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Minnesota offers a wide range of vacation rentals with something for just about everyone. There are some fantastic lakefront cabins with rates to suit nearly every budget as well as luxurious abodes complete with indoor pools. Instead of staying at a hotel, consider one of these options among the state’s coolest Vrbo rentals.
This three-bedroom home sits on its own private island in Upper Prior Lake. You’ll be surrounded by water, enjoying 360-degree views of the lake, sunrises, and sunsets. This rental has all you need for that perfect retreat, including paddleboards, kayaks, paddleboats, and other toys. There’s even a swimming beach and a dock ideal for fishing or leaping into the water. After working up an appetite relax and enjoy the scenery from the huge wraparound deck, cookout on the gas grill, and then gather around the fire roasting marshmallows for S’mores. The home accommodates up to six and includes a full kitchen, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. Access is by boat only so you’ll need to rent one from Prior Lake Pontoon rentals or bring your own.
This massive 8,800-square-foot property has nine bedrooms, a guest suite, an extra-spacious loft, and two additional sleeping spaces, accommodating up to 34 guests. “Musky Lodge” as its known, is particularly ideal for a large group gathering and entertaining, complete with a commercial kitchen that has a 9-burner commercial gas range with two ovens and a 20-person farmhouse dining table. There are three wood-burning fireplaces, eight Smart TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the picturesque views. Outdoor living spaces are impressive too. You’ll have a vast lawn, waterfront deck, fire pit, gas grill, and areas for dining alfresco.
Located on a 1.85-acre property along Mound Lake, this three-bedroom home sleeps up to 11 and comes with a long list of amenities, including two non-motorized boats. While it’s popular for fun on the lake in the summer, it’s a great place year-round with opportunities for winter sports too. During the warmer months, look forward to relaxing in the large dock area which has seating ideal for sipping your morning coffee or evening wine while listening to the loons. Evening bonfires under the stars are possible too. Spread over 1,800-square-foot, the home has a full kitchen and grill, TV, and a washer/dryer.
Nestled in the Chippewa National Forest along the banks of Caribou Lake, this gorgeous log cabin offers 1,000 feet of shoreline, providing your own private shallow bay for fishing for huge northern pike, lake trout, and bass. It was hand-built in the 1970s and recently fully restored to include all the modern amenities. You’ll have free Wi-Fi, Smart TVs with Netflix, a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, and two bedrooms with enough beds to accommodate up to six. Outdoors, there’s a deck and patio, a hot tub for soothing soaks, and a fire pit. Plus, two kayaks are available for complimentary use.
Enjoy plenty of privacy and seclusion from this idyllic mountain retreat. The three-bedroom alpine-style cabin sleeps six and boasts magnificent views of Lake Superior and Moose Mountain. With an open floor plan and vaulted ceilings, it feels extra spacious with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy being together without feeling cramped. Cozy up to the fireplace with a good book, play games, or just chat. The master bedroom is especially impressive, with a gas fireplace and a hot tub for relaxing with a view.
Surrounded by Juggler Lake on three sides, this cabin sits on a private island with 18 acres of forest. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all while enjoying plenty of luxuries. There are three patios, a Weber grill for cookouts, and a dock for diving into the pristine water, popular for swimming and many other watersports. The A-frame cabin accommodates 10 in three bedrooms, including a master that has a jetted tub, while high ceilings provide an extra spacious feel. There’s a full kitchen with two refrigerators and two freezers, a stone fireplace, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi too.
The “Lighthouse” offers a unique stay that overlooks the harbor and town of Grand Marais. You’ll be in the heart of it all, within a block from everything while enjoying an incredible view of the old harbor from the balcony that has a wrought iron table and chairs. An octagonal cupola tops the lighthouse letting in sunlight during the day and moonlight after dark. It sleeps two, with the bed positioned to face southeast, showcasing views of the harbor in the morning through large windows. There are many desirable features, including a galley kitchen, Smart TV with a Blu-ray player, and Wi-Fi. A sauna is available for an additional fee.
The Boathouse offers a perfect tranquil space for some alone time for two overlooking Hamlet Lake. Built in 1946, it sits right along the edge of the shore and includes complimentary kayaks for getting out on the water. You’ll have a queen-size bed where you can fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of nature and if you want to explore on land, you’ll be close to Cuyuna bike trails in the Mine Lake Recreation area too. A full kitchen, fireplace, TV with a DVD player, a/c and heating are all included.
The historic Pumphouse was originally built as the city’s water pump house in the mid-1800s. It was abandoned in 1897 after a new pump house was built and converted into a magnificent French-style home by a renowned architect. It sits on Lake Superior with 200 feet of private lakeshore and includes a terrace that runs the length of the home, hanging over the water. Inside, French doors frame the living room with its awe-inspiring view of Lake Superior and the Aerial Lift Bridge. It includes 3,100-square-feet with two bedrooms, sleeping up to five. Other notable features include 10-foot ceilings, a Pullman-style kitchen, period chandeliers, and three gas fireplaces. A fire pit next to the lake is the perfect place to gather around under the stars after dark.
This one-bedroom cabin looks as if it could be in the country of Finland, but this is Finland, Minnesota. It sits on a 10.5-acre property and overlooks Crown Creek, with the warmer months offering outstanding trout fishing. The cooler months of the year present a dazzling winter wonderland for snowmobiling with trails accessible right from the property. The one-bedroom cabin was recently renovated, including a new kitchen with a copper sink. It also includes a TV with satellite channels, a DVD player, and DVD collection, and a fireplace.
Lazy Pines is the classic cabin you’ve been dreaming of for spending your days exploring the lakes area and snowshoeing, with snowshoes provided, and your evenings next to the large wood-burning fireplace (firewood supplied). In the summer, relax in the screened porch that offers panoramic views of O’Brien Lake or take the included pontoon boat out on the water. It sleeps up to nine and includes two HD flat-screen TVs, a Blu-ray player, books, games and cards, and a full kitchen, among its many amenities.