The Maki House


"Thank you for everything. Your hospitality is bar none. Top notch!"
–Debra, Marathon, ON, Canada

John Maki, a family friend and Finnish carpenter, is the namesake for this red-roofed log cabin. It sleeps 8 to 10 people comfortably and is perfect for families or groups of close friends.

This cabin features:

  • 4 bedrooms (2 downstairs and 2 upstairs)
  • 2 bathrooms on the first level (1 full bath and 1 half bath)
  • a spacious family room with vaulted ceilings
  • a beautiful log staircase and country decorations
  • a dining table area with microwave, fridge, and coffee maker
  • a red-brick, wood-burning fireplace
  • a wrap-around porch
  • 2 extra beds in the living room area and loft area upstairs

Click on a thumbnail below to see a larger view.


History of the Maki House

old cabin

John Maki and Jim Palmquist, with the help of friends, built the Maki House very quickly in the winter of 1978 to meet the need for more guest rooms. In order to finish the cabin in time for a large group of guests that was coming, the builders worked from 6 a.m. till midnight every day until the cabin was finished. One night during construction, a snow storm swept through the area and filled the unfinished cabin with several feet of snow. The builders scooped it out and charged onward.

Despite the rushed construction, the structure of the building was very solid. Future remodeling work mostly consisted of smoothing out the rough edges, such as sanding down corners, removing splinters and applying wood finishes. The living area has also been expanded since the cabin was built, and the original barrel stove was replaced with a brick fireplace.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of this cabin and Palmquist Farm, including early pictures, check out the Palmquist Farm Walking Tour book.