The Outing Lodge was very convenient to get to from downtown Stillwater. Overall, we really wanted to love the Outing Lodge, but it was just OK. However, I would recommend this to anyone that can get a discount like we did, but take a tour first to find your room. We had received a discount through an online coupon, so for the total we paid it was worth the visit (about 55% off total cost). Upon arriving, we were greeted by very friendly staff that showed us to our room, and offered any suggestions to local hot spots. Due to the weather, we did not get to view the grounds but opted to spend time during the day downtown Stillwater. We stayed in room #4 which was the Bob Dylan room, and were specifically underwhelmed with this room. There was champagne and two chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us which was nice. The bed was uncomfortable and so loud and rickety it woke us up with every little movement (NOTE: bed is described as handmade). Both of us woke up with sore necks and backs. Sound travels very well in this old building, so that may have contributed to the poor sleep. The room updates looked unfinished and not pretty to the eye (ex. you could see from the "closet" into the fireplace; venting in bedroom was eye sore). Having a fireplace in the room was enjoyable, as was the jacuzzi in the bathroom. The breakfast the next morning was fabulous! We upgraded to have an omelets with the buffet, which was a perfect way to start the day. If we were to stay again, we would definitely take a tour of the B&B to see if there is a another room that would fit our wants more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century History Preserved at the Outing Lodge European style 19th century country home, surrounded by lawns and gardens with 300 acres of wooded park land ~ a place where people would go to get away from modern city life. Pine Point was founded in 1858 as Minnesota's second "poor farm," a home for the chronically indigent or those temporarily down on their luck. Stillwater was a wealthy community in 1850, the territorial capital. In this abundant atmosphere, a desire to help the less fortunate culminated in the construction of this poor farm. The prize-winning dairy farm became both a home and a workplace to thousands of needy for almost 100 years. When the farm was closed in 1957, the land was planted in pine trees, now Pine Point Park. The house went on for 20 years as a Rest Home. In the 1980s, to save it from proposed demolition, Lee Gohlike began its renovation. He gutted its interiors with a reverence for its historic past: wide-planked wooden floors cut from old pine beams provide a perfect backdrop to the many elegant antique furnishings, numerous candelabra and massive fireplaces. Featured in Midwest Traveler, Star Tribune and other local & national publications, this beautiful Georgian home is a destination for exclusive retreats & events. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback and biking trails connecting to the Metro system. Theme dinner calendar of events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel Oak Park Heights