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The Great River Retreat on Mississippi backwaters: views, modern & peaceful!!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Upscale 'main house' with available adjacent cabin (#480979) for rental as well!

The Great River Retreat (main house to the currently rented guest House VRBO Listing #480979) nestled between the small riverside towns of Alma and Nelson, Wisconsin, this home sits on the backwaters of the Mississippi. It is fully furnished and every detail of the house has been redone in the past few years. Whether you enjoy your evenings sitting by the fireplace, watching a movie on the big screen, socializing by the bar, listening to the trains roll through on the beautifully screened porch (overlooking the river), or spend it by the campfire - you will find a way to cozy in! You'll notice our modern decor with an inviting outdoor touch throughout the home keeping it very comfortable along with the beautiful landscaping you'll enjoy as you make your way around the property. Spring of 2016, we took the 3 car garage and workout room and turned it into a HUGE rec room for a great place for our groups to gather and entertain without ever having to leave the property! Included in the rec room is a custom made bar, dart board, pool table and a social nook with 3 comfy couches to hang out and enjoy. The room above the rec room is a bonus room with additional sleeping (3 fulls and 3 twin beds) to accommodate larger groups.

If you're looking for an escape for larger groups check out our adjacent property (which is set up to sleep 6 comfortably) for availability and book them both!!

As a guest here, you’ll have access to the water and use of our dock so that you can fish, swim, or just relax. A pontoon will be available during the summer to rent if you'd like to add some fun to your stay!

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Alma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Basement Bathroom
  • Walk in showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Loft Area
    Bedroom 3 - 3 double , 3 twin/ single , Huge Sleeping area Above the Garage
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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The Great River Retreat on Mississippi backwaters: views, modern & peaceful!!
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with some family and friends to celebrate a bride to be! Jes and Jeremiah were extremely helpful and amazing with accommodations and recommendations! Its centrally located near so many great wineries and we had a terrific time.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great home with lots of space. Enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for a big group

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great time at The Great River Retreat. Lots of room and plenty of sleeping space. The location is great and the views of the sunset are spectacular. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you again Jeremiah and Jessica for letting us enjoy your place.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious home, with lots of sleeping space for bigger groups. Everything you could possibly need is available

Our girls weekend of shopping and wrapping gifts was a big success!!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Endless House

  • 5 of 5

A group of 13 of us fit perfectly in the house that just kept going! Plenty of refrigerator space and kitchen space. Great for hosting meals. We grilled out one night on the back porch and the grill worked great! Only a few min from town and very close to a kwik trip gas station. Beautiful views of the river with the frequent bustle of a passing train. We would stay here again! Just watch your head on the stair cases, the ceilings sneak up on you!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property--great for groups!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time here. The house had huge common areas that made it possible for our large group to all hang out together! The beds were comfortable and the bedrooms had plenty of space for everyone!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jeremiah & Jessica Flotterud
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Jeremiah & Jessica Flotterud

We are parents of 3 young children who love every aspect of this wonderful home and gorgeous location.

Jeremiah & Jessica Flotterud purchased this house in 2016

Why Jeremiah & Jessica Flotterud chose Alma

Current property owners to another VRBO property we've managed since 2013, we fell in love with every detail of this home.


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Top Hat
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Coffee Mill
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Harbor View, Slippery's, Nelson Chees Factory
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Coffee Mill
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
alma beach, Mississippi sand bars
Car: recommended

Stay on the backwaters of the Mississippi River and enjoy gorgeous views of the water, trains passing by, and the abundant wildlife. Take a day trip to explore the many wineries in the area and wine taste your way up and down the Great Mississippi River Road. While you're here you can hike up to Buena Vista Park and experience the stunning view from a top the bluffs of Alma, WI. Or, if you'd rather, take a nice drive along the river to soak in views of the bluffs, wildlife, and river. Another must see is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, featuring live eagles. If you're visiting us in the winter don't forget to bring your skis, snowboard, or snowshoes. If you like fishing, we've got that too! So again, if it's winter, pack your ice shack and warm clothes and Flotty will show you where all the fish are biting. We've also got great biking trails and roads if you are a cyclist. If you like boating, kayaking, canoeing, or just about any other water sport we've got the perfect location for you to do all of those things as well. Feel free to bring your boat and tie it up at our dock or rent our Pontoon or Jet Ski, Into golfing? Yes, we have that too! Like campfires? Perfect, we've got a great fire pit for roasting s'mores. To experience something really unique, add Suncrest Gardens to your list. Suncrest Gardens has the best pizza in the area, live music many nights, and a nice fire to keep you warm as the evening fades away. Only catch is you have to bring your table, chairs, plates, napkins, and silverware but no worries you can borrow ours. You can also explore the many small river towns along the Mississippi, do some shopping, eating, or antiquing. Lastly, if you love deep-fried cheese curds, or if you have no idea what those are, than you must go to Pioneer (a 10-minute boat ride) and you'll have the best hand-battered white cheese curds Wisconsin (or anywhere else) has to offer. Not to mention, the Saturday night prime rib that melts in your mouth. Please also visit our website and visit our Facebook page for the latest happenings:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 5.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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