The Lighthouse. Affordable and unique lodging overlooking the harbor.

  • The Lighthouse, overlooking town and the harbor from your bed.
    The Lighthouse, overlooking town and the harbor from your bed.
  • View from the deck. Looking East toward the harbor and the sunrise.
    View from the deck. Looking East toward the harbor and the sunrise.
  • View looking West toward the sunset.
    View looking West toward the sunset.
  • Looking up from the bed- the cupola with a vintage ships light. Beautiful timberframing and a significant architectural detail.
    Looking up from the bed- the cupola with a vintage ships light. Beautiful timberframing and a significant architectural detail.
  • The modern, compact galley style kitchen.
    The modern, compact galley style kitchen.
  • Very comfortable queen bed set at an angle. Sit up and look out the windows to the harbor. A band of high windows let in light from 360 degrees. This is a very bright and inspiring space.
    Very comfortable queen bed set at an angle. Sit up and look out the windows to the harbor. A band of high windows let in light from 360 degrees. This is a very bright and inspiring space.
  • The view toward the harbor. Built in solid birch table, hardwood floors. With so many windows this studio apartment is a very special space.
    The view toward the harbor. Built in solid birch table, hardwood floors. With so many windows this studio apartment is a very special space.
  • A Finnish cedar sauna is available as an add on experience
    A Finnish cedar sauna is available as an add on experience
  • The cedar Sauna is spacious and hot!
    The cedar Sauna is spacious and hot!
  • The sauna building. A Finnish cedar sauna is available as an add on experience.
    The sauna building. A Finnish cedar sauna is available as an add on experience.
  • See the detailed instructions on how to order your sauna experience.
    See the detailed instructions on how to order your sauna experience.
$129-199/night
1 Bathroom • Sleeps 1-2
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The 'Lighthouse' is a special lodging overlooking the town and harbor of Grand Marais from it's center. You are right in the heart of town within a block of everything- yet comfortably removed when you need a breather. You can sit up in bed and view the harbor and the big lake beyond. There is covered parking that leads to the stairway that takes you up to the Lighthouse. The view of the old harbor from the balcony is stunning. There is a wrought iron table and chairs on the balcony for relaxing. Inside the Lighthouse you will find a queen bed, tile shower and bathroom, galley kitchen, custom dining table for two, LCD TV with Direct TV and blueray. The bed is set at an angle and faces southeast to capture the views of the harbor in the morning through large windows. 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. We have in place the most exacting Covid-19 protocol in our marketplace. The Lighthouse is professionally deep cleaned between stays, including disinfecting and sanitizing. Where possible we also "rest" the Lighthouse between stays for 24-72 hours. Please see our protocol description in this listing.  There are transom windows around the perimeter of the apartment that let in light from all points on the compass but do not compromise privacy. Notice how the light changes as the day progresses. Observe the color differences around sunset or early in the morning as the Great Lake passes through it's moods. The ceiling is very high and is vaulted and timberframed with unique 'Dragon Beams' from local timberframe artisans. Topping the lighthouse is an octagonal cupola that lets light in all day and moonlight at night. And on top of the cuppola is a custom copper ball, in keeping with the lighthouses of the North Shore. An antique ship's light occupies the cuppola and can guide you as you walk home after a night of festivities in the town. There is an all cedar Finnish Sauna next door to the Lighthouse for the exclusive use of the Lighthouse guests for an additional fee. Usage comes with robes and additional towels and complete instructions. Simply state you would like to add the Sauna to the notes your stay when you make your reservation and we will contact you with details. When you wake in the morning seagulls are your companions and you may hear their webby feet tapping on the roof in the morning. Watch the fog roll in and out from your bed while you drink your morning coffee, and listen to the strains of local live music as the town celebrates the short summers at night. The gally kitchen is small but thoroughly modern with all the necessities. The Lighthouse is above the 'North Shore Fisherman's Cabin', a restored historic log home and is next door to the 'Writer's Cabin' and 'The Boathouse' a recently constructed timberframe home that is the residence of the owners. If you are traveling with a large group, consider including the neighboring Fisherman's and Writer's cabins which share the property. There is capacity for a group of 12 or so if you rent all the cabins. You can get the whole family reunion or wedding group on one site! The Lighthouse is known for it's inspiring charm. There have been plays and musicals written here, a handfull of proposals, and a good number of honeymoons. Come share the fantastic energy that is The Lighthouse.

