based on 24 reviews
Nancy (St. Paul , MN)
Best Vacation Rental Ever!

My sisters and I have an annual retreat along the North Shore. This year we found Windsong, and we will never look again for a place to stay. Barb was so communicative in the arrangements, always checking to see if we had questions or needs. Never ever have I encountered a warmer, more generous host than Barb. The townhouse is warm and welcoming, the kitchen stocked beyond any expectations or wishes, and a treat of cookies upon arrival! The beds are all super comfortable, the linens and towels all of high quality and that makes a difference. A very generous basket of products available for use in each bathroom. The jacuzzi with breathtaking views of Lake Superior, incomparable views from deck and main room. And, the cleanliness !! It is hard to believe this unit has been in rental as long as it has - everything in tip top shape and gleaming. From Barb & Bob's warmth and helpfulness, to the luxury of their townhouse, and the beauty of the area, best vacation rental ever!

Nancy, Thank you so much for your time in reviewing us. This review made my day. I have put my whole heart into making this an true upscale vacation home that guests feel like they come into a home. Our cleaning crew really put their whole hearts in their service to make our home and 606 Windsong home I manage to shine. Our maintenance man really is great and cares too It is reviews like this that make us feel we did our job to what we have tried to do. We all love what we do. It is my dream to be a beyond the ordinary. Thank you for your business in making this dream continue! Also, thank you for taking such great care of our home. We look forward to hosting you all next year. I hope your sister will feel better and can come next year. Blessings, Barb and Bob

replied by the owner (5/18/2019 11:32:27 PM)

Not specified  |  stayed in 5/2019

Haley and Nate (Windsong Superiors Edge - 607)
Dream Getaway

My boyfriend and I stayed in Windsong Cottage. It was beautiful, romantic, peaceful, and the perfect getaway. The home owners were so friendly, easy to get along with, welcoming, and made sure we had everything we needed. The sunrise was stunning, the ice in the lake glistened right before our eyes, and the jacuzzi with candles made it a weekend to remember. We will absolutely be back and recommend their home 100%. Thank you Windsong for the perfect weekend.

Mature couple  |  stayed in 2/2019

C/D Vertanen (Lakeville, mn)
Beautiful getaway!!

The townhome was immaculate and well stocked. Coffee was great to have in the early morning sunrise. View was beautiful with the ice shards coming onto shore. We enjoyed two days of snowshoeing at parks close by. Saw many deer on the trails at Split Rock lighthouse. Very convenient location. Will definitely be coming back!

Mature couple  |  stayed in 2/2019

BW (La Crosse WI)
Great vacation condo

This is a terrific condo with a great view of Lake Superior. The place is exceptionally clean, and is very neat and tidy. Practically anything you would ever need is available in the condo. Barb the owner is prompt, courteous, helpful, and flexible. After one stay you will be hooked and certainly stay again in the future!

How wonderful to hear - thank you! We have a great team of cleaning, maintenance and customer service. We have a high goal and we are so happy we are hitting it. We are so happy to hear you are coming back to help keep this dream alive. Thank you for your business. Blessings, Barb and Bob

replied by the owner (12/8/2018 7:16:47 PM)

Mature couple  |  stayed in 10/2018

Brad Griesbach
Fantastic property!

Barb could not be a more helpful and accommodating host. She is an expert on the area and has countless ideas and recommendations for travelers who are less familiar with the north shore and all it has to offer. The property was perfect for our family. The location is so convenient for many area attractions, we ran out of time before we ran out of nearby things to do. We LOVED the view of Lake Superior and the peacefulness of the community. The home has every convenience thoughtfully supplied and then some.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 6/2018

