The Aurora- Life as Art

  • The Tre Søstre micro neighborhood, Aurora is on the right.
    The Tre Søstre micro neighborhood, Aurora is on the right.
  • Nestled in the heart of the harbor community
    Nestled in the heart of the harbor community
  • Surrounded by greenery in summer- flowering crabs and polinator gardens.
    Surrounded by greenery in summer- flowering crabs and polinator gardens.
  • Aurora is a completely free standing home. Amazing windows frame views of the harbor, the beach and the town.
    Aurora is a completely free standing home. Amazing windows frame views of the harbor, the beach and the town.
  • A private stone patio
    A private stone patio
  • Your address in Grand Marais
    Your address in Grand Marais
  • Panoramic views, gas fireplace, unique architectural details
    Panoramic views, gas fireplace, unique architectural details
  • Modern kitchen with top of the line appiiances- everything you need.
    Modern kitchen with top of the line appiiances- everything you need.
  • Original artwork by area artists
    Original artwork by area artists
  • Amazing architectural details
    Amazing architectural details
  • Cozy and private bedroom with walk out to patio, lighted wardrobe, and planning desk. Heated floors.
    Cozy and private bedroom with walk out to patio, lighted wardrobe, and planning desk. Heated floors.
  • An informational custom guide to our favorite "Secret Spots" in the area.
    An informational custom guide to our favorite "Secret Spots" in the area.
  • Sleek, modern bathroom
    Sleek, modern bathroom
  • Planning desk in bedroom and additional work area
    Planning desk in bedroom and additional work area
  • Top of the line, full sized washer and dryer.
    Top of the line, full sized washer and dryer.
  • The village inside the village.
    The village inside the village.
  • The buildings are a wonderful interplay of forms. Aurora on the left.
    The buildings are a wonderful interplay of forms. Aurora on the left.
  • Hidden motorized TV
    Hidden motorized TV
  • Work area
    Work area
  • Panoramic views of the harbor and Lake Superior while nestled back against the Sawtooth Ridge.
    Panoramic views of the harbor and Lake Superior while nestled back against the Sawtooth Ridge.
  • Park you car and walk to everything
    Park you car and walk to everything
$162-319/night
1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • Sleeps 1-4
Allows pets Internet Fireplace Beach View Forest Downtown (more...)

