The Cabin

Our “Five Bears Cabin” is actually a cluster of three buildings connected by a large deck that add up to what our family considers a very special mountain getaway. The property backs up to the Stanislaus National Forest, and it is located at the end of a private, shared driveway, off of a cul-de-sac in Blue Lake Springs.

The Cabin in Summer
The Cabin in Winter
Steps leading up to the Cabin and Sheds
View from the Forest behind the Sheds

The main building is a cozy, traditional, wood-paneled cabin. Aficionados of the small house / tiny house movement will appreciate how the cabin efficiently packs 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a den into its 864 square feet. The master bedroom has a Queen bed and it’s own bathroom. The second bedroom has a Queen-over-Queen bunk bed. There is also a comfortable Queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

View into the Cabin from the Front Door
Bedroom #1 with Queen Bed
Bedroom #2 with Queen-over-Queen Bunk Beds

But sometimes people need their separate space, so we added two 10′ x 12′ structures to the property. If you are interested in modern, prefab design and construction, you will have fun using these Modern Sheds ( One is stocked with games and puzzles; we call it the Lounge. It’s a great space for reading, playing games, socializing or watching a show on your mobile device. We call the other the Studio; it has tables, chairs, exercise mats, a large mirror and an art easel. It’s an ideal separate space to bring your laptop (or homework) and work in solitude. It’s also a fun place to exercise, paint and draw.

Expansive Deck with Modern Sheds (Art Studio and Game Lounge)
Art Studio
Game Lounge

In the winter, our cabin is a great base for skiing, sledding and snowboarding at Bear Valley, and for just playing in the snow on the property.  In the summer, recreation opportunities abound.  Although Blue Lake Springs is a popular destination for visitors in Summer and Winter, those in the know appreciate the beauty of the area in the Spring and Fall.

Sledding down hills around the Cabin
Do you want to build a Snowman?
Presenting an icicle
Bring Torani syrup to make snow cones!


Playing in the Woods
Hiking to find treasure
Photo of Dogwoods taken on walk around Neighborhood at Dusk in Spring
Following strings to Easter baskets hidden in woods
Easter Egg Hunt in Woods
Walk in Fall in Blue Lake Springs

Please note that our property is NOT for you if you are looking for the most up-to-date kitchen, or if you are looking for huge interior spaces. Rest assured that there are a lot of vacation rental home options available for you if this is what you prefer. Our property IS for you if you want a small, traditional cabin with the unique twist of added separate structures, all in a beautiful setting.

View of the Kitchen and beyond the Front Door to the Deck and Sheds
Fireside Raclette dinner

Hopefully you will be able to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area during your stay. But if you must stay in touch with the modern world, we have free, unlimited local and long-distance telephone, internet, WiFi and cable TV (with access to Xfinity, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora, etc.).

Escaping the daily grind

With respect to linens, we believe that the best policy is for our guests to bring their own bedding and towels. This keeps costs lower for our guests (no linen fee or extra housekeeping charge) and also ensures that our guests’ linens are truly clean.

For your convenience, we strive to keep the following supplies stocked: paper towels, toilet paper, tissue, garbage bags, dishwashing soap, clothes washer detergent, liquid hand soap for sinks, liquid body wash for showers, shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, blue sponges (for cleaning dishes), green/yellow sponges (for other cleaning), cleaning supplies, bathroom spray, tea, coffee (regular & decaf), granulated sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, pepper, cooking oil, charcoal briquettes, lighter fluid and replacement batteries. We ask for your understanding if we are running low or out of certain of these supplies during your stay. If you use the last of an item and have a chance to replace it, we would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise, please let us know so that we can restock.

We require several days to coordinate cleaning with our housekeeper and make rental contract arrangements so please only inquire if there are at least 2 days before your intended arrival date.  We allow up to 6 guests, with a maximum of 4 adults.  Please, no pets and no smoking.

For anyone still reading this description, I am including a poem written by our son, Ryan (when he was 12):


Everyone has a special place

Where you can relax

And enjoy the scenery

As for me


Is a mountain house

With an abundance of activities

From swimming in the summer

To skiing in the winter

You can still sit down and relax

With leaves to play in

And flowers to pick, you will never

Run out of fun

When you wake up

You can still smell

The forestry pine scent coming

In the distance

Then you can still remember

That this

is my mountain house

Playing in Woods around Cabin