Located on a 1400-acre habitat preserve; adjacent to 650 acres of state park land along the beloved Yuba River
Two round cabins, the ‘moon’ cabin and the ‘sun’ cabin as seen in a design within the rock walls, hand constructed of stone gathered from the land, each with a queen bed, desk, chairs, and mini-kitchen with stove, sink, refrigerator and an outdoor bbq. The shared bath house has an indoor hot shower, sink, and compost toilet, along with an outdoor shower with views of the river. Our electricity comes from solar-power and we feature organic bedding and towels.
Includes Yuba River beach access with picnic area, hammock, chairs and optional river campsite. The private spot, with swimming holes and sun-warmed rocks is a 10-12 minute hike from the stone cabins. Access to the 650-acre South Yuba State Park with hiking & biking trails and additional river spots is a 5-minute drive by car.
We recently stayed here and I have to say this was one of the most beautiful places in CA I've ever been to. Alicia couldn't have been more welcoming and kind. She really went out of her way to make sure we had a good trip.
The cabins are far enough away from everything that we truly felt like we were the only people for miles. The cabins are beautiful and well stocked/equipped. The outdoor shower was wonderful, and even runs hot water! The property is exceptionally beautiful as is the river. The hike to the river was wonderful (about 15 minutes) and there is just a ton of exploring to do. Nevada City is only a short drive away and has everything you might need.
10/10 would stay again and have recommended these cabins to friends.
We would HIGHLY recommend. It's an easy drive from SF and minutes away from Nevada City. There is no cell or wifi, which makes it a wonderful weekend escape from reality. There are wild flowers everywhere, and a very well maintained paved drive to the cabins. This property is just gorgeous! The cabins overlook a canyon where the Yuba River flows. They are both stocked with mini-fridge, plates, utensils and everything else you will need during your stay! No detail was left unfinished - the furniture, counter, bowl sinks etc were all beautifully crafted from reclaimed wood adding to the rustic, but luxurious feel. There is a bathhouse just behind the cabins with shower and composting toilet, and even an outdoor shower overlooking the canyon
Behind the cabins, a trail leads you on a quick 10 minute hike to the river. The hiking trails throughout the property are perfect - just like you are in a national park, but private land! It's simply amazing. The river area has a hammock, chairs and picnic table. There are huge granite slabs, rocks and swimming pools for you to enjoy. We visited early June and the water was crystal clear and refreshing, but warm enough to swim in, especially on hot days. There is a ton of land to explore and rocks to scramble.
The property owner, Alicia, is just great. She is incredibly down to earth and sweet. The property is entirely off the grid running of of solar and an impeller. The four of us had one of the best weekends ever - no exaggerations!
I am still in awe of how wonderful everything was. The trip started off with some terrible traffic leaving San Francisco, but once we arrived, were very pleasantly surprised with the hospitality offered by Alicia and her husband, Michael. They had all the amenities you'd need (lotion, bug spray, silverware, etc.), we even got to kayak! The river entry is absolutely gorgeous. Very tranquil, with clear water. The rocks were fun to jump around on. The cabins/cobblestone huts were spacious with comfortable beds.
Couple of cautions: make sure to clean the dishes very well prior to leaving to cabin because in the heat some (harmless) ants like to venture in. Also, maybe wear shoes at the river bank... I accidentally stepped on a bee and was stung (still was too excited about kayaks to care).
Pristine and completely secluded, it was such a privilege to stay in Alicia's amazing cabins and explore and relax at this magical stretch of the Yuba river. Her love and care for the land is so apparent. We wanted to be offline without the phone for a while. Instead you have a pure green forest vista all around, great night time stars, the fabulously reassuring sound of the river over the immense polished, sculpted granite boulders. Superb swimming or soaking in natural jacuzzis and delightful lux camping accommodation. The only hardship was leaving. Can't wait to go back and share again with friends. Take footwear that ties on your feet as the path to the river is steepish at times and the DG gravel can slide so flip flops are not so good.
"There is nothing wrong with stopping from time to time to look into the stains in the walls, or into the ashes of the fire, or the clouds, or the mud, or other similar places, which, if you consider them well, you will find therein very wondrous inventions, and these will awaken the painter's brilliance to new inventions. . . I have seen shapes in clouds and on patchy walls that have roused me to beautiful inventions of various things, and even though such shapes totally lack finish in any single part, they were not yet devoid of perfection in their gestures or other movements."
Leonardo da Vinci
It's just heaven here. Serene and beautiful and on the most lovely part of the river I've ever been to. Alicia was sweet and helpful and I can't wait to visit again!!!!!
This place is a wonderful gift, since most of us won't have the opportunity to own such beautiful, private, riverfront property, so tastefully designed for relaxation. The two cabins suited our kids (5, 8) and us very well. Bedding and furnishings were natural and gorgeous, beds were wonderful, the outdoor shower was such a treat, and the walk to the river pools was manageable by our kids without much complaint. I feel so fortunately that our hosts see fit to share their good fortune with others.
Well built and stocked cabins to take advantage of the gorgeous property. The cabins stay cool during the day and hold the warmth at night. We will certainly be back to the property.
This was possibly the most beautiful campsite I've ever been to. The Cabins were lovely and had all of the things we could possibly ask for and need. The hosts were gracious and thoughtful. I want to come back here every year!
The cabin was fantastic. It's nice and cozy, and includes everything that you need if you want to have a cookout (outdoor grill, stovetop, pots/pans, etc.). The fireplace is a nice touch to keep you warm through the night, and everything was provided for to create the fire (logs, starter wood, lighter, etc.). The cabin looks out across the river and is located far enough away from civilization that you can actually see the stars! Alicia was a very accommodating host who answered all my questions. I recommend this place to everyone, and I might look to come back another time!
What a beautiful and connecting place! The river is especially wild and austere here on the land, and it makes you feel incredibly connected to Earth and alive. The stone "yurt" like cabins are lovely, and comfortable, with all the necessities. I hope to come back and bring my family and friends over the years to witness this magical place.