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The most centrally located Vacation Rental in Duluth!

East Hillside, Duluth, MN, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights

Quiet neighborhood with large house to use while you explore nature!

Urban Silent Sports Retreat is a house built in 1908 that is centrally located a mile up from beautiful Lake Superior. This spacious three bedroom, two bathroom house with full unfinished basement and attached garage has plenty of safe storage for your bicycles, Nordic skis, canoe's and kayaks! Basement is set up for waxing your Nordic skis and we have some bikes and Nordic skis available for renters.

If you are looking for posh, planning to party, smoke at all, do drugs or drink excessively, you'll have to find a different place to rent.

If you want a very quiet house in a nice established neighborhood to use as your home base while you paddle the rivers, bike, run, hike or ski the trails of Outdoor Magazine's top outside town, this is your place!

Home, with much of it's original woodwork, is located less than a mile from Chester Bowl and Bagley which have both running and Nordic ski trails. Piedmont, Lester, and Hartley are within a few miles of the home and have Mountain bike trails, running, and Nordic skiing. Spirit Mountain, Jay Cooke State Park, and more are within 30 minutes of the retreat!

Your hosts spend most of their free time on the numerous trails and bodies of water in the area and would love to share their knowledge with you to help you plan your excursions!

Limit of 7 people, pets only upon approval in special cases with additional deposit and fee.

Rates vary depending upon time of year, call for details.

Discounts given to certain Silent Sports groups and retired folks who want to play in this ginormous playground of Duluth.

Because this is located in a well established residential area, quiet renters are required and this will be enforced by immediate removal if violated.

Our home is a safe, secure, licensed rental PL-14-055 Per the city of Duluth 5 night minimum from June 15th through September 14th, 2 night from September 15th to June 14th, this is not always correctly reflected by VRBO so we apologize!

Check in is prior to 7pm and if we are vacant prior to your stay, we welcome you as early as 10am! We also allow you to stay as late as you like on the day you depart if we don't have renters after you!


Eve Graves

Member Since 2014
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Eve Graves

We are both avid Silent Sports Enthusiasts who enjoy this magnificent outdoor playground of Duluth on a daily basis. Eve is originally from Southern Wisconsin and a huge Badger and Packer fan. Wayne is from the Proctor area which is just outside of Duluth. We Mountain bike, road bike, paddle, run, row, Nordic ski and do anything else that is silently powered by us in the outdoors on a daily basis. Eve has written articles for Silent Sports Magazine for the past twelve years along with blogging on Northlandrunner. In addition, she has been the top ski trail reporter for Skinnyski for the past few years! Wayne has been working for Super One stores for thirty years and enjoys his job! Eve who was formerly a teacher and accountant, now coaches adults who are beginners and those who like to go slowly in running roads, trails, and Nordic skiing. Both Eve and Wayne officiate at the state Nordic and Cross Country meets along with volunteering for all of Grandma's events. Eve also times a lot of silent sports events, takes photos at many of them, and puts a few on.

Eve Graves purchased this House in 2004

Why Eve Graves chose East Hillside

We lived here until recently when we moved ten miles away to be able to walk out the front door and into several parks, the Superior Hiking Trail, and have some land.

What makes this House unique

This property is centrally located and has safe indoor storage for all those Silent Sports toys along with a waxing area and bench for Nordic skis. UMD, St. Scholastica, Chester Bowl, Bagley and Lake Superior are all within a mile of this house! Our website details how close we are to so many other outdoor playgrounds!


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 bunk bed, Bunk bed has new double on the bottom and single on the top
      • Bedroom 2
        1 sleep sofa /futon, This is a double futon and we added another mattress to it.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, Scene from a movie filmed in this bedroom!
      • There is a sectional couch, a regular couch and one futon that makes into a queen bed in the living room area.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Very large bathroom with sliding glass shower door.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Basement has a sink too.
      • Basement bathroom is where the 'pink throne' is located. This is an unfinished basement.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          With only a mile between you and the cleanest great lake, you have a partial view from one of the bedrooms.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Window AC can be provided upon early request prior to check in.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      We have extra bikes and Nordic skis if you request them early.
                    • Garage
                      There is an attached garage for one car and toys. This is a deep garage. We do not want any motorized toys other than cars in this garage.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas heat
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      There is a living room with a sectional, in the 'dining/living room' there is a futon and a couch.
                    • Parking
                      There is one spot outside the garage in addition to inside. Street parking available on 11th Street, there is NO parking on 10th Avenue East in front of the house, you will be ticketed.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Included and we even have a vacuum cleaner!
                        • Kitchen
                          Large kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, full refrigerator, freezer, gas stove, oven, dishes, pots/pans, etc all provided. You are responsible for washing dishes.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          yes, gas
                        • Pantry Items
                          You are welcome to eat what you find! We only have what is leftover from other guests...
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full refrigerator with top freezer
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove and oven
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              There is a formal dining room area that is large. There are some chairs and more can be provided if needed.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  We have a wide variety of books and our magazines include Silent Sports, Trail Runner, and others like that!
                                • DVD Player
                                  We have a TON of DVD's and VHS tapes!
                                • Games
                                  We have lots of board games available !
                                • Stereo
                                  Portable radios/boom box need to be kept inside and at low levels at all times.
                                • Television
                                  You will be outdoors enjoying our playground so we only have a DTV box hooked up to the tv for local stations and a VHS and DVD player.
                                • Toys
                                  Our toys are all bikes, skis, etc. We do have some toys for toddlers too!


