Accommodating parties of 1 to 10 with extraordinary comfort and surroundings.
- english, french, german, Japanese
About Jim Hagen
I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, a third generation Norwegian to either work commercially on the Great Lakes or at least spend a lot of time on Lake Michigan. Moving to Minneapolis for a career that started in banking and transitioned to being a professor, I was drawn to Lake Superior for its energy and vastness, its world-connected shipping, and the magic of not being able to see the other side. Married to a Japanese-American from Chicago, and having lived in Japan several years, this house was a chance to bring together both some Scandinavian and Japanese design ideas that turned out to not be so far apart.
Jim Hagen purchased this House in 1976
Why Jim Hagen chose Lake County
The 30 mile stretch of Lake Superior headlands near Beaver and Silver Bay hosts not just the dramatic Palisade Head, Split Rock Lighthouse, and the coastal cliffs of Tettegouche State Park, but also the hidden islets, bays, and headlands outside our windows that been visited by photographers and artists capturing what is unique about the wilds of the 'sculpted' North Shore. This immediate stretch of land went on the market in the 1970s after its owner ran into financial headwinds that stopped its plan to build a major condominium - night club resort here. From that risky purchase in 1976 until finally having the resources to build on it starting 2005, the property was a magnificent campsite that never lost its magic for us. It was special enough to be an inspiring and renewing retreat regardless of where in the world we lived. Two years of building from 2005-2007 was a construction marvel of cliffside construction on bedrock with the challenges of capturing the views, strict environmental guidelines, keeping it accessible to those with disabilities, and putting in our deep well, state of the art septic and other utilities. The result is a combination of location and function well worth the 30 years of planning.
What makes this House unique
The functional layout came about after I had to find rental houses for my own extended family reunions. Priorities became clear: make each bedroom delightful and functional with its own bathroom, have great gathering spaces including a kitchen where people want to be and can cook together, have multiple conversation 'corners' inside and out, keep it accessible for all abilities, invest in windows and mechanicals to keep it comfortable year-round, and scale it all to work well for uses ranging from a two-person weekend get-away to a weeks long retreat for ten. Just 3.5 hours from the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport and 1.5 hours from the Duluth airport, many of our guests fly in from afar and find it easy to drive up to the door year-round. One frequent comment is how amazing it is to come for our magnificent shoreline, and then find that there are also dozens of world class waterfalls and ridgeline hiking trails in the area. I've hiked all 297 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail and explored all the shore's state parks, but there is always a new mountain to climb, lake to discover, or waterfall to admire. Even with our sense of north woods isolation, we are easy to reach year-round and we have the convenience of nearby stores and restaurants. While summer and fall are well known as peak seasons on the North Shore, from late October to mid December, guests look forward to the drama of 20' waves crashing into the cliffs and the amazement of watching surfers catch the big ones in their wet suits. Our location right on the water, makes winter a surprising retreat from the frozen cold of much of the Midwest, as the blue water heats the air, and the blazing sun shines through blue skies into our south-facing windows. Winter sports are big on the North Shore, as is reading a good book by the fireplace. As the lake tries to freeze in February and March, the rapidly changing ice patterns take center stage for out toasty front row seats.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Specific permission required at time of booking
Rugged coast may be hazardous to young children
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This is a beautiful place - it feels like home. The owners have been very thoughtful in thinking of every detail to make it an easy place to stay. Communication with the owners could not be better. The setting is amazing, the views of Lake Superior could not be better. As an early morning person - watching the sun come up over the horizon was unforgettable.
One of a kind!
This house is great for five couples...five bedroom each with private bath! We will be back for sure.
