This rustic cottage right on the shore of Rainy Lake in the village of Ranier is the perfect basecamp for exploring the natural wonders of Northern Minnesota and Voyageur's National Park--or just kicking back, unplugging and hanging out with the locals.
In the Davis family for nearly 100 years, this waterfront cabin features knotty pine paneling and huge windows overlooking the lake in both the living room and porch. A deck that opens off the porch will be your new favorite spot for catching spectacular Sand Bay sunsets from spring to fall. A wide lawn runs down to the breakwater, where you can swim in the cold, clear water of the Rainy, or sit around the fire pit right on the shoreline.
The Davis House is a great place to relax and spend time with your family, fish the Rainy (no dock on the property, but we can help you find one if you need it), snowmobile (there's a groomed trail just one block away that you can sled to right from the house) or rent long-term for local area work.
Kids love the beach--just steps away--and swimming off the breakwater. A Grumman canoe, paddles, life-preservers and other water toys are yours to use at the house, as well as a picnic table, garage (perfect for our winter guests), two vintage Schwinns and almost anything else you'll need to enjoy your stay in the Borderland.
The friendly municipal liquor store (the Ranier Muni) is just a three-block walk away. There's an ice cream parlor just down the shoreline at Tara's Wharf, along with fresh-brewed beer at Loony's Brew, a boat-launch ramp, and dining at the Rainy Lake Grill.
The entire expanse of Rainy Lake--with its thousands of islands, Voyageur's National Park, renowned walleye and bass fishing--is right outside your door. And if you just want solitude or a quiet place to write your memoirs, Ranier has long been a haven for writers and painters and artists of every kind.