The Spring Valley Log Cabin was built in 1992. It was a family project. We cut the trees, skidded the logs out of the woods with horses, hand peeled the logs, and then scribed and fit each log into position. It is located 1.5 miles northeast of Spring Valley on Highway No. 8.
It is about 600 feet off the blacktop road, yet it is in a woods and has hundreds of young pine trees around it. Also, there are 4 acres of native grasses and wild flowers nearby. The Spring Valley Creek (a spring-fed trout stream) runs in front of the cabin, making for a very scenic and peaceful area.
Geese, wild turkey, and deer are often seen from the cabin. There are no mosquitoes (or very few) in southeastern Minnesota, making it enjoyable to be outdoors day and night. An outside fire ring is frequently used. There is a large deck with picnic tables and lawn chairs to relax on.
Inside, there is electricity and a kitchen with an apartment-sized stove, refrigerator, and microwave. You will have a hide-a-bed couch along with comfortable chairs and a dining area. A wood stove and an electric off-peak heater will keep you warm. In the sleeping loft, there is a queen sized mattress and a full sized mattress.
A large log outhouse is near the cabin. A solar shower bag for a refreshing cleanup is great.
Southeastern Minnesota has become a very popular tourist area. There is Forestville State Park (an old town-site re-enacted to the way life was in the 1800’s) and Mystery Caves-tours are available.
Lanesboro, Preston, Fountain, Rushford, and Harmony all have connecting blacktop bike trails. Lanesboro is a very popular and scenic small town. Their local theater company performs frequently. In Harmony, daily tours of area Amish farms are available. Spring Valley and Fountain have fascinating museums. The Spring Valley Church Museum – where Laura Ingalls Wilder attended church – has many beautiful artifacts with a variety of exhibits. There is also trout fishing and canoeing in the area. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular.