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The Artist Loft-Downtown Grand Marais- walk to all restaurants/bars/shops!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms + 1 bath. Overlooks Grand Marais Harbor. An unmatched view!!

Message us directly for the "one night free" winter promotion. We will need to send you a custom quote to reflect the promotion and to book from!

Artist's Loft, with its incomparable view of the Harbor, Sailboats, Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station, is the only private home rental in Downtown Grand Marais on the Harbor. The view is what it is all about!

Please Note: We are excited to announce "The Mayhew Inn", to be fully operational in the Spring of 2018. We are very excited about this major expansion! We are adding 4 more units off the back of the current building, an amazing outdoor fireplace, courtyard space, a party room facing the fireplace that will be available to guests, and several rooftop decks!! There will be 6 total rentals, and we will be calling the whole property "The Mayhew". The new units will be listed this winter as they get completed. Also, you will be able to book the entire property for weddings, or any other events!

The Artist's Loft is right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais on beautiful Harbor Park. It is a great home-base for enjoying the gentle activity of the Village or easily getting away for day trips to the BWCA. Drive up the Gunflint Trail for day adventures and hikes, but stay at the Artist Loft to experience all that downtown has to offer...just footsteps out the front door.

Artist's Loft has two bedrooms and one bathroom with a claw foot tub and a view of the Harbor. The Artist Loft is an upper unit with beautiful views & there is also a lower unit (vrbo 661724) where guests also occasionally stay. Both units have private, separate & secure entrances. Ask about renting both units for larger groups. Both units joined together can sleep 10!!

Even though Artist's Loft is right downtown on the harbor front, it is graced with a gorgeous secluded quiet off street wildflower garden with decks and lounging chairs and tables to relax in the sun or have a intimate outside breakfast lunch or dinner. Cook in with our fully equipped kitchen or get it to go, semi-catered from a choice of several fabulous restaurants. Your own private campfires in the backyard at night. You can even book & rent the backyard for private events, wedding receptions, or any other intimate get-togethers.

In the evening, step right next door to the Gunflint Tavern and enjoy a craft beer at their newly opened brewpub or Mojito in the 'Ravens Nest' lake-view deck and then listen to world class music in the early evening. The music at 'The Tavern' ranges from gentle Gypsy Jazz to Folk and Folk Rock for the occasional night of dancing. Also, the all-new Voyageur Brewing's taproom just opened and is a short 2 block walk! Keep in mind you are "downtown" Grand Marais, so there is the activity of being around the shopping, the activity of the tourists, and a little bit of the nightlife. But that's part of the fun. Fortunately that all ends pretty early in Grand Marais as everything pretty much shuts down around 10:00 or 11:00 pm.

Wake with the gulls in the morning sun and enjoy the quiet solitude of downtown as it gently comes to life. Walk to The Pie Place, The Crooked Spoon Restaurant, Angry Trout Cafe, Hughies Taco's, The Dockside Fish Market, the Gunflint Tavern, Voyageur Brewing, breakfast at the Blue Water Cafe and Donuts and World's Best Donuts!! All within 1-2 blocks! You have it all at Artists Loft. Oh, and don't forget that Legendary Sven and Ole's Pizza is right up the street.

The thing to remember about Artist's Loft is that every day is a beautiful magical day whether it is sunny and warm or stormy and wild; all year round nature's magic unfolds right in front of you over the greatest of lakes, Lake Superior.

A little History about Artist's Loft:

It was built in the early 1900s by Chet Boisvert. Chet was the village barber and the shop was equipped with showers for the lumberjacks to come in from the woods for a hot shower. He was also an avid Democrat and held party meetings at the Loft on Main Street. In the guest book it was found that his grandchildren had stayed here when our friend Stephen, the previous owner, first opened Artists Loft. They left an entry in the guestbook telling of heartwarming memories such as...

- ' The last time I slept in this bedroom was 43 years ago. I can still remember hearing my people cheering at 6 am when they announced the Victory of Harry Truman over Dewey in 1948!'

- 'I remember watching, from the front windows, pulp boats loading logs from the thousands of logs floating in the harbor'

You can still feel those memories at Artist's Loft as you gaze out the windows and still see fishing boats and sailboats bobbing in the breezes.

Come share the Magic!

