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“We keep returning, season after season” 5 of 5 stars
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“We keep returning, season after season”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We first stayed at Bearskin on our honeymoon, in the "off season" of early November, and fell in love with the place, the ability to unwind, and the sanctuary that only the deep woods can offer. We returned 14 years later with kids in summer, and loved watching them unplug, connect with nature and with each other. Now we've gone back for winter fun and loved snowshoeing, skiing, and a priceless dog sled experience! Options range from gourmet Saturday night meals to cooking over the fire; massages, saunas and hot tubs; kayaks, canoes, and fishing. I hesitate to review because I don't want the place to get overrun, but because Bob, Sue & Quinn deserve accolades for their beautiful place, I have to write! If you're looking for flashy resort life, this is not the place. But if you're looking for serenity and like-minded nature lovers, you've found it at Bearskin.

Room Tip: We've stayed in both cabins and the lodge. The lodge can be noisier, but Lodge 1 is spacious...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We have made several winter trips to Bearskin, and this year we were lucky enough to get to come two times, once at Christmas, and again in February. I cannot say enough about what a beautiful place this is. The cabins are kept spotlessly clean and everything in perfect working order (in fact, in Cabin 2 the appliances appeared to be brand new). Ski conditions were fantastic (fun at Christmas, but much more so in Feb after abundant snowfall!), with lovely groomed trails. It's so relaxing to head down to the lodge and curl up with a good book by the fireplace. The private hottub time was great to look forward to at the end of day. We took several walks at nighttime-- it's amazing how beautiful the stars are when there is no light pollution! We mainly love to ski, but Bearskin is such a peaceful place that I am not sure it would matter what time of year we it is, we'd have a good time there. As far as the accomodations, all of them are very nice. We have stayed 3 times in the lodge, and also in cabin 1, 2 and 5. If you want a little more space to spread out, the lodge is the way to go. When the kids were little they liked being able to go right down and pick out games from the game cabinet. The cabins offer a bit more privacy. What is really neat about Bearskin is that all of the cabins are different and have unique qualities (definitely not "cookie cutter" accomodations)-- ALL of them are nice, you just need to pick out which one best fits your needs. You can really tell that the owners, Bob and Sue (and all the staff!), take great pride in their lodge-- THANK YOU for providing this wonderful place for people to retreat to!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Our groups 3rd year at Bearskin. Great staff, helpfull, friendly and accomidating. We love that we are off the grid no cells, or televisions. In case of emergency there is always a way to connact the "rest of the world". We have tried other lodges, but have decided that Bearskin has everything we need and more. Love the skiing and hope to try snowshoeing or sledding next year!

Room Tip: We have a large group and enjoy that we can accomidate us all in the lodge townhome.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

We did not stay at this lodge but used their rentals and activities. We did their pasta night, which was very romantic. It was very good, but I actually enjoyed the bread the best. I am Italian, so I can be bias. The lasagna was ok. It was a bit burned and lacked some flavor and the same for the penne and vodka sauce...a bit bland. But it was appreciated after a long drive to the lodge. The desert outshines the dinner...fruites of the forest was yummy. The best part of bearskin is the beautiful lodge inside. Very homey and well maintained. I feel they are a bit overpriced, but we were willing to pay. We did their xcounty ski trails two days and mushing (dog sleeding) another day. Both were amazing. I wish I could go back and do it again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed at Bearskin Lodge for the first time and had a wonderful experience from start to finish. The accommodations are welcoming and cozy but also very clean. The owners and staff are helpful and friendly. And the cross-country skiing was amazing. We started on what we thought would be a short jaunt and ended up skiing over six miles in the sparkling sunshine. It was a really magical time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We love Bearskin Lodge! For the second year we rented a cabin in late November and it proved to be another great trip. Late November is a quiet time at the lodge and is just perfect for winter activities and relaxing by the fire. The area is beautiful, the cabins are fantastic, the owners and staff are very helpful and friendly. What more can you want?! We are planning a 3rd visit in 2013.

Room Tip: They have a pretty wide variety of cabins so look online, they have good descriptions and photos of...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Ulm, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was our first time at Bearskin lodge but we have stayed at many different places in Northern Minnesota and this was by far the best! We stayed in cabin #9. It was modern, cozy, comfortable, and immaculate! The stone fireplace made out stay extra special. We also enjoyed the ability to have our own private time in the large hot tube and sauna. The staff was helpful and friendly but also gave us the space we needed to enjoy our vacation without interruption. I would highly recommend getting a massage at the main lodge-so wonderful! We will be back again for sure. If you are looking for a quiet get away from the world this is the place to be.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bearskin Lodge
Address: 124 E Bearskin Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
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Ranked #7 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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Charming lakeside accommodation that's big on cross-country skiing and hospitality. ... more   less 
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