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The Artist Loft @ The Mayhew Inn. Downtown, walk to all restaurants and shops!

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms + 1 bath. Overlooks Grand Marais Harbor. An unmatched view!!

Stay at the "Artist Loft" part of the all new Mayhew Inn. Right on Main St, in the heart of downtown Grand Marais! The best views of the Harbor in all of downtown.

The 6 individual units that make up The Mayhew Inn are individually, uniquely designed. Add to that, common spaces that can be shared with larger groups, or experienced alone. A common Lobby space with a fireplace, turntables with records, the Dragon Lounge that faces the new outdoor fireplace and pizza oven with sliding windows and an outdoor bar can all be experience outside of your own rental well as rooftop decks with the best harbor views in town!! Gas and charcoal grills to enjoy and dine in our outdoor spaces.

Also, you will be able to book the entire property for weddings, or any other events!

With its incomparable view of the Harbor, Sailboats, Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station. The view is what it is all about!

The Artist Left is the 2nd floor above the Storefront Vacation Rental. Ask about renting multiple units together to accommodate larger groups.

The Artist Loft is right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais on beautiful Harbor Park. It's eclectic design and views give it an incredible cozy feel. 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 Storefront to experience all that downtown has to footsteps out the front door.

The Artist Loft has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Even though The Mayhew Innis right downtown on the harbor front, it is graced with a gorgeous secluded backyard courtyard areas, rooftop decks with breathtaking views. Cook in with our fully equipped kitchen or hit several of our fabulous restaurants all within walking distance. Your own private campfires in the backyard at night, and watch the stars to wind down your evening.

In the evening, step next door to the Gunflint Tavern and enjoy a microbrew 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. 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 pm.

Wake with the gulls in the morning sun and enjoy the quiet solitude of downtown as it gently comes to life. Stroll to the Crooked Spoon Restaurant, Angry Trout Cafe, Harbor House Restaurant, Voyageur Brewing Taproom and grab breakfast at the Blue Water Cafe for breakfast. All short walks. You have it ALL at The Artist Loft!

The thing to remember about The Mayhew Inn 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 The Artist Loft and The Storefront, and the rest of The Mayhew Inn:

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 and 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 as you gaze out the windows and still see fishing boats and sailboats bobbing in the breezes.

Come share the Magic!

More Details

Amy Hinger
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Amy Hinger

Hi there! Our names are Amy, Joel and our son Max. 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.

Amy Hinger purchased this house in 2015

Why Amy Hinger chose Grand Marais

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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Grand Marais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • 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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • 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


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The Artist Loft @ The Mayhew Inn. Downtown, walk to all restaurants and shops!
average rating of 4.85 based on 62 reviews

Perfect place to stay in Grand Marais!

  • 5 of 5

Friendly and helpful owners. Excellent location- great view and walkable to all the sites in Grand Marais. Fun space.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little getaway... location couldn't be better... everything you need waiting for you!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great wkend.. celebrated my 40th with great cooking, couldn't have asked for anything more in the kitchen!!! Enjoyed a fire in the backyard, music right next door... this is a cute little studio that makes you feel comfortable and right at home !!! Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quirky, Cozy, Interesting, Inviting, Comfortable, Fab Views

  • 5 of 5

They got all the Important Stuff right! Let's start with the location. Let's add the world of Grand Marais out the front door......or just sit inside and VIEW the world of Grand Marais and the marina, people, boats, Lake Superior. Or if you want to cozy up around the fire pit you can head out the back to the quirky patio. There aren't many spots like this being offered in the generic world of safe, white walls and "cookie-cutter" decorating. If you like minimalist, you might want to look elsewhere. Our mother, daughter, granddaughter trio (plus French Bulldog, Omelette) LOVED it!

Kathy of Lilydale

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location. . . with loads of character!

  • 5 of 5

The Artist's Loft was as immaculate as it was comfortable. The location is the best - we were able to walk to plenty of restaurants , walking paths and shops - but the Loft was well set up for staying home and cooking in too. Smore making on the fire pit out back was a hit with the family. It was a great weekend escape from the Twin Cities and a perfect introduction to "up North" for Atlanta transplants like us.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Love staying here. After the long drive, it's so nice to spend a couple of days on your feet. It's our residence for our annual girls weekend away. No other place has compared.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Great unique property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Fun and interesting place to stay right in the heart of Grand Marais. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.38%

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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