More Details

Joel Dodson
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Joel Dodson

Hi there. Our names are Amy & Joel. We have two pups named Myron & Fletcher. We spend time on our classic 1967 Chris Craft Wooden Cruiser on the St. Croix River when we're not spending time in Grand Marais and traveling to other places.

Joel Dodson purchased this house in 2015

Why Joel Dodson chose Grand Marais

Joel spent his summers in Grand Marais as a child. After a long lapse in visiting the north shore, we started making it a yearly Memorial Day tradition, and for Max's birthday. After staying at the Artist Loft we fell in love with it immediately. There really is no other place like it in all of Grand Marais.

What makes this house unique

It's your own loft apartment, right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais. The Gunflint Tavern is your next door neighbor, and all of the other restaurants are a stones throw away. But seclude yourself if the eclectic backyard with your own fire, and a bottle of wine:)

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Ok, folks... This place is exactly how your flat would be if you were as hip as you wanted to be. It is perfect--funky and comfortable with a stack of albums that will make you want to stay in and spin them all night. We visited Grand Marais and stayed in this little slice of perfection on an unseasonably warm November weekend. It was amazing to wake up with the sun streaming in the window and see the lake just across the street. And the bed was super comfortable. The flat is perfect situated in this amazingly charming town; right on the main drag between a tavern with good food and a Ben Franklin that is way cooler than anyone expects a Ben Franklin to be. And the very best part of the whole deal was that we could bring our canine companion with us. It is a rare and wonderful thing, as most dog owners know. Joel was a great host. Communicated exactly what we needed in a timely manner. He happened to be in town the same weekend and we had a brief meeting and he seemed to be a lovely person. I would recommend staying at the artist loft without hesitation. It was a truly wonder weekend and we are looking forward to going back.”
Nov 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Grand Marais

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Old style clawfoot tub. Note that the tub is up on a small pedestal, so it may be tricky for older people to climb in and out.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Queen Pillowtop Bed in Master Bedroom, Queen Pillowtop Bed in 2nd bedroom. Swing out single sofa bed in Living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Artist Loft-Downtown Grand Marais- walk to all restaurants/bars/shops!
average rating of 4.85 based on 62 reviews

Perfect place to stay in Grand Marais!

  • 5 of 5

Friendly and helpful owners. Excellent location- great view and walkable to all the sites in Grand Marais. Fun space.

  • Review Submitted: 09/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little getaway... location couldn't be better... everything you need waiting for you!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great wkend.. celebrated my 40th with great cooking, couldn't have asked for anything more in the kitchen!!! Enjoyed a fire in the backyard, music right next door... this is a cute little studio that makes you feel comfortable and right at home !!! Thanks so much!!

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quirky, Cozy, Interesting, Inviting, Comfortable, Fab Views

  • 5 of 5

They got all the Important Stuff right! Let's start with the location. Let's add the world of Grand Marais out the front door......or just sit inside and VIEW the world of Grand Marais and the marina, people, boats, Lake Superior. Or if you want to cozy up around the fire pit you can head out the back to the quirky patio. There aren't many spots like this being offered in the generic world of safe, white walls and "cookie-cutter" decorating. If you like minimalist, you might want to look elsewhere. Our mother, daughter, granddaughter trio (plus French Bulldog, Omelette) LOVED it!

Kathy of Lilydale

  • Review Submitted: 09/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location. . . with loads of character!

  • 5 of 5

The Artist's Loft was as immaculate as it was comfortable. The location is the best - we were able to walk to plenty of restaurants , walking paths and shops - but the Loft was well set up for staying home and cooking in too. Smore making on the fire pit out back was a hit with the family. It was a great weekend escape from the Twin Cities and a perfect introduction to "up North" for Atlanta transplants like us.

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Love staying here. After the long drive, it's so nice to spend a couple of days on your feet. It's our residence for our annual girls weekend away. No other place has compared.

  • Review Submitted: 05/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great unique property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Fun and interesting place to stay right in the heart of Grand Marais. Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Grand Marais

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Rates
1 Jan 2018 - 23 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$13 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
24 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest
July 4th
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest
Fishermans Picnic
1 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest
4 Sep 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$38.23 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.38%

For the "One Night Free Winter Promotion", please send me the dates via email and I will send you a custom quote reflecting the discount!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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