Lastly, we are implementing an incentive for you to choose trip insurance. We have discounted our rates on our direct website here by an additional 7% (the total savings between our direct site and say... AirBnB is now 14-21% only if you book on this direct site). We are doing this so that you may select trip insurance during your booking process. It will be offered to you while you are completing your booking and they charge 7%. We do not make any money on that. In this time of Covid-19 cancellations have been so rampant as conditions improve and decline as to jeopardize our ability to remain in business. The cancellation policy we have had for 10 years is as follows:

You may cancel within 48 hours of your booking for any reason. After that you can cancel with a 10% penalty up until 60 days prior to your arrival. After that you may cancel but your deposit can not be refunded.

If you have trip insurance you can be reimbursed according to which policy you chose. And we are subsidizing it for you by having reduced our rental rates well below any other rates where our properties can be found. It's up to you, pocket the savings and run the risk of cancellation, or still get some savings and have the peace of mind of having some of your investment in your vacation protected in case of unforeseen events. Here is a link to the insurance company, otherwise it is all presented to you when you book so that you can make an informed decision at that time: https://dzv514xd9amig.cloudfront.net/content/docs/RentalGuardian%20-%20Overview.pdf?v=0116da11ea74cfb3b939b87f3a2c5dc676da5f83 

The owners and managers of the Lighthouse 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 and currently serves on the Planning and Zoning board. He is also active in community projects with area youth and founded the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a 501 3c non profit benefiting area youth and musicians. 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. Susans interests include gardening, thrift store exploring, and cooking. They both love to travel and learn.
Property Type Studio
Accommodation Private Room
Bathroom: Private (not shared)
Common Areas: Private (not shared)
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Not suitable for infants
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
General
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Hot Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Pots & Pans
Bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
Entertainment
  • Television
  • Satellite/Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Books
Outdoor
  • Balcony/Terrace
Pool/Spa
  • Sauna
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Street Parking
Other
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Luggage Dropoff Allowed
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Cleaning Disinfection
Expectations
  • Requires Stairs
  • Limited Parking
Season Rate
New Years
Dec 31, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
Night
$189
Weekend Night
$189
On Season
5/14 - 10/19
Night
$159 - $199
Weekend Night
$179 - $199
Weekly
$1,096 to $1,172
Monthly
$4,684 to $4,893
On Season time period 5 night min.
5/14 - 10/19
Night
$159
Weekend Night
$179
On season 3 night minimum
5/15 - 10/31
Night
$129
Weekend Night
$179
Weekly
$953
Fisherman's Picnic
Jul 30, 2021 - Aug 7, 2021
Night
$179
Weekend Night
$199
Weekly
$1,229
Off Season
10/20 - 5/15
Night
$129
Weekend Night
$149
Weekly
$896 to $991
Monthly
$3,829 to $3,962
Off Season time period
10/20 - 5/15
Night
$129
Weekend Night
$149
MEA 21
Oct 21, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
Night
$179
Weekend Night
$199
Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021
Night
$179
Weekend Night
$179
Weekly
$1,191
Christmas
Dec 23, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
Night
$179
Weekend Night
$179
Weekly
$944 to $1,191
Monthly
$3,876 to $4,294

Cancellation Policy: Guest receives 90 % if cancellation occurs at least 60 days before arrival; No refunds within 60 days of arrival.

Rates include 2 people, a 3rd person is not really recommended. Pets are not allowed at this property. Infants are not recommended here. Book directly for the lowest possible price by booking here on Grand Marais Vacation Rentals.

Travel insurance- a more popular option than ever before in these uncertain times! If booking direct you are saving roughly 12-15%. Travel insurance costs between 7 and 9.8%. You can still come out ahead and be fully insured. Or, if. you are confident (and we really hope you are)  just pocket the savings and treat your group to a good dinner when you get here. But please don't just book some dates and then cancel and assume there will be a refund- you must make the correct decisions now that suit your comfort level.