We just returned home after spending two nights at the Cliff Dweller, a modestly priced motel type facility along the North Shore. We were delighted with our stay and will definitely choose the Cliff Dweller on our next trip to this area. It is conveniently located along Highway 61 about 1 hour north of Two Harbors and 30 minutes south of Grand Marais. There are 22 units (11 upper and 11 lower) all on the cliff-side overlooking Lake Superior and all have balconies with sliding glass and screen doors. The shimmering blue lake was gorgeous, and it was very relaxing to sit with our books on the balcony listening to the breeze blowing through the birch and aspen trees, watching the geese and loons swimming along the shore or boats off in the distance. We fell asleep at night with the sound of the waves slapping the rocks below, and heard the songs of birds in the morning. Our nicely decorated room, which had plenty of space, looked and smelled clean. (Neither pets or smoking are permitted in the rooms.) The beds were comfortable, and we slept well. A nice feature was that the vanity area with sink and mirror was separate from the bathroom which included the toilet and bathtub-shower. (Warning: We discovered that if someone turns on the cold water faucet at the sink, the person taking a shower gets an extra dose of hot water!). The room had the typical furnishings, with the addition of a microwave and a small refrigerator. The television had nine channels (CNN, A&E, Discovery, Encore, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS). There was also complimentary internet access. For those who don’t travel with a laptop computer, there is a computer in the lobby for guest use. Adjacent to the lobby is a very nice sitting area with comfortable stuffed chairs and a variety of magazines. Next to that is the Fireplace Room furnished with some tables and chairs and offering a selection of board games and paperback books along with a nice lake view. The Primrose Room, also with full lake view, is where the free continental breakfast is served every day from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The selections included cold and hot cereals, waffles, mini egg omelets, toast, bagels, English muffins, oranges, apples, orange juice, grape juice, coffee, and hot tea. Soft music playing in the background added to the relaxing breakfast experience. There is also a room with ice and vending machines. The new owners (as of May) live on the property and are very warm and friendly. They are responsive to the needs of their guests and have plans to further enhance what is already a very nice overnight destination.
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- Cliff Dweller Inn Of Tofte Hotel Lutsen
- Cliff Dweller Lutsen
- Cliff Dweller Hotel Of Tofte