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Northern Lights Lodge
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Ely
White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
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“Amazing views, make way to amazing resort, and amazing people and animals”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

We traveled up to Ely to enjoy a couple of nights away from the cities with our boys. No phones, laptops or technology. From the moment I scheduled the get-away with Marie, I felt drawn to Northern Lights. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed by Marie, the dogs, and the other lodgers. Our boys took a liking to Pepper & Daisy, as we'd left our bulldog at home. As we explored the resort, we quickly connected with two couples that had traveled up from IL & WI. Very sweet people, but what else would I expect from such a warm and welcoming place. Our boys (highschoolers) both felt comfortable and took advantage of the waterfront. Taking the paddle boat out the first evening we arrived as my husband and I read books while looking out across the water to the most beautiful sun setting in the sky. I believe we stayed in cabin #3 which has been remodeled. It was super cute. We will definitely be back! Thank you Marie! You were a sweatheart and our youngest definitely appreciate your willingness to let him play with the dogs and come and go from the lodge.

Room Tip: cabin #3 has been renovated. It sleep 2 kids and 2 married adults comfortably
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Excellent stay at Northern Lights Lodge. This time we stayed in one of the 1 bedroom suites. It was perfect in every way and we even got to see the aurora borealis twice! I can't speak highly enough of the resort. Last time we stayed in one of the classic cabins and this week we tried one of the suites. Wow! Spacious, clean, furnished so nice, the kitchen was very well stocked with everything we needed. We spent our days canoeing or kayaking and the sauna and jetted bath felt great at the end of the day. The fire place is nice but the weather was warm so we really didn't get to use it much. Enjoyed several bonfires at the edge of the lake which was very nice and relaxing. It is so easy to forget what true peace and quiet is. Sitting at the lake watching the stars, listening to a owl, the loons and jumping fish splashing in the dark. Bugs? There weren't any!

Thank you again to Marie and Gary for another wonderful stay. We couldn't ask for more gracious hosts. Daisy was wonderful as always and great company on our walks.

Room Tip: We stayed in a 1 bedroom suites, star gazing is better from the deck for the 2 bedroom suites but th...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blaine, Minnesota
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

We stayed here in suite #7 for one evening only trying the different lodging up in the boundary waters for future vacations. We are a couple in our upper 20's with a small yorkie that we brought up from the Twin Cities area. Pets are not only allowed, but also welcomed. We got to know the two dogs of the property and had no issues with them as they are well mannered and got along with our dog.

Our first impression was excellent, the 1 bedroom suite is in almost new condition even though they were done in 2006(?). The view was very picturesque and was elevated above most other cabins so you do have to walk down to the lake front if that's an issue for you. It contains a kitchen with everything needed, small dining table, living room, fireplace, and separate bedroom and bathroom. There are no tvs, which is the idea since we wanted to get closer to nature. The weather didn't cooperate when we were there with thunderstorms rolling in, but we still enjoyed our time there.
Marie was wonderful in what little time we had with her, she recommended restaurants, activities, and was available for anything.
Ely, MN was the closest "city" to us which offered a row of tourist shops for clothes, knick-knacks, restaurants, etc. We ate at Evergreen, Britton's, Burnstside Lodge, and Stony Ridge- and all were excellent.

The next time I would probably rent a full cabin and wouldn't hesitate recommending this to anyone who wants to get away into nature in the boundary waters while still keeping many amenaties that we are used to.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed February 11, 2011

Found Northern Lights Lodge as a last minute escape. Was hoping things would be as good as the seemed on their web site... turns out it was better than I could have imagined. Lots of open space, Beautiful scenery, friendly owners who made sure everything was right. We didn't rent a full cabin but instead chose one of their suites. Again, very nice and almost as good as staying in a cabin. Thanks Marie for getting us on the dog sled ride too!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your Northern Lights Lodge feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure having you here with us. We'll see you this fall for the Harvest Moon Festival!

Marie
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

We stayed in cabins 11 and 12 in June of this year for a family reunion. We had 11 people total and were very comfortable in the cabins. The location is beautiful, cabins were very nice, lake was gorgeous. We were too early in the year for swimming but went out on the lake in the motorboat and kayaks. We also took a guided fishing trip arranged with a guide. Marie was wonderful and very accommodating. She really went out of her way to help us in any way she could, from answering numerous questions by email before the trip, letting us adjust our stay by a day when we made a mistake in booking, letting a few in our group use the lobby for a business teleconference one morning during our stay, and having a slightly late checkout our last day.
The price was very reasonable, it was one of the only places I found that would let us book for less than a week, and it turned out better than we could have hoped!
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your Northern Lights Lodge feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure having you here with us. We hope to see you again this summer!

Marie
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Midwest, USA
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

What a delightful resort! We stayed with our two children and had a fantastic week. The resort is set on a beautiful lake, is very well equipped, and is a good value. Perhaps the highlight of our stay was the three amazing doggies, Pepper, the gentle giant, Goldy, the aging sweetie pie, and the divine Daisy, who is both the kindest and smartest dog you'll ever meet. The kids had an absolute blast! Great stay all around!

  • Stayed October 2010
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your Northern Lights Lodge feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a pleasure having you here with us. Pepper and Daisy definitely had a blast with the family. We'd love to have you stay with us again.

Marie
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

We were a group of 5 grad students from U of M, Minneapolis, looking for a weekend getaway after a hectic Spring semester. We spent 2 nights at Norther Lights and it was an awesome experience. Our cabin was very spacious with all required amenities and the sauna was a blessing after swimming in the cold lake.
The lodge has Canoeing/Kayaking options and we got a small training on how to use before we were let free... :-).
We enjoyed our stay very much and recommend this to anyone looking for a quite and comfortable stay in the BWCA wilderness.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your Northern Lights Lodge feedback and thanks for sharing the absolutely amazing photo from the beach! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was my privilege to be able to get you out on the lake and kayaking for the first time!

Marie
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Property: Northern Lights Lodge
Address: 9089 Highway 21, Ely, MN 55731
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Ely
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Lights Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maximize your vacation days all year long at Northern Lights Lodge for an experience of a purely unforgettable nature! Guests will share in the classic Minnesota resort experience on the shores of Bear Island Lake on the edge of BWCAW. Our charming cabins and suites are the perfect place to relax after experiencing every seasonal wilderness adventure your heart desires: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, hunting and more! ... more   less 
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