Superior's Shoreline, Architect-Designed
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Grand Marais house description
Away from the pleasant clutter of Grand Marais, the drive back and forth to Hovland is almost traffic-free and fast. Hovland is also nicely close to Grand Portage (about 17 miles).
The most beautiful stretch of the beautiful Great Lakes, the North Shore of Lake Superior offers a truly uncluttered, authentic big lake/big woods vacation. Nothing urban or suburban, here! You'll walk the (safe) forests on a few of the 400 miles of hiking trails, poke around the stores and restaurants in the town of Grand Marais nearby, sit on the shore, and then see more nighttime stars than ever in your life (maybe even the Northern Lights).
Our private shoreline is flat ledge rock, easily accessible. (Nowhere on the North Shore is there 'beach sand.') Walk over the colorful rocks and find a place to sit on a natural stone “bench” or with your feet in the water. Look at the birds, maybe a few river otters, and the magnificence of Lake Superior in the quiet.
Our Main house—designed by SALA architect Dale Mulfinger—sleeps up to 6, and every person will have a lake view from the four private sleeping rooms. One bedroom has a king-sized bed, and above this room is a bedroom/sitting room with a single bed. The bedroom in the other wing is queen-sized, and above this room is a bedroom/sitting room with a single bed and access to an upstairs “astronomy” deck for star-gazing (though standing anywhere outside shows the stars too). A large great room is in between the two sleeping wings. Kitchen is granite with stools pulled up to a center island. The dining area and living room area of the great room have fabulous lake views also.
The décor is Scandinavian-simple with hardwood floors (regionally-sourced), both birch bark and Room & Board furniture, custom rugs, Marimekko upholstery, sheetrock walls, everything in tones of warm white, and mostly back and white. The stonework and gravel areas on the exterior all came from within one mile of the house. (Also, no formaldehyde, urea, etc. in the cabinets.) The dramatic shoreline, a small peninsula for breaking waves, is mostly flat, with some natural “chair” rocks to lean against. Occasionally, river otters fish nearby and the big boats can be seen in the fall (when shipping lanes swing closer to shore).
Our second VRBO website describes the Guesthouse (listing #243767) nearby on this more than two acre wooded, Lake Superior property. The two structures are not attached and are completely private from each other - they can be rented separately or together. Both are down one long, wooded driveway.
Judge Magney State Park
Only 4.5 fast miles away to the west, lovely groomed trails lead to waterfalls, a canyon, then along the river.
Only 10 quick miles away to the west, a smaller river winds through the northwoods with several wooden bridges.
Grand Portage Fort and Interpretive Center
Just 17 miles to the east, this living history center has a full fort, wigwams, authentic birch bark canoes, and, nearby, the Pigeon River waterfall.
To the east 17 miles, this town has the feel of a frontier, but with two different boat tours, four great places to eat (and several good ones), and Sivertson's Art Gallery. Stroll out Artist's Point, too.
Chicago Bay Mercantile
At 1.5 miles away, this friendly roadhouse has a grocery and a small deli with great sandwiches and pizza.
Late winter (late Feb. through mid-April) features bright sun on the snow and a glitter field of broken ice offshore. Hiking trails and ski trails are well packed down, ravens and bald eagles are nesting, and the still-long nights mean spectacular stars.
Early spring (mid-April through end of May) means great rock-hounding, the fiercest level of water in the waterfalls, and the blooming of the first wildflowers.
Summer (June 1 through mid-August) suggestions include looking for wildlife, including butterflies, wildflowers (the most are in June), the Perseid meteor shower (mid-August), warmer star/galaxy gazing, and great breezes off the lake.
Fall (mid-August though mid-Nov.) lasts longer now and the first half of Nov. is “the new October.” It features berry season (late Aug.-early Sept.), lightning over the lake, mushroom season (first half of Sept.), and leaf color. Shipping lanes move much closer to shore by September—so watch boats!
Early to Mid-Winter (mid-Nov. through late Feb.) means bright, sometimes violent snow, ice fogs that move in and out like breaths, and the always-green mosses and lichen in the woods.
Best Times For…
Wildflowers (the true boreal forest ones)—mid/late May-mid/late June
Bears—May and June, when the yearling male bears are dispersing and looking for a territory and a furry girlfriend, in kind of a random way (they may pass by, going about their own business)
Moose—any day at dawn and dusk around an inland lake, or fall rutting season when roaming around more
Naniboujou—the brunch on Sundays, 8 am-2 pm
Bald Eagles and ravens—before the trees leaf out and then after they’ve lost their leaves (easier to see and they for sure aren’t engaged in vigorous “childcare”)
River Otters—dinner time at Angry Trout in Grand Marais (ask if they’re around today)
Birds (boreal species)—late May-mid-June
Butterflies—July and August, 10 am-4 pm
Dragonflies—July and August
Grand Marais summer events (three top):
Dragon Boat Festival (races in the harbor); Wooden Boat Festival (beautiful!); Fisherman’s Picnic (carnival)—look on web
Grand Marais fall events (two top): fall birding events/classes at North House Folk School; Crossing Borders (many North Shore artists have their studios open, from Duluth to Canada)—look on web
The Main House is open 12 months a year.
Keywords: Cabin/Main House
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
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The above rate is for 2 people ($285/night).
The rate for 3-4 people is $350/night.
The rate for 5-6 people is $410/night.
Plus 7% tax.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: Growing up in the suburbs, we've always loved the Great Lakes. Not puddles, they are our 'inland sea,' the most wonderful freshwater resource on the surface of the Earth! Though we once owned a place on Northern Lake Michigan, we've switched allegiance to the bigger, wilder, even better Lake Superior.
Why the Owner Chose Grand Marais:
We chose the North Shore of Lake Superior because of its extraordinary natural beauty, in a whole different dimension from our pleasant suburban life. Whether we're hiking, watching wildlife, relaxing by the lake, eating at the Angry Trout or Crooked Spoon restaurant, or talking quietly by the fire, we just love it! Forget all the 'screens' of your life and look at all the stars instead!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Hovland area of the North Shore is even more pristine and private than the nearby 'metro' of Grand Marais, Minnesota (population under 4000). If you look (carefully) from only a couple of places on our property, you'll be able to spot another house through the woods. In the bookshelves and on the refrigerator, you'll find info about our favorite trails, places to eat, natural history subjects, and more. You'll feel invigorated by the sound of the waves, the smell of the woods, and the sight of ravens, bald eagles, white pines, and endless birch trees, maybe even the river otters who come out on the 'big lake' to fish - and play wrestle!
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4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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