Thinking Outside the Box of Cabin Ownership

Cabin culture is an ubiquitous part of living in the Midwest. Many of us look forward to our regular summer escapes. Cabins mean a slower pace of life, more time to spend with friends and family, and less time spent staring at screens or staring down work deadlines.

And yet, cabins are a lot of work. For those of you who own cabins, you know all too well that it can feel as though you spend more time maintaining your cabin than you do actually enjoying it. Do you show up and immediately get to enjoy a cocktail on the dock? Or do you show up and realize the laundry list of items that need to be taken care of (lawn maintenance, cobweb clearing, not to mention putting in that dock)? You could hire that out, of course, but owning a cabin is expensive enough. Outsourced upkeep trades headaches and backaches for wallet aches.

Even if you rent a cabin using one of those vacation rental property sites, you still have to bring everything with you, make your own food, and make sure the place is spotless when you leave.

What if you could get away from it all, within driving distance of the Twin Cities or Chicago, and stay in rustic elegance with all the perks of a cabin escape PLUS world-class service? (Okay, how many of you are still reading this, and how many of you just closed your computer so you can start packing?)

Why shell out cash for upkeep or rental fees when you’re still responsible for taking care of everything? Instead, make it a real vacation.

If you haven’t been to Stout’s Island Lodge, you don’t know what you’re missing. As the former summer estate of a lumber baron, Stout’s Island Lodge is nothing short of an oasis. It’s called the Island of Happy Days, and for good reason. Roast S’mores under the stars, dine at the on-site gourmet restaurant, participate in one of dozens of activities, and leave all the stress at home.

We’ll take care of everything. And, of course—you can consider heading to the dock for a cocktail as soon as you arrive.

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