“Great location on the Birkie trail. Hosts are knowledgable about xcskiing and biking . They are helpful and accessible! Coach House is a great open space for groups. We were a family of 3 and liked the extra space.” Lori
Great place for all of your xc ski needs, so nice to have this available in Cable! Chris
“Clean, modern Cabin steps away from the ski and bike trails! Very convenient to be able to not have to drive and just ski from the cabin. The kitchen is great and the beds are comfortable. Friendly and helpful hosts help make sure you have everything you need for a great vacation in the Northwoods.” Kristin
“The coach house is a great space able to fit the needs of the guest. Elizabeth was very willing to set up the room as we wished. Great people, great place, and great area.”
“Absolutely fantastic place to stay. Elizabeth and Mike are great at giving information on the area and responsive to questions and always went the extra yard. Plus, you cannot beat the location in relation to ski, bike, snowshoe, and snowmobile areas.” Wyatt
“Beautiful cabin that’s right on the extensive Birkie trail system. You can ski right from the front door. Helpful & responsive hosts. Small ski shop downstairs that sells poles, hats, gloves, and some clothing. Mike offers ski equipment services there too.”
Top notch knowledgeable service.
“Elizabeth’s home it is perfectly situated for mountain biking or cross country skiing. Check-in was so smooth, and Elizabeth was incredibly friendly. And of course, most importantly, the place is beautiful – everything you need to call at home, and sparkling clean.”
“We were just there for a few days… with 5 kids ages 8-14!! The kids had A BLAST! Very fun space, beautiful woodsy setting with trails to explore. Elizabeth & Michael are great folks & were wonderful hosts!! Showed us around the property, offered tips for the area & were just all around NICE!! The other cabin they rent is BEAUTIFUL!!! We plan on visiting again to stay there – maybe with no kids….”
“This place is pretty much perfection. And if you bike and/or ski, you have a fantastic bike/ski shop included right with your place to stay. You cannot beat this place – Elizabeth and Mike are the bomb!”
“Amazing location for Northwoods adventures! The space is great, as pictured, and they are great hosts. We appreciated Elizabeth’s excellent dinner recommendations!”
“My four night stay at Elizabeth & Mike’s was the most fun, relaxing, delicious, exhausting and rejuvenating I’ve had in a very long time. The cabin is lovely…comfortable, quaint, nicely decorated and detailed…I felt very much at home walking in. Elizabeth had many wonderful suggestions about local things to do —I mountain-biked (for the first time) there, on a really great “easy” (but challenging, at least for me) course I’d never have found without her, hiked a section of the most beautiful North Country Trail (that I didn’t even know existed until she told me about it—it’s 4000 miles long!!) and am already yearning to go back to enjoy the winter “silent sports”, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and even winter biking (who knew??). And speaking of bikes, Mike’s knowledge, expertise (and bike repair shop, on premises), and enthusiasm for riding added tons to the experience (me: “fat tire?? What’s that?” Mike: (most kindly and gently): “ahhh, you have much to learn, grasshopper.” (paraphrase) ). And oh yeah, there’s canoeing, kayaking and fishing, too. The local restaurants (Sawmill Inn, Tillie’s Pies, Rivers’ Restaurant), also recommended by Elizabeth, we’re also stellar…yum!! All in an EXTREMELY beautiful part of the world. Needless to say, I’ll be back, already having a hard time waiting to return.”
“Awesome bike services – quick response from Mike when I needed a bike part to get me back on the trail. Saved my day!”
“Really clean, stylish cabin at the start of the Birkie. Great appliances, nice views, clean and comfortable. Plenty of space for the family to spread out as well. I’d say this has to be the best spot to stay in the area. The “boutique” bike shop below the cabin was well equipped, and I was able to pick up a tool bag for my son’s Top Fuel before our second day of biking.”
Terrific little bike shop with knowledge and friendly staff. Would recommend to anyone looking for a complete bike make over to a simple adjustment.
“A stellar space, perfect for anyone wanting to explore all of the trail near Cable!!”
Always the best service and care for our bikes! Especially after the muddy grime of the Chequamegon 40!! Got all three of our bikes rolling smoothly again! Thanks Mike!
“Wonderful Northwoods escape! Every morning is a new opportunity to explore trails, rivers, local cuisine. Hosts are friendly, thoughtful, and extremely knowledgeable about bikes and nordic skiing. Remember, there is no bad weather, only improper gear.”
Our family stayed here for a long weekend. Great hosts and great cabin with convenient access to the mountain bike trails. Having the bike shop on site was great as I needed a new shift cable on my daughter’s bike and Mike was able to take care of it for me. We will definitely be back.
Can’t talk highly enough about Start Line Inn, they truly are a gem and one-of-a-kind! My husband was in the area competing in a race he had been anticipating for months. Unfortunately, his bike broke down practically right after the race began. Then, Start Line saved the day! They were able to meet him at his location, fixed the bike right then and there (works GREAT, now!), and believe it or not, then drove him and the bike to the next checkpoint to meet up with his group. Going above and beyond is an understatement with Start Line, they came to the rescue and helped make the day one my husband will not soon forget – in a good way. Thank you, Start Line!
“I am almost afraid to tell everyone how fabulous this place is because it will be so booked up, but really, this place is fantastic. If you mountain bike, road bike, cross country ski, snow shoe and/or hike, you will LOVE this place. It is perfectly done, casual, really nice accommodations with feeling like you have to worry about being super careful all the time. Totally done with sports people in mind with a wide entry way and more. Both owners Elizabeth and Mike are the nicest, best hostess and host you can imagine. Having a bike and ski shop right there is a huge bonus. It is truly the back woods perfect retreat.”
