View from the deck. Looking East toward the harbor and the sunrise.
The Lighthouse
Hosted by Todd
Todd is the host.
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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The 'Lighthouse' is a special lodging overlooking the town and harbor of Grand Marais from it's center. You are right in the heart of town within a block of everything. Very popular vacation rental with loyal, returning clientele.

The space

You are right in the heart of town within a block of everything- yet comfortably removed when you need a breather. You can sit up in bed and view the harbor and the big lake beyond. Your own private parking leads to the stairway that takes you up to the Lighthouse. The view of the old harbor from the balcony is stunning. There is a wrought iron table and chairs on the balcony for relaxing. Inside the Lighthouse you will find a queen bed, tile shower and bathroom, galley kitchen, custom dining table for two, LCD TV with satalite TV and blueray. The bed is set at an angle and faces southeast to capture the views of the harbor in the morning through large windows. There are transom windows around the perimeter of the apartment so that if you stand in the center you have a 360 degree view of the sky. Notice how it changes as the day progresses. Observe the color differences around sunset or early in the morning as the Great Lake passes through it's moods. The ceiling is very high and is vaulted and timberframed with unique 'Dragon Beams' from local timberframe artisans. Topping the lighthouse is an octagonal cupola that lets light in all day and moonlight at night. And on top of the cuppola is a custom copper ball, in keeping with the lighthouses of the North Shore. An antique ship's light occupies the cuppola and can guide you as you walk home after a night of festivities in the town. Seagulls are your companions and you may hear their webby feet tapping on the roof in the morning. Watch the fog roll in and out from your bed while you drink your morning coffee, and listen to the strains of local live music as the town celebrates the short summers at night. The galley kitchen is small but thoroughly modern with all the necessities. The Lighthouse is above the 'North Shore Fisherman's Cabin', a restored historic log home and vacation rental and is next door to the 'Writer's Cabin' and 'The Boathouse' a recently constructed timberframe home that is the residence of the owners. You are always welcome to drop in to the Boathouse and see what project is under way. Currently the owner is building an Alaskan skiff, and preparing another boat for excursions to the Canadian North Shore. If you are traveling with a large group, consider including the neighboring Fisherman's and Writer's cabin rentals which share the property. There is capacity for a group of 12 or so if you rent all the cabins. You can get the whole family reunion or wedding group on one site! The Lighthouse is known for it's inspiring charm. There have been plays and musicals written here, a handfull of marriage proposals, and a good number of honeymoons. Come share the fantastic energy that is The Lighthouse.

Guest access

You have access to the entire studio apartment, it's kitchen and bathroom. You have a private deck. There is a private, off street driveway and a full flight stairway up to the Lighthouse.

Interaction with guests

We are available by text, phone and we live next door. We enjoy interacting with guests if they seek us out. We are very social and enjoy other people's stories. Otherwise we are usually available but will remain engaged in our activites on and about the property unless we are approached.

Other things to note

Being that the Lighthouse is above a portion of another vacation rental, we do not allow dogs and discourage groups with late night crying infants. The Lighthouse is well designed for sound proofing, but we prefer to take these precautions. We do not recommend any groups larger than 2.


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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with smart lock

