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The Lighthouse. Affordable and unique lodging overlooking the harbor.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 256 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2nd floor Studio lodging close to everything.

The 'Lighthouse' is a special lodging overlooking the town and harbor of Grand Marais from it's center. You are right in the heart of town within a block of everything- yet comfortably removed when you need a breather. You can sit up in bed and view the harbor and the big lake beyond. Your own private parking leads to the stairway that takes you up to the Lighthouse. The view of the old harbor from the balcony is stunning. There is a wrought iron table and chairs on the balcony for relaxing. Inside the Lighthouse you will find a queen bed, tile shower and bathroom, galley kitchen, custom dining table for two, LCD TV with satalite TV and blueray. The bed is set at an angle and faces southeast to capture the views of the harbor in the morning through large windows. There are transom windows around the perimeter of the apartment so that if you stand in the center you have a 360 degree view of the sky. Notice how it changes as the day progresses. Observe the color differences around sunset or early in the morning as the Great Lake passes through it's moods. The ceiling is very high and is vaulted and timberframed with unique 'Dragon Beams' from local timberframe artisans. Topping the lighthouse is an octagonal cupola that lets light in all day and moonlight at night. And on top of the cuppola is a custom copper ball, in keeping with the lighthouses of the North Shore. An antique ship's light occupies the cuppola and can guide you as you walk home after a night of festivities in the town. Seagulls are your companions and you may hear their webby feet tapping on the roof in the morning. Watch the fog roll in and out from your bed while you drink your morning coffee, and listen to the strains of local live music as the town celebrates the short summers at night. The gally kitchen is small but thoroughly modern with all the necessities. The Lighthouse is above the 'North Shore Fisherman's Cabin', a restored historic log home (VRBO# 405338) and is next door to the 'Writer's Cabin' (VRBO# 452067) and 'The Boathouse' a recently constructed timberframe home that is the residence of the owners. You are always welcome to drop in to the Boathouse and see what project is under way. Currently the owner is building an Alaskan skiff. If you are traveling with a large group, consider including the neighboring Fisherman's and Writer's cabins which share the property. There is capacity for a group of 12 or so if you rent all the cabins. You can get the whole family reunion or wedding group on one site! The Lighthouse is known for it's inspiring charm. There have been plays and musicals written here, a handfull of proposals, and a good number of honeymoons. Come share the fantastic energy that is The Lighthouse.


Owner
Todd and Susan Miller
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
90%
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Todd and Susan Miller

The owners and managers of the Lighthouse are Todd and Susan Miller. Susan is originally from Duluth Mn and Todd from the Twin Cities. They have sailed the world's oceans together on their 35 foot sloop 'Snow Day', and have now settled down here in Grand Marais since 2003. Todd is a licensed Captain, and served on the local park board for many years and currently serves on the Planning and Zoning board. He is also active in community projects with area youth and currently serves on the Planning Commission. Susan is the Special Education teacher at the local charter school. Todd's interests include leading a local dance band, building and restoring fun things, messing about in boats, and managing Real Estate. Susans interests include gardening, thrift store exploring, and cooking. They both love to travel and learn.

Todd and Susan Miller purchased this studio in 2003

Why Todd and Susan Miller chose Grand Marais

We chose this location because it is very special. We are lifelong Miinnesotans and have been passing through Grand Marais our whole lives. We wanted a home on the North Shore, and we believe that Grand Marais is the jewel of the North Shore. Within Grand Marais we wanted to be close to the action and the water. Although this is a very small town, it has big shoulders when it comes to culture and beauty. We belive our specific location is magical because the big lake cools us in summer and warms us in winter. We never get tired of the many moods of Lake Superior and enjoy watching the lake from this property.

