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Tofte Minnesota 55615 United States of America

Listing # 141937

Rates From USD 750 Weekly
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Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 2021

A Ski Retreat on the Shore of Lake Superior

Our spacious three-story townhome is located in Tofte, Minnesota, 90 minutes north of Duluth and minutes away from exceptional cross country skiing on the Sugar Bush Trail (65 miles of groomed trails) and downhill skiing at the Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort (four joined peaks). Perfect place to balance reading, writing, and winter exercise, including snowshoeing and sled dog riding. We have three bedrooms, a den (that can function as a fourth bedroom), 4 bathrooms, spacious first floor, and family room downstairs. There is no academic library nearby, but the internet works well. I am on sabbatical, so we are quite flexible on rental or home exchange during months of March and April. (We no longer have availability in February.) One week minimal rental, non-smokers only, no pets due to allergies. We prefer a family rental of no more than 6 . We would be interested in a one to two-week exchange in the West--Santa Fe, Denver, or Salt Lake City.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1900 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Monday, March 1, 2021 until Friday, April 30, 2021
Minimum Stay
1 week(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
We can be flexible about dates in March and April, but February is taken.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Tofte
Postal Code - State or Province 55615 MN
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Magical Winter Retreat
Closest University None nearby
University nearby None nearby

Home Exchange:

We are open to a home swap with any destination!

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: Santa Fe
Santa Fe

State or Province
United States of America

Neighborhood Keywords
Sante Fe

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Monday, March 1, 2021 until Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Destination 2: Denver

State or Province
United States of America

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Monday, March 1, 2021 until Friday, April 30, 2021

Rental Price:

USD 750 Weekly
Rental Fee Comments
Discount for longer stays
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Second Home
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Other: Awe-inspiring view of Lake Superior & mountains


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

Housesitting Comments
We do not have a cleaning service, so we ask guests to clean after themselves.

About Member

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Academic Confirmed Academic Faculty or Staff (Universities, Research Institutes, and Museums)
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Member Since Feb 13 2017
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About Me
I have taught English at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Mn. for 30 years. My field of specialization is Middle English literature, and I most frequently identify myself as an Arthurian scholar or Chaucerian. St. Olaf, however, is a liberal arts college where everyone teaches a bit of everything. My recent first year writing course has been on the topic of immigration. Our excellent study abroad program has led me to a minor field in Caribbean literature and to teaching a January program seven times in Barbados, Trinidad and St. Lucia. On our Global semester program, I led 24 students to Greece, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea. I am married to Bob Thacker, a semi-retired expert in retail and marketing. This is a second marriage for both of us. (My first husband, Richard J. DuRocher, a Miltonist, died of cancer in in 2010.) We live in Northfield, Minnesota but have a vacation home in Tofte, literally on the North Shore of Lake Superior and 5 minutes from excellent cross country and 10 from downhill skiing, as well as hiking, canoeing, and all things outdoors. Our townhome comfortably sleeps 6 to 8, but when there with a smaller group, it makes for an excellent writing retreat. Because Covid has derailed my sabbatical plans for a January in Europe, we are looking to rent the Tofte place sometime during ski season (January, February, March) and head elsewhere in the U.S. We are open to home exchanges.


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