Keith Grundfeldt
Exceptional Condo Overlooking Lake Superior

We had a group of 3 couples that made our annual Corvette road trip and chose to visit the North Shore this year. The condo was spotless, well equipped & exactly as described. The resort was well kept up as well and centrally located on the North Shore, with great access to all the sights and activities. The weather was great during our stay and we enjoyed our coffee on the deck during the morning watching the sun come up. Yes, several of us actually got up that early in the morning to enjoy the view and take a few pictures. While we ate at several of the local restaurants, the one that stood out was the Northwoods Grille in Silver Bay, which is around 3 miles north of Beaver Bay. I would highly recommend staying in Barb's condo if you are thinking about traveling to the North Shore. It doesn't get any better! I

Group  |  stayed in 6/2018

Salome (Switzerland)
completely relaxing stay

This house was a great place to stay at while exploring the North Shore. The cosy living room with the fire place and the direct view the beautiful lake was the most perfect way to end a day of hiking. Everything was clean and very well maintained. The kitchen is equipped with with everything needed including high quality spices and teas. Booking, check-in and check-out was easy, professional and personal at the same time. Even during our stay, we could always contact the owners if there were any questions. All in all, this made our stay very convenient and completely relaxing. You can tell, the owners put a lot of effort into carfully maintaining this a beautiful and convenient vacation home. They thought of every detail. Thank you again!

Salome, Thank you for your detailed review. It so helps others to know what our valued guests think of our home. We are so tickled all the work we put into our home that our guests love those things. I agree the relaxing on the deck after a long day of hiking or eating dinner out there is so beautiful. I like sitting out there at sunrise with my cup of coffee. Listing to the birds or watching Mr. Eagle who likes to do his morning fly by or perch in our neighbors tree. It was great hosting another guest from Switzerland. I highly recommend people working or studying abroad to visit the North Shore of MN. Such a beautiful place in all seasons. Thank you for your business it helps keep this dream retreat going. We hope to host you again, Blessings Barb & Bob

replied by the owner (6/23/2018 12:15:07 AM)

Group  |  stayed in 5/2018

Julie Redmond (Richfield, MN )
Rustic luxury

It’s late April. Three weary Gooseberry Fall’s hikers enter Windsong Cottage, unit 607. Our legs are tired, but our souls are invigorated. How can a waterfall mesmerize so? I challenge any certified city slicker not to fall under its spell. And what would a city slicker hope for in far north accommodations? Well, if you’re in New York, you want the Ritz; if you’re on the North Shore you would want Comforta Rustica! And Comforta Rustica is what we got, with some of the Ritz thrown in. Penzey’s spices! Wusthof knives! And every pot, pan and utensil you might need if Wolfgang Puck came along with you! An assortment of Tazo Teas! As soon as we arrived at Windsong 607 we started oohing and aahing. I would think that the vocabulary constabulary might enforce the overusage of Oooh’s and ahhh’s if they were there, although I don’t know what the respectable limit might be. And Ooooh—the view! It couldn’t be better! Literally right on the lake. Being the Birthday girl, I snatched up the master bedroom suite without consulting my two fellow travelers. I always figured a king-sized bed was overkill unless you were a forward for the Lakers. But now I am no longer of that mindset. Oh, the roominess, oh the comfort. The lake waves lulling me to sleep. Heavenly. For me, without a comfortable night’s sleep everything else would be window-dressing. This might have been the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. After two days of hiking (on Sunday we visited Split Rock Lighthouse and hiked some of its trails) it was Shangri-La coming back to this beautifully appointed cottage for rest and relaxation every night. This was my first time traveling beyond Duluth and I was captivated by it. The lodgings added to the charm of it all. There are decorating surprises in every room: A nice variety of art, from photos of Superior and the northern lights, a watercolor print of Split Rock Lighthouse above the gas fireplace, and framed woodcut prints. In one of the bathrooms there is a photo of a crusty sailor (no lakeside cottage would be complete without a photo of a salty boat captain!) and two frames containing rocks and driftwood that I imagine someone had gathered and assembled from the Superior coast. They reminded me of a huge driftwood sculpture that I love made by a native Minnesota artist at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It made me feel inspired to collect some rocks and driftwood and make my own mini sculpture. Every touch was tastefully appointed. Rustic luxury. We also loved the ambiance that the fireplace and candles provided. Oh! And the hot tub! On my birthday (April 28th) we were graced with a full (pink) moon. It was quite spectacular the way it reflected on the water. We experienced, not “Moonlight Over Hernandez”, but “Moonlight over Gitche Gumee” (the Ojibwa name for Lake Superior used in Gordan Lightfoot’s song “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”). 😊 The love and attention that owners Barb and Bob Daugs have put into making Windsong 607 a comfortable and embracing getaway are palatable. For those on a tight budget the rental cost might be a bit steep for one couple, but with three bedrooms and three baths, the unit can be shared, and the cost ends up being really quite modest. If you are thinking at all about getting away to the North Shore, book your reservation now!

