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Greg Amundson

Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Family Retreat sleeps 12 with rustic elegance throughout, firepit and much more!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Large House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible beds, 3 Full Baths, Sleeps 12, FREE Wi-Fi

The Grand Retreat is sure to please the entire family with its large great room, a deck overlooking Jonvick Creek, large fire pit for evenings around the bonfire, full size pool table and a dedicated theater room featuring a 50” flat screen TV with surround sound. This home sits on a large wooded lot with no neighbors. It is only 5 minutes from Lutsen Mountain and centrally located for hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, waterfalls, and scenic drives.

This custom home is a large two level timber frame home with two complete family rooms – one featuring a full size pool table and game table, the other features a stone wood-burning fireplace with gorgeous views. There is a custom full kitchen with a large dining table that seats 12, five bedrooms, three full-bathrooms and a two-car garage. It has hickory floors with in-floor radiant heating, granite countertops, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and warm cedar. It is furnished with high quality furniture – comfy rich leather couches, four-poster beds with thick mattresses, double bunk beds and comfy sofas in the theater room, one that has a pull out Lazy-Boy double bed.

There is room for a maximum of 5 vehicles.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Greg Amundson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Greg Amundson

Greg lives in Scandia, Minnesota. A previous home building contractor, Greg built more than 50 timber frame custom homes on the north shore, including all of the Lutsen Lodges homes. Currently, Greg owns and operates Lutsen Lodges vacation rental homes and is also a new business entrepreneur.

Greg Amundson purchased this house in 2006

Why Greg Amundson chose Minnesota

Lutsen Lodges was established to provide families and friends a high quality vacation in an “upper end” post and beam retreat. Our properties are located in the Sawtooth Mountains just 5 minutes from Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort and in the midst of numerous lakes, streams, hiking and snowmobile trails, waterfalls and much more. In addition, these retreats are in secluded and quiet locations for those seeking extreme relaxation or outdoor activities.

Lutsen, Minnesota is the ultimate outdoor recreation area. Whether your interests are hiking, fly-fishing, lake fishing, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, photography or snowmobiling, the Lutsen area is unsurpassed for any outdoor activity. Close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, wildlife abounds and you may see moose, wolves, deer, loons, black bear and much more.

What makes this house unique

Our properties feature only the best in amenities: radiant heated floors, free wi-fi, large stone fireplaces, granite countertops, flat screen satellite TV's, outdoor fire pits, comfortable furniture, pool tables/game rooms and best of all large custom kitchens. All our properties are located 5 minutes from Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort and centrally located for hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, waterfalls, and scenic drives.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Twelve women from church thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful home. We thought it was especially thoughtful of you to have a large dining room table that seats 12 and was perfect for our group. We enjoyed 2 days of hiking, lots of laughter, sunshine, game playing and wisdom swapping. We are GLOW(God Loving Outdoor Women)
Sep 2011
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based on 17 traveler reviews

Family Retreat sleeps 12 with rustic elegance throughout, firepit and much more!
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. It was especially accommodating for a large group. The home was clean and ready when we arrived. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nathan; We very much appreciate your comments as we work very hard to ensure our homes are clean and comfortable for our guests. Greg
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summer vaca

  • 4 of 5

Great House Great views. House was in good shape needed a good deep cleaning. The house is beautiful but the yard around it was rough. Just took away from the place. Weeds and landscape would help greatly. Would go back had a blast.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie, Thank you very much for your comments. Landscaping is always a challenge on the North Shore but we will address the weeds and generally do a thorough clean a couple of times a year. That said, Thank 's for staying with us and we hope to see you again in the future. Greg
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Nice place for a large group.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to be out with a group and away from people in a private setting.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at our Grand Retreat.
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Ham Lake, MN

Our special wedding day

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a great place to have an outside wedding up in the North Shore area. After finding pictures on the internet, we contacted the owners of the Grand Retreat, to see if they allowed it. They did indeed, in fact they offered us a weekend to check it out ahead of time. We fell in love with the place. But because it was in December, we really couldn't scope out the land as well. So in June, when my family and I were camping in Schroeder, I asked if we could check out the property again to get a feel for the wedding layout. They aloud us to another quick visit, when there was no occupancy. When I asked for recommendations for an officient, and about catering options, they were right on it. I had answers right away, or within a day if they weren't sure. When the time grew closer to our wedding date, they were in constant contact with us offering any help we needed. Our wedding day ended up being beautiful! We created great memories in this beautiful place, with great outside pictures along the creek and wilderness type settings. The cabin was very spacious for the whole crowd and for all of us to sleep. Our family, relatives and friends were very impressed with the Grand Retreat. During our week stay, we enjoyed both indoor and outdoor fires. We enjoyed sitting on the deck over looking the back yard, listening to the sound of the creek. We also did plenty of exploring in the surounding areas. We even drove up to the border and found the beautiful waterfall of the Pigeon River, in the Grand Portage State Park. I can't wait until we can visit again. I very much recommend a family stay or even a special event here. Thanks again for the great stay here!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robyn; Thank you so much for the wonderful review! The picture you sent of your and your new Husband says it all and we are so glad that June and I could help you to arrange and have a wedding to remember for many years. Congratulations, Greg and June
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

This one is just right!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip to Lutsen. We so enjoyed it when we stayed in another house of this owner's last year, we came back for Labor Day weekend and brought some friends. There were 9 of us all together (4 adults, 5 kids) and there was plenty of room. There are enough separate spaces for everyone to be able to spread out or get together if they wanted.

