Cabin Country: Escape from technology

  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 3:37 PM
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This Amish-built log cabin has zero modern amenities, and that’s a good thing. Completed in 2011, it serves as an off-the-grid retreat for the extended Wolfe family.

Here’s our southeast Minnesota cabin retreat. It’s an Amish-built log cabin that our entire family enjoys, and it’s quite an improvement over the mouse-infested modified farm building we previously called “the cabin.”

It’s a perfect getaway! No electricity or cell service allows us to spend time reading or playing games or just enjoying the outdoors.

The cabin has gas lights and a propane apartment-size cook stove, along with some solar-powered items. A loft provides a wonderful hangout for the kids while a propane-powered heating stove provides warmth and a soft glow on a cold winter night. It’s Bestemor’s (that’s Norwegian for “grandmother”) favorite spot! A composting toilet outhouse completes the simplistic getaway.

We’re now on the third generation of family who enjoys getting away to the wonderful southeast Minnesota hills.

Kyle Wolfe, Owatonna

 

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