Drove up from Chicago with my kids (9,11) for 3 days of skiing on Lutsen Mountain and 3 nights at Lutsen Resort. The resort could not have been better for our needs. We stayed at one of the Poplar River condos - paid a little extra for the larger "Master" 1 bedroom condo, with full kitchen, dining area, large living area with fireplace and bedroom with whirlpool bath. The condo was in great condition and had a nice view of Lake Superior, about 150 yards down the hill. We did not use the resort's ski shuttle, preferring to drive ourselves the mile or so up to the ski area's parking.
While at the condo, we walked to the main lodge, which was maybe 1/3 of a mile away, down a series of stairs and across the river via a covered bridge. I liked the lodge a lot - it had character, a great fireplace and a great view of the lake. The one meal we had there (breakfast) was good. The indoor pool was fairly large, with a 9 foot deep end, but we did not swim, as going back and forth outside would have been a chilly experience - they provide dressing rooms, but we weren't up for that. Certainly would have used the pool if we had stayed in the lodge.
The staff was pleasant and helpful. Lutsen offers many activities during the summer that we weren't able to take advantage of in late March, but I think we will be back, as the resort would be an excellent base for biking or sea kayaking trips.
If you are going to visit this area, know that the two nearest towns are Tofte, 8 miles south, and Grand Marais, 20 miles north. There were no large grocery stores nearby, though limited supplies and alcohol could be obtained in the tiny town of Lutsen, 1 mile north.
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