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66 Acres Nestled in a Wooded Valley Near Lake Pepin

Maiden Rock, WI, USA
  • Cottage1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Cottage, at Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, is a cozy vacation home nestled in a beautiful secluded valley (coulee), 3 miles from Lake Pepin (the Mississippi River). The Cottage is for guests who are looking for a quiet get-away or retreat in a natural setting, and is just 1 hour from St. Paul, Minnesota.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, with complimentary teas & coffee, casual dining area, living room with wood stove, two bathrooms (one with shower, one with a spa tub), a covered porch and patio with gas barbeque grill. The living room, dining room and kitchen are a bright, open floor plan and fully tiled. The two bedrooms have wooden floors and large windows. Both bedrooms have queen beds, one a wool-wrapped futon on wood slat frame and the other a latex mattress on wood slat frame. Additionally, the living room has a futon couch that folds into a double bed, as well as several other chairs and a small library. All rooms have great views of the surrounding hills and woods. All linens are provided.

The 66 acre property affords visitors opportunities for biking highways and back roads (and nearby rails-to-trails bike trails), hiking our trails through prairies, woodlands and hills, as well as birding and star-gazing the wide-open evening skies.

Nearby are art galleries, restaurants, shops and many opportunities for driving scenic roads along the Mississippi or back into the hills of The Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin. Seasonal art tours, The Stockholm Art Fair and other activities abound throughout The Mississippi Valley region along and near Lake Pepin.

Massage and energy therapy sessions, life direction coaching, individually-tailored retreats, couples and other retreats, a Japanese Soaking tub & shower spa area are all available on site in our new EarthSky Body/Mind Center.

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, vacation rental, guest house, retreat, get away, home rental, house rental, weekend rental, girlfriend get away, family friendly cottage, dog friendly cottage, kid friendly


Charlene or John

Member Since 2009
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 23, 2018
About Charlene or John

Creating Journey Inn & the Cottage at Journey Inn were a dream of ours. We have created a relaxing space where you can connect with your self, loved ones and the natural world. John is a psychologist & personal coach, and Charlene is an energy therapy practitioner.

Charlene or John purchased this Cottage in 2003

Why Charlene or John chose Maiden Rock

We moved from Minneapolis and bought The Cottage and surrounding acreage to build Journey Inn, an eco-retreat, a 'green' bed and breakfast. The Cottage was on the property, and we lived there while building the B & B. We now live in the B&B and rent the Cottage to people who want a quiet, private get-away experience.

What makes this Cottage unique

The Cottage has dark night skies, a beautiful, quiet natural environment, and is adjacent to a hilly Wisconsin State Natural area. It is a short drive to artistically active small Mississippi River towns, and only one hour from St. Paul, MN.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Other (See Description)
        1 sleep sofa /futon, In living room
      • Queen size Beds (2) 1. wool wrapped futon mattress on wood frame 2. latex mattress on wood frame


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, jetted tub
      • One bathroom with shower. One bathroom with a spa tub.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Surrounded by hills - in a coulee (valley)
        • Rural
        • Ski-Out
          Bring your ski's and use our walking paths as ski trails. We also have snowshoes for you to use.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Spa
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Spacious, big windows, comfortable seating.
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      free wifi
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood stove, wood provided
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen. Basic cooking supplies included: olive oil, vinegar, herbs, honey, sugar, coffee, tea & more. Well stocked pots, pans, dishes and utensils. Good knives. Wine glasses
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD player + movies
                                • Games
                                • Stereo
                                • Video Library


                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      1. Covered porch 2. Patio with gas barbeque grill
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Hiking trails. Labyrinth.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • jetted tub
                                          EarthSky BodyMind Center offers massage, energy therapy, life direction coaching and a Japanese Soaking Tub.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • Fully equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee & tea; covered porch; book library; massage/energy therapy, life coaching available on site. Two bedrooms: both with queen beds, and a double sofa sleeper in the living room. Guests can check with the Inn if interested in coming over for Brunch on Saturday & Sunday.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 1:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  10 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Loved it!

                                                                  jennifer p.

