About the property
- Cabin1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Sleeps 6
At Doane Cottage you are right at the lake. Just a few steps to the water. No hills or distance between you and beautiful Lake Miltona!
Wake up to vaulted knotty pine ceilings, hardwood floors, and a pillow top queen-size bed in each of the 2 bedrooms. Both bedrooms have a closet and shelves for your belongings.
The private lakeside sunroom can double as additional sleeping space,
and is furnished with wicker from Pier One, including a hanging Swing-a-San chair, a favorite of many. Whether used as a common area or sleeping space, the wicker remains in the sunroom for the enjoyment of everyone.
One bathroom has a small tub, with a hand held shower, a handy feature for families. The other bathroom has a walk-in shower with a glass door.
A washer (soft water!) and dryer will save you a trip to the laundromat, resulting in more time for you at the lake! Kitchen and bath towels and bed linens are provided.
In the living room, you can watch TV, surf the net using unlimited free wifi, or just gaze out the picture window at the lake. There is a Roku and a DVD for the TV, allowing you to stream movies from Netflix, or watch you own DVDs.
Have family game night using one of the board games available!
Create home-cooked fare in the kitchen, using the full-size electric cook top and oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, crock pot, coffee maker, toaster, mixer, and just for fun, a waffle maker. Cupboards are stocked with pans, dishes, and utensils ready for your use. Grill those brats and burgers on the large gas grill! Dine at the breakfast table in the kitchen, at the snack bar, or take your meals in the sunroom, using the larger folding table.
For warm days, switch on the air-conditioning (2 window units), or you may use the fans if you prefer. There are also ceiling fans in the sun room and the kitchen. Other notes: baseboard heat, and small single car garage.
Have your morning coffee on the deck overlooking the lake, or in the comfort of slingback chairs at the outdoor dining table.
Cozy up beside the lakeside fire ring; the first campfire wood is included in your rental (marshmallow sticks too!). The big lake with its open sky displays incomparable views of the stars, moon, and clouds.
Situated on a quiet dead end road, with no neighbors to the back of the cottage, enjoy the privacy Doane Cottage has to offer. Fifteen yards of level walkway will take you from the house to the lake; a sandy lake bottom, with a shallow swim area suited for kids.
The dock can be used to tie up your boat and there is electricity at the dock. The bay is sheltered, and has calm waters. Situated right outside the bay is a concrete public boat launch, so launching and landing is no problem! If you do not own a boat, the resorts on the lake sometimes have fishing boats and pontoons available for rent, but this is not guaranteed. Included in the cottage rental are two ocean kayaks, a paddleboat, and life preservers for your use. We also provide some inflatables in the summer, including a Super Mable!
Wildlife is abundant at Lake Miltona. Spot Pileated Woodpeckers, loons, egrets, ducks, turtles, pelicans, beavers, and much more, while just sitting on the bench at the end of the dock.
At 5,800 acres, Lake Miltona is the largest lake of over 300 in the Alexandria area, and it is a premier fishing spot, with muskies, walleye, northerns, bass, varieties of sunfish, and more. Its size makes it an excellent playground for water sports, and the lake itself is easy to navigate, with its clear water and sandy bars.
The area boasts a winery that is open daily, live theater as well as a cinema, and a bowling alley. There is a selection of restaurants for every palate, ranging from Angelina's pizza and pasta, to Casa Bella romantic Italian, to Bugaboo Bay Carribean. Tennessee Roadhouse has fantastic ribs, and Chet's Lakeside Inn has been featured in GQ Magazine, and is the home of a secret Swedish Chicken recipe.
For golf enthusiasts, there are no fewer than eight golf courses in the area, with the nearest being the Lake Miltona Golf Club, located on the other side of the lake. Arrow wood Golf Course and Geneva Golf Course are two of the others that are nearby.
Head to town, where you will discover antique shops, boutiques, a maritime museum, and a historical museum. For your favorite cravings there are chain restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream shops. On the edge of town, take advantage of the mini golf course, go carts, horseback riding, and indoor water park.
Find fast thrills at the weekly stock car races or the demolition derby, or slow the pace at the vintage car and boat shows during the summer.
Minnesota is proud to be known as a 'rails to trails' state, and the Central Lakes Bike Trail runs right through Alexandria, winds around the lakes, and extends as far as you want to ride through the neighboring small towns and picturesque countryside. There are bikes and equipment for rental at Jake's Bikes in town..
Alexandria has something for everyone, with a skate park, a sizable library, a YMCA, and a park complete with ducks to feed (you bring the bread!). Kick back and relax! There is even opportunity for spa services, ranging from massage to body wraps.
There's a lot here, but this list is not exhaustive. You will not run out of things to do! Your hosts will provide you with literature, and are happy to give you directions and further info. Welcome to Doane Cottage on Lake Miltona in Minnesota! The countryside is scenic, and the people are friendly (Have you heard the term 'Minnesota Nice'? These are the people!).