We had a great stay. The owner anticipated our every need, and the home was extremely clean and well stocked. It’s a great location with wonderful views of Lake Superior. We’ll stay here again. :o)
Fisch Family annual vacation 2019
My wife and I take our children and their spouses on a week long vacation each year and we try to visit a national park. We have 8 total people and so it takes a special house to accommodate our large group. I can tell you the house is great. The views are perfect and beautiful just like on the photos. The kitchen is well stocked and the beds are very comfortable. Jim, the owner is super easy to work with. He made sure everythjing was ship shape and even texted after we had been there a day or two to make sure everything was in good order. He told us about places to go visit and places to shop for food, etc. We hiked several of the days while we were there and went to Isle Royale on one day. We saw a moose and the ferry ride over to Isle Royal was beautiful. This house made for a very great annual vacation and we have been to Yellowstone, Orcas Island, Acadia National Park, The Smoky Mountains and some others and this one compares with the best.If you want a great place to stay with beautiful views, I highly reccommend this house and location.
This home was beautiful inside and out and the view is incredible! It accommodated our group of four couples very comfortably for our long weekend. Its location worked well for us as we explored the area from Silver Bay to Grand Marais. We would not hesitate to book this wonderful home again!
Tranquil setting outside, warm hospitality inside.
Starting outside, you've got the world's largest body of freshwater on one side, and the Sawtooth Mountains on the other. The home is pleasantly away from the main highway, which increases the ability to hear birds including the occasional loon. On the inside, ceiling to floor windows in the main living space give you panoramic views of Lake Superior. The home is well equipped with modern conveniences, such as wi-fi internet sufficient to stream movies or access your online homework (sorry students), ample kitchen supplies and tools, and five comfortable bedrooms each with a different view. Bedrooms are truly suite-style with bed, desk, and comfortable chairs/sofas and your own bathroom. Other conveniences are old fashioned such as the rocking chairs on the deck. For those with asthma and/or allergies, this is especially welcoming - I had no reactions to anything and in fact felt healthier when leaving than arriving. Bring your slippers to use inside. Most often when leaving home for a vacation, we are out and about for sightseeing. This beautiful home gave us the option to stay in AND do sightseeing from there. My family wishes to express their profound thanks to the owners for sharing this treasure with us. We would love to return soon.
One of our neighboring headlands, Palisade Head, is a must see you can drive to the top of, and the lake-side trails of Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche State Parks offer some of the most photographed scenery in the Great Lakes area. Inland, the stretch of the 300 mile long Superior Hiking trail that runs from nearby Highway One to Silver Bay, is one of trails most challenging and beautiful, including the state's tallest waterfall, a swinging bridge, ridge views of Lake Superior, and magical views of the inland gems, Bean and Bear Lakes. You can ride from our house on wide shoulders to the longest stretch of the the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail from Silver Bay to Gooseberry Falls, or ride up the shore to gift shops like 'Fish out of Water.' The most gorgeous agate-hunting beach anywhere is at the mouth of the Beaver River - just park at the new Beaver Bay Trailhead Center. Deep 'sea' fishing or a two and half hour cruise on the Wenonah are right here in Silver Bay, or with an hour's drive you can be at Sawbill Outfitters for a full day of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) canoeing that still ends with a hot soaking bath and reclining chair by the fireplace back at the Headlands House. A favorite half day outting includes gallery hopping and lunch at Grand Marais, or a run to Canal Park in Duluth, where you can actually tour one of those iron ore freighters you've probably seen along the horizon from the Headlands windows.
In the winter, downhill skiing/snowboarding at Lutsen (1/2 hour drive) or world-class cross country skiing at Tettegouche State Park (5 minutes) are favorites, but snowmobiling (e.g., to Trestle Inn) and dog-sledding are also moving up on bucket lists. Canoe, kayak, and bike rentals are all available, and if you download a free smart phone app, you can discover the hundreds of area geocaches. Our central location on the North Shore makes a number of day-long outtings an option for guests staying more than a few days. Heading up the shore is the Grand Portage National Monument (fur trading post) or a cruise from Grand Portage to Isle Royale National Park. We are near two important intersections along Highway 61. Highway One (just a mile away) goes inland to Ely, with its Wolf and Bear Museums, galleries and shops. Forest Highway 11, a nationally recognized 'scenic byway' is a relatively new direct shot from Silver Bay to the cities of Iron Range, where the Soudan Underground State Park is an area attraction.
Warning: We find that guests of all ages and levels of ambition start each day looking out the windows at our extraordinary coastal views and come to realize that they are already at the destination, with no need to go anywhere!