Accommodating parties of 1 to 10 with extraordinary comfort and surroundings.
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About Jim Hagen
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.
Jim Hagen purchased this House in 1976
Why Jim Hagen chose Lake County
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
North Shore Headlands - Magnificent
The most comfortable, thoughtful, gracious space we could have asked for. A true pleasure. Balm for the soul.
One of a kind vacation rental
Beautiful, comfortable, immaculate house in an amazing location! Right out on the edge of Lake Superior's rocky coast, you feel like you are the only ones there. Private and secluded yet not so far from civilization as to be scary, our party of 7 family members had an excellent Thanksgiving stay. The house is so well thought out that we found everything we needed to make the big feast easily. Lots of comfy beds, big bathrooms with "view" tubs, big windows everywhere to enjoy the beauty of the area. Highlights : warming up by the firepit in the backyard yard while listening to the waves pound against the shore, watching the sun rise over Superior, and enjoying the football games on the big screen TV over the crackling fireplace. This was our second stay at Headlands House, and we hope not our last! Jim, the owner, is excellent to work with, very responsive to questions. This place is well worth the price - there is nothing that compares to it!
In a league of it's own!
When it comes to North Shore rental properties, North Shore Headlands House is in a league of it's own! When you consider it's location along the North Shore, the proximity of the house to the water's edge, the stunning views right outside the house, and the accommodations and amenities that this place offers, it truly is second to none. This was the third consecutive year our group has been fortunate enough to stay at Headlands and the owner, Jim, always goes above and beyond to make sure we feel at home. Can't wait to return!
A very welcoming home on the North Shore
The home is perched on the edge of the shore with beautiful views overlooking the lake. The gathering space is wonderful. The kitchen is amazingly well outfitted for those who love to cook. The sleeping arrangements work well for a group. We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at this property and hope to return next year.
Two years in a row and planning next summer already
Two years in a row and planning next summer already
Great Gathering Place
This was the 3rd time our 4 couple book club had its annual excursion at this house. It is perfect for such a gathering. Not only did each couple have a bedroom with private bath, but the dining table seated us all comfortably as did the living room. We are a group that enjoys gathering and discussing much more than the current book. The kitchen is well-stocked for preparing the shared meals, and the beautiful setting enhances the whole experience. The owner is responsive and easy to work with.
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!