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Stone Fireplace - Stunning Views - Very Private

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Cabin with stunning lake views, 4 Bedrooms + 2 Convertible bed(s), (Sleeps 7-9)

Why stay at a crowded resort when, for the same price, you can have true wilderness seclusion in this privately owned, beautifully furnished Lake Vermilion lake cabin?

Looking out our windows, you see no other cabins unless you use binoculars. We are at the 'more remote' east end of Lake Vermilion, on the mainland. (Many cabins on Vermilion are on islands, but when you come to our cabin you drive right up to the door.) If you're looking at a map of Lake Vermilion, the far eastern tip of Pine Island points like a finger right at our cabin. The beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is only a half mile away through the woods, one and a half miles away by boat or canoe. A canoe is provided, and a boat and motor can be rented nearby.

Enjoy your own private dock on a renowned fishing lake, 250 feet of private shoreline on a point, large shaded patio with gas grill, and a beautifully furnished wilderness lake cabin featuring all wood interior, fully equipped kitchen, stunning lake views, bathroom with shower, main level living and dining area with stone fireplace, lower level family room with franklin stove fireplace, and a beautiful romantic log master bedroom that features a Sleep Number (R) bed, lake views, and french doors that lead out into the separate lower level family room.

We would like to show you an online slide show of over 100 beautiful pictures of this property. If the link below doesn't work for you, please either call us or send us a VRBO email inquiry and we will send you the link in email.

The bedrooms are configured as follows: bedroom #1 (the master bedroom) has one queen size Sleep Number (R) bed. Bedroom #2 has one twin bed only. Bedroom #3 has one twin bed only. Bedroom #4 has one queen bed and one twin bed. Two additional sofa beds are available, linen included. The entire cabin was completely redone in 2000. Sorry, no dishwasher. No pets. No smoking.

This cabin has been lovingly cared for by the same family for 30 years, and has very seldom been rented out during that time. Understandably, we are interested in renting only to very respectful guests who will treat the property with the same loving care that we do. For this reason we do ask for multiple references and check them carefully. Preference is given to guests who book for two weeks or longer.


The National Geographic Society has described Lake Vermilion as one of the top ten most beautiful lakes in the United States. Today it's known not only for its natural, rustic beauty, but also for championship fishing that includes walleye pike, northern pike, muskellunge, small-mouth bass, crappies, and panfish. Lake Vermilion has 1,200 miles of shoreline (more than any other lake in Minnesota), has no motor restrictions, spans 40 miles, and includes 365 islands --and one of those islands is nine miles long.


-Groceries, ice, and your favorite bottled drinking water

-Your own fishing gear and life jackets

-A warm jacket; nights can be cool

Groceries can be ready for you when you arrive for a 15% gratuity over the food cost.

PAYING WITH A CREDIT CARD? We accept PayPal, for a 3% additional fee.

BRINGING CHILDREN? Children are welcome, but require careful supervision near a lake.

Keywords: Lake Cabin, cottage

More Details

Jeannie Burlowski
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 30, 2017

About Jeannie Burlowski

My husband is a software product manager for a large software company, and I am a conference and seminar speaker for students, a consultant for medical school applicants, and the author of the book

'6 Things You Absolutely Must Do to be Brilliant in College (And Get a Job You Love Afterward)' due out in 2013.

I was raised on Harvey Street in Ely, and my father started bringing me out to this part of Lake Vermilion when I was tiny.

Jeannie Burlowski purchased this cabin in 1977

Why Jeannie Burlowski chose Lake Vermilion

My grandfather came to this part of the lake in 1910, and then when I was ages 12-15 I worked at a small resort very near this property. When I was 15 years old my dear uncle bought this cabin and allowed me -- and later my husband and children -- to use it all we wanted to. When my uncle reached his late 70's and managing the day-to-day operations of the cabin became wearying, he signed the property over to me. My husband and I have been its owners since 2006. A spectacular, overwhelming, beautiful gift. One we'd like to share with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This cabin is set on a large spread of land just feet from beautiful Lake Vermilion.

The owner of this cabin also owns the small cabin you see out the kitchen window in the flickr slideshow on this website, but that cabin is never rented out -- so that means you can stay in this cabin for a week and not see any neighbors at all. If you really want to see a neighbor, you have to go into the bathroom, open up the stained glass window, and strain to see the cabin next door through thick trees. Is this kind of quiet seclusion even POSSIBLE in this day and age any more?

It's all the seclusion we wanted, but when we wanted to see other people, that was easy too. We just walked 1/3 of a mile up the road to a near-by resort where we could buy bait, ice, and boat gas...and where we had a great time at KARAOKE on Saturday night!

Everything about the cabin is beautiful, from the romantic log master bedroom with sunny lake views on three sides, to the massive picture window over the kitchen sink, to the livingroom where you can see a TV, a fire blazing in a stone fireplace, and a stunning lake view all at the same time.

We loved that there seem to be no "thrift store finds" in this cabin; instead, every item from the towels to the sofas to the art on the walls seemed to be carefully chosen for its exact particular spot.