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Upon request...limited sizes.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There are two decks. We do not provide any outdoor furniture because we prefer you do outdoor socializing at the parks. The houses are too close together.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      We do have one canoe we could loan you if you wanted!
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Yes we have a lawn, we ask that you do your outdoor socializing at the local parks due to the close proximity of the neighbors.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      We can provide some Nordic skis upon early request...limited sizes.
                                    • Tennis
                                      We have many racquets we can provide upon request.


                                        • Senior Adults Only Community
                                          We welcome seniors!!
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          I apologize, however, the bathrooms are upstairs and downstairs.


                                            • marina
                                            • churches
                                            • duty free shops
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • cinemas
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • water parks
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • photography
                                                • 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

                                                        • rafting
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • parasailing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • racquetball
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • snowboarding
                                                        • snowmobiling
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Our home is geared to those who are quiet, Silent Sports lovers. Ask about discounts for hikers, paddlers, bicyclists, runners, and Nordic skiers! We would love to help you plan your Duluth vacation by giving you information about our local trails, waterfalls, and more!

                                                              22 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Weekend get away

                                                              Justin M.

                                                              Very clean, and lots of space

                                                              Just as described!

                                                              Heidi P.Montrose mn

                                                              Great people with a great property!

                                                              Clean, comfortable, and friendly.

                                                              Shawna M.

                                                              We enjoyed the fact that it was centrally located to a lot of the downtown attractions we were looking to go to. But it was quiet when we needed to get away.

                                                              Great place for the price!

                                                              Seth H.

                                                              With all Duluth and the surrounding area has to offer we were out for most of the days, but the house was great to come home to. There was plenty of room for our family and friends, not to mention it's always fun to dive into the old VHS collection.

                                                              Great place to stay -- very accommodating & responsive owner

                                                              Ben H.

                                                              The best part about our stay at this property was the accommodating owner. Before the stay she was very responsive to emails and helped me get it booked. Then on our drive up she made sure she would be there when we arrived to meet us. She did a great job of showing us the place and suggesting places in the area to visit. After we left, she told us that we left a pillow at the property and she actively reached out to make arrangements to get it to us. Overall great experience!

                                                              Excellent location for outdoor activities

                                                              Junia M.

                                                              House was adequate for our needs. It is an older home but location was great for the outdoor activities we wanted to participate in during our stay. We did not want fancy or pricey so it was fine. Owner was extremely accommodating in providing information on outdoor activities and locations to see. Providing GPS coordinates or addresses in her book filled with information on trails, restaurants etc. would help us not have to rely on her so much for directions Place is good for the price as you have a kitchen to use and enough beds for a family of 5. Basic supplies and cooking equipment is in the home but you may need to buy some things not provided like foil. There were linens, trash bags, sandwich bags, laundry and dish soap etc. Linens were on beds but extra linens were balled up in cabinet. Floors upstairs are very creaky but not a problem if all sleeping at the same time. Our cell phones worked so we could stream WI Fi to other devices from our cell phones. Older movies and games are available some on VHS for viewing which was nice to have available. A dishwasher would be an added plus as it is not provided currently. We enjoyed our stay. We only wish weather would have been better, as we had a lot of rain the week we stayed. Enjoyed our hikes anyway as owner was able to suggest which places were better for the weather on that day. She was very accommodating and quick to answer questions by text.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We spent quite a bit of time helping these guests with their vacation, at least 2 calls per day. They had an additional 10% discount on top of our already lower than most licensed rentals prices too. Information was provided to the guests several times via email prior to the trip so that websites and addresses that were not in the book could be looked up and located. Many of the trails do not have an address, we just know how to give directions to them. As stated in our description, we only provide laundry soap and trash bags, no paper towels, tin foil, etc as we try to be nice to the earth. Linens and blankets are stored all over and often guests move them around, it is tough to make sure it is folded neatly each time a guest checks in as there are so many extras. In order to save guests an expensive cleaning fee as many others charge, my husband cleans and he sometimes forgets to check on the neatness of the sheets that are in storage. We have quite a selection of VHS and DVD's along with two of each player, many are new movies some are older too and we find many enjoy the oldies! We are a low tech home, no Wifi or cable, just loads of games, books, magazines, and movies. The dishwasher is always you...those can probably be found in the fancy homes that charge quite a bit more. We lived there for ten years without one! Floors do creak in a home that is almost 110 years old!


                                                              East Hillside, Duluth, MN, USA

                                                              Silent Sports lovers will have a plethora of magnificent mostly free trails and lakes to explore less than a mile to 30 minutes away. With a safe indoor attached garage and basement to store all of your silent sports toys in, you can easily explore on foot, bike, canoe in the summer and Nordic skis in the winter! Waxing bench, extra bikes and skis available upon request. See website for more information. 2 night minimum set by the city from Sept 15th to June 14th 5 night minimum from June 15th to Sept 14th

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              We require a 60 day notice to refund the deposit and have discounts for those heading to Duluth to run, hike, Nordic ski, bicycle, or paddle!! For special event weekends such as Grandma's, Tall Ships, Memorial Day weekend, etc. Payment in full right away and no refunds. Big discounts for retired folks too!! Check in 4pm Check out 10 am unless it is empty prior or after.

                                                              22 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.6/5
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