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Northern Rail Traincar Inn

1730 Highway 3, Two Harbors, MN 55616-1182
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Northern Rail Traincar Inn is a "Unique Hotel with a B&B Feel"! Nestled in the woods our accommodations provide a relaxing northern getaway 1/2 mile from the north shore of Lake Superior. There are 14 rooms in 7 boxcars (1/2 car each) called Porter and Porter w/Sofa rooms and there are 3 full car Suites (there are 10 cars total). We have several themes for our rooms: Oriental (inspired by the Asian influence of the Orient Express) Safari (Inspired by the Safari trains of the early 1900's) Victorian (Inspired by the era of train travel) Northwoods rooms for something different: Fishing, Bear, Golf & Lighthouse. From the charming platform hallway to the unique rooms and the peaceful surroundings Northern Rail appeals to anyone looking for a unique experience!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Friends and I slept in a real railway car! Comfortable bed, very clean bathroom. And I did not have to put up with the noise of the wheels on the rails! The owners were like family, very friendly. There are unique gifts for sale, pictures to look at, games to play, a large selection of DVD's to watch and jigsaw puzzles to put together. Very nice family stay!
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Response from Cyndi R, Owner at Northern Rail Traincar Inn
Responded Nov 9, 2019
Hi Clara! Thank you for the great review! We have tried to provide a wide assortment of things for our guests to do for when they aren't "out and about" along the shore! Again, thank you for the great review and we hope to see you again! Cyndi
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The owners of this unique traincar hotel add the personal touches that make it a great place to stay. I have been here before, but it was my husband's first trip to Northern Rail Traincar Hotel. I love all the relaxing things they offer: movies, books, games, and puzzles, to use after you settle in for the evening. Smores by the campfire is a nice treat too. Jeff and Cyndi really make you feel at home, and had great suggestions for dining in Two Harbors. You can tell they love this place. Each room has a recycling bin that they collect and recycle, rather than fill a landfill ; )Thanks. The bed was comfortable and had the softest sheets! I like that each room has it's own theme and decor. A rug for muddy boots/shoes is a fun homey touch. The center hallway is nicely decorated with train memorabilia. Continental breakfast is offered each morning, with coffee, tea or cocoa available any time in the lobby. About the only thing I would want is a mini fridge, but don't know where it could go.
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Tucked away just north of Two Harbors is this gem of an inn. Converted boxcars make up the rooms. We stayed in one of the King Victorian cars (but peeked into some vacant rooms). Delightfully decorated and very comfortable. We are already planning our next stay! Would have liked to have a small coffee maker in the room, but coffee was available in the lobby. The water pressure in the sink was low, but the shower was just fine. Thanks to Cindi and Jeff.
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Response from Cyndi R, Owner at Northern Rail Traincar Inn
Responded Oct 19, 2019
Valerie, Thank you for your great review and we look forward to your next visit! Thanks for letting us know about the water pressure at the sink - during the slower time we will be addressing all of the little things that have come up lately! It is a constant work in progress to keep up on everything! Again, thank you and we look forward to your future visits! Cyndi & Jeff
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We loved staying at the Northern Rail Traincar Inn. The place is very unique and very inviting. It has almost everything that you need. I would give it a higher ranking, but it was missing one thing - enough water in the bathroom. I'm not sure if there was something wrong or if it is normal, but I would never have been able to wash my hair as the water was little more than a trickle out of the shower and also barely came out of the sink. That was a big disappointment as everything else was so wonderful.
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Wow, sleeping in a converted boxcar - -with really great train memorabilia decorating the hallway between the cars . . . a train lovers delight. Beds were very comfortable, and the owners are really great folks. They had a campfire with s'mores for us at night. I'd definetly stay there again.
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Response from Cyndi R, Owner at Northern Rail Traincar Inn
Responded Aug 21, 2019
Hi joe3296! Thank you for the great review - we are pretty dedicated in what we do and it warms our hearts when guests appreciate our efforts! We keep adding to the memorabilia so each visit there is always something new to discover! Again, thank you! Cyndi & Jeff
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Frequently Asked Questions about Northern Rail Traincar Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Northern Rail Traincar Inn?
Nearby attractions include Superior Hiking Trail (2.9 miles), Two Harbors Lighthouse (3.0 miles), and The Lake County Historical Society Museum (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Northern Rail Traincar Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Northern Rail Traincar Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Northern Rail Traincar Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Northern Rail Traincar Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cedar Coffee Company, Louise's Place, and Vanilla Bean Restaurant.
Is Northern Rail Traincar Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.