When we arrived, we were unpleasantly surprised to see that the property looked like a junkyard! There were antlers lining the ground around the main lodge, which looked as if they were placed there to conceal unfinished construction. The roads to the lodge and the cabins were ornamented with trailers and dilapidated pick-up trucks. Luckily, our cabin was pretty nice....or so we thought. The service was good, but there was only one employee checking in customers, cooking, serving dinner, and bartending. She was really professional and nice, which is the only reason this rating is Poor instead of Terrible! The food and drinks were okay, but I would have rather eaten at one of the great restaurants in Grand Marais. This lodge is dog-friendly, which we loved. Most of the other guests were too.
The cabin overlooked a beautiful, small lake and we had our own private deck and dock. We could, however, hear the neighbors through the sparse tree line separating our cabins. The cabin had two bedrooms and a nice sized kitchen and living area. Overall, the cabin was very clean and cozy. While we were getting comfortable in our bed, we all of a sudden heard a rather gross gurgling sound under the cabin. About 10 seconds later, a penetrating odor of sewage filled our bedroom!! I am not kidding. We were abhorred once we realized there was some kind of sewage line running under our cabin! Needless to say, my boyfriend was awoken by the dangerous stench the next morning.
The decor in the cabin was peculiar. I understand that this cabin is off of the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota, but that should not lead someone to believe that it is cool to have 25 animal skins from hunting exploits draped on every piece of furniture in the cabin. Oh, and let us not forget to mention the stuffed pheasants, deer, and other game hanging from the ceiling and walls. One or two skins would have been enough.
Luckily, we only stayed one night.