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66 Acres Nestled in a Wooded Valley Near Lake Pepin

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The Cottage

The Cottage Living/Dining Room Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2


Last updated: 04/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Maiden Rock cottage description

The Cottage, at Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, is a cozy vacation home nestled in a beautiful secluded valley (coulee), 3 miles from Lake Pepin (the Mississippi River). The Cottage is for guests who are looking for a quiet get-away or retreat in a natural setting, and is just 1 hour from St. Paul, Minnesota.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, with complimentary teas & coffee, casual dining area, living room with wood stove, two bathrooms (one with shower, one with a spa tub), a covered porch and patio with gas barbeque grill. The living room, dining room and kitchen are a bright, open floor plan and fully tiled. The two bedrooms have wooden floors and large windows. Both bedrooms have queen beds, one a wool-wrapped futon on wood slat frame and the other a latex mattress on wood slat frame. Additionally, the living room has a futon couch that folds into a double bed, as well as several other chairs and a small library. All rooms have great views of the surrounding hills and woods. All linens are provided.

The 66 acre property affords visitors opportunities for biking highways and back roads (and nearby rails-to-trails bike trails), hiking our trails through prairies, woodlands and hills, as well as birding and star-gazing the wide-open evening skies.

Nearby are art galleries, restaurants, shops and many opportunities for driving scenic roads along the Mississippi or back into the hills of The Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin. Seasonal art tours, The Stockholm Art Fair and other activities abound throughout The Mississippi Valley region along and near Lake Pepin.

Massage and energy therapy sessions, life direction coaching, individually-tailored retreats, couples and other retreats, a Japanese Soaking tub & shower spa area are all available on site in our new EarthSky Body/Mind Center.

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, vacation rental, guest house, retreat, get away, home rental, house rental, weekend rental, girlfriend get away, family friendly cottage, dog friendly cottage, kid friendly

Property Type

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Cottage
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Children are charged as extra guests (check rate details below) unless sharing a bed with parents or in a porta-crib....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs only. Call for policies....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            We are a non-smoking property...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            basic cooking supplies included: olive oil, vinegar, herbs, honey, sugar, coffee, tea & more....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Linda Harding, Maiden Rock personal chef, caters and teaches cooking classes....moreless

          • Dishwasher
          • Child's Highchair
          • Refrigerator


          • Wood Stove:

            wood provided...moreless

          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Towels Provided
          • Heating
          • Living Room seats 5
          • Parking

          Other Amenities

              • Fully equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee & tea; covered porch; book library; massage/energy therapy, life coaching available on site. Two bedrooms: both with queen beds, and a double sofa sleeper in the living room....moreless


              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Music Library


                  • Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Bicycles
                      • Lawn / Garden


                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Family
                      • Away From It All

                      Location & View

                          • Mountain View:

                            Surrounded by hills - in a coulee (valley)...moreless


                              • Necessary


                              • Sailing
                              • Hiking
                              • Massage Therapist
                              • ATM/Bank
                              • Groceries
                              • Fishing
                              • Kayaking
                              • Fly Fishing
                              • Cross Country Skiing
                              • Cycling
                              • Swimming
                              • Bird Watching
                              • Scenic Drives
                              • Winery Tours
                              • Restaurants
                              • Health/Beauty Spa
                              • Walking
                              • Wildlife Viewing
                              • Antiquing
                              • Sight Seeing
                              • Boating
                              • Shopping

                              Other Activities

                                  • Meditative Labyrinth on site, snowshoes available, bikes available with many good routes in the area, nearby apple orchards, blueberry farm, wineries, art galleries, seasonal art tours, Stockholm Art Fair, great restaurants & other eateries. EarthSky Body/Mind Center available on site for massage and energy therapies, life direction coaching, individually tailored retreats, couples and other retreat programs, as well as spa services which includes a Japanese soaking tub and shower facility....moreless


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                                  • perfect place to escape

                                    perfect place to escape

                                    • Guest Marilyn (Sycamore, Illinois)
                                    • Date of stay 08/05/12
                                    • Review Submitted 08/23/12
                                    Spent an entirely peaceful week here with my children, age 13 and 16. Just enough space for each of us to have some privacy. Loved the setting! We swam in the Rush River, rode bicycles, took pretty walks. Watched deer step through the front yard, heard Whippoorwills in the evening, saw Eagles, bonded with Sophia the kitty. Gorgeous scenery. Found amazing restaurants - especially the Harbor View in Pepin and the Smiling Pelican bakery in Maiden Rock. Even my son indulged in the jetted tub. Nice attention to detail in the cottage. Great selection of books and movies. Had fun exploring surrounding small towns. We will definitely be returning.

                                    Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.

                                    Owner response: It was great to have you here. Spending a full week helps you settle in and really experience the lovely things about our area. Hope you come again! Charlene and John

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                                  • Perfect Getaway!

                                    Perfect Getaway!

                                    • Guest Heather (Minneapolis, MN)
                                    • Date of stay 09/24/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/17/11
                                    My husband and I decided to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary by booking a weekend in the cottage at Journey Inn, and it couldn't have been more perfect! The cottage was cozy and beautiful and we instantly felt relaxed and peaceful upon our arrival. Charlene and John were wonderful hosts, giving us excellent recommendations for dinner and even bringing over a basket of DVD's for us to hunker down with. On day two of our stay Charlene gave my husband and I the most wonderful massages in the cottage. There's nothing like waking up surrounded by a beautiful landscape, having morning coffee, and then having excellent massages all in the comfort of the cottage! It was a wonderful way to take time out from our busy lives to celebrate each other, and we're planning on making it a yearly tradition! Thank you Charlene and John for creating such a lovely getaway!! Heather & Dave Smith-Dickerson

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+.

