This Lodge is located right on Gunflint Lake, a destination for travelers for generations. Its' secluded and quiet location is far superior to me than Gunflint Lodge, and far more authentic. The accomodations are comfortable cabins rather than hotel rooms, and what that means is that you get to enjoy the beauty of the area peacefully. My husband and I stayed at the Birch cabin and it was VERY cute and very well equipped. We had a living room, dining room, full kitchen, bathroom with bathtub (not just a shower) and two bedrooms with queen beds. The kitchen had a full refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and every other kitchen item you might need (including a wine opener). The weather in October was cool -- we had snow two days -- but we were very comfortable in the cabin: there was a wood stove with lots of firewood, and the bedrooms had heaters in them as well. We ate at our cabin most of the time, but there are restaurants available a drive away if you want a change of pace. I recommend shopping in Grand Marais for your food items before you get here, but Heston's has a small store for items you may have forgotten. There was no cell phone reception here, but there was wifi. I didn't use the wifi, but I saw other guests on their laptops.
Now for the owners: You could not possibly find more caring and sweet proprietors. There are boats and canoes there for rent and Greg and Barb help you every step of the way. Barb helped me identify some birds I'd seen and recommended some hiking trails in the area. In the summer, Greg and Barb host a pizza night once a week, baking bread and pizza in their wood-fired outdoor bread oven. I couldn't recommend the place more completely. And their website shows beautiful photos of the cabins available at www.hestons.com .
As for the area, there's plenty of things to do besides sitting by the lake. We went to Gunflint Lodge one afternoon for lunch at the Bistro. We drove down Gunflint Trail and had dinner at Trail Center one night. There's a zipline close by (not my style), there's fishing galore, there are hiking trails. On our way home, we shopped in Grand Marais. Absolute musts in Grand Marais: Joynes Ben Franklin store, Storm Harbor, the Trading Post, and of course Worlds Best Donuts and Sven and Oles Pizza.
If you're thinking about getting away- this place is a no-brainer.