This has always been my thought on the Lutsen Lodge properties. There is no way to distinguish between the Lodge itself and the other properties (such as the Sea Villas) in this forum. My most recent experience was at the Sea Villas as few miles south of the lodge. What can I say...I grew up coming here every fall with my family. These condos are unique in design, and have the best location imaginable...you can walk off your deck and the shoreline is only a few steps away. Though a bit dated at this point, the condos have a unique charm and are very comfortable for smaller groups of poeple or a family. They are expensive, but I have never regretted staying there and always look forward to the next time. They have added a complex to the property that has a pool, sauna and hot tub so you no longer need to drive all the way to the main lodge...bravo! Plus, some of the villas are pet friendly! If you are looking for a terrific romantic getaway, a family outting, or some time with your close friends, you really can't go wrong with the Sea Villas.
I have also stayed at the main lodge a number of times and have always enjoyed it's rustic feel. It is truly an old lodge...so don't expect the most modern amenities in the rooms. While not as private as the Sea Villas, the lodge is a gorgeous log structure that has graced the Lake Superior shore for over 100 years! I find it more ideal for larger groups of people...in fact, my sister has her wedding reception there and it was a blast! They have a terrific fine dining restaurant and also a tavern.
Overall, I love the Lutsen resort properties...wish they were a little less expensive, but as stated...it's worth it!
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