The “Restful Roost” is a 2,000 square foot modern log cabin nestled among soaring ponderosa pine trees on Mount Lemmon. The cabin is a mere quarter mile walk from the quaint village of Summerhaven but you’d never know it. Enjoy bird watching, wind listening, and star gazing from one of two decks, both of which have a treehouse feel.
The cabin has a fully-equipped country kitchen, two wood burning fireplaces (one in the family room and one in the master), large skylights (including one over the master bed that is ideal for moon/stargazing), a sleeping loft for the kiddies or young at heart, and a wall of windows offering treetop views. It consists of three levels. The main level includes the kitchen, dinning area, family room, two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a large deck (a third of which is covered). The upper level consists of the master bedroom and bath, loft area, sleeping loft, and a deck. The bottom level is comprised of the laundry room and various utility closets.
As for beds, the master has a king, one of the bedrooms has a queen and twin bunks, and the other bedroom has a queen. The sleeping loft has a twin and a double.
We bought the cabin in 2015 as a convenient respite from Tucson’s summer heat (the temperature at the cabin is typically 20 to 30 degrees lower than the temperature in Tucson) and to occasionally frolic in the winter snow. We live at our cabin in the summer on the days it is not rented, and thus it is well maintained. In other words, this is NOT a high volume, tired rental with cheap and broken amenities.
The main drag of Summerhaven is a quarter mile down from the cabin. There you will find The Cookie Cabin, The Living Rainbow Gift Shop, Mt. Lemmon General Store & Gift Shop, Sawmill Run Restaurant, and the Post Office, among other establishments.
A short drive away, you’ll find Ski Valley, the southern most ski destination in the U.S., which obviously has skiing when there is snow, and also offers chair lift rides in the summer. Ski Valley has a restaurant called The Iron Door which serves breakfast and lunch.
Just up the road from Ski Valley is the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center, an observatory operated by the University of Arizona. They generally do not offer walk in tours but do have a SkyNights program for which you can buy tickets.
Other Things to Note
The cabin has WiFi and a TV. The TV is a relatively new 50″ LED equipped with a Chromecast and DVD player. It does NOT have cable but is connected to a rooftop antenna which pulls in approximately 27 stations. A lot of the stations are marginal, but we do get ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS (if there’s a big game on cable, the Sawmill Run Restaurant, which is less than a half a mile away, will likely have it on in its bar area).
The cabin does not have a landline telephone but our mobile phones (T-Mobile) get decent reception on the property, although no data. Consider activating WiFi calling on your mobile if it has that feature.
Lots of stairs!
There are no gas stations on the mountain so make sure you have plenty of gas before heading up.
The water supply on the mountain is spring fed (yummy!) so could someday run out. Thus, please be mindful of usage.
No smoking or pets allowed.
Check in: 4:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
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