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About your hosts...

We are your hosts, Peter and Jackie Smothers.  We got married in Lutsen at Caribou Highlands in 2004.  Fifteen years and three kids later, we purchased 1st our home away from home here. More recently, we have added vacation homes on Gull Lake and Colby Cottage in our hometown, Taylors Falls, MN. These vacation rentals are own "Family Cabins"; as such, they are loaded with all the comforts of home you won't get with a traditional hotel stay.  To see a bit about us and how we vacation, you can check out our youtube channel here ==>

We invite you to lean on our experience and local knowledge and let us guide your up-north adventure. No matter if you are looking for advice on skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing or mountain biking, we are happy to help make your getaway one to remember. 

We hope you will enjoy your stay as much as we enjoy being there.


Upgrade your Minnesota vacation by skipping the hotel and resort bookings and renting from us directly.

Because we use and enjoy these units ourselves when not renting them out, each home has been furnished and stocked above and beyond with all the comforts of home.  Renting by owner lets us add the personal touches you can't get with a traditional resort or hotel stay.  These units are BIG and perfect for multiple families and each one is located in areas with loads of activities year-round.

Hibernation House @ Lutsen is at 685 Moose Mountain Drive, Lutsen MN 55612  This home is truly one of the nicest ski-in, ski-out vacation rentals within the Lusten Mountains Ski Area.  It is the last unit at the end of Moose Mountain Drive within the Caribou Highlands Resort with PREMIUM ski-in / ski-out access.

We have two homes on Gull Lake in Niswas: The Blue Ox Guest on Gull and The Loons Nest. Both of the Nisswa homes are over 3,250 sq ft with five beds and five baths. They are located in the Causeway on Gull Resort complex and include boat slips on Gull Lake and your own private fire pit. Our guests get full access to all the amenities of the Causeway on Gull Resort, including indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, arcades, and sports courts PLUS extremely close proximity to some of the best dining options on the Lake with Zorbaz, Bar Harbor and Lost Lake Lodge all within walking distance.

Colby Cottage is a four-bedroom, three-bath home spread over four levels. The property is tucked into the Taylors Falls hillside above the St Croix River, surrounded by deep ravines. Located within walking distance to Interstate Park and downtown Taylors Falls and centrally located in the St Croix Valley, it's the perfect hub for your stay in the Chisago Lakes Area.

Lindstrom Extended Stay Suite is a private, fully furnished two-bedroom unit located in the Red Key Realty office building. Perfect for short to medium-length stays in the Chisago Lakes area. Fully furnished right down to the linens and utensils, you get the comfort of home with the convenience of a hotel stay.

Upgrade your vacation by booking one of our amazing vacation rentals directly by owner.  Make our cabin your home away from home. A place with plenty of everything! Comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, and streaming fast WiFi!

We thoroughly enjoy our cabins in every season but when we can’t be there we'd love for you to do the same and make yourself at home.

Our units are not managed by any 3rd party managers. We have opted out of all on-site management programs to offer you a superior stay. By staying with Smothers Family Vacation Rentals, every aspect of your vacation gets an upgrade, from the toiletries, linens, and professional housekeeping to an improved and more personal concierge "front desk" provided by us, the unit owners. By booking with us at directly, you are upgrading your vacation at an owner-direct discounted price!