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Lake Superior Log Cabin Getaway

Grand Marais, MN, USA
  • Cabin999 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

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
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018
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 East Cook

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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Traditional bathroom contains conventional tub with hand shower.

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            At times guests might see 1,000 foot Lakers pass on Lake Superior as they haul bulk cargo to and from the Duluth and Superior, Two Harbors, and Silver Bay shipping ports.
          • Beachfront
            Two pebble-sand beaches are separated by a rocky point.
          • Lake View
            Updated 1918 log cabin with original stone fireplace overlooks a rocky point and two pebble-sand beaches with exceptional privacy.
          • Lakefront
            Trailsyde cabin has hundreds of feet of private lake shore plus a dramatic rocky point. This is a very exclusive and private property.
          • Monument View
            It's not a monument, but the historic Rock of Ages light on the far west end of Isle Royale is seen flashing in the distance most nights.
          • Rural
            Area is very unpopulated but not remote or dangerously wild.
          • Village
            Nearby Hovland has a small store, locally run deli, liquor store, café, fur shop, clothing and misc., plus a Post Office.
          • Water View
            Near shore and panoramic views.
          • Waterfront
            Cabin sits on Lake Superior 45 feet from the water.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Fireplace
                        Beautiful hand made stone fireplace. Slight charge for firewood.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Heat is by 4 individual thermostat controls in each room.
                      • Linens Provided
                        There is a full stock of bathroom and bedroom supplies
                      • Living Room
                        Also a sitting and recreation room.
                      • Parking
                        Ample parking at and near cabin.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Outdoor firebox for beach use with wood for small charge. Absolutely NO fires without asking beforehand due to occasional fire bans by DNR.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Automatic filter type.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Generally enough for ten people.
                          • Kitchen
                            Large eat-in-kitchen Great Room.
                          • Microwave
                            Separate unit.
                          • Oven
                            Oven and broiler in kitchen stove.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Basic condiments, cooking oil, etc. are included.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Antique style suited to cabin.
                          • Stove
                            Antique style suited to cabin. Modern gas range looks like a wood range.
                          • Toaster
                            Good old fashioned chrome toaster.


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    Some in keeping with character of the cabin.
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Music Library
                                    Bring your own.
                                  • Stereo
                                    Works in connection with DVD player.
                                  • Television
                                    TV with DVD library for use.
                                  • Toys
                                    A few traditional toys and games are in the cabin.
                                  • Video Library
                                    Reasonably good selection includes some 'kid' and family programs along with drama, etc.


                                      • Bicycles
                                        There are a number of trails to use.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        This is one of the best loved features of Trailsyde.
                                      • Golf
                                        There is a course in Lutsen and several in Canada.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Natural vegetation and woods.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        LP gas unit on front deck.
                                      • Tennis
                                        There are courts in Grand Marais.


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            Wheelchair access is not 100% or perfect. I might call it adequate but limited.


                                              • churches
                                              • duty free shops
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • 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

                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • wind-surfing

                                                            14 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            The most cherished place on earth!

                                                            Lou C.

                                                            We just finished our 16th year stay at this lovely, lovely property. A true getaway that always recharges the family. A curated location that is near and dear to our hearts and our visits always fill out souls.

                                                            Vintage cabin on Lake Superior .

                                                            Steven T.

                                                            A beautiful cabin surrounded by nature. The vintage rustic cabin is private & well maintained with lakefront views.

                                                            We'll be back!

                                                            Rustic charm and location

                                                            Property is full of charm and history with an incredible location to Lake Superior, including it's own private beach, that cant be matched. There were 5 of us, two adults three kids, and we had plenty of space

                                                            We had a few challenges at first due to the unusually cold weather and the heating situation but Harry, the owner, addressed this immediately and was very attentive through out our 5 day stay.

                                                            With the Judge Magney State park on the door step, Mink lake for trout fishing nearby ,Grand Maraias 15 minutes away and it,s own beach to explore there's plenty to do and see.

                                                            Highly recommended.

                                                            Alex C.


                                                            MONICA J.Stillwater MN

                                                            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

                                                            North Shore perfection!

                                                            Virginia M.

                                                            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!


                                                            REID W.

                                                            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!!


                                                            Grand Marais, MN, USA

                                                            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.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            The rate you will be charged is based on the number of people/beds used per night. There is a substantial discount for children especially when they use their own sleeping bags and pillows. Two hundred fifty per night is the minimum charge. Stays shorter than five nights are possible ONLY by paying for a five night stay.

                                                            14 Reviews
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