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“Wonderful getaway weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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7717 North Shore, Scenic Drive, Duluth, MN 55804   |  
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“Wonderful getaway weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

We had a very nice time. The location was great. You get a taste of being in the wilderness but town is just a short drive away. The cabins were very cozy and warm and everything was as expected. They even provided a tv with a great movie selection. The kitchen provides basic needs and were even supplied with tea and coffee. We will most definitely be back this summer!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Webster, NY
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We have mixed feelings about our stay here. At first glance, we were happy to be in these old fashioned little cabins. The good news is that we slept well and the shower was hot. On the other hand, the entire property seems to be in disrepair. The cabins are just falling apart - sagging roofs, chipping paint, even the sink handles didn't match and were on backwards! That's just a bit too much. The whole place needs some TLC. We don't mind rustic, and actually wanted it to be rustic but expecterd some homey touches. We couldn't wait to leave and wouldn't come back here unless the property was kept up better. A bit of paint and TLC would go a long way. The location is good if you want a great lake view though.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Based on the review I'd read here on TripAdvisor, as well as the photos on North Shore Cottages website, I anticipated the lodgings to be small, a bit dated, but clean, quaint, and well maintained. And they were, in fact, all of those things, with the exception of well maintained. Chipping paint and water stained and drooping ceilings were difficult to overlook. The deck was very small, and the shower in the bathroom was just a plastic stall shower.

None of this was enough to make me want to demand my money back or anything, but I was a bit disappointed. I was expected the cottages to be kept up more than they were. That being said, the owner was very pleasant, the bed was comfortable, and the location was great. Not sure that I'd recommend this to anybody for the price that we paid for it, and I probably wouldn't stay here again, but it wasn't a total dive.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

I love these cottages. They are small and simple, and exactly what I want. Unobstructed views of Lake Superior, quiet, comfy beds. Bathrooms are small but hot water is instantaneous. Coffee maker, fridge, microwave...what else do you need? Quick drive into Duluth, but you feel away from it all. A great bargain!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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144 reviews 144 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

We stayed here because - fortunately - hotels right in Duluth were full (for the Tall Ships event). This was wonderfully lucky. I echo all of the observations of earlier reviews. Each cabin looks like a duplex - but on the inside, it is a bedroom, a "living room", and a bathroom and tiny kitchen set-up (i.e., frig, microwave, sink) in between. We didn't get to try the fire pit but noted the free firewood still available. The TV is digital reception; I had to use the remote and have the TV rescan the airwaves to get the half-dozen or so channels, so that is basic but the TV is flatscreen. Better is the fact that a DVD player is attached and about a dozen DVD movies were stashed in the TV stand for free guest use. There is also a basket of magazines to leaf through. The living area had a couch and an easy chair. The bed was very comfortable. Lovely stay. I hope to come back. (It looked like maybe the place is up for sale...hope new owners keep it as well maintained.)

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Mn
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

The cabins are cute, clean, and just a all around nice place to stay.
The owners are there IF you need/want anything but they let you relax and just enjoy.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2006

My husband and I stayed in a cabin for a 4 day weekend. We were able to book a few weeks before our trip. This was important to us, as our mini vacations are usually spontanious. The cabin was clean and charming with a comfortable bed. The grounds were lovely, you can access the beach accross the road, you have to climb a bit, but it's lovely.
The location is convienient to drive back to Duluth to do the many fun things available there...harbor cruises, museums, Port Authority, restaurant's etc. We also drove up to Grand Marais one day for a day trip which was also convienient.
In the evening we'd enjoy the free firewood which was really a bonus, not to have to find a place nearby to buy it and haul it back in the car. Each cabin had a fire-ring and it was so pretty at night to sit out and enjoy the fire and look out over the lawn at the moonlight on Lake Superior.
The staff was helpful and pleasant and non-intrusive.
I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a nice cozy place to stay off the lake!

Stayed August 2005
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Additional Information about North Shore Cottages

Address: 7717 North Shore, Scenic Drive, Duluth, MN 55804
Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
North Shore Cottages Hotel Duluth

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