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A coastal retreat house in the scenic headlands area of the North Shore

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Silver Bay - North Shore Headlands House

Accommodating parties of 1 to 10 with extraordinary comfort and surroundings.

With our Scandinavian and Japanese heritage showing through the warm wood tones, the house was designed for our own family retreats and is fully licensed for short-term rental. Each of our 5 bedrooms has its own attached bathroom, with a separate powder room off the great room.

The upper floor of the house is wheel chair accessible from the parking area and includes two bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed, the other with two twin beds), and an open area including the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and covered deck. Accessibility features include wide doorways and a curbless shower. Couples and other small groups spend their entire time on this self-contained floor. The lower floor of this hillside house has two bedrooms with queen-size beds and one with a full-size bed, along with a laundry area the guests can use. One of these bedrooms can be configured for meetings/projects instead of sleeping, and it includes a fold out memory foam single sofa bed in addition to a very comfortable techline queen-size Murphy bed. Both upper and lower floors open directly to the outside without any stairs and each bedroom has a view including the lake.

Each bedroom has its own bathroom, three of which contain soaking tub/showers and two of which have dedicated showers. Two of the soaking tubs have picture windows for very scenic relaxation.

The house was custom designed for its unique location on a wooded point to afford generous white water views of this most dramatic stretch of rugged Lake Superior shoreline, and an expanse of south facing windows that generously let in the winter sun. The bay, islets and headlands we see from our windows looking toward Shovel Point of Tettegouche State are spectacular in all weathers and seasons.

Certified for energy efficient construction, the house has in-floor radiant heat, a fresh air exchange system, and naturally soft water from a a 330' deep well. We have a gas fireplace inside, and enjoy wood fires in the lakeside fire pit.

We do not have broadcast TV, though we do have TVs with appropriate players and wi-fi broadband. The kitchen is very well equipped for serious cooking and service for ten, who can all fit around our extending dining room table. We provide all bedding and bath linens, freshly laundered and in place when you arrive. So you can unpack and feel fully at home, each bedroom has a generous closet and dresser drawers, and there are cabinets in the kitchen for your groceries, and a locker to store your coolers, packs, and luggage.

Our use of an electronic code lock adds to your security as we change the combination often, eases your check-in (so you do not need to meet the manager at an exact time) and means all the members of your party can use the code to come and go during your stay.

During the day, your eyes will probably be focused on the coastal views out the window, but note that we do provide information about the generous collection of regional and other artwork throughout the house. '

In addition to the fire pit outside, we have two yoga decks, one near the house, and one tucked in the woods on a trail running to the south of the house along the lake. Several outdoor benches provide places for scenic contemplation.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Jim Hagen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Japanese
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2016
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About Jim Hagen

I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, a third generation Norwegian to either work commercially on the Great Lakes or at least spend a lot of time on Lake Michigan. Moving to Minneapolis for a career that started in banking and transitioned to being a professor, I was drawn to Lake Superior for its energy and vastness, its world-connected shipping, and the magic of not being able to see the other side. Married to a Japanese-American from Chicago, and having lived in Japan several years, this house was a chance to bring together both some Scandinavian and Japanese design ideas that turned out to not be so far apart.

Jim Hagen purchased this house in 1976

Why Jim Hagen chose Minnesota

The 30 mile stretch of Lake Superior headlands near Beaver and Silver Bay hosts not just the dramatic Palisade Head, Split Rock Lighthouse, and the coastal cliffs of Tettegouche State Park, but also the hidden islets, bays, and headlands outside our windows that been visited by photographers and artists capturing what is unique about the wilds of the 'sculpted' North Shore.

This immediate stretch of land went on the market in the 1970s after its owner ran into financial headwinds that stopped its plan to build a major condominium - night club resort here. From that risky purchase in 1976 until finally having the resources to build on it starting 2005, the property was a magnificent campsite that never lost its magic for us. It was special enough to be an inspiring and renewing retreat regardless of where in the world we lived.

Two years of building from 2005-2007 was a construction marvel of cliffside construction on bedrock with the challenges of capturing the views, strict environmental guidelines, keeping it accessible to those with disabilities, and putting in our deep well, state of the art septic and other utilities. The result is a combination of location and function well worth the 30 years of planning.

What makes this house unique

The functional layout came about after I had to find rental houses for my own extended family reunions. Priorities became clear: make each bedroom delightful and functional with its own bathroom, have great gathering spaces including a kitchen where people want to be and can cook together, have multiple conversation 'corners' inside and out, keep it accessible for all abilities, invest in windows and mechanicals to keep it comfortable year-round, and scale it all to work well for uses ranging from a two-person weekend get-away to a weeks long retreat for ten.

