Thank you for choosing Wintergreen! This is our most remote cabin and, according to our State Lodging Inspector: “the most remote in the state!” Three and one-half miles from the nearest road, the Wintergreen Cabin is accessible over water/ice through Ojibway and Triangle Lakes. Once you arrive to the portage trail, it’s a one-mile hike to the cabin (during the winter we will bring you to the cabin directly via sled).
**We recommend packing like you’re going on a backpacking trip for the summer/fall visits. It is a rugged one-mile hike and you’ll have limited water. **
One pack per person. During the summer fall, we will provide sleeping bags and bath towels to help you keep your pack(s) light. In the winter, guests are responsible for bedding/sleeping bags, pillowcases and bathing towels. Also, because of its location, we typically do not rent the cabin between late May through mid-August. That said, it is available if you’re longing for privacy in a beautiful, deep woods setting.
Here is some general information to help you plan your trip:
- We will meet you at the parking area (see below) and assist you with bringing your gear to this beautiful cabin via boat or sled depending on the season.
- The cabin is equipped with all the cooking, living and eating utensils you should need, including wineglasses, corkscrew, bake-ware, dish linens, dish soap, bathing/shampoo soap, matches, salt and pepper, garbage bags, toilet paper, mattresses and pillows, a stove top and an outside grill.
Note: charcoal, coffee and paper towels are not provided.
- If you are coming between May and September, you will need insect repellant and light-colored/weight long sleeved shirts/pants for bug protection. We also recommend water shoes for swimming, and water/hike boots for canoeing that can get wet and/or navigate trails, as this is generally a rocky area.
- Attached is a “Recommended Packing List” and a map to help you navigate to the Ojibway and Winter Parking Lots (where we’ll meet to start your summer and winter adventures respectively).
- Cooking/Washing. The cabin has a gas stove with three burners, a wood burning stove for heat (wood supplied), fire extinguisher, a yeti cooler, one gas light, drinking water supplied by us from the City of Ely and water for bathing and dishes which comes out of the lake.
- Miscellaneous supplies. There are two camp chairs for outdoor use and two table chairs. There is a small library of books, a cribbage board/cards and some fun games. We have one solar and one gas light in the cabin. There is one full bed and one single/comfortable mattress that can be pulled out for the extra person.
- Fishing licenses and bait are available all over town at outfitters and bait shops, gas stations, hardware stores, etc. You may also purchase a license online via the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website. Live bait is recommended.
- An 18’ Kevlar canoe (about 40 lbs.) with life vests and paddles comes with your stay. Please let us know in advance if you need children’s life vests and /or want to reserve extra canoes. If you are bringing your own canoe, the state of Minnesota requires current registration either in your state or ours. If your state does not require registration, visit the MN DNR website.
- We allow pets, and charge $10/day per pet. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing your pet.
Plan to keep an eye on your pets when outside—wolves like to prey upon the family dog.
- All fireworks are prohibited. Firearms to be used in hunting game require our advanced permission, in addition to appropriate licensing.
- This is a non-smoking cabin. If you choose to smoke outside, please collect and carry out all cigarette butts.
- There is an outdoor fire pit/grill. Be aware of fire bans; we will let you know upon your arrival.
- Check In is pre-arranged, typically between 2:00 pm at the Ojibway Lake boat ramp in the summer or the Summer Home Lake parking lot depending on the season (see attached map for directions). Later arrivals are not arranged due to the shorter days and the longer hike/ski into the cabin.
- We will contact you approximately 5-10 days prior to your trip to firm up our meeting time, given that we are meeting @ a remote location with limited to no cell service.
- Know that we are not available the day of your arrival to take calls.
- Check-out is typically between 9:00-11:00 am @ the location where we will drop you off. We will confirm timing with you upon your arrival.
- A 20% deposit is due by the date identified in the provided estimate, with final payment due upon arrival. Call with a credit card for your estimate and/or for your final payment (to be charged the before your arrival). All bookings are not finalized until a deposit is received and a full refund is given if a booking is cancelled 60 days or more prior to the date. If cancelled within 60 days of the booking, no refund is provided but rather can be applied to a future stay at any one of our cabins.
- Information required prior to your stay:
- The completion of our Liability Waiver form for each visitor. Fill it out on-line or, print and return with your check.
- The year, make, model and license plate of the vehicle you will be driving.
Thank you for making your reservation with us.
Dean & Cecilia
Dean Bushey and Cecilia Quattromani, Owners, Log Cabin Hideaways