“I want this house back.” It was as simple as that for Mike Luhrsen as he stared into the ashes of his beloved Lake Superior-view dream home. He instantly knew he wanted to recreate it and his wife, Chrysa, signed on immediately. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:43 AM Homes


Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

On a lovely Sunday afternoon in August, we strolled along the wooded driving lanes and hiking trails within the Brickyard Creek Community between Red Cliff and Bayfield in Wisconsin, joined by a somewhat impromptu neighborhood gathering. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:34 AM Homes



Dressing up your house for the holiday season is a tradition (and sometimes an obsession). We talk to some master of Christmas lighting for advice and for how those judges decide who wins the local lighting contest. more

Nov 3, 2017 9:04 AM Homes


Konnie LeMay

Plan now how to plant a tree that will thrive long into the future. more

Oct 18, 2017 10:14 AM Homes


Spike Carlsen

Your cabin, cottage or camp by the Big Lake can be a relaxing place, if you follow a few simple maintenance rules before a crisis hits. more


Five Favorite Keweenaw Gardens

Courtesy Karena Schmidt

Our harsh winters and a growing season that lasts slightly longer than a nature nanosecond make any flourishing garden here all the more wonderful. Find inspiration in these five favorites. more

Apr 3, 2017 12:00 AM Homes 1 Comments

Lake Superior Journal: Our Little Cottage by the Big Lake

Daniel H. Thompson

I was 7 years old when Mom and Dad bought their “Little Cottage,” as they called it, on the Minnesota shore. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:02 PM Homes

Dragonfly House: A Fairytale Getaway Made Real

Sheila Smith

The Dragonfly House, as its owners lovingly call it, tucks into a landscape of aspen, birch, prairie grasses and flowers. It’s more than a Lundie-inspired cabin; it’s a house built from dreams. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Homes

All Inn

Courtesy Pinehurst Inn

Married for more than 30 years, Mike and Becky Haller decided on “semi-retirement” in Bayfield and bought the Pinehurst Inn after longtime careers in the Chicago area. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

How Much Is That Lakeshore?

Re/Max Douglass Real Estate

All around Lake Superior, the market for waterfront homes – whether primary residences, seasonal homes or cabins – has returned, if not quite to pre-recession levels. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

Lodge Logic: Turning an Old Commercial Property into a Dream Retirement Home

Jack Rendulich

On the lakeshore adjacent to the Sucker River about 10 miles outside of Duluth, Beth and Jon Luikart built their retirement home where the old Sullivan's Lodge once stood. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

A Home with a History: Couple Finds Their Perfect Place in Washburn

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

When Martin and JoAnne Katzmarek went on a bike ride during a visit to Washburn, Wisconsin, in 2007, they weren’t looking to buy a home. But a “for sale” sign in the yard of a charming arts-and-crafts bungalow caught their eye. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

Building an Outdoor Room

Courtesy Lynn Wegner

Not all northerners are content to enjoy the outdoors piecemeal. In summer, they prefer to take their living space outside with covered patios and gazebos. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

A Cabin Story

Jack Rendulich

Kay Harris’ family “moved to the cabin” each summer. Three generations shared that rectangular pre-fab perched high on the hill above the lake. After a renovation and additions, the cabin continues to be a cherished family getaway. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Homes

Echoes of Norway Charm an Author’s Storybook Home

Jack Rendulich

Enter Lise Lunge-Larsen’s Duluth home, especially at Christmas, and it won’t take long to know her birthplace. Just as “the Troll Lady” fills her storytelling with echoes of her home country, so has she filled her home with reverberations of Norway. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

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