About the property
- Cottage1140 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath On Shore Of Lake Superior. Lake Views From Most Every Room.
The Cairn Cottage Experience
Kick back and enjoy the views of Lake Superior. Explore, discover and connect with "the best" of the North Shore. Spectacular sights and sounds of the "big lake" are closer than you can imagine from almost every exterior and interior vantage point of this private property and home.
From calm days with sun sparkling on the glass-like water to more dramatic days with crashing waves, Cairn Cottage offers views and comforts in a tasteful, beautiful and well-cared for home.
The cottage's newer construction with light knotty pine walls, new furnishings and large windows has all the amenities for your comfort. In addition to giving guests an unprecedented opportunity to connect with the lake and private beach, Cairn Cottage's nightly rate includes:
Home and Amenities
- Main floor small great room/kitchen with hardwood and tile floors and expansive windows that bring Lake Superior views and sounds inside during your entire stay.
- Main floor lake-facing bedroom with queen-size bed and hardwood floors - a get away on the main floor.
- Second floor lake-facing bedroom with queen-size bed and carpet - a get away on the second floor.
- Loft with extra space for sleeping, reading or games.
- Two charming one and three-quarters bathroom - one on each floor, including the use of EO Products, the natural and organic body care products.
- Well-appointed kitchen with guest needs in mind.
- High-speed internet.
- Lake-facing deck with four relaxing chairs/ottomans (seasonal).
- Fire pit with stunning lake views and comfortable seating.
- Easy and accessible entry to both the home and the lake.
Cairn Cottage is located on one of the most charming settings on historic Cascade Beach Road and your vacation has started as you approach the tree-overhanging drive and arrive at the little red cottage. You'll find:
- An easy turn-around and private driveway right in front of the home.
- A private beach for walks and rock hunting.
- A private road for long, quiet walks any time of day.
- Less than a three-minute drive to Cascade Lodge and Cascade River State Park and its cross country skiing and hiking trail heads.
- Less than a 10-minute drive to Superior National at Lutsen, a 27-hole golf course tucked away in the Minnesota northwoods, between the North Shore of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Superior National's untamed beauty with unparalleled play has been enhanced by a $4.6 million renovation on the "River" and "Canyon" courses.
- Windows, deck and beach with views perfectly situated for sunrises and full moons over the water and the lights of Grand Marais.
The cottage is ideal for:
- One or two couple(s) or four friends on an extended weekend getaway or vacation.
- Family of five for ideal sleeping arrangements.
- Your honeymoon or anniversary or a quiet private retreat.
- Experiencing a stay on the "big lake" in a private setting and skipping the resort.
- An annual get away to the North Shore any time of year.
What could lure you to choose this well-equipped, comfortable home on Lake Superior? To begin with, the Cairn Cottage is situated at about the halfway point between Lutsen and Grand Marais. You have the option of heading east or west for hiking, golfing, biking, fishing and kayaking in the summer and downhill and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Restaurants and shops are less than 15 minutes away in either direction.
Treat yourself to a comfortable, cozy and memorable stay right on Lake Superior at Cairn Cottage on Minnesota's own beautiful North Shore.
Additional Charges in Addition to Seasonal Nightly Rate
- Sales and lodging tax
- Cleaning fee
- VRBO service fee (calculated when a reservation is requested and goes to VRBO not owner)
Click on "View Details" to see full quote. After four guests, reservation will include $25 charge per person, per night regardless of age of the guest, including infants.
Cancellation policy: Refund of 100% of your payment if cancelled 30 days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date.
Please note house rules:
Clean and courteous.
We want you to enjoy this beautiful place!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Margaret Arnold
Our family of six fell in love with Lake Superior and Minnesota's North Shore on a special trip driving the Lake Superior Circle Tour in 2005. On this trip we frequently saw cairns (small piles of rocks that organically say "I was here"). Memories of this trip with our four children and existing cairns on this property inspired the name for our home. Cairn Cottage is located on a special part of the lake in an unique area of the world. We look forward to sharing it with you!
Margaret Arnold purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Margaret Arnold chose Lutsen
Read the reviews and you'll see why we and our guests love Cairn Cottage. It is so close to the water and the beach is easily accessible on this private property. The location is perfectly located half-way between Lutsen and Grand Marais which guests love as they feel they can go either way on Hwy. 61 and still be close to returning to the cottage. The home is cozy, clean and well-appointed.
