Adjacent to a running creek and nestled amongst towering pine trees, Constellation Creek is the outdoor lover’s escape. Within earshot of Truckee, it’s a collective of cabins that offers a thoughtful way to experience the Tahoe area.
When I first stumbled upon these cabins I was smitten with both their location and design. It’s in the town of Sierraville, which I so happen to know of because my best friend’s family had a ranch there that we visited as kids. It’s one of those small towns, don’t blink or you’ll miss it kind of place. But its location is near to everything you would want to explore and do.
Constellation Creek is close to the ski resorts that the Tahoe area is famous for, backcountry hikes, off-the-beaten-path lakes, hot springs, and more. However, if you’re like us, and just want to go spend time in a cozy cabin and in the snow, it’s the perfect setup. And that’s exactly what we did.
We took our first snow trip with our little one over a sunny, blue sky weekend (we took our typical baby road trip essentials). The perks of being at Constellation Creek meant we didn’t have to go far to experience nature. Just out of our doorstep, we could go for a walk along the creek in the snow and even go stargazing. It was the perfect setup for a weekend full of rest and time in nature.
Here’s a look at our stay, what to know about booking a cabin at Constellation Creek, and a list of activities you could consider doing while there.
Northern California Weekend Escape:
Constellation Creek is home to six modernized and renovated cabins. Each of them is unique in their offering for size — they sleep 2 – 6 persons pending which one you book. The one thing that is synonymous across all is plush Casper beds, organic toiletries, and cozy fireplaces. The owners Sebastian and Georgie live right on the property (if you see them, say hi, they’re amazing) so if anything comes up you can contact them.
Across the property, there are walking trails, areas to lounge like the hammocks in the trees, and typically a bonfire to enjoy each night. It’s a quiet place — somewhere to disconnect. Laidback is how I would describe the atmosphere and it’s exactly what I loved about it.
There are also plans to open a Constellation Creek supply store in the first building. It will be home to all kinds of thoughtful goodies from books for purchase to their own line of clothing like hats and sweaters.
What to Know Before You Book
- Open year-round, each season has a very different feel to it.
- It’s a disconnected kind of place. No WiFi, limited cell service, and no tvs in the cabins.
- Drinking water — you must bring your own since the their water is fed by a creek. Showers/sink are okay to use.
- I’d recommend following their Instagram account for up to date information for any fun happenings and updates.
- Restaurants are limited in Sierraville, there are a few. Truckee is close by which have several options. My recommendation would be to bring your own food, the cabins are setup great for this and come with charcoal grills (bring your own charcoal.)
Where to Book
Book direct on their website at www.constellationcreek.com
For our stay, we were booked into the spacious Hunter Cabin. Set up with two bedrooms (queen and a queen/bunkbed) it can host up to 6 people comfortably. It sits right up against the creek, so you could hear the water running which made for the most serene backdrop during the stay.
Inside, an electric fireplace kept the cabin warm the entire stay. The kitchen is dialed in with everything you need for the stay, plus I adore the eclectic touch of the orange, retro Smeg fridge. The living room was cozy, corner by an electric fireplace that kept the cabin warm all day and night. There was even a record player with a set of records to choose from. It was the perfect touch to the stay.
One of my favorite features of the cabin was the deck with a picnic bench that looked out over the creek. We had coffee out there a few times and even popped out for stargazing at night.
Things to Do in the Area
Stargaze Right From Your Cabin
While at Constellation Creek the one activity I absolutely recommend doing is going stargazing. There is little to no light pollution here and the sky is so clear. You’ll understand the name of the property after popping out once to look.
Snow Activities: Ski/Snowshoe/Snowmobiling
Pick your adventure, there is something for everyone in the snow. For ski/snowboard, my favorite resorts are Sugar Bowl or Palisades (formerly Squaw Valley and closest to Sierraville). For snowmobiling, Eagle Ridge offers snowmobile tours locally. For snowshoeing, there are plenty of places to go, popular trails include Emigrant Trail in Donner area or go towards Sardine Lake and park at the furthest point and hit the trail there.
Take a Dip in the Hot Springs
The one thing I wish we could have done was gone to Sierra Hot Springs to take a dip. They are clothing optional so keep this in mind if booking.
Go for a Scenic Drive
I’d head out towards Graeagle from Constellation Creek and just go for a drive. Make your way on Highway 89 and then take Highway 49 towards Sardine Lake. During the winter you cannot cut over on Gold Lake Hwy but during the summer you can. This whole area is breathtaking.
This region is plenty with hikes. We always love the trails near Donner, like the Donner Summit Canyon. There are hiking trails near the cabins as well like the Sierra Buttes Lookout Trail or the trail around Sardine Lake. My recommendation is to check All Trails for the best hike for you.
Check Out the Lakes
You have a few lakes within reach of Constellation Creek. The most famous are Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake, both are stunning in their own way. For more quiet options, I adore Sardine Lake in the summer and Gold Lake is beautiful. These lakes are quite cold even in the summer but make for a refreshing dip, fishing, and a scenic spot to hang or hike near.