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Cyclin-Inn - Charming Home in Whalan, on Root River Bike Trail

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Whalan - Cyclin-Inn Whalan

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7 in beds)

Come stay a while at the Cyclin-inn,Century old, whole house rental in beautiful Whalan/Lanesboro Minnesota. Here you will find a three bedroom house, that sleeps 7 comfortably. It has 2 bathrooms, complete with a two person Jacuzzi. It also has a fully stocked kitchen and a formal dining room with a table that extends out to fit 10 comfortably. We also offer a large back yard and a storage facility for your bikes.

While you are here, you can enjoy Lanesboro’s fine Commonwealth Theater, shopping, Amish tours, MINI GOLF, dining, biking, hiking, rollerblading, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and even horse drawn rides and jeep tours. There are 3 State parks within 45 minutes with interpretative centers and caves to explore. There is plenty to do in Bluff Country. Come stay with us for a while. Pet Free.


Lanesboro is a historic village nestled in the Bluffs of the Root River Valley. Experience the spectacular paved Root River State Bike Trail, winding 60 miles through Bluff Country. Excellent for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing, it runs along towering limestone bluffs, dense hardwood forests and peaceful small towns.

Besides receiving the Great American Main Street Award, Lanesboro was named one of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America by author John Villani and one of the 50 Best Outdoor Sports Towns by Sports Afield magazine. Outside Magazine featured Lanesboro as one of the '20 Best Dream Towns in America to Live and Play.'


Whalan is located 4 miles East of Lanesboro, on the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway. Whalan is a little town of about 35 people. The town is only 4 blocks by 4 blocks. You have the river on the one side and you are surrounded by magestic bluffs on the other 3 sides. Here you will enjoy the peace and quiet on would expect in a weekend getaway. The Root River State Bicycle trail runs right along the river and at the base of the bluffs for most of it's 60 mile trek.

Little known adventures

Book yourself a horse drawn wagon ride. Imagine riding thru the woods overlooking the Root River Valley. Relax being at peace with the great outdoors. The scenic overlooks are like no other in the area. Explore over 100 acres of wooded private property. Horse drawn wagon rides are available year around. The rides take about an hour. Half way thru the ride, you stop at a little cabin over looking the Root River Valley, where you can warm up for the journey back. It is a must do activity.

Bluff Country Jeep Tours, another wonderful way to explore the wilderness. You are taken from the bottom of the bluff, up to the top along private trails, that allow you to truly enjoy the outdoors. We take you places that you would be glad you were not hiking...:-) The switch back trails bring you from the river bottoms up 450 feet up to one of the most spectacular views imaginable.

Amish tours are another must see. We have several Amish communities to visit, and shop with.

Keywords: Century old, whole house rental, jacuzzi, horse drawn wagon rides, sleigh rides, jeep tours, bluff country, bluffs, biking, hiking, secluded, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, biking, cycling, deck, amish tours, horses, mini golf, strawberries, strawberry picking, hunting, fishing,

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Tammy Hughes
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
9 September, 2016
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About Tammy Hughes

Hello, and welcome to Cyclin-inn in beautiful Whalan, Minnesota. I am Tammy Hughes, the proprietor of the Cyclin-inn. I am originally from Duluth, Minnesota and have been migrating south ever since I became old enough to explore Minnesota. After spending 15 years in the Twin Cities, and escaping every weekend to go biking, kayaking, or horseback riding, I decided that I should make my move a bit further south. With the Root River / Root River State Bicycle Trail being the draw, I began searching for my dream property. In discovering Lanesboro with its majestic bluffs and scenic views, I fell in love. In 2001, I found my little haven in Whalan, just 4 miles east of Lanesboro.

