Birken Bay is a geodesic dome home vacation rental on the shores of Lake Superior in Schroeder, MN.

An open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

  8 guests
  3 bedrooms
  1.5 bathrooms
  Allows Pets

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Description

Location: Schroeder

This vacation home near Schroeder was for years known as Superior Dome because of its unique shape. It has been renamed Birken Bay, because "birken" is German for Birch, and the home is surround by mature birch trees. Rent this home for the property- surrounded by nothing but trees and Lake Superior with no visible neighbors from the home. With a lake facing deck, lakeside patio, and 200 feet of private Lake Superior shoreline you will have plenty of private space to explore and enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior.

The unique shape of Birken Bay does does lend itself to some challenges.  During the summer months, it can get very hot in the living room and loft bedroom areas with direct sunlight and the inability to open the large windows.  The windows often leak when it rains so they have been sealed with some unsightly caulking.  Because of this, the windows can be difficult to see out of, so you won't be able to enjoy the view of the lake from them.  In the winter months, the type of furnace used in the property can make loud banging noises, which has been known to startle guests, especially at night.  But, the living room features tongue and groove paneling and vaulted ceilings giving it a spacious feeling. The open floor plan on the main level and two separate living spaces make the home ideal for groups. There is a large selection of movies to watch when it's too dark to enjoy the many changing moods of Lake Superior. Lakeside decks will be a picnic favorite.

Birken Bay is a great place to rest your head after a day out exploring the North Shore.  Here, you are just a short drive away from many area attractions.  Temperance River State Park is a short 8-mile drive away with miles of hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls.  Also, nearby you will find mountain biking trails, scenic overlooks, and much, much more!  Hungry for a bite to eat?  Hop in the car and head up the shore and check out some of the great resort restaurants in Tofte and Lutsen, including the Bluefin Grille at Bluefin Bay, Lakeside Dining Room and Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, Moguls Grille & Tap Room at Caribou Highlands Resort, and Papa Charlie's Grill & Tavern at Eagle Ridge Resort.  Each features live music from popular local artists throughout the summer.

Property Notes, Please Read: The second bedroom on the main level is no longer open to guests.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Pets are welcome with prior approval and an additional fee.  2 pet maximum. 
 

Amenities

  • Lake View
  • Lake Access- Gradual Path
  • Lake - Lake Superior
  • Shoreline - 200 ft
  • Campfires Permitted on the Beach
  • Lake Facing Deck
  • Additional Lakeside Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Charcoal BBQ (charcoal not provided)
  • Wood Stove
  • Raised Living Room
  • Linens (Towels, Sheets, etc.) Provided
  • Full Kitchen - Dishes, Pots, Flatware Provided
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • TV - DVD only (No Satellite Service Provided)
  • MP3 Stereo
  • Rec Room with Walkout
  • Pets Welcome
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Road to Property and Driveway May Be Icy in Winter
  • 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle Recommended in Winter

