Company and Contact Information
5335 West Highway 61
Lutsen MN 55612
We know that life has a tendency to be overwhelming at times, and busy schedules often leave many people feeling overwhelmed and disconnected. That’s why we’re here – to offer you a space and the opportunity to reconnect to the things that matter most.
At Cascade Vacation Rentals, we provide a wide range of vacation rentals homes that will make your next trip memorable. Whether you’re looking for a vacation full of activity or a relaxing retreat, you can expect stress-free booking and friendly, efficient service so you can spend more time reconnecting and enjoying life’s precious moments.
Although we’re not perfect, we’ve been dialing in the vacation rental process for over tweny years. We’re firm believers that people come first and that integrity and generosity are an integral part of running a business. We believe in strong communities, our guests, and the magic found in reconnecting with ourselves and each other.
Whether you are planning a week-long summer vacation, a mid-winter ski trip or an escape to find some peace – give us a call! Nothing brings us more joy than to help make your next trip all that it can be.
Steve loves innovation, is motivated by fresh ways of thinking and views every opportunity as a chance to learn. He has an uncanny way with numbers combined with the unique ability to make quick and sound decisions. Steve is dedicated to making CVR a healthy, vibrant company by empowering and encouraging his staff to fulfill their dreams and reach their fullest potential. This dedication is also manifested in Steve by him serving on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneur Fund, North House Folk School, Grand Marais State Bank and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.
In his spare time, you’ll likely find him with his wife cheering on one of their three children during a sporting event, an academic challenge event or riding his tractor amongst his goats, chickens and dog on their farm just east of Lutsen. Steve and his wife Kate are graduates of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and moved to Cook County in 1995. Steve started Cascade Vacation Rentals in 2004 and Kate is Registered Nurse.
Mike was the owner of Lutsen Lodging Company before it merged with Cascade Vacation Rentals in 2014. Mike brings a unique set of strengths to the company – he has a keen sense for when big, exciting things are about to transpire and he’s the first to notice when someone is in need of a pep talk. His matchless approach to problem solving leads him to view issues from an angle most people don’t know exist. And, he always has a story to tell.
Like Steve, he’s deeply committed to community efforts through his volunteer work with the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association, Superior National Golf Course, Northspan Group, the Lutsen 99er and all things biking. So, if you swing by the office and can’t find him, there’s a good chance he’s networking within the community. However, rain or shine, it’s equally as likely that he snuck out the back door unnoticed for an afternoon bike ride (for a quick 60 miles).
Mike and is wife moved to Lutsen in 1989. Jana is a teacher and they have three millennial children – all who have left the roost. Uffdah!
Katterine, Operating Manager
Katterine began her work with the Lutsen Lodging Company in 2007 when she came to Minnesota from Lima, Peru for the first time to work as an international exchange student. The rest is history.
Katterine loves to solve problems. She is very analytical and has a distinct way of thinking about and breaking down complicated issues. Through her strengths she has implemented many new strategies and processes in our office that make our days flow more smoothly and efficiently while enhancing guest and owner experiences. She has a relentless desire to learn, is always trying new things and loves seeing positive change.
If her office light isn’t on at night, you’ll either find her shopping or spending time with her husband golfing, fishing or hiking.
Sarena, Accounting Manager
Sarena has incredible discipline and is able to create order as she goes about her work. Her ability to focus and get something done is implausible. If she had to, we’re certain she could read insurance policies thoroughly or create accurate accounting statements while the building she’s sitting in is crumbling. She excels at looking at the full picture, noticing details and pointing out information that most people overlook. Among many other things, Sarena is responsible for monthly owner statements, year-end 1099’s, and all things accounting for our vacation rentals and real estate.
In her spare time, Sarena enjoys spending time fishing, snowmobiling or riding four-wheelers with her husband, two adorable children, dog and cat.
Andrew Beavers, Project Manager
Pivot. Merriam-Webster defines Pivot as follows: “a person, thing, or factor having a major or central role, function, or effect – a key player or position. We know Andrew is not “a thing” (although there was “Thing” in the Adaams Family). Andrew is in fact as described – a key player on the CVR team having a major influence in all things CVR. Whether he is overseeing a redevelopment/building project, mentoring staff, addressing key operating statistics, and more, Andrew is our clear go-to guy with the uncanny ability to get things done.
Andrew takes that skill set and does the same for Lutsen Township where he serves as a town supervisor. Lutsen is clearly a better place because of Andrew. In his spare time you will find Andrew on the golf course at Superior National with his brother Jon, spinning tunes as local DJ aka “Beav-Star” or in the woods with his fiancé searching for rare and edible mushrooms.
Tami, Guest Services Manager
Tami navigates all things as it relates to our guests, the services CVR provides and making sure the guest experience exceeds expectations. In addition, Tami runs our weekly level 10 staff meetings at which she is genius. The meetings are efficient and focused with much of her attention directed at the guest experience.
In her spare time, Tami likes to garden, work around her home, fish, hike, spend time with her family and bike (which she has a goal of doing more and more of in the coming year).
Elizabeth, Reservation Specialist
Elizabeth joined the CVR team in 2017 as a Reservation Specialist. She is a quick study and absorbed information on all the properties we represent over a short period of time. This has resulted in a clear benefit to all CVR guests seeking information regarding their next vacation property.
