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Ella's Inn - Value Priced Lodging in the Heart of Grand Marais

Bedrooms 5
Property type house


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to Ella's Inn in beautiful Grand Marais. This charming classic bungalow is located two blocks from the Grand Marais harbor and within walking distance to everything Grand Marais has to offer.

Our focus is to provide our guests an 'at home' feeling with clean and comfortable accomodations at a value price. A fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room, three bathrooms and five bedrooms allow you to make Ella's Inn your home away from home.

Due to allergies, Ella's does NOT accept pets. Thank you.

Owned and Managed by Backlund Realty

Keywords: Single room or whole house rental, walk to Art Colony and North House Folk School, guesthouse, inn, vacation rental home, bungalow, rooms for rent, value priced, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room, affordable, year round rental, Lake Superior, Grand Marais, North Shore, cabin

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Lori Backlund, Ella's is Owned and Managed by Backlund Realty
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2017

About Lori Backlund, Ella's is Owned and Managed by Backlund Realty

Owners Terry and Lori Backlund have been married since August 2007. Both have had long family histories that tie them to Grand Marais. Terry is co-founder of Sven and Ole's and current owner/broker of Backlund Realty. After a long career with General Motors, Lori finally made her move to Grand Marais.

We both enjoy skiing, tennis, golf and most of all, riding our Harleys.

Why Lori Backlund, Ella's is Owned and Managed by Backlund Realty chose Minnesota

Grand Marais has a unique vibe rarely found in a town of this size. Grand Marais places a premium on culture. The community's Arrowhead Center for the Arts hosts performances ranging from locally produced plays to national recording artists. The renowned North House Folk School attracts students from across the country with its curriculum of folk arts and crafts and construction skills. Founded in 1947, the Grand Marais Art Colony is the oldest art colony in the state. The Johnson Heritage post has continuous showings of works by local and regional artists.

Ella's Inn is only two to four blocks from most attractions including great dining, shopping and picturesque harbor views.

The historical significance paired with the location makes Ella's Inn the perfect place to call home while in Grand Marais.

What makes this house unique

The guests at Ella's Inn have access to all amenities of the home. A fully equipped kitchen allows guests to dine in or enjoy fresh morning coffee. Relax and share stories of the day's adventures around the outdoor fire ring while toasting marshmallows.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I'm so glad I discovered Ella's Inn on VRBO. In the loveliest possible way, it feels like we're Goldilocks and the Three Bears who walked into someone else's house while the owners stepped out for just a moment. Honestly, staying at Ella's Inn is like staying at your second home - even if you didn't realize you had one until you walked in! It is immaculate, whimsical, eclectic, homey and oh-so-complete."
Aug 2014
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Grand Marais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
Outdoor area for campfires, short walk to town, next door to Art Colony, four block walk to North House Folk School.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Ella's Inn - Value Priced Lodging in the Heart of Grand Marais
average rating of 4.857143 based on 40 reviews
Thunder Bay, ON. Canada

Cozy by Superior!

  • 5 of 5

Past few years, this Artist's getaway, venturing to Grand Marais, Ella's Inn is my go to home away from home! Cozy, comfy, clean, charismatic and walking distance to all the goodies in Grand Marais. The price is fabulously reasonable, which is a gift. The other house guests are always wonderfully fun. Many friendships have started here…Terry and Lori are down to earth right on hosts/inn keepers!

It just don't feel right if I can't stay at the Inn, Ella's Inn!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple Grove Mn.

Ella's Inn is a winner!

  • 5 of 5

Ella's Inn is a wonderful eclectic immaculate kept Inn! All rooms are spacious with fresh clean linens on the comfy beds and plenty of towels etc. for a house full! Fully stocked kitchen, was a plus! (Incase you want to cook some or all of meals there) It is only a block and 1/2 from town and makes it easy to walk to and from. Never having to use your car. You can sit and enjoy the flowers on the front stoop, or a shady garden on the side. At night if you aren't pooped from site seeing you can sit by a roaring fire in the back yard. The owners Terry and Lori make you feel right at home and don't care that you and your family are loud when playing games at night! I would stay at Ella's again. I had family that stayed in town and they wished they had reserved a room at Ella's. Thank you Lori and Terry for opening up your home to our family. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Francis, MN

Cold outside but warm in Ella's Inn.

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us stayed at Ella’s place for the first time at the end of February. We found it charmig, very clean, comfortable and walking distance to town. We would recommmend it and come back!

Clearly outside of their control, but it was about -15 degrees but we had fun anyway.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sue, We appreciate your review and realize it takes time to write one! Thank you. Sorry I couldn't make the outside temps any warmer for your group but I'm pleased you enjoyed the house. We do our best to provide a comfortable environment for groups to socialize and rest up for adventures on the North Shore.
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have spent our honeymoon and every anniversary after in Grand Marais. On our 25th we decided we wanted to bring our four kids, our son in law and our three grandsons along. Ella's was perfect for us. As we entered the house Friday evening the 5 year old shouted "This place is awesome." He couldn't have been more right. It was clean, it was homey and everything we needed was provided. The grandsons and some of the adults even played hide and seek Saturday evening.The 7 year old asked if we were going to do this again next year. Not a bad idea.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review! We really do our best to provide a clean and comfortable place for families or groups of friends to gather and enjoy each other. We love sharing our home and town with visitors. We would love to have you again if you take the kids' suggestion to come back again!
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Virginia, MN

Weekend Reunion

  • 5 of 5

I was one of a group of 7 women who grew up together and chose Ella's Inn as this year's gathering place. From the moment we walked in the front door, we knew we had the perfect venue for our weekend. Ella's is cozy, but spacious, clean, comfortable, well furnished; an easy walk to downtown Grand Marais & a comfortable drive to area sites and trails. We will be back, and highly recommend this owner-friendly cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We really enjoy hosting people at the inn and helping them decide how to explore Grand Marais and the area. It is special to us when guests take the time to comment on their stay.
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Crystal, mn

Awesome place our our annual girlfriend reunion!

  • 5 of 5

What an outstanding time we had at Ella's. 7 of us (just turning 60 this year) have been getting together almost every year since 1984 and Ella's was voted best place to stay by all. Shopping, sightseeing, hiking, reminiscing and catching up - a wonderful crisp fall weekend! Ella's was more than we expected, charming, clean, comfortable, a well equipped kitchen and Lori and Terry were great hosts inviting us to feel at home. We thought it looked like a cute little place when we found it online.....we had NO idea how really ideal it would be. We can't wait to go back someday! Thank you so much for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. We do our best so that every guest feels welcome and at home while staying at the inn. Being only two short blocks from town, Ella's is a great location for anthing in Grand Marais. Lori and Terry
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Rates & Availability

Grand Marais House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.88%

After checking calendar, please email for available dates From $79/night for a single room to $325/night for whole house rental (taxes are additional). Mailing address for payment is Ella's Inn PO Box 1360, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Specials apply for North House Folk School or Art Colony rooms. Please contact me via email for rates as VRBO rate calculator is not reliable. Thank you!

Deposit is requested via check mailed to Ella's Inn to hold reservations and final payment is due during your stay.
The address is PO Box 1360, Grand Marais, MN 55604

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