Just 3.5 hours from the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport and 1.5 hours from the Duluth airport, many of our guests fly in from afar and find it easy to drive up to the door year-round.

One frequent comment is how amazing it is to come for our magnificent shoreline, and then find that there are also dozens of world class waterfalls and ridgeline hiking trails in the area. I've hiked all 297 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail and explored all the shore's state parks, but there is always a new mountain to climb, lake to discover, or waterfall to admire.

Even with our sense of north woods isolation, we are easy to reach year-round and we have the convenience of nearby stores and restaurants.

While summer and fall are well known as peak seasons on the North Shore, from late October to mid December, guests look forward to the drama of 20' waves crashing into the cliffs and the amazement of watching surfers catch the big ones in their wet suits. Our location right on the water, makes winter a surprising retreat from the frozen cold of much of the Midwest, as the blue water heats the air, and the blazing sun shines through blue skies into our south-facing windows. Winter sports are big on the North Shore, as is reading a good book by the fireplace. As the lake tries to freeze in February and March, the rapidly changing ice patterns take center stage for out toasty front row seats.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a beautiful serene setting. Your sense of design and style make for a wonderfully restful retreat from the chaos of the world. We had a grand time!
Oct 2011
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based on 31 holidaymaker reviews

A coastal retreat house in the scenic headlands area of the North Shore
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Minneapolis, MN


  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for our girls getaway. There were ten of us and we had more than enough space to hang out in the living area, cook, play poker, enjoy an outdoor campfire overlooking Lake Superior, viewing spectacular sunrises from the deck. The house was well appointed - terrific attention to detail and comfort of the guests. The kitchen had all the appliances along with spices we needed to cook several meals for ten people along with a table that sat all of us comfortably. The house was equipped with all the towels, blankets, pillows and other ammenities we needed. We enjoyed the endless hiking trails and close proximity to Grand Marais. We paid less at Headlands house than we would have in a hotel or lodge and felt we were far more comfortable. There was plenty of storage space, and parking for our five vehicles was no problem. We would stay here again and hope to return next year. I have a handicapped nephew and noticed the house would be completely accessible for a motorized wheelchair. We could not have been more delighted with our first visit to Headlands House.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richfield, MN

Third time's even more charming

  • 5 of 5

Our love of this place and how it works perfectly for our group of 9 (singles and couples) attests to the fact that this was our 3rd annual visit. New this year at the house was high-speed WiFi, which allowed us to get in a half-day's work (cuz wouldn't you rather work with THAT view!?) and streaming a movie when it rained. Rain not so great, but being able to watch a movie from your own Netflix streaming account was pretty darn sweet.

As always, the kitchen had everything we needed, storage was more than adequate for all our food and beverages, the deck was perfect for morning coffee, and the large dining room table was ideal for meals and playing games.

Best of all are the stunning views, the close proximity to the Superior Hiking Trail, and separate bedrooms and bathrooms for all.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Return visit

  • 5 of 5

Our book club enjoyed our return visit to Headlands House. We all think this is the perfect house and setting for our annual excursion. The well-stocked kitchen makes the preparation of memorable meals possible, and the living room is a wonderful gathering place for discussing many things as well as the book just read. Having enough comfortable bedrooms, all with private bath, is a real plus, and the setting is wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect View!

  • 5 of 5

The house was the perfect fit for a group of women on a hiking adventure. Every fall a group of us hike different sections of the Lake Superior Hiking Trail. The house is close to the trails and is the perfect place to return to after a hard day on the trail.

We enjoyed every thing about the house and I am sure we will rent again. The house is very comfortable and provided everything we needed and the view cannot be beat!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eden Prairie, MN

Magical North Shore Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

For many years, our ladies' group has rented an "up north" cabin for a weekend each summer. All agreed that this one tops the list! Why? It fulfills everything on our "must" list as well as our "wish" list: Owner easily reachable and responsive to questions and requests? Check! Uncrowded room for 8-10 of us? Check! (The five bedrooms with attached private bath were perfect for our group, with a cozy welcoming area with gas fireplace to gather on the upper level.) Dining table large enough to seat us all? Check! Quiet, private yet easily accessed? Check! (Just off the main road, but far enough to avoid road noise and with no neighbors to be seen.) Extremely clean & well maintained inside and out? Check! Nicely decorated, fully stocked user friendly kitchen, comfortable beds, enough hot water? Check! Wood supplied fire pit and great star gazing? Check! Close to sightseeing and interesting activities? Check! (We paddled a 10 person voyageur canoe up the Poplar River, took a North Shore Scenic Cruise, hiked to waterfalls in Tettegouche State Park, had lunch at a cute lakeside restaurant --The Angry Trout -- and shopped in Grand Marais. All in all a delightful weekend we hope to repeat in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mpls. Mn.

