an old-fashioned ladder staircase, with two more large beds. If you prefer to avoid the stairs, there's a sofabed in the living room. For maximum comfort, we recommend no more than four adults.
The back porch has two Adirondack chairs, a charcoal BBQ, and an incredible view of the meadow and forest.
The Gold Rush Cabin offers the best of all seasons. When snow is on the ground, enjoy our perfect sledding hill, snowshoe, or cross-country ski. From Spring to Fall, you can pitch horseshoes, try your hand at archery, take a hike, cycle, or just relax on the back porch and enjoy pure nature.
Some guests swear they can feel the spirits of the people who have lived in and around this historic structure. Is it real? You tell us.
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The Gold Rush Cabin is adjacent to hundreds of square miles of forest. Right outside your front door are opportunities for hiking, running, biking, yoga, horseback riding, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The famous Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, is just two miles east.
The Gold Rush Cabin is peaceful night and day -- a perfect retreat from the city. Even on big holiday weekends, you'll be completely isolated from traffic and crowds.
In addition to the Cabin's comfortable porches, there is a private deck at the top of the property where you can read...enjoy the sunset...and view a truly stunning panorama of stars in total peace.
You'll also have access to a large hot tub, which sits about 100 yards away at the edge of the forest, with a commanding view of trees and sky.
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The nearest stores and restaurants are within five minutes by car. The town of Big Bear Lake is 10--15 minutes away, and offers scores of restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.
There are also two supermarkets, multiple drug stores, and a hospital.
Also within 15 minutes by car are:
> Two ski and snowboard resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, offering 26 lifts and 55 runs. There are excellent schools and family areas, as well as serious terrain parks and an Olympic-size halfpipe. This is where Shaun White learned to fly!
> Big Bear's famous alpine lake, which offers fishing, all forms of boating, and other water sports.
> The U.S. Forest Service Discovery Center, which offers various nature programs.
> A truly remarkable animal park -- one of only two alpine zoos in the U.S. -- housing grizzlies, wood bison, cougars, timber wolves, eagles, and much more.
> Big Bear Valley Museum. Although you are staying in one of the rarest historical homes in California, the museum has some great exhibits, including an example of a stamp mill which was used to crush gold ore in the era when this cabin was built.
For those who want a wilderness adventure, the San Bernardino Mountains offer truly spectacular terrain. This is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world (in geological terms) with scores of steep, challenging peaks which stretch from the natural hot springs of Deep Creek in the west, to the huge Yucca forests in the east.
11,500-foot Mount San Gorgonio, named by Spanish missionaries in the early 17th century, sits at the center of America's first wilderness area. Also known as "Old Greyback," San Gorgonio and the 11 surrounding peaks over 10,000 feet are home to an extremely rare herd of bighorn sheep.
The headwaters of the Santa Ana River offer several wild trout streams, accessible only by foot.
Hundreds of miles of unpaved roads offer every type of off-road experience -- ranging from an easy drive to Pioneertown, to the most radical 4WD trails imaginable.
It's all here, just two hours from Downtown Los Angeles!
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Dogs are welcome (we have a Lab and a mutt), and the spacious dog corral can be shared. However, we do ask guests to pay an added cleaning fee of $30 per stay per pup. It's tough to remove the fur from everything! ;)
Unfortunately, we can't accept cats. There are simply too many people who are allergic (including members of our family).
There's a charcoal BBQ grill on the deck (we have self-lighting charcoal at cost if you need it). A gas BBQ is available at our home (1065 G Lane), which is about 200 feet from the Chalet.
We have a pretty nice telescope which you can use for stargazing.
For equestrians, we have a two-acre horse corral, plus hay barn and covered stall.
A major advantage over many rental homes: You do *not* have to cart your trash and recyclables in your car when you leave (a surprisingly common requirement). We have multiple cans for trash on the street, and you can leave aluminum and bottles in the can on the porch.
There is easy parking for cars, RVs, and trailers.
The public bus stop is a short walk. Surprisingly, it is possible to take public transit from any train station in SoCal all the way to our bus stop. Cheaper than driving, and no worries about weather. Ask us for details.
Cell phones on Verizon and Sprint will have coverage, however the AT&T network will not.
