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Cyclin-Inn - Charming Home in Whalan, on Root River Bike Trail

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7 in beds)

Come stay a while at the Cyclin-inn,Century old, whole house rental in beautiful Whalan/Lanesboro Minnesota. Here you will find a three bedroom house, that sleeps 7 comfortably. It has 2 bathrooms, complete with a two person Jacuzzi. It also has a fully stocked kitchen and a formal dining room with a table that extends out to fit 8 comfortably. We also offer a large back yard and a storage facility for your bikes. New in 2017, additional air ducts have been added to the upstairs to allow better air flow in the second floor

While you are here, you can enjoy Lanesboro’s fine Commonwealth Theater, shopping, Amish tours, MINI GOLF, dining, biking, hiking, rollerblading, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and even horse drawn rides and jeep tours. There are 3 State parks within 45 minutes with interpretative centers and caves to explore. There is plenty to do in Bluff Country. Come stay with us for a while. Pet Free.


Lanesboro is a historic village nestled in the Bluffs of the Root River Valley. Experience the spectacular paved Root River State Bike Trail, winding 60 miles through Bluff Country. Excellent for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, it runs along towering limestone bluffs, dense hardwood forests and peaceful small towns.

Besides receiving the Great American Main Street Award, Lanesboro was named one of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America by author John Villani and one of the 50 Best Outdoor Sports Towns by Sports Afield magazine. Outside Magazine featured Lanesboro as one of the '20 Best Dream Towns in America to Live and Play.'


Whalan is located 4 miles East of Lanesboro, on the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway. Whalan is a little town of about 35 people. The town is only 4 blocks by 4 blocks. You have the river on the one side and you are surrounded by magestic bluffs on the other 3 sides. Here you will enjoy the peace and quiet on would expect in a weekend getaway. The Root River State Bicycle trail runs right along the river and at the base of the bluffs for most of it's 60 mile trek.

Little known adventures

Book yourself a horse drawn wagon ride. Imagine riding thru the woods overlooking the Root River Valley. Relax being at peace with the great outdoors. The scenic overlooks are like no other in the area. Explore over 100 acres of wooded private property. Horse drawn wagon rides are available year around. The rides take about an hour. Half way thru the ride, you stop at a little cabin over looking the Root River Valley, where you can warm up for the journey back. It is a must do activity.

Bluff Country Jeep Tours, another wonderful way to explore the wilderness. You are taken from the bottom of the bluff, up to the top along private trails, that allow you to truly enjoy the outdoors. We take you places that you would be glad you were not hiking...:-) The switch back trails bring you from the river bottoms up 450 feet up to one of the most spectacular views imaginable.

Amish tours are another must see. We have several Amish communities to visit, and shop with.

Keywords: Century old, whole house rental, jacuzzi, horse drawn wagon rides, sleigh rides, jeep tours, bluff country, bluffs, biking, hiking, secluded, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, biking, cycling, deck, amish tours, horses, mini golf, strawberries, strawberry picking, hunting, fishing,

More Details

Tammy Hughes
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Tammy Hughes

Hello, and welcome to Cyclin-inn in beautiful Whalan, Minnesota. I am Tammy Hughes, the proprietor of the Cyclin-inn. I am originally from Duluth, Minnesota and have been migrating south ever since I became old enough to explore Minnesota. After spending 15 years in the Twin Cities, and escaping every weekend to go biking, kayaking, or horseback riding, I decided that I should make my move a bit further south. With the Root River / Root River State Bicycle Trail being the draw, I began searching for my dream property. In discovering Lanesboro with its majestic bluffs and scenic views, I fell in love. In 2001, I found my little haven in Whalan, just 4 miles east of Lanesboro.

During the first year, I was in love again with Litefoot. He is a half Belgian and half Appaloosa draft / riding horse. Living on the outskirts of the small community of Whalan, he quickly moved in. So in the mean while, I created the Cyclin-inn. Allowing you to enjoy the peacefulness of the small community and the great outdoor scenery right out the door on the Root River, On the Root River State Bicycle Trail. Please enjoy my home and treat it as your own. You will find all the comforts of home and more. The Cyclin-Inn is located on the Root River State Bicycle Trail, on the Root River and within a block of two city parks, and Gator Greens Mini Golf. Whalan has 2 places to eat, and an outfitter within walking distance where you can rent a bike, kayak, tube, or even a canoe. Within a few blocks, you can connect with Bluff Country's Jeep Tours, and even take a horse drawn sleigh or wagon ride.

Bring your family and friends to Whalan for a fun, relaxing getaway. On your way here, explore our National Scenic Byway, Highway 16. The town of Whalan offers peaceful tranquility and opportunity to explore the Bluffs of Minnesota.

Tammy Hughes purchased this house in 2001

Why Tammy Hughes chose Minnesota

This property has perfect access to the Root River Bike Trail as well as the Root River.

What makes this house unique

There is a large back yard (Actually 5 acres) Great area for back yard fun. There is a fire pit, loacated on the edge of the property... great place to kick back and relax.

Horse drawn wagon rides and Bluff Country Jeep tours are available upon request.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous home. It had everything that we needed; you paid close attention to the details. Our favorite place is the front porch, watching the wildlife and enjoying the scenery

We will make sure to recommend this to our family and friends.


