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The Artist Loft-Downtown Grand Marais-This Winter book 2 nights, 3rd nights free

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 bedrooms + 1 bath. Overlooks Grand Marais Harbor, & paradise in the back yard!

Message me directly for the "one night free" winter promotion. I will need to send you a custom quote to reflect the promotion and to book from!

Artist's Loft, with its incomparable view of the Harbor, Sailboats, Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station, is the only private home rental in Downtown Grand Marais on the Harbor. The view is what it is all about!

Artist's Loft is right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais on beautiful Harbor Park. It is a great home-base for enjoying the gentle activity of the Village or easily getting away for day trips to the BWCA. Drive up the Gunflint Trail for day adventures and hikes, but stay at the Artist Loft to experience all that downtown has to offer...just footsteps out the front door.

Artist's Loft has two bedrooms and one bathroom with a claw foot tub and a view of the Harbor. The Artist Loft is an upper unit with beautiful views & there is also a lower unit (vrbo 661724) where guests also occasionally stay. Both units have private, separate & secure entrances. Ask about renting both units for larger groups. Both units joined together can sleep 10!!

Even though Artist's Loft is right downtown on the harbor front, it is graced with a gorgeous secluded quiet off street wildflower garden with decks and lounging chairs and tables to relax in the sun or have a intimate outside breakfast lunch or dinner. Cook in with our fully equipped kitchen or get it to go, semi-catered from a choice of several fabulous restaurants. Your own private campfires in the backyard at night. You can even book & rent the backyard for private events, wedding receptions, or any other intimate get-togethers.

In the evening, step right next door to the Gunflint Tavern and enjoy a craft beer at their newly opened brewpub or Mojito in the 'Ravens Nest' lake-view deck and then listen to world class music in the early evening. The music at 'The Tavern' ranges from gentle Gypsy Jazz to Folk and Folk Rock for the occasional night of dancing. Also, the all-new Voyageur Brewing's taproom just opened and is a short 2 block walk! Keep in mind you are "downtown" Grand Marais, so there is the activity of being around the shopping, the activity of the tourists, and a little bit of the nightlife. But that's part of the fun. Fortunately that all ends pretty early in Grand Marais as everything pretty much shuts down around 10:00 or 11:00 pm.

Wake with the gulls in the morning sun and enjoy the quiet solitude of downtown as it gently comes to life. Walk to The Pie Place, The Crooked Spoon Restaurant, Angry Trout Cafe, Hughies Taco's, The Dockside Fish Market, the Gunflint Tavern, Voyageur Brewing, breakfast at the Blue Water Cafe and Donuts and World's Best Donuts!! All within 1-2 blocks! You have it all at Artists Loft. Oh, and don't forget that Legendary Sven and Ole's Pizza is right up the street.

The thing to remember about Artist's Loft is that every day is a beautiful magical day whether it is sunny and warm or stormy and wild; all year round nature's magic unfolds right in front of you over the greatest of lakes, Lake Superior.

A little History about Artist's Loft:

It was built in the early 1900s by Chet Boisvert. Chet was the village barber and the shop was equipped with showers for the lumberjacks to come in from the woods for a hot shower. He was also an avid Democrat and held party meetings at the Loft on Main Street. In the guest book it was found that his grandchildren had stayed here when our friend Stephen, the previous owner, first opened Artists Loft. They left an entry in the guestbook telling of heartwarming memories such as...

- ' The last time I slept in this bedroom was 43 years ago. I can still remember hearing my people cheering at 6 am when they announced the Victory of Harry Truman over Dewey in 1948!'

- 'I remember watching, from the front windows, pulp boats loading logs from the thousands of logs floating in the harbor'

You can still feel those memories at Artist's Loft as you gaze out the windows and still see fishing boats and sailboats bobbing in the breezes.

Come share the Magic!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Joel Dodson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016
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About Joel Dodson

Hi there. Our names are Amy & Joel. We have two pups named Myron & Fletcher. We spend time on our classic 1967 Chris Craft Wooden Cruiser on the St. Croix River when we're not spending time in Grand Marais and traveling to other places.

Joel Dodson purchased this house in 2015

Why Joel Dodson chose Northeast

Joel spent his summers in Grand Marais as a child. After a long lapse in visiting the north shore, we started making it a yearly Memorial Day tradition, and for Max's birthday. After staying at the Artist Loft we fell in love with it immediately. There really is no other place like it in all of Grand Marais.