**Note: Dishwasher does not work.**

Bedrooms/Bed Sizes/Location


  • Bedroom 1 - Full Bed - Main Level
     
  • Bedroom 2 - Twin and Full Bed - Upper Level Loft Area
     
  • Bedroom 3 - Queen Bed - Lower Level
     
  • Family Room - Twin Bunk Beds - Lower Level
     

Bathrooms/Location


  • Bathroom 1 - Shower/Tub - Main Level 

  • Bathroom 2 - Shower - Upper Level
 

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Reviews

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Roseville, US
Reviewed: Oct 14, 2018
Property Manager
Working with Cascade was efficient. We added the dogs at the last minute - they very easily accommodated our request.
Property
Location was great and the house was as unique as expected. The house had maintenance issue that were disclosed in the description but these did not take away from our experience. The free wood was a nice touch on a cool weekend. We were able to bring our dogs and really enjoyed the location.
Verona, US
Reviewed: Oct 7, 2018
Property Manager
Didn't have a ton of interaction but appreciated responsiveness to emails before the trip! Thanks!
Property
Overall we enjoyed our stay. The house is spacious and has comfy furniture and a nice wood burning fireplace. Great view of the lake from the living area, great patios. Short drive to hiking trails. Furnace is a little loud albeit new-looking, water was hard, and one window leaked when raining, but nothing too terrible. I definitely recommend this one if you have a larger group!
Richfield, US
Reviewed: Sep 27, 2018
Property Manager
Staff saved the day by shipping me an item left behind very quickly.
Property
Description of the house was very accurate, well stocked kitchen, wood burning stove, 2 decks, etc. Had everything we needed, towels, soaps, paper products. House is very comfortable with only 1 issue, it's very hard to get cool air into the house, especially the kitchen. There are no windows in the kitchen that open which makes it very hot when cooking. We were there in September when it never got above 60 and it was still hot. There are lots of fans provided in the house but only the deck door can provide any fresh air in the main living area. There are 2 windows in the living area but only 1 could possibly be opened and the crank handle wasn't working.
Elk River, US
Reviewed: Aug 28, 2018
Property Manager
The customer service with Kathy and Tammy was great. We had fun, but really for all the calls I made and mopping up basement and living room, it was too expensive to not be in top shape.
Property
It leaked. Short towels for 8. Shower broke, someone came though our second day. Kathy graciously delivered towels and TP herself. Cupboard had only a couple basics and most were clumpy. Other place we've stayed (coyote hill)much better equipped kitchen, birken had no baggies, extra tupperware to put leftovers in. Nice to have a washer, very thankful. Owner as you know has done no upkeep. Beautiful view, and location decent. Deck by beach great to use. Garbage was pretty full when we got there. 3 fans in closet didn't work. We thankfully brought 2. Only two bars of soap for 8.
Stetsonville, US
Reviewed: Aug 25, 2018
Property Manager
I was in contact with Tammy regarding the shower issue. She was helpful
Property
We enjoyed our stay at the Birken Bay cabin. It was peaceful. A few downfalls were: we got notified a couple of days prior that one shower did not work. Cabinets were dirty, dishwasher was not working and a gentleman stopped in the night prior to our departure asking when we would be out. Some parts of cabin do need to have some work done as it is older.
Plymouth, US
Reviewed: Aug 8, 2018
Property Manager
They are really great to work with. Helpful and quick to respond. The maintenance man who came out to address the water leaking was polite and helpful.
Property
Very easy to get to from the Twin Cities. The home was beautiful with all the wood and light coming through the windows along the domed walls and ceiling. Loved all the movies that were provided. The furniture was very comfortable.
St. Paul, US
Reviewed: Jul 28, 2018
Property Manager
Didn't have any contact this stay but have always found staff very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable over the many years we've stayed in your properties.
Property
We love this unique cabin. Beautiful design, very close to the water, two decks, comfortable furniture, well stocked kitchen. Our favorite - due to the geodesic dome design we could sit in the living room at night with the lights off and look at the full moon, Mars glowing red, stars, through the windows on the ceiling - amazing and beautiful and no bugs!
Minneapolis, US
Reviewed: Mar 6, 2018
Property
Beautiful dome home. Right on the lake. Plenty of bedrooms. Large kitchen. Overall cool atmosphere.
Duluth, US
Reviewed: Nov 8, 2017
Property Manager
They are both helpful and professional. Even emailed us upon check in to make sure everything was Ok.
Property
This property was just perfect for a group of six ladies. We all had our own place to sleep and the bedding was nice quality. There is a big kitchen to work in, large seating area and cozy living room area. Its a little farther from Grand Marais than we wouldve liked but we just had to plan out our shopping time.
Des Moines, US
Reviewed: Aug 15, 2017
Property
The house was great. Perfect location to be able to get to all the sights,we wanted to see. Our only complaint was the limited outdoor seating. More due youre on the lower deck and some kind of shore seating would be a great addition. Even just some sitting logs around the campfire.
Reviewed: Jun 17, 2017
Property Manager
This was probably the best cabin I've been to. Everything about the cabin was perfect. They have almost everything ready for you in case you forget to bring something such as knives, plates, spoons and etc. I love the beach view and especially at night when the moon rise. I love how they prepare a speaker and a flat tv if people ever get bore and wants to watch dvd or tv show. One complaint I have is I wish the back slider door have a screen door because it got hot inside and we open it for a good 30 min for cool air and flies got inside the house (make sure you close the slider door right away if you get out or come back in) I would be glad to come back next year.
