A Coastal Retreat House in the Scenic Headlands Area of the North Shore(36 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Accommodating parties of 1 to 10 with extraordinary comfort and surroundings.
The upper floor of the house is wheel chair accessible from the parking area and includes two bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed, the other with two twin beds), and an open area including the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and covered deck. Accessibility features include wide doorways and a curbless shower. Couples and other small groups spend their entire time on this self-contained floor. The lower floor of this hillside house has two bedrooms with queen-size beds and one with a full-size bed, along with a laundry area the guests can use. One of these bedrooms can be configured for meetings/projects instead of sleeping, and it includes a fold out memory foam single sofa bed in addition to a very comfortable techline queen-size Murphy bed. Both upper and lower floors open directly to the outside without any stairs and each bedroom has a view including the lake.
Each bedroom has its own bathroom, three of which contain soaking tub/showers and two of which have dedicated showers. Two of the soaking tubs have picture windows for very scenic relaxation.
The house was custom designed for its unique location on a wooded point to afford generous white water views of this most dramatic stretch of rugged Lake Superior shoreline, and an expanse of south facing windows that generously let in the winter sun. The bay, islets and headlands we see from our windows looking toward Shovel Point of Tettegouche State are spectacular in all weathers and seasons.
Certified for energy efficient construction, the house has in-floor radiant heat, a fresh air exchange system, and naturally soft water from a a 330' deep well. We have a gas fireplace inside, and enjoy wood fires in the lakeside fire pit.
We do not have broadcast TV, though we do have TVs with appropriate players and wi-fi broadband. The kitchen is very well equipped for serious cooking and service for ten, who can all fit around our extending dining room table. We provide all bedding and bath linens, freshly laundered and in place when you arrive. So you can unpack and feel fully at home, each bedroom has a generous closet and dresser drawers, and there are cabinets in the kitchen for your groceries, and a locker to store your coolers, packs, and luggage.
Our use of an electronic code lock adds to your security as we change the combination often, eases your check-in (so you do not need to meet the manager at an exact time) and means all the members of your party can use the code to come and go during your stay.
During the day, your eyes will probably be focused on the coastal views out the window, but note that we do provide information about the generous collection of regional and other artwork throughout the house. '
In addition to the fire pit outside, we have two yoga decks, one near the house, and one tucked in the woods on a trail running to the south of the house along the lake. Several outdoor benches provide places for scenic contemplation.
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Member since: 2014
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only:
Not Suitable For Children:
Rather than a lake for kids to play in, the water of Lake Superior is very cold and the cliffs are unfenced. Our abundance of non-child-proofed electric outlets and large screened windows on the upper floor mean that young children must be watched especially carefully. ...moreless
- Pets Not Allowed:
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- Each bedroom has its own bathroom, closet, clock, and bedside lamps.
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Kayak, canoe, bike, and snowmobile, and ski rentals are all available as close as Beaver Bay and Tofte. There are many art shows, theater, concerts and other events, year-round. In short, there is a lot to do, and one of the most popular activities is sitting on the terrace or great room, enjoying the scenery, eating well, and having good conversation or just time to think....moreless
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
We have a high speed fiber optic internet connection good for streaming movies, sports, etc. Wifi as well as wired connections are available in all rooms. We do not have cable or satellite service....moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View:
- Mountain View:
Nearby Beaver Bay and Silver Bay are the oldest and youngest towns on the shore and offer Zups Grocery, half a dozen restaurants, liquor store, post office, bowling alley, clinic, pharmacy, and more. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
Wired and wifi throughout the house at 30 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed (plenty for streaming HD movies!). No charge to guests. Even higher speeds available by advance arrangement....moreless
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Lawn / Garden:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 19 - Oct 22, 2017
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 6.875%
For parties under five people using only the upper level, sometimes we are able to offer reduced pricing for near-term reservations, especially weekdays and during our two-month slower season of April and May. For some very high demand dates, especially between July and October, our pricing schedule may require more than a two night stay. The exact price is based on specific dates and party size, with a base price of $500/night generally applying for the first 6 people with an
additional $40 per person/night up to a maximum group size of ten.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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One of our neighboring headlands, Palisade Head, is a must see you can drive to the top of, and the lake-side trails of Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche State Parks offer some of the most photographed scenery in the Great Lakes area. Inland, the stretch of the 300 mile long Superior Hiking trail that runs from nearby Highway One to Silver Bay, is one of trails most challenging and beautiful, including the state's tallest waterfall, a swinging bridge, ridge views of Lake Superior, and magical views of the inland gems, Bean and Bear Lakes. You can ride from our house on wide shoulders to the longest stretch of the the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail from Silver Bay to Gooseberry Falls, or ride up the shore to gift shops like 'Fish out of Water.' The most gorgeous agate-hunting beach anywhere is at the mouth of the Beaver River - just park at the new Beaver Bay Trailhead Center. Deep 'sea' fishing or a two and half hour cruise on the Wenonah are right here in Silver Bay, or with an hour's drive you can be at Sawbill Outfitters for a full day of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) canoeing that still ends with a hot soaking bath and reclining chair by the fireplace back at the Headlands House. A favorite half day outting includes gallery hopping and lunch at Grand Marais, or a run to Canal Park in Duluth, where you can actually tour one of those iron ore freighters you've probably seen along the horizon from the Headlands windows.