It must be hard to make a house feel like a home to everyone who comes but I can say that we all were extremely comfortable and at ease. Our kids can be rowdy but I rarely felt like anything was "too nice" or fragile. We like having the creek gurgling by out back and enjoyed listening to it while having a fire in the pit. Beds are comfortable, furniture in great condition, house is clean, bathrooms quite nice, kitchen well-appointed, sound system in theater room very impressive, easy enough to access, close to great parks and hiking trails with magnificent waterfalls and views of the big lake...I can't think of anything we didn't like!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We're happy to hear that the Grand Retreat fit your group so well. Greg and June
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Forest Lake

Summer Rejuvenation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us stay at The Grand Retreat.

What a wonderful experience! We had a lot of fun on the North Shore. The Grand Retreat is perfectly located for our family to visit the various State Parks. We spent time at Grand Portage, Judge C.R. Magney, Cascade, Manitou, Tettegouche, Split Rock and Gooseberry State Parks. Each was within an hour from Lutsen. Our family also hiked a lot on the Superior Hiking Trail, went fishing, did the Zip Line on the Gunflint Trail and did plenty of shopping at the local stores. The Five and Dime in Grand Marais and the Beaver Bay Rock Shop are family favorites.

After our full days we enjoyed relaxing evenings at the Grand Retreat. So nice to come home to a clean place with hot water! A couple nights we grilled out, had s'mores, and enjoyed the TV room and pool table. The kids enjoyed the bunk beds. The Lutsen Gas Station has a great assortment of ice cream.

Deadlines and pressure of the "real world" went away for the week. Our kids especially enjoyed the serenity that comes from the pace of life at the Grand Retreat. We had time to walk, talk, play cards, play games, read and get in that elusive afternoon nap now and again. We felt we had a unique opportunity to spend time as a family without outside interferences. Everything else could wait as we finished the lego creation.

At night, the running creek was relaxing to listen to. We enjoyed watching the moon glimmer off Lake Superior from the main living room area! We could see stars - far more than we can see from home. Caught a sunrise at Grand Marais!

We recommend bringing a good book for each family member and a favorite board game. Our son likes to being a small box of legos and couple matchbox cars.

Some suggestions - the Lutsen Gas Station has plenty of food supplies if needed. Also, Grand Marais has a couple grocery stores and restaurants. We had great breakfasts at the Lockport Café, which is near the Lutsen Gas Station, as well as Sporto's South of Border Café on Hwy 61 in Grand Marais.

The Grand Retreat is a beautiful place for a family to take a vacation.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments and kind words.
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Lutsen Mountains
Superior National Golf
Cascade River State Park
"Fantastic waterfalls and views of Lake Superior. Great fall fishing for Steelhead and King ..."
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
"Only 15 minutes from the Lutsen Lodges Grand Retreat. Great for canoeing, kayaking, fishing..."
Cascade Lodge Restaurant
"This is our favorite place to eat that always does a great job and offer some of the best me..."
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Duluth, MN Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Papa Charlies
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Superior Ridge
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 61
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Lutsen Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Wilderness Concierge - If you looking for assistance on personalized activities such as hiking, photography, moose viewing, fishing, hunting, canoeing and much more simply let us know and we can customize a guided or unguided package for you and your guests


Rates & Availability

Lutsen House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Week
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 10 2016
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
MEA Weekend
Oct 19 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
MLK Weekend
Jan 12 2017 - Jan 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Weekend
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Firewood Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.88%

If you utilize the "Book it Now" feature you will be charged a Service Fee by VRBO from 4% - 10%. You can make a reservation without this fee by contacting our office directly.

All homes have a 3 NIGHT MINIMUM stay.

Cancellation Fee 60 days or more before 12:01 AM of your first nights rental is $250.00. If cancelled within 60 days of your first days rental there is no refund unless we can re rent the home for AT LEAST the same amount of your reservation.

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Minnesota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Three full bathrooms. Master bathroom includes tub/shower combo. Two bathrooms include stand-up showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) full size hide-a-bed Located in the theater room and is private with french doors and curtains, Bunk Beds (2) Basement bunkbeds have a double mattress on bottom and a single mattress on top
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dedicated theater room with 50-inch plasma screen and surround sound' system including a Blue Ray DVD Player

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