During the first year, I was in love again with Litefoot. He is a half Belgian and half Appaloosa draft / riding horse. Living on the outskirts of the small community of Whalan, he quickly moved in. So in the mean while, I created the Cyclin-inn. Allowing you to enjoy the peacefulness of the small community and the great outdoor scenery right out the door on the Root River, On the Root River State Bicycle Trail. Please enjoy my home and treat it as your own. You will find all the comforts of home and more. The Cyclin-Inn is located on the Root River State Bicycle Trail, on the Root River and within a block of two city parks, and Gator Greens Mini Golf. Whalan has 2 places to eat, and an outfitter within walking distance where you can rent a bike, kayak, tube, or even a canoe. Within a few blocks, you can connect with Bluff Country's Jeep Tours, and even take a horse drawn sleigh or wagon ride.

Bring your family and friends to Whalan for a fun, relaxing getaway. On your way here, explore our National Scenic Byway, Highway 16. The town of Whalan offers peaceful tranquility and opportunity to explore the Bluffs of Minnesota.

Tammy Hughes purchased this house in 2001

Why Tammy Hughes chose Minnesota

This property has perfect access to the Root River Bike Trail as well as the Root River.

What makes this house unique

There is a large back yard (Actually 5 acres) Great area for back yard fun. There is a fire pit, loacated on the edge of the property... great place to kick back and relax.

Horse drawn wagon rides and Bluff Country Jeep tours are available upon request.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for letting us stay in your gorgeous home. It had everything that we needed; you paid close attention to the details. Our favorite place is the front porch, watching the wildlife and enjoying the scenery

We will make sure to recommend this to our family and friends.


Scott, Jenny, Madeleine & Jackson
Aug 2010
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Cyclin-Inn - Charming Home in Whalan, on Root River Bike Trail
average rating of 4.4375 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful Trip

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several times and it is great each time. The house is clean and everything one would need is at hand. The location is very convenient, especially to the bike trail which is 50 feet away. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

First thing their is a FULL page of how YOU clean before you leave, VAC carpet, pull beds sheets, clean floors and more. The chairs out on the deck 3 were broken when we tried to set in them. The tv that's a joke. The washer on off knob fell off,so that was no good. The frig inside and out was so dirty and the shelf was broken. Their was very very hot upstairs the air cond or outlets did not work. Maybe when this opened it was nice NOT today. Remember YOU must clean when you leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. It is always helpful to know what needs my attention. I did have a service man come in and fix the knob on the washer, I was waiting for the service apt. The fridge was not clean, that might be because you came 2 hours early, while we were out to lunch waiting for laundry to dry. When we arrived back at the house, you were all moved in, we just made the beds and left. I usually do a walk through to make sure that I did not miss anything, however, since I felt uncomfortable with you there early, I did not feel like I should be opening the fridge with all of you stuff in there. If it was not clean, you should of said something when we were there. I also understand that you were uncomfortable being asked to strip the beds of their linen and vacuum the floors. There have been many times that people have said to me, while I was stripping the beds or sweeping the floors, I found my ????. Even before I starting asking my guests to do this, I would say about 95% already tidied up out of respect and appreciation for the property owner sharing their homes with them. Since I am not a TV watcher, I did not fully understand the TV issue. Now I do. I did not realize that once our cable provider upgraded their service to HD, that on older TVs the picture would be grainy. I have installed a new HD, Smart flat screen TV. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I just wish someone would of brought it to my attention sooner. The chairs on the deck. There are 3 plastic chairs, one swing and 3 rockers. I have looked at each and everyone of them, sat in them and I do not understand what is wrong with any of them? Nothing is broken. As for the air conditioning upstairs. Yes, that could be better. Since this house was built in 1895, there were no ducts put on the second floor, ok, there is one. When the new furnace was installed, they used the floor joists to run the air. It does take a bit of management during the peak hot season. You would have to use the ceiling fans and the box fans at the house to circulate the air upstairs, and it always helps to open the upstairs windows at night. As you can tell, this house has been a vacation rental for 9 years and no one has complained. Yes, it is warmer, but it is manageable. I do appreciate your feedback, and I do try and fix/change what is possible to make all my guests have an enjoyable stay. Tammy
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Fun Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great weekend at the Cyclin Inn. The setting was beautiful and restful and "away from it all", but close enough to have plenty of adventures in the area. And while we enjoyed the area attractions, we all found the house to be one of the favorite parts of our getaway. My teenager daughter and friend loved the neighboring ponies and goats while my husband and I enjoyed relaxing on the front porch, listening to the birds and watching the bikes glide by.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa/Wisconsin Family

