The SpacePrivate guest cottage on seasonal creek (runs fall thru early summer). Cottage mostly hidden from main house, with deck, full kitchen, full bath, wood stove, electric heat, cooler and more.
Studio style ground floor with queen bed for couple. Sleeping loft with queen for second couple, and landing with queen futon and XL twin futon for 2-3 kids. Folding desk on landing for work. Kids have sleeping sacks, laundered along with bed sheets. Easily sleeps 4-6. Extra kid's bed downstairs doubles as day couch. Drying racks for wet clothes by wood stove in fall and winter.
Well equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, blender, large refrigerator, BBQ. Farmers markets for local produce.
Unique trail system on five acre woodland at 1000m elevation, good for strolling, exploration, walking, meditation, mountain biking and nature adventures. Grass ballfield for soccer, volleyball, and more plus horseshoes and bocci courts. Guest AccessOver 3miles (5k) of trails for walking, mountain biking or exploring.
Wifi- highspeed. Cell booster for better mobile phone reception inside.
Ballfield for soccer, volleyball and more. Courts for bocci & horse shoes.
Kids' adventures along creeks, up into treehouse or playhouse with slides and sand pile with tools, toy trucks and tractor. Meditation benches along paths for contemplation.
Use of trails and creeks, as well as cottage, requires guest acceptance of risks of possible injury. We require helmets for any riders using our bike park. Beginner trails have "ride arounds" for all jumps and drops. Pro trail has 20ft (7m) gaps, so requires expert skills. Adult supervision needed for younger children. Trail riding=great fun! Interaction with GuestsHosts (Trish & Ken) available, but not intrusive.
Willing to help with information and sightseeing ideas.
Maps and guide sheets and books kept in cottage for guest use.
Local "events" are listed on-line: "mymotherlode" or "uniondemocrat".
Search on-line for guides exploring nature with kids including:
Forest School Association
The Nature Conservancy/Kids in nature
California Parks and Recreation/Children in Nature
Tell us your favorite "Kids in Nature" sites. Treat "Nature Deficiency Syndrome" by visiting woodlands in the Motherlode. The NeighborhoodEnjoy the "Cottage in the Woods", plus area attractions:
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (family oriented, may add DH biking) 30 minutes
Westside Events Center- music festivals (Strawberry). 5 minutes
Black Oak Casino (shows, gambling, bowling) 6 minutes
Sierra Rep Theatre (live theatre, musicals) 10 minutes
Stage 3 Theatre (live, experimental) & Sonora restaurants 15 minutes
Columbia State Historic Park (real gold rush town) 25 minutes
Railtown 1897 (steam locomotives, excursion rides) 25 minutes
Pinecrest Lake (boat rentals, hikes, MTB trails, fishing, bikes) 25 minutes
New Melones Reservoir (houseboat rentals, fish, MTB trails) 30 minutes
Iron Stone Vineyards (concerts, massive gold crystal, wine) 50 minutes
Murphys (shops, wine tasting, fine restaurants) 50 minutes
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, giant sequoia, 1.5 hours
Yosemite National Park (Tuolumne Meadows, Valley waterfalls) 2 hours
Events all year, check "uniondemocrat" and "mymotherlode" web pages, Getting AroundLimited county public transit/buses connecting towns, but no connection with cities outside Tuolumne County. Some summer buses to Yosemite National Park and snow buses to Pinecrest/Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Transit buses can carry bikes. Bikes are popular in Yosemite Valley and Pinecrest with bike rentals and trail maps available in both areas. Other Things to NoteLike many hosts, we live here too, and hope you have a fine time, while also respecting our neighbors, now also your neighbors. Quiet time 10 pm.
Have fun, play safely, enjoy these woodlands, as our kids did while growing up here.
Thanks, Ken & Trish