Time to get Hygge! The Aurora is local couple Todd and Susan Miller’s newest addition to their exclusive list of vacation rental property in the heart of Grand Marais near the harbor. Designed by celebrated Minnesota architect David Salmela, to capture all the needs and dreams of a visitor to Grand Marias. The Aurora is the smaller sister to The SkyHouse and the Horizon, two sibling properties to Aurora in the small but exclusive enclave called "tre søstra" which means "three sisters" in Danish. Aurora is one bedroom, one bath, plus a very nice sleeper sofa for two single sleepers. There is a roomy main living space that seems to float above the area buildings and has wonderful view of the harbor. Although designed ideally as an upscale oasis for two, 4 people can stay here nicely. The Aurora provides an inspiring modern space that allows for privacy among those sharing the lodging, and also provides a breathtaking great room area on the top floor with fantastic views of the Grand Marais harbor, the neighborhood, and the town close by. She has a desk area in the bedroom, a walk out blue stone patio from the bedroom, a planning desk in the hall, an all tile modern bathroom with walk in shower and modern recessed appliances, a large entry area, a laundry, a beautiful flight of stairs to the upper level, clear grained Douglas fir ceilings, steps and trim, heated slate floors, a balcony, panoramic windows, fully modern kitchen with top of the line appliances, lighted drawers and butcher block countertops; dining for 4 with 6 possible, a custom sofa that sleeps one adult, or two children, a custom floor bed for one, and a cozy 3 sided gas fireplace. Everything is in walking distance from our little micro community in the heart of Grand Marais. Imagine the best exclusive lodge experience without sharing walls or having to pass through a front desk. Every restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gallery and Grand Marais' famous beach are all within a very short stroll from your private residence. The home is designed in modern Nordic fashion based on the original Stabur design- a work building commonly seen in Northern Europe. This design culminates a timeline of Scandinavian and Nordic design that the Miller’s began on the property next door that also honored northern work buildings in the roots of their designs. There is off street parking under a sod roofed car port. Here is a brief tour of the property and the Aurora: Begin by driving right in to the heart of Grand Marais and pause by the harbor. You will be turning left up the hill. Pull in to the parking area just outside of the lodging and pull in under the protective car port. Walk up to the entry area past the nordic arch to the first deck where there is room to store bikes in summer, and once inside, plenty of room for the whole group to shake off the snow, hang the coats and set down the skis or snowshoes. Head down David Salmela’s trademark stairway one half flight to the bedroom and bath floor. On the way there is plenty of cabinetry, as well as a bathroom and your bedroom with built in cabinets, desk, and walk out to your own private dry stacked bluestone patio. The floors are heated. Continuing up the inspiring staircase leads you to the primary gathering area on the top floor. There are examples of locally produced art and sculpture and descriptions of them in the guide book on the table. This area is breathtaking with its expansive windows, view of the town and harbor, Lake Superior and the private grounds. There is a fully modern and capable kitchen, an architect designed built in sofa and contemporary gas fireplace. Note the unique skylight with modern light box treatments and the push button electronic pop up television that you can leave hidden if you wish. There is also a wrap around deck. The entire home has slate floors and modern cabinets. There is a utility room with full size washer and dryer. Everything about The Aurora is designed with environmental sustainability in mind. These homes have an incredibly small footprint both structurally and environmentally. The foundations were designed to take up as little of the yard as possible- by being small at the start and increasing as you go up just like the old Stabur upon which this design is based. The energy efficiency is profound because these are composed of structurally insulated panels which are incredibly efficient. No cost has been spared to make the Aurora the highest quality, most significant architectural addition to Grand Marais’ beautiful landscape. We hope you will find it warm, welcoming, and a once in a lifetime experience in one of the world’s most magical places. We have written a detailed guide to what we consider the most special "secret" places in the area. You can pick and chose your own adventures with it for reference depending on your tastes and the weather. That guide is available to you inside the home.
1 bedroom, 1 bath. 1 sleeper sofa. In the heart of town breath taking views.
Todd and Susan Miller
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 13, 2018
About Todd and Susan Miller
The owners and managers of the Aurora are Todd and Susan Miller. Susan is originally from Duluth Mn and Todd from the Twin Cities. They have sailed the world's oceans together on their 35 foot sloop 'Snow Day', and have now settled down here in Grand Marais since 2003. Todd is a licensed Captain, and served on the local park board for many years. He currently serves on the Planning Commission and is the founder and board chair of the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. He is also active in community projects with area youth. Susan is the Special Education teacher at the local charter school. Todd's interests include leading a local dance band, building and restoring fun things, messing about in boats, and managing Real Estate. Susan's interests include gardening, thrift store exploring, and cooking. They deeply enjoy the creation of great spaces for their guests. They both love to travel and learn.
Todd and Susan Miller purchased this House in 2003
Why Todd and Susan Miller chose Grand Marais
We chose this location because it is very special. We are lifelong Miinnesotans and have been passing through Grand Marais our whole lives. We wanted a home on the North Shore, and we believe that Grand Marais is the jewel of the North Shore. Within Grand Marais we wanted to be close to the action and the water. Although this is a very small town, it has big shoulders when it comes to culture and beauty. We believe our specific location is magical because the big lake cools us in summer and warms us in winter. We never get tired of the many moods of Lake Superior and enjoy watching the lake from this property.
What makes this House unique
This is a great location for the summer festivals. Music and art seems to permeate the town and strains of music can be heard most times of the day and in to the evening. Artists are plying their wares in nearly every shop. There is often something interesting going on at the Boathouse next door, and North House Folk School is very close. On stormy nights the breaking waves send a deep rumble through the bedrock.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great place to stay! Awesome view. Owners very helpful.
Womderful stay! Highly recommend staying here.
Great to have you stay with us! Please come and see us again when you can. Todd and Susan.
Beautiful, clean, and cozy! We'll be back!
Beautiful, clean, and cozy! We'll be back!
Thank you so much! Come stay again soon. Todd and Susan
This place is amazing! Quiet, comfortable, relaxing!! Just wish we could have stayed longer. Everything a person needs is here, within walking distance to everything. A great coffee shop just up the street.
Thanks! Come and see us again when you can. Todd and Susan
Beautiful property with amazing views. Everything you need for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.
Loved the Aurora and looking forward to another stay. Highly recommend.
Thank you so much! We enjoyed having you. Drop in again the next time you are in Grand Marais. Todd and Susan.
The Aurora is a beautiful place. We enjoyed our long weekend getaway to the North Shore 10/11-10/14. Todd and Susan were amazing hosts and left a well done list of suggestions to local restaurants, hiking, and other hidden gems! We will definitely be back again!
Yay! Thank you ! Thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon. Todd and Susan
Beautiful home, gorgeous views
We walked up the stairs and were blown away by the view. We are Grand Marais veterans and were not disappointed. The home was eclectic and modern, but also warm and inviting. It was perfect for our little family vacation. I will definitely stay here again!
Thank you so much Stephanie! Please come and see us as soon as you can. We are looking forward to our first winter with this cozy warm cabin. Cheers! Todd and Susan.