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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.
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
Location, location, location. The woods and lake are beautiful and pristine!
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...
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.
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.
totally enjoyed our stay..I have stayed here many times before ..and true up north experience..thanks
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.
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!
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 where...do! If you have a complaint, do not go to Andy unless you want to be yelled and swore at.
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.
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3 night minimum stay
|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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