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Big Pines Getaway - Log Home In The Wild Heart Of The Superior National Forest

Andy Fisher

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Big Pines Getaway - Log Home In The Wild Heart Of The Superior National Forest

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Isabella House Rental Photos and Description

Home, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths (8 Maximum) - 3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY

Our Isabella properties received Certificate Of Excellence 2014 from the world's top travel review site thanks to our guests. The Big Pines Getaway is located on a small quiet lake in the wild heart of the Superior National Forest, only about 8 miles from the southern boundary of the B.W.C.A. A perfect place to commune with nature, reconnect with family and restore your spirit. The living area has a panoramic view of Lake Gegoka and the lake shore is just a short walk down the hill. If you are planning a wild party weekend, please seek different accommodations. Big red and white pines tower overhead, providing nesting habitat for eagles, osprey, owls and kestrels. This hand scribed full log house has a genuine 'Northwoods' feel. A fully vaulted main room overlooks Lake Gegoka, bringing the outdoors right in through a full wall of glass. The loft offers a special place for kids or adults to have their own space up in the treetops. Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed from the living room, the deck or better yet a canoe. The Log Home is simply and comfortably furnished, with a modern kitchen and 2 bathrooms. A gas fireplace completes the rustic, relaxed atmosphere. Silent recreation for all seasons at our gem in the forest.

If you are looking for a quiet, secluded wilderness escape, you have found it. Even with a very adequate public boat launch less than a minute away, there is no such thing as 'rush hour' on pristine Lake Gegoka. Speedboats, tubing and jet skis are definitely out of place here. This sparkling clean little 150 acre lake offers fishing, canoeing and swimming. Our canoes, row boat and 2 person paddle boat provide a number of ways to explore the lake and are available for your enjoyment during your stay here. The lakeside campfire ring is the perfect place to pull up a chair, make s'mores and relax at the end of the day. Lake Gegoka is a shallow sandy bottomed lake and warms up early in the summer. It's just a short walk down the hill to the lake front. Just a few minutes away is a little used public swimming area on Flathorn Lake (connects to Gegoka). There is a very scenic hiking trail around it and a picnic area with water pump, grills, tables and a brand new vault toilet.

Lake Superior's North Shore is only about 30 minutes away and provides many opportunities for day trips, including Split Rock Lighthouse tours, the Superior Hiking Trail and some of Minnesota's most popular State Parks. It's a great place to cool down on a warm day inland and grab a bite to eat or a special souvenir. Ely is a 45 minute drive and has a variety of good restaurants and unique gift shops. This lively little town is the jumping off point for Boundary Waters Canoe Area trips and has some great attractions for rainy or sunny days. Both the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center are great places to learn about 2 of the areas wild residents. The Soudan Mine tour is a fascinating look back in time to 'hard rock' underground mining on the Range in the early 1900's.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Andy Fisher (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

About Andy Fisher

Love my job as a lodging host. I wear many hats and pretty much enjoy most of them (especially the bomber!)

Andy Fisher purchased this house in 2008

Why Andy Fisher chose Isabella

Location, location, location. The woods and lake are beautiful and pristine!

What makes this house unique

We're easy to get to but far from the noise and lights. Lots of Minnesota's rare and shy wildlife hangs out right in the surrounding Superior National Forest. You can even see the stars (all of them!). Peace & quiet...

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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Big Pines Getaway - Log Home In The Wild Heart Of The Superior National Forest
average rating of 4.5 based on 16 reviews
Saint Paul

Cozy Family Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time in the Log Cabin! Our best memories were playing cards at the dining room table, charades on the deck, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows by campfire, and waking up in the mornings to the beautiful view out the windows! The living room is so cozy with the fireplace and layout. The loft was just perfect for our kids (ages 7 and 10). I'd suggest packing some kitchen towels, or a few rolls of paper towels, and maybe a cookie sheet or tray (there was one in the stove drawer that was handy) for carrying food in and out of the cabin to the fire for roasting. You will get a list of other suggested items when you book your stay which is really helpful! Andy was so friendly and stopped by to meet us as he checked on a few things. There was one family across the way which was nice to know were weren't alone--we city folk aren't used to being in the secluded forest. We enjoyed paddling on the lake, relaxing and cooking as a family, a day trip to hike Mt. Oberg and explore Grand Marais (Artist Point a must!), and lots of time being unplugged and actually having conversations and quality time as a family. I definitely recommend this cabin stay. It is a great combination of rustic and charm.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there "city folk." Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time at the cabin. I'm sure others will benefit from your thoughtful tips and activity suggestions. Hope to see you again some day. -Andy

Another Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at the National Forest Lodge in October for the last 15+ years. It has always been a very anticipated and enjoyable time of the year. Since Andy has owned the property and we have been staying in the log home it has been fantastic. Andy truly wants his guests to have a best vacation and goes out of his way to accommodate their needs. We are already looking forward to October 2014 and have our reservations booked.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jerry! You are too kind. Not sure I do anything that extraordinary. God provides the beauty. I just lend a hand when I can. See you next year!

will stay again

  • 5 of 5

totally enjoyed our stay..I have stayed here many times before ..and true up north experience..thanks

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to "my favorite customer." It's always a pleasure to have your group up grousing about.

