Laura Eaton Carleton
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Adequate and reasonably priced is the best I can say
The place met our needs and was reasonable priced, but is far from the level of other VRBOs we have stayed at. And quite honestly, I was surprised the place had received so many great reviews from earlier guests! When we arrived, the place was musty, like it hadn't been used or opened up for a while. Even the towels in the bathroom smelled musty. We quickly opened up the windows to get some air circulating. This was especially necessary, as there is no air conditioning. We also couldn't get the two overhead lights to turn on...turns out the bulbs were burned out. The owner quickly addressed this. We later noticed the smoke detector in one room was missing, cob webs were all over the ceiling and there was a big gross looking smudge below the window in the master bedroom. The freezer in the small fridge had no door and was overflowing with frost. On the positive side, the internet worked fairly well, which seems contrary to other reviews I read. The beds were comfortable. The owners were very easy to work with. Besides addressing the issues I noted above, other suggestions I would have for the owners are as follows:
- Put some shades on the bedroom windows. Undressing in front of bare windows is not really comfortable. Also, the sun comes blaring in the rooms in the morning with no way to minimize it!
- Perhaps add mirrors in the bedrooms so that not everybody has to use the bathroom mirror to get ready.
- Since the place is designed to house four people it would be nice to have more comfortable seating to lounge on. There was one couch and the only other chairs are hard, straight-back wooden chairs with no cushions. .
We had another wonderful stay at the bunkhouse. It had everything we needed for our stay. Very cozy!
We were pleasantly surprised with a nice getaway to Bemidji. This cabin was the perfect place for stay. It was cute and clean and had everything you could need to have a good time. The view in the morning was breathtaking and the trails around the area were fun to explore! Olaf was a real treat. He was so cute and our son just l ok bed him. Will be back again. Thanks for sharing!!
Nice, remote getaway
Very sweet comfortable apartment. It is located on the second floor so that's the only impediment to some. Great woodsy location but not far from Bemidji.
Welcoming atmosphere in a quiet wooded environment.
Met the owners upon check in, had a good conversation and property lay out. Bunkhouse was clean and easy to access; being above the garage was useful since we were there for an ice fishing trip, plenty of room to store equipment if needed. Would definitely use this location again.
The guesthouse was comfortable and had what we needed. One thing I would add would be some plastic drinking glasses. I was always conscious of possibly breaking the nice ones that were available. Being above the garage, however, whenever the door was open, there was a very strong gasoline/fuel smell coming into the apartment. It would be bad if someone had asthma or any sensetivities to chemicals. It was a little awkward being so close to the owners house. We didn't know what we could use or where we could go. In the photos, there is a deck with chairs, but this is part of the owner's house, and we didn't know if we were welcome to use it (I would have felt self-conscious anyway, being part of their house). Laura greeted us briefly, but did not explain anything about the property. It just felt awkward the whole time we were there.
We could have used directions to the house (besides "it's not hard to find"). We had gotten directions off the internet, which were wrong and we finally stopped at the tourist center in Bemidji. Fortunately there was a man there who knew the area.
It is a good place to use as a home-base for spending time at the surrounding lakes and other tourist spots. We took day trips to Itasca and Big Bog area.
The town of Bemidji is just a 5-10 minute drive from our place. We LOVE Bemidji, here is a list of some of our favorite things to do, all of the locations are listed in our Guidebook:
For the foodie:
Bar 209: Get the walleye tacos!
The Cabin Coffee House: Get the Morning Glory!
Tutto Bene: Everything here is AMAZING.
Dave’s Pizza: The Ultimate Cheeseburger Pizza and Dave’s Special are our faves!
Brigid’s Cross: For our Irish comrades, this is a great pub with amazing food and music! Try the shepard’s pie or fish n’ chips! So good.
For the outdoor enthusiast:
Bemidji State Park: A beautiful park on the north side of Lake Bemidji!
The Heartland Trail: This trail goes all the way around Lake Bemidji, and is the perfect place for a bike ride or walk!
Itasca State Park: About 30 minutes south of Bemidji, this is the famous state park that is home to the beginning of the Mississippi!
Diamond Point Park: A beautiful park on the west side of Lake Bemidji, a great place to take kids!
Bemidji State Outdoor Program Center is located by BSU and Diamond Point Park and you can rent lots of cool equipment and outdoor stuff, it is awesome!
For the culture and history buff:
The Famous Paul and Babe Statues. One of the most photographed landmarks in the country (seriously)! See what Paul and Babe are up to right now with the famous Paul and Babe webcam It will make you smile :)
Beltrami County Historical Society Museum: A great place to learn about Bemidji’s history.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk: Bemidji is a cultural hub of Northern Minnesota, and this walk throughout downtown Bemidji features artwork by local artists! It is awesome.
Headwaters Science Center: One of Laura’s favorite places! A small, but awesome science center in downtown Bemidji, a great place to take kids.
For the shopper:
Woolen Mills Ben’s favorite store EVER. If you have ever seen Ben’s winter wardrobe, you have heard of this great place.
Chocolates Plus: The best chocolates and other sweets! This is also a great gift shop with all kinds of goodies.
Yellow Umbrella and 218 Home Store: Two great anthropologie-esque boutiques, locally owned and operated! Located across the street from each other.
Urbanesque: Another local Bemidji friend owns this shop, totally adorable!