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

Bedrooms 1
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 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

We are very excited about renting the cabin this year! It has been all remodeled, newly furnished, and beautifully decorated. Once people see, it they love it! 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 75 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:
9 August, 2017

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 Lake Minnetonka

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
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 4.952381 based on 64 reviews
Shorewood, MN 55331

Beautiful setting, created beautiful family memories!

  • 5 of 5

Unique, beautiful, private and scenic setting. Cabin is wonderful, cozy and fully equipped for a wonderful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time - no complaints at all! Big private lot and outdoor shower was a pleasant surprise.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was as described. Nice private location. We had a good time and enjoyed our visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6th season

  • 5 of 5

and we will be coming again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular get away!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cabin in early June and it was outstanding! The location was the best; we enjoyed sitting out on the deck, fishing, and tubing. It was a good fit for 3, with one of us sleeping on a cot. We booked a couple days before we arrived and Jody went above and beyond to make sure our stay was memorable. She is terrific! We have recommended the cabin to all our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eden Prairie, MN

Like being in a tree house when you were kids...

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property in early June to celebrate our anniversary. This is about as close as you can get to a grown up version of a tree house you played in as kids. It has everything you need, but still keeps its charm as a small place. It is located on historic Big Island and is enclaved in a forest of beautiful full trees. The area has a beautiful backyard that faces the bay and includes a great big fire pit.

The home was very well kept and very clean. We had everything we needed including fans, towels, firewood, linens, water, etc. Despite the 90F highs on the days we were there, we never turned the AC on as it kinda took away from the experience. The outside shower is awesome!

The sleeping arrangements are cozy, with a nice queen bed. Fitting four would require sleeping on an air mattress in the living room, so I would do it with children only.

We used the firepit every night as well as the cocktail "nook" on the dock to watch the afternoon wind down with some pre-dinner cocktails and cribbage. The geese will keep an eye on your boat while it's on the dock.

The bay is a nice tucked bay in Minnetonka that is perfect distance to 15+ eating choices in Wayzata or Excelsior. We tried a new place every breakfast and dinner and did lunches on the boat.

I am already looking forward to coming back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$126.39
Damage Deposit A$252.78

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 canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.