I grew up visiting the Sierra to fish and hike and have been awed by it ever since. I introduced the Sierra to my three children by way of fishing, camping, hiking and skiing. In 2005 I purchased Brown Bear Lodge in Twain Harte and it became a very successful vacation rental. I retired in 2014 and thought that I wanted a quieter life in a retirement community so selling Brown Bear Lodge was part of that plan - WRONG. I terribly missed the mountains so in 2016 I purchased Brown Bear Hideaway and went to work turning it into a wonderful, comfy home. A year later I decided to move to Arnold and I turned Brown Bear Hideaway into this vacation rental.
Carol purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Carol chose Arnold
I like restoring classic things like furniture, antiques, and homes! I could see the potential in this classic A-frame home the minute I stepped inside. After many hours cleaning, painting and designing, it became a very comfortable, relaxing, cozy home.
What makes this Cabin unique
I love the evenings out on the deck. It is very close to Blue Lake Springs recreation.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Please do not leave any cigarette or cigar butts in the yard or on the deck. Please review Welcome to Brown Bear Hideaway on the kitchen counter.
Please start a load of sheets OR towels prior to leaving at the end of your stay, but not sheets and towels together.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great Hiking Retreat
We had a great stay. The cabin was just as described, cozy & functional. We were delighted to find a Sonos system that allowed us to listen to our favorite stationds. Check-in & out were seamless, and Carol is terrific, very responsive. Great location for hiking the Arnold Rim Trail, Bear Valley, Lake Alpine, and hikes in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. We'll be back.
Hi Irene, thanks for the great review and for leaving the cabin in such good condition. The cleaner and I appreciate all that you did upon check-out.
Sounds like you had some terrific hikes and I hope that you had a wonderful Anniversary!
Please think of Brow Bear for future trips.
Lovely Quiet Retreat
The Black Bear Hideaway was such a mellow, relaxing and comfortable experience. The upper deck was fantastic and inviting. The bed super comfortable, nice bathroom, all you need in the kitchen, WiFi and satellite tv. Carole really cares about her renters. She was on it the first day we arrived with a handyman over there to help start the fireplace, which we didn’t need, but just in case it got cold in the mornings. There were super nice touches throughout! Loved the barn doors to the bedroom! The place is less than 4 miles to the Calaveras Big Trees and such a delight at 9 in the morning walking through it. Stopped just north of there in Dorrington to have lunch at The Lube Room....what a great nostalgic and casual place you shouldn’t miss!
All and all the country is beautiful up there, the place warm and inviting, and very reasonably priced. I recommend to family’s and couples to enjoy the A-frame, skiing, the lake (which we didn’t get to visit) and lots of little eateries in Arnold itself. Thank you Carol for being one of the most caring, personal and easy to work with VRBO owners we have come across in our years of vrbo rentals!
1st time in Arnold, Ca
Great house perfect for 3 - 4 adults. Was in town for a wedding and the location of the house was perfect. No complaints about this property hoping to get back there soon.
Thanks for the great review. Glad that the cabin was perfect for you and I would love for you to come back. Lots to do along the Highway 4 Corridor!
Thanks for choosing Brown Bear Hideaway!
Perfect summer weekend
We enjoyed our weekend at the cabin. It was perfect for our family and only wish we could have stayed a little longer. Sitting out on the deck was a highlight of our trip! But we also took advantage of the books, movies, and board games in the cabin. We didn’t cook but it seemed like the kitchen was well stocked and a nice grill too. The location of the cabin was great with quick access to Highway 4 and the BLS pool and lake. Beach towels and chairs were provided as well. We hope to stay again!
I'm glad that you had a perfect summer weekend at the cabin and thanks for the great review! I hope that you can stay again too!
Perfect weekend getaway
We had an amazing time at the cabin! The cabin was clean, lots of space for a family, and anything you’d need! Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you’ll need and plenty of towels, blankets, and sheets too! The beds were also comfy which is usually not something I can say when I’m used to a very expensive sleep number bed at home! The house is just super cute and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Wonderful Arnold Stay
We really enjoyed our stay in this cabin. It was comfortable and relaxing. The location in Blue Lake Springs was a bonus swimming, lakes and games. We will be back!