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“Great Northwoods Getaway!”

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Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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171 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Northwoods Getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

If you want a couple of days or a week, this is the place to go. We have only been there in the winter months, once in March and the last one this December, but we have no doubt that it is great no matter what the weather. Secluded, comfortable, great scenery, wonderful skiing and hiking and even dog sled rides. Also, pet friendly! We had one of the romantic cabins and it was fantastic. Fed and watched the pine grosbeaks, chickadees, blue jays, gray jays, red squirrels and deer. The huge windows were great for bird watching. Didn't have enough snow to ski this last time we went, but were able to hike most trails and worked up quite an appetite. The lodge has great food...have only had lunch and appetizers so far, but heard the breakfasts were very hearty and good too. Very good naturalist program also. We went on an animal footprint hike through the woods and learned lots of interesting, historical facts about the area. The staff was very helpful and friendly and took care of all of our needs. It takes a little bit to get there, but well worth the trip. Can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

They definitely take care of you here! Gunflint trail area is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, summer or winter. The lodge has a lot of amazing history to it. Stayed in the winter and classic skied most of their own trails during the day. They have plenty of trail so you can get a few unique rides in right out of your cabin - they even fixed us bag lunches. Plus they have shelters and the trails are well-marked. The lodge is a great spot to grab a beer and the food is all very good. Had a lot of fun with the bartender and staff. Saw and heard timber wolves a few times over the few days we were there too! And obviously there is plenty of deer around. The cabins are more than comfortable. Hot tub, sauna, comfy living room with fireplace, it was one of the best weeks of the year for us!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

Another wonderful experience at Gunflint Lodge! The cabin was immaculate, huge and so comfortable! The dining experience as always was delicious and first rate. And, of course, the service is what sets this place apart! From the front desk to the dining room to housekeeping, everyone went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful time! Thank you, Gunflint!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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2 Thank debpaige
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

Cabins are great, food and service outstanding! We have been here several times in both summer and winter. Summer is a fantastic time to stay here . Hiking at Gunflint Lodge is great and the staff is ready to provide tips to other great trails on the Gunflint trail. Explore the BWCA with a canoe provided by the lodge and see waterfalls and lakes and an abundance of wildlife, Winter is wonderful at Gunflint lodge with the deer right outside your cabin window, step outside and feed them. Cross country skiing is awesome. Beautiful to walk out on the frozen lake to see the sky so full of stars ..maybe even the northern lights- with the snow twinkling in the starlight. The staff at the lodge is one of the best I've ever encountered, friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. The food is beyond expectation, want to have a romantic dinner in the cabin? They deliver!! Planning my next stay soon, after all it's winter again. You'll be so glad you found Gunflint Lodge!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

I would definitely recommend Gunflint. We had a great weekend enjoying the fresh air and quiet. Lots of activities to participate in although I would want to come back in the summer so we could canoe and enjoy the water more.

The on site restaurants are very good and had excellent service. In hindsight I would have brought more snack food for the cabin b/c aside from the restaurants there are no other dining options.

Overall it was well worth the trip up and would go again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Little Chute, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

My family and I just returned from a wonderful 5 day vacation at the Gunflint Lodge. Words can't express how amazing it was! The food was fantastic! The cabin was perfect! And the staff is amazing! We had 3 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs. This cabin was more than spacious! We enjoyed a wood burning fire each and every day/night - in between visits to our outdoor hot tub. The staff was incredible! All 4 children (ages 6-12) enjoyed the activies led by the lodge. My favorite craft was making our own Christmas wreath! The staff was so great with the kids. These organized activities gave us adults a chance to relax while the children were having a blast! What a wonderful memory for all of us! Bruce and Sue sure made us feel like family - even down to the hug goodbye =)
Gunflint Lodge....we can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

Called to cancel a reservation ( which i had paid for with a coupon purchase ). I was told that I was to be charged $50 cancelation fee,
I understood and accepted that I would loose the value of the coupon ( nearly $200) I thought that the $50 fee was unnecessary.
I was rudley spoken to and the woman on the phone said she was sick of people who bought coupons cancelling.
She said she could have rented this room out on numerous occasions. I said that this should not be an issue as they have recieved payment for the room. ( via the coupon purchased )
She then stated that the coupon company got 60% of this fee (not my issue who recieved what amount of my payment...) her vocal's escalated upon as she asked the details of why i was cancelling, which is none of gunflints buisness!!!!!
She then said that she would not charge me the $50 cancelation fee and hung up on me.....
I have paid for a room i did not use yet have been left with the feeling that i have done wrong on gunflint lodge.
would never entertain the idea of having any dealings with the people associated with gunflint lodge....

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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GunflintGuy, Owner at Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters, responded to this review, November 12, 2011
We are very sorry to have disappointed this gentleman, but there is a bit of a second side to the story. He bought a discounted voucher that allowed for one date selection, but no changes. He called some months ago and asked for special consideration in changing his dates. We accommodated his request. Then he called again and asked to change his dates a second time. We agreed, even though we had now lost reserved cabin nights that we could not refill. With that change we thought we had a mutual agreement that we would charge a $50 administrative fee if he made any further changes. We proceeded on that basis when he called and cancelled for a third time. When he objected he got our reservation person rattled. I am sorry we lost our telephone diplomacy.
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Property: Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters
Address: 143 S. Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury family accommodations on the Canadian Border in northern Minnesota adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Cabins accommodate 2-10 people. Activities include canoeing, hiking, guided naturalist activities, swimming, horse back riding, full meal service, and the new Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Special programs for "Becoming a Boundary Waters Family." ... more   less 
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