Two bedroom, 1 bath woodland cabin on Hwy 35 Great River Road, sleeps 6
About Jan Whetstone
Dan and Jan Whetstone live in Toddville, Iowa just north of the City of Cedar Rapids. Both being from the Midwest, we are soon-to-be retired professionals who have worked hard and enjoy life. We have a combined family of seven children and seven grandchildren.
Jan Whetstone purchased this Cabin in 2006
Why Jan Whetstone chose Eastman
The location is an easy drive from many major cities in the Midwest, approximately 3 hours from Minneapolis and 5 hours from Chicago. From our home in Iowa, the drive is just over 2 hours! Over the years, we loved bringing our kids to stay at the cabin for long weekends and holidays to give them a taste of life without TV and having fun playing board games as a family. Now having all grown children and making some nice improvements to the cabin, we want to share Spirit Mound with others to enjoy. We hope you love it as much as we have!
What makes this Cabin unique
The setting is rural and quiet (with the occasional distant freight train rumble), but there are lots of outdoor activities, festivals, flea markets, and local shops and crafts to stay as busy as you want to be. The river itself is magnificent but calming at the same time, so has a very special draw for our family. Picturesque river towns move at their own pace, and the people are friendly and open.
Pets allowed - Pet deposit of $50 per pet, covers entire stayPet deposit of $50 per pet, covers entire stay
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 21 - Primary renter must be at least 21 years of age.Primary renter must be at least 21 years of age.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Nice place to stay
I would stay again
Spirit Mound offered a quiet and tranquil setting.
Spirit Mound was exactly as it was described on VRBO. The tribute to the Native American heritage is impressive and well presented in the house. The bedrooms are spacious and offer a restful setting. We prepared many meals in the kitchen. Most of the kitchen essentials were available. The deck was wonderful for enjoying the outdoors and for relaxing in the late afternoon and evenings. We enjoyed the winding roads in the drift less area and visiting vineyards and apple orchards. Over all, a great mini vacation in a peaceful setting.
Just what we needed
The Spirit Mound was a cute little cabin in the woods. It was easy to find. Had everything we needed. Very clean, the deck was awesome. A great place for the family to hang out.
Spirit Mound is a very cute cabin in a nice location. Jan was excellent to work with and responded very promptly to messages.
The area is beautiful and it is located within a few miles of shopping and restaurants. We took a small fishing boat which we were able to park at the cabin and put in the river at the boat launch ~1/2 mile away.
The cabin has a nice deck on the back with comfortable furniture. We did have to sweep the deck and clean off the table and chairs before we were able to enjoy it. There is also a nice fire pit in a separate area that also serves as a grill.
The bedrooms and bathroom are both upstairs. I would say this property may be best for families since the upstairs is an open area and there are no doors upstairs where the bedrooms are located.
Overall we enjoyed our stay. Thanks Jan!
Thank you so much for your very nice review! I do apologize for any debris left behind by the rainstorm we had the day before and am glad you enjoyed your stay. The information you commented on (i.e., "no bedroom doors upstairs" will be noted in our property description going forward. Thanks again!
Cute house on wonderful property with amazing natural views
We had a fantastic time on our trip. This house was perfect for the two of us. Waking up and having coffee out on the deck, looking out at all those trees was beautiful! Pike's Peak was gorgeous and Villa Louis was very interesting. Thank you so much for having us!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Spirit Mound! The beauty of the surrounding hills and grandeur of the river make this place very special to us, so we are especially happy to share that with you. Thank you for being such great guests, and hope to host you again soon!
At Spirit Mound, you can relax and have a quiet retreat "from it all", go out and enjoy a craft beer with the locals, or have a flat-out river adventure!
The nearest mid-size town nearby is Prairie du Chien, 16 miles south of Spirit Mound on Highway 35 South (Great River Road). This is a good place to pick up groceries, dine out (recommend Fort Mulligan's Tavern for casual and The Black Angus for supper club-style), or shop at The Cannery or any of the local antique and gift shops. Hungry for a snack? Stop by Pete's Burgers on Blackhawk Avenue, a classic burger stand popular with locals and visitors alike. Prairie du Chien is also home to several significant historic sites, including Villa Louis and Fort Crawford. See the following link for a complete Prairie du Chien visitor's guide: https://www.google.com/destination?q=prairie%20du%20chien%20wi&sa=X&site=search&output=search&dest_mid=%2Fm%2F01mk00&tcfs#dest_mid=/m/01mk00&tcfs=EhoaGAoKMjAxOC0wNS0yNxIKMjAxOC0wNS0zMQ
Hiking, biking, and kayaking are available at beautiful Wyalusing State Park. Great views, and hiking trails range from easy to difficult for more experienced hikers. Here are some reviews of the park and amenities: https://www.google.com/search?q=wyalusing+state+park&oq=wyalu&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.3886j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#lrd=0x87fc9ae1480e914f:0x905eae73fc5b1b4c,1,,,
At Marquette and McGregor, Iowa, further south of Prairie du Chien on Hwy 18, you will find Eagle's Landing Winery, some "treasure hunter" antique shops, and spectacular views of the Mississippi River at Pikes Peak State Park.
For local fishing, there is boat access 1/2 mile north of the cabin on Hwy 35, near Lock & Dam No. 9, a popular fishing location. Forget your fishing gear? No problem! Cabela's outdoor super store is just 16 miles south at the north edge of Prairie du Chien.
If you like Native American history, you have found the ideal vacation spot in Spirit Mound. American Indians represent diverse nations of people who flourished in North America for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The Menominee, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) peoples are among the original inhabitants of Wisconsin. Even further back in history, prehistoric Mound Builders lived in the area surrounding Spirit Mound cabin and all along the river. The lot adjacent to the cabin was explored and documented in the late 1800’s by the Smithsonian Institution due to the discovery of prehistoric burial mounds at the site. The gently rolling mounds are still visible as peaceful monuments to generations of native people who lived, worked, and hunted here many years ago. Effigy Mounds National Monument, a major group of prehistoric mounds accessible to visitors, is just a half hour's drive, north of Marquette, Iowa on Hwy 76.