What makes this studio unique

This is a great location for the summer festivals fall leaf looking, and winter get always. Music and art seem to permeate the town and strains of music can be heard most times of the day and in to the evening in the summer. Artists are plying their wares in many shops. There is always something interesting going on at the Boathouse next door, and North House Folk School is very close. On stormy nights the breaking waves send a deep rumble through the bedrock. Not only is the Lighthouse charming, It is a cleverly designed lodging- and has been praised by a notable architect guest for it's creative use of geometry, timberframing, and blend of luxurious appointments while retaining economy of space.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio rental in Grand Marais

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 256 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • City Centre
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Studio apartment with 1 queen bed.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

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The Lighthouse. Affordable and unique lodging overlooking the harbor.
average rating of 4.9634147 based on 82 reviews
5

We loved the comfy, homey feel of the Lighthouse. Susan and Todd were so friendly

  • 5 of 5

The view of the Grand Marais Harbor was beautiful. We stayed for 2 nights and had everything we needed. The Lighthouse is the perfect size for 2. So close to the restaurants and shops, you can walk. The owners Susan and Todd were so friendly, they shoveled after a beautiful snowfall. The woodwork is amazing. Would love to return when it is warmer. Thanks for recommending the different eateries but the kitchen is great to make a meal too. The light in the cupola made for a nice soft light, nice touch. My 84 year old mom had no problem with the stairs. The place is so nice and private.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Say "Hi" to your Mom and please come see us again when you can. Todd and Susan.
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Needed a few days to just get away!

  • 4 of 5

Great location! just the right size for two people or one, pack light! beautiful view of the harbor and the price was right I would definitely come back here again !

  • Review Submitted: 23/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quaint and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Lighthouse was enjoyable. We loved how snuggly, quaint and clean it was. Everything was of good quality and we felt right at home! During our stay, there was a bit of construction happening next door (which wasn't ideal) but Todd and Susan were upfront about it from the beginning with excellent communication. They continued to prove the open, honest communication method throughout our stay which made all the difference in the world. When we had questions or concerns, they responded immediately with a solution or an offer to work together to make our stay as best it could be. We will definitely be back as soon as we can!

  • Review Submitted: 19/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! For our future guests: the construction next door should be mostly complete by the end of April, with some lingering minor work and some landscaping going on in May. Thanks again! Todd and Susan
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Beautifully quaint

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot that felt like a sanctuary for a weekend getaway for our anniversary. Perfect location. Great character. Made breakfast and enjoyed the views. We liked that there was also a tv with cable so we could enjoy a movie while relaxing in bed. This is a must! Also want to check out their new homes when they’re finished.

  • Review Submitted: 11/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Come back soon and we will show you the new ones. Todd and Susan.
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5

Wonderful get-away spot in beautiful Grand Marais.

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this lighthouse three times now and it's always just a gem. Comfortable bed, beautiful view, room to eat, read and relax. Maintained extremely well. I can't wait to see the new units the owners are building! This location is also very close to everything you would want to go to in Grand Marais. It's all in walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: 23/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you... one for each time you have stayed. Cheers! Todd and Susan Miller
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5

perfect little home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Very close to North House Folk School and everything else downtown. The room has everything you need in a just right sized room.

  • Review Submitted: 15/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Many choices
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday studio in Grand Marais

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Regular season 2018
8 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$207
From
AU$233
Fri,Sat
AU$1,433
 
 
4th of July
29 Jun 2018 - 4 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$259
 
 
Regular season 2 2018
5 Jul 2018 - 1 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$233
From
AU$233
Fri,Sat
AU$1,563
 
 
Fisherman's Picni
2 Aug 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$259
 
 
Regular Season 3
5 Aug 2018 - 30 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$233
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
AU$128
From
AU$181
Fri,Sat
AU$894
AU$3,317
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.35%

Rate includes two adults. An additional person other than an infant is not recommended. There are no sleeping accomdations for more than two. Sorry, no pets in this one, if you have pets consider our other rentals "The Writer's Cabin" and the "Fishermans Cabin". Thanks. Complete refund if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival minus any credit card fees. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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