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Remote Wilderness Cabin, Ely, Mn, Birch Lake, 12 Mi Se of Ely

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Last updated: 09/18/2014

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  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Ely cabin description

Rustic, cozy Gabbro Cabin stands on its own large private peninsula, facing its own intimate, picturesque bay, and its privacy is guaranteed by surrounding National Forest land. Gabbro is accessible only across two miles of Birch Lake.

Gabbro is a remote cabin, providing what owner Sharon calls “wilderness with a bed.” A crucial value of Gabbro Cabin is its break from technological dependency: no telephones, TVs, internet, or other plug-ins to compete with family fun and adventure. Gabbro's variety of fun activities, remote location, and isolation from electronic distractions have made it a terrific family vacation spot for annual returnees. The same gifts make Gabbro a marvelous getaway for couples.

The cabin has two bedrooms, each with a double bed and overhead single bunk. The cabin’s propane-powered refrigerator, oven/ stove, and inside lamps provide comfort and efficiency without infringing on the experiential wildness. The wood-fired Finnish steam sauna provides bathing luxury, and the cutting-edge outhouse provides private necessity.

Gabbro guests enjoy swimming, saunas, fishing, canoeing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, and wilderness relaxation. Wildlife abounds: eagles, loons and other waterbirds, warblers and other songbirds, otters, beavers, and brazen chipmunks can all be seen around the cabin area. Moose, deer, wolves, mink and martens all reside in the surrounding forest. Rental kayaks and boat motors can be arranged.

The pristine waters of Birch Lake offer excellent walleye and smallmouth fishing, many miles of unbroken natural shoreline, and direct access to the Boundary Waters.

Come and celebrate Boundary Waters magnificence at Gabbro Cabin!


Keywords: Remote, Water-access, Sauna, Boundary Waters, Wilderness

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Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

              Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Rustic cabin, crucial freedom from tech dependency, large private peninsula, intimate picturesque bay, privacy guaranteed by surrounding National Forest Land, direct access to the Boundary Waters, Transport provided to and from cabin...moreless

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Photography
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Lake View:

                    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    Gabbro looks out on the dramatic shoreline of its own secluded bay within Superior National Forest reserved land, and views Birch Lake....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Kayaking
                  • Swimming

                  General

                      • Wood Stove

                      Kitchen

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Kitchen
                      • Refrigerator

                      Outside

                      • Gazebo
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Pool / Spa

                          • Sauna:

                            Large Finnish Steam Sauna, adjacent to lake ...moreless

                           

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                          $1200 per week (+ taxes 9.875%)
                          Rates are weekly, Sunday-to-Sunday.
                          Rates are based on 6-person (or fewer) occupancy
                          Additonal people: adults $125/wk, children over 5 $90/wk
                          Pets $10/day per pet
                          50% deposit to secure reservation, balance due before going to cabin
                          Full deposit refund less $50 for cancellaton 90 days in advance
                          

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                          Location

                          90 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Small Ely airport; Nearest major airport is Duluth
                          13 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          9-H Public Ely; 18-H Fortune Bay (42 mi)
                          90 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Duluth
                          6 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Minn Route 1
                          12 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Numerous choices in Ely

                          Car: Necessary

                          Canoeing, Finnish steam sauna, swimming, saunas, terrific walleye & smallmouth fishing, hiking the peninsula’s trails, wilderness relaxation, abundant wildlife, kayaks and boat motors available as rentals

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2000

                          About the owner: Tom and Sharon Arendshorst have owned the Gabbro Cabin peninsula on Birch Lake since 2000. Residents of Holland, Michigan, Tom is a retired ophthalmic surgeon and Sharon a retired pastor. Tom was introduced to the Ely area as a Camp Voyageur youth in 1960; he and Sharon are longtime Boundary Waters/Quetico canoeists, and love the remote peace, Northwoods beauty, sense of retreat and abundant opportunities for wilderness fun that rise around Gabbro Cabin.

                          Why the Owner Chose Ely:
                          Gabbro Cabin has unique assets: it is remote and blessedly private because it is surrounded by National Forest, but it also gives access to many miles of waterway, shoreline, fishing, and exploring. The peninsula's size provides hiking trails and varied habitat for wildlife. Being at Gabbro is accessible 'wilderness with beds.'

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                          The Ely area offers unique access to boreal wilderness via the maze of lakes and connecting waterways of the Boundary Waters region. We purchased this remote cabin to give our family a 'home' from which we have been able to annually retreat from 'civilization,' refresh our spirits, and taste the compelling draw of wilderness. We are pleased others can share this bounty!


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                          Speaks: english

                           

                          Photos

                          • Musing on the Dock of Gabbro Bay

                            Musing on the Dock of Gabbro Bay

                          • West End of Gabbro Bay, Sunset

                            West End of Gabbro Bay, Sunset

                          • Rear View of Gabbro Cabin

                            Rear View of Gabbro Cabin

                          • Our Glorious Finnish Steam Sauna, steps from the lake!

                            Our Glorious Finnish Steam Sauna, steps from the lake!

                          • Gazebo: Den and Patio

                            Gazebo: Den and Patio

                          • Peninsula Hiking Trail

                            Peninsula Hiking Trail

                          • East End of Gabbro Bay

                            East End of Gabbro Bay

                          • Gazebo Dining: Elegance in the Rough

                            Gazebo Dining: Elegance in the Rough

                          • Gabbro Kitchen

                            Gabbro Kitchen

                          • Cabin Bedroom

                            Cabin Bedroom

                          • 'State of the Art' odorless Outhouse-with-a-View

                            'State of the Art' odorless Outhouse-with-a-View

                          • View South from the Cabin

                            View South from the Cabin

                          • Peninsula HIking Trail

                            Peninsula HIking Trail

                          • Fryin' the Catch

                            Fryin' the Catch

                          • Blue Water, Blue Sky

                            Blue Water, Blue Sky

                          VRBO #339253

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                          This listing was first published here in 2011.

                          Date last modified - Friday, December 12, 2014

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                          2 Bedroom / 0 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 7

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                          Member since: 2011
                          Speaks: english
                          • Calendar last updated: 09/18/2014
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