We had a very negative experience with a different resort adjacent to Northern Lights (a simple google maps search will help you figure that one out). We had planned our summer vacation in Ely months in advance and, having never been to this area before, relied on photos and online reviews. Well that place was a complete dump, the online photos a lie, and I'll leave it at that. On a whim, in a moment of complete desperation, I called Northern Lights to see if they had anything available. They had one of their suites open (a family had just happened to cancel last minute) and we took it. Overall Northern Lights was fantastic - exactly what we had in mind for our up north vacation. Next time I would rent one of their cabins. The suites are nice (very clean, with a jetted tub, updated interior and gorgeous view) but not necessarily private or quiet. You can hear your neighbors quite well. Another downside is little storage space, so pack light. But overall, it was a truly wonderful place to stay and Marie, the owner, goes above and beyond to make it a fun and enjoyable experience. There are so many fun family activities and games onsite, free kayak and canoe usage, motor boats and pontoons to rent, fire pits, sauna, the list goes on. I HIGHLY recommend this spot for families with young children. And while I can't speak from experience about the cabins, when we visit this lodge again (which I'm sure we'll do) we'll probably rent a cabin. You will get your money's worth at this resort and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maximize your vacation days all year long at Northern Lights Lodge for an experience of a purely unforgettable nature! Guests will share in the classic Minnesota resort experience on the shores of Bear Island Lake on the edge of BWCAW. Our charming cabins and suites are the perfect place to relax after experiencing every seasonal wilderness adventure your heart desires: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, hunting and more! ... more less
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