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Cozy cabin on a beautiful North Shore Minnesota lake

Bedrooms 1
Space 288 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Thomas Lake Cabin is quiet and private but not totally isolated.

Cute cabin with 3/4 bath, fully functional kitchen, sleeps 4 adults. Access to a beautiful 160 acre lake (Thomas Lake). Perfect for couples or single family.

This is the best of all worlds for a getaway- secluded enough to get rest and relaxation, yet close enough to the best of the North Shore, and supplies and retail still within a reasonable drive.

This property is on Thomas Lake, which is 18 miles due north and inland from Two Harbors. The lake has about 45 cabins and homes along its shoreline, with less than half of them used year-round.

The cabin sits on two acres, with the lake and dock about 100 yards from the cabin, down a gentle slope - perfect for launching kayaks and canoes. The only cabins visible from the Thomas Lake Cabin are across the bay, with the neighboring cabins are separated by stands of trees.

Fishing is available on the lake, including Northerns and sunfish. Since Thomas Lake does not have a public boat access, we do ask that you don’t bring jet skis or motor boats. You're welcome to bring unpowered watercraft like kayaks and canoes.

The main road that goes most of the way around the lake (Thomas Lake Road) is only for local traffic and their visitors. The gravel road is great for bicycling or walking but younger children should still be supervised. Bel Air Road is an offshoot that serves 3 additional properties.

The exterior of the cabin itself has a generous deck with a picnic table and umbrella. The front porch has 2 Adirondack chairs where you can watch the lake, look at the bird feeders and just relax. Next to the deck is a parking area and will accommodate three vehicles. You can have a bonfire in the fire pit part way down towards the lake (subject to local fire watches). A Weber kettle charcoal grill is also available for cookouts.

For the interior of the cabin, it’s IKEA meets North Woods! The living area has a sofa that converts to a double sleeper, and a dining table can seat 6 comfortably, yet folds down to less than a card table on its side. To cool or warm the cabin, there is a ceiling fan that also has a built in heater. An extra oil filled radiator space heater is also available. Everything (including the full sized water heater) is electric- no gas appliances.

The bathroom has a full sized shower and fully functional flush toilet. The kitchen has a divided sink, 4 element range and stove, a countertop height refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, crockpot, kitchen/cooking utensils and place settings for 6.

The sleeping loft is ladder accessible, and has 2 twin mattresses- a perfect fort for the kids! No linens, pillows or towels provided.

Pets are OK with prior approval.

The cabin also has a NOAA weather radio and a LCD TV with built in DVD player, but no phone. AT&T cell coverage available (4G).

The nearest retail establishments include Dixie, which is a bar/restaurant/bottle shop located 12 miles back toward Two Harbors. They have a good selection of beer (and some wine and liquor) and have a fabulous fish fry on the weekends. They also sell gasoline, but no groceries. Hugo’s is a local legend cross-roads bar 8 miles west of Thomas Lake. They sell some groceries and have a bar, bottle shop. They serve up frozen pizzas, and they have live music on the weekends. Back in Two Harbors, you can pretty much find anything you need- groceries, hardware, restaurants and many services.

This cabin is a perfect base for day trips anywhere along the North Shore, Iron Range or towards the Boundary Waters. Duluth is only one hour away; Grand Marais is about two hours up the shore with landmarks like Split Rock Lighthouse, Palisade Head and Gooseberry Falls much closer; Ely and the Iron Range are both about 90 minutes away.

We have enjoyed the scenic tranquility of this lake for many years, and we hope to share it with you.

Please check the online calendar for dates before contacting us- we do all of our reservations online, and the calendar is kept up daily.

If you are ready to request dates, click the 'Book It' button and follow the directions.

Do contact us if you have any other questions- we'd be happy to answer them.

More Details

Keith Lee
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Keith Lee

The Thomas Lake Cabin is owned by two couples. Mike and Jody live on Thomas Lake and Keith and Jeri live in St Paul. We are all artists in either the visual or music fields. We would like to invite other artists, writers and musicians to consider this cabin for a retreat to contemplate, revitilize and create.

Keith Lee purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Keith Lee chose Two Harbors

This place is special to us. Mike and Jody have lived on Thomas Lake for many years. Keith and Jeri have been coming to Thomas Lake nearly as long. Several of the local folks assisted in developing the property. The neighborhood is a wonderful mix of good people with a wide range of world views. Any one of them would help you out in a pinch.

What makes this cabin unique

The Thomas Lake Cabin is private and quiet without being totally isolated.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jan wrote: "This is one of the most charmingly delightful retreats on the planet. Thoreau would be so jealous. Mindful simplicity paired with aesthetic intention. Thank you."
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Two Harbors

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 288 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living area - 1 double bed , IKEA sleeper sofa
    Sleeping Loft - 2 single bed , Twin sized mattresses- movable in loft
  • Loft that can comfortable sleep 2 adults, plus IKEA sleeper sofa that can sleep an adult couple.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking


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Cozy cabin on a beautiful North Shore Minnesota lake
average rating of 4.53125 based on 33 reviews

Great stay!

  • 4 of 5

Cabin was in great condition with close proximity to lake. Owner was very communicative in relaying necessary information for the stay. Watch out for the mosquitoes! No real options for bank fishing because there are lots of weeds/reeds off the bank. Need to rent a canoe if you really want to fish. The owners set up the cabin nicely to tend to most of you comforts and needs. I'd stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 29/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Tiny Cabin

  • 4 of 5

There were so many mosquitoes in the cabin I think there must be a entryway in the plumbing. Otherwise, I loved the cabin. It was very charming and well-outfitted. Perfect for 1-3 people.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and cozy!

  • 4 of 5

The only reason we didn’t give it five stars is because we wish it would’ve had a little better lake access but otherwise it was wonderful!!

  • Review Submitted: 16/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cozy and and totally better than expected

  • 5 of 5

Perfect little get away cabin tucked in the trees. Maybe alittle more lake view but we had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 27/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cabin was perfect! If you are looking for a quiet getaway in the woods, this is it!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very clean, it has everything you need, and is comfortable. We enjoyed watching the humming birds, loons, and visiting with a neighbors dog that stopped by. I highly recommend this cabin!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it for our family of 4. Perfect for getting away from internet and phones.

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint and cozy. Had all the amenities we wanted and only 20 min to Two Harbours. We wished we had stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Dixie is on State Highway 2 toward Two Harbors.
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Dixie is on State Highway 2 toward Two Harbors.
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Please use the "Book It Now" feature to make a reservation- we handle all of our reservations through this feature on

50% required up front, remainder 50% 7 days before arrival.

Rates subject to change without notice, but guaranteed once reservation is completed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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