|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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 price varies by the number of guests: $320/night plus 7% for 1-2 people; $420/night plus 7% for 3-4 people. All payments non-refundable. For payment methods, contact owner.
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). Each of these "wings" has a bathroom on the main level. 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 black 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 three 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 and can be seen one house to the other from some but not all windows.
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
Highlights of 110 Stonegate, Hovland
• directly on Lake Superior (no road to cross)
• accessible shorelines, private to each building
• wildlife: birds, maybe otters
• wide lake vistas, dark skies for planets, stars, Andromeda galaxy, sometimes Moon, sometimes Northern Lights
• quiet (off of Highway 61 and then off of Chicago Bay Road)
• very wooded behind and alongside
What is Near
• Hovland. Chicago Bay Marketplace (nickname is Lisa’s) makes great pizzas, soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. Has wi-fi and pay phone. Open long hours Mon-Sat, closed Sundays
• Judge Magney State Park. Hiking to waterfalls and along river, 4-5 miles to the west.
• Naniboujou—restaurant (esp. for afternoon tea/Sunday brunch) in an amazing room. About 4 miles to the west.
• Kadunce Wayside. Nice hikes and lake stroll, 10 miles to the east.
• Grand Marais. Restaurants etc., 17-18 miles to the west. Library and Java Moose have wi-fi, most cell phones work here.
• Grand Portage. Gas station superstore, views of Isle Royale, and the National Monument and Stockade structures which reflect/recreate the 1790’s up here. Hike the original, authentic Voyageurs’ portage, for 10 minutes up to two days, other hikes, casino. Beyond here is Grand Portage State Park with short walk to the biggest waterfall on the North Shore. All this is 17-18 miles to the east.
• BWCA. It starts where the Arrowhead trail ends, c. 17 miles to the north.
• In other words, we’re 17-18 miles from the Canadian border to both the North and the East.
• screen for DVDs only
• shared land line for Hovland calls only. No wifi or cell coverage.
• house built in 2009-10 with all local stone, Midwest birch (and birch furniture); only the granite countertops are from afar. No ureas or formaldehyde or other construction chemicals, low/no VOC paints.
• about 2000 sq. feet, designed for privacy with two “wings” kitty-corner to the Great Room
• linens, paper products, coffee/coffeemaker there
• fire pit and supplies—for use on back patio only
• shared landline for Hovland calls only. No wifi or cell coverage.
• house built in 1990s with Western cedar and stone siding, variety of interior woods.
• about 1000 sq. feet of living space. Garage is 100% clean, having never had a vehicle in it.
• lofty vistas, views of Main House only from two windows
• all linens, paper products, coffee/coffeemaker there.
• Weber grill and supplies—for use on driveway and shoreline only
• no swimming in Lake Superior (the cold can stop your heart!)
• no shoes allowed inside—you may want to bring slip-ons/slippers for inside
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.
The Owner purchased this house in 2008
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 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!
My family and I have rented this property two years in a row during the summer and have absolutely enjoyed our stay each time. If your idea of rest and relaxation is completely disconnecting yourself from your phone and computer, and connecting with surroundings and nature, then this is most definitely the place to be. Every room in this house has a view of Lake Superior, with the dining and living room have floor to ceiling windows that allow you to take in the beauty of Lake Superior all day long. In the Master bedroom, you can lie on the bed, open the windows and hear the waves crashing onto the rocks on the shoreline.
There is a guesthouse on the property, but the two times that we have been there, we have never been encountered the other party except in the driveway. Otherwise, our time was either spent on the rocks on the shore, or around the fire pit by the house.
On the shoreline, there are lots of large, flat rocks where we've brought along inflatable camping mattresses to relax by the water to read, listen to the waves, watch people fishing off in the distance, and on occasion, an otter or two.
The house is extremely private. The guesthouse shoreline is around the other side and not visible, unless you walk in that direction. The neighboring house is a good 50-75 yards the other direction, and again not visible unless you walk a ways and look for it. Other than the waves, it's super quiet which is exactly what we look for. There is a convenient store off of Hwy 61 which is great for grabbing necessities. Otherwise, Grand Marais is only 20 minutes away.
The house, as you can see in the photos are what I would call "contemporary cabin." It's a contrast of nature consisting of birch furniture, and the modern clean lines of Room & Board furniture - uncluttered and clean. The furniture is comfortable - not overstuffed. There are board games, a TV (if you really need it) and plenty of books to read.
All in all, this house was truly an amazing find. We were desperate to find a place to rent when we were initially looking for a house. We knew we wanted something special - not just your typical woodsy cabin. We like our modern conveniences but wanted something unique. This fit the bill perfectly. While Hovland might be a little further out - it's past all of the tourist spots along the North Shore, which makes it perfect for unwinding and absorbing all of the breathtaking beauty that is Lake Superior.
Nature, Stargazing, Snowshoeing
Chicago Bay Marketplace. Mon-Sat early and late. Pizza, sandwiches, friendly roadhouse, wi-fi.
Russian clothing store? May be open. Highway 61/Chicago Bay Road (east).
Fur, baskets, glove store? May be open. Highway 61/Chicago Bay Road (west).
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest|