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“Cross River Lodge - the most hospitable place we've ever been to!” 5 of 5 stars
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196 N. Gunflint Lake Road, Grand Marais, MN 55604 (Formerly Moosehorn Lodge)   |  
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“Cross River Lodge - the most hospitable place we've ever been to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

My husband & I vacation 3 times a year to places all over the U.S. We've gone back to the Gunflint Trail area several times because we love the scenery. This is the first time we've stayed at Cross River Lodge and it definitely will NOT be our last! John & Rose are fantastic hosts. They made us so comfortable we felt like family & their lodge was our home - from the moment we arrived to the moment we left!!

If you vacation up North, don't miss out on the wonderful personal service. John & Rose are 2 people you will be thankful you've met, hopeful you remain in touch & and will want to come back soon to see!!

We loved every minute of it!! Thank you John & Rose!

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Up North" cabin but anywhere on the property would be great!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Chisago City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I have stayed in dumps to 5 star hotels all across the nation and even overseas. I have never had a more accommodating experience than this. John and Rose were by far the nicest people I have met in a very long time. They were quick to assist with any issues and ask every time they saw you if there was anything they could do. With Rose's cooking and John's knowledge of the lake you get the best of both worlds. John was able to give us a guided tour of the lake and provide us with an insightful history of everything about the lake. Rose has the best egg-bake I've ever tasted and their continental breakfast tops that of the Hilton. The fishing was great, weather beautiful, the scenery a sight to see, but most of all the Cross River Lodge and John and Rose made it what it is. I won't stay at another place on the boundary waters as long as I continue to visit there!

Room Tip: The wolf den was perfect for 3 people. The lake provides the swimming pool and the great trails pro...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

What words do you use to describe excellence? John and Rose have found perfection in Customer Service. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped out of the truck and for the following 5 days we were shown what True Customer Service Really is. The Lodge was exceptionally clean and our suite(Cross River) had an excellent view of the lake. It was like going to a family reunion with no bad family members. We also met another couple(Mark and Jodi) who have the same sentiments as us. Great fishing, great wildlife viewing, and the Greatest host and hostess in the world. We cannot thank you enough for our 5 days in paradise. Hope to see them in 2013.

Room Tip: All rooms and cabins are great!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We just returned from a Memorial weekend trip. Lodge suite had a beautiful deck view of the lake, and was remodeled with a nice kitchenette. The best part of the trip was the personal service from John and Rose; we felt like we were staying at their home. They even helped arrange an impromptu birthday celebration for our daughter. Heard wolves baying at night; saw loons, eagles, a beaver, and even a small black bear!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Eagle Lake, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

My guy and I had a superb weekend at Cross River Lodge mid March! Doug was great company and so was his dog Roxie! The lodge has been beautifully constructed and we loved every bit of it! Thank you for the great hospitality and comfortable atmosphere...we hope to visit again! Denise and Corey

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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Pittsburg, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

We spent a month at Cross River Lodge last summer (2011) and stayed in one of the cabins. It was no doubt the best vacation of our lives! We're going again this summer (2012) and are counting the days. John, Rose, Paula, and Doug are fantastic hosts. It wasn't long before we thought of them as family. My husband loves to fish and I love to hike We both love berry picking. There are canoes available free--first come, first serve, and also pontoon boats to rent. There are so many advantages to staying at Cross River. We checked out ALL the area cabins and lodges as far away as Grand Marais and CR was by far the best choice in every category. All the comforts of home in the Minnesota "wilderness." And a great break from the oppressive heat of Southeast Kansas!

Room Tip: If you want to bring pets, let them know ahead of time--they are very pet friendly. They allow pets...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011 via mobile

Really beautiful and friendly place with the best continental breakfast we ever had! We stayed in a very clean two bedroom cottage/effiency with pot bellied stove and deck overlooking quiet lake. Offered many free activities to guest: paddle boats, canoe etc. beautiful lodge for guests to visit/watch tv/read. The owners/hosts were fabulous!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Address: 196 N. Gunflint Lake Road, Grand Marais, MN 55604 (Formerly Moosehorn Lodge)
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
John and Rose want to welcome you to our wilderness paradise and find some relaxation. We can point you towards whatever it is you are looking to do...or maybe it's a new adventure for your exploration. Sudbury Meteorite Ejecta field very near lodge. No liquor license but BYOB and it is welcome in the lodge. Come sit by our historic fireplace or on our screened porch and relax...We have suites above the lodge and cabins available. We have a "no surprise" pricing policy. Our price plus sales and lodging tax is the price. NO RESORT OR HIDDEN FEES! Hope to see you soon! ... more   less 

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