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Emma's Spectacle Lake Home - a Perfect Retreat from the World

Bedrooms 2
Space 2 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home is located on the clear and beautiful 239 square acre Spectacle Lake, eight miles west of Cambridge, Minnesota.

Longing for a North Woods retreat but don’t want to spend precious vacation hours on the highway? Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home is the place for you. Travel just one hour north of the Twin Cities to historic Isanti County where the wild and scenic Rum River runs for 153 miles, old growth stands of White Pine dot the landscape, pristine lakes and unspoiled wetlands thrive, and abundant and varied wildlife are plentiful. All of this combines to provide the classic North Woods experience.

Whether you are looking for a quiet couple’s getaway or an activity-packed family holiday, Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home offers many varied opportunities for enjoyment and relaxation.

Staying In…

Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home is a great place to unwind and renew. Let the magnificent sunrises welcome you on one of the two enclosed porches, the walkout patio or the open deck. Expect to hear the call of loons and maybe get a glimpse of a Deer, Grouse, Bald Eagle, Crane or Owl making their way to and from the Spectacle Lake Wildlife Management Area. Ready to take a swim or do some fishing? Just walk down to the 100 feet of preserved natural shoreline and the sandy bottom lake. Catch Sunnies off the dock or take your boat out on the lake for Northern Pike, Bluegill, Walleye, and Largemouth Bass. (There is a public, concrete, boat launch located not far from the house.) For dinner, light the BBQ and dine on the deck, one of the 2 porches or the patio then move down to the fire pit for s’mores and stargazing. When it’s time for bed, throw open the windows and be lulled to sleep by a lake breeze and the water lapping the shore. If the weather turns inclement, curl up by the fireplace, pop in a DVD or VHS and play a game or just relax and listen to the rain.

Going Out….

While the Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home offers the opportunity for total relaxation and rejuvenation, the area offers so much more. Grab your clubs and play one or more of the twelve beautiful golf courses in the area, or bring your hiking boots and bicycle and take advantage of the multitude of spectacular trails and parks. Rent a canoe and paddle down the picturesque and protected Rum River, take a swim at the township’s public swimming area with its welcoming sandy beach or soak up a little history visiting the many Isanti County historical sites dating back to the mid 1800’s. In the evening, have a great meal in town and visit the eclectic shops and antique stores.

The Basics…..

The home’s amenities include: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 kitchens with dish washers and microwaves, 2 great rooms with TV/DVD players, a laundry room, 2 enclosed porches, an open deck, a walkout patio, a gas fireplace, 2 gas BBQs, and a fire pit. If the weather gets too warm there is air conditioning to keep you cool. The home sleeps up to 6 people comfortably (utilizing the futon in the great room) and the family dog is more than welcome!


Let Emma’s Spectacular Lake Home provide you a perfect retreat from the world. Just 50 miles from the twin cities, you are only minutes away from exploring nature’s plentiful gifts. Enjoy a North Woods experience, quality lodging, and the pleasure of “lake living” all in a clam and settled neighborhood.

Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home - A Perfect Retreat From the World!

Keywords: Lake home, lake front, lakeshore, dock, private, summer home, fishing, water sports, boating, swimming, golf, hiking, canoeing, trails, state parks, shopping, historical places, festivals, antiquing.

More Details

David Peterson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About David Peterson

Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home is owned by a third generation Isanti County native. The family is firmly rooted in the history and tradition of the region.

David Peterson, the owner’s grandfather, grew up in the County. Enchanted by the bounty and magnificence the area had to offer, David bought property on Spectacle Lake. One of David’s sons and the owner’s father, Don Peterson, married his wife, Emma, in the early 1940s. David and Hanna had 7 children 2 girls and 5 sons. All 5 boys fought in World War II and, luckily, all 5 survived. Upon their return the boys began to purchase property on Spectacle Lake.

Captivated by the Lake and wanting to continue the family tradition, Emma secretly saved her money and bought an adjacent lot for her family. As the next generation grew, they too bought lots and, in due course, built their own homes. This was the origin of Emma’s Spectacle Lake Home.

Spectacle Lake is full of this kind of history. These are not transient vacation homes. The neighborhood is established and quiet. This is the perfect location for anyone who wants a peaceful and undisturbed getaway.

David Peterson purchased this house in 2000

Why David Peterson chose Cambridge

It's a family tradition going back to the 1940s. We love it here. It's in our blood and we've never been anywhere we like more.

What makes this house unique

Of course we love the lake and the relaxation and recreation it affords. We really enjoy the solitude and peacefulness. It's a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate. But golfing on one of the 12 plus courses in the area, biking or hiking on the trails in one of the state parks, and canoeing on the Rum River are terrific outings! Being close to the Spectacle Lake Wildlife Management Area allows the probability of spotting varied and magnificent wildlife. We hope you will love everything Emma's Spectacle Lake House as much as we do!


Cambridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (2) One double bed in each cozy bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) very comfortable futons in the great room which can sleep two each.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Emma's Spectacle Lake Home - a Perfect Retreat from the World
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

A pleasant getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this lakeshore home immensely. It was spacious, and complete with every amenity imaginable. The lake was amazingly clear, and we enjoyed the fishing. It is really like being "up north," without being too far from the metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The screened porches are wonderful, and there are two full kitchens, one up and one down. We will return again with more family members in 2019.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Also,looking forward to chatting with you all,about a future visit. David Peterson
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Elk River, MN

Family vacation

  • 2 of 5

We did have a good time at the property. We chose this site because some of our family had to go to work during our week there. Do not count on fishing off the dock as the lily pads are extensive. The property needs some TLC and for sure be careful what chair you sit on as we were charged for a split seam on a sun-rotted chair that should have been replaced by the homeowners long ago. Also, we had to take our garbage home because there was garbage in the cans from the previous renters. The owners charge a cleaning fee to everyone and I would recommend to them to get a new cleaning service as it certainly is not as clean as the previous houses we have rented for vacations in previous years. Also, be prepared to pay $1.00 per person to go to the beach, whether you are swimming or watching.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so surprised to read your review of your time spent in our home If there were any problems, I would have like to have been contacted, in order to rectify immediately any concerns. The garbage and recycling pickup is on Tuesdays and we also have 3 garbage cans outside for overflow,plus all garbarge liners are on site. The home itself has 5 tall garbage containers ,plus 3 recycling continers and wastebakets in the bedroom, baths and laundry. The lily pads are protected by Minnesota State law and when talking to your family member,and gave permission to allow extra guests, I explained the natural shore line, and gave them more information about the property. Some of our guests, have enjoyed fishing right off the dock. There is a swimming beach owned by the county, where they charge a dollar a day for swimming. The reason I like to personally talk to my guests ,before they commit to the cabin ,is to allow them to ask any questions , about the home and the area, so it will be a good fit for their needs.
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Wonderful Time Shared with Family!

  • 5 of 5

We were initially a bit nervous with the forecast for rain for some of the time we were there, since we were inviting family for the long weekend. It did rain and pour a few times, but with the two huge screened in porches and beautiful upstairs and downstairs living areas, there was space enough to roam and enjoy the view of the lake and each other's company. I was overly impressed at all the cookware, dishes and staples that were supplied with the rental. Our family has already begun to hint that we rent this lovely home again next year when we visit MN. Thanks for such a fun, relaxing get-away!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, AZ

2 happy campers

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the gorgeous lake home for 12 nights and it was the highlight of our vacation in MN &WI. The owners were most responsive and attended to our every need. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and secure Internet connectivity. Such a deal!

Looking forward to another stay in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn Park, MN

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our week at this cabin. The kids LOVED fishing off the dock. We all enjoyed swimming and boating on the lake. The water is so clear! It was so nice to have the beach and the boat launch so close that we could just walk to either.

The cabin was clean and had everything we needed. The air conditioning was super nice on the really hot nights. But, during the day, the ceiling fans in the screened in porch were a perfect way to be outside and still be cool enough (when we weren't swimming).

I especially liked the "up-north cabin" feel so close to the cities. We had arrived, unpacked and started our vacation before most people even arrived at their cabin destinations. So nice to not have to fight the traffic to the Brainerd or Walker area lakes!

We loved it and we hope to come back again.

Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Mom's 80th Birthday

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a perfect place to relax and enjoy some peace, look no further. We rented this home for our family when we were trying to throw a surprise party for my mother-in-laws 80th birthday. This was the perfect place for our family.

The house is beautiful and well stocked with everything you need for a vacation home. The beautiful sunrises in the morning on the lake are inspirational. The time we spent with our family was priceless.

Planning the party from California was hard enough, but when we arrived at the home, we found everything we needed to cook, plan, and pull off the perfect party.

If you are looking for a home to rent in Minnesota where you can relax and enjoy some peaceful time away from city life, look no further. This is the place to unwind and enjoy the scenery.

I hope you all enjoy this home as much as we did. We are hoping to come back later this year and, if we are lucky, the house will be available again.

Thank you to our hosts......

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
mineapolis st paul
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
purple hawk golf couse
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
highway 47
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Pine Brook Inn
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Community Pulic beach/Walking distrance
Car: recommended

Hiking, biking, canoeing, twelve-plus golf courses, public swimming area, public boat launch, wildlife refuge, State Parks and trails, historical sites, restaurants and much much more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $125
Prime Summer fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.