Trailside Lodging, Ski/Bike Services & Retail Shop

Cabin Rentals, XC Ski & Bike Services, Repairs, Retail Shop on CAMBA & Birkie Trails in Cable, WI

Start Line Inn Lodging Options: Cabin & Studio

Start Line Inn welcomes you to enjoy 4 Seasons in the Woods of lodging in our luxury Cable, Wisconsin cabin rental and multi-purpose studio cabin (a.k.a. “Loft in the Woods”) with Ski in/out and Bike in/out access to Birkie ski trail and CAMBA mountain bike trails.

Luxury Cabin Rental in Cable, WI

Our cabin rental is a rare gem in Wisconsin’s Northwoods with attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship.  This is lodging in Cable, WI designed with the needs of active guests and families in mind.  The cabin is open and gracious with high vaulted ceiling and picture windows that overlook the Birkie Ski Trail and forest.  The cabin walls were built using reclaimed wood, helping us stay Green.

Start Line Inn cabin rental can accommodate 4-8 depending on guest preferences. The cabin has 2 full beds with privacy curtain, sleeper sofa, loft space with full-sized futon and day cot at entry. Guests have exclusive use of heated and well-ventilated wax hut just out the door with 2 benches, ski and gear storage and Bluetooth radio.

Loft in the Woods Studio

Our Loft in the Woods is a loft studio space. Flexible design allows arrangement of space to suit your lodging needs during your stay with us. The loft studio is beautifully finished with fine craftsmanship and easy access to Cable, Wisconsin ski and bike trails. Sit on the balcony with a book and coffee or glass of wine. Plenty of gear storage. Multiple amenities: WiFi, Smart TV, central heat and AC. The flexibility of the loft space with its 4 twin beds, futon, kitchenette and 1.5 baths is perfect for merging training and getting a good night’s sleep.


Hover and click on images above to learn more about custom gear from Start Line!


Psychedelic Bike Jerseys

Jerseys offered in road & the more relaxed mountain bike styles
Our mountain design is an ode to & inspired by Gravity Cavity an iconic destination feature on the CAMBA Trails
Unisex & Women’s Fit

“Why the “Start Line Inn?” Because the Birkie & CAMBA Trails Start RIGHT there!”

We are thrilled to appear in the July 2020 issue of Silent Sports Magazine in an article written by Bruce Steinberg. Click here to read the article.

Enjoy coffee overlooking trails. Put on your boots. Doubles as a day bed.
  • Heated & air conditioned
  • Gourmet kitchen with all cookware, serving items & dishware supplied
  • Complimentary coffee & tea
  • Full bath with tub & shower
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sleeps 4-8
  • Linens
  • Wireless internet
  • Smart TV, Wifi enabled
  • Laptop friendly desk
  • Ample storage & closet space
  • Ski & bike in/out
  • Parking at entry for several vehicles
  • Hosts available for guest needs
  • Exclusive use of wax hut with secure storage
  • START LINE SERVICES on site providing Bike & XC Services & Retail
  • Loft in the Woods Studio, with sleeping quarters & bath, available at additional fee
  • Dogs are Welcome, please discuss with hosts for details


START LINE SERVICES – Repairs, Services, Apparel & Parts

We offer the only bike & ski repair and retail shop in Cable, Wisconsin!

Bike & Ski Shop located at the lower level of START LINE INN, the cabin rental.
On the Birkie Ski Trail & CAMBA mountain bike trail.

As a former competitive XC ski and bike racer, Mike brings a competitor’s sensibility to his bike and ski service and the sincere desire to help his clients perform at their best. Mike draws on his 40 years of experience, having previously worked in XC & bike shops in the Chicagoland area.

  • Full service repair & retail shop
  • Decades of experience
  • Bike & XC ski
  • Ski or bike in/out
  • Any & all types of bikes
  • Stone Grinding
  • XC wax & related items
  • Personal attention to FIT, bikes & skis
  • Parts & accessories for sale
  • Logo clothing


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.

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  • Very well stocked for an out-of-the-way bike shop. Prices are very reasonable and Mike and Elizabeth are very helpful in helping you pick out everything you will need for your biking experience. Highly recommend!


  • “The Start Line Inn Cabin is truly a special, quaint place to stay any time of the year! We have been there in summer and winter and love the location of the cabin, near the trails where we play and love the small town feel of Cable!”  Colleen

    Welcome! Relax on our porch.
  • “Elizabeth and Mike are amazing hosts. They offered us great local advice and tuned up the bikes for the race. The space had everything we needed for 9 guys and lots of gear. Perfect location.  We’ll surely be back!”


  • “Repeat stay, another perfect experience. Stylish, sharp, clean, convenient, and location/location/location!”

  • Thanks for all the help on the Jones bike.  You don’t charge enough for the great work you do.  Lucky to have you up here.


  • Thanks very much for a fantastic wax job and for all your help this year! I am on the steep part of the learning curve in all things Birkie and it was a great weekend! I had a great race and am trying to decide between another Korte and hopping up to a first Birkie! Thanks again!




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

Start Line Inn / Start Line Services
14795 McNaught Rd
Cable, WI 54821

Call or text: (312)363-9823

MIKE CHOATE – START LINE SERVICES (bike/ ski services)
Call or text: (773) 991-5944