Property
Reviewed: Apr 5, 2017
Property Manager
The cabin and property were absolutely perfect. Roomy and cozy. Plenty of sleeping options. Beautiful views. Do wish the neighbors werent so close as exploring was limited by property boundaries, but trails are only a 10 minute drive. We missed the pool and hot tub that came with resort/lodge cabins, but the size and beauty supplemented. We were able to take the kids to the AmericInn for $5/pc to utilize the pool. The kitchen was well equipped and the additional gazebo by the water was great! They also provided a fantastic selection of movies which came in handy, since it rained over our stay. Thanks bunches! We will be renting again!
Property
River Falls, US
Reviewed: Nov 10, 2016
Property Manager
The home was pretty wonderful! The only thing that I'd say bothered me was the upstairs shower leaks pretty bad after using it.
Property
San Francisco, US
Reviewed: Sep 13, 2016
Property Manager
Hi, My Husband and I rented the Birken Bay home 9/8-9/11 and fell so in love with it we wanted to write a note to the owners to let them know how much we appreciated the artistry of this beautiful home. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary there last weekend and how amazing to hole up in a dome-shaped home given that we bonded on our first date four years ago discussing our mutual love for Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic domes. It's rare to see so much thought put into a home especially a rental home. We were floored by the relationship of the geometric shapes on the property, from the shape of the house to the raised platforms for the furniture and fireplace in the living room to the gorgeous picnic table on the deck. Even the windows were works of art, capturing the lake in such cool ways but also with the occasional detail such as the slants of wood in the skylight near the kitchen. You could really feel the love that went into the Birken Bay home (down to the cute kids' cubby area downstairs). It was really cool to see the photos of the family that made the place possible. We would've loved to have met the owners and hear more about their inspiration for creating such a beautiful, cool, and well-thought space, and to learn more about how this special home came together. But since we're in San Francisco, we wanted to share our appreciation for what they've created and thank them for making it available to the public in this way. We hope to be able to return to your gorgeous dome some day again. We also loved the Great Lakes Cargo game! Played it every night. The design on that one was beautiful too. Hopefully it's not so old that we can't track down one too ;)
Property
OAKDALE, US
Reviewed: Sep 7, 2016
Property Manager
great house!
Property
Maple Grove, US
Reviewed: Aug 18, 2016
Property Manager
This is our second year of renting this home, which says something right there. We loved having a place in the area that we so enjoy in order to gather our family together for our annual family getaway. We love being so close to Lake Superior and to the hiking trails we enjoy. The thing least liked was the annoying broken sliding screen door to the deck. And the other downside is the difficulty in cooling down the house in the evening. It has poor circulation. Could use some kind of venting.
Property
St. Cloud, US
Reviewed: Jul 29, 2016
Property Manager
Excellent home. Very clean. Beautiful view. Modern updates. Property was overgrown. Weeds/grasses could be cut back during summer months? Might reduce biting flies and mosquitos? Sliding screen door was damaged by previous renter. Made it tricky to fully close and keep out the flies. Would be a GREAT place for early June, or later in September/October.
Property
Minneapolis, US
Reviewed: Jul 14, 2016
Property Manager
The house was wonderful! It was nice and clean! The kitchen had all the necessities! The bedrooms were comfortable and had extra pillow/blankets, which was super nice in case we forgot anything!! The view from the house is spectacular!! We especially enjoyed the fire pit right on the shore by the water!! One awesome thing was built-in under the staircase a little play house. We had small kids with us and they loved spending time there!
Property
Peoria, US
Reviewed: Jul 13, 2016
Property Manager
The location is good and very roomy. The lot is great with neighbors seeming far away. The lake views are great. Lots of room for a large family and the kids would love the little playroom under the stairs. We did not have children, so we wished our experience was a bit more luxurious. The beds were uncomfortable-very hard with the exception of the one on top floor, though the twins looked better. The bedding smelled sour in the main bedroom. There were only 2 chairs on the glorious deck down below. We didn't bring extra because there was supposed to be more furniture (there were 4 of us). There was a great choice of DVDs and couches were comfortable. Kitchen was great-more than enough supplies. We picked a warm time and most windows don't open or have blinds in bedrooms to keep out the sun. We did have a great time and these details can be easily fixed to provide an excellent experience for the next vacationer.
Property
Chicago, US
Reviewed: Oct 16, 2015
Property Manager
Everything was perfect and more than expected. We will be back
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Richfield, US
Reviewed: Sep 7, 2014
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Minnetonka, US
Reviewed: Apr 2, 2014
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Rochester, US
Reviewed: Jan 6, 2014
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St. Paul, US
Reviewed: Oct 20, 2013
Property Manager
Loved the location of the home right on the lake and great space with lots of beds. Wished for cable TV but not a big deal.
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Forest Lake, US
Reviewed: Sep 17, 2013
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