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I was born and raised in Europe but have lived in the US for 20-plus years--on the East Coast, in Minnesota, and in the Bay Area, where I work full time as a journalist and raise three young kids.
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Had a lovely and quiet time in the cabin! It is very inviting. The -17 temperature outside never dampened our spirits as we enjoyed the winter wonderland through the huge windows while tucked warmly inside. As hearty Minnesotans we did enjoyed traipsing on the frozen Baptism river. I very much look forward to another visit with appreciation of a new season.
Completely isolated, beautiful lot with view of the river. The area and cabin are both incredible. The pictures only begin to show the amazing landscape of the surrounding area, and the cabin is even more beautiful in person. Could not have asked for a better place to have a winter hiking getaway.
Monika sent a very thorough message regarding check in/out procedures, suggested hikes/trails, local amenities, etc... It was very much appreciated. She also responded to several of our questions very promptly- If only all airbnb hosts were this hospitable! We hiked her suggested routes, could not recommend them more- worth the time.
It was literally the greatest trip I've taken. Everything was what I needed. The place is gorgeous and I was honored to share your house with you. We left some extra firewood and toilet paper as well as some drawings in the journal. Thanks again.
Monika was an excellent host and gave clear directions about how to get to the cabin (it's really nestled back in the woods) and care for it while we stayed there. The cabin and surrounding woods themselves are BEAUTIFUL and the huge windows make you feel like the indoors blends right into the forest. It was a very peaceful stay for us with no interruptions from the outside world (except for a few snowmobilers taking the frozen creek route in the evening).
Despite temperatures in the 20's in January, the cabin stayed warm and cozy. The Co-op nearby has everything you could need so don't worry about forgetting toiletries or food (or hardware, or games to entertain your kids, doughnuts for breakfast, or anything else you can think of). The wifi worked but we barely used it during our stay. The kitchen was very clean and has a full complement of pots/pans and a full set of plates and glasses/mugs. However if you like to cook and plan on homecooked meals (as I did) you'll want to bring your own chef's knife, a clean cutting board, grab some tinfoil from the co-op and some tupperware for leftovers.
Monika let us know ahead of time to bring our own linens (this includes dish towels, bathroom towels, sheets and blankets/comforters. FYI, the mattress is really, really firm so if that's not your preference bring one of those foam things or an air mattress with you.
Overall we had a great time getting away from the Twin Cities at this cabin - it was secluded and quiet and the perfect way to unwind. We only wish we could have stayed longer than 2 nights and had brought the appropriate clothing to enjoy some snowshoeing and hiking in the cold and snowy weather. Monika included a list of places to hike and sightsee, and the guest book had a lot of recommendations listed and tips for the best places to go.
The cabin was absolutely wonderful, 5 stars all around! The surrounding area along the north shore is absolutely beautiful, I highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking to get away from city life.
Just got back from our vacation up North yesterday and we had a fantastic experience. The cabin was warm and inviting and had everything that we needed. It was secluded, quiet and offered us the getaway that we wanted. Getting so much sunlight and moonlight was also a major plus. It was only 40 minutes from the Lutsen Mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Monika was so easy to communicate with and made sure that we had a great stay. I would highly recommend this cabin to anybody and look forward to staying here again!
Everything about the place was great. Lots of kitchen space, lots of food stocked (even though I didn't grub on any of it), felt like I was house sitting. I felt like the neighborhood might be sketchy after dark though, but maybe that's an Oakland thing. It was still great though. Plus they have a portable fan if you need that background white noise like I do.
Monika's cottage was just the place to stay while we were visiting friends and family in the SF Bay area. We had looked for days for a hotel and they all seemed to be either overpriced or really sketch or, more often than not, both.The neighborhood was safe, the cottage was cozy, and the location was great for getting over to the peninsula, up to the headlands, and down to highway one for a scenic drive. The amenities were great, and the price was right. We never met Monika, but she was very friendly and always quick to respond to questions and communications via email. It made for a great visit to SF!
Monika was very welcoming and the backyard setting was lovely. The apartment is portrayed accurately in the photos -- a simple bachelor pad of sorts that is obviously lived in. But it suited our needs perfectly since we were really just sleeping there (comfortable bed, yay), and the value allowed us to stay six days without feeling financially pinched, which was important to us.
My boyfriend and I had an amazing trip this last weekend. Everything was better than I expected. The full kitchen was great, we cooked every meal. It was a great location, secluded in the woods but close enough to town and great parks. We hiked at Tettegouche State Park and it was beautiful. I would love to come back, thank you Monika!
Monika was a delightful guest and very friendly
Monika is a great guest. Left my place in clean condition. Thanks for staying with me.
Now and then you meet someone who really clicks. Monika's friends were those people. Wonderful guests.
Monika didn't actually stay with us, but her friends for whom she made the reservation were very nice & really enjoyed bird watching.