This family cottage, built in 1940 and full of authentic vintage charm, sits nestled in a grove of white pines, right on the bank of the beautiful St. Croix River. Our portion of the river was the first to be designated a Wild and Scenic River by the federal government in 1972. This halted development on the water; the view of the opposite (Wisconsin) side of the river is of undeveloped forest and river flats laced with sloughs, where eagles, herons, beaver, and other wildlife can be sighted.
Amazingly, this peaceful, rustic gem is less than an hour from the Twin Cities.
The front screened porch of the house and the main living area, as well as the back sleeping porch and two enclosed bedrooms, all offer views of the river. There is one full bath. Charming kitchen, washer/dryer (and clotheslines), plus cast-iron wood-burning stove and gas heater to keep you toasty on cool evenings. An outdoor gas grill is at your disposal.
There is a boat landing/swimming area with a dock, as well as a nice, shady tennis court. (A canoe and kayak are also available for renters' use.) If you have a boat of your own to put in, there is a public boat-launch just upstream from us, and from there you may keep your boat on our shoreline. (Note that we are in a Slow/No Wake zone.)
The St. Croix river is great for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, and hanging out on sandbars.
Although secluded, the house is one mile from a state park with hiking trails, five minutes from the historic village of Marine-on-St.-Croix, and twenty minutes each to Stillwater, Taylor's Falls/St. Croix Falls, and Forest Lake, which offer rock-climbing, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, paddlewheel river-boat rides, movies.
Some guests have even commuted to the Twin Cities while staying here!
Well-behaved, mellow dogs welcome (and we ask that you please pick up after your dog). No cats.
If summer doesn't work out for you, consider post-Labor Day; that time of year is beautiful, too, as the leaves begin to change and everything is even quieter.
This house is strictly non-smoking.
More photos available on request.