Monday, November 26, 2012

In Which We Bought A Cabin

So if you're friends with me on FB and as the title says, my family are now proud owners of our very own cabin!

A quick explanation. In MN, pretty much everything is referred to as a cabin unless it's your house. Have a camper on a plot of land? Cabin. Doublewide on a lake? Cabin. Lakehome? Mansion on acreage? Cabins all.

In this case, ours falls directly into the Lakehome category. The people who owned it before my parents bought it, lived there year round.

We've named it Bout Time, since we've been talking about owning pretty much our whole lives.

It's about 3 hours away from the cities, in Longville MN (which, fun fact, is the Turtle Race Capital of the World. They have turtle races in the summer. And just to prove that they didn't make that title up, I actually heard that as a question on Cash Cab once (and of course I got it right, because I've been there))

My uncle owns a cabin on the same lake, so we're familiar with the area. And I have to say, it's much nicer using your own cabin than using someone elses. We've been up twice now, which isn't bad since my parents only closed on it two weeks ago.

In the future: Writing Retreats.

Now for some pics!

Driveway, with the garage ahead

Cabin! (also pictured, George and Yvie)

View from the dining room

Back yard and Upper Trellipe Lake

 
So there you have it!
How about you? Does your family have a getaway place?

21 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are going to really enjoy that! (And so will the dogs, I'm sure.) Looks like a great view.
After seeing Cabin in the Woods though, I don't think I'd want to call it a cabin...

Maria Zannini said...

Your cabin is amazing! It's the perfect writing retreat.

Ref: getaway place
LOL. I live at my getaway place.

Jamie Gibbs said...

That is so cool! Make sure there's no Necronomicon or anything stashed though, you can't be too careful :)

Jamie

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh what fun! Writing retreats Sarah? Oh yes. Are you going to invite us to come along? Although I think it might be better in the summer. MN in the winter is pretty harsh, or so I hear.

Congratulations!

We used to have a beach house where I lived. We had to sell it, but I'm waiting to win the big Powerball this week so I'll have enough cash to buy a new one. But not in MN.

Matthew MacNish said...

So epic! I looked it up, and you're on the edge of the Chippewa National Forest, too! That's practically the BWCA!

Matthew MacNish said...

Which I forgot to mention, is the most beautiful place in the world.

Southpaw said...

Outstanding! I love the view from the dining room. Yes, that will make a great writers retreat.

T.L. Bodine said...

Ooooh, so cool! That should be lots of fun for you :)

No cabins for us. We do, however, have a boat moored out on the lake where my dad spends the better part of his summers.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I see a lot of others thought the same thing I did: Writing Retreat! I hope you have many happy times there. It looks fantastic.
My parents never had a cabin but my aunt had one on NY's Long Island that she called Dis-L-Do.

Johanna Garth said...

That looks like a perfect MN cabin. Love the dock out to the lake!

Patti said...

Looks like a beautiful place to get away and three hours is perfect. It's far enough to feel like you're getting away, but not so far that you can go for the weekend. Enjoy.

Teebore said...

Awesome. I'd love a little place like that someday.

Nisswa does turtle races too. Must be an "up north" thing.

My in-laws have a place just outside of Brainerd, on Pelican Lake, right across from Breezy Point.

It's not "on" the lake like yours, but a couple dozen yards back. Definitely more like a mobile home on a tract of land, but they recently put on an add-on that doubles the space. Like you say, we just call it the cabin.

Emily White said...

How fun!! I would love to own a cabin someday.

CourtneyC said...

Woah! Perfect writing retreat!!!

Hart Johnson said...

oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I grew up with two cabins in our family and loved the visits--most weekends from Easter to labor day.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

It reminds me of every scary cabin I've seen in those Friday the 13th slasher flicks.

Gina Gao said...

This is so cool!

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vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

aw! congrats! wishing you many happy memories to come!

Ninja Girl said...

Cabin, lakehouse, any way you say it, that's good stuff right there!! Glad you guys could make that dream a reality, and I hope you all enjoy the new place. Looks like the pooches are enjoying the new surroudings already ;)
Ninja Girl

Carol Garvin said...

Just popped over from LisaAnn's blog to say hello. Congratulations on the new cabin; it looks fabulous. And yes, we have a lakeside cabin, but ours is very small and very rustic. (Really! -- no electricity, no running water, no cell or satellite service, etc.)

They're great getaways, whatever the style, and I do a ten day writing retreat every November at ours while the men go hunting. It's amazing how much work a writer can get done without the usual distractions of home. :)

Joshua said...

My family used to own a cabin the woods of Wisconsin. My great-grandfather started it, with my Papa's help, and my dad and uncle when they were kids. Papa and Gramma expanded it when I was a kid, and I have great memories of helping. Lots of fun. Unfortunately, they had to sell it a few years ago, and neither my dad nor myself were in any position to buy it. Still makes me sad.

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