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Lake Superior Log Cabin Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 999 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

The Real Log Cabin

Trailsyde is a vintage log cabin faithfully kept in a past era but modernized for full comfort. There are two generous bedrooms, sitting room, great-room/kitchen with fireplace, porch, and bath plus a large front deck. For the ultimate in privacy there are no nearby cabins in sight. Pebble sand beach and a dramatic rock point add to the outdoor appeal as does the quain Crow's Nest writer's retreat on the cliff overlooking Trailsyde. The grounds are natural. Most visitors enjoy Trailsyde lore as presented in a guest book or told by the owner who lives on the property and is available to assist guests. There is neither sattelite TV nor reliable cell phone service at the location.

Harry Drabik
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Harry Drabik

The owner, Harry Drabik, has a long standing connection with the Lake Superior North Shore starting in approx 1950, continuing when his family moved there from Chicago in 1956 and following that when he came to the Grand Marais area after the U of M. Harry has been a teacher, canoe guide, and field archaeologist. He has also authored a handful of commercially published books and writes a weekly column.

Why Harry Drabik chose Northeast

If you enjoy a modern condo hotel with carpeted halls, balcony, and a nearby pub then Trailsyde isn't your kind of place. Trailsyde is a step back to an earlier time when the original architect/owner built the cabin as one room and constructed much of its furniture on site. The best words for Trailsyde are tradition and character.

What makes this cabin unique

For most visitors the biggest appeal is privacy of setting and the inviting deck facing Lake Superior. Of course for some the pleasure of hours searching agates on the pebble beach or evenings with the fireplace burning warmly are their special memories.


Grand Marais Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 999 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Traditional bathroom contains conventional tub with hand shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , French door accesses onto patio deck.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) In West bedroom with direct deck access from French door., Double Beds (1) In East bedroom with 3-side windows, like sleeping in the woods., Twin or Single Beds (1) Fold-up type probably not suitable for an adult., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) In sitting room next to bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Lake Superior Log Cabin Getaway
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
Stillwater MN


  • 5 of 5

The minute we walked into this cabin we were Immediate drawn back into time. The history of this place gave you wonder. We were instantly inspired by its sounds and view of the lake. I can't thank Harry enough for opening this for everyone to experience what a treat. Usually a place like this you would be viewing behind ropes to gaze into its history. What a perfect place for the two of us to get creative and allowing us to play on your beach and for allowing our dog to get lazy on the deck. Thanks Harry!

Don't miss out on this one!!!! Monica & Bob and Cedar

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Shore perfection!

  • 5 of 5

What a privilege to stay at this meticulously restored lakefront cabin! Quiet, spacious, clean, private and close to everything-- beach, hiking trails, waterfalls, town. My 7 year old granddaughter and I created awesome memories and will be back. The owner is a perfect host--welcoming and informative. He's considered every comfort for his guests while insuring a traditional north woods/lakeshore cabin experience.

Trailsyde is a jewel! Take the ferry to Isle Royale, hike Magney and Cascade parks, feast at the Angry Trout, enjoy sunsets, waves, and rocks-- then sleep peacefully in the coziest cabin on the North Shore!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We my wife ,10 yr. old granddaughter, and I where thrilled with the cabin, the patio/deck, the view, the beach ,the location, no road noise.

[only the waves on the beach] right in front of the cabin , the owner is very nice and helpful with some interesting history about the old but perfectly clean cabin, I'm not sure how it gets that clean? as must be difficult since its a log cabin but clean it was. and the fire place is great on a cool night which is not uncommon on N Shore. We caught some nice fish from shore just down the coast 5 miles there is so much to do in area we are going back soon.

But you don't need to do anything but sit and enjoy the view you can see the curvature of the earth from patio as you can see some much water the point is fun to walk and climb on. Loon calling and swimming by Ravens with there many interesting calls. go to Isle Royale go to Grand Portage State Park the Waterfall is the best and interesting history and the fort / trading post I could go on and on Thanks Harry for sharing your treasure of a place with us I know we will be back and will never forget the time we had. Oh Ya and that Crows Nest is really something but let Harry take you there Get the Pizza Swen and Ole's

Its all good!!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A real gem

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine you'll find a nicer cabin rental on the North Shore (I've been visiting the area for nearly 20 years and certainly haven't). The cabin itself is beautiful and full of historic and/or amusing details. The setting gives a bit of everything you could want from a stay on Superior from pebble beach to rocky point (and you're within spitting distance of Judge Magney State Park which is handy for a quick daily hike). The owner, Harry, is a great guy too - attentive without being obtrusive.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Week!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying at the Lake Superior Log Cabin Getaway. Perfect for unplugging and enjoying this quaint, well maintained, clean, and very functional log cabin right on Lake Superior. Harry was fantastic in telling stories about the cabin and surrounding area. While it was still a bit cold at the end of May early June, it was delightful sleeping with no sound but the waves on Lake Superior. There is a private beach but we did not use it. The cabin was our jump point for hiking at several of the Minnesota State Parks along Lake Superior. This time of year the rivers are running fast which made for some great pictures of the many water falls.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nostalgic Retreat-Total Hospitality From Owner

  • 5 of 5

Trailsyde is everything stated in the VRBO description & then some. It if clean, comfortable (inside & outside). Harry Drabik (owner) lives about 100m away. He is present but does not hover. He is a gracious host & truly wants his guests to both use & enjoy his cabin & property. He has a booklet of practical rules for both enjoying your stay, but also to keep the facilities maintained for all present & future guests to enjoy. There are 2 marvelous rocky beaches on the property, with an elevated rocky peninsula jutting out into Lake Superior between the beaches. It is out on this peninsula that my wife & I could stay "on grid". There is total privacy on the property. The views ang sounds of Lake Superior are both breathtaking & relaxing. Hiking on various sections of the "Lake Superior Trail" System is only a short drive away as is the town of Grand Marais. Mr. Drabik (owner) well-accommodated our 6 y.o. Goldendoodle who took daily swims in Lake Superior & then lounged on the deck. We would highly recommend this property for anyone looking for a rustic, relaxing, retreat from one's daily routine. Thanks Harry, for sharing your hospitality & your hidden gem, Trailsyde.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Thunder Bay Ontario
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
GM Municipal
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 61
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Naniboujou Lodge
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Nearest Beach
In front of cabin
Car: necessary

North East Cook County MN has an abundance of National Forest Land, State Parks, and National Park Service Monument. There is a Historic Theme Park (Old Fort William) across the border in Canada approx. 70 miles.


Rates & Availability

Grand Marais Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 30 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

The rate you will be charged is based on the number of people/beds used with an age discount for children. In cases where children use sleeping bags and their own pillows the charge is nominal. Two hundred per night is a reasonable average of what guests pay. Shorter stays will cost more per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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