My girlfriends and I do a girls overnight here about once a year, sometimes twice depending. It is always an enjoyable, peaceful place to stay. However, I was a little disappointed this time. Maybe it was because it was so cold outside, but the smaller of the two rooms in the Pablo Picasso suite just never got warm enough at night. The ladies in the other room said they were too hot. I believe the fire place probably heats the whole unit, and while there was a heater in the smaller bed room, it just couldn't keep up. Also the breakfast wasn't as good as it has been in the past. The granola was hard as a rock and had to marinate in yogurt before it was edible. There wasn't as much variety as in times past, and not as much fresh fruit. Another thing that was disappointing was the sound that the water pipes made constantly. They banged off and on for several hours when we first arrived, and occasionally through the night. The last, and probably most disappointing aspect was that on the day we left, it had snowed considerably the night before and the front walk was not shoveled even by noon, nor was the parking lot. We had to trudge through 6 inches of snow with our suitcases, and our cars almost got stuck getting out of the driveway. I shovel my own walk way when I know guests are coming and can't believe such a simple act was overlooked. This is such a lovely retreat, rustic and quaint. It's obvious that they aren't making enough money to make needed repairs and upgrades, and aren't aware of the signal they send when they allow pipes to rattle and walkways/driveways to go unshoveled.
- 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