Hipcamp host Amy G.
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As of Mid October, we will be closed for the season.  Water lines will begin to freeze, and therefore, Goldie will be in hibernation until spring.  When the Minnesota snow decides to thaw, we'll post new dates for 2021.  Probably sometime in late April.  Thank you!

COVID note:  We are using proper cleaning products and disposable dishware as extra precautions fo

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As of Mid October, we will be closed for the season.  Water lines will begin to freeze, and therefore, Goldie will be in hibernation until spring.  When the Minnesota snow decides to thaw, we'll post new dates for 2021.  Probably sometime in late April.  Thank you!

COVID note:  We are using proper cleaning products and disposable dishware as extra precautions for COVID.  We hope this makes you feel more at ease.

**This caboose has 1 full sized bed for 2 adults (up to 2 small children welcome, but please provide bedding for them).** Please understand that this caboose has very little floor space.  It is approximately 200 sq ft, including the areas inside the closets, bathroom and shower. The limitations are due to space constraints and comfort levels. **

**It has air conditioning and heat as well as hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet**

The year is 1905...Take a step back to a time when the Duluth Missabe Railroad existed. When wooden cabooses still ran the tracks and people still used them for safety on the railroad.

Goldie was born in 1905, remodeled by the DMIR (Duluth Missabe Iron Rail) in 1911, and had her last run on the tracks in 1968, but has since been brought back to life after many years of neglect. Found in Ely MN and brought to our house in 2014 for repair, she's nested in the woods on our property, just steps from an old railroad bed that was used by a lumber mill many years ago.

While staying true to what a wooden caboose should be, we've updated her just a little bit so that staying here is more comfortable than it might have been for her workers so long ago. She now has a shower with a skylight and hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, small appliances, hidden tv & DVD player (just in case, but not so obvious), hand sink, air conditioning/heat and a full sized bed. Oh yes, and for those lovely evenings, a fire pit and picnic table nested in the trees behind. Since the roof is made of metal, and if you are lucky enough to get some rain while you are here, the sound on that roof will lull you to sleep!

Our house is on the property, but Goldie is out of sight, in the woods, giving her a great deal of privacy. She's about fifty yards from the main house. There is an entrance with stairs on the front side to get in, and more stairs on the back for private access to the fire ring. Motion lights will help you navigate the stairs, but only stay on a short time. Near the fire ring behind the caboose, there is a trail that runs alongside the marsh, down the length of our wooded property and pops out by the lake. And by the lake, there are Adirondack chairs and another fire ring to enjoy, if you like (please bring your own beach towels). The sunsets are gorgeous and the sun sends dappled light to the caboose as it goes down. Birds and frogs will sing to you while you enjoy the evening air.

And if you visit during the spring or summer, the field of wildflowers outside her door are absolutely stunning!

Nearby: Biking on the paved Heartland Trail, hiking and camping on the North Country Trail (it goes from ND to NY), small town shopping in Dorset (with $2 ice cream and mini golf) is 3 miles away, more small town shopping and eating is 2 miles (as well as a small grocery and a donut shop).  Itasca State Park is where the Headwaters of the Mississippi River is and it's only a 30 minute drive.  Lots more to see within easy driving distance.  The Crowe Wing River is close by and offers the chance for day trip canoeing, overnight canoeing (with free canoe camps along its route) and tubing!

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Amy a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

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Biking

Within a half mile of the caboose, there is a paved trail that is lovely for riding bikes or taking a walk. In one direction, y...Read more

Boating

There is a public landing right around the corner from our house.

Fishing

In The Land of 10,000 Lakes, you might be able to find a fish or two. Or maybe more.

Hiking

The North Country Trail is a trail system that's over 4,000 miles long and extends from North Dakota all the way to New York. ...Read more

Horseback riding

There is a horse trail that parallels the paved trail that goes past our house. About 3.5 miles away, there are free outdoor h...Read more

Paddling

So much water, not enough time! We love to canoe, so we can give you lots of help if you'd like to find a chain or lakes or so...Read more

Swimming

The water in our lake is very clear, and as the name indicates, Shallow Lake isn't very deep. Feel free to take a dip, but don...Read more

Wildlife watching

Bring your binoculars and cameras...we have lots of birds and little critters to make memories with! Not to mention the animals...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Goldie the Caboose in the Woods in Minnesota.

Beach

A public beach is just 2 miles from the property. Easy to bike to if you bring your bikes!

Forest

Nearby are the Chippewa National Forest, Paul Bunyan Forest and Itasca State Park, home of the Headwaters of the Mississippi Ri...Read more

Lake

The caboose has access to Shallow Lake from the trail that's on our property. It's just a short walk in the woods to get there.

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

The perfect place!

Elizabeth G.
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June 22nd, 2020

I have stayed at many unique places while traveling over the years and this is my favorite hands down! Amy and Chris are wonderful hosts, making sure I had everything I needed before arriving. Check in was easy, and I loved ending every evening by the fire pit. Walking the trail to the lake each morning with coffee in hand is how I wish I could start every day! Their dogs are so precious and sweet, they make the perfect co-hosts:) The caboose is close to a couple of state parks and trails so day trips to places were easy.

I highly recommend staying here. It’s an experience you won’t regret and I can’t wait to come back!

The caboose is so cozy inside and the bed was extremely comfortable Goldie the Caboose in the WoodsGoldie the Caboose in the Woods
Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on September 16th, 2020

The dogs love to meet and greet, and so glad they were your companions at the fire pit! Thank you for your appreciation of this labor of love called Goldie. You were a perfect guest, and welcome back anytime!

