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Upscale Cozy Cabin on Big Island, Lake Minnetonka, *Need a boat to get to Island

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Want up North, but not the drive? This is the retreat for you. The beautifully decorated Lake Cabin is Perfect for a Romantic Couples getaway!! Big Island is located on Lake Minnetonka, only minutes from Minneapolis. The cabin is located on 1 acre of wooded land with a fabulous view of the lake. It is a wonderful get-away from all the pressures of life. Sit on one of the two decks and relax as you enjoy the views of boats sailing by and the glow of the amber setting sun!

Big Island is located between Excelsior and Wayzata, both of which are filled with restaurants and shops. You can drive your boat to the free public docking at either town. Excelsior is 2 miles away from cabin and Wayzata 4 miles away.A quick minutes boat ride to a fun fabulous dinner out on the lake! And if you want solitude, you can spend time hiking around the island and see where the original amusement park used to be.

This is a beautiful cabin where you can enjoy nature, yet still be close to urban delights.

*Please note: This property is accessible only by boat.

Mainland parking, dockage, or boat rental is not provided by owner. Foster Bros. Marine rents boats in Delano. Their phone# 763-972-3199

We are very excited about renting the cabin this year! It has been all remodeled, newly furnished, and beautifully decorated. Once people see, it they love it! The cabin is very upscale and comfortable with two decks.

Upper deck: overlooking the gorgeous view of the lake with two very comfortable chairs with ottomans to relax, read, or have your morning breakfast and coffee.

Lower deck (which sits off the water): has a high top table, swivel bar stools, red umbrella and potted flowers at your feet. There you can enjoy the setting sun with cocktails. There is a sandy beach with extra chairs to sit down and put your feet in the warm sand or build a sand castle!

Inside cabin features include:

-Beautiful woodwork

-Newly tiled floors

-New kitchen appliances and cabinets

-New bathroom with jetted tub

-Beautiful romantic open loft bedroom (which overlooks the living room)

Everything is beautifully decorated with an eye for details and enjoyment!

Tie up to the 75 foot dock. It's great for fishing and the sunnies are always biting!

*Fishers- This bay is one of Lake Minnetonka's prized bass fishings spots (walleyes, northerns, bass, and muskies).

A large fire pit, which overlooks the bay, is complete with large boulders to sit on to roast marsh mellows for s'mores. 4 new kayaks are available to rent, $50 for 3 days or $75 for the week, per kayak.

Remember, this property is accessible only by boat!

There are several full service marinas that are close to the island. For overnight vehicle and boat trailer parking there is one close at Grays Bay Landing, 17232 Grays Bay Blvd. Minnetonka, MN and in Orono - 3366 North Shore Drive, Orono, MN

We cannot do parties or more than 4 guests due to our septic and well systems. We also do not want the wear and tear of our property and furnishings. This is an upscale, exceptionally clean and well decorated cabin. It is perfect for a Romantic Couple Getaway!! We are excited to share our cabin with mature, responsible, and respectful renters so that the cabin will stay in great shape for years to come.

Keywords: Lake Cabin

More Details

Property Manager
Jody Laughlin
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Jody Laughlin

I have always lived near or on Lake Minnetonka all my life. My father has owned lake cabins on Big Island as a vacation spot to enjoy. I grew up sailing across to Big Island to hang out with friends at one of the cabins. We were big sailors in regattas around the country. We have always loved the Lake and Big Island.

Both my husband and I have grown up here and graduated from Minnetonka High School. We have lived at same property since we married 27 years ago, and tore down the orginal house and built new home, with 6 wonderful children. Ages...26, 23, 21, 19,17 & 15, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl. Everyone is super close and our top priority is family and extended family time together, with lots of love, laughter and good food! I absolutely love renting out and sharing our property, because I know how much I love and enjoy it when I am able to get away and relax out there. Renters have been so great and have been so responsible and respectful of our furnishings and property. We have a lot of repeat customers because they know how beautiful and clean our lake cabin is. We are very protective of our property, so that we and they, can always count on our place being stellar.

Jody Laughlin purchased this cabin in 1977

Why Jody Laughlin chose Lake Minnetonka

My father has two Big Island lake properties next to each other, his being down the shore line. He wanted to sell the Upper cabin because the lake taxes were so high. I couldn't see that happening, I wanted to keep it in the family for future generations to enjoy as we have. So we rent it out to cover the expensive lake taxes, insurance, and maintenance. We still get to enjoy it in the spring and fall and hopefully have Christmas out there if the lake ice is better this year for crossing! There are no bridges to this Island.

