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Quaint And Cozy North Shore Get- Away With A Lake Superior View

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 futons, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Cute "grandma" home with plenty of room. Full kitchen with standard small appliances. The lake view sunroom is the favored spot, and has a futon and a door for night time privacy. We have a comfortable dining room and sizable living room with another futon. The two bedrooms are calming and peaceful; one with a Lake (and sunrise!) view, the other overlooks the rock garden. We have a large yard for playing Bocce Ball in or enjoying campfires. We are off a quiet paved road that's perfect for rollerblading, strolling, jogging or a short bike ride. You can store bikes, skis, etc in the basement, or in a minimally secure front porch. We are just 5 miles from Two Harbors with a good grocery store, gifts, crafts, restaurants, swim beach, breakwater, lighthouse, and a micro-brewery. The Superior Hiking Trail is nearby, as well as Gooseberry Falls Park, Splitrock Lighthouse, Tettegouche State Park, Grand Marais, and Duluth. Grandma's Marathon starts just a short jog away, and for skiers there are Spirit Mountain and Lutsen not too far away, as well as some 4-wheeler and snowmobile trails.Two Harbors is one of the checkpoints in the John Beargrease annual sled dog marathon. Two boat launches are nearby for our fishermen and women, as well as fishing charters. Lake access (some with swimming) is at several places a short drive away (please know there is NO lake access from the property, or in walking distance). Our driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles, and/or a small trailer. We are open year-round for your pleasure and relaxation- come for our comfortable summers and beautiful winters!

Julie and Martin Anderson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 2017

About Julie and Martin Anderson

We are life-long Minnesotans in our early 60's. We have 5 grown children, 4 of whom are married, and we have 6 grandchildren. Our youngest just graduated from college, so, no more tuition payments- yay!

I love gardening, and Marty loves hunting and fishing.

We have a darling, spoiled rotten, Coonhound that we adore, chickens and ducks that Marty tolerates, and 2 cats that adore us (it's mutual).

Julie and Martin Anderson purchased this house in 2008

Why Julie and Martin Anderson chose Minnesota

We would drive through here fairly often going to Lutsen, or to go hiking at Gooseberry Falls. The summers here generally have low humidity, and few bugs (at least compared to southern Minnesota!). We had stayed in Two Harbors many times, and enjoyed it, so, when Marty sold his business, we decided to buy a vacation place here, and found this little home, with a pretty yard and a really nice view. Our first winter traveling back and forth and staying a lot was surprisingly easy and pleasant- many times it was warmer here than in southern Minnesota (I was amazed). And Lake Superior very seldom freezes over, so we had lovely lake views pretty much all year- not like the lake at our main home- it looked like a snow- covered field all winter. After we decided that we loved it here ALL year, I found another nearby property that is up the hill and has a high view of the Lake- the higher the better for me! It is more private, and Marty could have his pole barn, and I, my critters- I do worry about my rooster disturbing my neighbors, though... He was supposed to be a layer... All our neighbors at both houses are around our ages, so we're a pretty quiet lot, and hope our renters want that kind of atmosphere, too. With retirement and the cost of maintaining 2 homes (sold the main home 3 years ago), we struggled with what to do with the "little house". We sure didn't want to sell it- and even though the "investment" part of our buying decision kind of crashed with real estate prices, our family- and friends- really enjoy the house and area. So, to try and keep the little house, but stop the money drain, we jumped through the licensing hoops- and there are a LOT of them- and are finally ready to to open the door to our renters. Perhaps some will become new friends... But at the least, I hope, you will all be pleased!

What makes this house unique

It was just a cute little "grandma" home, with that peek of the lake that one gets driving by. It was owned by a grandma, who had passed away a couple years before we bought it from her daughter. I love the knee walls in the upstairs- kind of like the "sparest of spare bedrooms" thoughts from Anne of Green Gables.

The cedars in the front yard are lovely- I don't have any like those up the hill. I love the stairway that goes between them. I built the rock wall there, and met many nice folks while doing so- my new neighbors, and lots of resort folks out walking. I even got a bit of a nickname- the Rock-Lady!

The sun shining on the lake in the morning, and having coffee with my sweetie in the front sunroom and enjoying that together, is just so wonderful to me. As well as the late afternoon sun coming through the windows- it seems to color the very air.

I really enjoy jumping on my bike after a hard day's work and taking a leisurely little ride on the paved surface... The road doesn't have that much car traffic, and it's just refreshing- and easier than on the gravel... If I'm feeling more energetic, I go onto the gravel, to the end of Old North Shore Road and back, altogether about an hour's ride at my pace. No loading up bikes, driving, parking... love it!

