2 Bed/1 Bath With Spacious Screen Porch.
Doreen and Jon Schmidt
About Doreen and Jon Schmidt
Doreen and Jon live in Coon Rapids with their 3 kids and dog Peanut. Doreen works as an independent financial advisor and insurance agent and Jon is the owner of a window treatments business Jonathan Window Designs. They the enjoy outdoors, spending time with family and friends and entertaining their creative sides of building and repurposing furniture, home decor and art work. We hope our creative side is evident in our "Upper Hay Getaway" cabin.
Doreen and Jon Schmidt purchased this Cabin in 2015
Why Doreen and Jon Schmidt chose Pequot Lakes
We chose this property because we absolutely love the Brainerd/Baxter/Nisswa area but don't need to be in the heart of the hustle and bustle of these very active areas, including the Whitefish Chain of Lakes - we are close enough to visit but have the quaint coziness of our cabin on beautiful Upper Hay Lake. We also see lots of potential to get creative with our cabin through the years by renovating piece by piece to achieve a combination of rustic and modern while keeping it cozy. We recently refaced the kitchen cabinets and we couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. In 2018 we completed exterior renovations and redesigned our porch. In addition we put in new flooring. We hope to create an atmosphere where our renters want to return year after year and make it a tradition for their family to visit and follow us through our renovations.
What makes this Cabin unique
Lots of room for kids to run and explore. Very quiet and serene and great fishing. The lake shore is shallow for about 30 feet out which makes it comforting for little ones, easy for a game of beach volleyball or just easy in and out.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Excludes bachelor/bachelorette parties
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
No loud noise/music inside or outside after 11pm.
Please don't walk through landscaping - stay to the paths. Watch for poison ivy in wooded areas.
Please do not throw rocks in the water. The lake is already very rocky. Recommend swim shoes in the shallow areas.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Labor Day weekend!
Had a great family weekend at the cabin! Thanks for the stay!
We enjoyed our stay. Cabin was cozy and paddleboards and water lily was much fun.
Peaceful summer retreat
We took our Westies up to the cabin for a 3 night get away, and wished Inwould have booked an extra night! The cabin had everything we needed, and the lake provided beautiful views, fun boating, and even good fishing from the dock.
Owners were super quick in responding to my questions.
Several up close eagle fly overs!
Relaxing stay for our family
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Upper Hay - the mostly secluded lot on the lake and deck view was excellent. Plenty of space for our family of 7 plus furry friends. Has a great up north feel and loved the openness of the kitchen & great room. Our family loved all the water equipment- the stand-up paddle boards, lily pad, lakeside basketball, fishing nets! No one was ever bored and gave the adults a chance to really relax. The lighting in the kitchen was lacking as well as the broken ceiling fan in the main room made it hard for the air to circulate. Additionally, there is a loud water pump in one of the bedrooms so bring ear plugs! Also, a word of caution on the dock- there was a very loose group of boards that would flip up when you used the ladder to get out of the water.
Thank you Doreen!
Thanks for your review! The ceiling fan in the kitchen is working so I’m not sure what the issue was for you guys :( Also, the water pump only goes off when the toilet is flushed or the washing machine is running so at night time we typically avoid flushing! We will definitely address the deck boards at the ladder. Thanks for letting us know.
Jon and Doreen’s property is wonderful! We enjoyed kayaking and paddle boarding everyday, and even watched a sunrise and two sunsets from them on the water. The home itself was great- the tv in the living room was nice and the kitchen had everything we needed. The tether ball, swings, and fire pit made for fun nights outside. Would definitely recommend and would love to come back!
We had a great stay!
We moved staying at this cabin. My only suggestion is to clean out the fire pit after each stay. It was already overflowing with old wood and ashes.
Cozy Cabin on Upper Hay Lake!
Gather your family and friends and enjoy a fun or relaxing getaway in the beautiful lakes area of Minnesota. Whether it is hiking, biking, fishing, crafting or relaxing, this is the perfect place to hang out. It is a great retreat for any couple, family or group of friends. If you are looking for that “up north” feel with most of the amenities of home, this is a great place to enjoy your vacation.
The cabin is fully equipped and available all year round, so you can enjoy your days doing what you want, whether it is fishing, swimming, exploring, relaxing, crafting, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, shopping! This wonderful lake cabin located near Pequot Lakes is minutes from shopping, restaurants, golf, Paul Bunyan Trail and lots of up north activities! Winter is great for ice fishing, skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. In the summer enjoy zero entry lake access for swimming, gorgeous sunrises and great fishing! There is a firepit near the lakeshore, nice long dock w/an Aqua Lily Pad and public launch nearby for your boat. Enjoy views from our remodeled three season porch, and grill out on the patio with our charcoal grill.
Pequot Lakes is about 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities and 25 minutes form Brainerd. It is close to lots of quaint shopping in downtown Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. Paul Bunyan Trail is about a mile away and offers a great way to enjoy the scenic up north. Fall and winter activities include hiking, biking (3 minutes from the Paul Bunyan Trail) , winter skiing, tubing, sledding and snowmobiling. There seems to be something for everyone here!
If you don't have your own bike, rentals are available on the Paul Bunyan trail in Nisswa.
The boat launch for upper hay is less than five minutes away and is maintained by the DNR and concrete so you won't have any trouble if you are bringing your own boat. There are 5 car/trailer stalls for parking at the ramp.
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