Last summer, after cousin camp, my parents went on the hunt for a cabin of their own and found one. For the past year they have been decorating, roofing, chopping, remodeling, building, hot-tubbing, and doing so much to make it a comfortable place for family and friends (but mostly family) to gather and just get away from the world.
I was so glad to finally see the cabin on this trip!
I thought the antique doorbell was fantastic. It is from an old firehouse in San Francisco. Notice what's at the end of the chain? A cable car! So cute.
The cabin is such a cozy, peaceful place. I just loved it.
The upstairs bedrooms are just adorable. Anna and Carlee stayed in the Three Bears and I stayed in The Nest.
The girls loved the hot tub and the fact that there are spa robes for everyone.
They swam, and played lifeguard, and when the front of their swimsuits filled up with spa bubbles they admired and laughed. (A few days earlier Anna and I had just read the chapter about body changes & bras in her growing up book.)
We cooked tin foil dinners in the fire
and ate them outside. SO good!
With so much dust & dirt around the place that meant always taking care to remove shoes before going inside. And then pausing to put them on before heading out. Cute to see Anna help Carlee with her laces - they were in a hurry!
It was just such a wonderful setting! Like I said, cozy & peaceful. You totally felt like you were deep in the forest, away from everything. But - get this - there is actually a grocery store 2 blocks down the road! When you are at the house - indoors or outdoors - you would never even know it. I think it is the perfect balance of getting away from it all, while having the necessities right at your fingertips.
And we were close to several great activities. Over the next two days we visited
Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Giant Sequoias!
White Pines Lake - a fantastic little beach park and the water was great
Moaning Caverns - the tour takes you 165 feet down into the cavern
Also, my mom writes about the Cabin at her blog HERE - decorating & projects, their visits, and a few times a year she hosts weekend retreats/classes for groups of women.