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“Remote getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B
11 Poplar Creek Dr, Grand Marais, MN 55604   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Grand Marais B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Remote getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Our visit to Poplar Creek was short but sweet. We stayed just one night in Ollie's Room. The room was spacious with a large bathroom. Small touches like fresh flowers and granola bars made this place feel especially welcoming. We didn't have a chance to use the giant tub, but I can imagine how wonderful it would be after a long day on the ski trail. Our hosts were warm and friendly and the breakfast of stuffed french toast, coffee and fresh fruit very enjoyable. Poplar Creek is like a mashup of European B&B and Northwoods lodge. Bonus: chirping frogs and dead quiet a night. Sleep well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed at Poplar Creek as part of a trip along the Banadad trail last March, including one night at the Croft yurt. The B&B is very nice, and breakfast was delicious. We'd recommend it, and return happily. However, the Croft yurt needed a good cleaning, and was furnished with shabby used furniture. Since it's the only place to stay along the Banadad, we really didn't have any alternatives. But we won't use it again. We also weren't expecting an additional fee for a unnecessary but mandatory gear shuttle out to the yurt. We typically pack in our own food, bedding, etc and are perfectly capable of starting a fire and melting snow for water. Boundary Country Trekking maintained that they would bring in water and start the woodstove, adding another fee to an already overpriced stay. The yurt won't see us again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Illinois
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This B & B is wonderfully accommodating. It is hidden in the Superior National Forest and very peaceful. There are trails to hike and lakes to play in. Barb makes some famously delicious breakfasts! (be sure to get her recipe book!). We went in 2009 and went back in 2011 and saw the Northern Lights for the first time ever! Spectacular!! Best trip ever!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are interested in a similar trip.

Regarding Poplar Creek B&B...everything was fantastic. It's about 30 minutes due north of Grand Marais, but it was the highlight of our trip. They have cabins, but we stayed in one of the B&B rooms (Barbara's Suite). Nice family room, little kitchen, nice sized bathroom and a separate bedroom. We peeked in the other rooms before we left and they were very nice as well. Everything was extremely clean & comfortable. Barbara's breakfasts were great and definitely worth the extra money if they're not included with your particular room. Barbara and Ted were excellent hosts and provided so much information on their area and other parts of Minnesota that we were going to visit. We basically spent a day hiking, a day canoeing and a day in Grand Portage and downtown Grand Marais. We could've spent more time there, but we had to move on to our next stop. There are miles and miles of trails or gravel roads for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, etc., and they're accessible from the B&B or just a quick drive. It's in the woods but you feel like you're at home. We hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

Barb & Ted, the proprietors of this B & B are very sweet and accommodating. Their B & B is nestled in the North Woods of Minnesota, off the very scenic Gunflint Trail. There is a lake to paddle around on, which we did, and trails to hike. The breakfasts that Barb cooked up (and Ted excellently served) were the best I have experienced in MN. We definitely plan on going back again!

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

Ted and Barbara Young are northwoods icons! If you are a tenderfoot who just wants some R&R deep in the northwoods, or if you are a hard core cross-country skier / hiker ... then head to the Poplar Creek Guesthouse. My wife and I took our boys to the Gunflint Trail for some cross-country skiing (Christmas present to the family). We rented the cabin, and loved every minute of our stay. Yesterday morning before heading out skiing, I took a short hike and watched a mink play and hunt on the banks of the snow covered (but free flowing in the Winter) Poplar Creek.

Ted and Barbara are fantastic hosts. They understand how to take care of guests. In our case, we only wanted the latest trail reports. However, if you just want to relax ... stay at the B&B and enjoy Barbara's breakfasts. One warning ... from someone who calls himself the Northstar Nerd. You will not have cell or internet connections in the cabin. I think the B&B has wireless. However, take it from me ... disconnect and enjoy. It's all too rare these days.

I'll add a YouTube Video link this afternoon.

  • Liked — The Northwoods location takes the cake.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kirkwood, MO
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2008

My wife and I stayed one night at the Polar Creek Guesthouse prior to a lodge to lodge XC ski trip (arranged by the proprietors of the B&B). This place is definitely secluded, especially in February, but the snowy road was no problem at all for our generic rental car.
The bedroom we stayed in was warm, quiet, and comfortable, and the beds were new and firm (but not too firm).
We were only there one night and thus only sampled one breakfast, but suffice it say that it was well done without being overly showy. We had plenty of coffee, fruit, and some kind of pancake concotion that was moist and tender. The other guests, who had been staying there several days, raved about the other breakfasts they'd had.
Finally, the innkeepers are an interesting pair, as you might expect from someone who chooses to stay open during the winter months in the deep woods of northern Minnesota. They are not quite eccentric-even quirky is too strong a word. They are just a charming, pleasant couple who worked very hard to make our stay as pleasant as possible.

  • Liked — Size and comfort of bedroom
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B

Address: 11 Poplar Creek Dr, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded inn nestled in the Northwoods along the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway. On quiet canoe-only lake & creek. Overlooking BWCA. Whirlpool, fireplaces, WiFi, in-room phones and guest kitchens. Canoe, fish, swim. Hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing trails on site. Birding, wildlife, moose viewing. ... more   less 

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