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Hipcamper Angie

A peace of time

Angie G.
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June 24th, 2020

This was my first stay in a caboose and it was unforgettable! The restoration of this gem was interesting to hear about and my stay was fabulously relaxing! Whether sitting by the fire and listening to the loons on the lake or sitting on the comfy bed in the caboose to read a book, it was very peaceful and quiet and full of nature! The hosts were excellent and furnished the caboose with historical pieces. They are knowledgeable about trails and parks in the area as Chris and Amy are avid outdoor people as well! I will definitely be back to stay longer than a night!

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on September 16th, 2020

So kind of you to leave an amazing review! Glad you enjoyed the features of the caboose and the surrounding area. It was a labor of love. Come back when you have time to hike some more! You are welcome any time!

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Hipcamper Mary

Goldie, gem of the north woods

Mary G.
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July 14th, 2020

Goldie the caboose is a wonderful find. Everything you want in camping plus your own shower and toilet in a delightful caboose version of a little house. Location is great: easy access to trails and lakes. Amy is an awesome host, and Goldie has been beautifully restored. We recommend the stay as much to appreciate the caboose as to enjoy the campfire.

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on July 14th, 2020

Mary and John... Thank you so much for the kind words...and please come visit again! There is lots more to explore in out little corner of the world! You are welcome any time! Cheers! Amy and Chris

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Hipcamper Samantha

A unique place

Samantha E.
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July 18th, 2020

Amy the host was very nice
She does have problems with gps so you need to get ahold of her to find it
I told her she needs a sign that say like Goldie the caboose this way
But other than that is was beautiful, fun, nice, she let us use her kayaks for free so that was awesome.
Another thing I could suggest is a wash sink outside
The sink in the caboose is very tiny

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on July 19th, 2020

Samantha...thank you for the review! As mentioned on the directions portion of our listing page (I believe you get it after you book). GPS does have our street listed if you use BING or APPLE maps. I appreciate the comments as it helps us to make things easier for other guests! A wash sink is a good idea if you have lots of dishes to do. Hopefully you found the water faucet outside the caboose near the fire ring to help you with that. Glad you had a good stay and happy travels!

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Adam S.
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July 24th, 2020

Really unique spot! Hosts were nice and the place was very clean.

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on September 16th, 2020

So glad that you both chose Goldie to begin your cross country trip for your hiking adventure! I hope you had an amazing time hiking...please visit us again!

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Hipcamper katie

Wonderful weekend getaway!

Katie M.
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July 27th, 2020

My husband, two children (age 5 & 2) and I had a wonderful weekend at Goldie the Caboose. We were greeted by the owner and their sweet dog. Everything was set up and ready when we arrived.
Every inch of the caboose has been so carefully restored. It is absolutely beautiful. My husband and I were in awe of the intelligent design and cozy feel. My kids loved sitting in the lofted seats and exploring every nook and cranny.
The trail to the beach is a lovely wooded walk. The water is so clear and has a nice sandy bottom. We all enjoyed a little kayak ride and splashing on the shore.

We set up 2 cots for the kids. It is a tight fit, but definitely doable at their age. It was very warm when we were there, so we were thankful for the A/C. Goldie has everything you need for a simple comfortable weekend away.
We were all sad to leave, and are looking forward to a return visit.

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Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on July 28th, 2020

Katie, Thank you for the kind words! When you have a labor of love, like this, it's wonderful when you find people that also appreciate the space and what it took to make it that way. I'm so happy that the kids liked it too! It's funny you should mention a recycling bin. We've been trying to find something appropriate for the space, and everywhere we look, everyone is out of the little galvanized bins! I'm actually on the lookout...thank you for the suggestions! Happy travels and you are welcome back any time!

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Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle S.
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August 10th, 2020

We had an interesting stay at the caboose due to tornado warnings (yikes!) but Amy was wonderful and made us feel very safe. The caboose was adorable and we would happily stay there again.

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on September 16th, 2020

It certainly was an interesting evening of tornadoes and rain! But it turned out well in the end. We now have accessible wifi in the caboose, so that would make gathering weather details easier :) So glad you still enjoyed the time you were hear. The babies were troopers! Come visit any time!

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Matt M.
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August 18th, 2020

Excellent spot! Would highly recommend!

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on September 16th, 2020

So glad you enjoyed your stay! Come visit anytime!

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Hipcamper Katie

Goldie stole our hearts!

Katie L.
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August 28th, 2020

Goldie was the perfect pandemic plan!

Amy helped us reschedule when a family event came up.

The two of us were so enchanted by Goldie and the book on the inside table of all the renovations. Every detail was well thought out.

We had a two night stay, where we had a charming campfire each night. Amy has a picnic table by the big fire pit and some long grill sticks so we roasted hot dogs with crescent rolls on them. We biked the heartland trail to Akeley - it is flat and easy to ride! We loved the overnight rain shower listening to the rain on Goldie’s roof. We rode the kayaks too! Great “Shallow Lake.”

The AC in Goldie works great. We loved the hot water maker and French Press coffee. Had 2 bars of LTE for cell reception. And a nice hot shower! And friendly pups.

We highly recommend this adventure.

Hipcamper Amy
Response from Amy, the Host, on August 31st, 2020

Katie...it was our pleasure to make sure you were able to enjoy Goldie and make your big family event! You were both so much fun to have...you enjoyed all the local amenities like biking and donuts! You are both welcome back any time!

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Property
Goldie in the Woods
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$85/night
1 Site
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