Much like her job, Elizabeth faces life challenges head on, sets high goals and lives life with an admirable sense of resiliency. When she’s not at the office, you’ll likely find her fishing, paddling or training for the Lutsen 99er bike event. Elizabeth also loves dogs and has been rescuing dogs for the past three years.
Beth, Reservation Specialist
Like her title, Beth is really a specialist when it comes to all properties we represent. When you think of approximately 170 properties from near the Canadian border to the end of the Gunflint down the shoreline of Lake Superior to Duluth, Beth knows them all; it’s really quite amazing. When you call or if you stop by our office you will be greeted by Beth and your first impression will be you know you are in good hands.
When Beth is not working, she and her husband are busy spending time kayaking, camping or taking their grandchildren on adventures (we all secretly want to be one of her grandchildren so we can get in on all of the fun).
Rista Sharma-Connor, Office Assistant/Guest Services Representative
Need a smile? Believe it not, you can catch and even feel Rista’s smile over the phone. It’s just that contagious. When you are greeted by her at the CVR desk in Lutsen, your day just got better….way better. Rista serves as our customer service representative and does an outstanding job helping CVR guests select a vacation home that is just right for them.
Originally from Nepal, she chuckles at the fact we call our hills mountains given the fact that she grew up with the rugged Himalayans in her back yard. However, she loves the Northwoods and has found Lutsen to be her new home with her young family.
Allison, Housekeeping Manager
Allison is a problem solver and is incredibly organized! Whether she’s trying to figure out how to get 40 houses cleaned in a six hour period or shuttle housekeepers across the county, we have no problems relying on her! Each day she spends her time solving the ever-changing CVR housekeeping puzzle. She’s on her toes and dedicated to making sure her job is done well.
When Allison has some down time, she loves being at home with her husband or spending time around a campfire.
Sarah, Owner Relations Manager
Sarah is the liaison between Cascade Vacation Rentals and all of our property owners. Her eye for detail, color and design is the reason our office, campus buildings, and many of our homes look so beautiful (and, the reason her office nickname is “Sarah Sparkle”).
Sarah was born and raised in Tofte. After leaving the area for short period of time, the North Shore called her and her young family back – and CVR became to lucky benefactor to have her come on-board.
Hannah, Marketing Coordinator
Hannah is smart, witty and quick. Nothing leaves her office without a plan or purpose. That can drive Steve and Mike a little crazy because Mike is often cruising at 50,000’ (details?) and Steve wanted it yesterday. But, the end result is a quality, measurable, and consistent CVR product with all details perfect. She is a quick study of the marketplace and uses cool words like analytics, metrics, optimization and driving traffic. Unfortunately, her search engine is not a Corvette. Dang!
Laura, Marketing and Communications Intern
Laura is part of our marketing team using her creative skills and talents in photography, drone flights, staging properties while also active posting CVR “fun stuff” on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Originally from Peru, Laura moved to the North Shore in 2016. She loves to dance, share her Peruvian culture with others, cook and spend time with her husband. She doesn’t settle for less than the best and is passionate about making the world a better and more beautiful place.
Jaye, Special Projects
Managing vacation homes is managing a lot of moving parts. From guest reservations to property photographs to drone flights, live Facebook feeds and video production, Jaye has her hands in it all. She was one of the first FAA certified and licensed drone operators in northern Minnesota. When CVR has the need for that special project, Jaye is our “go-to” staff person to get it done.
Jaye also has another important job at CVR – she assigns names to all company vehicles (like Sasquatch, Lucy, Red Rooster, Minnesota, Ethel and more). Jaye, her husband and three children live in Grand Marais. She is a certified doula, herbalist, and aromatherapist and enjoys wildcrafting on her property.
Bill spends his CVR time organizing and managing all things maintenance from broken toilets to complex lock algorithms. In short, his time is dedicated to making the guest experience and the property they are staying in run as smooth as possible.
He’s humble, incredibly observant and always gives 110%. In his spare time you’ll likely find him spending time with his adult children, fishing or camping.
Chili, Maintenance, Plant and Fleet Services
You know those technical diagrams that arrive in the package containing critical operating components for say engines, home heating and hot water systems, heavy equipment hydraulics, septic system electronics, pumps and more..…. yeah, he’s that guy that can read them and more important understand what needs to be done to remedy the problem. And he’s darn good at it all!
Mike grew up in Minneapolis and was employed by one of the largest public school transportation programs (school buses) in the state before moving to Grand Marais with his family in early 2000. While he will say it feels like yesterday when he was chasing his kids around the yard and playing sports, he’s now a proud grandfather and enjoys doing the same with his granddaughter.
It must be in the DNA. Augies’s dad was the last person to live at the Sawbill Landing in Lake County where he also served as sheriff. A former war veteran, and logger, his dad was a hard worker. Growing up in the Northwood’s of Isabella, hard work is no stranger to Augie as well; it simply became a way of life. CVR benefits from Augies work ethic, organizational skills and having things orderly.
It goes without saying then that Augie appreciates the great outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He is also a Tofte volunteer firefighter. We feel fortunate having Augie on the CVR team.
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