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Urban Silent Sports Retreat

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Last updated: 02/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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.
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
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/15/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum of 21 years of age to rent...moreless

  • Senior Adults Only Community:

    We welcome seniors!! Discounts will be given to Retired Silent Sports folks!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    We will immediately remove anyone who is smoking on the property or anywhere outside the property and comes back into it. We do not want anyone who has done any smoking on our property or elsewhere at any time....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets must be pre approved PRIOR to bringing them. They need to be with the owner anytime you leave the house. There will be an additional deposit for pets. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    I apologize, however, the bathrooms are upstairs and downstairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 bunk bed

    Bunk bed has a double on the bottom and single on the top...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    This is a double futon...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Scene from a movie filmed in this bedroom!...moreless

  • There is a sectional couch, a regular couch and one futon that makes into a queen bed in the living room area....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Very large bathroom with sliding glass shower door. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    The basement bathroom has shower upon early request....moreless

  • Basement bathroom is where the 'pink throne' is located. There is a shower in the room that was a sauna. We can make it useable should your group need it and we are given plenty of lead time. This is an unfinished basement....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our home is geared to those who are quiet, Silent Sports lovers. Ask about discounts for hikers, paddlers, bicyclists, runners, and Nordic skiers! ...moreless


  • Books:

    We have a wide variety of books and our magazines include Silent Sports, Trail Runner, and others like that!...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We have a TON of DVD's and VHS tapes!...moreless

  • Games:

    We have lots of board games available ! ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Portable radios/boom box need to be kept inside and at low levels at all times....moreless

  • 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 DVD player....moreless

  • Toys:

    Our toys are all bikes, skis, etc....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

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....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • 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


  • Dining:

    There is a formal dining room area that is large. There are some chairs and more can be provided if needed. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window AC can be provided upon request....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    We have extra bikes and Nordic skis if you request them early. ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas heat...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There is a living room with a sectional, in the 'dining/living room' there is a futon and a couch....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is one spot outside the garage and you have to park sideways. Street parking available on 11th Street, there is NO parking on 10th Avenue East, you will be ticketed. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Included and we even have a vacuum cleaner!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    why yes, it's you: )...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    yes, gas...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    You are welcome to eat what you find! We only have what is leftover from other guests......moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full refrigerator with top freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove and oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Upon sizes....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We do have one canoe we could loan you if you wanted!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Yes we have a lawn....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    We can provide some Nordic skis upon early sizes....moreless

  • Tennis:

    We have many racquets we can provide upon request....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 24 - May 26, 2017
2 night min stay
Jun 15 - Oct 29, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 11.38%


We require a 30 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!!

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Nearest Ski
Chester Bowl
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Leif Erickson on Lake Superior

Car: Not Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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, 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.

Why the Owner Chose East Hillside, Duluth, MN, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/15/2017

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  • Many more view such as this within 30 minutes of the home!

    Many more view such as this within 30 minutes of the home!

  • Beautiful original wood on stairway

    Beautiful original wood on stairway

  • Kitchen view, gas stove

    Kitchen view, gas stove

  • The pink throne

    The pink throne

  • Another view of unfinished basement

    Another view of unfinished basement

  • large upstairs bathroom

    large upstairs bathroom

  • House from front

    House from front

  • Another view of the Badger room, walk in closet, dresser and bunks

    Another view of the Badger room, walk in closet, dresser and bunks

  • View from the long dining/socializing area to the living room.

    View from the long dining/socializing area to the living room.

  • Badger room with double bunk on bottom and twin on top.

    Badger room with double bunk on bottom and twin on top.

  • Just one example of our seemingly unlimited Nordic ski trails!

    Just one example of our seemingly unlimited Nordic ski trails!

  • We just redid the steps...!

    We just redid the steps...!

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Large kitchen and Willy Wonka door to basement

    Large kitchen and Willy Wonka door to basement

  • Packer bedroom, double futon.

    Packer bedroom, double futon.

  • One view of the unfinished basement with waxing bench

    One view of the unfinished basement with waxing bench

  • upstairs bathroom shower

    upstairs bathroom shower

  • The downstairs bathroom

    The downstairs bathroom

  • Queen bed, only room dogs are allowed . Scene from movie filmed in this one!

    Queen bed, only room dogs are allowed . Scene from movie filmed in this one!

  • View of living room from the steps

    View of living room from the steps

  • View from sectional in living room to the dining/socializing area.

    View from sectional in living room to the dining/socializing area.

  • Attached Garage

    Attached Garage

  • One of thousands of beautiful fall views!

    One of thousands of beautiful fall views!

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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