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Upscale Cozy Cabin on Big Island, Lake Minnetonka, *Need a boat to get to Island

Bedrooms 1
Space 92 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Want up North, but not the drive? This is the perfect couples retreat for you. The beautifully decorated Lake Cabin is Perfect for a Romantic Couples getaway!! Big Island is located on Lake Minnetonka, only minutes from Minneapolis. The cabin is located on 1 acre of wooded land with a fabulous view of the lake. It is a wonderful get-away from all the pressures of life. Sit on one of the two decks and relax as you enjoy the views of boats sailing by and the glow of the amber setting sun!

Big Island is located between Excelsior and Wayzata, both of which are filled with restaurants and shops. You can drive your boat to the free public docking at either town. Excelsior is 2 miles away from cabin and Wayzata 4 miles away. A quick minutes boat ride to a fun fabulous dinner out on the lake! And if you want solitude, you can spend time hiking around the island and see where the original amusement park used to be.

This is a beautiful cabin where you can enjoy nature, yet still be close to urban delights.

*Please note: This property is accessible only by boat.

Mainland parking, dockage, or boat rental is not provided by owner. Foster Bros. Marine rents boats in Delano. Their phone# 763-972-3199

Remember....e-check will be the suggested payment option so you can avoid the 3% credit card charge.

The cabin is very upscale and comfortable with two decks.

Upper deck: overlooking the gorgeous view of the lake with two very comfortable chairs with ottomans to relax, read, or have your morning breakfast and coffee.

Lower deck (which sits off the water): has a high top table, swivel bar stools, red umbrella and potted flowers at your feet. There you can enjoy the setting sun with cocktails. There is a sandy beach with extra chairs to sit down and put your feet in the warm sand or build a sand castle!

Inside cabin features include:

-Beautiful woodwork

-Newly tiled floors

-New kitchen appliances and cabinets

-New bathroom with jetted tub

-Beautiful romantic open loft bedroom (which overlooks the living room)

Everything is beautifully decorated with an eye for details and enjoyment!

Tie up to the 80 foot dock. It's great for fishing and the sunnies are always biting!

*Fishers- This bay is one of Lake Minnetonka's prized bass fishings spots (walleyes, northerns, bass, and muskies).

A large fire pit, which overlooks the bay, is complete with large boulders to sit on to roast marsh mellows for s'mores. 4 new kayaks are available to rent, $50 for 3 days or $75 for the week, per kayak.

Remember, this property is accessible only by boat!

There are several full service marinas that are close to the island. For overnight vehicle and boat trailer parking there is one close at Grays Bay Landing, 17232 Grays Bay Blvd. Minnetonka, MN and in Orono - 3366 North Shore Drive, Orono, MN

We cannot do parties or more than 4 guests due to our septic and well systems. We also do not want the wear and tear of our property and furnishings. This is an upscale, exceptionally clean and well decorated cabin. It is perfect for a Romantic Couple Getaway!! We are excited to share our cabin with mature, responsible, and respectful renters so that the cabin will stay in great shape for years to come.

Keywords: Lake Cabin

More Details

Property Manager
Jody Laughlin
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2018

About Jody Laughlin

I have always lived near or on Lake Minnetonka all my life. My father has owned lake cabins on Big Island as a vacation spot to enjoy. I grew up sailing across to Big Island to hang out with friends at one of the cabins. We were big sailors in regattas around the country. We have always loved the Lake and Big Island.

Both my husband and I have grown up here and graduated from Minnetonka High School. We have lived at same property since we married 27 years ago, and tore down the orginal house and built new home, with 6 wonderful children. Ages...26, 23, 21, 19,17 & 15, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl. Everyone is super close and our top priority is family and extended family time together, with lots of love, laughter and good food! I absolutely love renting out and sharing our property, because I know how much I love and enjoy it when I am able to get away and relax out there. Renters have been so great and have been so responsible and respectful of our furnishings and property. We have a lot of repeat customers because they know how beautiful and clean our lake cabin is. We are very protective of our property, so that we and they, can always count on our place being stellar.

Jody Laughlin purchased this cabin in 1977

Why Jody Laughlin chose Orono

My father has two Big Island lake properties next to each other, his being down the shore line. He wanted to sell the Upper cabin because the lake taxes were so high. I couldn't see that happening, I wanted to keep it in the family for future generations to enjoy as we have. So we rent it out to cover the expensive lake taxes, insurance, and maintenance. We still get to enjoy it in the spring and fall and hopefully have Christmas out there if the lake ice is better this year for crossing! There are no bridges to this Island.

