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$179 for a Two-Night Stay for Up to Four at The Lodge at Giants Ridge in Minnesota

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The Lodge at Giants Ridge: Rustic Comfort in Minnesota's Scenic Northwoods

Knotty, varnished boughs frame the lobby of The Lodge at Giants Ridge and glow warmly in the light streaming through the front windows, a stark contrast to the snowy wonderland outside. Guests returning from nearby ski slopes shed their downy garments as they make their way up the wide staircase or to the on-site Sticks Lounge for a pre-dinner drink or appetizer. Bordered by bucolic Sabin Lake amid Minnesota's expansive Northwoods, The Lodge at Giants Ridge furnishes a pleasant retreat promising rustic quarters and year-round outdoor activities.

Spacious Mesabi one-bedroom condominiums greet travelers with a cozy living area separated from the private bedroom and bordered by a fully equipped kitchenette. A sumptuous king bed reigns over the bedroom's blond wood furnishings, and up to two additional guests can stretch out on the double futon in the living room. Select rooms also add warmth via a whirlpool tub and fireplace, and for an up-charge, groups can upgrade to a doubly large Northwoods two-bedroom suite, which adds two queen beds, a double Murphy bed, and an additional bathroom.

Downstairs in the lodge, Timbers Restaurant crafts sirloin steaks, fettuccine alfredo, and homemade pizzas in a laid-back atmosphere, and Sticks Lounge compiles nachos supreme, tangy beef skewers, and other flavorsome appetizers to prep for fresh walleye. The on-site La Ridge, an Aveda spa and salon, ministers to weary muscles with luxurious, one-hour relaxation and deep-tissue massages and facials, with Groupon holders receiving 50% off any spa services, as long as they are booked prior to arrival.

Northern Minnesota: Outdoor Excursions and Small-City Charms

After the lodge's two award-winning golf courses close in late October, skiers and boarders ride on natural snow at Giants Ridge for the winter, with snowmakers enlisted to outsource Mother Nature's surplus work. Warmer weather excursions in nearby Superior National Forest include more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, as well as hiking and biking among old-growth boreal forests.

About an hour's drive south in Duluth lies Glensheen, a 39-room Jacobean Revival mansion whose original 1908 interior remains largely intact, offering an imitable glimpse into early 20th-century midwestern culture. Down the shoreline, belly-flopping river otters and black-crowned night herons entertain at the Great Lakes Aquarium, which hosts 15 exhibits' worth of amphibians, birds, aquatic animals, and sofas that have sprouted fins.

What You Get

  • A two-night stay in a Mesabi one-bedroom condominium
  • One appetizer at Sticks Lounge
  • Free wax for one set of skis or one snowboard at Hoigaard's
  • 50% off spa services at La Ridge booked prior to arrival

Amenities

  • Heated indoor pool and hot tub
  • Outdoor pool and lounge area
  • Private beach
  • Two highly rated golf courses
  • Timbers Restaurant
  • On-site Aveda spa
  • On-site skiing
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must travel by 5/27/12
  • Not valid 12/22-1/2/12, 1/14/12-1/16/12, 1/20/12-1/22/12, 2/14/12-2/16/12, 2/19/12-2/21/12, 3/3/12-3/4/12
  • 14 day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • $25 cancellation fee on all cancellations, $50 during holidays
  • Subject to availability
  • Valid only for Mesabi 1-bedroom
  • Must be 18 or older to check-in
  • 15.73% occupancy tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call the Lodge at Giants Ridge by 5/27/12.
  3. Choose a valid date before expiration date.
  4. Mention Groupon and provide valid credit-card information.

Room Details

  • King-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Four
  • Adding occupants above standard: No additional charge
  • Double futon
  • Separate living area
  • Fully equipped kitchenette
  • In-room safe
  • Hair dryer

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4:30 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Free on-site parking
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: No pets allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available by request at booking.
  • Room upgrades: Upgrade to a Northwoods two-bedroom condominium (sleeps up to 10 people) for an extra $69.50 per night

What It's Worth

  • Two-night stay in a Mesabi one-bedroom condominium (up to $358 value)
  • One appetizer at Sticks Lounge (up to $10 value)

    Total value: up to $368
  • Free wax for one set of skis or snowboard at Hoigaard's
  • 50% off spa services at La Ridge booked prior to arrival

Getting There

  • By plane: Duluth International Airport (DLH, 68 miles)
  • By car: About 70 miles from Duluth

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