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Cozy Historic Cabin Walk/Bike to Town Nestled in the Woods Year 'Round Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

McFarland House is a cozy cottage home nestled in the woods yet right on the main road to town. Previous guests listed location as one of their favorite amenities. Comfortable, secure and private, McFarland House has been lovingly remodeled (No more carpet!! Hardwood floors!), thoughtfully furnished and arranged so it can be your home away from home. It comfortably accomodates 4. McFarland House boasts a strong and reliable WiFi connection (available June - December). The family can stream favorite videos and if this is a 'working vacation' for part of the family, rest assured, you can remain as connected as you want to be.

Throughout the home you will find art work created by local artisans. The house features the following living spaces:

- a wide front porch with comfy loveseat for that early morning cup of java or sunset sip of tea

- 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!

Keywords: Cottage, Clean, Comfy, Close to town, bikepath close, snowmobile trail access, family and pet friendly, quiet retreat, 3 season porch, outside patio, close to Lake Superior, arts community, ski, snowshoe, hike, bike, North Shore, Minutes from Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

More Details

Property Manager
Linda Bauer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

About Linda Bauer

I am a musician. My work is demanding, I often put in very long hours, and I am around lots of people lots of the time. I need a place where I can unwind and be by myself, yet not altogether isolated. Grand Marais is just the place for me. I get inspiration from gazing upon the vast expanse of clean clear blue water of Lake Superior. You don't need to be in a house right on the lake - the lake is a presence wherever you go. My house is a long city block away from the lake, making it cool in summer - no air conditioning needed. I like to sit out on the back lawn or patio, under the huge red and white pines that surround the house and put my feet up with a good book on my kindle.

Linda Bauer purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda Bauer chose Minnesota

My work is intense at times, taking me around the world, or trapping me in my studio for days at a time. My mom lives in Grand Marais and when this property came up for sale she suggested I take a look. I bought it in 2006 and although I don't get up as much as I'd like, I know that when I can get up there, I can kick back, be anonymous and take the time to do what I enjoy. I know that my visit will leave me relaxed and renewed.

What makes this house unique

I love to fish. Fishing relaxes me like no other activity. There are so many opportunities for me to fish - quietly from a canoe on a wilderness lake or river where I might not see another boat or person all day. Or I can experience the excitement of reeling in one of 'the big ones' (salmon or lake trout) from a motor boat or charter on Lake Superior. At the end of the day I know I have a quiet place (bug free) and a comfortable bed - a home away from home. Although Grand Marais is such a small quaint harbor town, I can find the finest coffee and restaurant food equal to or better than what I've found in big cities around the world. My house is minutes away from it all.


Grand Marais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main bedroom adjoins sitting area which can sleep 2.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This room adjoins master bedroom, no door between.
  • The master bedroom sleeps 2. Adjoining that room (no door between) is a sitting room with sofa/futon that folds down to a queen sized bed to sleep another 2. There is a door between these 2 rooms and the rest of the house. There is a sofa/futon in the living/dining room that could sleep another 1-2, however maximum capacity of the house is 5 with owner approval.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
There is an outdoor patio area with picnic table to seat 4. The front screened-in porch provides a relaxing sitting area summer and some of autumn/spring (it is not heated for cool weather use). Bird feeders are strategically placed for year-round viewing and stocked to accomodate seaonal avian guests (hummingbirds in summer; seed eaters year-round). Deer, snowshoe hare, grouse, ravens and owls are regular visitors. An early season bear is occasionally possible to see. Wolves and coyotes can be heard at night. (dog owners- keep your canine leashed and close). Within walking distance is a family center putt-putt golf course, summer season outfitters and Superior National Forest information center.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Cozy Historic Cabin Walk/Bike to Town Nestled in the Woods Year 'Round Retreat
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Very well maintained, caring owner!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property on the edge of town. Owner was beyond helpful! Great location! We would recommend to our friends and family!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at McFarland for several weeks, and were very happy with our stay. The location is great for quick a quick run into town or a stroll through the woods, and the house itself is supplied with everything necessary for comfort. It has old-house charm but without old-house problems. Linda was very helpful and professional.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect, clean, private, quiet, walking distant to town!!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, roomy, clean and comfortable cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for my weeklong stay in the area (fly fishing, hiking, beach walking). Everything was tip-top clean and kitchen included all the right items. No hidden surprises (that's a good thing), just as pictured. Communications with owner/manager was timely, friendly, and professional. Bottom line for me -- Yes, I'd stay at McFarland House again!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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northwood, IA

comfort amidst october glory

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful 3 night stay at McFarland House. It is as advertised and then some. Think

peaceful, well equipped and super clean. Grand Marais and the entire area offer as much activity and adventure as you can

think of. In the back country the leaves were ablaze. We saw bears munching blueberries and 2 moose ambling down The

Grade (check a county map) Hike your shoes off on the many trails off The Gunflint. Visit Canada via the most scenic leg of

the North Shore. Then - return to this cottage, kick off your shoes, have a glass of whatever and a game of cribbage before

you decide which restaurant beckons you to wander down the hill. The queen bed is super comfy and the shower is great.

Linda is available when needed but does not hover - a good combination.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Day tripper

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a relaxing week at McFarland House. It is a quaint and cozy home-it feels like a home! Everything we needed was there. We brought our dog. There were many areas I could walk her in near the house and I was happy when Linda told me how dog friendly the town is. She gave us good advice about where to eat and shop. I loved the variety of books in the shelves.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Duluth, MN
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Gunflint Tavern
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Gunflint Trail
Nearest Motorway
Highway 61
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Angry Trout
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Pincushion Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Grand Marais Recreation Area
Car: recommended

Gallery Hopping, Traditional Crafts education at North House Folk School, Art classes at Grand Marais Art Colony, bird watching, small town festivals June - August, 19 miles from Pow-Wow in August, agate hunting on Lake Superior beaches, dog sledding within 10 miles, see moose, see eagles,see loons, canoe in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, waterfalls all along the scenic North Shore drive, minutes from Rec. Park activities: indoor pool sauna picnic areas pebble beach, in summer sail The Hjordis schooner, in autumn go leaf watching, spring bird migration, huge autumn hawk migration, geological places of interest, close to Superior Hiking Trail access points, mountain bike race, snowmobile races up the Gunflint Trail, fishing tournaments, ice fishing


Rates & Availability

Grand Marais House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Peak Winter
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Shoulder
May 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Autumn Shoulder
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Dec 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable cleaning fee $60
Towels $25
Pet Fee $10
Booking Fee $25
Tax Rate 11.79%

We ask for a deposit to place your dates on the calendar: $200 for weekly or longer, $140 for shorter rentals. The remaining amount is due in 2 payments - one 60 days, one 30 days prior to arrival. We ask that you pay your deposit with a credit card, and you are welcome to make final payment(s) by check and save the booking fee ($25) Pay Pal Invoicing is available.
If you would like for us to provide bath towels, please add $20 (couple), $25 (family).
Excellent quality Wifi is included in the rental price for all but Off Peak Winter months (Jan 3 - April 30) when it is available at an extra cost. Please ask for details.
Note on pet fee: $10 per night per dog; some restrictions apply. Please ask for details.
More details on terms will be provided in your booking packet and are subject to change until the Agreement has been signed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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