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About your hosts...

We are your hosts, Peter and Jackie Smothers.  We got married in Lutsen at Caribou Highlands in 2004.  Fifteen years and three kids later we purchased 1st our home away from home here. More recently we have added vacation homes on Gull Lake and the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes.  Our vacation rentals are a mix of homes that we own and homes that we manage for our friends and clients.  To see a bit about us and how we vacation, you can check out our youtube channel here ==>

We invite you to lean on our experience and local knowledge and let us be the guides to your up-north adventure. No matter if you are looking for guidance on skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing or mountain biking, we are happy to help make your getaway one to remember. 

We hope you will enjoy your stay as much as we enjoy being there.


Welcome to Smothers Family Vacation Rentals.  Upgrade your Minnesota vacation by skipping the hotel and resort bookings and rent from us, directly by owner.

We currently offer a five-bed four-bath home in Lutsen and five-bed five-bath townhomes in Nisswa on Gull Lake, and a unique three thousand square foot double dome, triple silo home on The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes.  All the homes on our page are either our personal "up north" cabins or the personal cabins of our clients.  Because we and our clients use and enjoy our homes ourselves when not renting them out, each home has been furnished and stocked above and beyond, with all the comforts of home.  Renting by owner lets us add the personal touches that you just can't get with a traditional resort or hotel stay.  All of our units are BIG and perfect for multiple families and each one is located in areas with loads of activities year-round.

Our Lutsen place is at 685 Moose Mountain Drive Lutsen MN 55612  This home is truly one of the nicest ski-in, ski-out vacation rentals within the Lusten Mountains Ski Area.  It is the very last unit at the end of Moose Mountain Drive within the Caribou Highlands Resort with PREMIUM ski-in / ski-out access.

The Nisswa homes are over 3,250 sq ft with five beds and five baths each. They are townhomes within the Causeway on Gull resort complex and each unit includes a boat slip on Gull Lake and your own private fire pit. There is a trade-off from being in a single-family home right on the water but the trade gets you full access to all the amenities of the Causeway on Gull Resort including indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, arcades, and sports courts PLUS extremely close proximity to some of the best dining options on the Lake with Zorbaz, Bar Harbor and Lost Lake Lodge all within walking distance.

Round House ~ Square Bed is a phenomenal unique stay. It was originally built in 1962 out of three distinct silo bases with a dome home roof.  After recent additions and remodeling, the home now boasts over 3,200 square feet with all the modern amenities you want without losing any of its original character and charm. This home comfortably sleeps 16 guests and is perfect for large groups with multiple private living areas.

Upgrade your vacation by booking one of our amazing vacation rentals directly by owner.  Make our cabin your home away from home. A place with plenty of everything! Comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, and streaming fast WiFi!

We thoroughly enjoy our cabins in every season but when we can’t be there we'd love for you to do the same and make yourself at home.

Our units are not managed by any on-site resort management. We have opted out of all on-site management programs to offer you a superior stay. By staying with Smothers Family Vacation Rentals, every aspect of your vacation gets an upgrade, from the toiletries, linens, and professional housekeeping to an improved and more personal concierge "front desk" provided by us, the unit owners. By booking with us at directly, you are upgrading your vacation at an owner-direct discounted price!