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

Alma, WI, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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!


Jeremiah & Jessica Flotterud

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 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 Nelson

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


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, Basement Bathroom
        • Walk in showers

        Location Type

          • Waterfront
            A neat walk across the railroad tracks brings you out to the dock where you can fish off of, jump in for a swim or sit and watch the eagles soar.


              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                        Local calls only
                      • Towels Provided
                        We have limited number of towels if folks need them but we do ask that you bring your own if you can. Thanks
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            We have the kitchen fully stocked with utensils for your cooking convenience, all you need to bring is the food! If you think you may need something just ask and we will see if we can get it.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Limited items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dining table seats 8 people plus bonus seating at the Kitchen Island as well
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Game Room
                                  • Games
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys


                                      • Boat
                                        Pontoon available for rent
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Please call for availability!
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • massage therapist

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            32 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Exceptional Property and Owners

                                                            Mary H.

                                                            Celebrating a birthday with guests ranging in age from 2 to 75 years old takes much investigating and one needs to take into careful consideration the space and amenities. I found the Great River Retreat online and was excited to see if it met all our requirements. It did!! The owners were very receptive and accommodating to our basic requests. It was obvious from our first steps into the retreat that the space had either been remodeled or kept updated with care. We are frequent travelers, as such, have experienced a variety of outstanding as well as huge disappointing properties, this one is a GEM! I would like to thank the owners for providing us with a wonderful space to celebrate with 10 guests, and it’s within a hour plus driving distance from home.

                                                            Tucked away down by the river

                                                            Joe H.Minneapolis, MN

                                                            The cabin is well kept and the game room and sleeping loft area feels like a new addition. Overall the cabin has many comfy nooks that are tucked away which makes the house feel very large. Our group spent most of our time in the large game room but the kitchen and outdoor areas were adequately sized as well. The drive down from the metro was scenic and the view of the river from the property was great as well. There will be many trains that pass by on the tracks along the river bank but this does not make it feel cut off from the river at all. We were a bit skeptical of the sleeping loft but the beds were comfy and small dividing walls kept it private enough. All in all the members in our group of 12 would recommend.

                                                            Had a great time. It was perfect for our group.

                                                            Jacqueline B.

                                                            It had everything we needed and more. The three season porch was great and we played pool and darts in the evenings.

                                                            Wonderful property!

                                                            Brianna M.

                                                            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.


                                                            Doug S.Minnesota

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

                                                            Great for a big group

                                                            Robb R.

                                                            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.


                                                            Alma, WI, USA

                                                            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:

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                                                            32 Reviews
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