Nice place, just a few issues

  • 3 of 5

First the good: the cabin is very clean and comfortable, its very much as described. The lake and woods are lovely. We were especially grateful that canoes and equipment were made available to us to enjoy the lake. Big picture windows overlook the lake, we turned off all the lights and enjoyed a great meteor shower from the comfort of the living room. The not so good part: when we arrived on Friday afternoon we had been given the wrong code to enter the cabin and were locked out for many hours. We attempted to contact the owner but he wasn't able to get our messages that night, fortunately one of the smaller members of our group was able to get in and let the rest of us in. Had we not been able to do this, we would have been locked out for half our stay. The owner was very apologetic the next day, but it could have really ruined our trip. And, as another reviewer noted, the grounds are not quite as isolated as described since there are numerous other cabins nearby including some neighbors who share the driveway. This wasn't that bad, but a little unexpected. All in all, the place was really nice save for our Friday night experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly apologize for the "lock out" and my inability to be reached. Unfortunately with our spotty cell service up here, that's a fact of life in the north woods. Wish it were different. It certainly was a goof on my part that you had the wrong code to get in. Glad you had a little break-in artist along. ;) As far as the privacy goes, I do try to prepare my guests for that with my information and directions emails and map showing the property layout with other small cabins spread out over our lodge's 20 acres. I'll try to make it clearer in the property description to avoid future guest surprises. I only rent one of the 9 small cabins in all seasons but our winter ski season and we do share the access drive with a neighboring, low-key 4 rental units down at the end. Hope you'll come back and give it another try with the correct keypad code. Thanks for your feedback. -Andy

Nice place for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three nights with our four children ranging in age from 4 to 11. We loved the spaciousness of the cabin, everyone had lots of room to spread out. The kitchen was quite well appointed and the cabin was immaculately clean. The mattresses on the beds were extremely comfortable; my husband has a bad back and he raved about how comfortable they were!

We were a bit surprised when we arrived as I had gotten the distinct impression from the advertisement on VRBO that the cabin was secluded - while it was surrounded by woods and trees but there were other smaller cabins within stone's throw. We were not expecting there to be neighbours, but after the initial surprise it wasn't really an issue. The complex was quiet and the few people we did meet were very nice.

We took advantage of boating on the lake, fishing off the dock, and we took some day trips to Gooseberry Falls and the Soudan Mines - loved both; if you decide to visit Gooseberry Falls and have kids be sure to take bathing suits along, the water at the base of the falls was very warm and shallow! We didn't bring bathing suits and that didn't stop the kids - we have four very wet and sopping but happy kids for the drive home!

Overall, we greatly enjoyed our time and will definitely do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry you were surprised by all the other cabins. I actually only rent one other, so guests are pretty much assured of a quiet, relaxing stay. We do use the other cabins during the ski season, providing meals and ski-out the door access to 20 miles of groomed classic cross country ski trails (some of the prettiest in Minnesota. Anyone interested in our ski season offerings can find information at NationalForestLodge dot com.

The cabin was nice, owner was not. Used profanity

  • 1 of 5

We had several issues and when I approached Andy and asked to talk to him about our stay he became very offensive. He raised his voice and began using profanity. He refused discussing any discount, slammed the door while I stood there talking and yelled that he did not have time for me.

2 1/2 days out of our 5 days their we had to listen to him run a gas powered generator at the cabin across from us so he could get it ready for a group coming up on Friday afternoon. So much for the beautiful sounds of nature as he advertises. We had no internet for the first 2 1/2 days so we could not check out business/work/personal emails. We had to evacuate the cabin due to a gas leak at 10 pm at night with nothing but what we had on, 4 adults and 3 children 1/2 mile down the road in the mosquito infested woods. Not pleasant. Andy knew of the potential danger and said we were fine. The utility crew ran over and said leave now. Andy left the area several hours prior. We had no lake access due to downed trees and a power line, nothing was done about the power line until another group came to stay and Andy finally cut the line so we could crawl over trees and past the power line.

