Classic, restored cottage with panoramic views on main channel of Mississippi in area rated GREATEST AREA FOR EXPLORING THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT. Excellent central location between Madison/Milwaukee and Twin Cities. Cottage is 10 miles from downtown La Crosse in small historic town of Dakota MN.
1920's cottage is on a quiet road fronting open, moving water. Cottage looks out on SKY & WATER. Railroad and highway proximity are not a problem here as they are at many area Mississippi River locations. The quiet road is not a main highway. Tracks are unobtrusive--blocked by small boat landing, fence and road. Cottage sits on private knoll. Eastern windows (all the sitting/living areas) view sky and water--no buildings and no view obstructions. North & South, cottage is surrounded by trees/mature privacy hedge. Garage/fence border back yard. Guests enjoy sitting/dining/cooking/outdoors, overlooking the river.
Rosy morning sunrises, moonlight on the water, and walks along the panoramic road are loved by guests, many of whom return every season. The Guest Book is filled with tributes from seven years of satisfied guests. (The cottage reserves far in advance May through September.)
Furnishings are attractive & comfortable. Large new kitchen (stocked well for cooking) and dining area open to a brick patio. Queen bed in one bedroom; double in 2d bedroom; twin in sunroom. Daybed size couch in livingroom. Living areas are spacious, but keep in mind only 1 bath if you have many guests.
A stroll across the quiet road takes you to the confluence of the Dakota and the Mississippi River and a small boat landing. Two miles down the road is a larger boat landing and white sandy beach with blue,clear water. It is worth a stay to watch the sky, light, water, eagles and tundra swans. Close access to numerous fishing/boat rental marinas.
Extensive WI/MN trails & parks nearby. Located close to the scenic Great River Road Wine Trail. Great dining & antiquing on the National Scenic Byway. Eagles gather on area of River framed by the sunroom window. Many boat/bike/kayak rental places nearby. Cable TV and highspeed internet.
Area attractions in addition to SE MINNESOTA/WESTERN WISCONSIN BEAUTY:
(Google these attractions/areas)
GREAT RIVER ROAD WINE TRAIL: 10 Scenic Wineries
TREMPEALEAU COUNTY: Bluffs, Wetlands, Trails and Scenic Backroads
WINONA: Shakespeare Festival; Art Shows; Classical Music Summer Concerts; renowned Minnesota Art Museum
RIVERFEST: July 4 festival on Historic La Crosse Riverfront
LACROSSE DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT: 60 sites--largest in Wisconsin; Riverside Park Holiday Lights
OKTOBERFEST: famous La Crosse September/October celebration
HISTORIC RIVERBOATS: Majestic steamboats pass cottage enroute to/from Twin Cities
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE BASILICA: Stroll the serenely beautiful grounds; fine dining on site
Cottage is less than 20 minutes from Mayo/ Franciscan-Skemp Healthcare and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University. About one hour from Mayo/Rochester.
Keywords: Private cottage, unobstructed water view
My vocation is law, but my avocation is real estate and creating inviting homes in peaceful settings. I discovered the cottage on a Sunday drive, loved the location, and acquired it to enjoy the majestic Mississippi River--in a private setting that is only 10 miles from La Crosse. As friends visited and asked to use it, the cottage became a popular rental.
Dakota has wide open views along the Mississippi. The setting is superb because the railroad tracks are not in your yard--which is the situation with many river cottages. The location is simply tranquil and peaceful--the light magical. You have complete privacy but are close to things you want to do.
Walking along the River (even at night, under the moon); the light of the morning sunrise; daytrips on Great River Road; grilling and dining on the patio while watching the River; entertaining in the lovely kitchen all year around. Watching the River and movies at the same time. The architecture and furnishings of the cottage. Beautiful flowers, fall colors, birds. No intrusive neighbors.