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The Lighthouse. Affordable and unique lodging overlooking the harbor.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
studio
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

2nd floor Studio lodging close to everything.

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.


Owner
Todd and Susan Miller
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Todd and Susan Miller

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.

Todd and Susan Miller purchased this studio in 2003

Why Todd and Susan Miller chose Northeast

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.

What makes this studio unique

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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

The Lighthouse. Affordable and unique lodging overlooking the harbor.
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews
5

Cozy Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our newborn right after Christmas and it was such a wonderful experience. The space is functional and cozy, especially during a snowy winter week. It's easy to walk to the main stores and restaurants in Grand Marais and has a great view of the lake. We only wished there would have been a snow storm during our stay since it's a great place to watch the weather and hibernate. We would recommend this place to any couple looking for a fun getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect for a quiet getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The lighthouse is simply wonderful. Beautiful craftsmanship and a gorgeous view makes this place amazing. The location is great and easy to access. The owners are wonderful and provide everything you need, including information on things to do in the area. We would love to stay at the lighthouse again and again. We would highly recommend the lighthouse to anyone visiting the area!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you thank you thank you!
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5

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time! The place was beautiful and cozy. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Nice meeting you two.
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Madison, WI
5

beauty and comfort

  • 5 of 5

The Lighthouse is indeed unique. With wonderful views of the Grand Marais harbor, excellent for sunrise and sunset alike, this charming accommodation provides beauty inside as well. The warmth of wood and the openness of a high cupola (with a "lighthouse" lamp!) create a sense of spacious and pleasing surroundings in a very compact room. I stayed here over a week in mid-October, enjoying a course at the North House Folk School, days of hiking, and the pleasure of returning to this space as my home base. The kitchen area offers all one needs for breakfasts and simple meals, and the shower and bathroom are an imaginative and very private use of a small space. The unit is on the second floor, reached by an external staircase, and the outdoors balcony area with a table and chairs expands the living area and offers more views. The Lighthouse is best for a solo traveler or a couple. This past summer I stayed in the Writer's Cabin on the same property and found that also pleasant and well furnished, with more room but less "magic." The owners are most gracious, friendly and helpful yet respectful of a need for solitude if that is what you come to the North Shore for. I already look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such an informative and insightful review. We love having you, and thanks for the amazing chocolates! Cheers! Todd and Susan.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
5

Perfect rental in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

The location and quality of this rental are top notch. It's a fantastic place to walk into town from, or to have as a base camp for hiking excursions. And, if it rains, rent a RedBox movie in town and have a great spot to hang out. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheers! Thanks for staying with us. See you nest time.
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5

Excellent!!!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent! Great communication. Responded promptly to questions we had. Unit was super clean. Had everything we needed. We appreciated the many small details they put into making our stay smooth. For instance; fresh flowers on the table, a packet containing information about local restaurant/businesses and reading lights in very handy places, just to name a few. Can't wait to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Map

Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Many choices
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Grand Marais Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring season 2017
May 12 2017 - Jun 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
$149
From
$164
Fri,Sat
$894
$3,400
 
 
High Season 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$159
From
$179
Fri,Sat
$1,013
$4,052
 
 
July 4th Weekend
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
$179
 
 
High Season 2 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Oct 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$159
From
$179
Fri,Sat
$1,013
$4,052
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$98
From
$129
Fri,Sat
$588
$2,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.88%

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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Amenities

Grand Marais Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 256 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Studio apartment with 1 queen bed.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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