Picked oaks: Minnesota’s popular country airbnb bean hopper – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota is in the middle of the heart of the country, and agriculture is a big part of what we do. So what happens when you combine farming and Airbnb?
“We love being here in Alexandria. It’s called ‘God’s Country’, ”said Dave Larson.
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It is also known as the “land of lakes” and, of course, “agricultural land”. Evidence can be found on farms in Douglas County.
“There are so many fun things to do. And the countryside is so beautiful, ”said Anne Larson.
Add to this picturesque countryside a concept grown on the farm so unusual that even farmers think about it.
“I grew up building forts in the woods. It was like my [laughs] funniest thing to do. I should have been an architect, says Anne.
In a way, Anne has become one. A few years ago, she and her husband Dave had the idea of turning old grain elevators into getaway destinations.
“We just decided we had to try something special like this,” Dave said. “These four bins came from Anne’s aunt’s house, near their family farm about 15 miles from here.”
The bins are about 90 years old. The Larsons were able to create eight comfortable bedrooms from these four bins. Stepdaughter Tessa Larson has become an expert on this cylindrical concept.
“Our lower level rooms are sheet metal. They’re kind of like a light blue gray, and then they have like old doors as headboards, ”Tessa said.
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Like the trash cans themselves, much of what you see is reused with modern equipment. A country feel in a rural setting. But it doesn’t look like you’re inside a building that was once used for farming.
“A lot of people are like, ‘My husband is a farmer, he’s going to love this!’ Tessa said.
Who says geometry lessons don’t pay off later? Builders had their work cut out for them. They’re used to working with square floor plans – not that cylinder. This forced them to cultivate new ideas.
“It was really fun watching them work on it. There were times they sort of cursed us and there were times they said it was really fun. [laughs]! “said Dave.
In the summer, the place known as the Gathered Oaks typically hosts weddings, with ceremonies taking place by Little Charlie Lake. An old converted barn is used for receptions. When there is no wedding, guests come from all over for a mini-vacation.
“At first I thought it was going to be cold. You know, a grain silo, just a piece of metal. But these are really comfortable, clean and really nice rooms, ”said guest Michelle Venter.
Venter and Ronnelie Grobler are guests from South Africa. When they sent the photos home, friends and family couldn’t believe it. This is the best criticism the Larsons can get.
” We like it. It is so beautiful. The weather is superb. There is so much to do. The people are awesome. It’s just a great place to live, ”said Anne.
The Larsons said they were very busy when the pandemic hit.
They say Gathered Oaks is popular in the winter because the area is known for ice fishing, snowmobiling, and shopping. In addition, there is a cellar nearby.
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