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Delight in the beauty and history of this authentic 150 year old family farm;  now organic, sustainable, solar-powered and chemical free with a rustic Tiny.

Unplug in the charming cabin that pays homage to the founding family who settled and worked these woods.  

Established in 1854, The Homestead is one of only a handful of remaining Century Farms in Minnesota; 


Delight in the beauty and history of this authentic 150 year old family farm;  now organic, sustainable, solar-powered and chemical free with a rustic Tiny.

Unplug in the charming cabin that pays homage to the founding family who settled and worked these woods.  

Established in 1854, The Homestead is one of only a handful of remaining Century Farms in Minnesota;  this Pioneer Property boasts an inviting 25 PRIVATELY OWNED acres for you to freely roam.  

Certified as a National Wildlife Habitat, there is an abundance of animals and birds in the heavily wooded pristine moors at the bottom of the hill.  Bluffs, creek, Medieval forest; the pastures are used organic, chemical free hay farming.  

1 bed/1 bath rustic using the highest cleaning protocols for 5 star stays.  The entire unit is yours; not shared whatsoever.  25 acres of the farm has been carved out as a Nature Preserve.   Enter the property, pass the 150 year old corn crib and proceed down the drive.  Park in the carport beside the office, check in with office (someone may or may not be here at the time) and walk thru the gates to unit.  We live on property about 150 yards away with no line of sight.   Self-Check In at the house using the key pad.  

Enjoy locally sourced snacks and drinks thoughtfully provided by your Hosts, while you explore the house.  Whimsically curated decor to bring in woodsy charm of your new favorite getaway.  

Put away the basic groceries you purchased en-route.  

We know there is no view from the accommodations, because of where it is located.  You're meant to go outside.  Like, FR.  ;-) 

The property is included in the Richard M. Dorer Hardwood Forest;  A 1 million acre Preserve in Minnesota;  only 45,000 acres of the land is state owned, with the remainder owned by private individuals.  You are standing in the middle of it.  

Relax on the porch, open the adult beverages you brought with. Put your phone in the "Time Out" box.  

Put on your sturdy shoes and take a stroll down to the scenic creek, free from all other distractions.  Check out the picnic pavilion.  Consider a picnic for tomorrow. Hike back up the hill (moderate/rocky) to the house.  

Light the fire (wood provided)  and cook some veggies or chops on the gas grill.  

 [X]  Make S'mores

 [X]  Have your own private bonfire.  

Visit with other adults on the comfy porch or lawn under big sky while star gazing.  

Sleep soundly on comfortable new memory foam mattresses with UGG bedding and hospitality grade linens.  

Wake up refreshed and make coffee.  Slip out silently onto one of the porch and watch wildlife and birds.  

Read or journal.  Eat breakfast or pack a knapsack for the trail.  Take eco-friendly bug spray and sunblock (provided).

Following the clearly marked trail, admire the wild meadows with no other traffic.  Contemplate the amazing limestone bluffs that are indigenous to the area. Run the trails.  Walk along the scenic creek (again!!)  Have a breakfast bar and juice in the picnic pavilion. 

Imagine what this land looked like 150 years ago when the pioneers arrived.  Follow the marked signs to locations of importance and history around the farm.  Spend time re-wilding.  Forage for herbs and plants.  Spot birds.  (Bring the binoculars from the cabin!) Hunt for shed deer antlers and Morel mushrooms.  Look at the fish.Look at rocks.Look at trees.

Check out the deer feeders.Let your mind wander.Look at butterflies.Watch the eagles.

Since no chemicals have been used here since 1987, it is safe to harvest a few plants for yourself.  (Please be considerate, leave some for others, and practice good stewardship of natural resources;  Pack it in/Pack it out/leave no trace.)  The adjoining properties are still used for farming; it is possible you may see workers or animals across the pasture, but they won't intrude on your time, they're busy! These are working animals and machinery, so give them space.  Fences may have electrical current.  Don't touch wire fences.

Take a private, romantic hike with your special someone.  Photograph the century old remains of the original farm. Stroll through the rolling hills.  Pick a couple apples from on of the 5 apple trees Nana-Eva planted  in 1942.  

Admire the Day Lilys Mom planted in 1967.  (On the driveway, near the gates  Blooming in early summer.)  Eat some wild blackberries or grapes right off the vines.  Planted by Great Grandpa Otis in 1937.  (Look along fence lines for these)

[X]  Relax in the safety and awesomeness of your natural wild environment.

After a quick shower and you're off to explore town!

Before you go out, call and make your 5 star dinner reservations at the multi award winning 1854 Stagecoach Stop Turned Fine Dining Restaurant Hubbell House at 507- 635-2331  (5.5 miles South) 

 Drive through picturesque S.E. Minnesota.  We are close to Historic Mantorville.  Pass by wineries, quaint antique shops and stagecoach hotel. 

So, did you go North, South, East or West?

Did you visit a nearby Festival or Fair?  See a Stagecoach?  Visit the Opera House?  Cycling?  Riding?  Find a local small batch brewery?  Did you go to the Farmer's Market?  Did you go to Rochester, Home of the Mayo Clinic and visit the city sights?  Were you berry picking?  Or did you go shopping at a variety of cute shops and boutiques? Antiquing?  We recommend a church supper if you can find one, or a VFW BBQ!  How about the Food Trucks?  Maybe you stopped at Burgers and Shake joint?  Did you get a massage and pedi?  Pop and ice cream at The Chocolate Shoppe?  Walk along the river?  Or were you more adventurous and went tubing on the Zumbro!?

Don't Forget!!  You have Dinner Reservations!!  

More relaxing after your excellent 5 star dinner, a sweet chocolate indulgence purchased from Chocolate Shoppe earlier in the day and more late night snuggling under the stars with your favorite person.  Another fine, soft, evening here watching the fireflies.  

Wake up Sunday, re-energized and re-connected with your loved ones.  

Take your coffee and walk down to the covered pavilion.  A quick breakfast of fresh eggs you bough from the Farmers Market and home made bread, and you're off.

You have had a perfect small town getaway at The Tiny Lumber Jack!

Make sure you have all your things, let Host(s) know you're departing, and lock the door!  Plan your return trip!  See you soon!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
Hot tub available
Have a question? Send ASHLEY a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper nathan
Nathan L.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2021

We loved our short trip at Tiny Lumber Jack. It's peaceful and quiet even though it's near the road. Some highlights were meeting a friendly dog and being surprised with a fun gift basket in our room. Thanks for a great time!

Tiny Lumber Jack + Private 25 Acres
25 Acre Nature Preserve
United States
1 Site