|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Casa Whimsey is just ten minutes from Grand Marais, nestled into the woodsy ridgeline, at the end of a residential neighborhood. The front of the house overlooks bountiful flower gardens, while the bedroom and screen porch reveal an elaborate view of the boreal forest and bog: headwaters of Rosebush Creek and home to moose, bear, ravens, bald eagles, wolves, pine martens, and chipmunks. Zillions of peepers serenade May-June.
John Gruber and Liz Sivertson are your hosts. John is a landscaper and carpenter, and dad of two tall children. Liz is an artist known mainly for her painted depictions of woodland animals, and the local characters in this unique Northern environment. Casa Whimsey was first built as an art studio in 1991, and over the years became Liz's primary residence. In 2004 Liz and John joined forces, when John added plumbing and a bedroom, and the place has evolved continually into the colorful homestead that it is today. In recent years John and Liz have moved to a bigger home to accommodate their ever-changing interests, making Casa Whimsey available for rent.
Liz Sivertson purchased this bungalow in 1991
Grand Marais is more than just a quaint fishing village situated on the most picturesque harbor on Lake Superior. As Howard Sivertson aptly puts it, 'Grand Marais is the Culture Capital of the Wilderness'. About 65 years ago, painter Birney Quick started the Grand Marais Art Colony, inviting artists into the town from Minneapolis and St. Paul. World class jazz piano man, Frank Gillis, soon followed Birney with an entourage of jazz musicians flowing in from other places, too. Those guys got the culture really sizzling, and it hasn't simmered down since. At Casa Whimsey a colorful array of walls humbly present artwork by artists Howard Sivertson, Jan Sivertson, Liz Sivertson, Betsy Bowen, Joyce Klees, Marce Wood, Tom McCann, David Gilsvik, Dan and Lee Ross, Kari Vick, Sterling Rathsack, Kat Corrigan and Noah Prinsen, (to name-drop a few). A variety of home grown and lively music can be heard in o'er county, almost nightly! Now with the North House Folk School, and the amazing new facility at the YMCA, this place really inspires and nurtures the creative spirit, even when it's cold outside.
Casa Whimsey is only 3.5 miles from the hip and arty fishing village of Grand Marais. Live music, wonderful restaurants, and live theatre makes Grand Marais the 'Culture Capitol of the Wilderness'. Star gaze from your bed after a day of kayaking on one of the many small nearby lakes, or on primo Lake Superior. Casa Whimsey overlooks a boreal bog, the headwaters of Rose Bush Creek, and bizzillions of peepers (frogs) serenade May and June. The living room includes a daybed (twin), upright piano, and shakers for music makers, a vintage big-butt TV for watching DVDS (no TV connection), cozy couch, mirror ball/spot light, and classical guitar. Fresh chives, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender and a variety of mints right outside the door, handy for you to clip and use in your culinary inventions. Also out front, and you don't have to like mosaic sculptures or colorful blooms, but it sure helps. The screen porch is stellar, especially for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails.
Although we never had the chance to meet Liz or John, we felt like we were staying at a friend's house. They had left an anniversary card and some treats that were thoroughly enjoyed. The colors brightened up the rainy days and it was so cozy that I sort of wished it were snowing! The cottage is clean and well maintained with most of the comforts of home. We usually stay on the lake when we're on the north shore but the view of the woods was lovely and I didn't feel like we were missing out. I hope to return soon!
Casa Whimsey is a vibrant cottage! We enjoyed the eclectic art and the serene vistas. It was a wonderful place to relax and refresh.
Impeccably kept, whimsically appointed, cozy and comfortable. Adorable sculpture garden out front and non-human vista off the screened in deck out back. Access to the Superior Hiking Trail is a reasonable walk from the house. Everything you need is right there. We loved it and would stay again in a heartbeat!
Casa Whimsey oozes character and charm, both inside and outside.
The attention to detail is impressive and helps to create a true 'home from home.' It is perfectly placed for exploring Grand Marais and other nearby attractions but coming home to the comfort of Casa Whimsey rounded off the days perfectly.
We picked peas and beans from the garden, admired the art work and appreciated the glorious view. Indeed, if we were not living so far away (UK) it would be a regular holiday home.
Thank you for a truly special stay!
We learned of Casa Whimsy on line and we found the description matching the reality of the cottage. Located near Grand Marais, Casa Whimsy offered a space to stay near one of our favorite places to vacation because it has an art community, great food and shopping. Casa Whimsy, itself, offered color, art, location and solitude that myself and 2 friends who were looking for to celebrate our birthdays. We were not disappointed!!! A personalized birthday card welcomed us and a bottle of cooling bottle champagne completed the warm greeting! The cleanliness of the cottage did not go unnoticed and was appreciated. Also, the cottage was well appointed and had everything we needed for our stay. The quiet, the fire, the comfortable beds, the screened in porch, the breeze, the fire pit and the art displayed in and out of the cottage was admired by all of us! We will return!
Driving up to this property, I was awestruck with the beauty of it. The colors, the garden, the trees; everything was just perfect. The cabin was the perfect space for two, with interesting quirks that made it fun to explore each room in depth. My husband and I spent just as much time at the cabin as we did exploring the Grand Marais area. Being a musician, he really appreciated the instruments and CD collection you provided, while I thoroughly enjoyed the colorful walls and art. We spent most evenings watching the sunset on the screened-in porch, and cooked meals in your kitchen. It was great eating breakfast in front of that big bay window, staring at the trees and garden around us.
All in all, it was the best 5 day vacation I've ever been on and I will surely return to this cabin again. And I will recommend it to all my friends and family!
Located just 3-1/2 miles from the artsy, hip town of Grand Marais, Casa Whimsey has easy access to everything. Hiking trails and lakes and streams for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and boating abound in all directions. From Whimsey a person can easily find themselves immersed in a pristine wilderness setting, and in a short time be listening to live music at a local pub, enthralled in a world class art gallery, strolling through one of the many unique gift shops, or dining in one of Grand Marais' excellent restaurants.
Some things you should know:
Case Whimsey is located at the end of a residential neighborhood. It is generally peaceful and very private, with a panoramic view of gardens and forest. The "people neighbors" will leave you alone, but you may hear mowers or kids playing. The "furred neighbors" include coyote, timber wolf, moose, fox, and bear. Although you'd have to be really lucky to see any of these wild guys, you have a good chance of hearing the yip of coyotes.
coming from the southwest:
follow hwy 61 past the Cascade River rest stop 1.8 miles to Pike Lake Road/Co Rd 7.
Drive 5.6 miles and go north/left on Co.Rd 6
Drive 1.1 miles and turn right on Brandon Lane
Take a short drive to end of Brandon Lane, #101
(last driveway on left, bright blue house=Whimsey)
to Grand Marais from Casa Whimsey:
Down Brandon Lane, left on Co. 6 for 1.1 miles,
left on Co Rd 7 for 2.5 miles to the Gunflint Trail, turn right into town.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|cleaning fee||£49 + Tax|
We sometimes bend the "three person maximum" rule to accommodate a small child at a nominal surcharge. Please arrange with us in advance, and we will consider your request.