What makes this house unique

It's your own loft apartment, right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais. The Gunflint Tavern is your next door neighbor, and all of the other restaurants are a stones throw away. But seclude yourself if the eclectic backyard with your own fire, and a bottle of wine:)

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Ok, folks... This place is exactly how your flat would be if you were as hip as you wanted to be. It is perfect--funky and comfortable with a stack of albums that will make you want to stay in and spin them all night. We visited Grand Marais and stayed in this little slice of perfection on an unseasonably warm November weekend. It was amazing to wake up with the sun streaming in the window and see the lake just across the street. And the bed was super comfortable. The flat is perfect situated in this amazingly charming town; right on the main drag between a tavern with good food and a Ben Franklin that is way cooler than anyone expects a Ben Franklin to be. And the very best part of the whole deal was that we could bring our canine companion with us. It is a rare and wonderful thing, as most dog owners know. Joel was a great host. Communicated exactly what we needed in a timely manner. He happened to be in town the same weekend and we had a brief meeting and he seemed to be a lovely person. I would recommend staying at the artist loft without hesitation. It was a truly wonder weekend and we are looking forward to going back.”
Nov 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Artist Loft-Downtown Grand Marais-This Winter book 2 nights, 3rd nights free
average rating of 4.847826 based on 48 reviews

Artist Loft I Grand Marais

  • 5 of 5

This was a great location for people watching with coffee or cocktail in hand right out front window. This place is nicely decorated with all amenities you would need, plus. It was fun to have a turn table with records to choose from. We had the gunflint restaurant/bar next to Artist loft that had spectacular views from the rooftop bar. Beautiful area and close to gunflint trail. We saw a beer crossing the road, went fishing and grouse hunting. Just had an enjoyable time thanks to location and very comfortable beds. Will have to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

Artists Loft was a breath of fresh air to stay in. Decorated in bright colors with tons of personality. The living room windows look out over the main street and just beyond, you can see beautiful Lake Superior. The beds are so comfy with quilts and soft pillows, you never want to get up. The kitchen is well equipped with anything you might need and the private back yard patio area is fantastic. In the living area, there's a record player with many albums you just can't wait to spin. We played Grease and Journey like we were back in high school!

This funky flat offers everything you need for a wonderful stay. Perfectly located to walk anywhere in Grand Marais and right next door to restaurant/pub.

Would highly recommend.


  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jyl! Isn't vinyl the best?? :) We love that you appreciate how unique the space is, please come back soon!!
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Whimsical gem of the north shore!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful whimsical stay with attentive and kind owners! Loved the vinyl and feeling like we owned a prime special spot on superior for a few days! Great central location, you can walk to everything! Felt like home.

Unfortunately, there was a few nights of loud bar goers until bar close and front sidewalk smokers, we could smell and hear it all night!

Didn't anticipate the 'night life'.

Still loved every minute ! Would stay again for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Marais Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay in Grand Marais! Great location, walking distance to all the fun shops and restaurants! Beautiful view from the front window! Loved Voyageur Brew Pub and Hughies Tacos

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and we're so happy you had a great stay, please come back soon!!
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Excellent apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This Grand Marias apartment has it all... it is unique,VERY clean, well equipped and location, location, location!! The owner is very responsive to any inquiries. We would stay here again whenever we vacation in Grand Marias!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, we loved having you all:) PLEASE come back soon!! Be well. Joel & Amy
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Best kept secret

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have been doing a getaway up north for years, but this is the first place that has seen us a second time, with the promise to return again and again. We absolutely love the convenience to everything, the sounds of the's a home away from home. Despite being in the heart of GM, it is secluded and private. Our best memories on these trips have been had here. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall...this is the most wonderful place to cozy up and get off the grid for a minute. I hate to post this, because good press is only going to make it harder for us to get a reservation. ;-)

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Henni! We absolutely love having you guys up to The Artist Loft each year! Keep coming!! And thanks for the great note:)
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Rates & Availability

Grand Marais House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jan 2 2017 - May 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
4th of July
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fishermans Picnic
Aug 3 2017 - Aug 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.88%

For the "One Night Free Winter Promotion", please send me the dates via email and I will send you a custom quote reflecting the discount!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Grand Marais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Old style clawfoot tub. Note that the tub is up on a small pedestal, so it may be tricky for older people to climb in and out.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen Pillowtop Bed in Master Bedroom, Queen Pillowtop Bed in 2nd bedroom. Swing out single sofa bed in Living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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