A charming and unique little winter retreat
First I just want to say the caboose absolutely charming and unique. It's located in a wonderfully secluded and peaceful area, surrounded by woods and along a little creek. Being our first time in this area, we were thoroughly impressed with the landscape (rolling, wooded hills, streams, and wetlands). Seems like everywhere you look there is a Wildlife Refuge or Natural area of some sort. If you're looking for a nature inspired getaway there is a great place to look. The whole region and area surrounding the caboose really was far prettier than either of us anticipated.
We chose a winter weekend for our stay in the caboose. When my wife and I arrived on a chilly (5 degree) afternoon we found freshly fallen snow on the ground and trees, and icicles clinging to the exterior of the caboose. I must have taken 30 pictures of the caboose before even opening the door. While it was in the single-digits outside, it was nice and toasty inside. We opened the door to find the propane stove alight and the charming caboose a comfortable 70 degrees. I must have said "this place is so cool" 50 times after we first arrived. We enjoyed a cup of coffee in the cupola while watching the snow fall, then packed up, heading to nearby Lansing, Iowa, which takes you over a very cool bridge, and traveled north along the Mississippi R. until we found a place to do a little snowshoeing and exercise the dog before the sundown. By the time we arrived back at the caboose it must have been subzero. No matter the caboose was toasty and comfortable. We prepared dinner in the efficient and well equipment kitchen. After a beer or two got up the nerve to venture out to the hot tub. It takes all of 10 seconds to take off a rob and slide into a hot tub, but when it's -8 outside that 10 seconds sure feels like a long time. Once in though you're good. It's been years since we sat in a hot tub watching the snow fall and was fantastic to get to do it again; even if our hair did instantly freeze solid. We slept very comfortable that night, dozing off watching a movie (Unstoppable (seemed appropriate)). In the morning we did more sightseeing and XC skiing at the Mississippi River NWR, and over to La Crosse for a pint at the Pearl Street Brewery, and back to the caboose to repeat the relaxation from the night before. We had a great time and it was so nice to unplug and enjoy some quality time. The dog sure loved it too!
If you've never stayed in a caboose, give it a try!
The place is terrific!
Families with Young Children,
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