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Karla Cahlander

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

HeartRock Haven on Leo

18 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Minnesota Cabin Rental Photos and Description

....an incredible destination that will please everyone!

HeartRock Haven is a spectacular piece of heaven located just 28 miles North of Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Nestled on a small trout lake one mile off The Gunflint Trail this charming cabin is one of only 15 on this secluded body of water. With boat motors limited to 15 hp it offers the peace and quiet you need to experience to truly appreciate.

Whether you like to fish, hike, canoe, kayak, snowmobile, snow shoe or cross country ski there is something for everyone to enjoy in this year round Boundary Waters home!

This beautiful knotty pine cabin features leather, hickory and custom pine furniture. In addition to a queen size master bedroom Heartrock boasts a second full size private bedroom plus a queen & twin bed suite. Perfect for three couples or any combination of family. All have goose-down comforters and high quality comfortable bedding.

Enjoy burgers on the gas grill or prepare a gourmet meal in a modern kitchen with all of the amenities. Watch a good movie on the DVD player, challenge your kids to PlayStation2 or enjoy a host of classic board games. For a little more action check out the lower level game room complete with pinball machines and an electronic dart board. The perfect retreat for the kids of all ages.

On a warm summer evening or frosty winter night, the cozy porch with wood-burning fireplace is always a great place to relax with a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine. Enjoy a book or a good conversation.

Things to Do

During the warmer months there is three person canoe and as four kayaks for use at your leisure. Enjoy trout fishing right off the dock or discover the serenity of the lake. There are also breath-taking hiking trails with picturesque overlooks just a few minutes away. Explore Caribou Rock or Honeymoon Bluff.

For food and drinks check out the historic Hungry Jack Lodge and the legendary Trail Center both just minutes away. Horseback riding and other activities can also be found farther down the trail at the famous Gunflint Lodge.

Located near numerous entry points to world famous BWCA Heartrock Haven makes a great “basecamp” for the less adventurous. Stay in luxury while another group roughs it in the woods during a canoe trip or the hits the lakes for fishing opener.

In the winter world-class snowmobile trails are just outside the door. Cross country skiers will enjoy the nationally-recognized trails at the popular Bearskin Lodge. These well groomed trails have been written up in ski magazines and are located just 6 miles down the road

For some wholesome family fun make reservations for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a lantern lit trail at Okontoe. If you’d rather “hoof-it”, we have four pair of snow-shoes available any time.

Grand Marais

You’ll pass through Grand Marais on your way to Heartrock Haven, so make sure to explore this quaint little town. This picturesque village on Lake Superior makes a great day trip. Sign up for a craft class at the North House Folk School. Or wander through the variety of stores from art galleries and antique shops to the classic Ben Franklin. Enjoy food and entertainment at The Gunflint Tavern. Enjoy the catch of the day at theAngry Trout or kick back with a Sven and Ole’s Pizza.

We hope you will find Heartrock Haven as “truly magical” as some of our past visitors.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karla Cahlander (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Karla Cahlander

I have been coming to the boundary waters for over 17 years and have enjoyed each and every visit. It is truly something my family and I look forward to every single time. You never tire from the incredible beauty and serenity of this peaceful place. There is plenty to do and plenty of time to NOT do.

Karla Cahlander purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Karla Cahlander chose Minnesota

Simply put, this cabin and it's surroundings are the perfect way to experience the Boundary Waters in comfort and style. It is a real home away from home and provides everything you could possibly need. Being just one mile off the Gunflint Trail, the location is also very convenient.

What makes this cabin unique

HeartRock Haven provides comfort, warmth and ambience the minute you walk in. You immediately feel like you're in a true cabin setting; not just a lake home. It is the feel of the woods without being completely isolated.

Reviews

5
based on 18 traveler reviews

HeartRock Haven on Leo
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

Quiet, private, beautiful cabin in the woods on the lake - kayaks and more included!

  • 5 of 5

The​ ​serenity​ ​and​ ​privacy​ ​of​ ​this​ ​beautiful cabin​ ​and​ ​lake​ ​are​ ​nothing​ ​we have​ ​ever​ ​experienced before. ​We​ ​enjoyed time​ ​as​ ​a​ ​family​ ​-​ ​a​ ​mom,​ ​a​ ​dad,​ ​and​ ​two​ ​sons​ ​around​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​20​ ​-​ ​and​ ​time​ ​alone.