This cabin is a true gem; not to be missed.
Jul 2013
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Tower Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom includes toilet, sink, shower, and lake view.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom has luxurious adjustable Sleep Number (R) bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofas (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Enjoying the great view from this bright, wonderful room

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jun 20, 2013

I felt right at home in this log cabin on Lake Vermilion. Natural light flows throughout this cabin because of the large windows that give a view of the lake at almost every turn. It’s very spacious, with plenty of room upstairs and downstairs. The large shower, fluffy towels and comfortable couches added to the overall comfort of this home. There are four bedrooms so there was plenty of room for everyone. The upstairs living room in particular was a hit for my group because could relax and watch TV while looking at the amazing views of the lake. Outside there is a grill for cooking up a nice steak dinner which we also used to cook the fresh fish we caught from the dock. The property is just steps away from the amazing Lake Vermilion. We took a boat out and enjoyed a day on the lake, catching many fish. The cabin is very close to a town called Ely, which is a beautiful town to go shopping and has awesome restaurants. You’ll find a grocery store nearby that has a surprisingly wide selection of items – most everything you would need for great meals at the cabin. It’s also nice to know that there’s a place nearby to buy essentials that you may have left at home. We enjoyed visiting the Wolf Museum in Ely. For the perfect secluded spot to get away but still enjoy all the conveniences of home, try this wonderful log cabin on Lake Vermilion for your next vacation! The VRBO Bear

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Stone Fireplace - Stunning Views - Very Private
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Plymouth MN

Most Relaxing Cabin I have ever stayed at!

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing!!!! It's tucked in a secluded place that over looks the lake. The lake view from the living room is breath taking and beds are very comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Knoxville, IA

Lake Vermilion Cabin

  • 5 of 5

I was hooked as soon as we started down the well maintained gravel road just getting lost in the scenery on our way to the cabin. It was everything we imagined it would be! The cabin was right on the edge of the lake! Just beautiful as you could see right out the front on to the lake from the top floor. This cabin was fully equipped with all most everything you have at home for cooking every meal. The furniture was very comfortable and plenty of seating for a whole family. If its chilly you can use the beautiful stone fireplace to warm you up! Did I mention the view right out of the living room and kitchen windows absolutely wonderful! If you can make yourself leave this cabin you can grab your fishing poles and fish right of the dock below! Bass, Walleyes, and Perch kept me tossing my line out. I would definitely recommend to anyone that wants to get away from the city life and relax to a beautiful sunset on the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect lake vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time during our stay. The views were spectacular, the cabin was clean and cozy and the fishing was great. My family said that it was the best lake vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

A small island with one very secluded campsite for camping or picnics is a short (1/2 mile) paddle across the bay. It's a 40 minute drive to Bearhead State Park and its 17 miles of groomed hiking trails. It's a 45 minute drive to Fortune Bay Casino and its award winning golf course (ranked by Golf Digest as the 2004 best new public golf course in the U. S.). Boat launching, bait, pontoon boat rental, boat gas, bar, and rustic sauna (bring your own towels; reserve in advance) are available at an established resort 1/3 mile away from this property. Restaurants, art galleries, shopping, a full service spa, and wilderness outfitters are just 1/2 hour away in Ely. The scenic north shore of Lake Superior (and the world famous Superior Hiking Trail) is just 75 miles away, a gorgeous drive over breathtaking Highway 1 (watch for moose, deer, and bald eagles as you drive this road). Also enjoy kayaking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing if you can bring your own equipment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

You are renting the two-level brown log-sided cabin including patio, gas grill, yard, waterfront, and dock located at fire number 5293, end of Mud Creek Road, Tower, MN.

RELEASE FROM LIABILITY. Tenant agrees to hold property owner(s) blameless and free owner(s) from all liability for any accident, injury, or loss that might occur due to use of this vacation property, and to free owners from any and all claims and damages which may occur from use of this property.

PETS. Pets are not allowed.

SMOKING. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the cabin. Smoking outdoors? Please collect butts and dispose of them properly.

USE OF BOAT. The canoe beside the Crowsnest cabin is for your use. Floating sauna and fishing boat are NOT included in your rental. You may rent a boat from Billy at nearby Glenwood Lodge.

USE OF DOCK. You may use the right side of our right dock. More dock space is available upon request.

NO CLEANING FISH IN THE CABIN. A fold-down outdoor fish cleaning table with hose is provided. Dispose of guts on the shoreline at the far far left side of the property.

YOU AGREE TO CALL US PROMPTLY IF ANY REPAIR, MAINTENANCE, OR SUPPLY ISSUES DISTURB YOUR STAY. Call Jeannie between 7 am and 10 pm at 651-230-4240. We can address issues promptly. Sorry, no refunds or other compensation can be made for issues not promptly reported to the landlord.

WHAT WE PROVIDE. We supply all linens, towels, blow dryer, first aid kit, gas grill, dishes, pots, pans, silverware, utensils, crock pot, toaster, coffeemaker, pancake griddle, microwave, dishwashing soap, and your first five gallons of drinking water.

DIRECTIONS. When you’ve paid in full, we will email you directions and the lockbox code. The cabin is 30 minutes from both Ely and Tower, MN.

WHEN YOU LEAVE. Lock all doors and windows. Leave the key on the counter. Do not lock storm doors.

INTERNET. Wifi is provided. Router is near the kitchen recycling can. AT&T cell service works well. Have a great time!

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.

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