                                                                  We were coming in to the area to check out the ice palace with the St Paul Winter Carnival. My family & I aren't big city folks, so when I saw this was an hour out of St Paul was immediately interested. Let me just say the drive there was breathtaking & once there, we weren't disappointed. As the pictures show it is nestled amongst the hills. Serene & lovely. Their post mentioned there were trails, although ungroomed, we brought our XCountry skis with & made our own path on the trails. Here again, very lovely with a babbling brook to boot. The cabin was quaint, actually bigger than I thought it would be. Had all the amenities we ever need. Absolutely loved the little wood stove & cozying up to that. Very interesting selection of books. Took the time to scan through several & walked away with a little more knowledge. In researching things to do in the area, my hubby came upon Nugget Lake Park which was within a 12 mile drive. There is quite a network of groomed trails there for skiing. Also a hill for tubing/sliding & a road that goes out on the ice if your interested in doing a little ice fishing. The drive to Nugget Lake will also not disappoint. If your interested in massage, yoga or a Japanese Steam tub (think that's what it is called) looks like that could also be an option with prior arrangement. If you're looking for a relaxing quiet retreat, this place should be on your radar. Thank you for being part of our memorable weekend.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Glad you had a good time. Hope you come again to enjoy the beautiful summer season!

                                                                  Thanksgiving Weekend in Maiden Rock

                                                                  Michael M.

                                                                  Being from the area growing up, we decided to try something different for Thanksgiving. We stayed at John and Charlene's Cottage and had an absolute wonderful time. Great accommodations and the hosts were very polite and helpful. We have hunting land about 20 minutes from Maiden Rock so my son's and I also had some time to hunt. If available again next year, we will hope to do the same stay! One of our sons is getting married in May, so to accommodate, we will have to get him and his bride a room at the bed n' breakfast also. Thanks for the great weekend. Mike & Lucy Myers

                                                                  The perfect getaway to relax and enjoy nature

                                                                  KrisSt. Paul, MN

                                                                  My husband and I, and our dog, spent a "working weekend" at this cabin. It is located in a beautiful little valley off the Mississippi River. The property has a wonderful trail system that winds through woods, fields, and a stream. There is also a state natural area directly across the road, which we explored. The cabin itself has a wood burning stove, well stocked kitchen, jacuzzi bath, and is decorated in a lovely homey way. It was so relaxing. Even with snow and overcast skies, we really enjoyed this late October getaway. Charlene and John are pros; everything was clean and well organized, and they are super responsive owners. We hope to come again, and see what the place is like in each season.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad you enjoyed your stay! We've enjoyed running the Cottage at Journey Inn for the past 11 years mostly because of meeting wonderful people like you. Every season has something to offer. Come in the winter and enjoy snowshoeing (snow shoes provided) or bring your skis. The woodstove is even more inviting when you return. You can also enjoy our mini-spa: schedule a relaxing, therapeutic or spa massage, energy therapy session or Japanese Soaking Tub.


                                                                  Lovely setting and lovely cottage.

                                                                  James K.

                                                                  I highly recommend this cottage and really appreciate the fact that I was able to get an in-house massage ordered up. My dad and I will be back.

                                                                  Serenity in a quaint cottage

                                                                  Dawn B.

                                                                  Enjoyed our weekend stay in the cottage; the accommodations were clean and comfortable from living room to bedrooms. The kitchen is well supplied for an occasional meal. Several shelves of books for browsing and games were also available. The surroundings are peaceful and lovely, we walked the road as well as the mowed paths around the property and saw many birds and wildlife all around. Sitting on the porch of the cottage we were treated to hummingbirds sipping from the honeysuckle vine growing nearby. A lovely retreat!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again.

                                                                  perfect place to escape

                                                                  Spent an entirely peaceful week here with my children, age 13 and 16. Just enough space for each of us to have some privacy. Loved the setting! We swam in the Rush River, rode bicycles, took pretty walks. Watched deer step through the front yard, heard Whippoorwills in the evening, saw Eagles, bonded with Sophia the kitty. Gorgeous scenery. Found amazing restaurants - especially the Harbor View in Pepin and the Smiling Pelican bakery in Maiden Rock. Even my son indulged in the jetted tub. Nice attention to detail in the cottage. Great selection of books and movies. Had fun exploring surrounding small towns. We will definitely be returning.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  It was great to have you here. Spending a full week helps you settle in and really experience the lovely things about our area. Hope you come again!

                                                                  Charlene and John


                                                                  Maiden Rock, WI, USA

                                                                  Meditative Labyrinth on site, snowshoes available, bikes available with many good routes in the area, nearby apple orchards, blueberry farm, wineries, art galleries, seasonal art tours, Stockholm Art Fair, great restaurants & other eateries. EarthSky Body/Mind Center available on site for massage and energy therapies, life direction coaching, individually tailored retreats, couples and other retreat programs, as well as spa services which includes a Japanese soaking tub and shower facility.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Rate is based on double occupancy. Other additional guests are an additional $25 - per night. Payments & Policies: Please call or e-mail to receive detailed information on payments and policies. 715-448-2424, info@journeyinn.net Solo Retreat rates available during the Winter season.

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