My husband and I decided to this during the middle of the week as a way to just get away for a night. The weekends here were booked, so we went on a Wednesday night. We had a later check in but were given ample information and hospitlatity to feel welcome despite the fact that there was no one there when we arrived (which we knew would be the case)! We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves (and I think in face we were the only guests this night. The room was lovely and the attention to details and history of the place was outstanding. In the am we enjoyed a beautiful run on the Gateway paved bike/running trail and saw wild turkeys, horses and cows. The housekeep and Choco the lab greeted us in the am and the breakfast was wonderful. We had asked for an earlier breakfast last minute, and though our timing was poor, they were able to get something out for us a half hour earlier then normal. Overall, recommend this as a quick getaway not far from the Cities, yet close enough to arrive after work and feel like you are on vacation.
- 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