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66 Acres Nestled in a Wooded Valley Near Lake Pepin

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Cottage, at Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, is a cozy vacation home nestled in a beautiful secluded valley (coulee), 3 miles from Lake Pepin (the Mississippi River). The Cottage is for guests who are looking for a quiet get-away or retreat in a natural setting, and is just 1 hour from St. Paul, Minnesota.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, with complimentary teas & coffee, casual dining area, living room with wood stove, two bathrooms (one with shower, one with a spa tub), a covered porch and patio with gas barbeque grill. The living room, dining room and kitchen are a bright, open floor plan and fully tiled. The two bedrooms have wooden floors and large windows. Both bedrooms have queen beds, one a wool-wrapped futon on wood slat frame and the other a latex mattress on wood slat frame. Additionally, the living room has a futon couch that folds into a double bed, as well as several other chairs and a small library. All rooms have great views of the surrounding hills and woods. All linens are provided.

The 66 acre property affords visitors opportunities for biking highways and back roads (and nearby rails-to-trails bike trails), hiking our trails through prairies, woodlands and hills, as well as birding and star-gazing the wide-open evening skies.

Nearby are art galleries, restaurants, shops and many opportunities for driving scenic roads along the Mississippi or back into the hills of The Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin. Seasonal art tours, The Stockholm Art Fair and other activities abound throughout The Mississippi Valley region along and near Lake Pepin.

Massage and energy therapy sessions, life direction coaching, individually-tailored retreats, couples and other retreats, a Japanese Soaking tub & shower spa area are all available on site in our new EarthSky Body/Mind Center.

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, vacation rental, guest house, retreat, get away, home rental, house rental, weekend rental, girlfriend get away, family friendly cottage, dog friendly cottage, kid friendly

More Details

Charlene or John
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About Charlene or John

Creating Journey Inn & the Cottage at Journey Inn were a dream of ours. We have created a relaxing space where you can connect with your self, loved ones and the natural world. John is a psychologist & personal coach, and Charlene is an energy therapy practitioner.

Charlene or John purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Charlene or John chose Wisconsin

We moved from Minneapolis and bought The Cottage and surrounding acreage to build Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, a 'green' bed and breakfast. The Cottage was on the property, and we lived there while building the B & B. We now live in the B&B and rent the Cottage to people who want a quiet, private get-away experience.

What makes this cottage unique

The Cottage has dark night skies, a beautiful, quiet natural environment, and is adjacent to a hilly Wisconsin State Natural area. It is a short drive to artistically active small Mississippi River towns, and only one hour from St. Paul, MN.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The countryside is beautiful, serene and calling you to relax. The cottage itself could not have been more inviting with all the windows and open floor plan - comfy bed, guest spa tub, a cooki delight kitchen and soothing sound of crackling wood in the wood stove. Thank you for a much needed weekend away. And thank you, John & Charlene for your great hospitality. Thank you for allowing our best friend "Paolo" (their dog) to join us on this journey.
Oct 2010
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Maiden Rock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom with shower. One bathroom with a spa tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1. wool wrapped futon mattress on wood frame 2. latex mattress on wood frame
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Fully equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee & tea; covered porch; book library; massage/energy therapy, life coaching available on site. Two bedrooms: both with queen beds, and a double sofa sleeper in the living room.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

66 Acres Nestled in a Wooded Valley Near Lake Pepin
average rating of 4.4 based on 8 reviews
Sycamore, Illinois

perfect place to escape

  • 5 of 5

Spent an entirely peaceful week here with my children, age 13 and 16. Just enough space for each of us to have some privacy. Loved the setting! We swam in the Rush River, rode bicycles, took pretty walks. Watched deer step through the front yard, heard Whippoorwills in the evening, saw Eagles, bonded with Sophia the kitty. Gorgeous scenery. Found amazing restaurants - especially the Harbor View in Pepin and the Smiling Pelican bakery in Maiden Rock. Even my son indulged in the jetted tub. Nice attention to detail in the cottage. Great selection of books and movies. Had fun exploring surrounding small towns. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you here. Spending a full week helps you settle in and really experience the lovely things about our area. Hope you come again! Charlene and John
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Minneapolis, MN

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary by booking a weekend in the cottage at Journey Inn, and it couldn't have been more perfect! The cottage was cozy and beautiful and we instantly felt relaxed and peaceful upon our arrival. Charlene and John were wonderful hosts, giving us excellent recommendations for dinner and even bringing over a basket of DVD's for us to hunker down with. On day two of our stay Charlene gave my husband and I the most wonderful massages in the cottage. There's nothing like waking up surrounded by a beautiful landscape, having morning coffee, and then having excellent massages all in the comfort of the cottage!

It was a wonderful way to take time out from our busy lives to celebrate each other, and we're planning on making it a yearly tradition!

Thank you Charlene and John for creating such a lovely getaway!!

Heather & Dave Smith-Dickerson

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalona, Iowa

Relaxing, Cozy Retreat

  • 5 of 5

On our fourth visit to the Journey Inn, we stayed in the Cottage for a long, quiet weekend. The wood burning stove kept the cottage warm and toasty as we enjoyed the gorgeous view of the snow and trees. The kitchen is well stocked for those of us who love to cook, and we enjoyed a relaxing weekend of reading, cooking, and taking long walks. The bed was very comfortable, with luxurious sheets, blankets and duvet to snuggle into both for a good night sleep and an afternoon nap. Everything was clean and comfortable. Charlene and John are gracious, kind hosts who are always helpful in making recommendations or answering questions. We look forward our next visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been great to meet the wonderful people that find their way here. Charlene
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Hastings, MN

Big Bob

  • 5 of 5

Paradise in the country. My wife and I have stayed at Journey Inn on several occassions and always return home feeling refreshed and rejuvinated. We enjoy the quiet, the beautiful accomadations, the delicious food, the comfy bed. We can always count on a good night's sleep. The grounds are amazing: paths through the woods, open fields, a labarynth and eagles overhead. We plan on returning in the future, often. Thank you John and Charlene for creating this wonderful space.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Uncomfortable very uncomfortable

  • 2 of 5

Abt the cottage: The couch is a double futon. Arms chairs in the living room are wicker. BEDS: futons, not spring mattresses. There are no comfortable spots to sit, lay down, relax. Good kitchen, excellent jacuzzi, spacious. It is not really secluded.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Following receiving this review we changed our description to clearly state that we have futon beds in the Cottage. Furnishing the cottage with futon beds (and wicker chairs) was done intentionally as a healthier alternative to conventional box spring mattresses. While the cottage is situated in a remote, private setting, it is near Journey Inn, an eco-retreat (our 4-bedroom b&b).
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Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Chef Shack in Bay City
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Meditative Labyrinth on site, snowshoes available, bikes available with many good routes in the area, nearby apple orchards, blueberry farm, wineries, art galleries, seasonal art tours, Stockholm Art Fair, great restaurants & other eateries. EarthSky Body/Mind Center available on site for massage and energy therapies, life direction coaching, individually tailored retreats, couples and other retreat programs, as well as spa services which includes a Japanese soaking tub and shower facility.


Rates & Availability

Maiden Rock Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Quiet Season
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.5%

Rate is based on guests using 1 bedroom, single or double occupancy per night.
2nd bedroom, single occupancy, is an additional $25. Other additional guests are an additional $25 - per night.

Payments & Policies:
Please call or e-mail to receive detailed information on payments and policies. 715-448-2424,
Solo Retreat rates available during the Winter season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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