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The Storefront-Downtown Grand Marais, private backyard, walk to all restaurants!

Bedrooms 2
Space 69 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (3 total beds) with backyard paradise, walking distance all downtown!

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

Enjoy the newly renovated "Storefront"! Right on Main St, in the heart of downtown Grand Marais!

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!

The Storefront is the main floor below the legendary Artist Loft Vacation Rental (vrbo 199006). Ask about booking both units for larger groups. Both units can be joined together, and can sleep 10.

The Storefront is right in the heart of downtown Grand Marais on beautiful Harbor Park. It was formerly a barbershop, an photography gallery as well as a jewelry store. The fresh remodel incorporates rustic, industrial, reclaimed wood and exposed brick in a very cozy, warm way. 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 Storefront to experience all that downtown has to offer...just footsteps out the front door.

The Storefront has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The main bedroom has a queen bed, while the 2nd bedroom boasts cozy built in Queen Bunks!

Even though The Storefront 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.

In the evening, step next door to the Gunflint Tavern and enjoy a microbrew 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. 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. Stroll to the Pie Place, walk to the Crooked Spoon Restaurant, Angry Trout Cafe, Harbor House Restaurant, Voyageur Brewing Taproom and grab breakfast at the Blue Water Cafe for breakfast. All short walks. You have it ALL at The Storefront!

The thing to remember about The Storefront 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 The Storefront & Artist 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 and 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 as you gaze out the windows and still see fishing boats and sailboats bobbing in the breezes.

Come share the Magic!

More Details

Joel Saint John Dodson & Amy Hinger
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
7 August, 2017

About Joel Saint John Dodson & Amy Hinger

Hi there! Our names are Amy, Joel and our son Max. 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 Saint John Dodson & Amy Hinger purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Joel Saint John Dodson & Amy Hinger chose Minnesota

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! After finding out that it was for sale, we fell in love with it even more. There really is no other place like it in all of Grand Marais.

What makes this apartment unique

It's your own 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 backyard with your own fire, and a bottle of wine:)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Grand Marais

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 69 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Stand up shower with super high 8.5' ceiling!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed , Two Queen built-in bunks, super cozy!
  • Queen Bed in Main Bedroom & dual queen bunks in second bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


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The Storefront-Downtown Grand Marais, private backyard, walk to all restaurants!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great central location to enjoy the night life of Grand Marais! The condo was charming and we'd stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous and Artsy

  • 5 of 5

This sweet little home away from home fits in perfectly with the artsy vibe of Grand Marais! It is awesomely decorated with a rustic urban look. Could not be in a better location beds were very comfortable shower was awesome and the space is fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Hideaway in the Heart of Grand Marais

  • 4 of 5

This was our first stay at the Storefront in downtown Grand Marais and we loved it! You feel the eclectic ambience when you enter the patio which is mismatched odds and ends which fit perfectly together. The Storefront is located in the heart of downtown walking distance to everyplace you'd want to visit and the unit is decorated as a comfortable mix of new and old which allows you to relax after a long day of dining and shopping!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect spot for being in the heart of action or to walk along shore by yourself.

  • 5 of 5

There were four adults staying overnight with perfect sleeping space.Right in town, so a few blocks walk in morning and fresh donuts were on the table! My mother who has problems with steps, loved the location and the ease of layout inside and out.Would highly recommend when events are going on or anytime.Money well spent.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for our anniversary trip and can't wait to go back! It is the perfect location in Grand Marais with a gorgeous view of the lake out the front window! We lucked out with amazing weather during our stay and spent a lot of time in the patio area out back (and other restaurant patios :)). The place was very clean, the beds were comfortable, and it was surprisingly quiet at night considering it is right next to a bar. I would definitely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a fun, unique, and convenient place to stay in GM!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed, clean, and right on Lake Superior

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a weekend in June and enjoyed this property! The owners were easy to deal with and accommodating to all our needs. For anyone looking for a perfect Grand Marais vacation, in the heart of the town and on the harbor, look no further!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee A$12.68 per person per night
Pet Fee A$38.04

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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