What makes this cabin unique

We are on an Island, with 20 other seasonal lake home cabins. Our property and dock are located last on the Island , that butts up next to the 'Three Rivers District Park System'. So our location is private. We sit up high with a commanding view of Lake Minnetonka and all the boats and activity. We are surrounded by lush greenery and mature trees that are a relaxation feast for the eyes. The whole front of the cabin and the A frame sides are all glass. So you feel like you are one with the outside and nature! In the fall there are all the maples on the Island that make the Island on fire with color. Looking out the windows at glowing yellow, orange and red. Taking a cool hike around the lake on a rugged foot path to the Old amusement park. Come back for a Bon Fire to warm up to with S'mores and hot cider. There is a red wood burning stove in living room that heats the place up wonderfully cozy in the fall and winter. Very romantic cozy getaway for a couple all year round!!!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for the perfect weekend! Your cabin is beautiful and so clean and well maintained! Your lot is very private with such wonderful views- you definitely get the "up north" feeling but are only minutes from the cities. Every aspect of our stay was great and we plan on returning next year.

Thanks again!
Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Orono, Minnesota

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Young children are not a good fit for the upscale cabin. It is not child proof and we are up high on an embankment. Upstairs loft child could slip thr
  • All shoes/ sandals need to be removed when entering the cabin. If barefoot, feet washed outside in bin by door. We have designer rugs, dry clean only.
  • Bring firewood if you like long burning fires. We do supply a modest amount. (It is a lot of work to drag fallen trees, cut them, then chop and stack!
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jacuzzi
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Upscale Cozy Cabin on Big Island, Lake Minnetonka, *Need a boat to get to Island
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 70 reviews

The most memorable honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about Jody and our stay at her gorgeous cabin! We stayed here on our wedding night and several days after (we extended our stay because we did not want to leave!). Jody was extremely responsive and helpful in making sure that we had a very memorable stay. She worked with us closely and was very accommodating of our specific requests. The cabin was absolutely stunning and very clean, welcoming and cozy- perfect for our wedding night! There was no shortage of things to do in the area. This property is truly one of a kind. We will definetly be back for years to come! Thank you for making our wedding night and stay so special, Jody!

  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view of the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to unwind and boy did we find it! The serenity of this property is exactly what we needed!

  • Review Submitted: 11/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wilderness retreat right in the middle of Lake Minnetonka!

  • 5 of 5

Loved it! Place was clean, updated and well appointed. But, the best part is the land itself: several acres, totally private, with hiking trails to the beach and beyond. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, isolated on Big Island with quick boat access to Excelsior. Takes some forethought to get everything to-and-from the island by boat, but well worth the logistical planning! Upper and lower decks both provide great lake views.

  • Review Submitted: 18/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our overall impression is that the property is amazing and the cabin is cozy and always clean

  • 5 of 5

We love this cabin! It really feels like a true vacation even though you're not driving 3-4 hours up north. The cabin is always in great shape and it feels secluded for being on an extremely popular island right on Minnetonka. There are many places on the lake to go grab food or because the cabin is setup with everything you need you can cook or grill right there and enjoy a nice relaxing fire at night. I would recommend this cabin to anyone and everyone! Jody is always very helpful in recommending anything you may need to bring to the cabin and always keeps the cabin in great shape. Thanks again for a great time, my wife and I love celebrating our anniversary at your cabin!

  • Review Submitted: 11/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean cabin with stunning lake view!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this properly three years ago and couldn't wait to return. The cozy cabin is very clean with all the amenities to make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. A private dock ensured our boat was safe and the view of the lake from the lawn was spectacular. We enjoyed boating during the day and grilling meals and fires during the evenings. The outdoor shower at the cabin is unique and a fun experience. Saw three deer from the back deck one morning. We are looking forward to staying again next year!

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$127.43
Damage Deposit AU$254.86

A $200 security/damage deposit, secures dates. Turns into a damage deposit. Upon departure, if cabin checks out in good shape,the $200 check is ripped up or applied to future rental. $200 Security deposit is forfeited, if failure to rent.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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