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Vacation home with fireplace, near Superior National Forest

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Grand Marais, MN, United States of America
10.0.Exceptional.
  • This was our second time staying at the Skyhouse and it was just as incredible as the…

    Sep 22, 2020

  • Great

    Jun 6, 2020

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • 6 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Parking available
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

What’s around

  • Superior National Forest - 1 min walk
  • Lake Superior - 1 min walk
  • Grand Marais Art Colony - 2 min walk
  • Cook County Court House - 3 min walk
  • Sivertson Gallery - 6 min walk
  • North Shore Health - 10 min walk

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 2

1 Queen Bed

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About this home

The Skyhouse is proudly in keeping with the new Up North Modern movement. This home was featured in Mn Monthly, Arch Magazine, Midwest Home, among others, and has won awards around the globe. Other than her sister properties the Horizon, and the smaller Aurora, there is nothing like this anywhere on Earth. These are a very unique, and are a limited design intended to inspire, not just provide a roof over your head. Enjoy the unique beauty of Grand Marais from this most unique and beautiful home. The Sky House is local couple Todd and Susan Miller's newest addition to their exclusive list of vacation rental property in the heart of Grand Marais near the harbor. Designed by celebrated Minnesota architect David Salmela to capture all the needs and dreams of a visitor to Grand Marias. Come enjoy this cool cabin in America's "Coolest Small Town". By design the Sky House provides for all the needs of a vacationing party of up to 6 people in a 1264 Sq. Ft. home. In addition, the Sky House provides an inspiring modern space that allows for privacy among those sharing the lodging, and also provides a breathtaking great room area on the top floor with fantastic views of the Grand Marais harbor, the neighborhood, and the town close by. Many of our guests ache for a connection with nature (with high thread count sheets), reconnection with each other, and permission to come to a full stop for deep rest. We hope we have provided this. Everything is in walking distance from our little micro community in the heart of Grand Marais. Imagine the best exclusive lodge experience without sharing walls or having to pass through a front desk. Every restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gallery and Grand Marais' famous beach are all within a very short stroll from your private residence. The home is designed in modern Nordic fashion based on the original Stabur design- a work building commonly seen in Northern Europe. This design culminates a timeline of Scandinavian and Nordic design that the Miller's began on the property next door that also honored northern work buildings in the roots of their designs. There is off street parking under a sod roofed carport. The is also an electric car changing station int he car port. Walk up to the entry area and pass under the nordic arch to the first of 3 decks where there is room to store bikes in summer, and once inside, there is plenty of room to shake off the snow, hang the coats and set down the skis or snowshoes. If you are the lucky person who gets bedroom one then head down David Salmela's trademark stairway one half flight to bedroom one. On the way there is plenty of cabinetry, as well as a bathroom and your bedroom with built in cabinets, desk, and walk out to your own private dry stacked bluestone patio. The floors are heated. If you are the lucky inhabitant of bedroom two, head up the stairs past the entry to bedroom two for built in cabinets, the second bath, and your own wrap around balcony. Each bedroom is separated by a soundproofed floor for maximum privacy. Continuing up the inspiring staircase leads you to the primary gathering area on the top floor. This area is breathtaking with its expansive windows, view of the town and harbor, Lake Superior and the private grounds. There is a fully modern and capable kitchen, an architect designed built in sofa for single sleepers, and a contemporary gas fireplace. The sofa can sleep one adult or two children as is, or it can be modified to sleep one adult above and one
adult on floor cushions. Note the unique skylight with modern light treatments and the push button electronic pop up television that you can leave hidden if you wish. There is also a wrap around deck on this top level with fantastic view of the rooftops and harbor and the town. The entire home has slate floors and modern cabinets. There is a utility room with full size washer and dryer. Everything about the Sky House is designed with environmental sustainability in mind. These homes have an incredibly small footprint both structurally and environmentally. The foundations were designed to take up as little of the yard as possible- by being small at the start and increasing as you go up just like the old Stabur upon which this design is based. The energy efficiency is profound because these are composed of structurally insulated panels which are incredibly efficient. No cost has been spared to make the Sky House the highest quality, most significant architectural addition to Grand Marais' beautiful landscape. We hope you will find it warm, welcoming, and a once in a lifetime experience in one of the world's most magical places.


We love dogs. Dogs are allowed at this property with prior approval and acceptance of our dog rules and a $30 per dog per night fee. If you are booking through Air BnB or Expedia you will need to make separate arrangements with the owner to pay the dog fee. Most other platforms allow you to check the dog box and then payment is automatic- but not Air BnB or Expedia. So please notify the owner you will be bringing a dog and then payment arrangements can be made for the dog fee. No dogs under 1 year old.



Lastly, we are implementing an incentive for you to choose trip insurance. We have discounted our rates on our direct website here by an additional 7% (the total savings between our direct site and say... AirBnB is now 14-21% only if you book on this direct site). We are doing this so that you may select trip insurance during your booking process. It will be offered to you while you are completing your booking and they charge 7%. The cancellation policy we have had for 10 years is as follows:



You may cancel within 48 hours of your booking for any reason. After that you can cancel with a 10% penalty up until 60 days prior to your arrival. After that you may cancel but your deposit can not be refunded.