In addition to swimming in the clean waters of the lake, we kayaked. We relaxed on the dock and everywhere, read on the swings and everywhere. While playing air hockey and pinball in the basement, we saw a bear cub right outside our window! We played games and ate breakfast at the lovely game table on the screen porch. We strummed guitar and listened to jazz by the fireplace, which is also on the porch. (Yes, the porch was a great hangout.) Listening to the loons was music to our ears too.

Besides the bear and the loons, a beaver popped up and surprised us while kayaking. Ospreys were gliding and diving for fish, a red squirrel scurried around, a Common Merganser Duck family swam by, and warblers we don’t see in southern Minnesota flittered about. The plants from the tiniest at our feet to the tallest high above our heads were wondrous too.

We did venture out for a hike on Caribou Trail and for a lovely meal at the Trail Center.

The​ ​weather​ was​ ​near​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​our​ ​stay,​ ​3​ ​nights in comfy beds. It​ ​was​ ​cool​ ​to​ ​warm​ ​and​ ​sunny​ ​to​ ​rainy,​ ​but even​ ​the​ ​rain​ ​was​ ​beautiful.​ ​The only bummer was that clouds​ ​prevailed​ ​at​ ​night​ ​so​ ​we​ ​didn’t​ ​get​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​stars which was a huge want of one of our sons.​ ​(Guess we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​again,​ ​don’t​ ​we?!)

One important note: The mosquitoes were not nearly as bad as we had feared. They were totally manageable and didn’t interfere with our enjoyment at all.

Oh, and another: We brought too much. There are plenty of games, books, and movies. Unless you are already reading a book or have a particular game or movie you feel you must bring, I’d leave them at home.

This was our first VRBO experience. I can't imagine dealing with anyone easier and nicer to work with than Karla. She and this place will be a hard act to follow. I can tell you one thing for sure, I won't be staying in a hotel or big resort ever again unless I absolutely have to.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Very good stay. The owner was great to work with, and called to be sure we arrived safely and had everything we needed. The home was clean, very nicely decorated (it was more like a home than a rental cabin), and had comfortable beds. Everything was in good working order, including the grill. We really enjoyed the very easy to use fireplace on the porch, the dock, and the air hockey table downstairs. But the porch was probably the family favorite. We saw a beaver and loons at the dock during our stay, and the chipmunk put on an entertaining show from the kitchen window. It's a really nice and relaxing place.

Tips:

1. If the lights seem dim, check the wall switch…some of them have a tiny dimmer slider to adjust brightness (not like anything we’d ever seen, but perfectly functional once you realize they are there)

2. Read the information package you’ll get carefully as it will prepare you well for an enjoyable stay

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautifully appointed.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at this home. We spent much time on the dock swimming, kayaking, and fishing. The beds were amazing, and we loved the super cool art weaving project in the yard. We look forward to coming back in the years to come!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Serene Setting

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay at this cozy cabin on Leo Lake. Lots of unique touches in the decor -- bedrooms had cute themes (Moose, Bear, Pine Tree) with accompanying adorable stuffed animals (well the Pine Tree animal was a river otter!). Truly comfy beds with down comforters! Senior members of your party might want to "dib" for the master bedroom -- the stairs to the upstairs bedrooms were on the steep side!

The best part was the quiet and serenity of the place -- Leo Lake was beautiful and just the right size for an afternoon kayak paddle. We enjoyed watching the "super moon" rise over the lake and reflect in its waters from Heartrock Haven's dock. "Shermy" the squirrel and his birdie friends paid us several visits entertaining us. No loon or moose sightings this trip, though.

Lots of good hiking trails nearby and hearty vittles at the Trail Center down the road. Fall colors were beautiful as well. A great place in which to decompress. Heartily recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Cabin in Beautiful Setting!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just got back from our stay at Heartrock Haven and we could NOT be happier with what we signed up for! Not only was the cabin unique and beautiful, but the amenities that came with it were icing on top of the cake! We were a small group of 4 adults and we all got to have our own spaces throughout the cabin for relaxing and reading books! We had a great time out on Leo Lake with the canoes and kayaks! We got to fish and even caught a rainbow trout! We did a lot of hiking on the nearby trails which gave us spectacular pictures with breathtaking views. We have stayed at many cabins in the north woods before, but this one felt the most like home! Would recommend to couples, families, groups of friends, ANYONE! The wildlife was abundant, especially "Shermie" the squirrel who was always entertaining! Do yourself a favor and find some time to book your north woods getaway at Heartrock Haven! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heavenly lake, beautiful cabin, lots to do or you can do nothing at all!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautiful and roomy and has great spaces for everyone to either be together or have their own space & has the creature comforts with the beauty of the wilderness. It's a great place to clear your head, catch up on a book, get outside, relax by the fireplace, watch critters, hike, kayak, connect with friends or family, cook up great meals, laugh, listen to loons, fish - so I heard & saw many right off the dock.