Wow - what a fantastic review. We are just tickled with your beautiful writing. Thank you so much for your time in giving us this detailed review. We are so happy our guests are coming back to review their stay. It so helps others to see who we are from a guest perspective. We look forward to hosting you all again. Thank you for your business. Blessings, Barb and Bob Daugs

replied by the owner (12/8/2018 7:19:17 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 4/2018

Wonderful condo

We have used this condo for a family getaway and a girls’ weekend. Loved it both times! Clean, well equipped, and welcoming. We will return.

Anne and friends it was great hosting you all. So great to hear you input. Thank you. We look forward to hosting you all again. Blessings, Barb and Bob

replied by the owner (12/8/2018 7:11:03 PM)

Other  |  stayed in 1/2018

Patricia J
Beautiful vacation home and location. Wonderful host owners.

This is an excellent location on the north shore. The townhome is beautiful, well decorated and equipped. We made most of our meals there and it worked great. The deck has a beautiful view of the lake! We were on the deck quite a bit. You can easily drive to many of the state parks as well as walk to the Superior Hiking Trail. We were in touch with Barb before the trip. She made sure we had their information in case we had questions or issues and they gave us good advice about site seeing options in the area. She was very thoughtful and friendly as well as professional. We would definitely stay at their place again and highly recommend it!!! I noticed someone else commented on Barb and Bob being courteous and professional. They did this very well in many ways. The communication with us before and during the trip was very nice. The information in the townhome was done amazingly well. There were notes, rules and helpful information sheets available where appropriate. The information was clear and helpful. Even the rules and guidelines were delivered well. The only informational side note we would add is that if you have people that have issues with stairs they will need to stay on the main floor bedroom. We had two older grandmothers with us and they happily, and comfortably shared the bedroom on the main floor. Also the bed in the master bedroom is high. It was fabulously comfortable, but whoever stays in that room needs to be able to climb in and out of it. The view of the lake from the bed is wonderful! Again, we would stay there in the future and highly recommend it!

Thank you for your detailed account Patricia. We were all smiles and pleased you liked our place! Thank you also for such warm compliments on us as hosts. We sincerely desire to be hospitable and professional. Your information side note was fantastic to point out. Our place is a two story and we have a set of stairs to the second floor that would be a problem for some physically challenged people. Also, the Old Hickory Master Bed is the old fashioned high bed. We have a sturdy wooden stool to get into the bed if needed. As you mentioned, the advantage of the high bed is you can lie in bed and see the waves roll in, sun rise and moon rise. My husband is 6 foot and doesn’t need a stool. I am 5’ 2” and need the stool to get into it. I don’t need it to get out of the bed. We do have the other two bedrooms with queen beds that are standard height beds. The one on the main level works out nice if someone was more physically challenged and can’t do stairs. There are 5 steps up to the front porch of our place. After that, the main level and out to the deck are all on one level with no steps. We are definitely not wheel chair accessible due to the front steps into it. We appreciate your review and thank you for taking such great care of our place during your stay. Thank you for your business and we look forward to hosting you again! Blessings to you all till we meet again. Barb and Bob

replied by the owner (12/13/2017 10:56:45 PM)

Not specified  |  stayed in 12/2017

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