Scott, Jenny, Madeleine & Jackson
Aug 2010
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Whalan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Futon bed in Downstairs queen bedroom, Baby Cribs (1) Porta Crib available upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
We offer Horse drawn Wagon and Sleigh Rides year around. We also offer Bluff Country Jeep Tours.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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Cyclin-Inn - Charming Home in Whalan, on Root River Bike Trail
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 20 reviews

Perfectly Charming

  • 5 of 5

The owner was welcoming, pleasant and helpful. The house is well maintained and enjoyable. I slept in an upstairs bedroom. It was the perfect temperature, I was well rested with a full nights' sleep.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A gem!

  • 5 of 5

Our second time booking the Cyclin-Inn! We re-booked because of how clean the house was and Duane and Tammy were such friendly hosts. The home home was very clean and there was plenty of room for our family. The kitchen was fully stocked with cookware, knives, dishes, etc. The big whirlpool tub was awesome and having two bathrooms is a bonus. The porch was our favorite - relaxing place to enjoy coffee, watch the bikers on the path and look for wildlife.

My husband noticed some updates since our last duct work upstairs, which made a noticeable difference in heat distribution in all the rooms. New TV, comfortable bar stools and they refinished the brick chimney, which used to be a bit of an odd pink color.

The town of Whalan is very cute and quiet. The bike trail goes right through town. We also enjoyed biking to the next town for shopping and lunch. We didn't get a chance to go on the river, but a lot of people said there was kayaking/canoeing and fishing.

Tammy and Duane offered a horse-drawn wagon through the bluffs that was the highlight of the trip. We got to hear more about the area and the scenery was fantastic. Next time we hope to do a jeep tour.

We would book this property again.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very friendly and accommodating with a last-minute rental request. The property is right near the bike trail. The house is plenty big, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped, and the jacuzzi was nice. The price was fair as well. Recommended!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Trip

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several times and it is great each time. The house is clean and everything one would need is at hand. The location is very convenient, especially to the bike trail which is 50 feet away. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

First thing their is a FULL page of how YOU clean before you leave, VAC carpet, pull beds sheets, clean floors and more. The chairs out on the deck 3 were broken when we tried to set in them. The tv that's a joke. The washer on off knob fell off,so that was no good. The frig inside and out was so dirty and the shelf was broken. Their was very very hot upstairs the air cond or outlets did not work. Maybe when this opened it was nice NOT today. Remember YOU must clean when you leave.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. It is always helpful to know what needs my attention. I did have a service man come in and fix the knob on the washer, I was waiting for the service apt. The fridge was not clean, that might be because you came 2 hours early, while we were out to lunch waiting for laundry to dry. When we arrived back at the house, you were all moved in, we just made the beds and left. I usually do a walk through to make sure that I did not miss anything, however, since I felt uncomfortable with you there early, I did not feel like I should be opening the fridge with all of you stuff in there. If it was not clean, you should of said something when we were there. I also understand that you were uncomfortable being asked to strip the beds of their linen and vacuum the floors. There have been many times that people have said to me, while I was stripping the beds or sweeping the floors, I found my ????. Even before I starting asking my guests to do this, I would say about 95% already tidied up out of respect and appreciation for the property owner sharing their homes with them. Since I am not a TV watcher, I did not fully understand the TV issue. Now I do. I did not realize that once our cable provider upgraded their service to HD, that on older TVs the picture would be grainy. I have installed a new HD, Smart flat screen TV. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I just wish someone would of brought it to my attention sooner. The chairs on the deck. There are 3 plastic chairs, one swing and 3 rockers. I have looked at each and everyone of them, sat in them and I do not understand what is wrong with any of them? Nothing is broken. As for the air conditioning upstairs. Yes, that could be better. Since this house was built in 1895, there were no ducts put on the second floor, ok, there is one. When the new furnace was installed, they used the floor joists to run the air. It does take a bit of management during the peak hot season. You would have to use the ceiling fans and the box fans at the house to circulate the air upstairs, and it always helps to open the upstairs windows at night. As you can tell, this house has been a vacation rental for 9 years and no one has complained. Yes, it is warmer, but it is manageable. I do appreciate your feedback, and I do try and fix/change what is possible to make all my guests have an enjoyable stay. Tammy
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Fun Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great weekend at the Cyclin Inn. The setting was beautiful and restful and "away from it all", but close enough to have plenty of adventures in the area. And while we enjoyed the area attractions, we all found the house to be one of the favorite parts of our getaway. My teenager daughter and friend loved the neighboring ponies and goats while my husband and I enjoyed relaxing on the front porch, listening to the birds and watching the bikes glide by.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Rochester, MN
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Parkway Pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lanesboro Golf club
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Hwy 16
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Aroma World Famous Pie shoop
Nearest Ski
Groomed Cross Country ski trail in front yead
Nearest Beach
River side beach on property
Nearest Point of Interest
Gator Greens Mini Golf
Nearest Point of Interest
Sveen Wagon Rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Bluff Country Jeep Tours
Nearest Point of Interest
Aroma Pie Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedar Valley Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Robins Upholstery
Nearest Point of Interest
Whalan Stand Still Parade Route
Car: necessary

Bluff Country Jeep Tours; Horse drawn Wagon Rides. Located on the Root River Bicycle Trail, offering over 62 miles of paved Cycling, hiking, roller blading and it is also a groomed cross country ski trails.


Rates & Availability

Whalan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off 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
Peak Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Off Season 2017-2018
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 1 2018
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

Tax Rate 10.38%

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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