My husband, 14-year old, 10-year old and I just returned from a one-week stay at Gunflint Lodge. We had a fabulous time! We hiked, kayaked, canoed, fished and ate some wonderful meals.
We stayed in a Gunflint Lake Home -- rustic decor but all of the comforts of home (shower, comfy beds) and then some ( whirlpool tub and sauna.) The location was beautiful -- you really seem to be in the back woods even though you are only steps away from a bed, shower and a restaurant with a continuous supply of cookies and coffee.
The staff was fantastic. Dave, who leads the kids' fishing trips, did a great job with the kids! He took them out for a couple hours on a motor boat, they caught some fish, he cleaned the fish while the kids watched and then delivered it to the restaurant where they prepared it for our dinner. (what could be easier?) The naturalists -- Alice and John -- had interesting excursions and crafts and answered all of our questions. The boat men were wonderful -- they did all of the hard work of carrying the canoes to the water and filling the motor boats with gas -- all with smiles on their faces. The wait-staff was especially attentive. Some of them even joined us for a horse back ride. The wranglers for the horses were also VERY friendly.
We have stayed in a lot of corporate run resorts and it was so nice to be in a family owned and operated resort.
We opted for the all-inclusive family package -- our motor boat time, horse back riding and meals were all included. I think it was a great value! it is also very relaxing to know exactly how much you are spending on your vacation and to not have to tell your kids, "no, that is too expensive" when they want to do something.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Gunflint Hotel Grand Marais