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Minn Haven, lakeside retreat cabin, an hour or so from Cities. Relax... breathe.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Easy, beautiful lakeside getaway for a couple or small family. Kitchen. Wifi etc

A comfortable cabin (Cabin 1 of two) with lake views close to the water on 163" of lakeshore. ... Lakes Louisa-Marie, on Clearwater Chain of Lakes, fed by Clearwater River. Beautiful cabin and meticulously maintained. Tucked on end of private road, shaded by trees, overlooking glittering water. Lake is quiet, not a loud party lake. Eagles reside nearby. Loons. Herons. Ducks. Deer. Otters.

Excellent fishing lake, even right off the dock: Super bass lake, and some Big pike, nice crappies and sunnies, some walleyes of good size. The lake doesn't get much fishing pressure... most fishing tourists go to bigger and more well-known lakes. This is a lake mainly for the locals and their guests... even though it's on the Clearwater River Chain...

This is a superior weekend (or mid-week, or weeklong) retreat. You can relax here. Minn Haven is available for singles, a couple, or a couple with up to two children. I'd also consider the possibility of a longer-term lease, for a Writer or other artist or intellectual, who wants a private place for some productive time, or a couple of snowbirds-retirees... please do enquire. (Possibly a teacher Sept-May long-term lease...)

Close to the Twin Cities (cabin is about an hour or so from the cities, ten miles west of Annandale, just off Hwy 55 in Kimball). Only twenty minutes south of St. Cloud, but it feels like you're away off in the woods. Reality is: this is much more convenient than Brainerd or other "up north" getaways. Once you see this place, there won't be much reason to drive so far and fight so much traffic on a weekend. This is just an hour or so northwest of the cities; it's just seventy miles from MSP airport... easy drive. Relax. Enjoy your time. Spend more time at the cabin and less time on the road.

NEW: In addition to the canoe that comes free with the place, there also is now a 14' aluminum Lund fishing boat with 8 hp motor for rent. Enquire.

Cedar plank interior siding. Vaulted ceilings with big lake-facing windows. Four zones of heating. Fully furnished. Full kitchen gear. One super relaxing bedroom with excellent queen SleepNumber bed. Sofa bed in living room for kids, perhaps a guest. Living room opens up (literally... large sliding glass doors) to big screened porch, with high-quality furnishings, overlooking the lake. Breezes off the lake. Sit inside, or sit on the sheltered porch; either way, you are gazing at the water. It's mesmerizing, really.

Plenty of peripheral activities nearby. Excellent golf courses, including the reasonable and very nice Kimball Golf Club (open to public) less than four miles away, nearby. Whispering Pines Golf is thirteen miles, less than twenty minutes, by Annandale. Famous Swappers Meet. Farm markets. Places to eat (even in Kimball... sometimes there's even fishfry and the like happening... also Annandale, St. Cloud...). Basic grocery supplies in Kimball, two miles or so from cabin, or bring 'em with you... there's grocery, like Cub, along the way here. So, go out IF you even want to...

But there's a kitchen and a nice gas bbq at the cabin, all the utensils and pots and pans and spices and such, and it's really quite nice here, so it's entirely possible you won't feel like leaving once you get here. Just stay put and cook! Enjoy the sunset. Go to bed early... or drink wine out on the screen porch... whatever ;)

Panasonic plasma TV (yes, real quality plasma) with big diverse video library of several hundred movies of all types and dozens of TV series on DVD, if it's raining or night or whatever. Smart TV: stream netflix. Stream music from your Pandora app bluetooth to the integrated Pioneer sound system. Yes, free WIFI, of course. Guest internet laptop (15" Chromebook) for email, etc., provided for your use. (Just take care of the nice stuff, is what I ask; I spent a lot of time and effort to pick out the best stuff for the place.) So, all that kind of tech thing if you even want to use it. Maybe you might want to just stare at the water and listen to the breezes through the trees, though, instead... it's up to you.

And... ahhh.... good books to peruse.

You would be renting Cabin 1. There are two cabins on the property, and the rooflines and porch system were integrated when Cabin 1 was added, though the cabins are separate. Cabin 1 is the newer cabin, with four zones of heating; Cabin 2 is the owner's cabin for when he is there, and is the older cabin. The owner lives in California, but visits this beautiful Minnesota property for the same reason you do: rest, relaxation, stress-relief, health.

