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Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

My husband and I spent 4 nights here for our Honeymoon in July 2013, and to this day, we often reminisce about this beautiful place and how absolutely perfect it was! I cannot say enough good things about it - the isolation from the rest of the busy world, the peaceful quiet, the breathtaking views and surrounding nature/wildlife, the friendly staff and other guests, the fun day-trips, hikes, boat rides, and naturalist activities offered, the FOOD (to die for!), the amenities - we were amazed by all this place had to offer and are so thankful to Gunflint Lodge management for providing all these things!

We stayed in a Romantic Cottage, which had its own hottub and a gorgeous view of Gunflint Lake right in our backyard! We thought it was cute that the cabin was fully stocked with all sorts of boardgames and books, tv and dvds, etc. The decor of the cabins matched the "Northwoods feel" of this resort so perfectly!

All meals were included in our package, and words cannot describe how impressive each meal was! (Decorated with edible flowers, etc. - the chef was incredibly creative!)

We took advantage of as many activities as we could (we are very outdoorsy people!) and loved the wide array of choices available! In the main lodge there is an "activity calendar" showing each day's planned events - you can sign up for as many or as few as you'd like. We participated in events like a Dessert Dinner Cruise around the lake, Birch Bark Bookmark Making, Horseback Riding, Hike to Bridal Falls, Indian Legends (told to us in a teepee around a small campfire!), and of course Canoeing and Fishing. During our hikes we often stumbled upon patches of untouched wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, which we picked and brought back to our cabin for a snack.

Also, wine and appetizers were delivered to our cabin each evening. We were absolutely pampered! :)

Gunflint always seemed to have a big weekend event planned - while we were there, they had their annual Canoe Race Contest - we got to be entertained by these races, and were even invited to enter the race! (We passed up on that, but considered it!) So fun!

I also must emphasize the friendliness of the staff. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with all of them, and especially made great friends with the horseback riding staff while there. The owners stopped by our table each dinnertime just to chat and see how we were doing and how our day was - so sweet of them!

All in all, we had thee most perfect time of our lives at Gunflint Lodge, and can hardly wait to return someday. We want to thank the incredible staff for such an amazing stay, and encourage others to go have as wonderful a time there as we did!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Our favorite part would have to be the deer coming up to your windows. If you eat at the restaurant, the walleye chowder, walleye quesadillas, and prime rib are amazing!
Go snowshoeing, the trails are beautiful!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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3  Thank jdawg1
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

This is the resort with the widest range of rental choices and the biggest choice of on site activities. Whether you're wanting to catch fish, ride horses, or ride the zip line, Gunflint Lodge has it available.

Room Tip: Choose a rental with a view of the lake... it will be worth it and there are many availabile.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

This was our Christmas present to our kids. We stayed 3 nights, but thought 1 more would have been better. We were in a 2 bedroom cabin near the lake. Breakfast was included in our package and was great. You picked anything on the menu. We really enjoyed feeding the deer and birds. We would put the corn and sunflowers seeds right outside our window. The best part was when the deer would eat out of our hands. We went on a night hike with the naturalist and howled to the wolves and waited for them to howl back. We did get a few replies. The best part of the trip was our dog sled ride with Adam. He told us a lot about the dogs and the reason he placed dogs here he did. We even got to be the musher for part of the ride. Everyone that worked there was friendly and helpful. We loved after a day of being outside to come to our cabin and have a fire and go sit in the sauna. It was a wonderful weekend and we will treasure our memories.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed at the Gunflint Lodge for the pre-Christmas special checking out on the morning after Christmas Day. We stayed in a 2 bdrm lake house and though we did not use the hot tub, we spent ample time in the sauna! The highlight for me for learning that it really is possible to stay warm when the temps are well below zero! We skied almost every day, went dog-sledding, and spent late afternoons with our cribbage board and drinks in the main Lodge. LOVED having no cell phone or internet (never figured out how to connect which was OK with us, we didn't try that hard). Service was great and everyone we met was so friendly - both staff and guests. Staff always had an answer to our questions. We cannot wait to come back.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We started this tradition in 2012, we did it this past Holiday too ! We made our reservations for the 2014 holiday before we left. Cabins fill fast, it's 4 nights of no worries, no cooking and plenty of fires in your private cabin. Thanksgiving dinner includes ham, turkey and bison and tons of side dishes. It is so relaxing, bring a book or movies and enjoy some much needed down time.
We look forward to this long holiday, but we can't wait until November to return it's forever away, so we will sneak away for a long weekend probably in May or June.

Room Tip: Ask for a unit with a washer/dryer so you can go home and not have laundry to do !! If you stay for...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Bruce and Sue offered a free week for Veterans, thank you. The staff, specifically Jason, Rich, and Brittany were great. The weather was descent and the hiking was as gorgeous as always. Thank you for recognizing the service of our men and women of our Armed Forces. The best lodge in the north woods

Stayed: November 2013
Thank Jamaicaman15
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Additional Information about Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters

Address: 143 S Gunflint Lk, Grand Marais, MN 55604-3009
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Grand Marais
Price Range: £126 - £904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All-inclusive luxury cabins in the Minnesota Northwoods on the historic Gunflint Trail bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Lakeside cabins with fireplaces accommodate 2-14 people and many have in-room saunas or spa pools. Activities include canoeing, hiking, fishing guides, guided Naturalist activities, swimming, horse back riding, full meal service, and the Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Winter activities include cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice fishing. Lakeside patio dining, full-service bar, and massage therapist are available. Featured in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die-U.S. & Canada." Always Pet Friendly. ... more   less 
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