Fall Colors at Your Relaxing Wilderness Retreat


Entire cabin hosted by Margo

6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2 baths
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Get away to your own private retreat, perfect for a staycation or a change of pace while working from home. This woodland cabin has all the modern conveniences of home (fast internet!) while offering northwoods peace and quiet. Surrounded by public forest and near the Sturgeon Lake chain, hours of outdoor activities await you. If you'd rather spend your time indoors, this comfy cabin has you covered with everything you need for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a weekend with friends.

The space
Our cabin is a wonderful retreat for all seasons. Whether you're looking to relax indoors by the fire, work from home in style, or go on a wilderness adventure, you are welcome here. Enjoy a private five acre property that borders George Washington State Forest.

For the outdoor enthusiast, there's easy access to miles and miles of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or winter biking. Go winter hiking or snowshoeing (we have a few pairs you can borrow) around McCarthy Beach State Park, or do some ice fishing on one of half a dozen nearby lakes. Take in some winter birding at Sax-Zim bog to the south of us, and maybe catch a glimpse of a snowy owl. Watch the snow fall through the panoramic windows in the sun room, or take photos as dozens of birds flock to the feeders in the morning.

Up in the northwoods, we usually have plenty of snow to enjoy. We have snowshoes for guest use (2 pair for adults, 2 pair for kids), and you can explore paths around the state forest or strike out off-trail in the woods around the cabin. Snowmobilers can take the road from our place to join up with the Taconite Trail. There are cross-country skiing trails galore in nearby parks and wilderness areas, and the Mesabi Trail is also open for skiing and fat-tire biking in the winter.

While the fun and excitement of trails and lakes are just a few minutes away, our cabin offers guests a retreat that is off the beaten path, where they can experience the sights and sounds of the wilderness. (And as a bonus, we still enjoy the waterfront aesthetic, with a gorgeous view of our neighbor’s pond). Watch the chickadees, woodpeckers, and many other birds flock to the feeders while you sip your morning coffee in the sun room, and listen to the wolves or coyotes howl in the evening as you toast s'mores around the fire pit. After watching the sun set over the pond, you'll see a beautiful sky full of stars, and sometimes even the northern lights.

On a snowy day, you can sip cocoa as you watch the snow fall, choose a movie to watch on the cozy couch, relax by a roaring fire, cook a gourmet meal in our fully equipped kitchen, or enjoy one of our many puzzles and games at the game table while the birds visit the feeders just a few feet away. No matter the season, your vacation can be as relaxing or action-packed as you like.

The cabin has convenient sleeping arrangements: two bedrooms with comfy wooden beds, including a queen with double-thick mattress in the master bedroom and a twin-over-full bunk bed to ensure everyone gets a great night's sleep. A queen-sized futon and twin size pull-out loveseat in the common space can sleep a few more. The master bedroom boasts an en-suite bath complete with shower and oversized whirlpool tub, and there's an additional bathroom with shower off the living room as well. The entire cabin is on one level-- no steep stairs to navigate! Our fiber internet is fast and reliable, so you can be as connected (or disconnected) as you like.

The Side Lake area has some great places to eat and drink that are full of local character, plus attractions ranging from bike trails and nature programs to museums and live music venues. Chisholm, Hibbing, Virginia, and Grand Rapids are all within an hour.

In winter, we plow the driveway, but sometimes country roads can take a day or two to be cleared. Let us know if you have concerns about getting to the cabin or getting out again!

Send us a message today if you have any questions about our place-- we're always happy to provide more detailed information or discuss a longer stay. We also allow pets on a case-by-case basis, so if you're interested in bringing along your furry friend, let's discuss!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Washer – In unit
Dryer – In unit
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard
Indoor fireplace: gas


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Where you’ll be

Side Lake, Minnesota, United States

Side Lake is a thriving community with lots of charm. McCarthy Beach State Park, with snowshoeing/cross-country trail, snowmobile trails, and ice fishing (or in the summer, swimming, fishing, canoe rental, and other activities) is four miles away. There are five lakes nearby, all with some public access, as well as hundreds of acres of state forest, so you can fish, boat, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, bike, and hike to your heart's content.

There are a couple cute (and tasty!) restaurants in town, as well as a gas station and a general store that sells ice cream and basic supplies. Chisholm, a little further down the road, has a bakery and several more restaurants and shops, as well as the Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Museum of Mining, and a local landmark, the giant statue of an iron worker.

Thirty minutes away is the town of Hibbing, with lots of dining options, as well as beautiful Historic Hibbing, the breathtaking Hull-Rust Mine View, and the Greyhound Bus Museum. Grand Rapids and Virginia, also nearby, offer museums, shopping, recreation, and entertainment.

One hour south is the Sax-Zim Bog, a nationally known birding location that's open year 'round, but especially popular in the winter. You can birdwatch from your car or hit the trails around the Welcome Center.

Note that the cabin is not directly on a lake, but McCarthy Beach State Park is very close, and has great amenities.

Hosted by Margo

  1. Joined in November 2014
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I'm an artist and nonprofit administrator. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities (like hiking and camping), board games, and live music. I'm originally from Iowa. I once got horribly lost on the way to the American Embassy in Moscow while carrying ten pounds of mashed potatoes. That experience made me much more diligent about reading maps! My partner and I are excited to welcome guests to our cabin in northern Minnesota. It's our favorite retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. We enjoy canoeing on the nearby lakes, then cooking over the firepit in the evening. We also enjoy discovering out-of-the-way restaurants around the Iron Range. We're always happy to recommend our favorite local places and activities to guests! I love exploring the art scene of places I visit; I especially like finding little-known places that locals go to but that might not be frequented by tourists. For example, in Pittsburgh I was excited to discover the Banjo Club, a weekly practice of a 20-member banjo ensemble at a local Elk's Club. As a guest, I'm fairly independent. I strive to be considerate of others' schedules, privacy, and preferences. However, I also enjoy gaining new perspectives from locals. A personal recommendation is worth a dozen Yelp reviews!
I'm an artist and nonprofit administrator. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities (like hiking and camping), board games, and live music. I'm originally from Iowa. I once got…


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During your stay

We are available via phone, text, and e-mail to answer questions and give recommendations about the area. During your stay, we may be residing in the caretaker house, just up the hill from the main house, though we'll leave you to your privacy unless you need our assistance, and it's likely you won't even know we're there. The guest house is far enough away that the main house still feels private.
We are available via phone, text, and e-mail to answer questions and give recommendations about the area. During your stay, we may be residing in the caretaker house, just up the h…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Carbon monoxide alarm

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