Pine Cove Cabin – where to even begin? This cabin was the coziest, yet practical, cabin! From the moment we walked through the door, we were awestruck at the attention to detail in this cabin. The cabin was built in 1929 and has kept the vintage cabin charm while being perfectly maintained and updated.
We visited Pine Cove Cabin in February on a perfect wintery weekend with our two families (4 adults and 4 kids). We imagine Pine Cove is beautiful in the summer, full of activities on the lake, but we all agreed that there was something special about visiting in the winter.
The attention to detail was probably what we loved most about this cabin. Everywhere you look there is something special. It is so completely obvious that every design aspect of this cabin is intentional. The kitchen was remodeled, but the owners were able to do this and keep the vintage charm of the house. Even the brand-new appliances look vintage!
The living room is situated in the middle of the house and provides an open concept flow. The showcase of the room is a wood-burning fireplace that guests are welcome to use (and it’s original to the house from 1929!). Two bedrooms with queen beds flank the cutest bathroom with a vintage tub. Opposite the living room is the bunk room – a twin over full-size bunk bed with an additional trundle twin bed. Another bathroom is on the main level, off the kitchen. The basement is partially finished and includes an additional bathroom and bedroom with king bed, with future plans for another bedroom and living area.
This cabin is on Lake Katherine, a 525-acre lake with a lot of undeveloped lakeshore, making the lake beautiful and full of nature. While we were there, we saw some deer and a couple bald eagles flying over the lake. We brought along some ice fishing gear to enjoy an afternoon on the ice. The views of the lake from the house are just as stunning of the views while on the lake.
The sunroom combines a second living room and dining table that seats 12+ people, as well as a walkout to the deck and outdoor firepit. Inside, there are two electric space heaters to keep warm. This room was truly our favorite in the entire place – an entire wall of windows spanned the room and looked over the lake. A set of binoculars was entertaining for everyone for viewing the wildlife and keeping an eye out for any tip-ups while ice fishing. It was the best place to sit and relax with cup of coffee or spread out around the table for Friday fish fry and games with the family.
We originally fell in love with this cabin from afar, through their Instagram account – @pinecovecabin. It was actually one of the first accounts we started following when we joined IG with our own a year ago. The owners, Megan and Gabe, spend a lot of time at the cabin themselves with their family so it’s fun to see how they’ve used and enjoyed it over the years. Their feed is a great showcase of all the cabin has to offer year-round, as well as some of the original history of the home and the cabin renovations they’ve made over the past few years.
Things we enjoyed doing at Pine Cove…
- Friday night fish fry (to-go) from Norwood Pines Supper Club in nearby Minocqua around the massive dining table
- Game night at the table with the kids
- Morning coffee in pajamas in the sunroom overlooking the lake
- Ice fishing on the lake (unsuccessful that day but still fun!)
- Sledding down the hill to the lake (bring your sleds!)
- Winter campfire at the outdoor fire pit (don’t forget the Bloody Mary’s!)
- Stayed in and cooked in the amazing kitchen – lasagna and wine night!
- Movies and games around the coffee table – a huge collection of DVDs, games and puzzles for all ages
It should be apparent by now how much we loved staying at Pine Cove. The history of the home and the pride of the owner’s is noticed throughout and maintains a cozy cabin vibe, true to the Wisconsin northwoods. If you’re looking to book your own stay, you can visit their rental booking site at:
airbnb listing: Pine Cove Cabin on Lake Katherine, near Minocqua WI