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Lake Superior Private Beach Cottage - Between Lutsen and Grand Marais! Sleeps 5.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,140 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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:

No pets.

Non-smoking home.

More Details


Lutsen Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1140 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have charming cottage decor with refreshing and eco-friendly sundries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Lake-facing bedroom with comfortable queen-size bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lake-facing main-level bedroom with comfortable queen-size
  • Both bedrooms are lake-facing with special attention given to comfortable mattresses, linens and bedding.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
A house-wide air exchanger keeps the air circulating and fresh for your arrival and stay.


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Lake Superior Private Beach Cottage - Between Lutsen and Grand Marais! Sleeps 5.
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

Tranquil Lakeside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This beach cottage is a beautifully furnished home situated right on the shores for Lake Superior.

The location is spectacular. You cannot stay much closer to the lake. We could hear the waves crashing on the shore from inside the home even with the fireplace on. On a windy day, it feels like an ocean is outside the door. The pebble shoreline a few steps away is perfect for walking, rock skipping and spending time by the water. The location was central for short trips to Cascade State Park and Lutsen for cross country skiing and hiking, although it was hard to leave the cozy comfort of the gas fireplace and the lovely home. The accommodations in the cottage were superb. The beds were comfortable, the cottage was clean and crisp and the furniture was cozy. Every little detail seemed to be taken care of, from blankets near the fire, to extra hand warmers for outdoor winter adventures, and to tea and coffee in the cupboards. It was the perfect weekend getaway for a friend and I but could easily sleep a few more. Our only complaint was that we should have stayed one more night. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and beautiful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the cottage over New Years. The cottage is perfect and what you would expect for a cottage on the big lake. The lake is less than 50 feet out the back door and the waves will put you to sleep at night. Great location - close to everything. For the price, we don't think you could get any better.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you at guests at the cottage and so glad the home and lake provided family time and sleep! We hope you return with your family again.
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This is a beautiful property with all of the conveniences of home.

  • 5 of 5

Cairn Cottage sits steps from Lake Superior. The view from the living room is spectacular! You will find yourself becoming mezzmorized by the lake while gazing through the widows.

Fantastic place to spend a few days and recharge.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and sharing your experience with the cottage's connection with the big lake. We are glad you had a chance to relax and recharge and hope you come back to do visit again.
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  • 5 of 5

Cairn Cottage is so meticulously cared for, tasteful in every way and surrounded by beauty. What an incredible get-away we all had.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful cottage located very close to the Lake Superior shoreline.

  • 5 of 5

We loved Cairn Cottage, and would not hesitate to book this property again. The cottage has a nice scale to it - cozy, but at the same time generous. Bedrooms and kitchen are organized around a vaulted wood-lined space with stunning views over the lake. The cottage was impeccably clean and thoughtfully furnished.

Margaret was very communicative - providing clear instructions for accessing the cottage and using it's amenities. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for graciously describing your stay at the cottage from a discerning and professional perspective about design and space. We are so glad you were able to enjoy the beginning of the holiday season with your family. We hope you return to Cairn Cottage!
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute! Beautiful views, cabin, with all the comforts you need. Warm, relaxing, close to great hiking trails ( short walk to Cascade Trail-highly recommended).

Thank you. We are already planning our return:)!

Liz and Jim Martin


  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so fun thinking of your special birthday celebration at Cairn Cottage. Thank you for being such wonderful guests and friends, Liz and Jim. We hope you do return!
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Margaret Arnold
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 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!"

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had meant to write a review for your property and our stay back in October. It seems the link has now expired, but I can't not tell you how truly awesome it was! So beautiful, clean and SO relaxing!! Our girls thought the loft area was so cool and our favorite part was the rock collecting. Magical memories. We absolutely loved everything about it and cannot wait to come back again. We appreciate the hospitality. Thank you again!!
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Nearest Airport
101 Miles
Duluth, Minnesota
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cascade Lodge on Lake Superior
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Superior National at Lutsen
Nearest Train
101 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cascade Lodge on Lake Superior
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Lutsen Mountains
Nearest Beach
You are right on a private beach!
Car: necessary

Beautiful walking and hiking access road and beach walking without getting in your car.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.38%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.