About halfway between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the frozen shores of Duluth, you’ll find this lovingly curated A-Frame, nestled on a rise next to the Snake River. Not too far away to the east there’s the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, one million acres of hiking trails and boating opportunities. Mille Lacs lake is nearby too, called Misi-zaaga’igan to the Indigenous Ojibwe people with terrific fishing. The mightly Lake Superior beckons to the north.
But you may never leave the porch of the ‘Lilla Norr’ cabin, Swedish for ‘little north.’ Swedish because the cabin is near Mora, Minnesota, sister city of Mora, Sweden. It’s a small cabin, it’s up north, it’s also, as the owners point out, just a “little north” of the Twin Cities. Call it what you like, but it sure looks cozy.
Outfitted with plenty of vintage European furnishings, it’s modern without being sterile, homey without kitsch.
Best of all, you can book stays there yourself, starting at $197. Plan ahead, however, as Lilla Norr books up a couple months in advance. That’s okay though, more time to plan to do…nothing once you’re there.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.