Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge

Discover the seasons of the Sierra Nevada backcountry minus the crowds. The cozy lodge is semi-secluded within the Tahoe National Forest, and is remote enough to be a welcome break from urban life, but close enough to enjoy any weekend. The Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge has become a family tradition, and provides a welcome escape from winter fog or summer heat to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

Set in the Tahoe National Forest, the Lodge is ideal for your home base for endurance training or event support teams. Whether you're training for the Western States 100 Endurance Run, or getting your horse in shape for the Tevis Cup Endurance Trail ride, plan your training to begin at 5,100 foot elevation and you can climb as high as you desire. It is also a great stopover for your endurance support team's who are meeting you at Robinson's Flat or points nearby.

The Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge is a proud sponsor of the annual Foresthill Sled Dog Classic Race, which traverses through its property. Although they don't allow family pets on the premises, they offer accommodations for Sled Dog teams for training and competition events.

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Latitude: 39.1527355 Longitude: -120.6665111 Elevation: 5052 ft

Lodging Style and Amenities

Six rustic rooms each with a private bath and queen bed (1 ADA). There are no disruptions in the room such as televisions, radio or phones. The great room features wood stove, television, DVD player,WiFi and lots of cozy seating. Abundant games & books are available for guests to choose from. Guest rooms are on the ground floor of the lodge.

Community Kitchen use is available at a nominal fee per day. Cupboards stocked with pots, pans & dishes. Guest are responsible for supplying their own groceries or having their trip catered by a licensed Placer County Caterer. Ask for a recommended caterer when making reservations.

Seasons Open

Year-Round

Recreational Opportunities

This area of the Tahoe National Forest on the Foresthill Divide offers a variety of activities:

Nearby reservoirs: Sugar Pine, Morning Star and French Meadows offer camping, swimming, hiking, fishing and boating

China Wall OHV Staging Area - 1/2 mile away: Snow Sports-snowshoe, cross country ski, snowmobile trails. Summer Sports: Off Highway Vehicles, Motorcycles and Dirt Bike trails. Horseback Riding: Trails are makred for specific usage - motorized, horses or hiking

Special Events, Winter Classic Sled Dog Races, WS100 Endurance Training and Run, 4th of July Parade, Tevis Cup Endurance Trail Ride, Heritage Festival, Labor Day Gold Panning Championships & Lumberjack Competition

Rate Range

$85 per night for 2 adults to a room & includes a full breakfast. Discount for entire lodge booking.

Driving Directions

From Sacramento and Vicinity: Take Highway 80 towards Reno, Nevada. We are 30 miles East of Highway 80 from the exit in Auburn. Take Auburn Ravine/Foresthill Road exit #121 (stay to the right on the ramp). Cross over Lincoln Way and proceed down the canyon to cross over the famous Foresthill Bridge. Keep going thru historic Foresthill and East up to China Wall OHV parking lot. During the dry season, drive right up to the lodge by making a right just past the parking lot and follow the signs. During winter when the road gate is closed to vehicles for winter sports, guests must park at China Wall rear lot and traverse the remaining 1/2 mile by alternate means such as snowshoe, cross country skis, or snowmobile. In winter we will transport you & your luggage to the lodge upon request.

From Reno & Vicinity: Take Highway 80 West towards Sacramento, CA. Exit at exit #121/Auburn Ravine/Foresthill Road. Turn left at the light and cross over the freeway. Stay on this road crossing over Lincoln Way and proceed down the canyon to cross over the famous Foresthill Bridge. Keep going thru historic Foresthill and East up to China Wall OHV parking lot. During the dry season, drive right up to the lodge by making a right just past the parking lot and follow the signs. During winter when the road gate is closed to vehicles for winter sports, guests must park at China Wall rear lot and traverse the remaining 1/2 mile by alternate means such as snowshoe, cross country skis, or snowmobile. In winter we will transport you & your luggage to the lodge upon request.

Location: Email: loglodge1@gmail.com

38400 Foresthill Road Phone: (916) 599-0141

Foresthill, CA 95631 DO NOT USE GPS OR MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS, THEY ARE WRONG!

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Owned and operated by the Raco Family for two generations.

"We all have our dreams for the future and my husband Joe & I had decided our was having a log home up in the mountains outside of Foresthill California Here we could retire and enjoy having plenty of space for our family of 5 adult children. We located twenty acres on the Foresthill Divide surrounded by the historic Sierra Nevada Mother Lode Gold Country. We cleared the land by hand as the property had many marketable Christmas Trees that we gave to the Boy Scouts to harvest for their tree lot sales in Foresthill proper. When we were able to start grading the land for house site, each of our children had made a decision as to their dreams and only our Minnesota family decided to become partners in this project. Placer County told us that a private home could not be built on the property as the zoning was “Forestry”. We were informed that a “rural recreation facility “ was approved for the land. After much research, we created the rural recreation facility on the ground floor and the required year round caretaker accommodations on the upper level.

In 1999 we finally got the building permit and broke grown for the foundation. Finally in November 2002 opened our nearly 8000 sf bed and breakfast and our first guests have returned many times to enjoy our winter snow play area at location of 5100 foot elevation in Tahoe National Forest, just 1/2 mile away from the China Wall Trails Staging Area.

The family volunteered many hours to complete the many aspects of construction. Each family member enjoys “coming home” to the lodge. With our son and daughter in law here, we are working partners in this operation and our reputation has grown as this is the ideal place year round to enjoy the great outdoors."

- Claudia Raco, Liz & Joe Raco, Proprieters

Pet Friendly Notes

For their safety and protection please leave pets at home. Please note there are family dogs on the property.

Comments

I just love to relax and get away at this wonderful lodge. It is an easy and quick drive from Sacramento yet it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The food is plentiful and outstanding! Everyone should spend time at this place!

Bernadette, 6/7/2012

Absolutely LOVE this place and I HIGHLY recommend to everyone. Very cozy place to relax and get away from city life.

Jona, 6/7/2012

I always take my vacations and go there. It’s the best place to be.

Matthew, 6/7/2012

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