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                                  • Relaxing, Cozy Retreat

                                    Relaxing, Cozy Retreat

                                    • Guest Chris and Christina (Kalona, Iowa)
                                    • Date of stay 11/26/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/16/11
                                    On our fourth visit to the Journey Inn, we stayed in the Cottage for a long, quiet weekend. The wood burning stove kept the cottage warm and toasty as we enjoyed the gorgeous view of the snow and trees. The kitchen is well stocked for those of us who love to cook, and we enjoyed a relaxing weekend of reading, cooking, and taking long walks. The bed was very comfortable, with luxurious sheets, blankets and duvet to snuggle into both for a good night sleep and an afternoon nap. Everything was clean and comfortable. Charlene and John are gracious, kind hosts who are always helpful in making recommendations or answering questions. We look forward our next visit!

                                    Owner response: It has been great to meet the wonderful people that find their way here. Charlene

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                                  • Big Bob

                                    Big Bob

                                    • Guest Big Bob (Hastings, MN)
                                    • Date of stay 12/06/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/16/11
                                    Paradise in the country. My wife and I have stayed at Journey Inn on several occassions and always return home feeling refreshed and rejuvinated. We enjoy the quiet, the beautiful accomadations, the delicious food, the comfy bed. We can always count on a good night's sleep. The grounds are amazing: paths through the woods, open fields, a labarynth and eagles overhead. We plan on returning in the future, often. Thank you John and Charlene for creating this wonderful space.

                                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.

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                                    • Guest John & Doni
                                    • Date of stay 10/15/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/15/11
                                    The countryside is beautiful, serene and calling you to relax. The cottage itself could not have been more inviting with all the windows and open floor plan - comfy bed, guest spa tub, a cooki delight kitchen and soothing sound of crackling wood in the wood stove. Thank you for a much needed weekend away. And thank you, John & Charlene for your great hospitality. Thank you for allowing our best friend "Paolo" (their dog) to join us on this journey.

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                                    • Guest Jodi & Jordan
                                    • Date of stay 09/03/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/15/11
                                    Thank you for creating a little piece of the pie. We loved all the detail and inclusive beauty you have created here. Keep on doing what you are doing. It matters now and for generations to come. Thank you and continued peace to you both.

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                                    • Guest Judie
                                    • Date of stay 07/27/10
                                    • Review Submitted 02/15/11
                                    We are leaving after 3 glorious days at this beautiful, peaceful place. We did some biking and hiking, but mostly relaxed and talked and absorbed the beauty of the place. We are thankful that this place is here and grateful for Charlene's gracious hospitality.

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                                  • Uncomfortable very uncomfortable

                                    Uncomfortable very uncomfortable

                                    • Guest riverrun (NY)
                                    • Date of stay 06/03/10
                                    • Review Submitted 06/16/10
                                    Abt the cottage: The couch is a double futon. Arms chairs in the living room are wicker. BEDS: futons, not spring mattresses. There are no comfortable spots to sit, lay down, relax. Good kitchen, excellent jacuzzi, spacious. It is not really secluded.

                                    Owner response: Following receiving this review we changed our description to clearly state that we have futon beds in the Cottage. Furnishing the cottage with futon beds (and wicker chairs) was done intentionally as a healthier alternative to conventional box spring mattresses. While the cottage is situated in a remote, private setting, it is near Journey Inn, an eco-retreat (our 4-bedroom b&b).

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Quiet Season
                                  Jan 1 - Apr 30
                                  2 night min stay
                                  High Season
                                  May 1 - Dec 31
                                  2 night min stay
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  2 night min stay

                                  Additional information about rental rates


                                  • Taxes Not included


                                  Payments & Policies:

                                  Please call or e-mail to receive detailed information on payments and policies.

                                  Rates are for double occupancy. $25 additional per person in quiet season, $35 additional per person in high season. Two night minimum. Deposit is 50% of total stay. Reserve for one week and get one night free.

                                  This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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                                  Last updated: 04/07/2014
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                                  Owner info

                                  Year Purchased: 2003

                                  About the owner: Creating Journey Inn & the Cottage at Journey Inn were a dream of ours. We have created a relaxing space where you can connect with your self, loved ones and the natural world. John is a psychologist & personal coach, and Charlene is a massage & energy therapy practitioner.

                                  Why the Owner Chose Maiden Rock:
                                  We moved from Minneapolis and bought The Cottage and surrounding acreage to build Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, a 'green' bed and breakfast. The Cottage was on the property, and we lived there while building the B & B. We now live in the B&B and rent the Cottage to people who want a quiet, private get-away experience.

                                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                                  The Cottage has dark night skies, a beautiful, quiet natural environment, and is adjacent to a hilly Wisconsin State Natural area. It is a short drive to artistically active small Mississippi River towns, and only one hour from St. Paul, MN.

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                                  • The Cottage

                                    The Cottage

                                  • Bedroom 1

                                    Bedroom 1

                                  • Living/Dining Room

                                    Living/Dining Room

                                  • Bedroom 2

                                    Bedroom 2

                                  VRBO #254961

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                                  This listing was first published here in 2009.

                                  Date last modified - Monday, July 22, 2013

                                  $165 - $185 per night (USD)

                                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 6

                                  View calendar: Updated 04/07/14
                                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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