History of Log Cabin Hideaways
The inception of Log Cabin Hideaways was in 1988 with the purchase of 120 acres of land from Potlatch Corporation. We were attracted to the parcel because of its remote nature and the fact that it was bordered on three sides by the Superior National Forest and on the other by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our plan was to build a cabin here and market it to people looking to experience life in a log cabin in a secluded, wilderness setting. We figured if we built it, "they would come". If not, we could always sell it. At this time, water-access-only back land was dirt cheap by comparison to today's prices and few could understand why we would want it.
The first cabin on Triangle Lake was begun in the spring of 1989. The logs for this cabin were a "gift" from a bad thunderstorm in July of 1987. The storm blew over a couple of hundred trees on our homestead property and they became the logs and lumber for the cabin. Without the storm it is doubtful we could have afforded to start the project. With the help of many friends, the logs were peeled, scribed, the cabin disassembled and transported across the ice to its present location on Triangle Lake.
The business seemed to "take off' almost immediately. Our first summer (1991) we had 80% occupancy, spurring plans for the second cabin. The first years were hard work, fun and humorous in many ways. Because we had very little money to work with, many things were done the hard way to keep costs down and make a buck. Throughout this time, Steve worked as a log builder and carpenter on other (paying) jobs and Liz was home with a brand new baby, Zoe, born in July 1990. We were living in a house we built ourselves with no indoor plumbing or electricity. (We got electricity in 1994 and indoor toilets in 1998.)
During the winter, Steve would ski out to Triangle cabin with our dog, Red, heat the cabin up, ski back to the landing (3 miles) and meet the customers. Then he and Red would each pull a sled back to the cabin with their gear. After orienting the guests to their cabin, he would ski back to his truck and head home. During construction of our second cabin in 1993, it became impossible to transport people and materials to both cabins without a snowmobile - there just was not enough daylight or energy to ski back and forth that many times. Still short on cash, we bought a 60's vintage snowmobile that had a mind of its own and would not always start. When it did start it would often get stuck in slush on the lake - at one time we had 3 old, underpowered machines stuck on Ojibway and Triangle lakes.
Every year seemed to be a construction year - a cabin, sauna or outhouse. Now we have eight cabins that make up the business, each situated on its own land without neighbors. We have done our best to keep the cabins remote and secluded a place where people can be alone in the wilderness. A place to unwind, reconnect and reflect. Most of the cabins are located on small ponds or isolated lakes that will never see further development. The few that we have on bigger lakes are seeing increasing traffic and more building as this area continues to draw more and more people seeking to escape the city and their busy lives. However, bigger lakes offer more recreational opportunities in the way of fishing, paddling, swimming, etc. So, the choice of which cabin might best meet your needs and expectations depends on what you are seeking. All cabins except Gabbro and Johnson are but a portage away from the BWCA, increasing the options for exploring this unique area.
The success of our business is directly attributable to our many wonderful customers who not only return year after year, but also spread the word of our Hideaways to their friends, relatives, and coworkers. We are now in our third decade and we will continue to strive to offer our guests a wilderness refuge where time slows down and people can reconnect with themselves, their families and nature.