Wifi functions on many devices in the cabin -- but not all, due to the distance from the main home. (If you like movies, bring some DVDs for your laptop.) All guests are welcome to sit in front of our fire if they need (or want) to connect.
Check-in time is 4 p.m., and check-out is 12 noon. If our calendar is open before/after your stay, you can book added hours starting at $5 each.
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|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$30 / night after 2 guests|
|Weekly Price:||$699 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1999 /month|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|City:||Big Bear City|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Other pet(s)|
Our stay at the Gold Rush Cabin was fantastic! Kay was incredibly accommodating and welcoming, and we had a great experience. She gave us several suggestions for activities and hikes, and even shared two fresh eggs from her chickens with us on Sunday morning!
We will definitely be back, since our dog is already dreaming of exploring more of the trails out back of their property!
We had a magical time. We extended our stay because we loved it so much. It was what we expected and so,so much more. This is not only a getaway, it's like being on another planet for a while. A true adventure if you want it.
The 2,663 miles long Pacific Crest Trail is only a 30 min hike away and goes all the way up to Canada. I wish I could post pictures. So beautiful.
Even before we left in the morning, I squeezed in a little hike. How could you not with having so many little trails right behind the cabin?
Kiyoe and Mike are wonderful hosts. Thank you so much for the recommendations, fire wood, fresh eggs, cookies and coffee :). We'll be back.
Really liked staying here. We were looking for something quiet and "out of the box" for a trip away. We had an amazing weekend and it was easy to find. We loved the hot tube and we brought our own food which was surprisingly easy to cook on that stove! Highly recommended!
We had a great stay at this little cabin! It's very different than you would expect in the way that you can tell how old fashioned it is. Very cool design and made for a fun and interesting night away from the city.
Kiyoe greeted us with such a warm welcome (and with cookies and fruit!) She was lovely to talk to and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed!
The cabin was beautiful and we had a great time!
This Spirit of Gold Rush Cabin is absolutely incredible. My boyfriend and I had a very specific idea of where we wanted to spend our anniversary and this cabin was just perfect. It's exactly what one imagines when one pictures a small cabin in the snow for a nice quiet getaway. It was wonderfully old fashion, equipped with a 1920s stove, a fireplace and a beautiful yard (perfect for some light hiking). We were lucky enough to see snow and enjoy a fantastic and romantic winter getaway. K and Mike are both incredibly sweet. K gave us some fresh baked scones and cookies that were delicious. She provided oj, milk, coffee and bagels. As well as some eggs from their own chickens. I don't want to rant for too long, but I truly mean it when I say, this was one of the best vacations I've ever been on. Romantic. Cold. And beautiful. If you're looking for a cabin away from home. This is the place.
We rented the cabin for a weekend getaway looking for a unique experience far from the ordinary and this cabin went above and beyond what we expected!
This cabin is truly a hidden gem that makes you feel so far from home even when you're only a few hours away!
Mike and Kay were very attentive and friendly. They answered all our questions in a timely manner and made sure we had a lovely stay!
We will definitely be coming back to this amazing place soon!
This cabin is incredible! It really brings you back to another time. Kiyoe was able to give us directions when our GPS failed and her directions made it very easy to find. When we arrived there was wood provided and a bunch of goodies like cookies and orange juice. We loved all of the old music boxes that were around. The place is well stocked and includes everything you may need while you are there. We loved the fact that the National Forest started right out of the back door. I feel like we utilized everything, even the Spa, which was awesome at night! I cannot wait to return with my son to build some more memories!!
My friend and I enjoyed our day snowboarding, especially ending it at Mike and Kiyoe's vintage cabin! The hot tub was such a bonus. I truly enjoyed cooking in the vintage kitchen as well. ;) Thanks guys! We look forward to coming back.
Unbelievably authentic is this little gem in the woods. Kay and Mike have taken great steps to ensure this place looks as ludicrously old worldly as possible. With only hints of modernity of be found like Yahtzee and a gas stove, it just begs of beards, wiskey, and plaid. I grew the obligatory scruff which made feel closer to nature but it was the plumbingless toilet that really did the trick. The cabin is full of surprises, no more of which I will give away, but just watch out for that showerhead because it shoots laserbeams.