I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I rarely review places I visit but my partner and I had such a fantastic experience at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse that I feel compelled to leave a review today. The Guesthouse is a perfect retreat for those of us that love exploring the great outdoors. Its location is perfectly placed off-the-beaten trail - in that it feels remote and slightly wild – whilst actually only being an easy 45 minute drive from Grand Marais. The Guesthouse itself is beautiful. Immaculately maintained and laden with interesting ornaments, artwork, maps and assorted memorabilia - most notably a sled that one of the owners, Ted, used to use when mushing his dogs across the Mid-West! The place is bursting with warmth and character and you’ll find yourself spending some time just observing the adornments and soaking in the atmosphere of what is clearly a much-loved and cherished home. Ted and Barbara run the Guesthouse and they are two of the loveliest people you could ever hope to meet. They will take time to go through maps with you, share stories, discuss the local fauna they’ve sighted (moose, timber wolves, black bears, bobcats and bald eagles are all local to the area) and give recommendations of what to do and where to go if you need it. They really are so kind and they’ll take the extra time to ensure you have all you need, but if you’d like to just get up and go, they’ll facilitate that too. Special mention to Barbara who puts on lovely breakfast spreads every morning that will send you on your way with a full tummy. We ate heartily and devoured sausages, bacon, rolls, granola, parfaits, fruit and jams with gusto. We were able to share breakfast with other guests that were staying at the lodge, which made for an enjoyably relaxed and sociable experience to start the day. As an aside and on a personal note, having spent much of the holiday staying in empty AirBnB’s and liaising with remote hosts who only seemed to care that you checked in and out as quickly as possible, it really was a welcome change to feel so looked after. It seems that the second ‘B’ in ‘BnB’ is wholly overlooked these days, but it should be a cherished and treasured part of the BnB experience, and we found that Ted and Barbara’s morning hospitality stood out as a highlight of our trip. There is a large lake situated at the bottom of the property and there are kayaks and canoes available to use if you ask. I took one for a spin and had a great time splashing around the lake (along with a young moose that appeared earlier that day). I should mention that the Guesthouse Lake is connected to a series of inland lakes that stretch on for days so if you wanted to spend a week kayaking around the area I think that the Guesthouse would be a fantastic place to start from. In terms of the wider surroundings, there was plenty to do along the Gunflint Trail with a number of walking trails and other activities available to us as well as several lodges to stop at for a bite to eat. In particular I'd recommend the Trail Centre Lodge just up the road for something delicious and heartening – the staff working there are really good fun too so be prepared for a bit of friendly banter. We could only stay a couple of nights due to time restraints on our trip and that was our main regret from our holiday as the guesthouse and the surrounding area were truly beautiful and the time we spent here recharged our body and minds. It really is such a fascinating place, so thank you to Barbara and Ted for looking after us during our stay. You were so warm, hospitable and endearing. We hope to be back one day.…
Rooms were quite attractive, clean, and well appointed. Bed and coverings were very comfortable. Barbara, the owner, was so accommodating, warm, and friendly. Breakfasts were lovely and attractively presented. The remote location was beautiful.
Barbara and Ted offer up comfortable, super clean, up north lodging for visitors to the Gunflint area. The private setting within the woods about 30 mi. from Grand Marais is so relaxing. They have a small lake behind the property you can relax on the dock with cup of coffee or glass of wine and listen to the loons. Barbara pulls out all the stops with her fantastic gourmet breakfasts and Ted is the consummate host who is right there to assist her. Hope to return.
Loved our long weekend cross country skiing. The Guest House was warm and comfortable. Ted and Barbara are amazing. They have seen and done so much in the area that they are a rich and entertaining source of information. The breakfasts were spectacular. Coming home at the end of a ski session really felt like coming home. The skiing was wonderful. The Banadad trail system is right out the back door. So great to be able to ski without driving. The trails are well-groomed, secluded, and beautiful. We will be back for sure!
My husband and I stayed at this quaint B+B, Ollie’s room, for 4 nights in early January. We loved every minute of it. Barbara and Ted were such great hosts - we enjoyed their company and stories every evening and the accommodations were great. Everything you need to cook your own meals and a great sitting area to warm up by the fire at the end of the day. Despite the frigid temps - we were able to enjoy the freshly groomed xc ski trails of the Banadad that leave right from the front door of the guesthouse. We hope to return soon! If you are looking for a secluded getaway where beautiful wilderness abounds - this is the place to be!