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Thousands of dragonflies carrying us into the twilight! Raven harried by gull! Goldfinches serenading us morning in evening! Eagle flying by low past the rocks! A magical 20 minute storm at sunrise, then. .a cool sunny morning!

And that was only one day. This place is such a gift; the home itself, the art and accoutrements, but also, every tree feels like it's in just the right place. Like an agate, the approach to the home and entry look plain and modest; open the door and everywhere you look is a treasure for the eyes and spirit. Headlands is a healing place and I hope to get back there often!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Duluth, Minnesota
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Silver Bay Bar and Lounge
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Silver Bay Golf
Nearest Train
220 Miles
Amtrak, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nearest Motorway
Old Highway 61
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Northwoods Family Grill
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Lutsen Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Crystal Bay (very pretty, secluded, stony beach)
Car: necessary

One of our neighboring headlands, Palisade Head, is a must see you can drive to the top of, and the lake-side trails of Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche State Parks offer some of the most photographed scenery in the Great Lakes area. Inland, the stretch of the 300 mile long Superior Hiking trail that runs from nearby Highway One to Silver Bay, is one of trails most challenging and beautiful, including the state's tallest waterfall, a swinging bridge, ridge views of Lake Superior, and magical views of the inland gems, Bean and Bear Lakes. You can ride from our house on wide shoulders to the longest stretch of the the Gitchi Gami Bike Trail from Silver Bay to Gooseberry Falls, or ride up the shore to gift shops like 'Fish out of Water.' The most gorgeous agate-hunting beach anywhere is at the mouth of the Beaver River - just park at the new Beaver Bay Trailhead Center. Deep 'sea' fishing or a two and half hour cruise on the Wenonah are right here in Silver Bay, or with an hour's drive you can be at Sawbill Outfitters for a full day of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) canoeing that still ends with a hot soaking bath and reclining chair by the fireplace back at the Headlands House. A favorite half day outting includes gallery hopping and lunch at Grand Marais, or a run to Canal Park in Duluth, where you can actually tour one of those iron ore freighters you've probably seen along the horizon from the Headlands windows.

In the winter, downhill skiing/snowboarding at Lutsen (1/2 hour drive) or world-class cross country skiing at Tettegouche State Park (5 minutes) are favorites, but snowmobiling (e.g., to Trestle Inn) and dog-sledding are also moving up on bucket lists. Canoe, kayak, and bike rentals are all available, and if you download a free smart phone app, you can discover the hundreds of area geocaches. Our central location on the North Shore makes a number of day-long outtings an option for guests staying more than a few days. Heading up the shore is the Grand Portage National Monument (fur trading post) or a cruise from Grand Portage to Isle Royale National Park. We are near two important intersections along Highway 61. Highway One (just a mile away) goes inland to Ely, with its Wolf and Bear Museums, galleries and shops. Forest Highway 11, a nationally recognized 'scenic byway' is a relatively new direct shot from Silver Bay to the cities of Iron Range, where the Soudan Underground State Park is an area attraction.

Warning: We find that guests of all ages and levels of ambition start each day looking out the windows at our extraordinary coastal views and come to realize that they are already at the destination, with no need to go anywhere!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Silver Bay, Minnesota

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer/Color 2016
20 May 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
Summer/Color 2017
19 May 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.88%

For parties under five people using only the upper level, sometimes we are able to offer reduced pricing for near-term reservations, especially weekdays and during our two-month slower season of April and May. For some very high demand dates, especially between July and October, our pricing schedule may require more than a two night stay. The exact price is based on specific dates and party size, with a base price of $500/night generally applying for the first 6 people with an
additional $40 per person/night up to a maximum group size of ten.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Silver Bay, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet
  • For each bathroom, we supply hand and bar soap, toilet and facial tissue, and a hair dryer.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , upper floor; views of lake to the east; soaking tub; desk
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , upper floor; views to north; accessible shower; desk
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 Murphy Bed , lower floor; soaking tub, views to south/east; desk, table
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , lower level; views to south; soaking tub, desk, extra sofa
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , lower level; views to east; shower; rocking chair; desk
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom, closet, clock, and bedside lamps.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • Snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Kayak, canoe, bike, and snowmobile, and ski rentals are all available as close as Beaver Bay and Tofte. There are many art shows, theater, concerts and other events, year-round. In short, there is a lot to do, and one of the most popular activities is sitting on the terrace or great room, enjoying the scenery, eating well, and having good conversation or just time to think.

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