Sorensen's Resort

14255 Highway 88 , Hope Valley, 96120 USA (Show map)


Sorensen's Resort is an historic all-season resort located in majestic Hope Valley, just south of Lake Tahoe. This cluster of charming cabins along the West Fork Carson River has something for everyone: from fly fishing, to birding, watercolor classes and historic walks. During the winter season, complimentary snowshoes are available for our guests. Sorensen's, located just 14 miles east of Kirkwood ski area, sells discounted lift tickets; reduced cross-country ski passes are also available for our guests. Sorensen's accommodations include three B&B cabins and 31 housekeeping cabins ranging in style, age, and size on 165 acres. From new log cabins with woodburning stoves to historic cottages with gas fireplaces, this historic, popular resort features a full-service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Longtime Return Guests

4.0 on December 20, 2011

My husband and I live in the Sacramento Valley area and have enjoyed numerous stays at the Resort (Yes! Been there, and bought the T-shirt and a sweatshirt)! Over the years, I think it has now been about 10 or 11 we have been enjoying their hospitality and wonderful, comfortable cabins, we do have our "favorite" cabin (sorry, can't tell you so it will be available when we want to make our next reservation!). We have stayed in three different cabins and over the years John and Patty continue to find ways to make improvements and keep the cabins in great condition. Bring your books, hiking shoes, camera, and fishing gear (if that is your liking). We also bring our outdoor chairs so we can go sit by the Carson River and enjoy the view, fresh air and all the wonderful wildlife that comes and goes) Even have pictures from one of our visits a few years ago with a junior sized brown bear eating dandelions near our cabin!! Book a stay any time, any season--you will not be disappointed! Thanks John and Patty and all the great staff! See you again soon!

Cozy Cabin

3.0 on September 20, 2010

The mountain setting made our stay pleasant. We stayed in one of the B&B cabins. It was small, rustic, and very clean. The staff was very friendly. Dinner's was good; the berry cobbler excellent. The only negative comment was the breakfast's. The breakfast's was suppose to be included. This is the first B&B that we stayed at, that presented us with a bill. We had to pay for juice, slice of ham, tax, and leave a tip on what the entire meals would of cost us. Having stayed at B&B's across the country we never experienced this, and hopefully, never again!

Innkeeper Response
We thank the guests for enjoying our lodging and their meals at Sorensen's Resort. Sorensen's has a popular, full-service restaurant, open to all of our guests and the public, where our B&B guests are provided a full, complimentary breakfast from our menu. Our servings are quite generous, including eggs cooked to preference, omelets, quiche, pancakes, waffles and more. Upon arrival, B&B guests are notified that their complimentary breakfast includes a full-entree, toast or English muffins, and juice. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot cocoa are served throughout the day, as well as an afternoon glass of wine to enjoy. Any additional side dishes beyond the full breakfast are charged separately, such as their 6 oz. side of Corralitos smoked ham. The bill for a glass of juice was simply an over-site by a new, morning waitperson. The gratuity was up to them. Being a responsible traveler simply means giving the owner, innkeeper, hotelier or waitperson an opportunity to rectify a mistake or something misunderstood. The guests could have easily approached the owner/innkeeper or our front desk staff to reverse the inadvertent charge for a glass of juice. And we would have been happy to listen to their concerns and try to resolve them. Surely they would have left as happier guests. Having been in the industry for nearly 30 years, we have traveled to many B&B properties and the range of meals is varied. We certainly feel our breakfast at Sorensen’s is one of the best to be found anywhere! It's too bad they didn't say anything and have now decided to not visit this lovely resort again, have a great breakfast (and other meals), or experience such a beautiful region of the high Sierra. With this explanation, perhaps they’ll change their minds someday. John and Patty Brissenden, Innkeepers Sorensen’s Resort 14255 Hwy. 88 Hope Valley, CA 96120 800.423.9949 or 530.694.2203

- John Brissenden (innkeeper/Owner)

My favorite Sierra Getaway

5 on July 26, 2009

I have stayed at Sorensen's 7 or 8 times over the past 15 years. It has everything I adore, from cute and comfortable cabins, each with a different name and personality, to the super comfortable beds, gorgeous bed linens, and well-stocked kitchens. In addition there are a good number of cabins that allow dogs and they are pampered with a welcome biscuit. I have stayed in almost every dog-friendly cabin they have, based on the number in my party or availability. The resort cafe is superb. I ordered the Lamb house special and it was most likely the most delicious rack of lamb I have ever had. You'll find great hiking, fishing, and exploring right outside your door, since Sorensen's is located in the expansive Hope Valley, where you will find Carson River fishing, abundant wildflowers in summer, luminous golden aspens in the fall and great cross-country skiing in the winter. The Faith and Charity Valleys are just a short drive away, as is the Carson Pass, Blue Lakes, Wood's Lake, and Caple's Lake, which all offer the best in hiking, biking, fishing or photography. Everyone on the Sorensen's staff are so friendly and helpful. I had a cut on my foot and asked if I could buy some bandaids at the resort store.. they just gave me a couple that had antibiotic ointment on them and I was good to go for two days. When I was packing up to leave I asked where I could get ice. One of the women in the kitchen said she would take care of me and she filled up a big plastic bag full of ice and would not accept any money for it. Every time I visit Sorensen's I am blown away by the beautiful flowers and landscaping and love the fact they leave a lot of the grounds in a natural state so you feel even more as if you are in an authentic mountain setting, even though you are at a high-quality resort. I never can get enough time or money to stay as long as I like but am comforted knowing I can keep coming back for more wonderful experiences in the future.

