The Lighthouse. Affordable and Unique Lodging Overlooking the Harbor.
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- Minimum stay:2-5 nights
- Property type:Studio
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
The 'Lighthouse' is a special lodging overlooking the town and harbor of Grand Marais from it's center. You are right in the heart of town within a block of everything- yet comfortably removed when you need a breather. You can sit up in bed and view the harbor and the big lake beyond. Your own private parking leads to the stairway that takes you up to the Lighthouse. The view of the old harbor from the balcony is stunning. There is a wrought iron table and chairs on the balcony for relaxing. Inside the Lighthouse you will find a queen bed, tile shower and bathroom, galley kitchen, custom dining table for two, LCD TV with satalite TV and blueray. The bed is set at an angle and faces southeast to capture the views of the harbor in the morning through large windows. There are transom windows around the perimeter of the apartment so that if you stand in the center you have a 360 degree view of the sky. Notice how it changes as the day progresses. Observe the color differences around sunset or early in the morning as the Great Lake passes through it's moods. The ceiling is very high and is vaulted and timberframed with unique 'Dragon Beams' from local timberframe artisans. Topping the lighthouse is an octagonal cupola that lets light in all day and moonlight at night. And on top of the cuppola is a custom copper ball, in keeping with the lighthouses of the North Shore. An antique ship's light occupies the cuppola and can guide you as you walk home after a night of festivities in the town. Seagulls are your companions and you may hear their webby feet tapping on the roof in the morning. Watch the fog roll in and out from your bed while you drink your morning coffee, and listen to the strains of local live music as the town celebrates the short summers at night. The gally kitchen is small but thoroughly modern with all the necessities. The Lighthouse is above the 'North Shore Fisherman's Cabin', a restored historic log home (VRBO# 405338) and is next door to the 'Writer's Cabin' (VRBO# 452067) and 'The Boathouse' a recently constructed timberframe home that is the residence of the owners. You are always welcome to drop in to the Boathouse and see what project is under way. Currently the owner is building an Alaskan skiff. If you are traveling with a large group, consider including the neighboring Fisherman's and Writer's cabins which share the property. There is capacity for a group of 12 or so if you rent all the cabins. You can get the whole family reunion or wedding group on one site! The Lighthouse is known for it's inspiring charm. There have been plays and musicals written here, a handfull of proposals, and a good number of honeymoons. Come share the fantastic energy that is The Lighthouse.
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Member since: 2012
- On floor 2
- 256 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- Studio apartment with 1 queen bed.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
- Lake View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 3 people
- Towels Provided
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Holiday Season 2016-2017
Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
Spring season 2017
May 12 - Jun 8, 2017
2 night min stay
High Season 2017
Jun 9 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
July 4th Weekend
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
5 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
High Season 2 2017
Jul 7 - Oct 22, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 11.875%
Rate includes two adults. An additional person other than an infant is not recommended. There are no sleeping accomdations for more than two. Sorry, no pets in this one, if you have pets consider our other rentals "The Writer's Cabin" and the "Fishermans Cabin". Thanks. Complete refund if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival minus any credit card fees. Thanks!
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: The owners and managers of the Lighthouse 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 and currently serves on the Planning and Zoning board. He is also active in community projects with area youth and currently serves on the Planning Commission. 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. Susans interests include gardening, thrift store exploring, and cooking. They both love to travel and learn.
Why the Owner Chose Grand Marais, MN, USA:
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 belive 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
This is a great location for the summer festivals fall leaf looking, and winter get always. Music and art seem to permeate the town and strains of music can be heard most times of the day and in to the evening in the summer. Artists are plying their wares in many shops. There is always 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. Not only is the Lighthouse charming, It is a cleverly designed lodging- and has been praised by a notable architect guest for it's creative use of geometry, timberframing, and blend of luxurious appointments while retaining economy of space.
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Enjoy stunning views from you private room overlooking the harbor and town.
Unique dining with thick beech slab set at angle. Fantastic views of the harbor.
Watch the sailboats in the harbor from your solid beech table.
Balcony view looking west at the Gunflint Trail. Dramatic evening sunsets.
New queen bed with sit up view of the harbor. Timber framed ceiling with cupola.
Modern micro kitchen with microwave, two burner hot plate, fridge, coffee maker.
The view looking up at the cupola. Every view is an inspiration.
Tile corner shower, the glass door is on order and there is still some trim work
Detail showing the Cupola, and the timberframe with hand carved bosspin.
The always changing moods of the Big Lake.
We include an onsite guide to many of our favorite 'secret' places.
The historic Grand Marais lighthouse- our inspiration.
View from the back looking toward the lake. The stairs lead you up.
Angles and architectural details are the theme at the Lighthouse.
Balcony view looking toward the harbor. Watch beautiful sunrises and moonrises.
New queen bed. Reading lights, dresser to left, bath to right.
Kitchen is well stocked with all pots, pans, utensiles, dishes. Solid beech top.
Sunsets create great light play in the Lighthouse.
Bath vanity with antique med. cabinet and waterfall faucet. Trim not done.
Efficient and modern. Very private.
Great art galleries in walking distance. Fantastic local music scene.
One of our super secret spots. Hidden deep in the forest. Perfect for a hot day.
The Harbor is just a few steps away, this picture is in late fall, before snow.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016
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