Short Term Rental Agreement and Rental Rules
This short term Rental Agreement (the “Agreement") is made by and between Todd Miller (“Homeowner") and (See Name in Invoice) (“Guest") as of the date set forth on the electronically transmitted invoice of which this document as an attachment. Guest agrees to sign this document upon arrival. For good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows:
1) The property is locate at 9B 4th Ave. West, Grand Marais, MN 55604
2) The maximum occupancy is 2 persons. No additions to original booking number allowed unless in writing and added to this contract.
3) Guests agree to abide by the Additional Rules and any other terms set forth during the reservation at all times while on the property and shall cause all members of the rental party and anyone else Guest permits on the property to abide by the following rules at all times while on the property.
4) Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for the purposes of repair and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise the right of access in a reasonable manner.
5) See terms in the listing for payment and refund requirements.
6) Insurance: We encourage all renters to purchase traveler insurance.
7) Payment: Acceptable payment methods are via Credit card.
8) If the premises appears dirty or damaged upon check-in, Guest shall inform Homeowner immediately.
10) Owner reserves the right to cancel this contract and refund all deposits at any time in the event of unexpected circumstances out of the owner's control that compromise the property or the owner's ability to provide safe and or quality lodging to the owner's standards.
11) Smoking is allowed outside only, butts must be discarded safely and out of sight.
12) People other than those in the Guest party set forth in this contract may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of the Guest.
13) This unit is privately owned, the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or it's facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the Guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guest are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premises.
14) Guest will keep the property and all furnishings in good order
15) Guest will only use appliances for their intended purposes.
16) No pets are permitted.
17) Parking: Parking is permitted on 4th Ave West and in the private driveway that leads up to the stairs to the Lighthouse.
18) Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. We suggest you bring beach towels if you feel you will use them. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the property.
19) Storms: No refunds will be given for inclement weather. We do not refund due to road conditions.
20) There is no grill.
21) No fireplaces or fire pits exist for the Lighthouse.
22) All noisy activities (loud socializing etc...) are to be taken inside by 10:00 at night.
23) Grand Marais has a vibrant music scene and live outdoor music is common in the summer. Due to the advantageous location of the Lighthouse, outdoor music can be heard many
evenings of the summer.
24) Check in time is 4:00 PM and check out is 11:00 AM

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Must climb stairs


2 nights minimum stay.
From Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

61 Reviews

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Melissa User Profile
October 2017
The Lighthouse is a beautiful place to stay in Grand Marais. The room itself is super cute and the place was wonderfully clean. It’s only a few minutes walk from everything in town. We hope to be returning!
Todd User Profile
Response from Todd:
Thanks so much! Looking forward to next year. Cheers! Todd and Susan
October 2017

Lauren User Profile
October 2017
We had a great post-wedding staying in The Lighthouse. It was easy to find, check in was a breeze, it was perfectly clean and the ideal size for our three-day trip. The location was quiet, but an easy walk to restaurants and shops. We really appreciated a book of tips from the host inside the room and made a point of checking out a number of the recommended spots! Even though there were a couple other properties close by it felt very private and secluded. Thanks for letting us stay!

Holly User Profile
October 2017
The space and furnishings were beautiful and thoughtful. Todd pays attention to the details that make a vacation spot feel comfortable & special. We'll be back!
Todd User Profile
Response from Todd:
Thanks so much, do come back again. Todd and Susan
October 2017

Curt User Profile
September 2017
Excellent location and unique setting! Room was spotless and fully stocked for a couples retreat.
Todd User Profile
Response from Todd:
Thank you very much Curt! Come see us again when you can. Todd and Susan.
September 2017

Jan User Profile
September 2017
We loved our stay in The Lighthouse: soaking in the natural light through the windows and cupola, fixing our own breakfast to go with World's Best Donuts a few blocks over and smoked fish from Dockside a block away, and of course staring out over the marina while sipping coffee and feeling the breeze off the lake. The space felt clean, bright and energetic to both of us. Our hosts provided a seamless arrival, responded quickly to any questions that we had, and kept a helpful list of suggestions for places to visit including a couple items new to us even though we are annual visitors to the area. The space was perfect for two people looking to spend time with each other, and the setup included everything we needed for our stay. Beautiful!
Todd User Profile
Response from Todd:
Thank you for your thoughtful review. Please come back again when you can, and we will keep the "Secret places" list updated. Cheers! Todd and Susan
September 2017

Kindra User Profile
August 2017
GEEEZ! this place is fabulous in all regards! Went to bed in an awesome space, woke up in greatness. It is clean, architecturally beautiful, and the location is perfect! would love to come back
Todd User Profile
Response from Todd:
Ha ha ha! What a lovely review! Thanks so much and come back any time. If we don't bump in to each other just bang on our door. Cheers, Todd and Susan.
August 2017

Ann User Profile
July 2017
On point description. Very convenient to everything in Grand Marais. Appreciated all the. Up to date information about restaurants and things to do.

Grand Marais, Minnesota, United StatesJoined in October 2015
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