I find the summer heat and humidity is largely absent here. As of this writing (7/15), we've had a fair amount of high 80's and humidity a lot of July, but still MUCH better than even a little ways south of us. Great for the melons I'm trying to grow, but hard on my gardener's body. We're usually in the 70's during the day, and can be a lot cooler at night. In the 7 years we've been here, not one tornado warning- I like that, because I'm a chicken...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

Quaint And Cozy North Shore Get- Away With A Lake Superior View
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Perfectly situated for exploring the North Shore

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I visited Two Harbors for New Year's. We found 3 great XC trails in the area - Gooseberry Falls, Korkki Nordic, and the Erkki Harju ski trails. We found all the trails challenging and in close proximity to the Anderson's home which made the house a good base camp. It's also just a short drive to the New Scenic Café and the Castle Danger Brewery, both of which we visited while in the area. Overall, the house was very comfortable, had an ample supply of blankets to keep us warm, and delightful views of Lake Superior.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us, and for a great review of our local cross country ski trails! Helpful information for other potential guests. We hope you will come again!
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Wow - everything was perfect and felt almost like we were visting family

  • 5 of 5

This was a great find along the North Shore as it was a perfect meeting spot for family over Thanksgiving. It was close to Duluth so we could enjoy some shopping and the various Christmas activities taking place (Bentleyville is a must see) but it was also easy to enjoy the outdoors which the area is all about! You definitely need to head North and visit the various parks, trails, small towns, great restaurants, etc...) The house was very clean and it was evident the owners take great pride in providing a great experience. There was great communications ahead of time in regards to the property but also throwing out various ideas of things to do in the area. Upon entering the house we were greeted with a personalized message on the black board and a note to let them know we had arrived. They called back within minutes to make sure everything was good on our arrival and then made sure we knew to let them know if we needed anything else during our stay. Everything about the place was great, all the kitchen items you'd need, great seating options throughout the house, sheet choices for the beds (who does that? - if its chilly go with the plush!!), plenty of nice towels, linens in the kitchen, games (indoor and outdoor), books, local literature - there was nothing that wasn't thought of. The yard is huge and we were able to enjoy that a bit but would love to come back a bit earlier in the fall or even summer and really take advantage of the space. The view of Lake Superior was nice as you were able to catch some of the ships sailing to/from Duluth. We really can't say enough great things about the place as Julie and Marty seem to have taken great care in providing an awesome place to unwind and are great hosts!! Thank you - we definitely have this in our favorites!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much folks- What a great review for both us and future guests! So much good feedback! We are glad you were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving at our place, and do hope to see you next summer/fall.
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Very Comfortable and Immaculate!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Anderson's house. We had a coworker girlfriend get away. The house is lovely with plenty of room to hang out together or split off to the four season porch overlooking the huge yard and Lake Superior. The kitchen was fully stocked and plenty of parking. The location is perfect for either touring Duluth or heading up the shore to do some hiking which we did. The Anderson's kept in contact with us to ensure everything was going well. We hiked at Gooseberry and Temperance and looking forward to returning and seeing the falls and rivers in their different seasons. Thanks for a great getaway; you made it very easy for us to dive right in and start some highly needed R&R.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, ladies- so glad you enjoyed your time! Please come again-- perhaps for Bentleyville in November/December ?
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Beautiful, quaint home on lake Superior

  • 5 of 5

I had a lovely time! Julie and Marty are gracious hosts, and the house was even more beautiful than I expected. Highly Recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

What a great way to get away! The house is very well kept and clean. The yard is HUGE! Our kids ages 10, 6 and 4 loved exploring all the little nooks and crannies on the property. We caught a nice evening on Saturday so we had a bonfire with the wood Marty and Julie provided. It's a very short drive to Two Harbors if you want to grab a meal at a restaurant. We chose to bring our own food and prepare meals at the house and the kitchen is very well furnished for that. One other unanticipated perk was the fact that there is no television package or wireless internet. This may not appeal to all but it allowed us to unplug as a family and spend some truly quality time together. I highly recommend this property to anyone looking to get away!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words, and for staying with us. We are glad you had a good time, please come back again!
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Cozy Nook

  • 5 of 5

Great little house with a beautiful view of Lake Superior! Enormous yard! Owners are very nice and the place was spotless. We really enjoyed our stay! Thank you Marty and Julie!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such fun to meet you two and hear your great suggestions. We plan to use most/all of them. We hope to see lots of you in future!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Two Harbors 5 mi, Duluth
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Two Harbors Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Spirit Mountain
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Burlington Beach ( 5 mi) or Knife River
Car: necessary

Grandma's Marathon and inline skate race starts close by, John Beargrease sled dog marathon runs through Two Harbors,


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £122
Tax Rate 7.38%

Weekend stays must include Friday and Saturday nights. Special event prices will be approximately 15% higher than the base seasonal charge (the weekends of: Grandma's Marathon, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year's. 100% refunded with 30 day notice, 50% with 14 day or more notice. A cleaning fee will be deducted from the damage deposit if the rental is left excessively dirty. Rental contract is considered SIGNED when property is booked. NO access to lake, please respect property boundaries.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Two Harbors, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Main floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Up Stairs- open to the stairway with "privacy" curtain
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Main floor, lakeview room with door
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Upstairs, door for privacy
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon in main floor living rm
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming

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