  • 4 of 5

Consider this actually a 4.5 rating. We had 5 adults and two toddlers. Plenty of room for all. The front porch was our favorite site, if we weren't on the bike trail, the nearby playground with the toddlers, or elsewhere. Like another reviewer noted - we did not have any issues with any of Minnesota's famous mosquitoes! Access to the large space in the garage for our bikes for overnight was wonderful. The patio between the house and garage was perfect for evening meals. The only reason it is not a "5" is that for our family with two toddlers, the Jacuzzi instead of a standard tub, made getting the kids in and out of the tub a bit tricky. (But THEY loved the big "tub"!) Plenty of equipment in the kitchen and a nice clean fridge and stove. The beds were comfortable, and there was room in the closets to unpack and get things out of the way while we stayed. Very nice accommodations, but not super fancy. But, if you want that, find a place that will take more of your money! Owners stopped by to see if there was anything we needed, but did not hover or impose. I would recommend the Cyclin' Inn to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corcoran, MN

Three couples first bike trip together

  • 5 of 5

First time at the Cyclin Inn and not the last. Had a great time. Easy access to the Root River Trail. Sitting on the front porch you can watch bicyclist on the trail, deer walking around, birds flying by and not a single mosquito bite. Tammy and Duane were very kind and helpful but didn't intrude. The accomodations were great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hutchinson, Minnesota

Awesome Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful vacation at Cyclin-Inn. The home was clean, spacious, and well-equiped. It was handy having two full baths. We especially enjoyed the porch. It was a wonderful spot for our morning coffee and family conversations. From the porch we could see bikers traveling on the bike trail as well as deer, rabbits, and other wildlife. The huge yard was a perfect place for yard games. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a miniature pony and her baby near by. It was very quiet and tranquil.

The cyclin-Inn and small town of Whalen offered something for everyone. The bike trail goes right through town in front of the Aroma Pie Shop, which is a favorite stop for bikers. We sampled quite a few flavors. We also enjoyed biking to the next town for some shopping and sight-seeing. The river was great. Family members went fishing as well canoeing and kayaking. We all enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon ride through the bluffs with Tammy and Duane.

We enjoyed our vacation very much. Tammy and Duane were helpful and pleasant. We all hated to leave and would like to go back for another vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Rochester, MN
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Parkway Pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lanesboro Golf club
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Hwy 16
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Aroma World Famous Pie shoop
Nearest Ski
Groomed Cross Country ski trail in front yead
Nearest Beach
River side beach on property
Nearest Point of Interest
Gator Greens Mini Golf
Nearest Point of Interest
Sveen Wagon Rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Bluff Country Jeep Tours
Nearest Point of Interest
Aroma Pie Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedar Valley Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Robins Upholstery
Nearest Point of Interest
Whalan Stand Still Parade Route
Car: necessary

Bluff Country Jeep Tours; Horse drawn Wagon Rides. Located on the Root River Bicycle Trail, offering over 62 miles of paved Cycling, hiking, roller blading and it is also a groomed cross country ski trails.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Whalan, Minnesota

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak Season
1 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
Off Season 2017-2018
1 Nov 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 10.38%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Whalan, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Futon bed in Downstairs queen bedroom, Baby Cribs (1) Porta Crib available upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
We offer Horse drawn Wagon and Sleigh Rides year around. We also offer Bluff Country Jeep Tours.

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