- a living/dining area with table and 4 chairs, futon style couch (that can fold into a queen sized bed) and big matching chair. Book shelves feature books of local interest, games, puzzles and family oriented DVDs. The hearth boasts a 23' TV monitor which is hooked to a blue ray DVD player so you can stream your favorite shows or movies.
- a cozy kitchen equipped with: drip coffee maker, microwave, toaster, 4 burner range with oven, refrigerator, dishware for 8, T-fal stainless steel cookware, cutting board, bowls, muffin & cookie pans and more.
- a transition room to bath and bedrooms providing a side door for egress to private outdoor patio area complete with grill and picnic table
- 2 adjoining bedrooms: one with queen sized bed, a dresser, and a TV / writing or computer area with a charming secretary desk making this well lit room an ideal writer's retreat. The other bedroom has an adult bunk bed (2 single beds one atop the other, 6' long) and 2 small dressers. Ideal for families or the young at heart who have always wanted to try a bunk bed.
Family and pet friendly (dogs only), we have recently (May 2014) remodeled the house to reflect its origins. McFarland House began its life as a cabin on McFarland Lake. When the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was created, the house was moved to Grand Marais and an addition was added. In response to guest suggestions we removed the carpets to eliminate lingering pet odors and were delighted to find: hardwood floors in the living/dining and transition rooms AND painted shiplap in the back bedrooms. You can now experience the house as it was meant to be: hardwood in the original house; painted wood in the addition, and much better air quality! (Allergic to pets? Please contact us for our other vrbo listing #445941 Charlie's Haven - it is pet free!)
Looking for a quiet retreat where you might sit back, relax, reflect and think creative thoughts? Or are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for a staging area for day trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Superior Hiking Trail? Taking a class at the North House Folk School or the Grand Marais Art Colony? Why not share the house with fellow students and make a friend (or 2)? Is your family looking for the economy of making meals at home with enough space for some to be able to stretch out on a couch while others play games around the dining room table, while another uses your computer in the back room?
McFarland House is set up and ideally situated to meet your needs.
McFarland House is less than a mile from downtown Grand Marais, directly across from the paved multi-use trail (walk, bike, snowmobile). It is an easy 15 minute walk to shopping, restaurants, downtown music venues and any festival that might be happening around the harbor area. Enjoy a small town festival, listen to music on the deck of a number of downtown restaurants and come home to your quiet, secure home away from home. You're a 5 minute walk to the RV / Rec. Park where you can find ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, fire pits ( we do not allow campfires on our property), nature walks and a pebble harbor beach for rock picking or to launch your boat. Walk to the Putt 'N Pet golf and family center, check out the Superior Forest Information Center, both less than 5 blocks away.
Whether you enjoy the outdoors as an angler or photographer, bird watcher or hunter, cross country skiier or snowmobiler, hiker, biker, ATV entusiast, canoeist, kayaker, or motor boater you will feel welcome here. Is the wilderness a place of spiritual renewal for you? inspiration for your art? a physical challenge? We understand the many ways people like to experience the wild in all its seasons. Come up in the spring to do some early bird watching - see the first loons on the big Lake. Enjoy the many rushing waterfalls along the scenic North Shore Drive. Summer brings us a number of unique small-town festivals like the Grand Marais Arts Festival, Dragonboat Festival, Fisherman's Picnic, and Grand Portage August Pow-wow. Many people come up in summer just to relax and be 'cooler by the lake'. Comb the beach for Lake Superior agates or driftwood. Skip rocks in the harbor. Try something new: kayaking, charter fishing (lake trout, cohos and other big fish), pleine air painting, moose viewing from a Beaver that lands in the harbor. Or take a sunset sail on the Hjordis schooner. Autumn brings another bird migration; this time the majesty of countless hawks and eagles, as well as the beauty of changing leaf color. Winter activites abound up here: downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, winter camping, snowshoeing, ice fishing and Lake Superior is often at her most spectacular spewing huge waves and creating hauntingly beautiful ice sculptures with dawn and dusk lighting to delight and challenge the photographer in you.
With all these sources of natural beauty, it is no wonder that Grand Marais is a hub of creativity, home to many artists, photographers, writers, and crafts artisans. Many offer studio visits and tours. Downtown is home to a number of galleries: The Sivertson Gallery, Betsy Bowen's studio and gallery, Johnson Heritage Post to name a few. Special events, meet the artist and gallery hops occur year-round.
Perhaps the most profound experience we can offer you who visit this area is that of silence. There is nothing more renewing than the gentle sighing of wind through the pines or the lap of water on rock. Even in the middle of what can be a very busy summer, life gets very quiet up here after dark; especially at McFarland House. Give us a try; we're sure you'll want to return!
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