We received a crowd cut coupon last fall as a gift for 2 nights @ Gunflint Lodge, however the availability didn't line up with our schedule. We tucked the coupon away and were able to use the face value (now worth less than the cost of 1 night) towards a package. We stayed for 4 nights and had a blast. It was definitely a huge splurge for us that we wouldn't normally do, but a lovely treat for us.
We fished for two days with a guide - John. Fishing was a bit on the slow side, despite all John's efforts to make sure we caught fish. Day 1 was a trip to North Lake where we caught Lake Trout and had a lovely shore lunch. (Best fish we ate all week!) The next day we were off to Canadian waters, starting out on Sag and heading to Northern Lights. We caught some nice Walleye and plan to have them for dinner this week. John was extremely knowledgeable and patient and made sure we had a delightful time.
On our third day we did the zip line. Wow! Lot's of fun and the guides were great. Well worth the cost for something you don't get the chance to do very often. Highly recommend this to all visitors unless you have a fear of heights or have trouble with stairs/steps.
Our package included a meal plan (B, L & D). We rarely opt for an all-inclusive package, however the cost savings weren't significant enough for me to want to cook. Plus - we were able to travel MUCH lighter. The food was top notch. Every meal we had was great, with plentiful portions. The dinners were 4 star, and there are plenty of options for everyone. The only disappointment was that we missed out on the Sunday BBQ.
The staff were all friendly and helpful, and the owners (Bruce & Sue) were delightful. Lot's of stories to share, and you can tell they take great pride in keeping the Lodge running smoothly and ensuring everything is up to their high standards. We understand the resort may be for sale, and it surely will be a sad day to see these owners leave.
The cabin (#19) was very well equipped, and comfortable for us. We appreciated that we were able to bring our dogs along (for a small fee).
The grounds are well kept and beautiful. Lot's to see and do here, and the staff are more than willing to give you recommendations if you are looking for something to do.
On the downside - no WiFi, except perhaps in the lodge, and no TV/Satellite or Radio (at least we couldn't find a station). I guess that was both good and bad, but would have appreciated having at least one of these options available while it was raining.
We saw quite a bit of wildlife during the stay - lot's of birds, eagles, ducks, loons with babies, several fox, possibly a bobcat or lynx, small black bear, deer, and on the drive out we saw a moose with her calf.
All and all we had a great visit. It was definitely a big splurge for us, and not something we can afford to do often, however we're hopeful we can plan a trip back with family next year. If you're on the fence about visiting - I say go for it! Thanks Bruce, Sue & Staff for all you do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-inclusive lakeside 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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- Also Known As:
- Gunflint Hotel Grand Marais