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Northern Lights Lodge
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Ely
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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42 reviews
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“The perfect vacation....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

We had a "girls only" trip to MN and stayed at the Northern Lights Lodge and Resort. From the moment we saw the lodge we were pleased...it had everything we wanted and our cabin was perfect (#11). The cabin was exceptionally clean and the kitchen had all the essentials. We had a view of the lake from the cabin and even had our own little yard, fire pit and dock!
While visiting one MUST visit the sauna and then jump into the lake! My daughter rented a motor boat and she and my niece
caught Northern Pike! We kayaked, hiked, swam and had the perfect vacation!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you for your review--we enjoyed the opportunity to meet "the girls" and spend time with you all! I especially enjoyed the time spent with your daughter during our boat operations and navigation session. It's very rewarding when you can be a part of such an experience and it's great to see young women step out of their comfort zone and try something new. I'm glad that your vacation experience was perfect AND next time we'll see you for the week!
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

We just returned last week from a 3 day stay at Northern Lights Lodge (8 adults, 1 child, 2 babies, 1 dog). My entire life, I've spent each summer at resorts "Up North" and Northern Lights Lodge is hands down the best.

Why the best? The owners are amazing: anything you need, think you need, or even want; they bend over backwards to accommodate. The location: the cabins are spread out enough that other than seeing your neighbors occasionally, you feel like you almost have the place to yourself. Additionally, the location on both the lake and the river (especially the river) allows you the northwoods solitude for which you may be searching. The amenities: the cabins are awesome! We stayed in one with 3 bedrooms upstairs and a full kitchen, living room, and bathroom downstairs and it was insulated enough that when the kids went to sleep upstairs we adults could play cards (and get a little rowdy) downstairs without waking the babies. Finally, they have motorboats for rent (cheap!) but their canoes and kayaks are free (and perfect for fishing downstream!). There's so many other things to mention (e.g. the sign painting, the fishing, the dogs, etc, etc) but I'll leave that for you to discover.

This was actually the second time, my wife and I had been to Northern Lights Lodge. About 4-5 years ago, we actually stayed in one of the suites during Ely's Winterfest. With its modern amenities and "flip-the-switch" gas fireplace, it was romantic solitude. And of course, dog sledding was awesome.

This is the longest trip advisor review I've ever written but well deserved as Northern Light Lodge is the best resort Up North for both families and couples.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you so much for your review--it was our pleasure having you back with us and we appreciated the opportunity to meet the rest of the family. I have to say that you all were "vacation troopers" making the best of our very wet weather. The little ones are adorable! We love seeing everyone come together for these extended family reunions/gatherings.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

stayed at the lodge and absolutely loved it! One of the most beautiful places in America. If you love the outdoors and/or fishing, you'll love it here

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and your time in the Ely area.

Marie Vogt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2012

Our family (6 people, 4 dogs!) traveled to Ely over Christmas break to go sled dogging. We chose to stay two nights at Northern Lights Lodge because it is pet-friendly and has stellar reviews. We were not disappointed! Absolutely loved Northern Lights Lodge! We stayed in two suites and both were squeaky clean with fabulous winter views of the lake. Marie's great customer service really came thru too. We locked our keys in the van accidentally on the way to the sled dog trip. She called the tow truck company, looked for their own "unlock" tool, and also called Chilly Dogs to let them know we were going to be a bit late. That kind of service just does not happen much anymore. Highly recommend, we hope to be back soon! Knapp family

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #5 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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