Start Line Inn welcomes folks to enjoy 4 Seasons in the Woods. The woods invite you to play, explore, wonder and enjoy. Our cabin is designed for family and friends to gather, share stories and just relax together with a sense of belonging. Or, for those who just wish to rejuvenate while looking out the window into the woods, this setting is perfect. In the Summer, sit on the porch deck and listen to the forest. In Winter, curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. Cable has a wonderful independent bookstore, Redbery Books. Check our bookshelf for something you might enjoy.


Can accommodate 4-8 depending on guest preferences. 2 full beds with privacy curtain, sleeper sofa, loft space and day cot at entry.Guests have exclusive use of heated wax hut just out the door with 2 benches, ski and gear storage and Bluetooth radio.

Please be our guests

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Our Story

Elizabeth Holland & Michael Choate invite you to join us. We recently retired and are embracing this new adventure as innkeepers in the North Woods.

Michael is a retired Chicago firefighter. Elizabeth is a retired diagnostic radiologist. Michael is a veteran competitive XC ski and bike racer. With 30 + years skiing the Birkie, classic & skate, he is a proud Birchleggings member. Elizabeth is a relative newcomer to these sports & brings a beginners enthusiasm to these endeavors.

Our vision for the cabin was to provide an inviting space for folks to enjoy the North Woods. As we looked at the old cabin, we saw beautiful bones but a clearly distressed dwelling balancing precariously on rotting log stumps. The cabin had no creature comforts: no plumbing, a single light bulb dangling on a frayed cord, an overworked and minimally effective wood burning stove and was dark and drafty. So, we undertook the process of massive renovation. First we built a lower level foundation for the service shop and moved the cabin on to it. Thus, the cabin moved closer to the trails with better trail and forest views. Every step of the rebuild was designed to keep cabin charm while providing an inviting, open, bright and relaxing space. It is our hope that you agree we have achieved that goal. Welcome!


We take pride in living in harmony with nature and minimizing our environmental footprint.


We always promote recyling, even in our own construction


Energy efficiency & reduction of greenhouse gas emissions


Comfortable and even heat using hydronic in floor heating


Composting as weather permits


Well-insulated for energy savings & comfort


Up to 80% more energy efficient than traditional lighting


Water savings with tankless water heater & low flow toilets


We encourage our guests to join us in living green!


Start Line Services is located at the lower level of the cabin.

XC and bike repair shop is in incipient stages. Limited services available now with more to come. Keep posted for the unveiling of our stone grinder. Select retail and Start Line logo inventory for sale.

As a former competitive XC ski and bike racer, Mike brings a competitor's sensibility and a sincere desire to help his clients perform at their best. Mike brings many years of experience to this shop having previously operated a home-based bike repair service in Chicago and also working at a XC ski shop in Hinsdale, IL, King Keyser.


Cable is small town of 800+ in Chequamegon National Forest area and scenic waterways such as Namakagon River, Lake Owen and numerous other lakes and rivers that are destination points for kayakers, canoeists, fishermen and hikers. It is truly a four season recreation area. Take a peak at the below links to find local scenery, events, and shops!


Please be our guests, or contact us with any questions!


Call or text. (312)363-9823


Call or text. (773)991-5944


14795 McNaught Rd Cable, WI.

  • From new Birkie start: ski uphill on the skate trail, staying to the right. ~ 500 meters from the start, you will see the Start Line Inn banner. Ski right on in!

  • For mountain bikers we are at same location, accessing via CAMBA Sleigh Trail, connecting to Ojibwe.

  • Driving: 14795 McNaught Rd. See our Start Line Inn banner just 10 yards before the American Birkebeiner totems that flank the road.