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Upscale and modern. A hidden paradise on the backwaters of the Mississippi River

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, Plus Loft, With Stunning Views Of Backwaters Of The Mississippi River

Open year-round! Nestled between the small riverside towns of Alma and Nelson, Wisconsin, The Great River Retreat Guest House sits on the backwaters of the Mississippi. What once was a day cabin with no running water or electricity to speak of, was completely remodeled in 2013. Every detail was considered, from the hand-scraped wood floors, the Amish rough sawn pine ceiling, the natural stone marble counter tops, the real stone slate surrounding the free-standing wood stove (there to keep you cozy on a cool night), to the screened-in deck with stunning views of the calm Mississippi backwaters and the trains passing by. You’ll feel like you just escaped into paradise.

The cabin sleeps six people comfortably in it’s one bedroom and large loft area. Enjoy incredible views as the sun rises and sets, and watch as the fisherman and water skiers go back and forth during the day. You’ll also have access to the water and use of our dock so that you can fish, swim, or just relax. Experience what it’s like to stay at a truly unique place. (ask about availability of Pontoon or Jet Ski Rental)

If this place seems a little to tight check out VRBO Listing: 821489 as this is the Main House adjacent to the property that is now available for rent.

More Details

Jeremiah and Jes Flotteud
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Jeremiah and Jes Flotteud

Jeremiah & Jessica are new to the ownership of the property as of March, 2016. Both natives of small towns in Minnesota, have always had a love for the time away on the water. Taking ownership of the previously rented 'guest home' along with the 'main house' has been a very exciting adventure after a few years of owning and managing a lake house on Lake Zumbro just north of Rochester, MN. Parents of 3 young children, we stay busy working full time (Jeremiah as an electrical supervisor and Jes as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Mayo Clinic Rochester) and managing our properties....of course, frequenting them as much as possible as well!! :)

Jeremiah and Jes Flotteud purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Jeremiah and Jes Flotteud chose Wisconsin

This home is a ball toss and a driveway's width away from the main home giving the added bonus of dual rentals for your larger groups but keeping the properties separate for the smaller groups who enjoy the peace and privacy of our wooded lots overlooking the railroad and the open beauty of the river. The refreshing dips in the summer water, boat cruises and many fishing adventures will keep our love for this location year after year!!

What makes this cabin unique

The gorgeous views and calming sounds of the train coming through are just a couple of the features we would like to extend to our guests either traveling the area or local to us looking for an escape! The amazing porches will provide you with wonderful mornings drinking coffee watching the eagles and calm, relaxing evenings enjoying the trains. Step outside for a campfire and watch the fireflies dance in the night and the stars flood the sky - you'll enjoy every minute away!!!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Alma in Buffalo County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Standup shower. Small linen closest. Towels provided. Please bring your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - full size bed
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
  • 1 Bedroom with a full size bed plus a loft with 1 queen and 1 full size beds.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(52 traveller reviews)

Upscale and modern. A hidden paradise on the backwaters of the Mississippi River
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 52 reviews

Peaceful, relaxing, breathtaking view!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful getaway with friends. Less than an hour drive from home, short drive to wineries, quaint diners/bars, antique shops and breathtaking views (including the trains)....with all the amenities of home, including the comfortable beds! Thanks so much for the opportunity to share your beautiful home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The hosts were more than accommodating, and the house and grounds were ready for us. A fabulous place for our girlfriends weekend with wineries, boutiques, and lazy mornings on the porch!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting with all the comforts of home.

  • 5 of 5

We didn't have to worry about a thing all weekend. The home was clean, modern, well maintained, and stocked with all the necessities. I would definitely recommend this booking to anyone looking for a getaway in the midwest, but probably no more than 4-6 people.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, modern cabin with great view and location

  • 4 of 5

Really nice cabin. Very clean and perfect for our family of 5 adults. Comfortable beds. We loved the big screen porch and the great view of the Mississippi and the sunsets. We rented the pontoon and that was great too. Owner gave us a test run to make sure we knew all about using it. The location makes it easy to enjoy all the things the colourful river towns have to offer. We also loved the outdoor fire pit. Only downside was that the wifi didn't work, probably because the router is in the other property. There were plenty of dishes to eat with, but the place could use a couple Pyrex microwave casserole dishes , a big fry pan and a cake pan. Would rent again! Overall very happy!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this house! It was clean and beautiful, modern and well decorated. The screened porch was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous view of the river. The beds were comfortable with nice clean linens. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed, including some pantry items, condiments in the fridge, and ice in the freezer.

The owners were very accommodating and welcoming to us, they even texted to let us know we could check in early! Overall, it was a great place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice,clean, morden convenient

  • 5 of 5

We stay for one night after the concert in Wanona. We didn't want to drive at night back to Twin Cities. The house is beautiful

We arrived at 3 o'clock and it was so nice that our man even beg my friend and me to skip the concert and stay in the house. When we come back after concert the house lost the power after big storm. I would advice the owners to keep some candles in case of power lost. Also it would be nice to have some kind of small lamp or brighter light on the second floor.

But everything is very clean and beautiful . The owners are very helpful. Buena vista park in Almo and winery must visit places. I would recommend this place to friends

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Top Hat
Nearest Golf
15.5 Miles
Coffee Mill Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
State Highway 35
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Harbor View; Slippery's; Nelson Cheese Factory
Nearest Ski
13.5 Miles
Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Alma Beach & Mississippi Sand Bars
Car: recommended

Stay on the backwaters of the Mississippi River and enjoy gorgeous views of the water, trains passing by, and the abundant wildlife. Take a day trip to explore the many wineries in the area and wine taste your way up and down the Great Mississippi River Road. While you're here you can hike up to Buena Vista Park and experience the stunning view from a top the bluffs of Alma, WI. Or, if you'd rather, take a nice drive along the river to soak in views of the bluffs, wildlife, and river. Another must see is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, featuring live eagles. If you're visiting us in the winter don't forget to bring your skis, snowboard, or snowshoes. If you like fishing, we've got that too! So again, if it's winter, pack your ice shack and warm clothes and Flotty will show you where all the fish are biting. We've also got great biking trails and roads if you are a cyclist. If you like boating, kayaking, canoeing, or just about any other water sport we've got the perfect location for you to do all of those things as well. Feel free to bring your boat and tie it up at our dock or ask us about renting the Pontoon or Jet Ski, Into golfing? Yes, we have that too! Like campfires? Perfect, we've got a great fire pit for having a fire and roasting s'mores. To experience something really unique, add Suncrest Gardens to your list. Suncrest Gardens has the best pizza in the area, live music many nights, and a nice fire to keep you warm as the evening fades away. Only catch is you have to bring your table, chairs, plates, napkins, and silverware but no worries you can borrow ours. You can also explore the many small river towns along the Mississippi, do some shopping, eating, or antiquing. Lastly, if you love deep-fried cheese curds, or if you have no idea what those are, than you must go to Pioneer (a 10-minute boat ride) and you'll have the best hand-battered white cheese curds Wisconsin (or anywhere else) has to offer. Not to mention, the Saturday night prime rib that melts in your mouth. Please also visit our website and visit our Facebook page for the latest happenings:


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Alma, USA

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 Summer Rate
1 May 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.5%

*Prices shown do not reflect the 6.5% tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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