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Air-Conditioned Year-Round Lakeshore Cabin

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Come to beautiful Lake Vermilion and enjoy one of the ten most beautiful lakes in the world! There are over 290 miles of shoreline, mostly glacial rock with stately evergreens, and 365 unique islands on this pristine northern Minnesota lake. In the summer and fall you can explore the lake on our pontoon boat, fishing boat, row boat, or kayaks (or rent a canoe or jet skies). World-class golf is available at 3 courses within 25 miles of the cabin (The Quarry, The Legends, and Wilderness). In the winter months, the lake is perfect for snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling or ice-fishing, and downhill skiing at Giants Ridge is only 30 minutes away.

Our cabin is right next to miles of state park so the bay is quiet and undeveloped; we share it with loons and hummingbirds. The cabin sits on a rise overlooking Big Bay and Ely Island. The vista looking east takes in several smaller islands. McKinley Park, with its sandy beach, boat launch, and playground, is less than a mile down the road. The popular Northwood's town of Ely is just 20 minutes away. This cabin is perfectly situated for a quiet romantic getaway, a family retreat, or a weekend with friends.

The cabin was built in the 1950s and was remodeled 12 years ago; air conditioning was installed in 2015. The kitchen is new and the main living area is vaulted to provide a more panoramic view of the lake. There is a deck attached to the cabin which overlooks the lake, and a larger deck sitting right over the water. We have a wood-burning fireplace in the main living area and a gas fireplace in the walkout level, as well as a fire pit outside. There is a beautiful spot for a hammock and a side yard perfect for yard games.

More Details

Tamra Nelson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Tamra Nelson

We bought this cabin in 2000 and just love it! Over the years, we have had family reunions, quiet getaways, and weekends with friends. The cabin is perfect for everyone. One of our daughters prefers to swim off the dock, run on the trials, kayak, ride the pontoon and camp. Our other daughter loves to read so she settles on the couch by the fireplace or on the deck with her book. Our grandson loves to feed the deer, the ducks and the birds, take boat rides, and go to McKinley Park. By early evening, we all sit on the deck for appetizers, drinks and stories before dinner. By the end of the day, we quiet down with Scrabble, card games or a good book.

Tamra Nelson purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Tamra Nelson chose Tower

Tower is a quaint northern Minnesota town with a few shops, municipal playground, train museum and friendly people. But, the real gem of this location is The Lake! If you have never seen Lake Vermilion, you really must. For more about the lake, click on the link at the end of the Owner Information section.

What makes this cabin unique

A 30 x 40 foot garage is convenient storage for boats, cars, trucks, and/or snowmobiles!

We have a boat lift by the dock that can handle a 1500 pound boat - with a width of 8 feet. We have a 14' fishing boat currently on the lift with a 25 hp motor.


Tower Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom has a king bed, nightstands, and full dresser
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed in bedroom overlooking lake
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Third bedroom on main floor has twin beds
    Lower Level Bedroom Suite - 1 king , The lower level walkout has king bed, bath, sitting area
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed three nights here. Tamra and Steve were very responsive and the entire visit was wonderful. We enjoyed snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing. There were 6 deer that also resided near the property and were great entertainment. Thanks for making the deer food available! The cabin was clean, comfortable and convenient. The wood-burning fireplace in the living room proved to be a great focal point for the adults sitting around after a long day outside and enjoying a glass of wine! Will definitely try to return!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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feeling like being at home

  • 5 of 5

the cabin is big , nice , warm and confortable !

everything was there,,, books , games, and a good choice of kitchen ware !

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and home

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have spent the Christmas holidays in this cabin (house) It has been a great family gathering location and accommodations. We will be going back in the future.

The house is everything noted and more. Tamera is a great homeowner and easy to communicate with.

We spent the week ice fishing and snowmobiling both right out the back door.

Thank you for the use of your cabin.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The beauty of northern Minnesota in the winter!

  • 5 of 5

We spent four days in front of a blazing fire overlooking Lake Vermilion with our two daughters and their families. The cabin was perfect for our group, and we loved the open floor plan which allowed the whole family to be together even though they were doing different things - cooking, playing games, reading, or just talking. The perfectly frozen lake called the kids outside several times a day to walk, ice skate,or just explore the winter wonderland. A perfect Thanksgiving!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sturgeon Lake

Renee's 60 birthday !

  • 5 of 5

House was great. Had little trouble to figure oven out, but otherwise great. Beautiful lake and weather was great. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Snowmobiling

  • 5 of 5

The group of seven from southern MN enjoyed the house and its close location to the snowmobile trail being out the back door on the lake. The accommodations were excellent, but the garage was VERY nice as we could put the snowmobiles inside and not worry about them!! We snowmobiled over 665 miles in 5 days riding. Was nice to have Tower close by to eat out or pickup supplies. Beds were very comfortable.

Tamra was EXCELLENT to work with at the last minute planning.

We will be BACK!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Tower Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Good Old Days in Tower
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Wilderness Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 169
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several in Tower
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Giant's Ridge
Nearest Beach
0.8 Miles
McKinley Park Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning and laundry $140
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.88%

$140 cleaning fee is added to all rentals.
Guests are responsible for taking their garbage and recycling to the dump which is two miles away.
Rental Rules and Regulations must be signed and returned to the owner prior to renting.
Rate for Holiday weekends is $400 per night, minimum 3 night stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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