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Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites
Ranked #2 of 8 Grand Marais B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here again this year! Love this place--unpretentious, comfy, clean, and the owners Lee and Scott know everything there is to know about the Superior Hiking Trails! Conveniently located to great restaurants, vistas, hiking...I highly recommend staying here when visiting the North Shore!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ellen L
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TBILEE, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Ellen: Thanks for sharing your experience on the North Shore and lodging at Thomsonite Beach Inn. We always say one of the best parts of our job is going out for a hike or ski so that we can give a first hand report to our guests on the best vistas, conditions, etc. We live in such a spectacular area we want to recommend similar experiences to those who live elsewhere and come to visit. We look forward to your next North Shore getaway. Lee and Scott
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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I was on vacation with two friends and trying to keep costs low. My friend had called and talked to one of the owners who suggested a two bedroom suite. Even though we had to share the bathroom it was perfect. The room had a view of Lake Superior and a nice lawn with table, chairs, and firepit. We had originally wanted a motel close to town but glad we chose this place because it was quiet and we could sit right on the lake and relax. Room had coffee maker, small microwave and fridge. Worth the drive of 5-6 miles to town for meals. I would recommend if visiting Grand Marais.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Paula D
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TBILEE, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Thank you Paula for taking the time to share your experience at Thomsonite Beach Inn. It is our goal to have our guests continue to make our Inn their lodging choice on the North Shore and to share it with their friends. We hope you will be back to our beautiful slice of paradise when time allows.
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My husband and I have been staying at Thomsonite nearly every summer for 10 years and will not consider any other place on the North Shore! We always choose Unit 7, "our cabin," which is tucked on the edge of the property next to the woods and quite private, with a covered front porch and Adirondack chairs. Magnificent views of Lake Superior from the porch as well as from the living room (with fireplace) and bedroom. Full kitchen and though smallish has always been more than adequate for us. Very comfy bed and the shower is like a spa! Great water pressure and plenty of hot water--feels like a sauna/massage! The cabin is always immaculately clean. We spend most of our time on the porch enjoying the view and on the well-kept grounds on the Lake which are expansive enough to afford all guests quiet space. There are a couple grills and three picnic tables for cooking and dining lakeside with ample room to be in your own little world. Excellent restaurants five miles away in Grand Marais, although we sometimes find it hard to tear ourselves away from this idyllic spot! Except to go "rocking" at Cut Face beach about one mile down the road towards Grand Marais. And of course the rocky shore at Thomsonite Beach with fire pits is awesome for evening fires right at the Lake's edge, listening to the waves, sometimes crashing and sometimes glugging, right next to you with the moon sparkling on the water. Perfect for recharging the soul! Lee and Scott, the owners, are the most gracious, friendly hosts and remember us from year to year, which is a welcoming personal touch. We highly recommend staying at Thomsonite. Always quite relaxing and rejuvenating!

Room Tip: Unit 7 (the "cabin" on the front of the guesthouse) is quite private--see post. Unit 6 (r...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thomsonite, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thanks for the gracious comments. Our goal is to give our guests a place to call home when away from their usual day to day life. Thomsonite Beach Inn on the North Shore of Lake Superior holds a special place in our hearts and we are very pleased to share it with our guests. We look forward to your next visit.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

It probably is a good place to stay, but I'll never know. They wouldn't honor a confirmed reservation from their own online reservation system. Evidently they are unable to program all their fine print rules into their reservation system so it accepts requests contrary to their own rules and they can cancel your confirmed reservation without much of a warning. I would highly recommend only making reservations by phone with this property.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thomsonite, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
We appreciate when our guests let us know when we need to provide better service. I have contacted our reservation software system technical support and believe I have improved the response to reflect our actual reservation request/confirmation/minimum night requirement process. I hope this will not deter you from giving us another chance to stay with us when you travel to the North Shore in the future.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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56 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

My husband and I used a Living Social voucher to escape from Minneapolis to the North Shore. While we didn't get our first choice of unit, we enjoyed our stay very much. Lee (the owner) is nice and friendly. She assured me that we would enjoy our room, and she was right. Unit 6 (with a loft and pullout sofa in addition to the main floor bed) had a full kitchen and was full of smartly designed spaces. We stayed for 2 nights, and enjoyed exploring the beach/property. We spent most of our time a few miles away in Grand Marais. I wish the weather and length of stay had allowed us to use the fire pit--it was a great space. We look forward to coming back another time!

Room Tip: Unit 6 is on the back side of the guest house. It still has a lake view. Only double beds (loft woul...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carina A
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Thomsonite, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
We want to once again thank you for purchasing the Living Social voucher to stay at Thomsonite Beach Inn on your North Shore getaway. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We look forward to your next visit. Hopefully you will be able to escape to the North Shore again, sooner than later.
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Plymouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I came to Thomsonite with a two night Living Social deal. The cozy, clean cabin style room was a great place to relax! Lee, the owner, was super knowlegable about local hiking trails and information. Any question about Grand Marais area- you can bet she has the answer! And so kind!
We were so impressed with Thomsonite and the surrounding area that we extended our trip a day. Lee gave us a great deal on our extra night in our same cabin. Amazing value!
We will definitely be back as soon as possible!!

Room Tip: Unit 9 has a fantastic view and relatively private deck.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TwinCityKitty
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Thomsonite, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your escape to the North Shore with lodging at Thomsonite Beach Inn. We are happy you took advantage of the Living Social escape package and found our slice of paradise a great spot to extend your stay. We look forward to your next visit.
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Bloomington, MN
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at Thomsonite. We skiied at Lutsen and stay here to get away from all the hill. Before I booked our stay this winter, my daughter asked if we could stay there again. She is 18. It is quiet, clean and has beautiful views of Lake Superior. I will definately stay there again. There were three of us staying there. My daughter (18), son (13) and myself, (Dad, 44). I especially like the fact there are two bedrooms in the rooms. It works great with the kids.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank LARJLION
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Thomsonite, Owner at Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Thomsonite Beach Inn. We appreciate your repeat business and look forward to a return visit in the future for another ski and stay package or to check out what the other seasons are like here on the North Shore. There is always a variety of activities for families to enjoy.
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Property: Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites
Address: 2920 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604-7538
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Marais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located between Lutsen and Grand Marais. “You’ll love where we live”. Ten units with various amenities; Enjoy Lake Superior from the comfort of your room or from the naturally landscaped grounds and ledgerock shoreline where we have a bon fire pit, log swing, lawn chairs, picnic tables and grills for your outdoor enjoyment. Our rooms are smoke free and sorry, no pets. Check our online virtual tour . Visit our “Thomsonite” Gemstone Jewelry Shop. Open all year. ... more   less 
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