In the winter, downhill skiing/snowboarding at Lutsen (1/2 hour drive) or world-class cross country skiing at Tettegouche State Park (5 minutes) are favorites, but snowmobiling (e.g., to Trestle Inn) and dog-sledding are also moving up on bucket lists. Canoe, kayak, and bike rentals are all available, and if you download a free smart phone app, you can discover the hundreds of area geocaches. Our central location on the North Shore makes a number of day-long outtings an option for guests staying more than a few days. Heading up the shore is the Grand Portage National Monument (fur trading post) or a cruise from Grand Portage to Isle Royale National Park. We are near two important intersections along Highway 61. Highway One (just a mile away) goes inland to Ely, with its Wolf and Bear Museums, galleries and shops. Forest Highway 11, a nationally recognized 'scenic byway' is a relatively new direct shot from Silver Bay to the cities of Iron Range, where the Soudan Underground State Park is an area attraction.
Warning: We find that guests of all ages and levels of ambition start each day looking out the windows at our extraordinary coastal views and come to realize that they are already at the destination, with no need to go anywhere!
Year Purchased: 1976
About the owner: I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, a third generation Norwegian to either work commercially on the Great Lakes or at least spend a lot of time on Lake Michigan. Moving to Minneapolis for a career that started in banking and transitioned to being a professor, I was drawn to Lake Superior for its energy and vastness, its world-connected shipping, and the magic of not being able to see the other side. Married to a Japanese-American from Chicago, and having lived in Japan several years, this house was a chance to bring together both some Scandinavian and Japanese design ideas that turned out to not be so far apart.
Why the Owner Chose Silver Bay, MN, USA:
The 30 mile stretch of Lake Superior headlands near Beaver and Silver Bay hosts not just the dramatic Palisade Head, Split Rock Lighthouse, and the coastal cliffs of Tettegouche State Park, but also the hidden islets, bays, and headlands outside our windows that been visited by photographers and artists capturing what is unique about the wilds of the 'sculpted' North Shore. This immediate stretch of land went on the market in the 1970s after its owner ran into financial headwinds that stopped its plan to build a major condominium - night club resort here. From that risky purchase in 1976 until finally having the resources to build on it starting 2005, the property was a magnificent campsite that never lost its magic for us. It was special enough to be an inspiring and renewing retreat regardless of where in the world we lived. Two years of building from 2005-2007 was a construction marvel of cliffside construction on bedrock with the challenges of capturing the views, strict environmental guidelines, keeping it accessible to those with disabilities, and putting in our deep well, state of the art septic and other utilities. The result is a combination of location and function well worth the 30 years of planning.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The functional layout came about after I had to find rental houses for my own extended family reunions. Priorities became clear: make each bedroom delightful and functional with its own bathroom, have great gathering spaces including a kitchen where people want to be and can cook together, have multiple conversation 'corners' inside and out, keep it accessible for all abilities, invest in windows and mechanicals to keep it comfortable year-round, and scale it all to work well for uses ranging from a two-person weekend get-away to a weeks long retreat for ten. Just 3.5 hours from the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport and 1.5 hours from the Duluth airport, many of our guests fly in from afar and find it easy to drive up to the door year-round. One frequent comment is how amazing it is to come for our magnificent shoreline, and then find that there are also dozens of world class waterfalls and ridgeline hiking trails in the area. I've hiked all 297 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail and explored all the shore's state parks, but there is always a new mountain to climb, lake to discover, or waterfall to admire. Even with our sense of north woods isolation, we are easy to reach year-round and we have the convenience of nearby stores and restaurants. While summer and fall are well known as peak seasons on the North Shore, from late October to mid December, guests look forward to the drama of 20' waves crashing into the cliffs and the amazement of watching surfers catch the big ones in their wet suits. Our location right on the water, makes winter a surprising retreat from the frozen cold of much of the Midwest, as the blue water heats the air, and the blazing sun shines through blue skies into our south-facing windows. Winter sports are big on the North Shore, as is reading a good book by the fireplace. As the lake tries to freeze in February and March, the rapidly changing ice patterns take center stage for out toasty front row seats.
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The bay our house overlooks just up the shore from Tettegouche State Park
Two levels tucked into the wooded lake shore with extraordinary views
Many stories have been shared around our fire pit.
dining room, with kitchen and deck toward the back.
One of the coastal views through the windows.
part of one of our bedrooms, lower level with queen-size bed.
Lower level bedroom with queen murphy bed, plus sleeper sofa and lots of room
One of two dedicated showers - this one on the upper level.
canoeing through a sea cave at nearby Crystal Bay
Storm watching from the terrace.
dogsledding joins skiing and snowboarding as a popular winter sport.
We're a private retreat house on a private drive - not part of a resort.
Our house and point through a telephoto lens from Tettegouche State Park
You don't even need a fire to enjoy this backyard
The wall to the left is all windows looking south over the rugged coast.
Part of one of our five bedrooms - upper level
Part of a lower level bedroom, with full size bed
One of our three bathrooms with soaking tubs
Bird feeder on our upper level deck. Enjoy all the activity from the kitchen.
One of the nearby cove beaches tucked between the cliffs
Deer are a common site out the windows.
Enjoying the pristine North Shore winter from our heated floors.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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