Lake Cabin with great views has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, can sleep up to 6 guest.
About Karen Dickey
My husband and I met and married in Southern MN. He came from Southern Ohio to play football and I came from Forest Lake to compete in gymnastics. In 1980 we headed to Northern Colorado to start our life together. Our two oldest children were born in Colorado. Then returned to are Alma Mater to obtain a Master's Degree. After graduating, my husband landed a job in Virginia. Shortly after arriving in Virginia our third child was born. We have fond memories of our time spent in Virginia, however the mountains were calling us back. In the summer of 1989 we moved back to Colorado and spent the next 24 years raising our family in Frisco, CO. Our son was involved in football and alpine skiing, our middle daughter played volleyball, hockey and tennis, our youngest daughter focused on volleyball playing both club and high school. As a family we enjoy many activities such as: alpine and nordic skiing, hiking, biking, hut trips, and rafting. We have been lucky enough to get private permits for many rivers in the western United States. Our last grand adventure was in 2014 when we drew a 14 day permit for the Grand Canyon. My husband semi-retired in 2010. In 2013 we remodeled the cabin and in the summer of 2013 we moved to MN full time.
Karen Dickey purchased this Cabin in 2011
Why Karen Dickey chose Forest Lake
In 1938 my father's summer job was helping a local builder build log cabins on a property called Shady Land Point. He actually help build the fireplace in our cabin as a senior in high school. My father owned a small business on one of the chain lakes so I have fond memories of driving him to work in the morning by boat. Many times we would tow the sailboat with us then he would sail home, often getting home in the moonlight (much to my mother's consternation). My parents loved this place, even with the crooked tree. My siblings children and our children used to be able to climb and hang from the section that is now on the ground. At one point the tree made a perfect frame for the lake from our deck. My parents passed in 2003 so the house was passed on to my siblings and I to be used as a retreat. In 2011, my husband and I had an opportunity to buy the remaining siblings out. We gutted the place down to the studs and the remodel was completed in the summer of 2013.
What makes this Cabin unique
Charming, peaceful, special, all words my friends would use to describe the cabin before the remodel. Many of them knew my parents and how much they loved this spot. Our goal during the remodel was to build something that would last for our children and their families to enjoy. We wanted to keep the cozy charm. The dining room is all original pine and my husband built the barn door using the original pine.The kitchen island is wrapped in original pine. I tried to incorporate the old with the new the best that I could. The mirror in the hallway is made from one of the original windows. When my parents moved in they replaced all of the windows except for the down stairs bathroom and laundry room, so we were able to save them when we replaced all the windows during our remodel. My favorite thing to do in the morning is to sit in bed with a cup of coffee and read and enjoy the lake view. In the summer you can hear the loons calling and I can not count the number of different birds that parade past on any given day. While raising my family in Colorado I would call my parents to check in and my favorite thing to hear when I asked "What are you doing?," was "We are looking at the lake." It was said with such joy that it would melt my heart. I knew it meant more than just looking at a lake, it meant that they were in their element and happy. We hope that you will experience similar feelings. So, please enjoy your time at our "Innsjo Hytte " and at the end of the day, after all of the fun is done, just enjoy looking at the lake!
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This property was the perfect layout for a Minnesota lake vacation. The property was above and beyond our expectations. Very clean and every detail was met. Karen is incredibly organized and a wonderful hostess. Very well laid out house, great view and just a peaceful setting. We loved our stay!!
Amazing host, beautiful cabin, impeccably clean, extraordinarily appointed.
Everything about our stay was perfect. The cabin was exactly as described. Everything was very clean. We cooked almost all of our meals at the cabin and found everything we needed to do so. Very well appointed kitchen with new appliances. We also enjoyed an outdoor fire at the fire-pit lakeside every night. All communication with Karen were great as well. We will return here, again and again.
Every thing you could ask for in a lake cabin loved it
beautiful flat lake lot, trees shade on patio, nice decorating inside, safe neighborhood to walk.
We loved staying at the cabin despite a rainy weekend. The cabin was very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. We would love to return.
Thank you Victoria! I look forward to your return.
Good times with good friends...
Probably would have appreciated blinds on the living room windows..more coffee cups...but a wonderful place...
Thank you for your comments, I'm happy you enjoyed your stay!
We had an amazing weekend at Innsjo Hytte. It is a beautiful house, very nicely updated and modern, but also still delightfully rustic and northwoods-y. The surroundings are as true to a Minnesota lake cottage as you're going to find and the views of the lake are nothing short of stunning.
Karen is the ultimate hostess. Extremely friendly, prompt in replying to questions, and very thorough in providing all the information you need to have a fabulous stay.
Very highly recommended and a reasonable distance from any number of things you might want to do in the Twin Cities, along the St. Croix river and beyond.
Thank you for your kind review! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! Please return!
Other than the usual lake activities there are so many things to see and do. You can enjoy all the small town festivals that happen through out the year in the surrounding towns such as: Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Hugo, Marine on St.Croix, Scandia, Taylors Falls, Chisago Lakes, Lindstrom, Stillwater, MN , Oseola, Hudson, St.Croix Falls, WI.
For the wine enthusiast Winehaven Vineyard in Chisago City is just 8 miles away, while Wild Mountain Winery in Taylors Falls is 24 miles and just across the river in St. Croix Falls WI the Dancing Dragon Fly Winery is 22 miles.
Are you a chocolate lover? St. Croix Chocolate Co in Marine on St.Croix is a gem just 13 miles from Innsjo Hytte door. This would be a great destination for the cyclist especially on a beautiful fall day.
If you are interested in Scandinavian history in MN you must visit the town of Scandia and the Gammelgarden Museum just 7 miles from Innsjo Hytte. Stop in at Meister's for a burger and beer or go to the Scandia Cafe for homemade stick to your ribs chicken and wild rice soup!
The Franconia Sculpture Park is 19 miles away in Shafer MN. A must see if you are interested in art.
Cheese lovers must visit Eichtens Bistro and Market in Center City. There specialty is buffalo sausage and gouda cheese. My Colorado friends beg me to bring this when I visit!
Antique hounds will enjoy exploring the many shops within the surrounding area. Crabtree's & Garden Gate in Marine on St. Croix is a great place to find that special item for your garden. Check out the towns of Linstrom, Chisago City, Taylors Falls, Stillwater and Oseola WI for antiques.
For the do-it-yourself types you will enjoy picking berries at the Berry Patch just 5 miles away. Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake is 19 miles. Lendt's Pumpkin Patch is 6 miles away. Or cut your own Christmas Tree at the many tree farms near by. Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming MN has a many family activities throughout the fall.