A cozy wintry stay

3.8 on April 13, 2009

John, Patty, Sharon, the staff were all fabulous--friendly, accommodating, and patient. The price we were given was just right, the stay was comfortable, and quiet, and the breakfast was delicious and filling. We hope to attend again.

A snowy getaway

4.6 on February 12, 2009

We melted in the comfy bed with the down comforter. Sat on our cabin porch, drank wine, looking out at all the cabins with lights on them. Took a snow walk at night.


5 on February 12, 2009

great people and service, food, and wonderful and cozy rustic cabins in a beautiful setting

most relaxing getaway

5 on February 04, 2009

Everyone at the resort was very friendly and helpful. It was a nice quiet place to relax. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. Like a mini home away from home.

A great place to stay

4.6 on January 28, 2009

The cabins are warm and cozy, the food is delicious, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing conditions were ideal. It's our favorite place!

best private retreat

4.8 on January 22, 2009

food was delicious, cabins delightful, staff very attentive.


4.2 on January 22, 2009

very comfortable and cozy cabin. clean cabin. friendly staff. we enjoy the free beverages.

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Location Type

Reno-Tahoe Airport - 1 hour, Close to historic Markleeville, CA, Four hour drive east of San Francisco, Airport, Mountains, Small town


Reno, NV (RNO-Reno Cannon Intl.) 68 miles

Directions to property:

Driving: East of San Francisco via Hwy. 80 to Hwy. 50 toward So. Lake Tahoe. Right at Hwy. 89, left at Highway 88 in Hope Valley, 2 miles on right. Driving: East of San Francisco to Stockton. Take Hwy. 88 east. Sorensen's Resort is located just east of the Hwy. 88/89 junction in Hope Valley. Driving: From Southern California, take Hwy. 395 n. to Hwy. 89 over Monitor Pass (weather permitting) to Hwy. 88. Left at Hwy. 88 and 6 miles up Woodfords canyon to Sorensen's. Driving: From Southern California, take Hwy. 395 n. to Minden/Gardnerville, NV. South on Hwy. 88 and approx. 15-20 miles up Woodfords canyon to Sorensen's.

Area Attractions

Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Kirkwood Ski Area, Grover State Park Hot Springs, Antique shopping nearby, Close to beaches of Lake Tahoe, Shopping/movies ~ South Lake Tahoe, Museums, So Lake Tahoe, Minden/Gardnerville, NV, Picnic area, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Bath robes, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Bath robes provided in B&B rooms, AIr conditioning is mountain air powered, Satellite internet - Complimentary, Most cabins have woodstoves or gas fireplaces, Complimentary breakfast for B&B rooms

Room amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Historic Emigrant trail treks,, Hiking/close to Pacific Crest Trail, Complimentary snowshoes, Fly fishing, stream fishing, Seasonal outdoor programs, Close to Grover Hot Springs State Park, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking allowed in guest vehicle only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Kids love our hot cocoa with whipped cream.
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Child care by advanced request.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Nine pet-friendly cabins, please request if bringing a pet.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekend, 3 to 5 nights on holidays. Shorter stays mid-week.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card number is required for all reservations. A deposit is then required either by personal check to be received within 7 days of making a reservation, or full payment by credit card.
  • Cancellations: We will be happy to refund your deposit, less a $50 service charge, per cabin booked, if we are notified prior to 2 weeks in advance on any cancellation or change in reservation; 30 day notification required on all holidays, special events and group reservations. Up to 60 days when booking 50% or more of the resort. Shorter notice will result in the cabin rate being charged for the entire visit, if not fully re-rented.



John and Patty Brissenden

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

John and Patty have been committed environmentalists having helped create Friends of Hope Valley in 1985, and worked for over 10 years on the HV Preservation Project. This project was funded by Congressional Land and Water Conservation Funds and State Wildlife funds to preserve and protect the open spaces of Hope Valley. Today, John serves on the state Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Patty (after 10 years of chair) still serves on The Sierra Fund. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Signature Dish

:Beef Burgundy Stew
This most popular dish is served every day for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner. Made with beef stew meat sautéed in fresh garlic and then slow-cooked with beef consume and red burgundy wine with fresh vegetables, potatoes, mushrooms and onion, herbs and spices for a rich, tasty dish. This classic recipe available upon request.