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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 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...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Two Harbors in Lake County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Quaint And Cozy North Shore Get- Away With A Lake Superior View
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 41 reviews

Excellent Place for Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic property for our family vacation. We had a party of 8, which included 6 adults and 2 children (5 months old and 5 years old). Typically, we stay in a hotel, which often means we have to cut our visits short because the kids need to go down for bed, and we're all staying in separate spaces. This experience changed the way we will vacation from now on. All of us slept very comfortably and we were able to enjoy each other's company after the kids went down for bed while still having the option of escaping to our own private space. The location is great for easy access to Duluth and Gooseberry Falls. The property itself has a lovely view of the lake and a large back yard where our 5 year old loved running around and exploring. There was also a nice fire pit with firewood and tools, of which we made good use after a full day of hiking. I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail regarding the amenities. The house was fully stocked, and each of us even had our own hook for our bath towels. There were also empty dressers and closets where we could unpack our suitcases. Additionally, I had mentioned that we would be traveling with a baby, and the property owner set out a high chair for us to use during our stay. The sunroom had a door that could be closed for privacy and a futon that was quite comfortable for my parents, both of whom have bad backs. They enjoyed having this room for the first-floor accommodations and waking up to the sunrise over the lake. The property owner was very helpful for ideas about what we could do during our stay. Once we returned home, she notified me that I had left my hair dryer and brush under the cabinet. She promptly shipped them back to me and simply deducted the shipping from our damage deposit. We will definitely be staying at this property again. It was wonderful all around from location, to the property itself, to working with the property owner. It is rare that a place can provide good accommodations for an entire party of guests across the life span, but this place did it beautifully.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristi- Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! I'm so glad your family enjoyed our place. I really appreciate the detail you gave about the things you liked; my husband thought that I went a bit overboard with the hooks in the bathroom, but where do people put all the wet towels when they have a large group? We hope to add to the amenities, and would love to have your family back... Do you snowmobile?
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I would recommend staying at Julie and Marty's "Quaint and Cozy" when exploring the North Shore.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Marty and Julie for sharing your lovely place with us. We were a group of 8 teachers ages 25 to 62 looking to explore the North Shore. We appreciated your attention to detail, communication, and your hospitality. We enjoyed spending time at the fire pit and eating breakfast with a view of the lake. Exploring the North Shore was made easier with all your local recommendations. Thank You!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, ladies! It's groups like yours that make renting our place a joy- and I loved your humor! Please stay with us again.
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Very clean and well-kept house

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well-kept house. Great location with views of Lake Superior, awesome vacation spot! Julie was very nice to work with. Strongly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Hope to have you stay with us again!
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We had an excellent experience.

  • 5 of 5

The property was immaculate,both the inside and the yard. The owners were fantastic. They were in touch with us before our trip with lots of helpful suggestions on things to do and see in the area. Great location along the north shore if you want to explore points north or spend time in Duluth. Overall great experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! So glad you had a good time- and such lovely weather. We hope your family will visit again!
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Family Visit to Lake Superior June 2017

  • 5 of 5

Julie and Marty Anderson's home at Two Harbors was beautiful, quaint and very clean. Probably the best equipped kitchen we have experienced in a VRBO. We especially enjoyed the sitting room off the kitchen with a view to Lake Superior where we could watch the weather roll in. The fire pit was also a big hit with fire wood supplied by Marty. He offered to bring more if needed. We were 4 adults and our 11 year old grand son and we made out fine with all the facilities. Thanks to Julie and Marty for the kind and helpful hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Peter and family! We're so glad you had a good time at our little place. The weather was so nice for you, too. Thanks for the very kind words, and we'd love to have you back!
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Great family friendly location

  • 5 of 5

The house provides all the comfort we need. The bedding sheets are awesome. The yard is just a blast. Most of all, owners are very nice.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great meeting your family and friends and to see your group having fun at our little place. And the little ones were adorable, and very easy on the house! Many thanks, and please come back!
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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. Curling club in Two Harbors


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Two Harbors, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
4 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
22 Oct 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
New Years
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 Jan 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £115.12
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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