Keywords: Minnesota Cabin, Cabin in Minnesota, cabin in MN, getaway, family getaway, cottage, beach, fishing, Lake Miltona, Alexandria, family friendly, girls' weekend
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- Mar 28, 2018
About Jane Doane
Tom works in medical imaging, and Jane works in education and also at a group home. Married 29 years, we live in the Metropolitan suburb of Ham Lake and are proud parents of 3 adult daughters. Aside from time spent at the lake, we both enjoy the outdoors, biking, reading, and anything that has to do with family. We like to meet people, and enjoy travel.
Jane Doane purchased this Cabin in 2012
Why Jane Doane chose Leaf Valley
We both love the water. Tom is a longtime boat owner, and Jane grew up beside a lake, on a farm just north of here. Friends and relatives live in this area, and we vacationed here before we purchased this cottage.
What makes this Cabin unique
The view from anywhere on the property is so relaxing and therapeutic. Coming to the cottage is a dramatic change from the pace of workaday life. Cozy and charming are the remarks we hear in response to the vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and the sunroom with its wicker furniture. The size of the lake makes it a great playground for water sports and fishing. This cottage means spending more time with family and friends, and making them a priority. The Alexandria area caters to the visitor, but is not over crowded, and has something to offer persons of any taste or interest.
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The cottage is very clean and well kept. Has all the emenities you need for a private cottage rental. This was our 2nd year staying here. We will be back for sure next year! Thanks Jane and Tom.
We love to hear that folks plan to return. It is the ultimate compliment. Guests that return know what to expect, and that makes a successful experience for all involved. Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you next year!
We enjoyed our stay. Jane was a wonderful host and we had several things available for our use
THis is a older cottage but very well maintained. Jane and Tom are wonderful hosts. There was a lot available to do, including grilling and a fire pit, and fishing from the dock was fun. We didn't spend a lot of time in the water as the weather was a bit cool but there are kayaks and paddleboats there to use. The only issue we had was the amount of weeds near the dock, made swimming a little less desirable. But we'd recommend it for a great getaway.
There are crappies spawning in our bay in early June, and the Department of Natural Resources deems it a protected area during those few weeks of June.
.We are not able to do weed control until mid June as a result, as it would harm the fish population.
After mid-June, we are able to use chemical and mechanical means to make it clear for swimming.
There are sand bars around the lake that are not subject to these regulations, and are suitable for swimming in early June.
We are happy to hear that you had a fine time, and we thank visitors in advance for their understanding.
Cottage was small. Sunroom added space so made it more enjoyable as our card room and dining room.
Cozy cottage. Most disappointing was the second bathroom being in the garage. We had been wanting separate bathrooms for each couple. We enjoyed the fishing and the community.
We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the sun room as we do.
There are many photos, and we state that we are a cottage, so it should be a given that we are not a large lodging.
We have not advertised that our bathrooms are "en suite", and are sorry that you had that impression. For the fisher people or the active family, having a full bath off the attached garage can be considered an advantage. For a cottage that holds 6 people max, it is uncommon to have 2 bathrooms.
Best wishes to you in your future rentals, and thank you for choosing Doane Cottage. Sincerely, Jane and Tom
My brother and I came up for a long weekend of fishing in the fall and we could not have been happier with the accommodations and hospitality provided by the owners. Everything was very well organized and very clean. The area is a nature lover's dream. If you are a boater, you will appreciate the protected bay the cabin and its dock is located in as sometimes the lake can be windy. Overall, a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back.
We agree that this is just the place for a nature lover! Just this weekend we have seen eagles, hawks, a muskrat, a black squirrel, wood ducks, grebes, coots, loons, frogs, a pileated woodpecker, a huge flock of redwing blackbirds, and the neighborhood cows. Please come again, and thanks for the kind note! Jane and Tom
Manages to have both the cleanliness of a professional business and the comforts of home. We will definitely come here again!
Hello Dunns, We are glad to hear that you found us a great place for your couples getaway! We have found the cottage to be a positive experience for our relationship as well. Thank you and do come again! Jane and Tom
Everything exceeded expectation. Nice lake side property that was very clean and well taken care of. In a nice bay area of the lake that is well protected from the wind which was great for us......put our boat in the water on the day of arrival and did not take it back out until the day we left. Organized and very friendly owners made for a great trip.
Hi Michael, We appreciate your generous words. Having fall fishermen is a pleasure.
The shelter of the bay is something we also enjoy. Hope to see you again. Jane and Tom
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
All stays have a 5 night MINIMUM, and a 14 day MAXIMUM. Beginning of stay is based on availability. There is no particular day of the week that a stay must begin or end.