I purchased a Crowd Cut offer to stay at this beautiful, old lodge. The purchase was quite a good value, and we enjoyed the lodge, property and location so much that we are sending our daughter and son-in-law to stay there as well. To begin with, we appreciated the welcome email just prior to our visit with directions and information. Diana was wonderfully accommodating when we arrived and took the time to show us to our room and around the lodge. She also was gracious to show us other rooms that were either being cleaned or already for the next guests. Many of the rooms are quite large and spacious (#6 and #8). Our room was very clean with excellent air conditioning for a comfortable July stay. The property grounds are very pretty with a blooming garden and well kept lawn. Choco, the chocolate lab greeted us upon arrival. He is a very gentle sweet dog. The lovely Carlotta and her husband (owners) took the time to talk about their past efforts and future plans for the property, which is restoration/creation of two large outer buildings being built in European style. The exteriors of these buildings are very lovely - the interiors are not yet started. I would love to return when these buildings are completed. The work is progressing in line with finances and renewable material. As for the lodge itself, the foundation/basement was built in 1858; the main floor and second level in 1920's. Large planked wood floors and walls gave me the feeling of a hunting lodge, but a bit more elegant. The Outing Lodge is about 10 - 15 minutes from Stillwater and very secluded in the country. We enjoyed a 1.5 hour walk exploring the park and adjoining neighborhood (with large homes, fenced horses, private gardens, etc). Aamodts Apple Orchard and the St. Croix Winery are near the lodge on the road to Stillwater. Stillwater offered fine dining, oil/vinegar tasting, wine and/or beer tasting, shopping, river activities, city tours, and many other wonderful activities to keep everyone happy. We ate at the MarX Wine Bar and had an incredible dinner! We also sat on the REV patio and enjoyed lunch while people watching. Both places offer excellent wines. We also had a wonderful and very full breakfast at the lodge with pastries, yogurt, fruit, cheese, ham, eggs and french toast. Everything was on time and delicious. When our weekend was over, my husband thanked me for the wonderful B&B excursion which fully met/exceeded our expectations. (Side note: Carlotta is from Argentina and very much adds to the charm of the lodge. She is a very beautiful and well spoken with an inviting and open personality.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century History Preserved at the Outing Lodge European style 19th century country home, surrounded by lawns and gardens with 300 acres of wooded park land ~ a place where people would go to get away from modern city life. Pine Point was founded in 1858 as Minnesota's second "poor farm," a home for the chronically indigent or those temporarily down on their luck. Stillwater was a wealthy community in 1850, the territorial capital. In this abundant atmosphere, a desire to help the less fortunate culminated in the construction of this poor farm. The prize-winning dairy farm became both a home and a workplace to thousands of needy for almost 100 years. When the farm was closed in 1957, the land was planted in pine trees, now Pine Point Park. The house went on for 20 years as a Rest Home. In the 1980s, to save it from proposed demolition, Lee Gohlike began its renovation. He gutted its interiors with a reverence for its historic past: wide-planked wooden floors cut from old pine beams provide a perfect backdrop to the many elegant antique furnishings, numerous candelabra and massive fireplaces. Featured in Midwest Traveler, Star Tribune and other local & national publications, this beautiful Georgian home is a destination for exclusive retreats & events. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback and biking trails connecting to the Metro system. Theme dinner calendar of events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel Oak Park Heights