What makes this Cottage unique
Not many properties on the North Shore of Lake Superior can boast about having their own private beach. The cottage is also set very close to the water's edge so you'll always be able to easily hear the waves, feel the wind and enjoy the sounds of the "Big Lake!"
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 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. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Truly magical! Look no further for your north shore stay!!
I know no other way to describe our stay other than to say it is truly a magical experience. From the minute you walk into Cairn Cottage and look out at the Big Lake it's magical, peaceful and comfortable. The property is impeccably maintained inside and out. Beautifully decorated and well appointed. Margaret has a special knack for sincerely making you feel like her honored guest and goes above and beyond expectations by anticipating your every need or want for a comfortable stay. From the quality bedding and linens, cozy blankets thoughtfully placed, luxury soaps and shampoo, interesting books by the nightstands - I could go on and on! There is so much to do and enjoy in the area (and Margaret is very knowledgable about the area and a great resource), but I found myself not wanting to leave the cottage and just relax with a book by the window enjoy the beautiful view! From sunrise to sunset, the amazing view of the lake is constantly changing with new and different colors, different waves, different sounds and wildlife! Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Cairn Cottage and are looking forward to return soon!
Beautiful cabin! Tastefully decorated and all the amenities you need to enjoy a vacation on the lake.
An extraordinary weekend at an extraordinary home!
I’ve visited the NorthShore Many times over the past 25 years and have stayed are various paces and Cairn Cottage is far and away the very best place ever! The location is superb between Lutsen and Grand Marias, the views are breathtaking, the house is in perfect condition and it has all of the conveniences of modern life. They have thought of everything and have anticipated the every need of a guest. The house is beautifully decorated and oh so comfy. Sitting on the couch looking through the picture window just footsteps from Lake Superior it looks and feels like your actually on a boat sailing across a sea! It was a bummer to leave; I would return in a heartbeat. In fact, I can’t wait!
Thank you so much for describing the lake views so perfectly and sharing your weekend and photos with us. We are so glad you got to experience Cairn Cottage!
Cairn Cottage offers a perfect spot for a getaway.
From the moment we stepped into the cabin we felt at home. The cabin is put together with a great attention to detail, aesthetically pleasing and comfortable; beautiful inside and out. We have vacationed in the area for many years, but never stayed in a place so close to the lake. We enjoyed the stunning views and the constant sound of the crashing waves in the background. The windows facing the lake are large and gave us a feeling of being on the lake when sitting in the cabin.
Cascade road offers a quiet place for an evening stroll where we also saw lots of deer.
Also conveniently located in between Lutsen and Grand Marais with easy access to cross country ski trails and restaurants. We skied at Pin Cushion Mountain and Oberg Mountain on trails that are very well maintained.
We enjoyed eating at the Crooked Spoon in Grand Marais and the Bluefin Bay Gill in Tofte.
All in all, a wonderful spot for a relaxing time away. Thank you for sharing your gift of hospitality with us Margaret!
Thank you for your kind review and for sharing your experience!
Wonderful stay. Excellent host. Beautiful cabin. Amazing view.
The title of the post says it all. Thank you, Margaret!
Thank you so much for choosing Cairn Cottage! So glad the snow arrived just in time for your ski weekend with your family.
Impeccable cottage and an outstanding value
What a phenomenal property. Our family has been frequent visitors to the North Shore and have bounced from rental to rental looking for the "right place". This cottage is extremely well maintained, nestled among the pines and located a stones throw from Lake Superior.
We had an outstanding three day stay and felt very at home. The rental is very well maintained, clean, comfortably furnished, and felt very private. The best part of each day was waking up to the sunrise on the lake.
Highly recommend this property to anyone wanting a quiet getaway without any worries or concerns about the condition of the rental. The owners clearly treasure the property, are prompt with responses and are great hosts.
We enjoyed having your family as guests and working with you on all aspects of your stay, including your arrival! Thank you for being such wonderful and caring guests and for sharing your experiences with us. Can't wait for your return! I'll order a few sunrises :) Thanks so much.
Beautiful walking and hiking access road and beach walking without getting in your car.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Check-In Time: 4 p.m. Check-Out Time: 11 a.m. Minimum Age Requirement of 26 Our cancellation policy: 100% of your payment will be refunded if you cancel 30 days or more prior to your check-in date. Please note that the average nightly rate does not include cleaning, taxes and VRBO's service fee. This will be calculated when the reservation is requested. Refundable damage deposit will be returned as soon as possible and after the caretaking team has communicated the condition of the home. See rental agreement for more information.