• Peace and Quiet

    Nestled in the woods.

  •         Roomy

    Go ahead, spread out, there's no crowding.

  • Restful

    Sleep well on comfortable beds.

  • Relax

    The lake has a calming effect.

  • Forested

    4 Miles from Shaver Lake.

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4 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

Update: the 2-person Jacuzzi is now installed! Whew, finally done! So many friends have asked about how the custom tiles are designed, made and installed I am including photos of the process here.
Javier Chavez and his two brothers did the hard work of tearing out the kitchenette in the "Granny Quarters" (which is now the "Sierra Sunshine 'Sweet'") and taking out the old bath, installing a new shower, building a partial wall around the new Jacuzzi.
I worked at home to create the tiles for the Jacuzzi surround, walls, and other areas. Here were the steps:
1. Plan, measure and make a template, roll out clay on my rolling table, cut to the templates. The lace I use on the rolling table is for the back of the tile--I need a good texture for the Thinset to adhere the tile.
2. Collect and lay out the leaves that I want to use for imprints, roll these into the clay.
3. Use my tools to make the textures I want in the tiles.
4. Let them dry several days, clean them up, then fire them ("bisque fire") at about 2500 degrees F. This takes a day to fire and a day to cool.
5. Glaze them-paint 3 to 4 layers of glaze on, fire them at about 2100 degrees for 8 hours, let them cool down slowly for a day.
6. Install them! Put Thinset on the back, place them, wait a day for it to set up, put grout between the tiles, clean it all up. Done!
I still have a few more tiles to complete and install, I don't like the steps, they are too high, so I am going to make a new step, I need to install a curtain around the opening for privacy--of course, there is never an end to updates! I'll post more pictures when I get all the final details done. I am very excited about the color palette I finally chose (after testing about 25 glazes!) And it makes that room so sweet!
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5 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

Work in progress! We are doing various upgrades to Natal Granite Retreat. The kitchenette in the Granny Quarters has been removed, the bathroom updated (bathtub taken out, new sink, new flooring, added a shower) and a two person Jacuzzi tub has been added to the room! Still working on it, I am making custom tile for the surround and haven't finished the grouting, but here is a preview of the work so far: ...

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9 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

Winter is coming! Of course, not yet...but we book up completely for all the weekends in the winter months well in advance. So while you are enjoying your summer vacation and family time, this is the best time to plan your dates for your winter trip to Shaver Lake. You can cancel up to 60 days before your trip for a full refund, so if your mind is already turning to friends and family for winter holidays, ski trips, sledding and just seeing the snow with the kids, now is the time to book those dates! ...

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9 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

8 fun things to do around Shaver Lake in the summer:
1. The lake! The water is cool and clear and so nice for swimming or boating! I love just floating around on a cheap air mat! Or you can rent a kayak, power boat, jet ski, canoe or paddle boat.
2.The PCT! The Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail is so close to Shaver Lake, just a drive up to Lake Thomas Edison and take the water taxi (www.edisonlake.com/hikers/ferry) to the far end of the lake, then hike up to the trail. Staying in Shaver Lake is a great way to start/end a backpacking trip!
3. A really wonderful backpack trip is over the top of the Sierras from Lake Thomas Edison to Mammoth Lakes on the other side of the Sierras. You will need to get acclimated--consider staying in Shaver Lake for a few days before you go! (See myhikes.org/trails/john-muir-trail-duck-pass-trailhead-to-vermillion-valley-resort)
4. Don't want to backpack? There are tons of hikes in the Shaver Lake area. Here is a great hike--take the ferry across Lake Thomas Edison and hike the trail back your parked car! (Of course, you can start the hike at the car and take the ferry back, but remember, the last ferry leaves at 4:45PM and it is a long walk back if you miss it!)
5. Looking for a much shorter, easier hike? Try the Rancheria Falls trail. It is only about 2 miles long and not much up and down hill. It is shady and lovely! (www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/recreation/hiking/?cid=stelprdb5305560)
6. More interested in an extremely memorable, easy stroll? Visit the McKinley Grove--it is paved and wheel-chair accessible and winds through the grove of ancient and towering giant sequoia trees, not far from Shaver Lake. (www.redwoodhikes.com/McKinley/McKinley.html)
7. Horseback riding! You don't have to be an experienced rider as the stables have gentle horses. See the lake from horseback--they kids will remember this forever! www.facebook.com/shaverstable/
8. Stay at our cabin! You will have to book it way in advance to get the best dates, but we can fit your extended family and all the kids, and there are great hiking trails literally right out the back door (the hiking trail crosses the bottom of our property.)
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9 months ago

Natal Granite Retreat

Summertime, and the living is easy...I love summer at Shaver Lake! Taking a dip in Dinkey Creek, one of my favorite places to cool off. ...

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