Quiet neighborhood. Cute "grandma" home with plenty of room. Full kitchen with standard small appliances. The lake view sunroom is the favored spot, and has a futon and a door for night time privacy. We have a comfortable dining room and sizable living room with another futon. The two bedrooms are calming and peaceful; one with a Lake (and sunrise!) view, the other overlooks the rock garden. We have a large yard for playing Bocce Ball in or enjoying campfires. We are off a quiet paved road that's perfect for rollerblading, strolling, jogging or a short bike ride. You can store bikes, skis, etc in the basement, or in a minimally secure front porch. We are just 5 miles from Two Harbors with a good grocery store, gifts, crafts, restaurants, swim beach, breakwater, lighthouse, and a micro-brewery. The Superior Hiking Trail is nearby, as well as Gooseberry Falls Park, Splitrock Lighthouse, Tettegouche State Park, Grand Marais, and Duluth. Grandma's Marathon starts just a short jog away, and for skiers there are Spirit Mountain and Lutsen not too far away, as well as some 4-wheeler and snowmobile trails.Two Harbors is one of the checkpoints in the John Beargrease annual sled dog marathon. Two boat launches are nearby for our fishermen and women, as well as fishing charters. Lake access (some with swimming) is at several places a short drive away (please know there is NO lake access from the property, or in walking distance). Our driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles, and/or a small trailer. We are open year-round for your pleasure and relaxation- come for our comfortable summers and beautiful winters!
- House1400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 - 3 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 futons, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Julie and Martin Anderson
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- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 20, 2018
About Julie and Martin Anderson
We are life-long Minnesotans in our early 60's. We have 5 grown children, 4 of whom are married, and we have 7 grandchildren. Our youngest just graduated from college, so, no more tuition payments- yay! I love gardening, and Marty loves hunting and fishing. We have a darling, spoiled rotten, Coonhound that we adore, chickens and ducks that Marty tolerates, and a cat that adores us (it's mutual).
Julie and Martin Anderson purchased this House in 2008
Why Julie and Martin Anderson chose Two Harbors
We would drive through here fairly often going to Lutsen, or to go hiking at Gooseberry Falls. The summers here generally have low humidity, and few bugs (at least compared to southern Minnesota!). We had stayed in Two Harbors many times, and enjoyed it, so, when Marty sold his business, we decided to buy a vacation place here, and found this little home, with a pretty yard and a really nice view. Our first winter traveling back and forth and staying a lot was surprisingly easy and pleasant- many times it was warmer here than in southern Minnesota (I was amazed). And Lake Superior very seldom freezes over, so we had lovely lake views pretty much all year- not like the lake at our main home- it looked like a snow- covered field all winter. After we decided that we loved it here ALL year, I found another nearby property that is up the hill and has a high view of the Lake- the higher the better for me! It is more private, and Marty could have his pole barn, and I, my critters- I do worry about my rooster disturbing my neighbors, though... He was supposed to be a layer... All our neighbors at both houses are around our ages, so we're a pretty quiet lot, and hope our renters want that kind of atmosphere, too. With retirement and the cost of maintaining 2 homes (sold the main home 3 years ago), we struggled with what to do with the "little house". We sure didn't want to sell it- and even though the "investment" part of our buying decision kind of crashed with real estate prices, our family- and friends- really enjoy the house and area. So, to try and keep the little house, but stop the money drain, we jumped through the licensing hoops- and there are a LOT of them- and are finally ready to to open the door to our renters. Perhaps some will become new friends... But at the least, I hope, you will all be pleased!
What makes this House unique
It was just a cute little "grandma" home, with that peek of the lake that one gets driving by. It was owned by a grandma, who had passed away a couple years before we bought it from her daughter. I love the knee walls in the upstairs- kind of like the "sparest of spare bedrooms" thoughts from Anne of Green Gables. The cedars in the front yard are lovely- I don't have any like those up the hill. I love the stairway that goes between them. I built the rock wall there, and met many nice folks while doing so- my new neighbors, and lots of resort folks out walking. I even got a bit of a nickname- the Rock-Lady! The sun shining on the lake in the morning, and having coffee with my sweetie in the front sunroom and enjoying that together, is just so wonderful to me. As well as the late afternoon sun coming through the windows- it seems to color the very air. I really enjoy jumping on my bike after a hard day's work and taking a leisurely little ride on the paved surface... The road doesn't have that much car traffic, and it's just refreshing- and easier than on the gravel... If I'm feeling more energetic, I go onto the gravel, to the end of Old North Shore Road and back, altogether about an hour's ride at my pace. No loading up bikes, driving, parking... love it! I find the summer heat and humidity is largely absent here. As of this writing (7/15), we've had a fair amount of high 80's and humidity a lot of July, but still MUCH better than even a little ways south of us. Great for the melons I'm trying to grow, but hard on my gardener's body. We're usually in the 70's during the day, and can be a lot cooler at night. In the 7 years we've been here, not one tornado warning- I like that, because I'm a chicken...
