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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 units on Gull Lake to our rental portfolio offerings.  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 Up North vacation by skipping the resort bookings and renting directly by owner from us. 

We currently offer a five-bed four-bath home in Lutsen and a five-bed five-bath in Nisswa on Gull Lake.  Both homes are our personal "up north" cabins that we have gone above and beyond to stock with all the comforts of home and add the personal touches that you just can't get with a traditional resort or hotel stay.  Both units are perfect for multiple families and 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 in Caribou Highlands Resort with PREMIUM ski-in / ski-out access.

The Nisswa home is over 3,250 sq ft with five beds and five baths. It is a townhome set up that includes a boat slip on Gull Lake and your own private fire pit. There is a little 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 sport 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.

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 on-site resort management. We opted out of the on-site management programs program 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!