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Marine on St Croix Retreat Unit 5

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Bright 1 Bedroom getaway in heart of St Croix National Scenic Riverway

Marine School-house Garden Cottage apartment unit converted to VRBO. This bright 1 bedroom/1 bath second story apartment (with additional sleeping on a queen-sized hide-a-bed couch) has an up in the air, birds nest feel, as it overlooks the cobblestone court surrounded by woods and nature below. Walk to the historic General Store, Brookside Bar and Grill, Village Scoop ice cream (summer), St. Croix Chocolate Company, Stonehouse Museum (summer), local Lutheran Church, or bring your bike to ride some of the Saint Croix Valley's scenic roads and trails. In summer, bring your kids to a really great beach on Square Lake (just minutes away), to any of the river accesses to explore cliffs and river along the St. Croix. Or, bring your kayak or canoe to check out the beautiful river (access just below the General Store, William O'brien State Park, and many other places along the river). On weekends in summer, enjoy live music at the Brookside Bar and Grill (very short walk, see their website), visit Stillwater for antiques, riverfront parks, and additional restaurants (10 minute drive south). To the north check out the Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia (see website), Franconia Sculpture Park (see website), or try the zip line at Trollhaugen Aerial Adventure Park (northeast on Wisconsin side of river). During winter, cross country ski William O'brien Park's trails, venture to Trollhaugen Ski Area (17 miles) for tubing, snow boarding and skiing, or head ten minutes south to Stillwater for shopping and antiquing, great wine (Domacin Wine Bar), food (take your pick of many unique restaurants), or locally brewed beer (Liftbridge Brewery).

David and Robin
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About David and Robin

We are locals in the community and have made this wonderful apartment unit available to people in search of a place to relax, explore, bike, hike, ski, shop, or visit in the scenic Saint Croix River Valley.

Why David and Robin chose Marine on St. Croix

Located in the heart of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, there is much to explore and do in every direction.

What makes this apartment unique

Short walk to local food and entertainment, short drive to everything else. Village has a New Hampshire meets Mayberry feel to it.


Marine on St. Croix Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen sized bed in bedroom, Queen sized hide-a-bed in living room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


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Marine on St Croix Retreat Unit 5
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Marine on St. Croix, MN

Perfect for overflow family

  • 5 of 5

Great place with wonderful owners. Quiet and comfortable with lots of goodies.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chililwack, BC Canada

Exactly what we wanted!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home after spending 5 days here and it was lovely! It was clean, well decorated and quiet. Yes, that bathroom is a little rough, but it did its job and it was clean! When we came in the AC was on, there was a bottle of wine and the electric candles were flickering. It was such a nice environment to come into after driving for nearly 3 days. It's far enough from everything to see the stars and hear the cicadas (a new thing for us) and close enough to everything to entertain the kids. I would gladly stay here again. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week to de-stress!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a darling place with so much character, and a wonderful friendly community. Dave and Robin are awesome, and so accommodating, too! I came here by myself to get some focused work done outside the office and was thrilled with the experience. Some great walking down to the river and up the hills into old Marine -- loved the church bells at noon and the curfew whistle at 9 pm. The Marine General Store truly has everything you could need from organic buffalo to a swell deli, the library was great fun, the fish fry at the Brookside was terrific -- and yes, the special touches Dave and Robin bring make it perfect -- I didn't get into my car for 5 days and it had cobwebs on it when I got back in -- what could be better??

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, Wa

We rode bikes and hiked near by trails

  • 5 of 5

We came out to area for a couple days to ride bikes and hike the trails at O'brien State Park. We have stayed here several times before, in other units, and thought we would try this one as something different. We liked the bright and comfortable feel of it and slept well while there, but found carrying our bikes up and down the stairs each day a bit of an inconvenience -- not the end of the world but worth noting for people bringing bikes or ski equipment. We would happily stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN, USA

Perfect Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfectly appointed unit in quaint Marine on St. Croix. Truly, everything you could possibly need (and more) is at your disposal. We arrived to a warm welcome from the owner along with some surprise touches that were far beyond what I'd ever experienced when renting a property. This is a perfect place to recharge and rest after enjoying the area recreation and sites. It's within walking distance to the local Brookside restaurant and bar and the Marine General Store - not to mention the beautiful St. Croix River. And if you can't completely "unplug" - there is free WIFI.

Thanks for an awesome stay while we were in town for a wedding!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not ready for prime time rental.

  • 2 of 5

The photographed rooms are somewhat decent but what you don't see is the problem. A rough bathroom, sad kitchen, bad paint job throughout and poorly kept building.

The caretakers are nice folks and respond quickly. I was under the impression it was a nice modern Swedish style place for a getaway by looking at photos but was disappointed at condition of the whole place. Price was low so your expectations should be also. Good for getting out of rain if you were camping nearby possibly.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "The photographed rooms are somewhat decent but what you don't see is the problem. A rough bathroom." Specifically, the vinyl flooring is outdated light-green color from the 1970's, it's clean, in good shape and has been well taken care of... it is not marble, ceramic, or current in color/style. "An ugly sad kitchen." No new or stainless appliances, no granite countertops, and cabinets are dated, and vinyl matches bathroom's in color and date, but as far as happy kitchen or sad, everything works and it’s well stocked. "Bad paint job throughout." On any historic building there's always a place where paint needs attention. In some of the common areas we have kept same paint as the historic town hall. Though there is temptation to change it, we are not sure it will improve someones vacation and have not had any complaints from any of the repeat visitors over the last 2 years so it is as is. "Poorly kept building." With the exception of foundation, walls, wiring, plumbing, roof, windows, heating, air conditioning, and unit furnishings (which were sourced from Macys (bedding), Pier 1 (chairs, tables, lamps, hide-a-bed couch, misc. artwork, headboard, decorative pillows, lanterns and candles), Lowes (plants, air-conditioners, iron, ironing board, dish rack), Target (46" led/lcd TV, plates and cups, coffee maker, wine bottle opener, pizza cutter), Kohls (towels and pillows), and Martin Mattress Company in St. Paul (local company makes great mattresses for hotels/lodging). "The caretakers are nice folks and respond quickly." OK, thanks. "I was under the impression it was a nice modern Swedish style place for a getaway by looking at photos." Marine does have a Swedish influenced past and present. They filmed part of the movie "Grumpy Old Men" two doors up the hill at the Lutheran Church. Unit artwork is mostly nautical or water themed to keep with river location of the town in National Scenic Waterway, though Sweden could be represented in one of the flag paintings. "But was disappointed at condition of the whole place." We have travelled the country and many parts of the world, stayed in all kinds of places and were sometimes disappointed with people and weather, never the place. "Price was low so your expectations should be also." Our goal is to do the best job we can at making the place enjoyable and available to people who want to visit the town and surrounding area, without gouging them financially out of their opportunity to visit.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Brookside Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Stillwater (4 courses), Forest Lake
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Marine Cafe
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
St Croix River access .2 or 6 miles to Square Lake

Also visit: Gammelgarden Swedish Museum (Scandia), Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway(ride the historic train from Osceola to Marine and back), Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Franconia Sculpture Park (short drive north on 95), Stonehouse Museum (in Marine), William O'Brien State Park (north edge of Marine), Andiamo Enterprise (scenic riverboat tours daily in Stillwater), Marine Mill Site (in village), Square Lake Park (6 miles, great sandy summer swim beach for kids), Trollhaugen Aerial Adventure Park (zip lining in summer and ski area in winter)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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