NOTE: Much of the summer I, the owner, will be staying in the other cabin (Cabin 2) on the property, so there might be some modestly shared areas, like the yard, the bbq, the dock, the swimming, and part of the screened porch to a limited extent, so we'll probably see each other a little bit and just say "Hi." During the summer, there will also be two cats, Ranger and Tiger, on premises; they love the screen porch and they like people and are quite friendly. Just be aware that cats are there, doing their cat lives, though they don't have to come into your Cabin 1. My family might be here some times, particularly my parents, but we welcome you also to enjoy this gorgeous property. The screen porch is designed to be shared; however, the space is divided. I have my own little sitting area too. I might want to use the bbq. That being said, I am a conscientious person and would expect you to be as well. And, if I'm at my cabin (Cabin 2) at property, I won't need to hang out with you, though the cats would probably like to; I have my own areas. I have privacy screens and both cabins have curtains, so it hasn't been an issue, for most people, but I have had a couple guests come and then be "surprised" when there's cats, or when they realize that there's a potentially shared screen porch like it says here in my description and that I might, and during the summer months probably will be, there in my own private Cabin 2... even though I had already stated such (see the paragraph below). But for full disclosure, I want you to know and know clearly.

If you are allergic to cats or allergic to the idea of the owner being in Cabin 2, then look elsewhere.

... So, spring, fall, I might or might not be there in Cabin 2 next door, with the laundry room and my own porch seating area screened off between the cabins, on the weekend; in the summer, I most likely WILL BE there in Cabin 2 with my cats and my books, maybe my own guest or guests, enjoying our lives at my property. If you are in need of absolute privacy in some cabin all alone in the woods, look elsewhere, is what I'm saying. For the price and for what this is, if you can realize that on this double lot the quiet scholarly -but-realtively-friendly owner and his own guest or couple of guests might be staying in cabin 2, a separate older structure but with an integrated roofline, then go ahead and book and enjoy yourself at this beautiful property. I'm not trying to fool anybody about anything here, I don't need the money that badly, so if you have any other questions please do ask before you arrive.

If you're an intelligent cool tolerant person or couple looking for an extraordinarily nice and affordable place to unwind, and are fine with a similar neighbor nearby who also happens to be the owner and can thus also help you with things if they come up, then you are welcome to book here; you will like it very much, I believe... but if you're a self-entitled narcissist, then you need to not book this cabin because I deal with that stuff at work. This is Minn Haven, the Place of Peace, as one honest reviewer noted.

Even if I am staying in Cabin 2 next door, though, this property is way more private and quiet than most resorts or hotels, and far more beautiful and serene than most, and cheaper than most, too. [And, most of the spring (April/May) and most of fall (Sept, Oct, Nov) I'm only there on a limited basis. I probably will be there from June- Aug, in Cabin 2.]


so, NOTE: I am no longer accepting reservations from groups of adults like people who start with four guests and end up brining six, or drinking buddies - men or women - who are looking for a "friends weekend away" and then complain that hmmm actually the owner is at the property in the other cabin like he said he would be, and he has cats shock shock. So, my new criteria is this property is for singles, one couple, or one couple with up to two children ONLY. (Thank the only people with whom I had any problems with, last season: like the lady who wanted "privacy" for her four adults and two toddlers oh and we're allergic to cats after all Surprise!!! or the people who "are not big drinkers" who drank and played music on the porch til 3a.m., or the "girls weekend away" who decided that geee having Curt there in his own cabin next door wasn't what they had in mind after all even though they knew in advance that Curt would be there...)

Conscientious owner wants you to be happy. I am new (it is Feb. 2018 now and so I've been through one summer season) to this VRBO, AirBnB thing, and so I'm working it out as I go, but I am an experienced property owner/landlord other places... Nevertheless, this is a beautiful quiet place, and I'm so happy and grateful to be the new owner. It is possible I could rent out both cabins, too, for two families sometimes, when I or my family aren't using it... With the two separate spaces, plus the shared screen porch area, the property would be awesome for a two-family get-away, or just two couples each with their own cabin. Enquire about such a scenario. Ask about anything you want to know, in advance, and pretty quickly I'll answer you as best as I can.

Sincerely, Curt

More Details

Curt Riesberg
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Curt Riesberg

Born and raised in Minnesota. U of M graduate. Currently, I'm a college professor working in California, but it's nice to enjoy my native lake country when I can.

Curt Riesberg purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Curt Riesberg chose South Haven

Awesome, close to the water, fully equipped. "In the woods, on a lake" and yet very close to Twin Cities and only twenty minutes from St. Cloud. Huge windows with beautiful water views. Big screened porch overlooks water. Vaulted ceilings. Quiet. Quiet lake with good fishing, even right from the dock!

What makes this cabin unique

Well,... so many to list. You just have to see the place in person. Incredible water views. Close to cities and amenities and golf. End of a private road. Just beautiful.


South Haven Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Have a beer or two or some wine, but drunken partying is not welcome.
  • Don't show up with more people than you said you'd have... you will be turned away if you do.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Super bathroom, bright, inviting, clean, beautiful shower, cedar walls.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Beautiful, relaxing bedroom with an excellent SleepNumber bed. Custom heating zone.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Two cabins are on this one double lot. The rental Cabin 1 is the newer of the two. Owner and his two pet cats may be in Cabin 2, next door, especially mid-June to mid-August. At some point in the history of the property, Cabin 1 was added, and for efficiency the rooflines of the two separate cabins were integrated. They were designed to share the large screened porch, but I have partially partitioned it so I can still enjoy the evening breezes in my small section without necessarily sitting with you on the other side.


