The SkyHouse- Life as Art

  • Amazing balcony views of Lake Superior and Grand Marais
    Amazing balcony views of Lake Superior and Grand Marais
  • Modern nordic design with amazing view of the town
    Modern nordic design with amazing view of the town
  • Beautiful light from all directions, even the ceiling- it's like floating in the sky
    Beautiful light from all directions, even the ceiling- it's like floating in the sky
  • The buildings at tre Sostre. SkyHouse is the tallest in the back.
    The buildings at tre Sostre. SkyHouse is the tallest in the back.
  • Modern kitched with lighted drawers
    Modern kitched with lighted drawers
  • Iconic and inspiring design by David Salmela
    Iconic and inspiring design by David Salmela
  • A village within the town
    A village within the town
  • Comfy and private bedrooms with nordic accents
    Comfy and private bedrooms with nordic accents
  • Each bedroom has a view and a private outdoor space
    Each bedroom has a view and a private outdoor space
  • The village within the town.
    The village within the town.
  • Inspiring design details
    Inspiring design details
  • The harbor in front, the ridge behind.
    The harbor in front, the ridge behind.
  • Workspace
    Workspace
  • Best views in the county
    Best views in the county
  • TV is motorized and emerges at the touch of a button
    TV is motorized and emerges at the touch of a button
  • Inspiring design details as only David Salmela can create
    Inspiring design details as only David Salmela can create
  • The most amazing view in Grand Marais
    The most amazing view in Grand Marais
$219-399/night
2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Sleeps 2-4
Internet Fireplace (more...)

The Skyhouse is proudly in keeping with the new Up North Modern movement. This home was featured in Mn Monthly, Arch Magazine, Midwest Home, among others, and has won awards around the globe. Other than her sister properties the Horizon, and the smaller Aurora, there is nothing like this anywhere on Earth. These are a very unique, and are a limited design intended to inspire, not just provide a roof over your head. Enjoy the unique beauty of Grand Marais from this most unique and beautiful home. The Sky House 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 to capture all the needs and dreams of a visitor to Grand Marias. Come enjoy this cool cabin in America’s "Coolest Small Town". We have instituted a very thorough Covid-19 protocol That includes a professional deep clean with sanitizing and disinfecting between each guest. Please see our detailed Covid-19 protocol elsewhere in this listing. By design the Sky House provides for all the needs of a vacationing party of up to 6 people in a 1264 Sq. Ft. home. In addition, the Sky House provides an inspiring modern space that allows for privacy among those sharing the lodging, and also provides a breathtaking great room area on the top floor with fantastic views of the Grand Marais harbor, the neighborhood, and the town close by. 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 hope we have provided this. 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 carport. The is also an electric car changing station int he car port.  Walk up to the entry area and pass under the  nordic arch to the first of 3 decks where there is room to store bikes in summer, and once inside, there is plenty of room to shake off the snow, hang the coats and set down the skis or snowshoes. If you are the lucky person who gets bedroom one then 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. If you are the lucky inhabitant of bedroom two, head up the stairs past the entry to bedroom two for built in cabinets, the second bath, and your own wrap around balcony. Each bedroom is separated by a soundproofed floor for maximum privacy. 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 for single sleepers, and a contemporary gas fireplace. The sofa can sleep one adult or two children as is, or it can be modified to sleep one adult above and one adult on floor cushions. 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 on this top level with fantastic view of the rooftops and harbor and the town. The entire home has slate floors and modern cabinets. There is a utility room with full size washer and dryer. Everything about the Sky House 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 Sky House 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.

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 Skyhouse 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 and planning commission for many years. He is the founder and board chair for the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. 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 House
Accommodation Entire Home
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Infants welcome
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
General
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Private Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Pots & Pans
Bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom 2 – Shower, Toilet
Each bathroom is fully modern, all tile, and immediately next to each bedroom.
Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms, sleeps 2-4
  • Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen bed
  • Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen bed
Each bedroom has it's own floor, exterior balcony or patio, and is very Thanks so much for staying with us! As a returning customer please consider booking direct next time for the lowest possible price and best possible communication tools. Hopefully you saved our direct website info, otherwise our phone number will help us direct you there. If not, just try to find us on the web. Cheers and thanks again! Todd and Susan.
Entertainment
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
Family
  • Baby Gate
Outdoor
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Balcony/Terrace
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Free Parking
  • Street Parking
Other
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Luggage Dropoff Allowed
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • 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
Season Rate
New Years
Dec 31, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021
Night
$369
Weekend Night
$369
On Season
5/14 - 10/19
Night
$309 - $389
Weekend Night
$349 - $389
Weekly
$2,141 to $2,283
Monthly
$9,187 to $9,576
On Season time period 5 night min.
5/14 - 10/19
Night
$309
Weekend Night
$359
On season 3 night minimum
5/15 - 10/31
Night
$309
Weekend Night
$359
Weekly
$2,150
Fisherman's Picnic
Jul 30, 2021 - Aug 7, 2021
Night
$339
Weekend Night
$399
Weekly
$2,369
Off Season
10/20 - 5/15
Night
$219
Weekend Night
$269 - $279
Weekly
$1,552 to $1,789
Monthly
$6,641 to $6,973
Off Season time period
10/20 - 5/15
Night
$219
Weekend Night
$279
MEA 21
Oct 21, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
Night
$329
Weekend Night
$379
Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021
Night
$349
Weekend Night
$349
Weekly
$2,321
Christmas
Dec 23, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
Night
$349
Weekend Night
$349
Weekly
$1,694 to $2,321
Monthly
$6,821 to $7,885

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

Rates include 4 people, a 5th or 6th person may be added at $50 per person per night. Dogs are allowed at this property with prior approval and acceptance of our dog rules and a $20 dog fee per dog per night capped at $100 per dog. 2 Dogs maximum. Infants up to 24 months are free, children at 25 months and older are charged at the same rate as adults. Maximum 6 humans in this home of any age. 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.