last summer, we were looking to get up north. I had grown up in the boundary waters, but my husband and three kids (4,6, and 7) had never been to Northern MN. We were on somewhat of a budget, as it was a very last minute decision to take a weekend trip. This was one of the cheapest resorts to stay at that offered us what we wanted- close to the boundary waters, in the middle of the forrest, quiet, not luxerious- where we had to somewhat 'rough it', and lake access and hiking. So we chose gunflint pines resort. our first trip (in june) we stayed only 2 nights in a camper cabin- that flew by so fast, we had such a great time!! we were never bored and Bob gave us tips on where the fish were biting at and what hiking trails would be good for us as a family. We ended up walking a ways down the road just to see what else was on the long gravel road and we ran into another walker- a resident- and she was very polite. all the people in the area were nice, the owners were nice, and we felt very refreshed after we left. We couldnt wait to go back. So 6 weeks later in august, we came back with my husbands grandparents and our niece and nephew also. every one had a great time. we stayed in an A-frame (to accomodate more for the grandparents) for 5 nights and it was great, except my 7 yr old ran out to the truck and couldnt figure out which cabin we were in (they all look the same) and he ended up in someone else's a-frame! unfortunately, our trip got cut short when Bob and Shari's son knocked on our door to let me know I had a phone call- my husbands brother was in a car accident. We had no cell service so the rest of the family couldnt get a hold of us via our phones, so they called the lodge late at night- far after closing- and the Bakers answered and relayed us the message and opened up the lodge so we could use the phone. We seriously appreciated that. We plan on coming back a time or two every summer every year- would Love to take a winter snowmobiling trip sometime. it's very clean, very friendly, very free, very relaxing, great views/sites to see, wildlife, serene, and you have the ability to make the trip as hard or as accomdated as you like. the only thing we didnt like, was that there were no prices on the items at the store- being on a budget the first time, we felt awkward asking what the price of everything was. knew to bring out own food the next time. being 50 miles into the forrest, it makes sense that things would be a little higher priced. pay an extra $2, or drive 50 miles back to town... logical. and the playground is more for toddlers, not for ages 4+ really, but who needs a playground when you have the forrest. would recommend this little piece of Heaven to Anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ma & Pa resort & campground 43 miles up the Gunflint Trail National scenic Byway. Year round cabins, summer camping, family and pet friendly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gunflint Pines Hotel Campgrounds