Time to get Hygge! The Aurora is local couple Todd and Susan Miller’s newest addition to their exclusive list of vacation rental property in the heart of Grand Marais near the harbor. Designed by celebrated Minnesota architect David Salmela and newly constructed in 2018/19, the Aurora will meet all the needs and dreams of a visitor to Grand Marias. The Aurora is the smaller sister to The Sky House and the Horizon, two sibling properties to Aurora in the small but exclusive enclave called "tre søstra" which means "three sisters" in Danish. Many of our guests ache for a connection with nature (with high thread count sheets), reconnection with each other, and permission to come to a full stop for deep rest. No one says this out loud, but we think that’s their intrinsic motivation. Aurora is one bedroom, one bath, plus a very nice sleeper sofa for one adult or two children, and floor bed for one. There is a roomy main living space that seems to float above the area buildings and has wonderful view of the harbor. Although designed ideally as an upscale oasis for two, 4 people can stay here nicely. The Aurora provides an inspiring modern space that allows for privacy among those sharing the lodging, and also provides a captivating view from the great room area on the top floor of the Grand Marais harbor, the neighborhood, and the town close by. She has a desk area in the bedroom, a walk out blue stone patio from the bedroom, a planning desk in the hall, an all tile bathroom with walk in shower, a large entry area, a laundry, a beautiful flight of stairs to the upper level, a balcony, panoramic windows, fully modern kitchen with top of the line appliances, lighted drawers and butcher block countertops; dining for 4 with 6 possible, a custom sofa that sleeps one adult, or two children, a custom floor bed for one, and a gas fireplace. Everything is in walking distance from our little micro community in the heart of Grand Marais. Imagine the best exclusive lodge experience without sharing walls or having to pass through a front desk. Every restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gallery and Grand Marais' famous beach are all within a very short stroll from your private residence. The home is designed in modern Nordic fashion based on the original Stabur design- a work building commonly seen in Northern Europe. This design culminates a timeline of Scandinavian and Nordic design that the Miller’s began on the property next door that also honored northern work buildings in the roots of their designs. There is off street parking under a sod roofed car port. Here is a brief tour of the property and the Aurora: Begin by driving right in to the heart of Grand Marais and pause by the harbor. You will be turning left up the hill. Pull in to the parking area just outside of the lodging. Walk up to the entry area past the nordic arch to the first deck where there is room to store bikes in summer, and once inside, plenty of room for the whole group to shake off the snow, hang the coats and set down the skis or snowshoes. Head down David Salmela’s trademark stairway one half flight to bedroom one. On the way there is plenty of cabinetry, as well as a bathroom and your bedroom with built in cabinets, desk, and walk out to your own private dry stacked bluestone patio. The floors are heated. Continuing up the inspiring staircase leads you to the primary gathering area on the top floor. This area is breathtaking with its expansive windows, view of the town and harbor, Lake Superior and the private grounds. There is a fully modern and capable kitchen, an architect designed built in sofa and contemporary gas fireplace. Note the unique skylight with modern light treatments and the push button electronic pop up television that you can leave hidden if you wish. There is also a wrap around deck. The entire home has slate floors and modern cabinets. There is a utility room with full size washer and dryer. Everything about The Aurora is designed with environmental sustainability in mind. These homes have an incredibly small footprint both structurally and environmentally. The foundations were designed to take up as little of the yard as possible- by being small at the start and increasing as you go up just like the old Stabur upon which this design is based. The energy efficiency is profound because these are composed of structurally insulated panels which are incredibly efficient. No cost has been spared to make the Aurora the highest quality, most significant architectural addition to Grand Marais’ beautiful landscape. We hope you will find it warm, welcoming, and a once in a lifetime experience in one of the world’s most magical places. We have written a detailed guide to what we consider the most special "secret" places in the area. You can pick and chose your own adventures with it for reference depending on your tastes and the weather. That guide is available to you inside the home.

The owners and managers of the Aurora 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 currently serves on the Planning Commission and is the founder and board chair of the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. 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 deeply enjoy the creation of great spaces for their guests. They both love to travel and learn.

Property Type House
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 19
Setting & View
  • Water View
  • City
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Forest
  • Downtown
  • Beach View
  • Lake View
  • Rural
General
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Private Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
Bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
Bedrooms 1 Bedrooms, sleeps 1-4
  • Bedroom – 1 Queen bed, 1 Sleeper sofa/Futon
Entertainment
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Games
Outdoor
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Balcony/Terrace
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Garage
Other
  • Massage
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Attractions
  • Coin Laundry
Sports & Adventure
  • Fishing
Season Night Week
7 nights
Rate
winterer's gathering 2019
Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 18, 2019
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Thanksgiving 2019
Nov 26, 2019 - Nov 30, 2019
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Christmas 2019
Dec 24, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019
$279.00
Night
$279.00
New Years 2019
Dec 31, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
MLK
Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Valentines Day
Feb 14, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
President's day
Feb 14, 2020 - Feb 17, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Mother's Day
May 8, 2020 - May 10, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
Memorial Day Weekend
May 22, 2020 - May 25, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
Grand Du Nord
May 22, 2020 - May 24, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
On Season
6/14 - 10/19
$249.00 $1,550.00
Night
$249.00
Week – 7 nights
$1,550.00
Wooden Boat Show
Jun 19, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
Lutsen 99er
Jun 26, 2020 - Jun 28, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
Fisherman's Picnic
Jul 30, 2020 - Aug 2, 2020
$319.00
Night
$319.00
Unplugged
Sep 11, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
MEA Weekend
Oct 15, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
Off Season
10/20 - 6/13
$179.00
Night
$179.00
Off Season time period
10/20 - 6/13
Winterer's Gathering
Nov 20, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Thanksgiving
Nov 26, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020
$249.00
Night
$249.00
Christmas
Dec 24, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020
$279.00
Night
$279.00
New Years
Dec 31, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
$249.00
Night
$249.00