Naniboujou is unique. It isn't for everyone. The rooms are small, and it is not air-conditioned, so you need to be willing to pull the shades during the day, open the window on a hot evening and let in the Lake Superior breezes, use the (provided) oscillating fan, and transport yourself back to an era when everything was simpler. No TV, no phone, no cell phone reception.
We enjoy a stop at Naniboujou as a gradual transition to what most people call "civilization" after a wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the Minnesota/Canada border. We clean up in the bathtub (yes, some of the rooms have bathtubs) or shower, have dinner in the beautiful dining room, and sleep in the Select Comfort bed. After a week or more in the out-of-doors, sleeping in a tent and cooking on a campfire, it is a nice change. Last year we were there on a Saturday night, so the next morning we enjoyed the beautiful Sunday brunch before getting on our way back to Michigan. And I was on the beach at 6 AM to photograph the gorgeous sunrise on Lake Superior. It doesn't GET any better than that!
We brought our granddaughter to Naniboujou one summer when she was six. She loved it here! We had the room with the Murphy bed. She thought the old-fashioned swing and the stones on the beach and the beautiful dining room/huge fireplace were memorable--she is still talking about it three years later. And of course the big cinnamon roll!
This is a place of unusual beauty and friendly hospitality. I am wearing my Naniboujou sweatshirt as I am typing this review. I can hardly wait to return next year!
If you want a bathtub, you need to ask. Some rooms have them, some do not.
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