Quiet neighborhood. Cute "grandma" home with plenty of room. Full kitchen with standard small appliances. The lake view sunroom is the favored spot, and has a futon and a door for night time privacy. We have a comfortable dining room and sizable living room with another futon. The two bedrooms are calming and peaceful; one with a Lake (and sunrise!) view, the other overlooks the rock garden. We have a large yard for playing Bocce Ball in or enjoying campfires. We are off a quiet paved road that's perfect for rollerblading, strolling, jogging or a short bike ride. You can store bikes, skis, etc in the basement, or in a minimally secure front porch. We are just 5 miles from Two Harbors with a good grocery store, gifts, crafts, restaurants, swim beach, breakwater, lighthouse, and a micro-brewery. The Superior Hiking Trail is nearby, as well as Gooseberry Falls Park, Splitrock Lighthouse, Tettegouche State Park, Grand Marais, and Duluth. Grandma's Marathon starts just a short jog away, and for skiers there are Spirit Mountain and Lutsen not too far away, as well as some 4-wheeler and snowmobile trails.Two Harbors is one of the checkpoints in the John Beargrease annual sled dog marathon. Two boat launches are nearby for our fishermen and women, as well as fishing charters. Lake access (some with swimming) is at several places a short drive away (please know there is NO lake access from the property, or in walking distance). Our driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles, and/or a small trailer. We are open year-round for your pleasure and relaxation- come for our comfortable summers and beautiful winters!
2 Bedrooms, 2 futons, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Julie and Martin Anderson
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 10, 2018
About Julie and Martin Anderson
We are life-long Minnesotans in our early 60's. We have 5 grown children, 4 of whom are married, and we have 7 grandchildren. Our youngest just graduated from college, so, no more tuition payments- yay! I love gardening, and Marty loves hunting and fishing. We have a darling, spoiled rotten, Coonhound that we adore, chickens and ducks that Marty tolerates, and a cat that adores us (it's mutual).
Julie and Martin Anderson purchased this House in 2008
Why Julie and Martin Anderson chose Two Harbors
We would drive through here fairly often going to Lutsen, or to go hiking at Gooseberry Falls. The summers here generally have low humidity, and few bugs (at least compared to southern Minnesota!). We had stayed in Two Harbors many times, and enjoyed it, so, when Marty sold his business, we decided to buy a vacation place here, and found this little home, with a pretty yard and a really nice view. Our first winter traveling back and forth and staying a lot was surprisingly easy and pleasant- many times it was warmer here than in southern Minnesota (I was amazed). And Lake Superior very seldom freezes over, so we had lovely lake views pretty much all year- not like the lake at our main home- it looked like a snow- covered field all winter. After we decided that we loved it here ALL year, I found another nearby property that is up the hill and has a high view of the Lake- the higher the better for me! It is more private, and Marty could have his pole barn, and I, my critters- I do worry about my rooster disturbing my neighbors, though... He was supposed to be a layer... All our neighbors at both houses are around our ages, so we're a pretty quiet lot, and hope our renters want that kind of atmosphere, too. With retirement and the cost of maintaining 2 homes (sold the main home 3 years ago), we struggled with what to do with the "little house". We sure didn't want to sell it- and even though the "investment" part of our buying decision kind of crashed with real estate prices, our family- and friends- really enjoy the house and area. So, to try and keep the little house, but stop the money drain, we jumped through the licensing hoops- and there are a LOT of them- and are finally ready to to open the door to our renters. Perhaps some will become new friends... But at the least, I hope, you will all be pleased!
What makes this House unique
It was just a cute little "grandma" home, with that peek of the lake that one gets driving by. It was owned by a grandma, who had passed away a couple years before we bought it from her daughter. I love the knee walls in the upstairs- kind of like the "sparest of spare bedrooms" thoughts from Anne of Green Gables. The cedars in the front yard are lovely- I don't have any like those up the hill. I love the stairway that goes between them. I built the rock wall there, and met many nice folks while doing so- my new neighbors, and lots of resort folks out walking. I even got a bit of a nickname- the Rock-Lady! The sun shining on the lake in the morning, and having coffee with my sweetie in the front sunroom and enjoying that together, is just so wonderful to me. As well as the late afternoon sun coming through the windows- it seems to color the very air. I really enjoy jumping on my bike after a hard day's work and taking a leisurely little ride on the paved surface... The road doesn't have that much car traffic, and it's just refreshing- and easier than on the gravel... If I'm feeling more energetic, I go onto the gravel, to the end of Old North Shore Road and back, altogether about an hour's ride at my pace. No loading up bikes, driving, parking... love it! I find the summer heat and humidity is largely absent here. As of this writing (7/15), we've had a fair amount of high 80's and humidity a lot of July, but still MUCH better than even a little ways south of us. Great for the melons I'm trying to grow, but hard on my gardener's body. We're usually in the 70's during the day, and can be a lot cooler at night. In the 7 years we've been here, not one tornado warning- I like that, because I'm a chicken...
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Quiet, clean, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, close to nearby natural attractions.
We have stayed here twice. Both times the owner's have been careful to check in at various times toake sure we had everything we needed. They've been good to offer age appropriate locations and activities for our your children. We will definitely be staying at this cozy property again, if we travel the North Shore in the future.
Thank you so much!
We are so grateful to our guests- especially our repeat ones. It’s always so gratifying to rent to families like yours- please come again!
Beautiful views, clean home, and wonderfully cozy!
We really enjoyed our stay at this cozy little cottage tucked away. It is private, has a wonderful view, and yet is close to anything you could need! Definately recommend!
We had a wonderful time!
Beautiful time of year and a cozy lil house in midst of colorful trees ! What's not to love ?! 😊
Thank you so much!
Always good to have such fine guests!
Please stay again!
Clean and cozy retreat.
Conveniently located near many state park’s hiking trails which was our main objective in staying in this area. All the amenities we needed with the exception of WiFi.
We stayed 2 nights and the house is very well kept. The owners were very nice and provided us with information on things to do in the area. The house was comfortable and very peaceful. I would definitely recommend it for others that are looking for a place to stay in the area.
Thank you so much- always great to have such wonderful guests- please come again!
Nice quiet getaway!
My husband and I, along with some friends stayed at this clean, quiet home that is centrally located for a day of sightseeing or a day of shopping in Duluth! A return visit to Emily’s was tasty as usual! Thanks for sharing your home.
Thank you so much for staying- we hope you will think about us again in the future!
Grandma's Marathon and inline skate race starts close by, John Beargrease sled dog marathon runs through Two Harbors. Curling club in Two Harbors
Additional information about rental rates
Weekend stays must include Friday and Saturday nights. Special event prices will be approximately 15% higher than the base seasonal charge (the weekends of: Grandma's Marathon, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year's. 100% refunded with 30 day notice, 50% with 14 day or more notice. A cleaning fee will be deducted from the damage deposit if the rental is left excessively dirty. Rental contract is considered SIGNED when property is booked. NO access to lake, please respect property boundaries.