Our memorable getaway to Eagle’s Nest Cabin
Minocqua, WI October 2014
Before heading out on any road trip with my wife and 2 daughters, the routine is to use our garage floor as the staging area for all the items that need to get packed: Luggage, food, coolers, life jackets, coats, extra hiking shoes & boots, collapsed kennel for the dog, fishing tackle, etc. Staring at the items I thought – no way this will all fit. But, let the shoving, sliding, and stacking begin. The last item to get packed was a 1-piece fishing rod that still had a lure on it, but I didn’t think much about it.
…I should have removed the lure.
After 3 hours on the road we arrived in Minocqua, WI. It was after dark, so winding our way through the thick northwoods and finding our cabin was going to be tricky (our first time to the Whispering Pines Retreat). We were nearly there, so our daughters started to perk up. Our 10 year old started bouncing around and her hair got stuck in the fishing lure. She was startled at first, than saw the humor in the situation. “You caught one dad” she said. After some more joking and a quick stop to “release” her, we arrived at the Whispering Pines Retreat.
Even at night, I could tell the resort had lots of open spaces and towering pines. There are 2 rentals on the property, both are on the lakeside of the road and spaced out for privacy. Each cabin was clearly marked with a sign above the door. First was the Bear’s Den Cabin –
– then 200’ feet further was our Eagle’s Nest cabin. Thanks to a nice breeze, we were treated to the whispering of the pines.
There are plenty of WOW factors at the Eagle’s Nest:
• Just as advertised, the rental is very clean.
• The kitchen is well stocked.
• The amazing 4 season porch (80% of it windows) stretches the entire length of the home. It has its own entrance too. Our dog spent lots of time here, sitting in the sun and watching squirrels.
• Satellite TV (which we rarely used).
• 2 bedrooms with additional sleeping in the living room nook, and in the 4-season heated porch.
Before I knew it, our daughters were unpacking their luggage – in the master bedroom! “Payback for leaving your fishing lure in a dangerous place”, said our youngest.
After a peaceful sleep we realized how amazing and private this retreat property was. And, just like Christmas morning the kids were up first, “the lake looks awesome,” they yelled. The Whispering Pines Retreat is pet friendly, so we were able to bring our miniature dachshund. The first thing we all did was walk down to the lake. More WOW factors:
• Clean beach
• Sandy bottom and swimming raft.
• There’s a private dock for each cabin
• paddle boat, kayaks, row boat (my daughter rowed and I fished)
• Lake is large enough to power boat and ski on too
• Walking path around the lake
• Big in-ground firepit with seating
• Located on a dead end street. No thru traffic is a bonus.
The grass yard between the lake and cabin was a great surprise and the kids used it to play soccer and Frisbee golf. Vacation rentals create so many memories and Whispering Pines delivered a doozy: Our kids were sitting in the grass just outside the cabin when 2 deer walked within 20’, stopped and stared at them.
We’ve stayed at a few vacation rentals, and you can tell when an owner/manager goes that extra mile to make sure renters have a great experience. Shari and Rodney are courteous and professional vacation rental owners. Their home is on the resort grounds, and so is their cleaning crew. Does that mean they’re always at your cabin? Nope. In fact, don’t be surprised if Shari tells you during check in that, “you’re on your own, but we are here if you need anything.” Make sure and ask them about things to do at the cabin and areas to explore nearby. They have plenty of tips on how you can “live like a local”.
Since we ate at the cabin often, we appreciated all the extras: 2 types of coffee filters (my wife tells me the brown filters are healthier); supremely stocked kitchen with dishes, all sizes of pots and pans; washer and dryer; extra towels blankets & pillows; bags for clean up; lots of reading materials and much more. The lakefront had plenty of boats to easily plop in the lake. We enjoyed reading the guest book at Eagle’s Nest – that’s how we discovered the walking path around the lake.
I’m not sure what was more impressive, the sunrise when the far shore lights up…
or the sunset. Watching the sunset over the lake (from the dock, deck, or 4 season porch) is something I could do over and over.
There is one other fishing resort on the lake: Verna Lake Resort. Just look for the vintage red cabins that reflect off the lake!
Thank you Shari and Rodney for the wonderful late October stay at your Whispering Pines Retreat Eagle’s Nest Cabin.
What an increbible treasure. We hope to be back real soon.
Joe Mogensen, Founder of RentWisconsinCabins.com
And family: Donna, Jessica, Brooke, and Lucy