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Spirit Haven - an Idyllic Retreat at Lake Superior's Edge

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2+ bedroom, 1 bath cabin on the shore of Lake Superior

Hand-built in the 50's by my father, MN artist and Grand Marais Art Colony co-founder Byron Bradley, this charming cabin is located right on the shore of Lake Superior, far closer than you can legally build today. Dominated by an imposing stone fireplace and fresco along the living room wall, this cabin was originally Byron's studio and summer retreat. Marriage (to Emma) and children (Lydia and me, Sarah) led to the need for a large deck and then an addition of another bedroom and new studio space in the 70s.

Today this rustic cabin boasts a sweet little kitchen with the highest quality cookware (Emma was the goddess of Williams Sonoma when it was located in downtown Minneapolis), a comfy double bed in the compact master bedroom, and a single bed in the old bedroom and another in the new studio area. An awesome deck that goes out almost to the water's edge (over it when the waves are big enough), a covered, screened-in porch that runs the length of the cabin, and a propane fireplace complete the wonderful ambiance that is our Spirit Haven.

Our cabin did not get a telephone until the late 70s, and it still does not have a tv. We are having wifi installed this spring, so there will be a wireless internet connection for your use. The cabin does have a nice stereo and cd player and a wall of speakers with great reception to MPR via Houghton MI. It also has abundant light for reading. The bathroom is a 3/4 bath; there is a charcoal grill outside. There is a good sized hill to drive down to our parking area (sport cars with low clearance might have difficulty making it down the hill) and the walking path to the cabin from the parking area is on another, gentler hill. Those who need a walker or similar assistance to get around may have difficulty getting to the cabin, as well as negotiating the stairs both inside and outside the cabin. We allow pets at Spirit Haven, but they must be confined to their crate if you leave them at the cabin while you are away.

For those with concerns about their health and that of the planet, we strive to be as green as we can be. Your water comes from our well which serves the main house and is completely untreated and delicious. Cleaning products are chemical-free and all our paper products are made from recycled paper. We recycle all we possibly can and respectfully request that you help us in that endeavor.

We are located about 1.5 miles from the town of Grand Marais and there is hiking and biking right outside the cabin door. As the section of Hwy 61 to town is fairly level and has wide shoulders, walking or biking to town is easily accomplished.

What former guests have to say about Spirit Haven:

I am at home now, but my heart and soul is still there at Spirit Haven. It was a fantastic vacation experience and I cannot say anything negative about it. I have stayed in cabins for my lifetime, so do not expect perfect amenities, this place had everything we needed and was super efficient. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. - Pam

Spirit Haven was GREAT! The location couldn't have been better. We've rented lots of places outside of Grand Marais and my kids liked that the best. It's very well equipped with high end kitchen things. We were surprised the organ and piano well so well tuned. We enjoyed playing them. - John

This is an absolutely beautiful cabin. The kitchen is easy to use, the bed is comfortable and it is very tastefully decorated. Its location right on the lake is nothing short of divine. - Tim

This was our second time at Spirit Haven. We love it! It's quirky and cozy with a very well equipped kitchen. The screened in porch keeps rain and bugs away and the deck out over the lake is nothing short of amazing. - Geraldine

We have stayed at Spirit Haven numerous times. We prefer privacy over amenities. Spirit Haven meets our needs. The location is perfect and the deck is wonderful. - Michael

This was a perfect vacation home. My advice to any visitors to the north woods is to rent this place! - Roanne

We absolutely loved our stay. The cabin was perfect and the location could not be beat. - Joanna

Spirit Haven was aptly named. We had such a lovely stay. The location was perfect, right on the lake. Ample towels, blankets, etc. We had everything we needed. A very unique place, we so enjoyed the organ and piano too! - Nicole

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Member since: 2016

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 848 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We welcome pets, but there is a fee and you MUST bring a kennel for them to stay in if you leave them in the cabin while you are away....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master bedroom: 1 double


  • Old bedroom: 1 twin/ single


  • Studio bedroom: 1 twin/ single


  • While we do not have conventional beds for more than 4 people, we would not be averse to making arrangements for a family of more than 4 people. Please contact us if you are interested in Spirit Haven but have more than 4 in your family. We will see if we can work something out....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Located as close to Lake Superior as you can get, experience the big lake in all it's glory!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Fireplace:

    The propane fireplace is the main source of heat in the cabin. There are additional space heaters available as well....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    There is a small parking lot above the cabin....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone allows local calls only. You must have a calling card to make long distance calls. There is some cell service at the cabin, but it can be iffy....moreless

  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,264 $5,415

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 11.875%


Any cancellations made 60 days prior to your check in, your deposit will be refunded in full. Between 60 and 31 days, 50% of your deposit will be kept. Refunds for cancellations made 30 days or less from the date of your check in will be at the owner's discretion. The refunded amount will not be greater than 50% of your deposit and a refund of any amount will only occur if your stay is fully re-rented.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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110 Miles
Nearest Airport
Duluth, MN (or Thunder Bay, ON Canada -78 miles)
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Grand Marais, MN
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
Superior National, Lutsen (Gunflint Hills-5 miles)
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 61
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Grand Marais, MN

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1956

About the owner: Spirit Haven is my favorite place in the whole world. It is where I grew up and where I have my fondest memories. My father built the cabin in the 50s and when he retired, in 1996, he built my folk's retirement home on the hill above the cabin. My folks let friends and relatives stay at the cabin for a number of years, and then decided to rent it to supplement their social security income. My father passed away last June (2016) and my mother grew frustrated with the former rental agency, so she and I have decided to continue to rent our beloved cabin ourselves in the hope of making new friends and giving others the chance to experience 'the most wonderful place on earth'. The photo is of my father, mother and sister in 1968, in front of the fresco in the cabin.

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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • Coming down the path to the cabin

    Coming down the path to the cabin

  • The 'new' studio, now a third bedroom

    The 'new' studio, now a third bedroom

  • The bathroom

    The bathroom

  • Another view of the living room

    Another view of the living room

  • The living room from the porch door

    The living room from the porch door

  • A panoramic view from the shore

    A panoramic view from the shore

  • Spirit Haven from the lake's edge

    Spirit Haven from the lake's edge

  • Another view of the living room

    Another view of the living room

  • The cozy master bedroom

    The cozy master bedroom

  • The well-appointed kitchen

    The well-appointed kitchen

  • The living room

    The living room

  • The deck and porch from the living room

    The deck and porch from the living room

  • The view as you come in the front door

    The view as you come in the front door

  • Looking towards Canada

    Looking towards Canada

  • The front entrance to the cabin

    The front entrance to the cabin

  • The fresco, chimney and fireplace

    The fresco, chimney and fireplace

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This listing was first published here in 2016.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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