The location - devine; the food - outstanding; the grounds - well, let's just say that they have been remodeling since they purchased in the early '80 (1980's) and there are piles of wood, cement, STUFF, everywhere scattered around the house. There isn't a window you can look out of that you do not see another project started. It looks like all their income is going into a grand home that the owners will live in, while the main lodge is falling apart and in need of repairs.
The staff were very friendly and exceptional at their vocation. Our stay was lovely and after switching rooms we were more content. I am not sorry that we went, however we will not go back until they remodel the lodge.
PS - they have a huge chocolage lab that was kind and gentle, but roams free in the house. Scared me at breakfast, he walked up to my table and put his head next to my plate. Thankfully the Chef took note and had him tied up, however it was only 5 feet away. If you have allergies this is important to note.
- 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