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7 Cozy Cabins for Rent Near Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Brittany Varano
Updated December 29, 2022

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You don’t have to travel far from Minneapolis to enjoy a cozy cabin rental set amongst the natural beauty of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Twin Cities are home to over three million people between Minneapolis and St. Paul. But once you leave the metropolis, the concrete streets quickly transform into sprawling farmlands, stretches of woods, and gently rolling hills.

It’s here that many Minnesotans go to escape for some much-needed R&R through camping or cabin stays. And in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, a cabin stay often means a restful weekend in a cozy space along a water’s edge or nestled in a picturesque forest.

No matter the season, experience the joys of “Up North” livin’ with any one of these cabins near Minneapolis.

1. Kodiak on Long Lake

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Why you should stay: A dog-friendly lakeside cabin on a semi-secluded property near Wisconsin’s National Ice Age Trail.

  • Location: Comstock, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $239/night

The Kodiak on Long Lake is an eye-catching two-bedroom nestled in the woods. From the moment you pull in, you’ll be wowed by the sloped roof, all-black exterior, and lakeside locale. It wouldn’t be a cabin stay without a fire pit or ample outdoor seating, all of which lie behind the home.

The interior of the cabin oozes modernity from top to bottom, but it also embodies the cozy spirit of Scandinavian design. Sunshine streams through the expansive living room windows, filling every corner of the home and illuminating the modern decor.

It’s here that guests can enjoy a front-seat view of the lake. The hosts also provide all the fixings for an excellent cup of coffee in the kitchen, including a French press and a Keurig machine. You’ll find this modern cabin just under two hours from Minneapolis across the state line in Wisconsin.

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2. The Lookout on Turtle Lake

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Why you should stay: A family-friendly log home about an hour and a half from Minneapolis.

  • Location: Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $475/night

The Lookout on Turtle Lake is the place to go for quality family time. This spacious four-bedroom sits on a hilly four acres bordering Upper Turtle Lake. Unique touches like numerous fireplaces, an eight-person dining table, and a well-equipped game room (stocked with everything from an arcade machine to foosball) ensure your family feels right at home.

An elevated deck behind the house provides a lovely place to grill and take in the picture-perfect views of Upper Turtle Lake. Steps lead down the hill to the lakeshore where you can jump in the water from the private pier. The hosts even provide kayaks and paddleboards for use in the summer. If you need even more to do, Interstate State Park is just 30 minutes down the road and provides acres of hiking, paddling, rock climbing, and fishing. The park is known for its deep glacial potholes and the St. Croix River gorge.

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3. Cozy Cove Chalet

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Why you should stay: A lakefront cabin with access to plenty of outdoor fun in the Wisconsin countryside.

  • Location: Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $203/night

Find solitude in nature at the Cozy Cove Chalet, located about two hours from the Twin Cities. Inside the cabin,  you’ll find an all-wooden interior, a wood-burning stone fireplace, and an upright piano, with the bonus of two full kitchens and even a gym.

There’s plenty of fun outside too thanks to the cabin’s 42 acres and lakefront location. The property is also close to local hiking, snowmobile, and ATV trails.

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Related Read: 16 Gorgeous Minnesota Glamping Destinations

4. Chalet Cabin

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Why you should stay: A homey chalet on a lake with excellent outdoor amenities like a hot tub.

  • Location: Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

The Chalet Cabin has all you need to enjoy a classic Minnesota lake getaway. The property has two kayaks and a canoe available for guests eager to explore the lake. For even more lake fun (that doesn’t require an arm workout), the hosts also offer their pontoon as a rental so you can leisurely cruise around Upper Turtle Lake.

After a long day on the lake, warm up with a relaxing soak in the hot tub or next to the blazing bonfire. The yard also features a kid’s playhouse and a covered porch.

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5. The Moose Lake Cabin

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Why you should stay: A quaint cabin on Moose Lake, only about an hour away from Minneapolis.

  • Location: Annadale, Minnesota
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $195/night

Guests are treated to a warm welcome at The Moose Lake Cabin with a sampling of snacks, drinks, and complimentary coffee. Other cozy touches throughout the home include rustic cabin decor and a wood stove, ensuring you’ll stay toasty warm even during Minnesota’s snowy winters. Out on the deck, dine al fresco at the outdoor dining table and enjoy lake views and colorful sunsets.

Motor-powered watercraft are not allowed on Moose Lake, guaranteeing a quiet stay, but there are larger lakes with public access not far from the property where you can take out boats and jet skis. Guests can also play a round of golf at the nearby Whispering Pines Golf Course or sip local craft brews at Spilled Grain Brewhouse.

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Related Read: 11 Best Cabin Rentals Near Duluth, Minnesota

6. Creekside Lake Cabin

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Why you should stay: A spacious five-bedroom home with a grassy yard on Lake Cokato.

  • Location: Cokato
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

This creekside lake cabin is perfect for large groups and families in search of a leisurely getaway near the Twin Cities. The home’s open-concept floor plan with a lofted seating area makes it easy for everyone to lounge and say connected. There’s even more space in the garage that’s been converted into a second living room, complete with a ping pong table, plush sofas, a dining table, and a second kitchen.

The garage is also perfect for warmer months thanks to its pass-through screen door. The yard features a charming bridge that crosses a babbling creek as it flows onward to the lake. A three-season porch offers yet another comfy place to enjoy the outdoors while protected from the elements.

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7. Riverside Cabin in the Woods

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Why you should stay: A mid-century modern A-frame cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows on the Hay River.

  • Location: Prairie Farm, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

Escape to your very own corner of the forest at the Riverside Cabin in the Woods. This eye-catching A-frame is equipped with ultra-cozy amenities like heated floors and a wood-burning stove for utmost comfort. There’s even a jacuzzi tub for one (the perfect excuse for some alone time), where you can soak away your worries with a good book or glass of wine.

The cabin is surrounded by 13 acres of private land that offers pristine river views framed by bluffs. When the weather is nice, explore the lake on kayaks provided by the hosts. Best of all, this serene cabin isn’t far from Minneapolis, located only an hour and a half west of downtown.

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