Andy yelled at me that he already has given me free advice about a nice place to swim and agate hunt along the north shore and did not want to listen to me complain about our woes and did not have time for me.

I will never recommend this place, although the scenery is nice, Andy was rude and did nothing to come to a peaceful resolution with the issues we had. We wanted a nice quite week and got a stressful, unpleasant time while we were at the cabin. My advice, if you have a chance to rent else! If you have a complaint, do not go to Andy unless you want to be yelled and swore at.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do regret that I got upset with this guest. I did apologize in an email. Unfortunately, this guest has embellished the truth in their review. We had local straight line winds that took out 3 dozen trees around the property (20 acres) & a few across the path to the lake. The power had been out for 3 hours when my guests returned from a day of sightseeing at 5:30pm. I had set up a generator for a project that needed to be completed for guests arriving the next day at 2nd cabin I rent. It's a very quiet Honda and was turned off when I wasn't using it. I used it on and off for several hours that early evening and later the next morning. Power was still out to the cabin I was working on. There was no damage in the immediate vicinity of this guest's cabin. Power was restored within 2 hours of their return. One downed tree landed on a propane tank a good distance from their cabin and resulted in a small leak. This tank did not serve the guest's cabin. The gas company had to do a controlled burn of the remaining gas before they could repair it. When I left at 9:15pm the gas company was still on site monitoring the burn. Shortly after I returned home (10pm) my guests called to say that the gas crew had told them to evacuate the site for their safety. They drove down the road and waited 20 minutes in their car for the gas company to give them the all clear. I notified the guests at check-in on Monday that Verizon was having trouble restoring my internet that had gone out over the weekend. They indicated no concern at that time. I went over and let them know when they returned from a sight seeing trip the next day that the internet had been restored and was told by this guest that they were fine without it. When my guests returned early evening after the afternoon storm, they came over 5 times in less than an hour with questions and concerns. The first time they said they were going to have to leave 2 days early because their wives were unhappy and hot (we advertise no AC). I let them know what information I had received from the utility companies. I also let them know that the downed power line had been disconnected and offered to hook up the generator for their cabin if the power wasn't restored shortly. My advice is that these guests purchase travel insurance for their next trip. I'm a small business owner and work hard to provide a good experience. Please read our other reviews as they reflect a more truthful picture of what we have to offer.


Tettegouche State Park
"Great hiking trails. The mouth of the Baptism River in the park is where warmer river water..."
Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Knotted Pine Tavern
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Car: necessary

For those who enjoy nature and being close to it, this is the ideal getaway. In this remote corner of Superior National Forest, wildlife is abundant. Moose roam the area, and on occasion have been seen swimming in our lake. Timber wolves, pine martin, foxes, fishers and many other shy forest creatures are seen and heard. The surrounding area is very sparsely populated and offers many opportunities for exploring. The U.S. Forest Service maintains a number of hiking trails, picnic areas and public accesses to lakes large and small. Day trips to the B.W.C.A. wilderness are also an option.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, boating, rock climbing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing

Ski: We offer direct access to and maintain 30K of groomed/tracked classic cross country ski trials. Flathorn/Gegoka trail system. No skijoring. Also designated snowshoe trails.


Rates & Availability

From $219 Per night

Isabella House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.88%
Notes MINIMUM 3 NIGHT STAY (unless availability prevents - NO single night stays) - 10% discount for reservations of 7 or more nights. .(HomeAway's Instant Quote doesn't calculate the weekly discounts accurately for partial weeks - email us for an accurate quote if staying more than 1 week) - Check-in 4PM Check-out Noon - Pets not allowed in cabin: Outdoor kennels available at $30/night.

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Isabella House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Guests must provide their own towels, Shower, vanity and toilet in each
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bunkbed
    Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (3) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided., Twin or Single Beds (5) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided., Bunk Beds (1) Guests must provide their own sheets and pillow cases. Pillows and comforters are provided.
  • Games
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
WIFI for email and browsing ONLY! Currently our remote location only has limited internet access and it is very expensive. You will be charged $0.05/mb for average usage over 150mb per day of stay. - Lakefront: Exclusive use of 2 canoes. Small paddle boat and row boat available on first come first served basis (may need to share with 1 other cabin rented at this location). Paddles and life vests available. - Ski-In: 30 kilometers of groomed classic cross country ski trails in the pines. - Our commitment to a peaceful setting means ATVs and snowmobiles may not be operated on the property. You will need to trailer them to designated use areas. - Guests must provide their own sheets, pillow cases and towels. Pillows and comforters are provided. - Cell service - Verizon, Sprint are fairly reliable - AT&T is available intermittently.

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