VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Show moreless regions

This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Ely property reviews

  • perfect for family

    "We found it just as shown in pictures, very comfortable, and family friendly. The owner was very helpful and very hospitable. Babbit is a small village with friendly neighbors. Zups market was our favorite stop for relaxed dinner at the house. (porchetta and stuffed chicken- stick it in the oven, ready, and so delicious!) Ely was our best choice for shopping, with plenty to explore. We used Piragis for our outfitter, as our destination was the BWCA."
    Guest: Pam Date of Stay: May 2012 Review Submitted: May 15, 2012
    View listing
  • Amazing Christmas in the wilderness!

    "Our small family wanted to get out of the city and experience a true “Northwoods Christmas.” The Wild Loon log cabin at Loon’s Echo was the perfect setting. The two wood burning fireplaces kept the cabin cozy and warm; the vintage stove was a great for making cookies to snack on as well as our full Christmas dinner. The beds were comfortable and lent themselves to a great night’s sleep. Outside, we enjoyed snowshoeing in the woods, sledding, and listening to the wolves howl from across the river (to the amazement of our 3 year old). Maggie left us a tree tag so that we were able to go into the surrounding Superior National Forrest and cut down our very own Christmas tree. She was even kind enough to leave a tree stand, lights, ornaments and candy canes for us to decorate with! We will definitely be back … perhaps in the warmer months to explore the area by canoe. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!"
    Guest: Rob Date of Stay: December 2012 Review Submitted: January 3, 2013
    View listing
  • This is going to the be most fun weekend EVER!

    "Thank you so much for allowing us into your beautiful home. Upon seeing the cabin for the 1st time, my 8 year old exclaimed "This is going to be the most fun weekend EVER!" And it was. We boated, tubed, canoed, fished, swam, played board games, and visited the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center. Your cabin is gorgeous and we had everything we could possibly need. The beds were very comfortable and the whole place was extremely clean. We felt at home immediately and would love to stay here again."
    Guest: Christian Date of Stay: August 2012 Review Submitted: September 4, 2012
    View listing
  • Had a great time!

    "Just returning to civilization after a PEACEFUL stay at Gabbro cabin. The cabin was everything we thought it would be-----upscale camping! The view is awesome and the lake was beautiful. Only downside was we couldn't get enough fish to jump on our hooks. Thanks for a great experience! Rick and Jane"
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
    View listing

Ely Travel Tips

Ely Vacation Rentals at "The End of the Road"

When visitors arrive at Ely cottages, they find out why it is known as "the end of the road." Getting here is best by car. The major airports are at Minneapolis, which is about a five-hour drive or Duluth which is two hours away by car. Once here, there are good primary roads and the secondary roads are gravel or dirt. It is a beautiful area with four distinct seasons, including hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Ely Lake Houses Are Perfect for an Outdoor Vacation

The town of Ely is in the heart of the Superior National Forest. One of the major attractions by Ely vacation rentals is the renowned Echo Trail, on St. Louis County Road 166. This former logging road is the main access to the lake area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This road is 72 miles of asphalt and gravel, referred to as a "roller coaster." Along the road are trailheads and boat launching areas. There is a side road off Echo Trail leading to Crane Lake where visitors are treated to an amazing panorama of dark forest, rivers, lakes, wetlands and granite crags. This is one of the remotest areas in the country where visitors come in summer for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. In winter, it is a fantastic area for skiing, snowshoeing and much more. In winter, the area is particularly well known as a snowmobiling area. Wildlife in the region includes bears, beaver, moose, and wolves. Among the birds to spot here are both bald eagles an osprey.

There are a huge number of trails in the area. Among the most popular is Bass Lake Trail at just over five miles around the lake. Another is Angleworm Trail which is a loop trail around the lakes of Angleworm, Home and Whiskey Jack. This is a 14-mile trail through rugged terrain with great views. It is a good area to spot the local moose. Located some 20 miles from Ely is Secret/Blackstone Trail where hikers can enjoy the waterfalls hidden around the trail. At Miners Lake, visitors can hike the Trezona Trail, where visitors can trace the mining history of the area along the trail.

Visit Ely and Visit Lily, the World-Famous Bear

The area is also home to the International Wolf Center and visitors may enjoy taking a day out to learn more about these elusive creatures. Close by is also the North American Bear Center, famed for Lily the Bear who was the first bear ever to give birth with a worldwide audience watching via her own webcam! At Soudan Underground Mine State Park, there are guided tours taking visitors 2,400 feet into the mysterious world of mining. Here, visitors will learn more about the vital economic impact of mining on the area.

In the town of Ely is the Dorothy Molter Museum, consisting of two long cabins. The cabins were transported from their original location deep in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the town. They are a memorial to the Wilderness area’s last permanent resident, Dorothy Molter. Until her death in 1986, Dorothy welcomed visitors to her home on Knife Lake, providing refreshment and hospitality to weary canoeists. Locals and visitors alike knew Dorothy as "the Root Bear Lady."

Ely Cottages Are Superior Properties in a Superior Location

When you find the perfect region for an outdoor vacation, finding the perfect place to stay is a big plus. With Ely lake houses, each individual home is a wonderful addition to complete your vacation. Homes come in a variety of sizes, from a small cabin by the lake with warming stove heating in winter to large family properties, packed with luxuries such as hot tubs, steam room, games areas, full entertainment systems and much more. Many will welcome both kids and pets.

Sponsored Advertisement