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Zen-like getaway for 1 – 4 people provides a retreat from life's busyness. Big yard and seasonal botanica invite outdoor dining and luxuriating; a fire pit and available firewood offer an agreeable way to release the inner caveman or to allow fire and smoke to ceremoniously boot out old habits and thoughts. (A gas grill stands by to assist the more modern caveman). In cooler months, inspirational books invite quiet reflection and provide a spiritual kickstart—and the calm that encourages visits by resident turkeys or deer. Lay your own tracks in one of two park cross-country ski trails a stone's-throw away.
On warmer days, walk or bike a few blocks to beautiful Lake Phalen and surrounding regional park from which two major hiking and biking trails extend north-south and east-west. (Two bikes available for your use.) Buy bait from the nearby gas station, rent a rowboat, and score some walleye, tiger muskies, northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie or sunfish. Both lakeside and private tree-surrounded picnic sites beckon with historic oaks and beautiful new pavilions (Coolers available to tote your favorite meal or beer--3.2 is the park's limit on alcohol content). For the enlightenment which only little white balls on big grassy expanses can ignite: neighboring Keller Golf Course with its historic course and PGA clubhouse pics (it was a regular stop on the PGA tour for decades) will challenge and delight, 2 other courses less than 2 miles away provide 'backup'.
My bright, comfy kitchen with its whole foods cookbooks and organic cooking staples provides the essentials for quality cooking (and eating) and is the heart of a arty-quirky-cabin-themed home with its collection of interesting antiques and artifacts collected during my stint as a New York-based photo stylist and interior designer.
Listings of local spiritual and inspirational (and just fun) events available. Nearby Phalen beach will give splashy relief from meditative 'seeking'.
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Pet Fee$10 + tax
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The Twin Cities is home to History, Science, and Art Museums, Several highly-rated Theaters, two Zoos, and two world-class orchestras. Festivals abound. Golf Courses challenge. It is rated a top bicycling town. Google Lake-Surrounded Getaway, for my Facebook page listing for places to go and things to see.
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: I believe that when people are surrounded by the simple beauty of nature and a quiet place to just 'be,' they develop an awareness of themselves and their place in the world. I'm a huge fan of powerful connection--with loved ones, natural beauty, animals, and urban inspiration. My new (pastoral) pastimes are feeding the goats and chickens, pulling weeds from my vegetable garden, and making (and eating) a nice big frittata with the fruits of my labors.
Why the Owner Chose St. Paul: --#1 region to be an urban cyclist. (Bicycling Magazine)
--Where you can get a good cappuccino and eat Thai food.
--Where you can hop on a bike, swim in a clean lake, then ride down parkways without leaving the city limits. (Sustainlane)
--More golfers per capita than any other region in America.
--One of the top 10 best cities for young professionals. (Forbes)
--Home to six professional sports teams and the 2011 sports facility of the year. (Street & Smith)
--More theater seats per capita than any other region in the U.S. outside New York.
--#1 most playful metro areas in America. (Sperlings)
--90,000 miles of shoreline. More than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.
America’s largest mall, Mall of America.
The Unique Benefits at this House: My favorite morning ritual when I lived at the 'Getaway' was to walk my dog Gobo around Lake Phalen, down the Gateway Trail, or though the Gladstone Savannah, followed by a cup of good tea and some hard-core blogging (TheExpertWithin.com).