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Recent Birchwood reviews

  • Fun in the Northwoods

    "We spent a week here in late June. We had 4 adults and 3 kids age 17, 15, and 5. We had a wonderful time. The house met our needs beautifully. We had good fishing, good hiking/exploring and it's an easy trip into Hayward. We brought yard games such as bags & badminton and had fires most nights. The fish cleaning station in the garage was great. The fishing was a highlight. We rented a canoe & brought kayaks & a fishing boat to complete our fun. The owners were easy to contact & the neighbors were helpful. A huge storm blew in 5 minutes after half our party arrived. The other half arrived during the storm. There were downed trees (this is where the neighbors came in) across the road that had to be sawed/moved before we could all get TO the cabin. We were without power off & on for a couple days (along with a lot of the area). We still had a great time. We were able to get a generator from the owners so we could run the fridge & charge our phones. The house was large enough to suit all our needs & give us together time or time apart as needed. We cooked, BBQ'd and ate out. The screen porch was a huge asset & there were great lake breezes. We would suggest bringing measuring spoons & measuring cups if you plan to do any scratch cooking. Almost everything else was there. We thoroughly enjoyed the loons, ospreys, bald eagles, herons & otters. We even saw a bear in the neighborhood! Our only complaint with the cabin would be that the listing hasn't been updated recently. There is no longer a sandy beach area as shown in the pictures. That area is now over grown & the area right along the dock is not a spot we were comfortable using for swimming due to the bottom, grasses & water lilys. The dock/boardwalk access needs to be raised so that shallow wading is not required to reach the shore. We bought rubber boots & it was no longer an issue of wet feet. We're sure some of it was from the rain but it also appears the lake level has risen and the board walk has settled since the listing was made. We'd be at 5 Stars except for the discrepancy between the listed beach & the reality of it."
    Guest: Heather H. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 18, 2016
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  • Wonderful

    "My husband & I have stayed in quite a few VRBO rentals and I have to say this was one of the cleanest ones ever. We recently stayed in a luxury condo in Big Sky that had amazing views but the windows were so dirty that it kind of ruined the effect. So, I was extremely happy that all of the glass doors and windows were so nice and clean. The cabin itself was perfect with plenty of room. It was only two of us with our two small dogs. The fenced in area was such a great amenity. It was a great set up with plenty of kitchen items. Things in Birchwood were a little slow since the season was over but plenty of places open near Hayward & Spooner. We loved The Fireside in Hayward we had an excellent meal and worth the drive. We also did a day trip to the Apostle Islands which wasn't a bad drive and another day trip up to Duluth and Two Harbors. Fishing was a little slow but I think it's just that time of year. My husband caught blue gill & perch on the Chetek side."
    Guest: Adriene Date of Stay: October 2016 Review Submitted: October 17, 2016
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  • Most Relaxing Vacation Ever!

    "This was our second stay at Wayne and Jean's Pine Cone Retreat and we had a fabulous week! From sitting on the front deck watching and listening to the loons, to fishing off our boat and swimming off the dock...we couldn't have asked for a better time. The weather was absolutely perfect the week we were there with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's. It was beautiful! The house is fully furnished with everything you could possibly want. There is plenty of room to spread out and do a variety of things. We spent a lot of our time on the deck just chilling as it's so relaxing. We watched t.v. as a family in the large area in the basement along with played some games on the table down there as well. There are a variety of games kept in the downstairs cupboards and our boys enjoyed those. The highlight of our trip this year was being able to get to all 5 of the lakes with our pontoon! We did that on a couple of the days and fished in a few different lakes, but we found our best fishing to be right in Spider 1 were the cabin is located. We caught bluegills, crappies, bass and bullheads during our stay there. We saw a few Northern Pike, but we weren't able to land those. Maybe next year! We enjoyed our stay so much that we've already booked a week long stay for next July! We love it there!"
    Guest: Jennifer M. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 31, 2016
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  • Perfect! Clean, super comfortable, beautiful location

    "After 30 years of hit and miss lake cabin experiences - this one was finally JUST PERFECT! The well appointed, wonderfully private, and nicely updated log home includes it's own sweet little inlet and a great little beach for embarking in kayaks to explore a secluded and quiet chain of deep, small lakes. Very comfortable and clean beds and furniture, plenty of table lamps for the readers in the bunch. Well stocked kitchen - not one unpleasant surprise. Not ONE! We'll be back! ...P.S. Only 10 minutes from Birchwood - highly recommend the Paul's Pizza Den there - the smoked baby back ribs are amazing, and the Bear Bait dessert is scrumptious!"
    Guest: Grandma ID Date of Stay: September 2016 Review Submitted: September 12, 2016
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