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Minn Haven, lakeside retreat cabin, an hour or so from Cities. Relax... breathe.
average rating of 4.478261 based on 23 reviews

Place of Peace

  • 5 of 5

Our hope had been to find a place that was not too long of a drive from us and family that we were meeting. Minn Haven was within an hour and a half of us and a little over an hour from the Twin Cities! The weather forecast was for possible rain, so we wanted a place where we could enjoy the lake and lake view even if rain kept us inside. Minn Haven was truly a cozy spot and wonderfully relaxing both inside and out. The screened porch which is spacious and beautiful, made it possible to enjoy the outdoors while inside. The screens go from floor to ceiling! Inside the cabin the living area furniture and bed were both very comfortable. The kitchen though small has everything handy to cook some good food as well as two grills available outside to make barbecuing options too.

Thanks to Curt's hospitable thinking, we were able to have some creative options for our little group to enjoy every aspect of his VRBO.

The lake area is just down an incline from the cabin with a very nice dock, outdoor chairs, fire ring and benches and even a canoe available. The bonus was seeing and hearing loons each day to remind us that we went just far enough north to have an "Up North" outing. In the end, the weather was beautiful and we were able to enjoy the lake, yard and inside cabin in every way; we even squeezed in a movie and games.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy that you enjoyed Minn Haven. I love the place, and I am happy that other people are able to appreciate it too.
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Hutchinson Minnesota

Nice, quaint cabin for a nice getaway.

  • 4 of 5

The cabin has almost everything you need and a wonderful screen porch with a view of the lake. It’s a great fishing lake and we had fun catching fish from the boat and the dock.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stillwater, MN USA


  • 4 of 5

This serene lakefront cabin is what I had in mind when I needed time to recuperate. I hardly left the screened-in front porch; it is mesmerizing to sit here in the swivel chair viewing the sparkling lake, jumping fish and the hummingbirds. I will return for a longer and more active stay in 2019.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kurt, Tiger and Ranger were all fantastic hosts. ( Tiger and Ranger had the 4 legs)

  • 5 of 5

This property was great! We were looking for a cabin experience and this property was exactly that. The views were hard to match. Kurt has a canoe and kayaks that we loved. Fishing off the dock was productive. Many sunnies and catfish. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook every meal. Shower was powerful and lots of hot water. We can't wait to go back and stay a little longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent! I'll be looking forward to your next stay... super guests.
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Duluth MN

VERY enjoyable mini-vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful 4 days at Minn Haven this week! We had mostly GREAT weather, and enjoyed this cozy cabin. Our host, Curt, was around at times, and we had fun chatting with him. He ended our stay with an AWESOME boat ride around the fun.

The cabin is "attached", as others have said, but we didn't find that to be a problem. Curt is very courteous and friendly, but doesn't interfere with your private times. The area is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. The cabin is a bit rustic, but has many conveniences, such as Wifi and a great movie collection on those days when the weather doesn't cooperate.

Fishing off the dock was fun, too! And my bf caught the first catfish that Curt had ever seen :) We explored the small towns nearby, too, and found fun, friendly people everywhere we went.

All in all a great time! Highly recommend if you're looking for peace, quiet, beauty and fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying! I hope to see both of you again soon.
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Mounds View, MN

Absolutely perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, but too short stay. Minn Haven had everything we needed for a wonderful weekend. We spent most of the time in the cabin watching movies, drinking wine, and playing with our 8 month old grandson. It was just the change of pace that we needed to relax and recharge. Found some goodies at the flea market (including an amazing pork-chop), and watched the pelicans on the lake. We didn't even realize that Minnesota had pelicans.... but we do! (thanks google). Curt was wonderful and gave us plenty of space to have our privacy. Loved petting Tiger & Ranger (when he would get close enough), and loved sitting on the grass by the lake watching the boats go by. It was a perfect weekend and we hope to stay again soon! Thank Curt!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had a good time at Minn Haven. :)
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Minneapolis International (MSP)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Kimball Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 55
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Powder Ridge
Nearest Beach
on property
Car: recommended

Laundry facilities on premises. Nearby to Annandale. Nearby to St. Cloud. Any "forgotten groceries" or liquor store or other personal supplies are close, 2 miles only. Guest fishing rods and some lures are available; bring your own live bait, though, if you want to use it, or dig up some worms in the woods. Be sure to have your fishing license, though. Canoe and life vests are available to use. A variety of nice golf courses, in addition to Kimball and Whispering Pines are available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $29
Refundable Damage Deposit $125

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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