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An Inspiring Place, Near Grand Marais

(36 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Bungalow
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

One bedroom, One bath, 3 night minimum, 3 person maximum

Casa Whimsey is just ten minutes from Grand Marais, nestled into the woodsy ridgeline, at the end of a residential neighborhood. The front of the house overlooks bountiful flower gardens, while the bedroom and screen porch reveal an elaborate view of the boreal forest and bog: headwaters of Rosebush Creek and home to moose, bear, ravens, bald eagles, wolves, pine martens, and chipmunks. Zillions of peepers serenade May-June.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Bungalow
  • 768 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be 21 years or older...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom : 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    one bedroom with queen bed, and twin daybed in living room...moreless

  • Small bedroom overlooks the wilderness, and big sky view for star gazing! There is a curtain separating this from the rest of the living area (no door)....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    It's a small bathroom but the shower stall is 45'' wide....moreless


  • Books:

    a few coffee table books, and local interest books....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blue Ray wireless player. Stream internet movies Netflix, Hulu, You Tube, etc.......moreless

  • Music Library:

    many CDs to choose from- mostly bluesy jazzy...moreless

  • Stereo:

    very simple cd player and radio...moreless

  • Television:

    44" flat screen, with Blue Ray player with wireless internet connection streaming sites like Netflix, You-Tube, Hulu, and more....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Brand New FREE High Speed Streaming services!!! Old fashioned renting: Super America or the Red Box at the Holiday Station, or get them at the local library....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    woodsy setting overlooking a boreal forest and bog...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Heating:

    electric baseboard, and a vented wall propane heater in living room. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    NEW!!!! High Speed Internet Via Broadband Wireless. We also added a 44" screen tv to stream you tube, netflix, hulu, etc........moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    drip coffee maker and coffee grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of fiesta ware, cups,glasses, cuttlery, ...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt pepper, sugar, and most baking spices and powders available...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened porch fun for coffee on the north, sunny deck overlooking sculptures and flower gardens on south entrance....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    beautiful flower gardens to make a bouquet, or sample herbs for tea or culinary uses....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    byo charcoal, or there may be some leftovers by the entry door. NEW: have a rustic camp fire in new fire pit!...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 36 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $60 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12.375%


We sometimes bend the "three person maximum" rule to accommodate a small child at a nominal surcharge. Please arrange with us in advance, and we will consider your request.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
3.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gunflint Tavern
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
Superior National
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 61
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Angry Trout
4 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Located just 3-1/2 miles from the artsy, hip town of Grand Marais, Casa Whimsey has easy access to everything. Hiking trails and lakes and streams for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and boating abound in all directions. From Whimsey a person can easily find themselves immersed in a pristine wilderness setting, and in a short time be listening to live music at a local pub, enthralled in a world class art gallery, strolling through one of the many unique gift shops, or dining in one of Grand Marais' excellent restaurants.

Some things you should know:

Case Whimsey is located at the end of a residential neighborhood. It is generally peaceful and very private, with a panoramic view of gardens and forest. The "people neighbors" will leave you alone, but you may hear mowers or kids playing. The "furred neighbors" include coyote, timber wolf, moose, fox, and bear. Although you'd have to be really lucky to see any of these wild guys, you have a good chance of hearing the yip of coyotes.

coming from the southwest:

follow hwy 61 past the Cascade River rest stop 1.8 miles to Pike Lake Road/Co Rd 7.

Drive 5.6 miles and go north/left on Co.Rd 6

Drive 1.1 miles and turn right on Brandon Lane

Take a short drive to end of Brandon Lane, #101

(last driveway on left, bright blue house=Whimsey)

to Grand Marais from Casa Whimsey:

Down Brandon Lane, left on Co. 6 for 1.1 miles,

left on Co Rd 7 for 2.5 miles to the Gunflint Trail, turn right into town.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1991

About the owner: John Gruber and Liz Sivertson are your hosts. John is a landscaper and carpenter, and dad of two tall children. Liz is an artist known mainly for her painted depictions of woodland animals, and the local characters in this unique Northern environment. Casa Whimsey was first built as an art studio in 1991, and over the years became Liz's primary residence. In 2004 Liz and John joined forces, when John added plumbing and a bedroom, and the place has evolved continually into the colorful homestead that it is today. In recent years John and Liz have moved to a bigger home to accommodate their ever-changing interests, making Casa Whimsey available for rent.

Why the Owner Chose Grand Marais, MN, USA:
Grand Marais is more than just a quaint fishing village situated on the most picturesque harbor on Lake Superior. As Howard Sivertson aptly puts it, 'Grand Marais is the Culture Capital of the Wilderness'. About 65 years ago, painter Birney Quick started the Grand Marais Art Colony, inviting artists into the town from Minneapolis and St. Paul. World class jazz piano man, Frank Gillis, soon followed Birney with an entourage of jazz musicians flowing in from other places, too. Those guys got the culture really sizzling, and it hasn't simmered down since. At Casa Whimsey a colorful array of walls humbly present artwork by artists Howard Sivertson, Jan Sivertson, Liz Sivertson, Betsy Bowen, Joyce Klees, Marce Wood, Tom McCann, David Gilsvik, Dan and Lee Ross, Kari Vick, Sterling Rathsack, Kat Corrigan and Noah Prinsen, (to name-drop a few). A variety of home grown and lively music can be heard in o'er county, almost nightly! Now with the North House Folk School, and the amazing new facility at the YMCA, this place really inspires and nurtures the creative spirit, even when it's cold outside.

The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
Casa Whimsey is only 3.5 miles from the hip and arty fishing village of Grand Marais. Live music, wonderful restaurants, and live theatre makes Grand Marais the 'Culture Capitol of the Wilderness'. Star gaze from your bed after a day of kayaking on one of the many small nearby lakes, or on primo Lake Superior. Casa Whimsey overlooks a boreal bog, the headwaters of Rose Bush Creek, and bizzillions of peepers (frogs) serenade May and June. The living room includes a daybed (twin), upright piano, and shakers for music makers, a vintage big-butt TV for watching DVDS (no TV connection), cozy couch, mirror ball/spot light, and classical guitar. Fresh chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender and a variety of mints right outside the door, handy for you to clip and use in your culinary inventions. Also out front, and you don't have to like mosaic sculptures or colorful blooms, but it sure helps. The screen porch is stellar, especially for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • Casa Whimsey

    Casa Whimsey

  • concrete creations among the chives

    concrete creations among the chives

  • Make your own bouquet!

    Make your own bouquet!

  • coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, crock pot, blender, microwave......

    coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, crock pot, blender, microwave......

  • living room has a twin bed

    living room has a twin bed

  • Casa Whimsey!

    Casa Whimsey!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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