2018: Anchor House is open for 2 night minimum from Sep 2, 2018 for the remainder of the season. 2019: Weekly bookings only, SUNDAY to SUNDAY ONLY between Jun 23 to Sep 8, 2019. At all other times it is a 2 night minimum.
Anchor House is a 4 bedroom (including a loft bedroom), 1 bath, house with a wood stove fireplace and a deck with a fantastic view of West Bay and Lake Superior. It is located downtown along the bay, with an easy walk to all the restaurants and bars.
Anchor House, built in the 1880s, has been kept in traditional style so you can have that feeling of stepping back into the past. It has a wood parlor stove and soft bed linen for warmth and comfort Some modern amenities have been added to Anchor House for your comfort including a 42" LED flat screen TV, cable TV, and a stainless steel range. It also has a large yard for relaxing or playing.
Anchor House is one lot from the water with nothing but a couple of trees, grass and some sand between it and the water. (As a courtesy an owner of the lot situated directly behind and on West Bay and behind Anchor House currently allows renters of Anchor House recreational use of the lot and beach and to access the water. Just take the steps down the back of Anchor House, cross the foot bridge, and follow the path.*)
Anchor House's living room has a 3 seat sofa, a swivel armchair, flat screen TV, cable, a DVD player, and a small collection of movies for when you are stuck indoors. Next to the living room is a sitting/parlor room, with two reading chairs, side table and the wood parlor stove - a perfect spot for reading in front of a fire. North of the sitting room is an eat-in kitchen with an extendable dining table, stainless electric range, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, pots, pans, crockery, glassware and utensils.
On the first floor of Anchor House are three of the four bedrooms. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, while the second bedroom has a water view and a full size bed. The remaining first floor bedroom has twin bunk beds. On the second floor is the loft bedroom which has two twin beds and access is by way of loft stairs. All the beds are well appointed with soft bed linen and the queen and full bed have white comforters.
The standard, seasonal and event accommodation rates include 6 people and use of the 3 bedrooms on the 1st floor (1xqueen, 1xfull, and one set of bunk beds). The loft bedroom is secured from entry unless prior arranged at an additional cost of $10 per night. Each additional person, above 6 people, attracts an additional nightly rate of $5 per person (this includes the use of the loft) to a maximum occupation of 9 people. The 9th person would be accommodated on a fold out small twin bed or the sofa bed.
The Anchor House bathroom is bright and fresh and contains a shower, toilet, sink and vanity cabinet. Your bathroom linen is all there waiting for you to use it.
Outside, on two sides of Anchor House, is an undercover porch with some comfortable seating including an old school pew. At the back of the House is a deck with a patio table and seating for dining.
The Anchor House also has a park charcoal grill for your family BBQ. There is also a small firepit in front of the deck so you can look at the fire and the view from the deck.
Please come and enjoy a relaxing stay at Anchor House in traditional style!
* The courtesy recreational land use access over the vacant waterfront lot is not a renter's right or condition of your rental and it is subject to change at any time. You do not pay for this recreational use access and it is not part of any rental of renting Anchor House. If you decide to take advantage of this currently allowed recreational land use while staying at Anchor House just take the steps down the back, across the suspended walkway over the pond, and follow the trail to the beach, and please kindly respect the land and keep it clean so future renters of Anchor House receive the same courtesy recreational use access.
CHANGE OVER DAY: From last full week of June to the end of the first full week of September weekly (7 nights) bookings from Sunday to Sunday. All other times 2 night minimum with change over day open.
OPEN: Anchor House is open from May to late October. Closed November to April.
INTERNET: None in Anchor House. Available at various places around town, including (subject to change without notice) at the West Bay Diner a short distance to the west, at the Grand Marais Tavern, and at the Grand Marais Outfitters in town.
FROM M-77 - Travel on M-77 toward Grand Marais, go down the hill into town, turn right on Randolph St and continue on veering to the right onto Grand Marais Avenue. Follow Grand Marais Avenue for about 500 feet, and the cabin is on the left about 100 feet after the Catholic Church.
FROM H-58: Travel into town along H-58 (turns into to Carlson Street when you enter Grand Marais. Cross M-77/Lake Avenue and head toward the bay and then swing to the right and follow Grand Marais Avenue for about 600 feet, and the cabin is on the left about 100 feet after the Catholic Church.
2 renters: perfect romantic getaway - enjoy the deck, enjoy the fireplace, enjoy the relaxation.
4 renters: perfect size and everyone can have a bedroom if they wish, bathroom sharing.
6 renters: good size with enough room to find privacy, sharing one bathroom.
8 renters: beds will all be full, tight on the bathroom usage.
9 renters: you will need a fold out bed made up and bathroom sharing will be very tight.
10 renters: you can request it, but no guarantees. All beds and sofa bed will be at their max capacity. As above for the bathroom.
Ten things to do around Grand Marais:
1. Visit the local restaurants: The West Bay Diner (you will wait for your food, but it is good), The Sportsmans (a real U.P. feel to it), The Dunes Saloon (the local watering hole with some really good pizza), the Breakwall Bakery and Cafe (the newest restaurant in town).
2. Swim at East Bay or West Bay beaches. Take advantage of the permitted recreational land use on the lot between Anchor House and West Bay to use the beach and swim.
3. Walk Agate Beach from the lighthouse to Sable Falls. Or walk along the road to Sable Falls west along Carlson Street and H-58, then down the side of the falls, and back to the Lake Street in town.
4. Walk the trails both east and west of Grand Marais.
5. Visit the Agate Museum and other antique and gift shops in town.
6. Thursday night is farmers' market in the town park - locals sell their homegrown and homemade goods - there are some excellent cooks living in Grand Marais.
7. See Dennis/Kim at the Grand Marais Outfitters to organize or rent a kayak, bicycles, a four wheeler, or a charter boat tour/fishing expedition.
8. Visit the log slide lookout about 13 miles west of Grand Marais off H-58.
9. Visit Pictured Rocks that is about 40 minutes west of Grand Marais off H-58.
10. Use the grill on the grass area, cook your steaks, sit on your deck and enjoy your steak with a cocktail or soda while looking out at the lighthouse and water.
(If Anchor House is unavailable for you please check out the Bay Cabin #421494, the Ridge Road Cabin #294031, or the Bay Watch Cabin #596236)