We arrived in the evening and after dodging road work which no-one has any control over, checked into our cottage. It was smaller than we expected, but that was fine. What puzzled us was that the light was on and the doors unlocked, but whatever. We settled in and were disappointed to find that despite the DVD player and CD player, there were no DVD's or cd's and there was no radio or TV. Okay, there were games and cards and we brought books. Things then started to deteriorate. We were opening the windows and noticed there were dead bugs stuck to the curtains and conwebs in the corners. Burns on the rug, the formica was raising up from the counter, there were only two forks, the plates in the cupboard were dirty. the old hot water tank was in with the new hot water tank. The shower looked lovely, but we didn't stay long enough to find out and we checked out the next morning. In between was a nightmare; the bed was the noisiest bed we have ever slept in and we travel a lot. We couldn't see the lake except as a blur through the trees, the mosquitos described as mild or few, were awful. As we were exhausted we went to bed and upon turning down the bed, discovered a very long dark hair - I and my husband both have short hair. I woke up at 3:11 AM scratching from bites I got while sleeping. In the morning I said to my husband what's on your hip? It was a woodtick! ANd it was fresh because it wasn't burrowed in and he didn't have it the night before. We then discovered why - the window screen which was on the inside, had a gap almost 1/4" whch doesn't sound like much but was enough to let bugs in! The lodge staff zeroed out our charges and we are now trying to get our money back from Travel Zoo. The end of the bug bite saga was not good. I do not know what bit me, but on Thursday in Thief River Falls I ended up at Sanford Urgent Care, where I received three seperate prescriptions for antihistamines, antibiotics and steroids to get rid of the welts and oozing bites on my arms and foot. Never, never, never again. The staff were friendly but never again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury family accommodations on the Canadian Border in northern Minnesota adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Cabins accommodate 2-10 people. Activities include canoeing, hiking, guided naturalist activities, swimming, horse back riding, full meal service, and the new Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Special programs for "Becoming a Boundary Waters Family." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gunflint Hotel Grand Marais