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“Northwoods heaven” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B

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Ranked #5 of 8 Grand Marais B&B and Inns
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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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“Northwoods heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Beautiful, cozy adult only B&B secluded setting. Owned and opperated by Ted and Barb Young. Comfortable rooms with inviting commons area and great views. Barb serves the most beautiful and tasty breakfast. Their knowledge of the Gunflint Trail area and trail systems is second to none. Whatever your visit, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, in the winter or hiking, fishing, in the summer you will not be disappointed. Ted and Barb also have a couple cabins and for the rustic adventurers a stay at the yurt is a must. Plus you are only a fews minute drive to the Trail Center Lodge for lunch, dinner and drinks.

Room Tip: Little Ollie room is wonderful for that romantic couples stay as it has a Queen bed and two person s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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bctbarbara, Owner at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Thank you for staying at Poplar Creek. We always look forward to your stays with us.
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Danielsville, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We have stayed in many B&B's across the United States and Poplar Creek was one of the best. Barb Young was a great host and her attention to detail was impeccable. The rooms were spotless and very spacious. The details to all of the little ammenities were outstanding and the kitchen and sitting area for the guests was great. You also had use of a deck and a screened in porch. The three course gourmet breakfast was delicious. We spent two nights in Ollies room which was very spacious and comfortable. We just loved the seclusion and privacy and if you wanted to fish Little Ollie Lake was right on the property. Hiking trails were nearby and of course the Boundary Waters can be accessed right from the B&B. Barbs husband Ted was very knowledgable about the Boundary Waters and the whole Gunflint Trail. Would love to return in the winter. Would highly recommend this B&B!!!! Jane and Donna from PA

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This B & B offers luxurious comfort in spacious, immaculate rooms and a three course gourmet breakfast. It also offers a private deck and a kitchen facility. It is just off the Gunflint Trail in a very private, treed setting with walking trails and two docks on Little Ollie Lake which is a good small mouth bass lake. Yet another highlight is the couple that owns the place - Ted & Barbara Young. They are wonderful hosts - interesting, fun and very helpful in steering you to attractions, restaurants and outings. We highly recommend this B & B and look forward to booking our next stay! Denny & Lori K.

Room Tip: Three different rooms are available. All are very nice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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bctbarbara, Owner at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words. Ted and I appreciate that you let us know you enjoyed your stay.
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

I picked the Poplar Creek B&B off the internet because it sounded inviting and hospitable. From the first moment we arrived, Barb Young took care of us. She is very friendly and checked us in quickly and gave us a tour of the property. I was traveling with my wife and 13 year old son. We stayed in Dorothy's Room which is a very spacious well planned out room. It is very airy and peaceful as is the whole experience. Dorothy's Room shares a sitting room, patio and small kitchenette with another room and that worked really well.
The internet mentioned Barb's homemade breakfasts and these breakfasts were excellent. Always very interesting taste combinations! And a great dessert always followed the hearty breakfasts.
We walked down to the lake and creek on the grounds and found it very relaxing and peaceful. One can rent canoes and such from Barb and Ted if needed.
I would highly recommend this property.

Room Tip: All the rooms seemed clean and comfortable!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We spent two nights in Ollies Room at this secluded B *B. It was lovely, comfortable, clean and full of interesting touches to make you aware you were in the Boundary Waters. The breakfasts were magnicent, as was the advice they gave us for trails and a museum to visit. You truly feel that your are visiting familyWe were on our way to Camp Menogyn where we picked up our 16 year old grandson from a rock climbing program at Menogyn.

Room Tip: Either of the two rooms is delightful. They both give access to a social area where you can heat so...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Our visit to Poplar Creek was short but sweet. We stayed just one night in Ollie's Room. The room was spacious with a large bathroom. Small touches like fresh flowers and granola bars made this place feel especially welcoming. We didn't have a chance to use the giant tub, but I can imagine how wonderful it would be after a long day on the ski trail. Our hosts were warm and friendly and the breakfast of stuffed french toast, coffee and fresh fruit very enjoyable. Poplar Creek is like a mashup of European B&B and Northwoods lodge. Bonus: chirping frogs and dead quiet a night. Sleep well.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed at Poplar Creek as part of a trip along the Banadad trail last March, including one night at the Croft yurt. The B&B is very nice, and breakfast was delicious. We'd recommend it, and return happily. However, the Croft yurt needed a good cleaning, and was furnished with shabby used furniture. Since it's the only place to stay along the Banadad, we really didn't have any alternatives. But we won't use it again. We also weren't expecting an additional fee for a unnecessary but mandatory gear shuttle out to the yurt. We typically pack in our own food, bedding, etc and are perfectly capable of starting a fire and melting snow for water. Boundary Country Trekking maintained that they would bring in water and start the woodstove, adding another fee to an already overpriced stay. The yurt won't see us again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B
Address: 11 Poplar Creek Dr, Grand Marais, MN 55604-2314
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded inn and Lake Cabin nestled in the Northwoods along the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway. Inn and cabin On quiet canoe-only lake & creek. Overlooking BWCA. Inn with whirlpool, fireplaces, WiFi, in-room phones and guest kitchens. Cabin has two bedrooms, TV, sanua and deck over looking lake. Firepit and picnic are by lake. Canoe comes with the cabin. Canoe, fish, swim. Hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing trails on site. Birding, wildlife, moose viewing. ... more   less 

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