If you have trip insurance you can be reimbursed according to which policy you chose. And we are subsidizing it for you by having reduced our rental rates well below any other rates where our properties can be found. It's up to you, pocket the savings and run the risk of cancellation, or still get some savings and have the peace of mind of having some of your investment in your vacation protected in case of unforeseen events. Here is a link to the insurance company, otherwise it is all presented to you when you book so that you can make an informed decision at that time: https://dzv514xd9amig.cloudfront.net/content/docs/RentalGuardian%20-%20Overview.pdf?v=0116da11ea74cfb3b939b87f3a2c5dc676da5f83

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Superior National Forest - 1 min walk
  • Lake Superior - 1 min walk
  • Grand Marais Art Colony - 2 min walk
  • Cook County Court House - 3 min walk
  • Sivertson Gallery - 6 min walk
  • North Shore Health - 10 min walk
  • Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center - 10 min walk
  • Cook County Public Tennis Courts - 10 min walk
  • Pincushion Mountain - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km
  • Devil Track River - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • Cascade River State Park - 3.3 mi / 5.3 km
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Grand Marais, MN, United States of America

The manager

Todd and Susan Miller

Speaks: English

The home

Key facts

  • Vacation home (1300 sq ft)
  • Garage
  • WiFi
  • Car recommended
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine
  • Pets allowed

Bedrooms

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bedroom one - 1 queen bed
  • Bedroom two - 1 queen bed
  • Bed sheets provided

Bathrooms

  • 2 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower and 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices
  • Ice maker

Entertainment and recreation

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Massages

Outside

  • Patio

Other amenities

  • Fireplace
  • Concierge services
  • Chef

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 6
  • Minimum check-in age: 21

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 4:00 PM
  • Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

The property is provided by our partners at Vrbo, an Expedia Group company. You’ll receive a confirmation email from Vrbo once you’ve completed your booking.

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

  • Pets allowed

Policies

  • Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Also known as

  • The Skyhouse Life As Art
  • The Skyhouse- Life as Art Grand Marais
  • The Skyhouse- Life as Art Private vacation home
  • The Skyhouse- Life as Art Private vacation home Grand Marais
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FAQs

  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Onsite parking options include a garage.
  • Yes, pets are welcome.
  • You can check in starting at 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Java Moose (4-min walk), Dairy Queen (4-min walk), and Birch Terrace (4-min walk).
10.0.Exceptional.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Fantastic location, well designed house and comfortable for 4

    We loved this well designed property and it’s proximity to fantastic hiking and biking. The town was shut down understandably because of the coronavirus which we knew ahead of time, but other visitors can expect to be able to walk to a couple restaurants, shops a brewery and coffee shop. I’m actually thankful that only 4 of our family could come rather than 6. As noted in the description, there are 2 bedrooms. If the 5-6 persons sleep in the living room which opens to the small but well appointed kitchen space, that leaves no other living space for the night owl or early bird in the group. Very comfortable for 2 couples with a bedroom and bathroom on separate floors. Would love to stay here again when North House Folk School reopens.

    Kathleen G., 5 night trip, May 26, 2020

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great location

    We loved the easy walk to the lake, shops, bars and restaurants plus the beautiful view from the deck and kitchen table.

    Barb B., 2 night trip, Oct 9, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A birds-eye view of a bustling town

    We enjoyed the incredible view and calm of the SkyHouse, and felt very spoiled by the accommodations - comfy beds, cozy living room, and a well-equipped kitchen with a full view of the town and harbor. We did not want to leave...

    Heather O., 7 night trip, Aug 11, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing Place!

    The Skyhouse is the perfect spot for art and architecture lovers! I really enjoyed the juxtapose of the small town charm of Grand Marais and the modernity of the Skyhouse. Beautiful view of the lake can be seen through large, open windows. The wood slats cast very fun shadows throughout the house. The space was spotless! Everything was impressively clean and organized. The Skyhouse is centrally located in Grand Marais, making it very convenient to visit local restaurants and shops. Lastly, we appreciated that it’s dog-friendly. Both humans and pups had a wonderful stay and would definitely come back! Thank you Todd and Susan for proving us with such an amazing experience in your beautiful Skyhouse.

    Twee A., 2 night trip, Mar 29, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful views

    It was delightful to see the beautiful town of Grand Marais from the many windies.

    monica g., Other trip, Jan 1, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Primo property with an amazing harbor view.

    This is a unique and very well-appointed property. We came for the view of Superior, but also enjoyed the comforts of the Skyhouse (from blue tooth speaker to top notch HD TV to dimmable lighting to drawers and closet stocked with everything we needed). Great restaurants and bars, entertainment (live music, art galleries) and shopping are all short walks away. Fabulous hiking and skiing trails are a short car ride away. The hosts were friendly and responsive and respected our privacy. Even our dog was welcome here—a rare thing, especially for such a nice place. This is one of the best properties we’ve stayed in while on the north shore. We’ll be back.

    Dee J., Other trip, Apr 8, 2019

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Family trip/birthday celebration

    Grand Marais is a wonderful town and the Skyhouse is a beautiful property. It’s an amazing place to stay. We were two couples and an infant who slept in his “pack and play” in our room. Very comfortable for 4 adults. I think it would be less comfortable with 6 adults as two people would have to sleep in the living room/kitchen area. Overall, for our group it was absolutely amazing.

    Yonatan H., Other trip, Aug 20, 2021

    Verified Vrbo guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Wonderful listing

    This property was as enjoyable as previous reviews stated and then some.

    Kathy B., Other trip, May 22, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing

    Such an amazing place. We will definitely be staying again.

    Jacob P., Other trip, Feb 3, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A wonderful stay in a beautiful home

    This was an overall 10/10 for our family. From the check in process, to the beautiful home fully equipped with all you would need, to the location right in the heart of Grand Marais. We are excited to return! This is a true gem.

    Pat V., Other trip, Jul 18, 2019

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