What makes this cabin unique

We are on an Island, with 20 other seasonal lake home cabins. Our property and dock are located last on the Island , that butts up next to the 'Three Rivers District Park System'. So our location is private. We sit up high with a commanding view of Lake Minnetonka and all the boats and activity. We are surrounded by lush greenery and mature trees that are a relaxation feast for the eyes. The whole front of the cabin and the A frame sides are all glass. So you feel like you are one with the outside and nature! In the fall there are all the maples on the Island that make the Island on fire with color. Looking out the windows at glowing yellow, orange and red. Taking a cool hike around the lake on a rugged foot path to the Old amusement park. Come back for a Bon Fire to warm up to with S'mores and hot cider. There is a red wood burning stove in living room that heats the place up wonderfully cozy in the fall and winter. Very romantic cozy getaway for a couple all year round!!!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the perfect weekend! Your cabin is beautiful and so clean and well maintained! Your lot is very private with such wonderful views- you definitely get the "up north" feeling but are only minutes from the cities. Every aspect of our stay was great and we plan on returning next year.

Thanks again!
Jun 2009
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Excelsior Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

Upscale Cozy Cabin on Big Island, Lake Minnetonka, *Need a boat to get to Island
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 58 reviews

Absolutely loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this rental! We moved from the lake to San Diego a couple of years ago, but we still have a boat on the lake. This cabin was the perfect place to stay for a week. The accommodations are very welcoming and Jody has added so many great lake theme personal touches to the interior. The deck has an awesome view of the lake and its just a great place to sit and enjoy the property.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minnetonka, MN

Favorite Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family returns to this cozy cabin every summer and as soon as the vacation ends, we start looking forward to the next year!! It is the highlight of our summer! This year, the weather was hot and we had to run the air most of the time and the cabin stayed very comfortable. We enjoyed late night swimming in the bay, great family meals on the deck, games in the yard and beautiful moon rises in the evening. We only had 1 bonfire due to the heat but it was fun and Jody always makes sure there are smore makings for her guests :) As always, the cabin was clean, comfortable and so cozy! The owners couldn't be nicer and go out of their way to make sure your stay is the best ever. We enjoy everything about our stay here and cannot wait for 2017!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time spent on the lake

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is in great shape and located on a really nice spot to view the bay. The dock, and large deck, are nice spots to hang out, watch other boats and have a drink. Jody was great to work with to set up the trip and rent a paddle board while there. Definitely worth the money. Already looking forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Where do you live?

Tree house with a fabulous lake view

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the cabin. The view of the lake from the deck, fire pit and living room is great and the sleeping loft is like sleeping in a tree house. The cabin is very clean and well maintained. We were there during a heat wave and stayed cool by swimming, boating and the air conditioning in the cabin kept the cabin very comfortable. We did not cook much but used the grill for burgers one night and the fire pit for s'mores. We took the boat to Excelsior for lunch at Haskell's, shopping and dinner one night at Coalition. We were lucky enough to be there for three nights of full moon and we had the best view to see the moon rise. Hard to decide if the full moon was the highlight or the fireflies which light up the property at night - felt like a kid at summer camp. Great property and great hosts. We will return.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a unique place.

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do it justice. It's even better in person. Great views and best of all only 30 minutes from the city. We rented it for our 5 year anniversary, it was a perfect quick getaway.

Owner was really responsive and easy to work with. Thanks Judy.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hopkins, MN

The best cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We love staying here! Not only is the property totally perfect, but the host is out of this world good. We live very close to the location and it's like being transported to some place else. It's so much fun. It's the perfect mix of everything, it's a cabin and it's secluded but it has everything you need (inlcuding an outdoor shower) and you are a 15 minute boat ride to the heart of socialization. You couldn't ask for anything else. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Excelsior Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 13 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 11 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning & Property $100

A $200 security/damage deposit, secures dates. Turns into a damage deposit. Upon departure, if cabin checks out in good shape,the $200 check is ripped up or applied to future rental. $200 Security deposit is forfeited, if failure to rent.

Full payment 30 days before their arrival date, including the $100 property maintenance and cleaning fee.

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