If you have snorers, there are many sleeping options to make everyone happy. We were lucky to see some falling stars and a bit of the Northern lights, my first time. I highly suggest getting out on the dock and star gazing/Northern light searching. There's lots of room on the dock or sit on the benches & listen for the beavers that live off to the left as they search for branches at night. They start coming out around 6, so you can still see them too. They are pretty unconcerned about what you are doing though & one swam right under me/the dock as I stood there capturing sunset photos. They may make a big noise with their tail slaps on the water, don't be scared though, I found it to be a fun and safe weekend get away & I truly didn't want to leave.

The kayak trip around the lake was a great adventure, with fun photo opportunities & one lap around was perfect. I have a little kayaking experience but it has been quite a while, I suggest less windy days for it though as going against the wind can be a challenge for smaller ones or less experienced folks. It is equipped with all you need for kayaking or canoeing, cooking, games (air hockey was fun!) etc. Oh, & there are some great hiking trails near by too!

There are fun places to go like Hungry Jack Lodge, where you can have an adult beverage, food, chat with folks & the friendly staff & Wifi if need be. You can go to the also very close by Trail Center for a great meal! So much you can do, I can hardly name it all. The flying squirrels are fun to watch up close at night from the porch & the red squirrels, birds & chipmunks by day at the feeder. I suggest staying for at least a week as you wont want to leave after three nights, believe me, I know....

The owners are really lovely people, I can attest to that & I am being completely unbiased. They want guests to enjoy their slice of heaven as much as they do & are sharing their favorite place in the world with you. It was an experience I will never forget & feel truly honored. This was my first time & hopefully not my last.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Duluth- Major air, Grand Marais-Small Aircraft
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Hungry Jack Lodge
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Grand Marais
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Duluth
Nearest Motorway
28 Miles
Hwy 61
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Trail Center
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Lutsen

During the warmer months there is a three person canoe and four kayaks for use at your leisure. Enjoy trout fishing right off the dock or discover the serenity of the lake. There are also breath-taking hiking trails with picturesque overlooks just a few minutes away. Explore Caribou Rock or Honeymoon Bluff.

For food and drinks check out the historic Hungry Jack Lodge and the legendary Trail Center both just minutes away. Horseback riding and other activities can also be found farther down the trail at the famous Gunflint Lodge.

Located near numerous entry points to world famous BWCA Heartrock Haven makes a great “basecamp” for the less adventurous. Stay in luxury while another group roughs it in the woods during a canoe trip or the hits the lakes for fishing opener.

In the winter world-class snowmobile trails are just outside the door. Cross country skiers will enjoy the nationally-recognized trails at the popular Bearskin Lodge. These well groomed trails have been written up in ski magazines and are located just 6 miles down the road

For some wholesome family fun make reservations for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a lantern lit trail at Okontoe. If you’d rather “hoof-it”, we have four pair of snow-shoes available any time.

You’ll pass through Grand Marais on your way to Heartrock Haven, so make sure to explore this quaint little town. This picturesque village on Lake Superior makes a great day trip. Sign up for a craft class at the North House Folk School. Or wander through the variety of stores from art galleries and antique shops to the classic Ben Franklin. Enjoy food and entertainment at The Gunflint Tavern. Enjoy the catch of the day at the Angry Trout or kick back with a Sven and Ole’s Pizza.

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Rates & Availability

Grand Marais Cabin Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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Amenities

Minnesota Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One bathroom is available complete with shower and tub. Hair dryer and shampoo/conditioner and hand soap provided along with towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Also a futon available on the basement level.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Crooked Pine trail is well maintained up to the cabin. However, in the winter especially, a 4WD or 2WD automobile is recommended.

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