Looking for all the comforts of a modern home wrapped up in the charm of a Northwoods retreat? Liking the idea of feeling nestled in the woods, yet wanting to be close to the convenience of town? Charlie's Haven is the place for you! Less than a mile from the quaint harbor town of Grand Marais, you're close enough to be able to walk or ride to enjoy the amenities of town, yet far enogh away to avoid the noise, congestion and bustle of summer festivals and outdoor music venues. Whether you are looking for a summer vacation getaway or a quiet winter retreat, Charlie's Haven provides easy access to hiking, biking and cross country or downhill ski areas. It is 20 minutes away from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) with its boundless opportunities for exploration and fun.
Charlie's Haven is a newly constructed home designed for the site featuring large and small windows strategically placed to take advantage of the sun as it rises through the pines and cycles into dusk. Walls re artfully painted to catch the sun's glow whether it is shining bright or hiding beneath grey winter skies. Enjoy the play of light as you lounge in the comfy couch, loveseat or slide chair in the great room featuring a vaulted aspen ceiling and hardwood cherry floors.
Love to cook? The kitchen will inspire you with its marble countertops, Chicago Cutlery, Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Steel cookware and state-of-the-art range and refrigerator.
At the end of the day nestle into the bedroom with its brand new queen bed and nothwoods furnishings. Sleeping arrangements include a loft (accessed by a standard well lit staircase) that serves as a sitting or yoga area by day with a futon/couch and a small single bed, making it a cozy bedroom by night. Loft windows afford you with a year-round view of Lake Superior.
Charlie's Haven is pet and smoke free and sleeps 5 comfortably (in the bedroom: 2 adults share the queen bed, in the loft: 2 adults share the queen futon and one child or small adult in the single bed). You are welcome to bring your own air mattress and bedding to bring maximum capacity to 6.
SO . . . imagine yourself enjoying the outdoors in whatever way you like (hiking the many area trails including Superior Hiking Trail, biking the Pincushion Mountain trails, boating our many waterways - canoe or motor, fishing, skiing, birding). Perhaps your family has split for the day - some to take a North House or Art Colony class, others to shop Grand Marais, others to fish or hunt. You gather together at 'home' to quiet comfort. Maybe you'll stream a movie using your computer and our wifi system, or pop a DVD into the player to amuse the children while you prepare home cooked meal in the kitchen or on the grill. Curl up on the couch with a cup of tea or beverage of choice and let the tensions of your everyday life flow out and away. Rainy day? Pick up a new craft or project from a visit to The Garage in town, enjoy the simple pleasures of a jigsaw puzzle or pull out that book you've been longing to read. You're on vacation and every day here is a day of renewal. You're surrounded by one of the most beautiful places on the planet, in one of the most inspiring homes you'll ever find. And you deserve it all. Welcome to Charlie's Haven!
I am a working musician. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and currently live in Pennsylvania. I travel a lot for my work, and devote long hours to it, both in the studio and on the road.
There is only one Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world. As I drive to Grand Marais along the historic and scenic Highway 61 I am inspired by its panoramic views, coastal bluffs and craggy shores. I came up as a teenager and well into my 30's to go fishing with my step dad and fell in love with the area. When this property became available I grabbed it. The local people who come to visit can't believe we're within the city limits of Grand Marais. It feels like we're in the country. It really is 'nestled' in the woods.
So many of our guests at the sister to this house (McFarland House, see listing #355006) have identified 'location' as being one of the things they like best about the property. It is close enough to town that you can walk or bike into Grand Marais, yet far enough away that you feel like you live out of town. My step dad built this house - we designed it together, placing the windows to take advantage of the north light and views into the woods; putting a window seat into the master bedroom because I've always liked those. And the loft - I've always like spaces like those: closely tucked into the wood ceiling overlooking the great room to one side and the lake to the other. I decided on paint color and finishing touches and I especially love the quality of the light in the house. I feel I'll never get tired of watching the light and how it changes the house from dawn to dusk.
The North Shore of Lake Superior is noted for both modest and spectacular waterfalls, lake vistas and cobble beaches. The Superior Hiking Trail is within easy access with many spur trails to places of unique natural beauty. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is 20 minutes away with an abundance of outfitters to set you up for a day trip or a week's camping experience. Horeseback riding is available close to town, as is Putt-Putt Golf, a recreation park with swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. The city of Grand Marais (pop. 1500) is a quaint harbor town. Summer pleasures include relaxing or strolling on the cobble beach, rock hunting (agates), guided fishing (coho salmon, herring and lake trout), day or evening trips aboard the Hjordis (a 2 masted schooner), sailing, kayaking, canoeing and by evening live music under the stars. Grand Marais hosts a number of summer festivals and is 35 miles from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and the Canadian border. Museums and interpretive centers dot the shoreline. Spring is a great time to come up and see the many waterfalls. Winter visitors can enjoy easy access to cross country and downhill ski opportunities, snowmobile trails and snowshoeing. The Grand Marais Art Colony offers year-round programming ranging from various arts festivals, fused glass, pottery as well as the traditional painting and drawing classes. The North House Folk School hosts both a winter and summer solstice festival, UnPlugged Music Event and classes ranging from boat building to knitted silver jewelry. There's lots to see and do all year round, and each season has its own special allure.
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