“Place was exactly what we needed. Nice estate they have. And very well designed. Thanks again. Will stay if In the area again.”
“This cabin was amazing for my family. Beautiful, peaceful lodging to cook big meals and sleep well. Great location to ride in/out. Elizabeth and Mike were incredibly kind and helpful. Also Cable is a nice little town with great food and coffee. Thanks for the fun and R&R!”
“This is a phenomenal place to stay!! We stayed at the cabin as part of a “girl’s weekend” and loved the space, the amenities, and the hospitality. Elizabeth was easy to communicate with and had some great recommendations for area attractions as well as helpful tips for making the most of our stay. The cabin itself is spacious, charming, and very comfortable! I would definitely recommend staying here if you have the chance.”
“What a prefect location for our trail running/fishing weekend! Elizabeth was so helpful and inviting! We can’t wait to book our next trip!”
So awesome and accommodating. Saved our bacon a couple of times and even opened up after hours for us.
“The place is wonderful! Location, beautiful accommodations, everything you need for a weekend , or more, of relaxation, comfort or hitting the trails!”
Mike fixed my bike while I waited, took time to explain things. Both Mike and Elizabeth are a joy to be around.
What an awesome bike shop ! Mike and Elizabeth are hospitable. They know the trails, product and local spots to eat. Thank you for the advice on trails to ride. We loved all of the suggested route. We will be back soon to visit !
Kate & Maciej
Mike is the best for all your bike needs, fit and repairs! Shop has everything you need!
“You are in for a treat if you stay here. The area is beautiful and the lodging is beyond a doubt the most comfortable stay I have ever experienced considering all of the AirBnBs and hotels I have stayed at. Elizabeth, her husband, and their dog are a wonderful bunch, and I can’t say enough about them.” Yourri
Love these guys! They are beyond hospitable. I helped an injured skier off the Birkie skate trail into the Start Line Inn, and Elizabeth let us wait for the rescue truck in the main house- she even offered her personal vehicle! Go check these guys out, they’re legit!
We stayed here during the Fat Birkie. Absolutely the best location. Elizabeth and Mike have a great place. Please check it out. You will be so happy you did.
Great skill with both bikes and skis repair.
Friendly, Excellent Service! Turn Around Time was Phenomenal. Highly recommend 🙂
If they served coffee I’d never leave!
A great place for all kinds of help with your bike, skis and wonderful energetic owners!!!!!
Mike C is the man!! He waxed up some lightening fast Korte ski’s for me this year.
Mike Choate worked his wrenching wizardry debugging a rear disk brake squeak in the Trek Farley. Check them out on Facebook at the Start Line Inn and Start Line Services or on the web at: https://startlineinn.com/ . Better yet swing down McNaught Road and pop in to see what is happening for yourself.
“Beautiful house in an equally beautiful setting. Many unexpected details throughout with great attention to detail. Extremely clean house that is beautiful in so ways – large windows with sunlit areas, delightful reading nooks, gorgeous kitchen that is a delight to cook in, and a beautiful deck and entryway. Gorgeous house and wonderful owners!” Kathleen
“Highly recommended! Elizabeth and Mike are wonderful people with an amazing property. If you are a mountain biker and/or a skier you can’t beat this place. A bike and a ski shop on premise and just a great place to hang in Birkie country. Mike provided us with awesome recommendations for the local trails and we had a blast. I will definitely be back.”
Great place for bike repairs, Mike knows what the bike needs and attack’s with fury!! Need supplies for a days ride? You will find it! Startline will have you covered, no matter the season. Their winter clothing of KV+ will not disappoint! The Fat Bike season was a lot more comfortable. Startline Inn, the best little-big bike shop!!
“This is a great spot! Everything was just as Elizabeth stated if not better. Will stay there every time I’m In the area.”
My family and I loved staying in the cabin. It is in the most perfect location for access to skiing. We stayed comfy and enjoyed cooking in the kitchen. Having the ski shop on site was helpful to buy some ski wax. Elizabeth and Mike are super helpful and generous with their property. Thank you!”
“Elizabeth and Mike were helpful and hospitable. They made our stay easy and enjoyable. The binding on Craig’s ski wasn’t working and Mike didn’t hesitate to quickly fix it and get us on the trail. Their dog Pupman was cute and friendly. The cabin was SO comfy cozy and the location the best!!! Thank you!”
“Elizabeth and Mike are great hosts and can answer any questions regarding what their community has to offer. For skiers or silent outdoor enthusiasts this is the place for you. The cabin is exceptional. You will not be disappointed.”
“Our ski club had 12 high school girls stay in the Coach House and they loved it. Elizabeth is a great host and responds to emails, texts, and on-site questions in a timely fashion!”
“Start Line Inn is truly a special place! A serene…. comfortable, cozy cabin in the woods! Elizabeth and Mike are very accommodating for any need and make your stay as relaxing as can be!”
“Great location for our Birkie Experience! Coach House had comfy bedding and blankets, dishes,coffee maker fridge etc for all we needed in food prep as well. Walking to the Birkie Trail from our location was so convenient! Elizabeth and Mike were accomodating and gracious with any questions we had and great hosts! thank you guys we loved it!
Thank you so much for prepping my skis for the Birkie, I wouldn’t have been able to make the entire course without your expert waxing. My skies were finally fast!