This family cottage, built in the 1930s 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. The house is one of the only properties available for rent on this portion of the river, and the closest to the water.
Amazingly, this peaceful, rustic gem is less than an hour from the Twin Cities.
Extending toward the river bank is the front porch, which is screened on three sides and offers a view of the river and the pines that tower above. French doors separate this porch from the main living area, which, along with the dining area, is located in one large central room. The sofa is a comfortable hide-a-bed. (Please note that of the 8 people the cottage accommodates, this fold-out sofa sleeps 2 of them.) To keep you toasty on cool evenings, there is a Jotul wood-burning cast-iron stove in the center of the room, and a gas heater in one corner. One small bedroom opens off the living area, in which there are two small single beds, suitable for children and not-large adults. Past the dining area is a charming full kitchen, with front loading washer and dryer under the butcher-block counter space (there's a clothes-line strung between two trees, as well, with clothes-pins provided). An outdoor gas grill is also at your disposal. Off the kitchen, and one step down, is a small hallway leading to the three-quarters (shower, no tub) bathroom, master bedroom (with a full-sized bed at present — we hope to upgrade it to a queen soon), and best of all, a screened in sleeping porch, where guests have the feeling that they are really sleeping out in the woods. This porch has two twin beds that can be joined to make a king.
All three bedrooms offer views of the river. As an old cabin, it is furnished eclectically, with simple furniture, including a few unassuming antiques. There is a docking station with speakers for listening to your music/podcasts. With the exception of this and wi-fi (wireless Internet service), the place is low-tech. This house is one of a vanishing breed, a simple, sweet summer place that isn't 'retro' because it's the real thing.
Guests have use of a boat landing/swimming area with a dock, as well as a nice, shady tennis court. (A canoe and two sit-on-top-kayaks 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 is wonderful for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, hanging out on sandbars ... and just relaxing and watching the river glide by.
Although secluded, the house is one mile from a state park with many kilometers of 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! There is no public transportation in the area — you must have a car.
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.
If you wish to have overnight guests over and beyond our limit of 8 guests, please discuss with us.
This house is strictly non-smoking.
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Canoeing; nature walks; weekend antique-train rides down the valley from the nearby town of Osceola, WI (about 1.5 hr. roundtrip).