It's a 160 year old building in the very middle of nowhere-the former Washington County poor house. I give the Outing Lodge high marks for character, interest and charm. It ain't no Holiday Inn. The floors creak, the room was heated with a small fireplace, no TV :-), a dining room fireplace big enough to park a school bus in it with 2 ft. diameter logs, and a real, live sleigh ride thru the woods with horses! The food was very good but I was one of a group of 75 so it lacked a little intimacy. Sunday brunch was a much smaller group and extraordinary. Great wait staff-every request answered instantly.
Smaller than a hotel, bigger than a B&B. Pricey. Can you say-romantic?
- Also Known As:
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel Oak Park Heights
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century History Preserved at the Outing Lodge European style 19th century country home, surrounded by lawns and gardens with 300 acres of wooded park land ~ a place where people would go to get away from modern city life. Pine Point was founded in 1858 as Minnesota's second "poor farm," a home for the chronically indigent or those temporarily down on their luck. Stillwater was a wealthy community in 1850, the territorial capital. In this abundant atmosphere, a desire to help the less fortunate culminated in the construction of this poor farm. The prize-winning dairy farm became both a home and a workplace to thousands of needy for almost 100 years. When the farm was closed in 1957, the land was planted in pine trees, now Pine Point Park. The house went on for 20 years as a Rest Home. In the 1980s, to save it from proposed demolition, Lee Gohlike began its renovation. He gutted its interiors with a reverence for its historic past: wide-planked wooden floors cut from old pine beams provide a perfect backdrop to the many elegant antique furnishings, numerous candelabra and massive fireplaces. Featured in Midwest Traveler, Star Tribune and other local & national publications, this beautiful Georgian home is a destination for exclusive retreats & events. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback and biking trails connecting to the Metro system. Theme dinner calendar of events. ... more less