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The Writer's Cabin, Affordable And Luxurious, In The Heart Of Town.

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Cozy Cabin ideally for two, 1 BR, Airtub for 2, Very Private.

The Writer's Cabin is a quaint, long established residence hidden in the oldest part of town. It has been fully restored and modernized to provide all the creature comforts and yet remain historic in nature. Set amidst lush landscaping, the cabin is only steps from the harbor. All amenities are provided including an new enameled cast iron gas fireplace, a new therapeutic air tub for two, a new top of the line queen bed, a well equipped modern kitchen, satellite TV with flat screen and theatre surround, an antique secretary writing desk, high speed wireless internet, and various objects of interest representative of famous writers and local writers including locally written books and Ernest Hemmingway's favorite model of typewriter.

With nine windows and one skylight, there is great natural light throughout the little cabin.

Seagulls and fog greet you when you rise. The grounds of the property are planted with a variety of native and boreal flowering plants, flowering shrubs and fruit trees. It is a garden like setting with various perennial, annual, and produce plantings.

The outdoor space has a balanced blend of sun and shade, functionality and whimsicality.This is a space intended as an exclusive retreat from the rigors of small town life. It is designed so that you can be as private as your vacation requires. Dense schrubs and tall fences ensure your own seclusion.

Visitors are encouraged to tour the property and flag down the owners if you see them. Observe the goings on in the gardens and the adjacent Boathouse! The Boathouse is an impressive timberframe structure that was built by the current owner as their home and as a workshop for building and restoring boats and for teaching classes and other public and private events. Stop in and see what's going on, maybe you will be recruited in to service to help on whatever project is under way! The owner is currenly building an Alaskan skiff and loves to talk about it.

More Details

Owner
Todd and Susan Miller
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Todd and Susan Miller

The owners and managers of the Fisherman's Cabin are Todd and Susan Miller. Susan is originally from Duluth Mn and Todd from the Twin Cities. They have sailed the world's oceans together on their 35 foot sloop 'Snow Day', and have now settled down here in Grand Marais since 2003. Todd is a licensed Captain, and served on the local park board for many years. He is currently on the planning commission. He is also active in community projects with area youth. Susan is the Special Education teacher at the local charter school. Todd's interests include leading a local dance band, building and restoring fun things, messing about in boats, and managing Real Estate. Susan's interests include gardening, thrift store exploring, and cooking. They both love to travel and learn.

Todd and Susan Miller purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Todd and Susan Miller chose Grand Marais

This is a special property that occupies a unique nitche in the local rental market. The location is incredibly convenient to everything. Once you have arrived you can toss your car keys in the lake and walk to wherever you need to go. This is a great location for the summer festivals or for winter hibernating. In Summer, music and art seem to permeate the town and strains of music can be heard most times of the day and in to the evening. Artists are plying their wares in nearly every shop. There is often something interesting going on at the Boathouse next door, and North House Folk School is less than a block away. On stormy nights the breaking waves send a deep rumble through the bedrock. Many mornings you wake to seagulls and fog. We recently had a fox in the yard and a beaver lumbered through on his way to somewere important to beavers. In winter there are myriad trails to explore on ski or snowshoe, romantic dining opportunites, live music, shopping, snomobiling, or just being cozy by the fire. We chose this location because it is very special. We are lifelong Miinnesotans and have been passing through Grand Marais our whole lives. We wanted a home on the North Shore, and we believe that Grand Marais is the jewel of the North Shore. Within Grand Marais we wanted to be close to the action and the water. Although this is a very small town, it has big shoulders when it comes to culture and beauty. We belive our specific location is magical because the big lake cools us in summer and warms us in winter. That effect fades away only a couple blocks up the hill. We consider ourselves blessed.

What makes this cabin unique

Fantastic location, privacy, economy, and creature comforts!

Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Grand Marais Devil Track Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Several choices
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Grand Marais Municipal (2m) Lutsen Nat'l (20m)
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 61
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many choices
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Downhill= Lutsen, 20m, Cross Country= many choices
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Grand Marais Harbor beach
Car: not necessary

Grand Marais is a small harbor town with the great North Woods to it's back and Lake Superior in front. It has an artistic culture that exceeds it's small size including Minnesota's longest running art colony, art galleries, a strong local music scene, North House Folk School, and many local residents who are artists of different pursuits. There is a great interest in outdoor activities including all forms of skiing, biking, hiking, snowmobiling, sailing, boating, fishing, birding, canoing, kayaking, dining and general carousing. We are the last bastian of civilization before The Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness and the last town of significance before Canada. We have a rich history of the Ojibwe, then Scandanavian fisherman, logging, resort lifestyles, and now tourism. There is a genuine small town and diverse school system and vibrant community of year round residents- many going back generations. There is no place quite like this.

Amenities

Grand Marais Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , Air bath theraputic massage tub for two
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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The Writer's Cabin, Affordable And Luxurious, In The Heart Of Town.
average rating of 4.9 based on 80 reviews
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5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Writer's Cabin was so wonderful. The cabin is conveniently located in the heart of Grand Marais. It's super cozy, quiet and most importantly, VERY CLEAN! It was a great size for us two adults and our two dogs. We are for sure coming back again!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! The basics matter and thanks for noticing. Todd and Susan Miller.
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5

Writer's Cabin is a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We love this place! Second time we've been (a year to the day!). It's a great home base in close proximity for exploring the amazing hiking in the area (this time we explored Devil's Kettle and beyond on the SHT and went back to Grand Portage to Middle Falls). Even if the weather was dreary, like it currently is, the woods will revive you.

Plus, Todd Miller is a great host (we have yet to meet Susan). Can't wait to see the new units they are adding (designed by rock star architect David Salmela).

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to see you guys again. Shhhh on the new stuff! :-) Susan and I hope to see you again soon. Todd and Susan.
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5

Private getaway spot within steps of everything!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great long weekend at The Writer's cabin. This was my third stay with hosts Todd & Susan, and each stay has been perfect. Although it is tucked away between other cabins and the host's home, that only seems to add to the feeling of privacy. The harbor, lakeshore, and downtown Grand Marais are literally steps away. During warm weather make sure to take advantage of the private patio area for grilling or hanging out under the stars. The cabin has everything needed to make you comfortable, and is perfect for a solitary escape or for couples exploring the North Shore. I'm already looking forward to another trip Up North!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you sir! See you again soon. Todd and Susan.
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4

Great little place

  • 4 of 5

This is a very small little place with great amenities. Perfectly located if you are taking classes at north house folk school. Definitely take advantage of the jetted tub. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. Please let us know what we can do in the future to earn 5 stars from you! Cheers. Todd and Susan.
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Anniversary Stay

  • 4 of 5

We were celebrating our 25th anniversary by staying in Grand Marais for a week. Our cabin was close to the lake and downtown, less than a block from two good restaurants. Our stay was marred only by a nasty fall I took on the Duluth harbor rocks on the way up. Our cabin was in a relatively quiet neighborhood. I spent more time inside than I had intended because of my injured back, so it was important that the cabin and outer area was comfortable. I sat out on the patio chairs whenever weather permitted as they provided good back support - along with one of the cabin's pillows. There were a few small apple trees in the front yard with harvestable apples, kind of a bonus. The lake is not visible from the cabin due to other buildings, but parking was easy. We had our dog so it felt a bit crowded at times. The kitchen, living room and dining room are all in one room. (In addition, I always over-pack!) The queen sized bed was comfortable. We did not use the outside and inside fireplaces, but would have been fun another time. There were ample kitchen pots and pans, etc. Being the Writers Cabin, there were lots of quality reading at hand and an old typewriter, said to be the same model (not the actual) as one used by Hemingway. I would recommend this cabin for one or two people and a small dog who plan to go out hiking and shopping. The price was reasonable.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

A great little house. Super close to all the action but private and quaint. We would stay here again for sure. It reminded us us staying in a mountain ski village out west. We love Grand Marais!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.88%

2 people included in the base rate. Up to one one child 2 or under is included in the base rate. An extra fee of $25 per non child person if more than 2 people, no more than 4 people total.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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