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A Winter Weekend at the Cabin...

“Shhhh! Do you hear that?” I asked.

My three children paused their whining, squabbling and pestering for a blissful second.

“What?” one of them asked.

“The quiet. Do you hear the quiet?”

Then the teenager put her headphones back on, the youngest one made a fart joke and the middle one rolled her eyes. That’s how our weekend at Cabin On Blake Too began.

But a funny thing happened over the next forty-eight hours. The headphones got stuffed into a backpack, the eye rolls took a break and the fart jokes, well, the fart jokes didn’t change. He’s eight, come on!

As we snuggled on the couch, drank hot chocolate with marshmallows AND chocolate syrup and broke out some of the games the kids received for Christmas, we joked, laughed, and made some authentic family memories. We thought we’d get out and explore the parks and recreation opportunities around the area or at least check out some of the cute shops or restaurants or wineries.

But the kids loved walking out on the frozen lake and peering into the holes in the ice we’d watched a guy drill that morning. They enjoyed finding tracks in the snow and trying to figure out which animal had visited the night before. They invented silly games and pulled out the army men and spent hours keeping each other amused, giving hubby and me some much needed peace and relative quiet. So we stayed in and spent the weekend snug and warm in our jammies. Because, hey, we could!

Sadly, it seemed like just when we started to relax and really enjoy ourselves it was time to pack up and head home. So our family learned two major things from our time spent on Big Blake Lake this past weekend.

Number one… we need to take time out of our busy schedules, sports practices, gymnastics classes, meetings, ski club, work, etc. to reconnect. We’re worth it, our family is worth it, and we need to just carve out the time and make it happen.

Number two… next time we’ll book at least one more day!

Thanks Caarin and Joe for sharing your little slice of paradise with those of us who don’t yet have our own! 

Spend Time Making Memories.

Cabins on Blake is a place where memories are made! 

Cabins on Blake featured on Travel Wisconsin- "5 Wisconsin cabin rentals close to the Twin Cities"


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We are so excited, humbled, and genuinely surprised to find this article on the Travel Wisconsin website, where Cabin on Blake and Cabin on Blake “Too” were featured. The article featured cabins they suggested to visit near the Twin Cities!

What an honor! All we have ever wanted in this mission called the “Cabins on Blake”, is to be able to share this little slice of paradise with others. So that others can find peace, fun, and perhaps quality family time that they are looking for. Hearing from families and guests on a weekly basis about how much they loved their time is the most amazing gift. We feel so blessed to be able to share this.


Thank you, to our guests, our families and everyone that has supported us through this adventure! 
We are blessed beyond words!

- The Pannkuks


I Live for Autumn

Hoodies, bonfires, the sounds of leaves crunching, the smell of the air...

I live for Autumn. 


Although this time of year is a little bitter sweet at the Cabins on Blake, it is absolutely my favorite. It is time to remove the docks from the water, put the summer fun away and get ready for a transformation of landscape. Here are a few pictures that we have captured over the past few weekends.  So much beauty!