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Excellent Place for Family Getaway
This was a fantastic property for our family vacation. We had a party of 8, which included 6 adults and 2 children (5 months old and 5 years old). Typically, we stay in a hotel, which often means we have to cut our visits short because the kids need to go down for bed, and we're all staying in separate spaces. This experience changed the way we will vacation from now on. All of us slept very comfortably and we were able to enjoy each other's company after the kids went down for bed while still having the option of escaping to our own private space. The location is great for easy access to Duluth and Gooseberry Falls. The property itself has a lovely view of the lake and a large back yard where our 5 year old loved running around and exploring. There was also a nice fire pit with firewood and tools, of which we made good use after a full day of hiking. I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail regarding the amenities. The house was fully stocked, and each of us even had our own hook for our bath towels. There were also empty dressers and closets where we could unpack our suitcases. Additionally, I had mentioned that we would be traveling with a baby, and the property owner set out a high chair for us to use during our stay. The sunroom had a door that could be closed for privacy and a futon that was quite comfortable for my parents, both of whom have bad backs. They enjoyed having this room for the first-floor accommodations and waking up to the sunrise over the lake. The property owner was very helpful for ideas about what we could do during our stay. Once we returned home, she notified me that I had left my hair dryer and brush under the cabinet. She promptly shipped them back to me and simply deducted the shipping from our damage deposit. We will definitely be staying at this property again. It was wonderful all around from location, to the property itself, to working with the property owner. It is rare that a place can provide good accommodations for an entire party of guests across the life span, but this place did it beautifully.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! I'm so glad your family enjoyed our place. I really appreciate the detail you gave about the things you liked; my husband thought that I went a bit overboard with the hooks in the bathroom, but where do people put all the wet towels when they have a large group? We hope to add to the amenities, and would love to have your family back... Do you snowmobile?
We loved this quiet and cozy cabin! We had a great family weekend!!
This is a very nice cozy and comfortable place to spend time with family. It is near many beautiful sites such as Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse. Great place to relax!
Clean, comfortable and cute
We thought the house was really cute and very quaint. The house was very clean and organized. It is also in a great location to Two Harbors. We only stayed two nights. A few things to consider if you are planning on staying for a longer period time are:
1.There is no air conditioning
2.There is a washing machine but no dryer
3. There is no WIFI
4. There is no cable and therefore you don't get any TV so bring DVD's.
Overall it worked great for us. We didn't miss any of the above for the short stay.
The Best of everything.
This rental was the best at everything, from the beautiful views, quietness, and the accomendations. You would need nothing but a toothbrush upon arrival. Would highly recommend this VRBO rental.
We love having guests like you! Please come again!
This was exactly what we needed!
The home was adorable and immaculately maintained. The yard was in bloom with many different flowers and plants which made the whole property that much more appealing. Everything we needed for cooking in the kitchen and on the grill was provided, and the bedrooms and bath were stocked with fresh towels and linens. Little details, such as the personalized welcome sign in the kitchen and the stack of games in the house, made us feel like we were important to the owners. We were spoiled with some beautiful (huge and fresh) trout fillets which were a hit brought to us by Marty. We prepared them, grilled them, and loved them! This is a home I will definitely recommend to others staying on the North Shore. Beautiful views of Lake Superior and a sweet home!
Thank you so much for staying- what a lovely review!
It is always so fun to rent to folks who enjoy our little place so much. We would love to have your group back!
We had a great time at the Andersen Cottage. The photos don’t do it justice and it was by far the most immaculate and best stocked rental we’ve stayed.
Thank you so much- we’re so glad you had a good time!
Please come back again!
Grandma's Marathon and inline skate race starts close by, John Beargrease sled dog marathon runs through Two Harbors. Curling club in Two Harbors
Weekend stays must include Friday and Saturday nights. Special event prices will be approximately 15% higher than the base seasonal charge (the weekends of: Grandma's Marathon, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year's. 100% refunded with 30 day notice, 50% with 14 day or more notice. A cleaning fee will be deducted from the damage deposit if the rental is left excessively dirty. Rental contract is considered SIGNED when property is booked. NO access to lake, please respect property boundaries.